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As the medical world seems to advance by leaps and bounds, more prescription drugs are available than ever to help you with everything from anxiety to chronic disease management. Many of these drug mixtures are potentially dangerous if taken by the wrong patient or in high quantities. Take time out to work with your medical professional and go over all the drug’s specific uses before consuming it.

Talk Details

When you are at your doctor’s office receiving a prescription script, go over the drug’s use with the professional. Ask about both common and rare side effects. If you’re aware of specific effects, such as hot flashes, you can be on the lookout for such occurrences. Even ask about overdose effects, especially if the drug is narcotic. No prescription drug is without its effects on the body, making it critical for you to be knowledgeable about them.

Match it Up

Many patients receive their prescription through mail order, using bulk pricing to save on pills through a 90-day period. When you open the prescription, match the pills’ description to the label or descriptive mailer. There should be a distinct shape, color and even coding imprinted on each pill. If the pills don’t match their description, contact the pharmacist immediately. You could have a completely different drug in your hands. Depending on your condition, an unknown drug could have severe side effects.

Online Research

If you have a computer, smartphone or tablet, there’s instant access to the Internet. Research your prescription drug to further understand its use and effects. Many doctors are busy in their offices, only providing basic information to their patients. You can learn a huge amount about the drug from reputable government and university websites. If you’re concerned about some of your research’s findings, contact your doctor for a more in-depth conversation.

Stop Immediately

Common side effects, from nausea to headaches, are usually noted on the drug’s label. They can occur with anyone, forcing you to face the effects to gain the benefits of the drug itself. Severe effects, however, should be reported immediately. Stop the medication completely if you have issues such as violent vomiting or heartbeat palpitations. No drug is worth severe effects causing more harm to the body than the original condition.

Don’t be Silent

Your doctor should be the first person to contact if there’s a drug issue. The pharmacist is another good outlet as well. If you are hurt by a prescription drug, including a new chronic issue, a knowledgeable legal aid may be necessary to stand up for your rights. Always voice your issues to medical professionals to stop the effects’ vicious cycle. There may be other patients with the same issues, but they are too afraid to speak up.

With a world of information at your fingertips, the Internet gives you an instant reference point for drug uses and interactions. Don’t be hesitant about speaking up about your prescription’s potency or failure. Every person has a different body chemistry, making some drugs more effective than others for each individual.

12Sep
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Today’s medical field is full of outstanding cures and achievements, from treating once-lethal viruses to reattaching limbs. The human reproductive cycle is more controlled than ever, allowing women to choose when they have children, if at all. Sperm or tissue banks are scientific facilities allowing healthy men to store and donate their cells for people in need. There are an eclectic array of people who choose insemination to have that wonderful bundle of joy in their life.

Not Just an Anonymous Donor

One of the major misconceptions about sperm donation is the storage option. If a man is anticipating a progressing disease or major surgery, his fertility could be in jeopardy. These men can use the sperm bank to store their cells for their future use rather than donating them. When they’re ready for a child, they simply withdraw their donation and inseminate into their significant other. This reproductive strategy gives men a chance to be fathers even with infertility as an issue after a health scare.

Poor Sperm Counts

Not all men have a huge sperm count. They may have a chronic disorder or a natural tendency toward low sperm numbers. If a couple wants to have a child, natural reproductive strategies usually don’t work. A donor from a sperm bank is a perfect solution to make the couple a growing family. The couple carefully chooses the donor to match the father, for instance, to make the family appear more cohesive.

Same-Sex Couples

As same-sex couples become more prevalent in mainstream society, their reproductive needs are evolving. Two women wanting to raise a child can choose to inseminate one partner with donor sperm. They’ll raise the child as their own. The couple can even use random eggs from both partners to inseminate outside the body. With this strategy, the couple doesn’t know who’s egg was fertilized, making the child feel like they came from both partners.

Single Women and Children

Some women are happy without a husband or significant other. However, they may still want a child in their life. Sperm banks allow single mothers to have a child without the need for a male partner. They raise the child on their own, giving the mother the ultimate gift of love and independence.

Strict Criteria

Sperm banks don’t allow just anyone to donate their genetic material. There is a thorough background analysis, including schooling, past diseases and current health information. Banks only want the best genetic material for their customers. This strategy also reduces the risk of passing on diseases or disorders to future offspring. Sperm banks want to be reliable resources for any person desiring a child of their own.

With a college degree nearly required of all sperm donors, insemination with quality genetic material is almost guaranteed. You still have the choice to pick the donor based on a childhood photo and background history. Whether the person is anonymous or identified outright, your new baby is a product of love and scientific experience over the years.

 

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Rarely is there a single “best” medical device that every expert and patient deems premier. “Best” doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive, the most well known brand or the device that’s been around the longest. What’s best is what works the most seamlessly for you, and this can take some trial and error (which can be expensive) but it’s also about knowing what your needs and preferences are. Don’t take your doctor’s recommendation as gospel, and be wary when family or friends suggest a device because they’ve heard good things about it.

Instead, start by making a list of things you need from a device followed by “wants.” When shopping for masks for CPAP machines, for example, you may need a tough to find size due to your unique head dimensions. With wheelchairs, you may need an electric instead of manual one. You may want certain bells and whistles, and if the wants can be added to the needs while sticking within your budget, you’ve found a match.

A case for settling

Sometimes you’ll find your dream machine or gadget but it’s astronomically expensive. There might be options for used or refurbished devices, waiting it out until a new model arrives might lower costs, or perhaps low-interest financing is available. However, if it doesn’t fit into your budget without putting your financial health in jeopardy, it’s not worth it when other devices can deliver similar results. There’s a fine line between making small sacrifices for a better for you device and reckless splurging.

Comparison shopping online is a savvy move, but only if you’re perusing shops that are reputable and match their quality products with service. Check the Better Business Bureau for any complaints, check out online reviews and peruse testimonials if available. A reputable retailer that’s been operating awhile should have plenty of reviews on third-party sites as well as knowledgeable customer service staff to answer your questions.

Trading up

If this is your first time requiring this medical device, remember that you can always “trade up” in the future. It’s unlikely that you’ll find the be all, end all make and model the first time around. As science advances, you’ll want more features and comforts. Research potential outlets for selling or trading in your device as soon as you buy it. It’s easy (and fun) to keep an eye out for the latest devices but not as enjoyable to scramble for a trusted buyer when the time comes.

15Aug
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High-quality, science-based natural ingredients are the way forward to better health and wellness. These ingredients are manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities to the latest compendia of quality standards. According to this blog, these are available to the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and functional food industries in a variety of products.

Nutritional Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements come in a variety of forms, and it is important to buy products that are grown, collected and manufactured to the industry recommendations. Some of the most beneficial are:

• Aloe Vera – an inner-leaf freeze-dried powder that helps the gastrointestinal tract and supports an already healthy immune system. It also supports normal blood sugar, stomach acid and cholesterol levels. It is an anti-oxidant as well as one of the best burn repair products available.

• Beta-Carotene – is a well-known antioxidant that protects the body from damage that free radicals cause. It improves the reproductive and immune systems. It is converted in the body to Pro-vitamin A retinol.

• Vitamins – a whole range of top-quality vitamin supplements are available that meet the standards of being GMO-free, Animal-free, Allergen-free, GSE/TSE-free, Halal and Kosher. These products are suitable ingredients for any dietary supplement. Vitamin C protects the immune system and is part of the body’s process of manufacturing collagen for younger-looking skin. It also protects against cardiovascular disease and prenatal health problems. It’s derived from many different fruits and vegetables. Vitamin B complex contains the essential B vitamins to protect against heart disease and stroke. It’s essential for healthy hair, skin, liver and gastrointestinal tract.

• Minerals – calcium is one of the most important minerals in the human body. It not only strengthens teeth and bones, it also aids muscle contractions, blood clotting and transmission of nerve signals. Iron is essential for building red blood cells, and a deficiency in iron can lead to anemia.

• Amino Acids – there is a long list of essential amino acids for the optimal functioning of the body. They are required for cell replacement and a full spectrum can be found in fresh Atlantic salmon. This protein source is easy to digest and supports metabolic recovery and regeneration of muscle mass. It makes a significant difference towards wellness for people who are sports enthusiasts, elderly, diabetic or post-surgery. It can be used in conjunction with antibiotics, chemotherapy and other prescription medications.

• Soy protein isolate – provides all the essential amino acids and is low in fat and cholesterol-free. It is kosher, GMO-free and food-grade with a neutral flavor, which makes it ideal as a food or beverage additive.

In order to be beneficial, dietary supplements need to be easily digestible and taken in the proper doses. The technology today allows for these botanicals, amino acids, vitamins and minerals to be extracted and processed without losing their nutrients and other beneficial properties, so they can be packaged and delivered to consumers who want to improve their health and wellbeing. They are used in a wide variety of products manufactured for dietary food and nutritional supplements.

12Aug
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You’ve heard the arguments from whole foods only advocates, and what they say seems to make sense. Why would you take a supplement for something when you could get it from a local, organic whole food instead? Going with whole foods can help you plan healthier meals, feel fuller with fewer calories if done wisely, and supports the local economy. Isn’t this a win-win situation?

In an ideal world, yes, but it’s virtually impossible for almost anyone to get 100 percent of their nutrition from foods alone. Once you start adding in the need for all those minerals and vitamins you’ve never heard of (but which are paramount), you suddenly realize you’d need a 5,000+ calorie per day diet to work it all in. Unless you’re a professional body builder or Dwayne Johnson, that’s not going to work.

A case for supplements

It’s true: Whenever possible, get as many vitamins and minerals as you can from whole foods. However, there’s a caveat. A lot of people have food sensitivities or health issues (such as high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, etc.) that makes it very difficult to get the nutrition they need from foods without upsetting their sensitivities or health issues. Let’s say you want to get in your daily reverstrol, but you’re pre-diabetic and there are only a few places to get this naturally (the skin of red grapes, mainly). They’re loaded with sugar, so what can you do?

Do the best you can given your unique parameters, budget and preferences and then supplement the rest. However, don’t just reach for the most available or cheapest supplements available. Do your research and choose a supplement with no additives and with reviews from independent testing organizations. Many times, you can get all natural ground supplements (turmeric is a great example) that’s basically the same thing as spooning powdered turmeric from your spice cupboard.

Mix things up

Humans are prone to getting into ruts, and that’s never truer than with supplements. Change up what you eat each week so that you’re getting your nutrition from different whole foods each week and supplementing with others. To make sure you’re on track, get an annual nutrition deficiency test from your doctor. Together, you can pinpoint where you need some work and test which foods and/or supplements your body responds to best.

Supplements are just what they sound like: They “supplement” a healthy diet, they don’t replace it. Treat them as such, and the path to health will be much smoother.

 

03Aug
0

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Neck pain can be, let’s face it, a pain in the neck! There are many causes to a person having sudden or chronic neck pain, but one thing that is certain is that it can be debilitating. When trying to get rid of neck pain, it is important to figure out what is causing it. If you find the cause, you can generally find the solution just as easily.

Technology can Byte

While many people do not associate pain with cellphone, tablet or even computer usage, neck pain has been associated with technology more and more in recent years. If you would like to read more information on the subject, this article can be a great place to start. Basically, the position that your head and neck is in while using modern technology can make you strain and stress muscles and nerves. This can lead to sudden onset or chronic neck pain. While a crick in the neck is painful, strained muscles are even more so. It is important to take proper care while using technology, if you don’t want to face the pain that can be caused by such usage.

Alleviating the Pain

More often than not, neck pain can be controlled or cured from the comfort of your own home. While some people recommend heat, others may recommend ice compresses. The truth is that a rotation of cold/hot compresses is going to function better than a single application of either one. Both cold and heat has ways of helping your body alleviate pain. According to the article, “10 Tips and Tricks that Reduce or Eliminate Neck Pain,” there are several home remedies for helping that neck pain go away.

Decide when it is Serious

Many people try to push neck pain to the back of their minds, but it’s not something that should sit on the back-burner. Due to the fact that neck pain can actually indicate a serious medical condition, it should be taken seriously. If after a few days, the pain persists or worsens, it is imperative that you contact your physician. Underlying health problems may not be easily detected by someone who isn’t trained in different types of spinal and nervous system pains. Even if the pain has only just started, if it feels like it might be serious, it just may be. The spinal cord plays an important role in your body’s ability to do many things. If there is a chance that you have somehow damaged your spinal cord, it could cause permanent disabilities or worse. In this article, you can find more information on causes of neck pain and different ways to alleviate it.

Neck pain is not a joking matter. Due to the extremely intricate make-up of the spine and nervous system, it is important to know when to see a doctor and when self-medicating is okay. If you are unsure, make an appointment with your primary healthcare provider. It’s always better safe than sorry.

30Jul
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Remember that experiment where they told kids they could either eat the cookie in front of them right now, or wait different periods of time and then they were promised two cookies? It turns out, those who waited ended up being more successful and more intelligent than the ones who opted for instant gratification. Waiting to find out your baby’s gender until the birth may not mean you’ll be a more successful parent, but it can certainly lead to a more rewarding experience during the birth.

More and more people are choosing to wait in order to enjoy the biggest and best surprise of their life. While shopping for unisex clothes and getting creative at baby showers can be a challenge, for many it’s well worth it. If you’re expecting or TTC, consider the upsides to waiting.

1. Get the joy of choosing two names

Nothing is as fun as thinking about baby names while you’re expecting, but if you wait you can roll two names over your tongue or even think of unisex names. This lends to the element of surprise on the day of the birth.

2. Save money

It’s natural for parents to be (and grandparents to be) to overspend on clothes and accessories that will only be used once if at all. You see a frilly pink dress or adorable overalls and just have to buy it. However, shopping in gender neutral zones only or waiting to find out your baby’s gender can save a lot of waste. You’ll need it once you find out just how costly babies really are.

3. Opt into the greatest surprise of your life

It’s no secret that labor and delivery is tough, painful and arguably the worst part of being pregnant. However, when you have the best surprise of your life waiting at the other end, it can make it a little more bearable.

4. Prevent yourself from pink or blue overload

Parents to be can get a little nutty when it comes to decorating the baby’s room. An explosion of pink or blue can just happen, and you may regret it during the millionth diaper change when your eyes are being blasted with the same hue. Neutral tones for baby’s room is much more soothing and classic.

Whether you choose to wait or not is up to you, but there’s something special about that surprise element. Are you up for holding out for another metaphorical cookie?

28Jul
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If you’ve ever thought that you’re paying too much for your prescription medications, you’re probably right according to this Consumer Reports article. Even those who have a standard medical insurance program that covers prescription drugs are paying higher prices than ever. Fortunately, there are many ways you can cut down your prescription drug costs without sacrificing your health and well-being.

Asking Your Doctor for Samples

Communicating with your doctor can help get the point across that you’re having trouble paying for your medications. Your doctor may offer you a month or two of free samples of medication or coupons to cut down on your out of pocket expenses. According to this article from the FDA, you can also ask your doctor about alternatives to pricey products. Show your physician your Medicare Part D prescription savings drug plan information to see if the medications you need are part of the plan.

Using Mail Order Services

Shopping through mail order pharmacy services can save big bucks on your prescription drugs, explains this Huffington Post article. Ask your doctor to write a 90-day supply with refills for your medication. You can send in your prescription by fax, mail or electronically to an online or mail-order service that participates in your Medicare Part D plan. Mail-order pharmacies don’t have as much overhead, so they can charge less money for the same medications. You can also enjoy the convenience of having your medication show up at your doorstep instead of having to head out to wait in line at a retail pharmacy.

Requesting Generic or Formulary Drugs

One way to cut down your out-of-pocket expenses for prescription drugs is to request generic medications instead of name brand. According to this feature from WebMD, choosing generic over name brand medications could save as much as 80 percent when it comes time to pay. Another way to save on your medication costs is to check with your insurance benefit program about its prescription drug formulary. A formulary is a listing of medicines that the insurer has contracted to provide at a discount. Choosing these medications over non-formulary drugs may also result in a significant savings. Combine generics or formulary drugs with a Medicare Part D prescription savings plan for the best level of savings.

Participating in a Prescription Drugs Saving Plan

If you enjoy the interaction with your pharmacist as well as the personalized services that you’ve come to expect at your favorite pharmacy, Medicare Part D plans are a good option to help cut down on your medication costs. Many independent and national chain pharmacies participate in these savings plans. You’ll likely find that most or all of the medications you need are discounted by these benefit programs. In addition to the savings you enjoy from your Medicare Part D program, you may get additional benefits or discounts from the pharmacy by using a customer loyalty card when you pay for your prescriptions.

22Jul
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If you’re interested in being proactive against wrinkles and blemishes, it’s time to reassess you daily skin care regimen. Too much sun and years of neglect can cause your face to look older. You might begin to feel like your appearance does not accurately reflect your age. Here are five ways to combat the signs of aging skin.

Cleanse

Our faces accumulate oil and dirt throughout the day, which can eventually lead to blemishes. If these areas become severe enough, they can lead to slight scarring. You can prevent blemishes by using a daily cleanser on your face. Try to find a product that won’t make your face feel dry afterward. Cleaners can reduce the amount of oil and germs on your face, cutting down on the amount of blemishes that form.

Tone

Toners improve the overall smoothness of your skin by removing oil and tightening your pores. This beauty product has the added benefit of preventing blackhead buildup. Like cleaners, it’s important for you to find a toner that won’t result in dry skin or irritation. Apply the toner to a cotton ball and dab it across your face for the best results.

Moisturize

If your skin gets too dry, your skin and lose its elasticity. This can result in wrinkles, cracking, and peeling. Use a daily moisturizer to prevent your skin from drying out. If you will be spending significant time in the sun, then try to find a moisturizer and sunscreen combo. This can protect your face from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Sun damage can lead to significant skin damage, resulting in wrinkles and increasing your risk of skin cancer.

Exfoliate

Exfoliate once or twice a week to give your pores a deep clean and remove impurities from your skin. This process helps you remove dead skin cells on your face, which can clog pores and lead to blemishes.

Skin Tightening

This procedure can leave your skin wrinkle free and smooth. As we age, our skin gets looser and less elastic. This can lead to the formation of wrinkles around our eyes and skin. Consult a skin care professional to learn more about laser skin procedures.

You must take a holistic approach to skincare to maintain a youthful appearance. A daily regimen of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, followed by periodic exfoliation can help your skin stay healthy. Laser procedures can also make a significant different within a short period of time.

13Jul
0

mobilehealth

Health apps have been steadily gaining traction, catching the attention of medical professionals and patients around the world. You can now use your mobile device to check in for your appointments, manage medication, and learn about preventative care. New advancements in diagnostic accessories are now allowing us to take care of our heath in new ways by giving us access to data that was previously difficult to measure at home. Here are four accessories that interface with mobile devices to give us detailed health reports.

Blood Glucose Measurements

Diabetic patients can now track their blood glucose levels with simple mobile attachments that plug into smartphones and tablets. This gives patients greater control over their insulin doses and long-term care strategies. Physicians can view blood test time lines and take a look at graphs to see spikes and drops in blood sugar. These portable devices can replace the need for additional equipment, making it significantly easier for diabetic users to manage their health.

Heart Rate Monitoring

Our heart rates help us understand the full impact of physical activity. It can be difficult to learn how effective our workouts are if we don’t understand how hard our hearts must work to pump blood through our bodies. Heart rate monitors that attach to your mobile device can help you determine the amount of calories you’ve burned performing an activity with greater precision. The peripherals can also inform you when your heart rate becomes too fast, indicating that you should reduce the intensity of your workout.

Lung Capacity Measurements

There are even smartphone accessories and apps that allow you to measure breath strength and lung capacity. In the past, these tests were only conducted in physicians’ offices with the use of a spirometer. Now you can check your lung performance at home. This is particularly important amongst patients who are recovering from surgery and the use of general anesthesia, since breathing performance can be affected and even decrease during a hospital stay.

Activity Monitors

Perhaps one of the most important health revolutions involving mobile devices is the stunning array of fitness accessories that have appeared on the market. Activity monitors provide us with a fun and interactive way to get daily exercise. Competitions and virtual achievements drive thousands of people to go for a walk, run or record their bike excursions.

Healthcare organizations can draw a significant amount of audience attention by investing in medical device development. Consumers worldwide are adopting these innovations so that they can achieve their health and wellness goals.

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