Have you ever suffered a broken a heart? Been told you have a big
heart? What about a cold heart? We often refer to the human heart this
way, but how much do you really know about this vital organ? Here are
our top 5 heart facts.
1. Laughter is the “best" medicine, or at least a good one!
heard the phrase before, but why laughter and not other emotions? What
about crying or simply smiling? According to a study reported by Hasan,
researchers at the University of Maryland found beneficial effects on
the cardiovascular system from laughter. The researchers tested brachial
artery constriction of 20 volunteer patients for five minutes after the
volunteers watched two videos conveying extreme emotions. One video
conveyed distress, while the other conveyed humor. The results proved
that laughter increased blood flow by 22%, while distress decreased
blood flow by 35%.
It's quick, easy, accessible, cheap and tasty. It's the world of fast food, and Americans continue to consume the classic combo meals everyday. In today's hurried society, often a trip to McDonald's or Wendy's are the only options during a 30-minute lunch break. While consuming a greasy burger every once in a while won't kill you, eating abundant amounts of fast food has contributed to the rising obesity epidemic that Americans are currently facing. According to Rashad, the readiness and inexpensiveness of these fast food chains has caused Americans to consume more and has made them less active. The obesity epidemic has increased rapidly, especially during the 1980s, partially due to the expansion of fast food restaurant chains in America. Let's face it – the majority of Americans are now overweight. So, is fast food getting any healthier?
Your spice cabinet has more power than you might think! Spices and herbs can be potent and powerful health aids for countless conditions and diseases. While they typically cannot be used as the only treatment for certain health conditions, spices and herbs pack a flavorful and health-powered punch to foods and drinks. Below, we have listed our top 4 healthy spices and herbs.
Despite almost 20 years of research, air pollution and heart health are not often discussed together. Heart disease is often attributed to smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, but risk factors associated with air pollution are seldom considered. While most of the American population poses only a relatively small risk as a trigger for heart disease, breathing polluted air raises some people's risk of heart attack, stroke or irregular heart rhythm.
Is your gym membership collecting dust? You're not alone. Finding the
time, motivation and money to attend a daily gym session is difficult,
but often seems like the only option. There are, however, several
effective and beneficial exercises that can often be completed for free
and without a gym membership. So, what are some of the most cost
effective ways you can become healthier through physical activity?
You may not know that February is American Heart Month and heart disease is America's leading cause of death for both men and women. American Heart Month is an American Heart Association sponsored event, dedicated to the most vital - and often neglected - organ in our bodies. The goal of American Heart Month is to make a difference, but it's up to individuals within each and every community to come together and make a change. Regardless of your state of health, age, gender or location, you can help the AHA's mission of improving heart health during the month of February. So, what are some things you can do during American Heart Month?
While many people consider volunteering, more often than not, people have a difficult time actually getting around to doing it. There's no doubt about it – volunteering is beneficial to people, but did you know it can be surprisingly beneficial for your health too? In 2013, about 1 in 4 adults reported volunteering at least once during the year, according to Volunteering in America. While volunteering may seem like a large chunk of time out of you week, you can experience many positive health effects of volunteering even if you are just able to do so once a month. There are so many ways to volunteer, like raising money, serving food, providing transportation, and teaching children.
There's no doubt about it - smoking tobacco is dangerous to your heath. In fact, cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in America, causing an astounding 1 out of every 5 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although current cigarette smoking has declined about 4 percent since 2005, it is still prevalent and detrimental to Americans. As researchers are finding more about the dangers of nicotine, formaldehyde, ammonia, arsenic, etc., more smoke-free campaigns and laws are becoming implemented and “quitting" technology is improving. According to an article from the Journal of Adolescent Health, smoke-free air laws and other statewide tobacco control campaigns are effective and successful in limiting young adult smoking.
Your lingering winter cold that has you feeling off track this season is most likely not the cold you thought it to be. The familiar sniffling and watery eyes everyone seems to be experiencing could actually be winter seasonal allergies. It can be hard to tell, because both present with very similar symptoms to that common cold you've been blaming as the source. Winter allergies are just as common as spring and summer allergies, but the cold seems to get all the blame. According to a study conducted by the University of Chicago, medical professionals diagnosed mold allergy most frequently in the winter. We are so used to blaming our symptoms on the flu season, that we often forget about the mold and mildew allergies that peak during this time of year. But still, winter colds are very prevalent and must be properly diagnosed and treated. So what do you have? Winter allergies or a seasonal cold?
Some of 2014's big breakthroughs in medicine are being implemented right now, and 2015 will certainly bring additional innovations to improve care outside and inside the hospital. We took Cleveland Clinic's “Top Medical Innovations for 2015" and picked out our top 4, all involving – you guessed it- the heart!
Health trends are constantly shifting as humans become smarter and improved technology becomes available. Medical doctors, dieticians and scientists are constantly researching ways to optimize health. Though the New Year is just barely started, there are already new health “trends" that gaining popularity across the country. As always, health food is all the rage, constantly occupying American minds and lifestyles.
Every winter, about 1,200 Americans die from a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). This increase spike in number of heart attack fatalities is no coincidence. The “Merry Christmas coronary" or “Happy Hanukkah heart attack" pattern that researchers have studied occurs due to a variety of seasonal variations. In a 2004, a national study conducted by the University of California, San Diego, and Tufts University School of Medicine, researchers found an overall increase of 5-percent for heart attacks in the winter compared to any other time of the year. Because of the increased strain cold weather puts on the cardiovascular system, it's crucial to put in additional effort in maintaining a healthy heart. We've created this guide in an effort to help you remain free of heart attacks this winter season.
Heart disease is a complex array of diseases – such as a heart attack – that are often related to a process known as atherosclerosis, which occurs when buildup plaque becomes concentrated on the narrows of the arteries, furthering the narrowing of the arteries. Often, this forms blood clots, which can cause heart attacks and strokes. Some other types of cardiovascular disease (CVD) include heart valve problems, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, enlarged heart, heart muscle disease, Marfan syndrome, pericarditis and coronary artery disease.
You may have heard several good things about coconut oil or even purchased a tub. So how do you use it? Organic coconut oil, which - like its name implies - is derived from coconut, has recently become a pantry staple. But how can you utilize it? Consider our top six ways to incorporate coconut oil into your life today.
There are several “secrets to longevity" to help you live longer. Implementing these tips, however, is often harder than it seems. We've taken some of our favorite and easiest tips to increase your life span, health and mood!
There are several ways to stay healthy, but often people neglect one of the most vital aspects of a healthy heart: keeping your numbers in check. Doctors and other medical professionals often stress your health in numbers, but why do these numbers matter? According to WebMD, monitoring your blood pressure, cholesterol and waist size are the three most important steps to optimal heart health.
It's that time of the year again. For most, the holidays
mean family, friends, giving and great food and drinks. Celebrations of the
season are certainly a valid reason to consume beverages you wouldn't typically
consume, however, the high calorie content of some traditional holiday drinks
may not be worth it. On top of the increased calorie consumption, the holidays
are for rest, which typically translates into a more sedentary lifestyle. While
this is perfectly reasonable, it's just another reason to consider
how many additional calories, fats and
sugars you are actually drinking. To help put this into greater perspective, we
have collected our top-3 list of some classic holiday drinks and broke them
Obesity has taken America by storm. According to the CDC, more than one-third of Americans suffer from obesity, a costly, dangerous disease. Obesity is related to many other serious diseases, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. This obesity epidemic continues to spread, affecting millions of Americans. As we attempt to fight obesity, many Americans turn to medications and dietary supplements for help.
Family, friends and employers often look at “how" you are, but with the rise of modern technology, now you can be measured as “how much?" Personal attributes, like our dispositions, levels of oxygen and amount of steps taken can now be precisely measured and shared. One goal of sharing this information can be to optimize our health and general wellbeing. In the past, simply taking a walk once a day meant you were somewhat active, but now that we can measure the number of steps, incline and exact exertion of energy, we can analyze how active you are by analyzing every number possible during your daily strolls.
Whether you're a doctor, dentist, nurse, CNA, medical assistant, police officer, fire fighter, lifeguard or even a school bus driver, obtaining Basic Life Support and/or Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification is continuously advised, typically required, and are both available online. It is necessary to understand the differences between the two courses and knowing which course, if not both, is more appropriate for your career. There are four main distinctions between ACLS and BLS online courses.
Why ACLS is so important: Updated Guideline Addressing Cardiovascular Evaluation and Management for Non-cardiac Surgeries
While the American Heart Association (AHA) updates numerous guidelines and standards every five years, there is one update that has taken a special interest in those who know why ACLS is so important. Without these updates and revisions, we'd still be using volcanic stone bone levers and forceps made used by ancient Romans! Proper care before, during, and after any surgeries is one of the most important roles as the caretaker because without it, patients could die. The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and AHA have updated the guideline as follows:
A career as a firefighter is often a dream of young boys and girls, but more than often these dreams change over time due to the amount of stress and danger involved in firefighting. Furthermore, the pay that most firefighters receive - if they are not volunteer firefighters who do not receive any pay - is typically about $45,000 whereas a similarly stressful career of an airline pilot makes about $114,000 according to fireengineering.com. To better appreciate the work of local firefighters, consider reasons their careers make firefighting one of the top most demanding careers.
Male nurse stereotypes have consistently been seen in and outside of the hospital over the years, and male nurses have consistently been minorities within the professions. The gender stereotype was primarily established during World War I and World War II, where nursing became a predominantly female profession due to shortages of money, room and tuition for schooling. Before this time, the world of nursing was quite the opposite as it is today. So, why do male nurses still face much stereotyping and ridicule for their desired profession of helping, while they are often desired as medical doctors? Why are male nurses exposed to a gender gap while male physicians are not? Here are some problems male nurses unfortunately face today.
You may have listened to people describe themselves as a math savvy “right-brained" or creatively inclined “left-brained", but what exactly does this mean? How do people learn differently based on their unique learning styles? As a medical professional, you must learn to utilize both visual and auditory study material in order to be effective and successful within your challenging career.
Registered nurses (RN) are an extraordinarily compassionate and vital component to a hospital's faculty. RN's are constantly on their feet working from dusk to dawn, making life-or-death decisions for their patients within a matter of minutes. RN's choose to become RN's out of tenderness and kindheartedness for their community, family and friends, but the road to employment is typically difficult and requires more time than becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA) or medic. A career as a RN, however, is more than a career. Nurses spend adequate time with each of their patients, paying close attention to quality of care and nurse-patient interaction. They are leaders, caregivers, educators and role models. If you are considering a rewarding career as a RN, what type of certifications and education do you need?
It's safe to say that almost every American has had the opportunity to give blood, but ever wonder exactly why so many people need blood and where exactly it goes? According to American Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Health care professionals estimate that almost 40 percent of the U.S population is eligible to give blood, but only a mere 10 percent do. These 10 percent of people account for nearly 15.7 million donations every year. That means Americans as a whole could potentially donate about 62,000,000 based on hospital estimates. So, why is giving blood so important?
Studies have shown that better adherence to ACLS guidelines produce better outcomes. A major component of ACLS interventions is administration of resuscitation drugs, such as epinephrine, vasopressin, amiodarone, and others. A recent study was conducted to determine how well nurses understand ACLS drugs and identify any administration obstacles they encounter during resuscitations.
So, you're interested in working in a health facilities with doctors, nurses, patients and other health care professionals, but don't want to attend medical school because it's time consuming and expensive. Whatever the reason, consider becoming a medical assistant. Medical assistants have no certification requirements, but there are different types of certifications, licensure and training that that is often recommended or offered by specific health care facilities. So, what exactly is a registered medical assistant?
Is Vasopressin more Effective than Epinephrine in CPR? Changes in ACLS Drug Cheat Sheets and Results from a Meta-Analysis
In 2000, the AHA added vasopressin to the ACLS drug cheat sheets and guidelines. At that time, research showed no benefit from high dose epinephrine and emerging research from several small trials suggested vasopressin might be effective. In 2010, the AHA guidelines continued to suggest consideration of vasopressin as a first or second line vasoconstrictor. The 2010 guidelines note that studies had not shown vasopressin to be better or worse than epinephrine in resuscitation, and that no alternative vasopressors showed superiority.
So, you need to pass your pediatric advanced life support (PALS) certification or recertification exam? There are several methods of studying, including memorization and note taking, but these approaches are tedious and uninteresting to most. Aside from making students drained, the typical manner in which health care professionals study for their medical certification exams are often ineffective due to lack of retention. Memorizing the seemingly countless algorithms, pharmacological tools, and protocols does not have to be as dull as you think! Consider the tips below on more enjoyable and successful methods of studying for your upcoming PALS course:
Advanced airway management is a vital skill for clinicians and doctors rescuing a critically ill or injured patient and is an essential component of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). There are a variety of airway management approaches, including: ACLS intubation, bag-mask ventilation, extraglottic device ventilation, and cricothyroidotomy, and because of their extent and amount, there are often problems and difficulties accompanied with each specific protocol.
When learning, whether to become Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified or not, it seems the most important factor is memorization. The human brain, however, is not a two-dimensional sheet of paper filled with drugs and algorithms; it’s a complex structure that requires more than memorization. So, how do humans learn? The brain consists of a large network of neurons that receives sensory information transmitted by the synapses, which floods the brain with information all the time. A properly trained ACLS provider should have the ability to retain the information found in ACLS manuals and apply it in their practice, which is often easier said than done. Practicing fluency, or the repetition of rehearsal, is the most effective way of doing this. Health care professionals studying for an ACLS exam must prepare and review frequently to better recall the vast amount of information of ACLS.
Opiates are addictive drugs that act on the nervous systems to relieve pain. Unfortunately, these important pain relievers have a high abuse potential. Common street names for opioids include: hillbilly heroin, oxys, syrups, and purple drink. When abused, these drugs cause physical dependence and overdose can be life threatening. Signs of an opioid overdose may include inability to talk, limpness, choking or vomiting, loss of consciousness, and slowed breathing. In extreme cases, breathing can stop – respiratory arrest – and the right antidote can be life-saving. How can a rescuer trained in BLS or ACLS protocols save a person experiencing opioid overdose?
As a highly trained medical professional you are no stranger to studying, but are your studying habits effective? You probably formed these habits in high school, and refined them in undergraduate and even graduate level college work. These habits often include reading the material, highlighting, making note cards, re-reading the material, highlighting important passages or key concepts and taking practice exams. Even last minute cramming is a technique - probably used by more of us than we'd like to admit! Which techniques work? Which ones don't? As a busy professional you don't have time to waste using old habits that don't help you retain key information. As you prepare for certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), or even Basic Life Support (BLS) be sure you're using the study tools that are proven most effective.
So you’re considering a career as a certified nursing assistant (CNA)? It’s natural to wonder how you can survive in the “real world” after the training that comes with CNA education. Furthermore, should you expect promotions, raises, and opportunity for greater and more demanding experience? How much do CNAs expect to make in their first five years?
Do you think you know the leading cause of death in America? Unfortunately, most do not. The leading cause of death in America and many international countries is Myocardial infarction, or MI. There are approximately 450,000 people in the United States that are dying from MI every year. Fortunately, the in-hospital survival rate is increasing with time, and today it is about 95 percent. So what exactly is the disease? MI occurs when myocardial ischemia, a diminished blood supply to the heart, exceeds a critical threshold and overwhelms myocardial cellular repair mechanisms that are intended to keep a normal operating function and homeostasis. There are five types of MI, which are all associated with different symptoms and concerns and six primary risk factors that have been identified with the development of coronary artery disease and MI: hyperlipidemia, diabetes, mellitus, hypertension, tobacco use, gender and family history. A person experiencing MI will show signs and symptoms that include: Chest pain/pressure, radiation of the pain into the jaw, breathlessness, epigastric discomfort, sweating, syncope and an impairment of cognitive function. In the past, it has been suggested that men are more likely to have MI, but a recent study has proven women could have it worse.
Drugs that cause the contraction of blood vessels, or vasopressors, are necessary for effective Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). If your patient unfortunately has respiratory and/or metabolic acidosis, the vascular constrictive characteristics of epinephrine, a regularly administered ACLS agent, could potentially be blunted. Epinephrine is known for increasing heart rate, blood pressure, cardiac output, and carbohydrate metabolism.
The modern Frankenstein, Doris Taylor, has defined a new era of organ transplant technology with her most recent operations and discoveries. Take away the green skin, straggly hair and bolted neck, and you essentially have Taylor’s phenomenon. Tissue engineering has evolved rapidly, and scientists are now able to engineer completely new vital organs – such as the heart. Thousands of people are in need to heart transplants. Can scientists like Taylor keep them alive and well?
In 2010 the AHA removed atropine from the pulseless electrical activity (PEA) and asystole algorithms, along with removing them from any lectures and materials, ACLS drug cheat sheets, and online courses. This change was made due to evidence which found atropine was unlikely to have an effect. PEA and asystole are usually a result of reversible conditions such as hypoxia, tamponade, and the other Hs and Ts. A recent study was published which sought to determine the effect of the removal of atropine from the PEA and asystole algorithm. In their research, Drs. Chang and Bellam reviewed 119 PEA and asystole arrests in 2 hospitals over three years. Atropine use decreased from 74% prior to the change in guidelines, to 40% after, without an effect on duration of resuscitation or their outcomes. This is to be expected, due to the way the heart’s natural pacemaker, the sinus node, controls heart rate.
Vasopressors, drugs that cause the constriction of blood vessels, are vital, life-saving drugs used in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) protocols. Administration of vasopressors during episodes of low blood pressure result in constriction of blood vessels which shunts blood to the core organs such as heart and brain. It is important to know that a recent study suggests the vasoconstrictive properties of epinephrine may be blunted in respiratory or metabolic acidosis. Vasopressin, another vasopressor, has a comparable effect to epinephrine in return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), and may maintain its effectiveness in the presence of acidosis. Current ACLS guidelines indicate that vasopressin may be used as standalone therapy, or after an initial dose of epinephrine. This is because there is no randomized controlled clinical trial proving one agent to be more effective than the other. With this in mind, how can we enhance ACLS drug delivery and improve survival of victims experiencing cardiac arrest?
Online education continues to grow rapidly, and courses once available only in traditional classroom settings are now available 24/7 giving students increased convenience and productivity. Physicians, nurses, firefighters, and EMS personnel that require Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) know the importance of teamwork. Patient survival is improved with rapid defibrillation and initiation of ACLS, the hallmark of good teamwork.
The expansions of the Internet and technology along with the changes in medical certification have changed dramatically over the past few years. The Internet alone has expanded into almost 2 billion indexed pages. Much of this expansion includes online education, a rather new experience, which now specifically incorporates online medical certification for health care providers. There are advantages and disadvantages to both online and classroom learning, especially for medical professionals with extremely demanding lives. One of the more common medical certifications, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, is available to take in a both a traditional and in-class setting and a comprehensive online manner. You need ACLS, do you choose in-class or online? Understanding the pros and cons of both education formats will help you decide which learning environment best applies to your medical certification needs.
It's that time of the year to acquire and verify medical certifications and recertifications within your practice, so which provider do you choose? Individual Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification and recertification can be pricey and a burden to credentialing managers, especially if there are an exceedingly large number of people who need to be certified. Advanced Medical Certification has come up with a solution: discounted and inclusive ACLS group rates. Group rates benefit more than just your budget. AMC group accounts receive the fastest certification with complete control throughout the entire process. You can manage your group by adding individual group members and assigning new exams for your providers. The benefits of becoming certified as a group are cost effective and convenient. Discover the AMC solution and become ACLS certified together.
The American Heart Association's Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification requires a remarkably diverse set of skills compared to that of Basic Life Support or other essential CPR instructions. Both AHA ACLS Renewal and initial certification test assess your ability to save a person from sudden cardiac arrest. If you are a healthcare professional, medical certification is often required, and it is critical to completely understand the dynamics and components of proper ACLS.
New and rather valuable information has been discovered at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia; the human intestines and pancreas can taste sugar, just like our tongues. Sweetness receptors have been found that sense glucose and fructose in our gut. The knowledge of these receptors may be used in the formation of a new diabetes drug.
Medical technology is increasing greatly with each passing year. The priorities today dealing with the approval and delivery processes are speed, inexpensiveness, and efficiency. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year proclaimed a new Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC). The goal is to simplify the process of designing and testing new technologies, which will help increase safety and survival rates while decreasing the overall cost of medical care. Here are a few new technological innovations to watch in the coming year.
Unfortunately, 1 out of 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life. Although there are contributing factors that are beyond anyone’s control - such as heredity and pure chance - there are many factors that may lower the risk of breast cancer that lies within the everyday lifestyle; regular exercise, healthy body weight, not smoking and one’s diet.
There are about 100,000 epileptic children in America who suffer from intractable epilepsy. For this type of disorder, antiseizure medication is useless. So, many people, including those with other types of epilepsy, are seeking an alternative medication. One of these is Cannabis Sativa, which derives from pot. According to some parents, marijuana has shown to help with their children’s seizures while the orthodox drugs do not.
Electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigs, are soaring in popularity throughout the U.S.; 60% of Americans are now familiar with them, according to a recent study. These supposedly healthier alternatives are tobacco-free, battery-operated, and also permitted in non-smoking areas. However, these sleek gadgets do contain nicotine and other possible hidden dangers that might not yet be known.
Measles is highly infectious disease that, like the flu, can be spread through the air in droplets from sneezes, coughs, and breathing. If exposed to it but unvaccinated, a person has a 90% chance of contracting it, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, researchers are seeing hope in a new drug for fighting the illness among the unvaccinated. This drug is an oral medication and has shown some success in preventing diseases similar to measles in ferrets.
Heart attacks not only stop blood flow, but also may cause severe, long-term effects to the heart during recovery.This frightening threat includes scar tissue covering the heart, hardening it and making it less able to contract. This subsequently results in the decrease of healthy blood flow, which in turn brings about heart failure. One present treatment to this is a heart transplant, but unfortunately the demand is much greater than the supply. Because of this, scientists have long searched for another solution, rather without success. Now, a possibility in a form of gene therapy has recently been seen in pigs.
The opinions and feelings associated with having a stroke bring most people anxiety, yet the fear of actually having a stroke remains nearly invisible. Strokes, occurring in all ages, are now putting younger people at a higher threat than ever before. Stroke-related deaths strike about every four minutes; therefore it is imperative to recognize the signs and cause of this frightening disease. In today’s world, an alarming 15 percent of common-type strokes occur in teens and young adults.
Is new Frankenstein at bay? Possibly. Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, considers this title a compliment. She collects organs from the recently-dead, re-engineers them and attempts to bring them back to life, hoping it might work again for the living. Taking this into consideration, Taylor admits the comparison to Frankenstein is rather suitable.
Several years ago, researchers discovered the three latest of the main cold-causing viruses - the rhinoviruses. Now, researchers have a new 3-D model of one of them, which may help bring about more effective cold antidotes.
Scale insects are sessile (immobile) insects that lives on plants and sucks at them; sometimes it is harmless, sometimes it is fatal to the plants. An emerald ash borer is a scale insect that greatly explains the dramatic decrease in the ash tress primarily in Michigan and surrounding states. The ash borers arrived from Asia in 2002 and since then, tens of millions of ash trees have been killed. This got Rob Dunn, a biologist in the Department of Biology at North Carolina State University and a few of his students to wonder... might this affect humans?
Scientists have been studying the proteins known as taste receptors, which let you know when something is sweet, salty, bitter or savory. These receptors have also been found in other locations in the body, such as the stomach, intestines, pancreas, lungs and brain, though their functions remain uncertain.
Choosing a pediatrician is a decision that involves not only finding a doctor capable of providing healthcare for your child, but also one whose character is compatible with your own. It is an important decision that should be made well before labor and delivery, allowing time to make the most informed, well-educated decision possible. While you may think you know exactly what qualities to look for in a pediatrician, other key factors may prove to be just as important for a new parent to take into consideration when trying to find the doctor who is the perfect fit for their family.
National Stroke Awareness Month takes place every year in May. The purpose? To raise awareness that will help people become mindful of the signs of a stroke and to know the steps needed to be taken in order to prevent one from happening.
Dr. Eric Topol, one of the world’s foremost cardiologists, recently shared with NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman the growing impact that smartphones are having on the medical profession and healthcare industry. An expert in the field of wireless medicine, Dr. Topol explained that innovative apps created for smartphones are continually increasing accessibility for both doctor and patient by allowing remote monitoring, which also exponentially increases accuracy.
A new study has been released that offers hope to the over 100,000 Americans who undergo or wait to undergo organ transplants each year. The premise is simple: give the patient two transplants — first transplant the organ itself, then give the patient a second transplant of stem cells from the organ’s donor. This process is intended to prevent a condition called Graft-versus-Host-Disease (GvHD), a common and frequently deadly result of bone marrow transplants. Now, for the first time, researchers have been able to completely replace bone marrow stem cells with donor stem cells without causing GvHD, a breakthrough that has significant implications for the field of organ transplantation.
Early this year, Honeywll FM&T employee, George Hickman, suffered cardiac arrest on the job. Luckily, six of his fellow employees had all recently undergone Red Cross training classes and were able to save his life using the skills and techniques they’d been taught.
Vanessa Tanasio, 41, was dead in every way that mattered medically—no heartbeat and not breathing. She had suffered a massive heart attack and, soon after being rushed to the hospital, her body shut down. However, Australian physicians at Melbourne’s Monash Heart refused give up.
Dr. Dennis Filips, a trauma surgeon for the Canadian Navy, earned the top innovator award at last week's Life Science and Health Care Ventures Summit for his medical clamp design that stops traumatic bleeding. He was inspired by a simple hair clip after three tours in Afghanistan.
Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. The ages of those affected are getting younger and younger every year.
Along with our human senses come limits; we cannot hear certain pitches that are too high or too low. We can’t see infrared or ultraviolet light. Scientists have been working on discovering ways to broaden our sensory boundaries, hoping for one day people being able to feel through prosthetic limbs, see heat via infrared light or even develop a sixth sense for magnetic north. A study recently published in Nature Communications is just a small step to opening these doors. This study, done at Duke University, consisted of Neurobiologist Miguel Nicolelis and his colleagues using brain implants to teach 6 rats to recognize infrared light, which is usually invisible to their eyes.
It has just been announced by the American Nurses Association (ANA) that Emergency Nursing is now classified as a specialty. The ANA has also approved the Emergency Nurses Association's (ENA) scope of practice and standards of practice.
Persistent chemotherapy-resistant chronic lymphatic leukemia (CLL) is a serious form of cancer as it invades the body with terrifying speed. When we think we have conquered it with modern technologies, it shows its ugly face yet again, sometimes leading to death. Now, there is hope for a new cure to CLL. By August 2011, 2 out of 3 advanced stage CLL patients have been completely cured. There had been many inefficacious attempts at genetically modifying the T cells, enabling them to fight leukemia and to seek out and destroyed tumors. The therapy that accomplished in curing the patients was only a slight alteration of those attempts.
Postmortem sperm retrieval (PMSR) is a process of using the sperm from a deceased man to fertilize an egg. Requests for PMSR are increasing, but the US doesn't have any guidelines concerning the process. Dr. Larry Lipshultz, a urologist at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, argues that since there is no governmental regulations concerning the time-sensitive process, institutions should create their own rules to handle the subject.
CT (computed tomography) scans are x-rays that create a 3D visual by rotating around the head, chest or another body part. Although these are much more detailed than a standard x-ray machine, they subject the body to between 150 and 1,100 times the radiation, which is about a year’s worth of radiation exposure from both natural and artificial sources. All these x-ray beams also can damage DNA and cause mutations that make cells malfunction and grow into tumors. Doctors have always assumed that the benefits outweigh the risks, though.
Basic Life Support (BLS) is a level of first-aid resuscitation that can be used in emergency situations until victims are placed into the care of medical professionals.
At AHIMA’s 85th Annual Convention and Exhibit (October 26-30), in Atlanta, experts will discuss implementation difficulties, successes and strategies. The compliance deadline is less than one year away for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. At this convention, judgments on the fundamentals of an effective implementation plan will be shared, including payer and vendor collaboration and related revenue cycle system preparation; training and testing; and clinical documentation enhancement.
Ever wonder how cholesterol can be good and bad at the same time? How does that work? How can I keep the good stuff and get rid of the bad stuff? Knowing the answers to these questions is essential to someone who is attempting to be certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
Coursing through the veins of every human being, along with blood, water, and other nutrients, are a number of lipoproteins (a molecule made up of proteins and fat). The two most prominent of these lipoproteins are "low-density lipoproteins" (LDLs), which are known as bad cholesterol, and "high-density lipoproteins" (HDLs), or good cholesterol. These two lipoproteins are vehicles for cholesterol, speeding every which way on the bodily highway that is the human bloodstream. Lipoproteins are produced in the liver and sent out to transport fats to places in the body where they could help cell construction. Let's take a look at the two different types of lipoproteins and how the cholesterol they carry can be properly balanced.
Learning More About the Ear May Lead to New and Improved Hearing Aids
At Columbia University, researchers are gaining critical insights about how the ear processes sound by using sensors inside live gerbils’ ears. Much evidence has been revealed about how the cochlea, a coiled portion of the inner ear, processes and amplifies sound. These researchers are on the road that may lead to improved hearing aids and implants.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition in which the airways constrict, becoming narrow or closed, decreasing the amount of oxygen in the body and causing the patient to either partially or completely wake up. This may lead to many different health conditions primarily involving the cardiovascular system. OSA affects about 9% of women and 24% of men. Contributing risk factors include body weight, smoking, and diabetes. The primary treatment method is a CPAP, which is a machine that delivers Continuous Positive Airway Pressure during sleep and results in enhanced relaxation and improved energy levels after use.
Another possible option for weight loss? These words automatically attract many people’s attention, especially the struggling dieters out there. Yes, many know about the energy-boosting and diuretic effects of coffee, but researchers have been curious about what effects raw-unroasted coffee beans may have concerning the body and its metabolic chemistry. These researchers’ studies consisted of 16 overweight young adults (ages 22 to 26) taking either capsules of green coffee bean extract or a placebo. After 5 months, those taking the extract lost an average of 17.5 pounds and reduced their overall body weight by 10.5% and body fat by 16%, on average. The calorie intake of these subjects over the course of the trial didn’t change and their physical activity was monitored and recorded.
The primary purpose of sunscreen is to protect the skin from sunburns, but a number of incidents have occurred in which people have used spray-on sunscreen and burst into flame after approaching a barbecue grill, lighting a cigarette or standing near a citronella candle. The FDA has five of these incidents of skin being ignited and needing medical care on file. Every time, the user of the sunscreen supposedly thought the spray was dry. There had been no “blowtorch effect” in which the flame flared outward when the aerosol vapor was applied near a source of fire.
Depression is a major, common illness that is taking ahold of many teenagers today. Currently, the diagnosis of depression consists of asking patients to recall their symptoms. Soon, diagnosing depression may be as simple as diagnosing high cholesterol. A new study is emerging that describes a blood test developed by a scientist at Northwestern School of Medicine in Chicago that can help with the diagnosis of this illness. Researchers say this new test might even have the ability to discern between specific types of depression. This will hopefully result in more personalized treatments.
Social media is not going away. In fact, it only continues to expand its appearances into people’s lives more and more as time goes on. With over 500 million users on Twitter and 950 million on Facebook, it is safe to assume that at least half of the current users of social media access these networks from their mobile devices and/or smartphones.
Here are a few pieces of advice from Specialist Registrar, Elizabeth Wallin, for all of those new medical students that are hitting the wards for the first time this year. These tips are based on her experiences and many years of teaching medical students.
Like most trends, the trends in health care are constantly changing. Having said that, one of the most constant changes in health care has been technology. And while we all know that the iPad has transformed the way hospitals are doing things, it’s not the only piece of technology that works within the health care system. New technological advancements for healthcare recruiters has begun to change the way recruiters jobs function.
James Odgers, 61, was working at Tampa International Airport when without warning he tumbled to the ground. His heart beat and breathing had both stopped—James was experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. Seeing their co-worker lying motionless on the ground, four airport workers rushed to his side.
Heart disease is currently the leading cause of death in the United States, and annually claims more than 600,000 lives according to the American Heart Association (AHA). “Considering this staggering number, learning to recognize the initial signs of a heart attack is now more important than ever,” Jane Young, Director of Social Outreach, said. “The end of July special gives people the skills they need to save lives by offering our BLS courses for less.” If someone is experiencing any of the below symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
Everyone should go to their doctor for a yearly checkup. As part of this yearly exam, doctors always check your cholesterol levels. How much do you know about your cholesterol? We are going to help you learn more about your body by clearing up some of the most common myths about cholesterol.
On average, did you know that only one firefighter per rescue team is usually trained as a paramedic? Luckily for one man in San Louis Obispo, the Fire Department’s Medic Engine 3 was equipped with two certified paramedics.
Shortly after beating obesity, actress Star Jones was admitted to the hospital after she experienced intense heart palpitations. After undergoing tests, doctors informed her that she had heart disease and needed to undergo immediate open-heart surgery to repair the aorta valve. Without the valve repair surgery, she would eventually need a heart transplant.
Howard Abravanel rode his bike down to the park to take part in his daily basketball game. Feeling exhausted, Howard asked for a sub and took a seat on the bench. Not soon after, he collapsed onto the ground.
Twenty-four years ago, Eric Dishman suffered a series of fainting spells. After multiple rounds of testing, it was determined that his kidneys were not functioning properly. Doctors told him that he had two rare kidney diseases that would most likely tear up his kidneys and eventually kill him, along with the cancerous-like cells in his immune system. Eric started treatment right away but he was not an eligible candidate for a kidneys transplant. They thought he only had 2 to 3 more years to live.
Did you know that it is possible to suffer from a broken heart? As it turns out, broken heart syndrome, also known as stress cardiomyopathy, can take a serious toll on a person’s health.
According to the Babson Survey Research Group, for the ninth year in a row, the number of college students enrolled in at least one online class has increased.
Every year, thousands of medical school applicants are left sitting in the dark, wondering why they have been rejected from their schools of choice. Most of the time, students don’t understand what they did wrong and don’t change the way they reapply. It may be helpful for students to know the most common problems that applicants experience upon rejection, and how to go about avoiding them.
Nursing is one of the most sought after professions—but the journey to become a nurse is anything but easy. Nursing school is an extraneously tough journey and is difficult for almost everyone.
Most commonly, people only associate lifesaving skills with CPR, but there are many more lifesaving techniques that are worth knowing and becoming educated in.
Want to lose weight or get in shape? Today, everyone has the latest phones and tablets, so why not have the best apps to help keep you healthy and in shape!
Here are AMC’s top 4 favorite FREE apps that can help you achieve a healthy lifestyle:
Ever wonder what innovative technology will be available next in health care industry? Sean Mehra, HealthTaps head of products and health entrepreneur, shares his predictions for the future of health care technology.
Here are some of Sean’s predictions about where health care technology is headed:
Ever get chest pain that feels like heartburn? Or get a throbbing headache that is worse than a migraine? If you experience any pain throughout your body, you shouldn’t ignore the symptoms.
Stress can do more than just rattle your nerves and put you on edge. It can affect both your physical and mental health. Luckily, stress can be easily relieved, by improving your overall health.
A typical lab coat contains pockets that are 8.5 inches long and 7.5 inches wide. So when it was first rumored that Apple was coming out with an iPad Mini, a hybrid between the iPad and iTouch, physicians immediately started saving.
Exercise plays a key role in boosting your heart health. In fact, even moderate exercise can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease. With summer rapidly approaching, it’s easier to motivate yourself to stay active by simply being outside. Here are a few exercises to help improve your heart health this summer:
More than 20 years ago, technology presented itself into countries all around the world. 10 years ago, electronics were used to present information to students, permitting them to give input during class. With technology constantly changing and advancing, it’s only fitting that we are seeing an increase in technology used specifically for education. Technology has developed to such a high level that is has become one of the most rewarding and effective learning tools.
Surviving 68 minutes without a pulse is rare, but surviving without any brain damage is almost unheard of.
As a paramedic, Wayne Schneider is entirely aware of how fortunate he is to not only be alive, but to be fully functioning. With nearly 300,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the United States alone every year, roughly 92% die, leaving a majority of the surviving 8% with some sort of permanent brain damage.
It’s no secret that immediately after birth, a strong connection is made between a mother and her newborn child.However, for many new moms, that bond is not always a possibility.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to accept it as your fate. And while there is those inherited risk factors that you may not be able to change, there are also some steps you can take in preventing heart disease:
The difference in saving someone’s life could be as simple as knowing the Bee Gee’s song, “Stayin’ Alive.”
Life can be unpredictable. One week you may be on a 402-mile bike ride around Arizona, and the next you may be lying on a hospital bed in Wisconsin, unsure about what type of future is in store for you. With all of life’s uncertainties, it is reassuring to know that when the time comes, you are put in the right hands.
Take Larry. Larry, 68, has always maintained an active lifestyle. Whether it’s being involved in sports like running or cycling, Larry has made it his mission to maintain a healthy life. After his vigorous 402-mile bike ride around Arizona, Larry moved on to his next challenge, “Hustle up the Hancock,” a 94-floor stair climb to the top of one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers. On the morning of February 10, 2013, Larry and his girlfriend’s daughter were training in a nearby hospital stairwell when tragedy struck.
This is a video provided by the American Heart Association demonstrating proper hands-only CPR. Do you think this video is accurate? Is hands-only CPR the most effective or most safe form of resuscitation?
A new study has been released from the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics detailing the alarming reality that children much younger than teenagers are regularly injuring themselves in a non-suicidal manner. It was found that ninth-grade girls are three times more likely to injure themselves than ninth-grade boys. Additionally, the girls that were interviewed showed that females are more likely to cut or carve their skin, while the boys' interviews showed that males are more likely to hit themselves in some way. According to the authors of the study, this self-injury, like the self-injury of teens and people in their 20s, is mostly due to depression or anger with oneself.
A new toy on the market that appeals to both children and adults are small magnet balls that commonly come in a cube shape and can be molded into all kinds of shapes. These balls are made of "are earth" or neodymium, and are highly magnetic, and can be incredibly dangerous if they are swallowed.
They're small, they're round, and they're shiny. In the eyes of a small child, such a description may invoke thoughts of hard candy or gumballs; however, such an assumption can be incredibly dangerous, and near-lethal if a child ingests these strong magnets.
A story out of Mississippi caught the eyes of the medical world, when a two-year-old boy grabbed some of the magnet toys from his parents' shelf and swallowed eight of them. Such an occurrence would not be problematic if these were simply plastic, or even metal, balls. However, the magnetic nature of this toy has the two year old in an intensive care unit being fed by an IV. The young boy will most likely not be able to eat on his own again without a intestinal transplant.
The American Academy of Pediatrics reported:
A new study has been released out of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine that shows a child's level of activity is strongly influenced by the friends with whom they spend their time. The study was conducted by doctors Sabina B. Gesell, PhD, Eric Tesdahl, MS, and Eileen Ruchman, BA who intended, "to examine whether a child's friendship network in an afterschool program influences his/her physical activity." Their study found that a statistically significant relationship exists between a child's activity level and the activity level of his or her circle of friends. If a child's friends were more active, that child tended to be more active; if a child's friends tended to be more sedentary, the child tended to be more sedentary. This is not incredibly surprising due to the natural influence of a child's friends on his or her overall lifestyle.
Summer is fast approaching and hot temperatures have already started sweeping across much of the country with much of the Midwest hitting record highs throughout the month of May. With summer comes increased sun exposure, and with increased sun exposure comes the potential for a number of illnesses and ultraviolet radiation-induced medical conditions that can be harmful to both adults and children. Here are some summer sun safety tips for people of all ages from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control:
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