• September 21, 2017 /  Healthy
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    The warning today by the Health and Safety Executive that firms in the North Sea oil and gas industry must improve their safety records is timely.

    Although it was not in the North Sea, the disaster on the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico in which 11 workers died was a stark reminder of the need for constant vigilance over rig safety. Hazards are ever present offshore and workers on even the safest offshore rigs are susceptible to injuries and high rates of respiratory and cardiovascular disease.

    Remote specialist advice via videoconferencing improves the quality of offshore healthcare and reduces avoidable medical evacuations. A 50-mile medevac by helicopter can cost 5,000-10,000, so telemedicine with remote monitoring and diagnostic equipment is becoming the preferred option now that drilling rigs and oil platforms are equipped with Internet and satellite connections.

    Modern collaboration technology brings the specialist to the patient without the need to be transported onshore. With the help of video consultation and integration with medical diagnosis equipment, medical specialists can conduct remote consultations using state-of-the-art video communications. This allows them to make an accurate diagnosis with the aid of the nurse or emergency medical technician based offshore.

    On-the-spot diagnosis, not a replacement for healthcare professionals

    Transmission of crystal-clear images and perfect sound gives the doctor the sense of being in the same room as the patient – but only just. Technology cannot transmit sensory perceptions and cannot therefore replace healthcare professionals who physically attends to the patient; however, what it can do is extend the physicians judgement to the remote location and bring doctors and other medical specialists ‘into the room’ when required.

    Remote monitoring aid aboard offshore oil rigs

    The relentless pursuit for high safety standards is paramount; the challenge to improve safety will be even greater as HSE decision makers are looking to create a healthier and more productive workforce. Timely access to quality patient healthcare is becoming more logistically challenging and expensive, but visual collaboration and the integration with remote medical diagnosis equipment makes sense…. it’s as simple as that!

  • September 20, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    If you are planning on pursuing a degree in massage therapy, there are many different scholarships and grants available to help you pay for your schooling. Some of these awards are available from the school itself, and some are national awards for future massage therapists. The following are thought to be the top 10 scholarships and grants for massage therapy:

    American Specialty Health (ASH): ASH provides scholarships usually valued at around $500 for alternative therapy students, including those at massage therapy schools.

    Austin Schools of Massage: This school offers $1,000 scholarships for students in the Clark Foundations Program and the Clark Advanced Clinical Program class, as well as the Dottie Scholarship Fund to help with tuition for students who qualify.

    The Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy Scholarship Program: There are four $1,000 scholarships and grants for massage therapy students at this school each year.

    Great Lakes Institute of Technology Medical Careers Scholarship: This school in Erie, Pennsylvania offers scholarships to qualifying students that equal 25 percent of their tuition cost.

    MASSAGE Magazine: Five $1000 scholarships are given each year to students pursuing a degree in massage or touch therapy at a school participating in the Massage Magazine Schools Program.

    Massage Therapy Foundation: This foundation awards several research grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 each year to students and professionals pursuing massage therapy research.

    Massage Therapy Training Institute Scholarship: This institution offers scholarships and grants three times each year to full-time massage therapy students who meet GPA requirements at its Missouri and Kansas campuses.

    The Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarship: There are more than 200 scholarships that range all the way up to $5,000 for minority and disadvantaged students studying for licensed professions such as massage therapy in the state of New York.

    The Spa Foundation: Students pursuing a degree in massage therapy self-help and financial management resources may qualify for awards from this foundation.

    Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences Massage Therapy Program: This New York City school offers three different scholarships in honor of alumni who have contributed to the field of massage therapy.

  • September 20, 2017 /  Hospitals & Clinics
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    Osteogenesis imperfecta are big words, especially for a 6-year-old. But the words are a medical term that Leigh Dittman is not only able to easily say; she knows exactly what it means.

    Leigh was registered as a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Tampa before she was even born. Her parents realized their baby would need orthopaedic care when technicians noticed Leigh’s legs were shorter than normal during one of Ellen Dittman’s sonograms. Doctors were unable to diagnose the problem before Leigh’s birth but knew it was orthopaedic-related. Ellen and her husband, David, contacted the Tampa Shriners Hospital.

    When Leigh was born, she measured only 15.5 inches long, and doctors discovered she had broken five ribs and fractured a femur in utero. A few hours after her birth, Leigh was diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a genetic disorder caused by imperfectly formed bone collagen. The condition is commonly known as “brittle bone disease” and is characterized by bones that break easily, often from little or no apparent cause.

    First Treatment At 3 Weeks Old

    Leigh received her first treatment at the Tampa Shriners Hospital when she was three weeks old. She now goes in every few months to receive intravenous medicine meant to increase bone density, but Leigh usually stops by the hospital at least once a month to visit her doctors and the many friends she’s made there. “We love it,” said Ellen. “That hospital is like our second home.”

    In appreciation of the loving care Leigh receives at the Tampa hospital, the Dittman family began raising money for Shriners Hospitals. “It was actually Leigh’s idea,” said Ellen. “She says Shriners helps her, so she wanted to help them.”

    An Overwhelming Response

    Beginning with Leigh’s fourth birthday party in 2004, the Dittmans asked that, in lieu of bringing gifts, guests donate money to Shriners Hospitals. Due to the overwhelming response from loved ones and the community, Leigh and her family decided to make it an annual fundraising event.

    Approximately 450 people attended Leigh’s sixth birthday party in August. The event, which included dinner, a special video about the Tampa Shriners Hospital, a chance drawing, a silent auction and dancing, raised more than $50,000. In total, Leigh’s birthday party extravaganzas have resulted in nearly $78,000 in donations to the Tampa Shriners Hospital.

    Leigh and her father, David, accept a donation to the Leigh Dittman Foundation. Leigh’s third-annual fundraising event raised more than $50,000 for the Tampa Shriners Hospital.

  • September 19, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    Oculoplastic Surgery is a sub speciality of Ophthalmology that deals with abnormalities and deformities of all the tissues that surround the eyes. This surgery is directly related with plastic surgery as it works to improve the aesthetic value of the eye and part of the face. The Oculoplastic surgeons must complete an advanced training in plastic surgery after completion of their degree in Ophthalmology. Oculoplastic surgery is also used to treat medical conditions. The area around the eye is extremely sensitive and complex. Oculoplastic surgeons perform the job of correcting medical and aesthetic deformities in this region with their extensive knowledge and experience.

    The medical reasons for Oculoplastic surgery commonly include cysts on the eyelids or tumours on the eyelids. Vision obstruction such as drooping eyelids can also be corrected through this surgery. Watering eyes, dry eyes, Thyroid eye disease and Blepharospasm are other medical reasons for performing this highly specialized surgery. The aesthetic reasons of the surgery include correcting the baggy lower eyelids, toning the over-hanging upper eyelids, lifting the eye brows, increasing facial volume as well as removing the periorbital wrinkles. In every case, the process is complex and needs an expert to perform this eye surgery.

    Lacrimal surgery is a specialized type of oculoplastic surgery performed on the tear glands of children suffering from congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction or some other condition that causes watery eyes. This surgery can be performed on adults, as well. Depending on the cause, this surgery might be medium to minimally invasive. The time of recovery depends on the type and the extent of the surgery. In most cases, patients are released just after the operation is performed. However, before deciding on Oculoplastic Surgery, it is essential to choose the best eye surgeon and eye surgical center with care, to get the best treatment in every respect. You can always check the website of the eye surgeons for details.

    About the Author:
    The physicians at Ophthalmology Associates have offered eye care services in Fort Worth, HEB, Weatherford, and Granbury for over 40 years. For more information call us at (817) 332-2020 or Contact Us Online to request an appointment by simply filling out the on-line form. It’s a beautiful world, you deserve to see it well!

  • September 19, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    Have you ever thought about enrolling on an occupational therapy degree course?

    If the answer to that question is yes and you are still interested, then why not take a look at the BSc Occupational Therapy degree course offered by us at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton?

    Our occupational therapy degree course gives you the opportunity to integrate both scientific and creative skills. You will combine academic study with practice placements, which take place across a range of health and social care settings.

    What is more, it is accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, and the Health and Care Professions Council giving you everything you need to get started in this challenging but rewarding profession.

    As a student on our BSc Occupational Therapy degree course, you will develop the skills and knowledge you need to work in a range of practice settings. Plus, you will study the management and research skills required to equip you for your future professional practice.

    Learning and assessment methods are varied and include both individual and group approaches. Essays, written exams and practical exams all form part of the picture when it comes to being assessed. You will also be judged on your ability to critically examine your own practice and manage your work competently throughout your occupational therapy degree course studies.

    In terms of careers, our BSc Occupational Therapy degree course graduates have found employment in a variety of settings, including: hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, homeless hostels, schools and other care organisations.

    During your career you will have the opportunity to go on to work as a senior practitioner, researcher, manager, lecturer, or consultant. You could also choose to specialise in a number of areas, including: physical rehabilitation, learning disabilities, or mental health.

    There is more information about this occupational therapy degree course on the Health Sciences website. Just go to www.southampton.ac.uk/healthsciences

  • September 19, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    What is peptide cell therapy? You may have heard the term but weren’t sure what it refers to. In order to understand this, one must first try to understand what a peptide is. A peptide can be defined as a molecule which is created by combining two or more amino acids. When there are more than fifty of these molecules than the result is said to be a protein, but if it is less then the proper term to use for it is a peptide.

    Synthetic peptides are applicable for a wide range of purposes. The reason why peptide cell therapy works is because peptides can easily penetrate and dissolve in the human body. What’s more, you do not run the risk of your body rejecting peptides or experience any disorders caused by such therapy. Peptides can be used for treating a wide range of diseases and disorders such as dementia, diabetic foot, leukemia, cirrhosis, aging, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, kidney failure, and osteoporosis.

    So why is peptide cell therapy so useful and effective and why do so many people swear by this therapy? The reason behind this is the nature of peptides. Unlike various other synthetic drugs, peptides do not change the rhythm of the biological processes happening in our bodies. The drugs that are made from peptides are quite good in the sense that they are organ specific. Therefore they will act directly on the organ that is targeted. What’s more, under no circumstances can this kind of therapy harm your body because they will only act to the extent where they can be accepted by the body!

    Apart from aiding in cell therapy, peptides can also be used for diagnostic purposes since they can change color under certain circumstances. An example of the diagnostic purpose in which peptides are put to use would be how the chromogenic peptide substrate can be used for the purpose of detecting the absence, presence, or changes in the blood levels of enzymes which control our blood clotting ability and blood pressure. Peptides are also used for developing vaccines, hormones and immunogens.

    If you take a look at some of the peptide drugs, you will find that these are either made from altered natural peptides or they are made from the peptides that are naturally existing in the body. Did you know that peptides can be prescribed to those patients whose body cannot produce enough peptides of their own? Yes, in such a scenario, the peptides that are naturally occurring would be prescribed to them because these are biologically active.

    As you can see, a peptide is a very useful kind of molecule and it certainly has a lot to offer us. And that is why such molecules are used for the purpose of cell therapy.

  • September 18, 2017 /  Healthy
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    We havent quite reached the Jetson age of personal robots to do all of our work around the house. There are still quite a few developments in robotics, however, that affect humans in our day to day lives, although we might not recognize them as such. The robots in real life are not generally manufactured to look like people, but they nevertheless carry out many functions that would be dangerous or difficult for a human to do.

    One area where the use of robotics has advanced considerably is that of healthcare. Robotics are now used in many areas of healthcare, including surgery, home care, and hospital processes.

    In surgery, the advancement of robotics has made the surgical process easier on both the patient and the surgeon. Robotic intelligence and precision have combined to eliminate human limitations. Robotic surgery allows a surgeon to navigate to the area of operation with minimal cutting, ensuring both a less invasive procedure and a faster recuperation time. Robotic surgery also allows for more precise placement of tools within the surgical area, minimizing the risks of slippage or error.

    In home healthcare, the current focus is largely on human labor. The aging population of baby boomers has already put a strain on the home health care situation which is only going to increase in the next ten to twenty years. Already, many home health care providers are feeling the strain of an industry that is increasingly becoming an employees market, where the supply of qualified health providers simply does not meet the demand.

    In order to fill this void, there are many research projects underway in the field of home health care robotics. Some of the areas include telenursing for those in need of remote home care, mobile health status monitoring, home health diagnosis equipment, mobility assistance for bedridden patients, and auditory and visual assistance for the elderly (). The completion and implementation of these ideas will revolutionize the home health care industry, both in terms of individual capacity and in expense.

  • September 17, 2017 /  Hospitals & Clinics
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    According to experts in the Info Tech sect, hospital management systems (HMS) are designed with an aim to improve the overall quality and management of medical care and hospital services and management. Hospital management softwares have simplified the process bringing about improved patient care, technology specific cost control, and security. Nevertheless, going in to a hospital it solution, make sure to inculcate it with significant planning to observe maximized results.

    Why opt for a hospital it solution?

    The growing competition is one of the major concerns in the business world, and hence it is critical for every organization to make every effort and embrace new technology as and when it comes. The growing need and demand for such software’s has brought about a competitive angle to this field. However, once installed, it is crucial for businesses to follow the software life cycle process at each stage to meet the mark of perfection.

    How do hospitals benefit from software’s?

    1) These software’s permit hospitals to handle their day-to-day chores smoothly maintaining a no error objective.

    2) Provide them with more time to meet the ideal customer service mark and similarly attract new clientele.

    3) Hospital information system helps the hospital to serve the fast growing number of patients in a more convenient, efficient and cost effective manner.

    4) It helps improve reorganization of operations as well as operational control.

    5) It computerizes the process of assembling, retrieving patient information enabling them to increase their reply time to meet the patient demands.

    6) Assures well-timed and precise patient information and lends support in clinical audit.

    7) It also reduces the patient wait time by making the access to medical reports simple and quick.

    8) Billing becomes an easier process as it gives automatic redeployment of charges related to various charges including, bed charges, food and beverages, telephone charges, lab test charges, medicines required, consultation charges, etc.

    9) Hiring Hospital Management software improves cost control as it tends to improve efficiency as well as productivity, cutting down on extra cost related issues.

    10) Security at its best! Hospital it solutions are secure databases that can be accessed only by those who have the access information about the same.

    An undeniable fact is that such customized software’s provide services across all industries. Some of the major ones include Retail, Pharmaceuticals, Travel, Banking, BFSI, Hospitality, etc. Nevertheless, the most common example is hospitals, as the success rate of these software’s has hit new heights, making it a new age paradigm. Making use of such customized software solutions in hospitals has brought about excellent results in quality as well as overall hospital management.

    Delivering a seamless service to your patients is something that should top your agenda as a hospital. Bring bout that finesse and watch the leap your hospital can make through these Hospital management software’s in just a short time span.

  • September 17, 2017 /  Healthy
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    Basically, call center outsourcing provides quite a number of organizational advantages for the health care sector. A good call center outsourcing can provide health care organizations the time to focus their attention on the more important aspect of providing health care services rather than spending half of the manpower on answering calls. When this particular task is eliminated, the organization and its entire human resource can generally focus their time on improving their competencies while providing a good customer service in a cost effective manner.

    So if you understand your need for call center outsourcing, you must know that there are several vendors and outsourcing providers you can choose from. The number of options you have in the market will make it a lot easier for your health care organization to find the right provider that can offer a diverse range of quality call center services and using top of the line technology in order to make call center outsourcing more efficient cost effective both on the part of the provider and the client. But then again, it is also important for your organization to choose a company that can also offer a professional service using highly trained call center agents because health care is a serious business and it is important to find a provider that have qualified staff to handle the volume of calls that can be a matter of life of death.

    When looking for call center outsourcing company, there are several things that have to be considered in order to ensure that the provider will be able to deliver the quality service you need for your health care organization. And since you are in the health care industry, it is highly important for the call center provider to have a vast experience in the health care sector. Although some vendors may actually claim that they are the right team for your outsourcing requirements, you must conduct a comprehensive evaluation with regards to the real capacity of the company to handle important calls and inquiries regarding the health care industry.

    It would also be a major advantage if the call center provider has major experience in HMOs and has worked with different pharmaceutical companies and other related business industries handling telesales or telemarketing services that can satisfy your inbound or outbound requirements with the help of top of the line technology in the call center industry. It would be helpful if you can get access to evaluate the track record of the call center provider so your health care organization can verify their rate of success in handling telemarketing or telesales services for different related companies requiring call center outsourcing.

    Depending on your actual requirement for call center outsourcing, your health care organization can certainly find a good provider that can guarantee for a quality service that significantly uplift the job competencies of your work environment.

  • September 17, 2017 /  Vitamin & Supplements
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    Every man loves to have some well enhanced muscles especially because they enable them to look handsome and strong. Muscles are also important in enhancing masculinity in men. They also make clothes look more fitting. In that regard, almost every youth is mad about bodybuilding. However, their reasons to visit gym can vary and are not entirely dependent on building muscles. Some go to the gym to reduce their weight and they constitute the biggest class of all the bodybuilders. These people use the fastest weight loss pill available on the market to supplement their gym methods. The second group is of those who go to the gym purely for the reason of staying fit. In that regard they take various nutritional supplements such bluebonnet chelated iron, bluebonnet liquid calcium magnesium and bluebonnet glucosamine chondroitin msm.

    Then there is the third class which generally comprise of athletes, which in turn constitutes those people who are simply there to build maximum amount of muscles in minimum amount of time. Supplements such as testosterone boosters and growth hormones such as mhp secretagogue are mainly targeted at these classes of people.

    However, there are certain precautions which should be exercised at all cost while taking these supplements. The first precaution, which should be practiced, is to never buy any body supplement on your own. Supplements such as anabolic testosterone boosters are dangerous if taken in unregulated amount. Ones physician must always be consulted before going for any type of body supplements. Secondly, one should consult their colleagues who have taken similar products and need to check on their views about the supplements.

    Thirdly, supplements such as Eca Xtreme and mhp secretagogue come up with a lot of side effects. Hence, one must always confirm with the manufacturer and physician alike to check whether ones body will be able to cope up with them. Inability to do so can cause adverse effects to the body, even leading to extreme conditions of death and paralysis.

    One should also not take these supplements in extreme quantity. Body supplements only work best when they are taken in little amount and are coupled with the normal workout routine. The main job of body supplements such as testosterone boosters are to deliver the results of the workout quickly, and hence must never be taken like a normal medicinal procedure.

    Lastly one should never fall prey to the several marketing ploys and techniques to trick the customers in buying their products. Labels such as best fat burner on the market and best fat burner for men can be found a plentiful in the advertisements, and one must exercise extreme caution in buying them. Only after confirming with the physician, and checking on the ingredients of the supplements one must decide whether to buy it or not.

    Concluding on, body supplements are a great way to enhance ones productivity in gym, but must be taken only with precautions to prevent adverse effects to ones body.