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Choosing A Primary Care Physician: The Difference Between A D.O. And An M.D.

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you get health insurance from your employer or purchase from the marketplace on your own, you will most likely be required to choose a primary care physician. You will be given a list of providers to pick from who are in-network. In-network physicians have contracted with the insurance company to provide basic services at set prices, theoretically keeping down medical costs for everyone. How do you choose who you want to care for you from this list of physicians, though? Chances are, you won’t personally know any of them; they are just names. You could ask a coworker or friend for a reference. You could choose by their location and proximity to your home or work or based on if you feel more comfortable with a specific gender, for example. You could also consider choosing your primary care physician by his or her philosophy; if so, here is what you need to know about the medical designation Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). How Is An Osteopath (D.O.) The Same As A Medical Doctor (M.D.)? A D.O. and an M.D. must take the exact same prerequisite science courses, like anatomy, chemistry, and biology, in undergraduate school. They must also both pass the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). They both have to complete internships and do their residency. Both can practice in every state in the union, prescribe medications, and depending on specialty training, perform surgery as well. In fact, osteopaths can specialize in any field, just like medical doctors. So How Are They Different Then? After reading how alike they are, you may be wondering how could they possibly differ then. The difference lies in the philosophical beliefs of an osteopath, which could potentially be of great benefit to you and your unique medical situation. The osteopathy designation came to be in the last half of the 19th century when physician Dr. Andrew Still could no longer deny the mind, body, and spirit connection. He firmly believed the human body had the power to heal itself in some cases, and the emotional and spiritual well-being of a patient directly affected the physical well-being. He also believed in the importance of annual physical manipulation of the body, similar to chiropractic care. This whole body, holistic approach to medicine also means a D.O. may be more likely to appreciate the role natural remedies can play. What Kind Of Patient Is A D.O. Primary Care Physician A Good Choice For? An osteopath is a good choice for anyone who wants to feel they have maximum control over their healthcare decisions and a physician who is willing to treat the whole body. Some patients with chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia or depression, may also benefit more from a D.O.’s holistic approach.  Check out a clinic like Rural Health Services Consortium Inc. to meet with a primary care...

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Dealing With Bladder Control Issues At The Offce

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you work a full-time job, you may not have time for distractions during the day. If you have bladder control issues, this can interrupt your day and cause possible embarrassment in the workplace. If you have issues with bladder control, there are some ways to become comfortable and confident in the workplace. Here is how you can deal with bladder issues in the workplace at the office to easily get through the day.  Pump your seats up Bending over all of the time to get into a low seat can be an issue, especially if bending is one of the thins that causes a bladder leak. For your office chair and other seats that you may choose, be sure to select a high seat. If you have an office chair that can have the height increased or decreased, increase the height as high as you are comfortable with. This means less bending to slide in or out of your chair.  Wear pads with scent protection If you suffer from bladder control problems, it is possible to experience a bladder leak throughout the day. Wear a pad that will hold a heavy flow during your work day. If you are having issues with controlling bladder, there can also be a scent which you may want to stop. Select a brand of pads or diapers to wear that offer scented options. This will keep you, dry, comfortable, and smelling good so that here is no need for you to be self-conscious. Carry disposable pouches If you find yourself having to change your pad during the day, you may not want to do this openly. In your work bag, you should carry disposable pouches to place your pads inside, so that people will not know what you are throwing into the trash can. When wrapped into a paper or plastic disposable pouch, the sight and smell can be concealed and make it look just like you are throwing away anything something innocuous.  Wear loose fitting, dark pants If there is a possibility that you could have leaks during the day, sticking to pants that could hide any possible spills or leaks is the proper office wear. Wear dark pants in black, deep gray, or navy blue will help to visually mask spills. It is also prudent to wear long shirts that can cover your pants to the upper thigh area. This means that you will have extra protection in the event that a spill happens. Keep an extra pair of pants  and underwear inside of your work desk or your work locker so that you can change if necessary. For more information, contact companies like Vesy...

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4 Things To Tell Your Counselor Before Behavioral Therapy

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Your first therapy session for a behavioral issue can be somewhat nerve wracking, especially if you aren’t sure what to expect or how to get the greatest benefit from the experience. While you don’t need to go into this session with all the answers, it is a good idea to sit down and put together a small list for the mental health counselor so they can better help you. The following list can help you with this. #1: What do you hope to accomplish? Chances are you have a very vague idea of the behavior you want to accomplish. For example, it could be overcoming an addiction or mastering a habit of poor impulse control. Yet, the reasons probably go much deeper than this. Do you want to accomplish the overall goal for your children, to improve your work performance, or to achieve a goal that is currently out of reach due to your behavior? You don’t need to know all the deeper things you want to accomplish at the outset of your counseling, but it is a helpful to have a general idea. #2: What was the tipping point? Your counselor will need to know what was the tipping point that led you to finally seek treatment, since this can affect your treatment plan. Someone that is in therapy because of coercion, such as a court order, requires different treatment than someone that is there because they have decided themselves that it is the best option going forward. Knowing your motivation for attending can be key to successful sessions. #3: Do you practice any personal coping methods? Many people develop methods of coping with a behavior issue, and these methods can range from harmful to helpful. Be honest with the counselor and let them know of any coping methods you have been using, including things like self medicating with legal or illegal drugs and alcohol. Share even things that may seem silly, such as watching funny internet videos as an escape, since your counselor may be able to find healthy ways to work your personal coping methods into your treatment plan. #4: Will bringing others to a session help? Sometimes group therapy is helpful, especially if your behavior is affecting others that you love or if they are affecting your behavior. Let your therapist know if you are open to session with a spouse, your children, or your parents. Knowing this at the outset will help your counselor come up with an integrated treatment plan that can really help you best in the long run. For more help, talk with a mental health counselor in your area, such as Lincoln Psychiatric...

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How Business Yoga Can Benefit Your Company

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

As a business manager, you likely find yourself constantly trying to strike a balance between what is best for the bottom line of your company and what is best for the people that you oversee and manage. Sometimes, these factors all align and sometimes they do not. If you are looking into the possibility of starting a business yoga program for your staff, you may be wondering what some of the benefits of such a program can offer to your staff and business overall. Get to know some of the main benefits of business yoga so that you can better decide if this is the right choice for you and your business. Stress Management One of the best things about yoga is that it helps participants to better manage stress and maintain their composure in stressful situations. Many of the tenants of yoga is maintaining calm breathing and steady internal balance throughout the practice as well as in life. As a person goes through the poses and flowing motions of a yoga routine, they are not only focusing on their body and muscles, but on slowly breathing in and out at a steady and controlled rate. This breath control can also be applied throughout the workday so that a person can face an angry or agitated customer, difficult deadline, or other tricky situation without succumbing to anxiety or other negative emotions. Stress management techniques gained through a business yoga program help to support the mental health of your staff members which can reduce the prevalence of anxiety or depression in the workplace. Additionally, your business will benefit from a staff that is more even-tempered and able to handle whatever tasks are thrown their way with dignity and composure. Improved Physical Health A healthy workforce is an effective workforce. Yoga is not just mentally beneficial but also is technically a physical exercise program. This means that your staff will benefit physically from participating in the program. Yoga improves flexibility and strength, building lean and healthy muscle tissue. This strength and flexibility can prevent workplace injuries and help your workforce to perform their duties more efficiently. However, that is not all. Yoga also promotes balance in all aspects of life and health. People often become more attuned to their body and its needs as far as food, drink, sleep, and the like go. This, in turn, will promote healthier habits and reduce the frequency of illness. This means your staff will use fewer sick days and be at work more often in general. With these benefits in mind, you can better decide whether or not a business yoga program (like those at The Yoga Department) is right for you and your...

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Understanding Canine Liver Failure Signs, Causes And Diagnosis

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Uncategorized |

While you may be familiar with many of the traditional concerns about your dog’s health, one of the things that you may not be aware of is the risk of liver failure. Just like humans, dogs are vulnerable to acute liver failure, and it needs to be identified and treated rapidly to protect your dog’s health. Here’s a look at what you should know about the signs, diagnosis, and treatment of liver failure so that you know what to watch for. What Is The Role Of A Dog’s Liver? Your dog’s liver plays many different roles, all of which are essential. For example, the liver filters toxins and waste from the blood and regulates the chemicals that are in your pup’s body. In addition, the liver secretes bile, which absorbs fats. The essential enzymes that the liver generates will play a key role in digestion and blood clotting. What Are The Signs Of A Failing Liver? If your dog is suffering from any form of liver failure, there are some key symptoms that you might notice. For example, gastrointestinal upset is common and often includes things like diarrhea and vomiting. In addition, as the liver cells die off, your dog may appear slightly jaundice, or yellowed. Another sign to watch for is persistent bleeding or difficulties with clotting. What Can Cause Liver Failure In Dogs? There are many different things that can lead to acute liver failure in your dog. For example, exposure to a toxin or infectious bacteria may lead to liver damage. Some medications can be damaging to the liver as well, as can excess heat exposure. For some dogs, acute liver failure may be the result of metabolic disorders such as glucose processing problems or protein synthesis interference. These conditions require rapid detection and treatment to protect your pup. How Can Liver Failure Be Diagnosed? One of the first things that your vet will probably do is a series of blood tests to detect any enzymes, blood sugar problems or platelet count issues. Also, your dog’s urine may be tested for the presence of any bilirubin, crystals or sugar. In addition to the blood and urine testing, many veterinarians will suggest an ultrasound to evaluate the condition of the liver. Ultrasounds are painless for your pup but give the vet a clear look at the liver. Your vet will probably shave a small area of fur away to do this, because the ultrasound wand needs to make contact with the skin for the sound waves to relay properly. The ultrasound will allow your vet to determine how far the liver condition has progressed, which is important for determining how aggressive treatment must...

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Refuting Common Myths About Insect Sting Allergies

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The spring and summer months can be an excellent time to spend time outside. Unfortunately, there are many individuals that may be unfortunate enough to suffer from an allergy to insect stings. While this condition can be fairly common, there are many misconceptions that stem from notions about this type of allergy. Myth: An Insect Allergy Is Not A Serious Threat There are many individuals who are under the impression that an allergic reaction to an insect sting is not a particularly serious condition. Often, individuals may be under the impression that minor swelling, hives and other irritations are the extent of these reactions. Unfortunately, this is far from the case, and these allergic reactions can be rather severe. In some instances, individuals with severe allergies may experience anaphylactic shock, which can be a life-threatening condition where the airway swells until it becomes closed. Myth: You Can Only Learn If You Are Allergic By Being Stung It is commonly assumed that you will only be able to tell if you have this allergy by being stung. While this is certainly one way of discovering that you have this problem, you should know that it is possible for your allergist to test you for these allergies. During these tests, a small sample of allergens from common stinging insects can be exposed to the skin. By monitoring the reaction to these samples, your allergist will be able to accurately determine whether or not you are allergic to a particular sting. Myth: There Is Little That Can Be Done To Treat This Type Of An Allergic Reaction When an individual is suffering from a severe allergic reaction to an insect sting, it is important to note that rapid treatment is critical for limiting the risks associated with these reactions. In particular, it is important to apply an epinephrine injection as soon as the symptoms of the reaction start to become apparent. These injections will inhibit the histamine response, which can prevent the throat from swelling. As a result of the need for rapid treatment, you will want to ensure that you carry one of these injections with you at all times. Being unfortunate enough to suffer from an insect sting allergy can easily make you feel limited during the warm seasons. However, if you are informed about the realities of these myths, you can find that you are better prepared to ensure that you are able to safely and confidently enjoy time outside. For more information, contact a professional in your area or visit a website...

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3 Tips For Living With Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Hidradenitis suppurativa is a debilitating chronic skin disease that typically produces painful boils and nodules in areas with sweat glands, such as the groin, armpits, and under the breasts. These nodules may open up and drain pus and eventually form sinus tracts under the skin. It is suspected that as many as 1 in 100 people may be afflicted with this condition, but many people receive a wrong diagnosis because there is still little known about this disease and how to treat it. If you have recently been diagnosed with hidradenitis suppurativa, use the following tips: Be Diligent in Finding Medical Care Since not a lot is known about what causes hidradenitis suppurativa and how to treat it, there are many medical professionals who are not familiar with the disease. If you have been diagnosed at an emergency room, urgent care, or by a doctor who recognizes the condition but does not specialize in it, it is important to find a doctor who understands the disease and can help you manage it medically. Most people with hidradenitis suppurativa are under the care of a dermatologist who is up to date on the current advances being made in the treatment of the condition. There currently is no cure for hidradenitis suppurativa, but there are various medications and surgical options available to help you keep it under control. One of the challenges of this disease is the fact that what helps one patient may not help someone else, so you and your dermatologist may need to try several treatment options before discovering what helps you. Self-Care Routine Living with hidradenitis suppurativa can be very difficult– in addition to being incredibly painful, many people who have the disease are embarrassed by their open draining wounds and the foul smell that comes out of them. If you have hidradenitis suppurativa, you may find some relief by taking daily sitz baths in warm water, which may help open the nodules and promote some healing. Some people believe that adding epsom salt to the sitz bath can be beneficial. It is also often recommended that you use an anti-bacterial or anti-microbial body wash on the areas where you develop the abscesses.  Consider Changing Your Diet Some people believe that hidradenitis suppurativa may be a type of autoimmune disease, and the painful nodules and inflammation is due to an intolerance to certain foods. There is anecdotal evidence that many people have been able to manage their condition by discovering food triggers and eliminating them from their diet. Food triggers commonly reported by sufferers of this disease include vegatales and spices from the nightshade family (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, paprika, potatoes, etc.), dairy, and gluten.  For more information, contact Dermatology Surgery Center or a similar...

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5 Tips For Recovery After Orthopedic Hand Surgery

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have undergone orthopedic surgery on your hand or wrist, your orthopedic surgeon will advise you on post-operative care. There are several measures to take that will make your recovery easier and put you at less risk for complications. Follow your doctor’s instructions and keep the following guidelines in mind: 1. Do Not Remove or Change the Bandage or Splint Upon Returning Home Unless you have received instructions from your surgeon to change the dressing, leave it as is until your followup examination. At that time, your doctor will remove the bandage to examine the surgical site and change the dressing as needed. Until your follow-up exam, be sure to keep the bandage free of moisture. You might consider wrapping your hand in heavy plastic while bathing to keep the dressing dry. 2. Prevent Swelling of the Hand The way to do this is by elevating your hand above your heart as much as possible. This promotes drainage after surgery, thus reducing fluid buildup and consequent swelling. Also, with your surgeon or physician’s approval, try flexing your fingers throughout the day for a few days after surgery. This may prevent your affected hand from becoming stiff after your surgery. 3. Be Aware of Unusual Danger Signs While it is normal for a bit of post-surgical oozing of blood, your bandage should not become saturated with blood. If you experience heavy bleeding from the surgical site, notify your doctor right away or go to the emergency room. Another sign to watch out for after hand surgery is discoloration of the fingers or surgical site. If your finger looks purplish or blue, consult your doctor at once, as you may have developed an infection which requires further treatment. 4. Reduce the Risk of Post-Surgical Scarring After having hand surgery, it is normal to have some scarring. Under most circumstances, scarring will diminish after a period of time. However, you stand a higher risk of permanent scarring if you are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Exposure may cause darkening of the sensitive area surrounding the surgical site. For 12 months after surgery, it is best to limit exposure to the sun.  5. Consider Post-Surgical Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy) Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy to help you regain full function in your hand and improve your range of motion. This may include various hand exercises, with or without the use of equipment. Types of equipment used for hand and wrist exercises include squeeze balls to increase flexibility and reduce stiffness, therapy putty and wrist weights. Your sessions may take place in the physical rehabilitation center, and you may continue the hand exercises at...

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Working Behind A Screen All Day? Four Ways To Be Kinder To Your Eyes

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You probably know that staring at a screen all day is not the best thing for your eyes. It can lead to eye irritation and dryness, not to mention hazy vision at night. But what can you do when your job demands that you stare at a screen all day or for a good portion of the day? Quitting your job is not advised, but luckily there are some less-drastic measures you can take to make all of that screen time less stressful on your eyes. Remind yourself to blink. One of the reasons staring at a screen for long period of time is so bad for your eyes is that you tend to blink less often when looking at a screen. Blinking lubricates your eyes and washes irritants off its surface, so it makes sense that with less blinking, your eyes feel dry and itchy. You can minimize these effects by reminding yourself to blink more often while working at the computer. Put a (virtual) sticky note on your desktop that says “blink.” You can also get in the habit of blinking quickly a few times every time you open or close an email, click on a link, etc. Turn down the brightness. Chances are, your screen is a lot brighter than it needs to be in order for you to see effectively, especially considering the brightness of most fluorescent office lighting.  Turn down the brightness as low as you can while still being able to read your screen clearly. This is a lot easier on your eyes. Invest in computer glasses. Computer glasses are similar to sunglasses, except that they are made to filter the most irritating wavelengths of light out before the light reaches your eyes. They can be made in both prescription and non-prescription forms, so even if you don’t regularly wear glasses, you can wear computer glasses when behind the computer. Visit an eye doctor in your area to get properly fitted for these glasses. Keep eye drops handy. Fighting through a bout of eye dryness will just make things worse. You make yourself susceptible to infections and corneal scratches. So, keep a bottle of lubricating eye drops handy, and use them whenever your eyes start feeling dry or itchy. If you wear contacts, make sure you purchase drops that are safe for contact wearers. Working behind a screen is a reality for many people these days. Thankfully, with the tips above, you can help ensure your work habits don’t sabotage your eye health. For an eye doctor, contact a clinic such as California Eye Specialists Medical Group...

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How A Husband Can Prepare For Major Appointments During Pregnancy

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

It can be very hard trying to adjust to the idea of having children. Most of the attention is given to the soon-to-be mother, but it can be very difficult for a soon-to-be father as well. One of the more intimidating things is actually going to the gynecologist. If you are like many husbands, this is not something that you have thought about before, and you might be wondering what you are going to encounter during these different doctor visits. This article is going to talk about three of the biggest appointments during the pregnancy. The 8th-week appointment, 20th-week appointment, and the delivery can be intimidating, but these are things that you should remember.  8th-Week Appointment Every week that your unborn child is alive, the chances of a miscarriage go down. This is great news, but for this reason there is a very good chance that your wife will be extremely nervous. The pain of a miscarriage is real, and it scares many women. Remember that she needs you to comfort her and tell her that things are going to be okay. During the 8th-week appointment, a professional — like Women First OBGYN — is going to do one of the first ultrasounds. The ultrasound will reveal that your little one is about the size of a peanut. This ultrasound will also show the heartbeat. This is a very special appointment and being there with your wife will be very special for you both.  20th-Week Appointment The 20-week appointment is when the ultrasound will show you the gender of the baby. Talk with your wife beforehand so you can decide if you want to know the gender. The ultrasound technician will start by doing all the important measurements. They will measure the head, brain, heart, among other things. This will allow you to have peace of mind that things are progressing properly. Just like with previous appointments, be sure to be extremely positive with your spouse.  The Delivery The delivery can be different for each woman and with each baby. The labor can go quickly or it can be very long. Be prepared for a few night stay in the hospital. This means that you should have a bag packed prior to the delivery. In this bag you should pack your wife a few changes of clothes and toiletries along with your change of clothes and toiletries. It would not hurt to pack a few of your and your wife’s favorite snacks. These few tips might make the pregnancy and delivery a little bit easier....

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Tips For New Caregivers About Home Health Care Equipment And Supplies

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Taking home a loved one from the hospital with orders for home care may be overwhelming to a new caregiver. While having your loved one home is a wonderful feeling, you may also be wondering if you will be able to provide the care and supervision necessary for that person to recover. If you have never been a caregiver before, follow these tips for making it easier on you. Looking At Home Care Plans When your loved is discharged from a hospital, he or she will go home with a care plan describing the home health care he or she will receive. If your family member requires a hospital bed, you will have an order for it on the plan and a date it will be delivered. The same is also true about other medical equipment like oxygen machines, walkers and wheelchairs. If the medical equipment you are receiving needs explanation about its use, you will also be visited by a health care worker to show you how to use it. Visits From Medical Professionals In most home care plans, you will have visits from several medical professionals, most of them coming from an agency assigned to your loved one. If you need help with bathing and dressing your loved one, you can get it from the health care agency in charge of your loved one. You will most likely also receive a visit from the social worker representing the home health agency. Nurses and physical therapists are a large portion of the visitors you and your loved one will have. Bear in mind, however, that you will have a days that will require you to provide all care because there will be no visits. On the days you do have visits, be sure to tell the nurse or therapist about any medical supplies you are running low on. For example, if you use diapers and wipes for your loved one, you can have them brought along with professionals during their visits. This is an especially beneficial visit if your loved cannot be alone due to conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Notifying Your Loved One’s Primary Health Care Provider When your loved one is discharged, the doctor your loved has been under will be the one to sign the home health order. In many cases, a patient’s primary care physician is not notified by other medical professionals. Making sure you tell the hospital to send over a copy of the home health care order to your loved one’s primary care doctor is important. In the event your loved one needs to see his or her primary care physician, that person will already know about the types of care your loved one is receiving at home. Remember that you need to take good care of yourself to look after your loved one at home after a hospital stay. Taking breaks and making time for yourself is important. Joining a support group of other caregivers is a good way to have someone to talk to that is also caring for someone sick. For more information about medical equipment, contact Medi-Rents & Sales Inc or a similar...

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