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Alzheimer’s disease: A real threat if not checked

Jan
10

Date: January 10th, 2019

MRI evidence indicates changes in brain may occur prior to amyloidal deposition. It develops gradually especially affects ADAD mutant carriers.

Alzheimer disease is fatal and according to researchers, it has no cure. Its predisposition affects the mutant carriers and thus can develop early especially among the children carrying genetic mutation for the disease. According to research by Quiroz in the department of psychiatry in Massachusetts general hospital, suggest that ADAD mutant carriers can develop as early as possible among the children with a high certainty unlike the non-carriers who have no brain abnormalities.

No cancer risk posed by long term low dose vaginal estrogen

Jan
10

Date: January 10th, 2019

A review on the large database showed that using unopposed topical vaginal estrogen wasn’t in any way associated with a higher risk of getting cancer or endometrial hyperplasia. Yearly incidence of diseases from 2006 to 2012 among women from Kaiser Permanente Northern California membership aged at least 46 years old didn’t show any significant differences by the number of vaginal estrogen prescriptions dispensed over a period of 3 years. This is according to the report given by Dr. Kathryn M. Gunnison at an annual meeting of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Best response to help save a choking child

Jan
08

Date: January 8th, 2019

Effective methods to save a child who’s chokingTaking CPR classes is a very ideal way to get prepared in case you are faced with a situation where the child is choking.

You do need to learn other tips that will help complement your skills and place in you in a better place to save lives.

How does choking start?

Choking creates a very scary scenario that is very unpleasant. It occurs when a young child tries to force an object (food, plastic) down their small throat which can’t accommodate is size. The object then gets stuck in the wind pipe and obstructs air from going out and in the lungs.

4 Tips for Staying Safe While on Vacation

Jan
08

Date: January 8th, 2019

Vacation is a time where you can get a break from the monotonous routine. Your vacation can be a fun-filled time allowing you to unwind, de-stress, and rejuvenate your mind.

However, if you don’t take safety precautions, your vacation can turn into a nightmare.

Here, you will learn about some tips that can help you to remain safe and have fun while you’re on vacation.

1. Protect Yourself from the Sun

You should wear sunglasses and put on sunblock (ideally SPF+50) to protect yourself from the damaging effects of the sun. Also, wear hats when you are outside. When you leave the car in the sun, you should consider covering the seat belts with a cloth.

Should we be comfortable when speaking about death?

Jan
08

Date: January 8th, 2019

 

As we slowly drove west, our cab had a palpable tension. Our taxi driver who was driving us to our patient’s retirement home had numerous stories to tell us about how the locality was beautiful during summer time and things about the local prisons. Even though I laughed at these stories, my heart beat became faster and louder as we neared our destination and I felt anxious. Even though I had read a lot about death and talked about it, I really hadn’t literally engaged with somebody about their life coming to an end.

Supporting a dying person

Finally, when we entered our patient’s room, the sight of an elderly woman who was relatively good looking relieved me. This is a rather strange feeling to experience as you set in a dying patient’s room. I felt good that I didn’t get face my perception of what I believed about death and dying. Recently, Mrs. Jones had been diagnosed to be suffering from pancreatic cancer and this really struck me being an oriented, engaged and intelligent woman. As we slowly learned about Mrs. Jones’ children, grand children, medical history and hobbies, I became a little at ease. Even though the conservation was nice, it lacked something. I was gently broaching the idea of death as it engaged her about what the physicians had told her about the disease and its natural course.

Rather than talking about death or illness, the patient surprised me as talked of how she will soon be feeling better and walking again. Well, I was relieved as she vividly convinced us how she was surely going to recover from her illness. Now, I know her to be even more unwell and confused than I thought initially. Her misunderstanding could have resulted from her unwillingness of accepting death and her mental incapacity. For me, I seriously hoped that she would recover and get fine and as a result, death wasn’t part of our conversation. I strongly believe that engaging and believing in stories provided to us by patients can relieve us, which is quite normal even though it might be particularly helpful or patient-centered.

Supporting a dying person

For us to be able to support the spiritual, social, medical or emotional help of any dying person, we really can’t be preoccupied with selfish desires. Just like any other patient, a dying patient also has his or her own unique needs, reference and frame of reference. Such must be addressed and recognized fully by the team providing health care to the patient. As we drove back from the retirement home, I felt a little disappointed with the fact that I wasn’t able to interact with Mrs. Jones in a meaningful way. At the back our car, a heated conversation was continuing on palliative care, taking care of a dying patent and even death itself. This experience reminded me once again that death isn’t really a comfortable subject to talk about.

 

Unknowingly, doctors experience a lot of stress and trauma

Jan
07

Date: January 7th, 2019

 

Recently over lunch hour, we were talking together with some new friends at the famous Hominy Café, Charleston. I had a burning question to these esteemed educators of emergency medicine. I want to know if they have any irrational fears of the people they love given the kind of work they engage in. The answer they gave me was a resounding yes. Just like me, the doctors worried a lot when an ambulance was dispatched and their children were playing out with some friends. They are also worried that their loved ones drove in the heavy traffic and as the list continued to go on, I only shook my head as I agreed to what I was hearing.

Consequences of working in ED for years

For quite a long time, I had always contemplated to ask this question about the consequences of working in an emergency department for years. Sure, I know about the consequences too well: bitterness, anger, distrust, frustration and cynicism. Fortunately, this is balanced by perspective, compassion, and love of life’s gifts, appreciation of the common people as well as being able to hangout with former felons and heaving tattooed drunks and bikers without feeling uncomfortable.

6 Future Technologies That Can Help Us Live Longer and Healthier

Jan
04

Date: January 4th, 2019

Technologies have progressed at an astounding pace. New technologies are becoming available in the medical field; that could help save a lot of lives.

In this post, we will shed light on six upcoming technologies that could reduce the loss of life on a global scale.

1. Nanorobots

Nanorobotics is a growing field that has the potential to impact many fields. Research is being undertaken to use nontechnology to cure various different diseases.

In the not so distant future, we could see nanorobots in the bloodstream that could help ward off diseases. The nanobots can enter the bloodstream and fight off diseases.

Studies are underway to research how to use nanobots to keep tissues oxygenated after a heart attack.  Researchers believe that we can create nanobots to perform complex diagnosis, remove platelets and dangerous cancer cells.

Safety Rules You Should Follow In Case of a Natural Disaster

Jan
01

Date: January 1st, 2019

No one wants to imagine the prospect of getting caught in the middle of a natural disaster. However, thinking proactively about potentially dangerous situations can make all the difference between life and death.

In this post, you will learn about safety rules that can help you to stay safe and sound during different types of disasters.

1. Flood

No other natural calamity causes more devastation than floods. Make sure that you remain prepared if you live near a flood-prone area. Consider preparing your home for flooding. If you are advised to evacuate in case of an imminent flooding, you should do so immediately. Pack a bag containing important items such as medications that will be required for your stay away from home.

4 Important Wilderness First Aid Tips

Dec
28

Date: December 28th, 2018

A trip in the wilderness can have various situational hazards that are not normally encountered in urban settings. Wild animals, rockfalls, icy surfaces, and bad weather are some life-threatening hazards faced in the wilderness.
Wilderness first aid addresses potential hazards in areas where emergency medical services (EMS) are not readily available. In this post, you will learn about important wilderness first aid tips to adequately address different types of medical emergencies.

1. Bleeding

Most types of bleeding can be stopped by elevating the wound above the victim’s heart and applying pressure on the area. You should always wear gloves to avoid contact with the blood. Consider stocking three or four pairs of gloves in the first aid kit to deal with multiple injuries.

4 Important Skills Your Kids Should Learn

Dec
25

Date: December 25th, 2018

Every parent wants their child to succeed in life. And most have complete trust in schools to equip their kids with necessary skills.

But the fact is that there are many important skills that are not taught in schools; it’s up to parents to teach their children those skills.

Here are four critical skills that you should teach your kids to ensure that get ready to face any situation that they confront, and succeed in life.

1. Critical Thinking Skills

Most schools don’t teach critical thinking skills to students. You need to teach your kids to develop this important skill. Creativity and inquisitiveness should be encouraged. Tell your kids to examine problems, get to the bottom of things, and find solutions. Give them hypothetical questions to solve on their own. Help your child come up with innovative solutions to problems.