Archive for January, 2018
For disabled people as well as elderly, mobility aids can provide an increased level of independence both in the home and in public settings. From sit to stand patients lifts to handicap car seats for adults, mobility aids give their uses the ability to exist independently in the world and have agency in their own lives.
Mobility aids like sit to stand patient lifts can also prevent serious fall injuries, especially among older adults over the age of sixty five. Almost every ten seconds, an elderly American needs to be treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. That number reaches 2
Diagnostic imaging has evolved over the years to produce clearer, more efficient images. The medical industry uses diagnostic imaging every day to provide heart services at cardiovascular centers, to aid in emergency surgery services, diagnose bone breaks and fractures, and to provide ultrasounds at maternity centers. Effective diagnostic imaging is a crucial aspect of diagnosing and treating medical conditions. But how did this life saving technology become what it is today? Let’s take a look at a brief overview of the history of diagnostic imaging.
Wilhelm Rontgen was the first person to discover the x-ray. He was the groundbreaking physicist who introduced x-rays in January 1896. Rontgen actually took the first ever X-ray photograph of his wife Anna Bertha’s hand (Bertha famously said, upon seeing this historic x-ray, “I have seen my death!”). It wasn’t until years later that the clinical potential of this diagnostic imaging technology was recognized and commercialized.
When radiology first started being used in the medical field, the main examination involved focusing x-rays through the necessary body part. The image was then directly put onto a single piece of film in a special cassette tape. This process required long exposure times, which was found to be damaging. Fortunately, today’s x-ray methods only take milliseconds to complete. These early x-ray cassette tape images had poor resolutions and contrast.
Not too long after, contrast medium was developed. This significantly improved the visualization of organs and blood vessels, which could finally be seen more clearly. The contrast dyes were originally administered orally or through vascular injection. This development made it possible for doctors to see individual blood vessels, bile ducts, gallbladder, and digestive and gastrointestinal systems, revealing the human body in entirely new ways.
After the cassette tape images came fluorescent screens. A doctor could see x-ray images in real time by utilizing a fluorescent screen and special glasses. But this meant the doctor has to stare directly into the x-ray beam, leading to unwanted radiation exposure.
However, x-rays are hardly the only form of diagnostic imaging. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the principles of sonar technology were applied to diagnostic imaging. Ultrasound scanning involves placing a transducer against the area of interest. The transducer then produced high-frequency sound waves to penetrate the body and bounce off the organs inside. Once the sound waves are bounced back, the ultrasound machine receives the image of what’s inside. Because it doesn’t involve shooting potentially dangerous radiation directly at a developing baby, ultrasounds are an ideal technology for viewing fetal development in the womb.
Finally, in the 1970s, digital imaging techniques were implemented. Additionally, analog to digital converters were adapted to conventional fluoroscopic image intensifier systems. The adaptation of digital technology has helped create the ability to provide many services, including organ, bone, and heart services, over the years.
With bone fractures accounting for 3.5 million visits to the emergency room every year, diagnostic imaging is crucial in determining the best treatment method of not just breaks and fractures, but all other conditions as well. So whether it’s emergency heart services or taking a closer look at a kidney, diagnostic imaging is a critical element of modern medical care.
The American work ethic is no secret. We love to pride ourselves on working more than anyone else. That may seem like it is good for productivity but it is not. Every day in the United States, people become so stressed at work that more than 1.1 million workers have to call in sick. The good news is that there are 10 ways to avoid burnout.
- Get enough exercise. Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health and help you deal with job stress. When you workout hard, your body produces endorphins, nature’s “happy pills.” This makes this one of the top 10 ways to avoid burnout. It is hard to get too upset when you are already a happier person.
- Meditate. Calming the mind is another way to deal with having a
Digestive diseases affect between 60 and 70 million people and led to over 245,000 deaths in 2009. Between the years of 2009 and 2010 digestive issues accounted for more than 50 million visits to a physicians office, ER department or outpatient facilities. Digestive issues plagues a number of people, and treatment of them can be tricky. These issues can cause you to rearrange your diet completely and stop eating foods you once enjoyed. While natural remedies and natural treatment options for digestive issues can be tricky, there are a few things that can be done to possibly make these issues not quite as bothersome and a little more bearable.
Unfortunately, your daughter has a lot of experience with physical therapists. As a gymnast since the age of three she has suffered knee, ankle, and shoulder injuries. Each of them requiring physical therapy to help her heal and condition so that she could return to competition. Now that she has graduated college and is a retired 22 year old gymnast, she is no longer putting her body through the same amount of abuse. She is, however, still dealing with the results of nearly 17 years of working out. In fact, she recently found out that she will now need to undergo a hip surgery to eliminate the pain that she has been dealing with for the last three months. And while it is a kind of injury and surgery that she has not experienced before, she hopes that the Continue Reading No Comments
While moderate stress and long-term stress might seem common and, in regards to your job, marriage, and lifestyle, normal, it can have seriously negative affects on your mental, emotional, and physical health.
In moderation, bouts of stress can lead to episodes of anxiety. In its long-term continuation, stress can lead to major depressive episodes. It is worth knowing the difference between the two, and what you can do to help ease your stress.
While some people consider them to be interchangeable, anxiety and depression are two different things. The mental, emotional, and physical responses to levels of stress, dependent upon how extreme they are, will lead to two separate outcomes, signifying whether or not an individual is suffering from an episode of anxiety or a state of being depressed:
At least your husband has a good sense of humor.
When he finally came to after collapsing in his seat at the Sunday morning church service, he choked that because he was in a house of worship his friends would typically say that he fainted. When an incident occurs at a bar, in comparison, he friends say that he passes out.
The humor, of course, was an attempt to make everyone feel better about a scary, and awkward, situation. Your husband has had this condition since he was young, and although the two of you are used to the episodes. It can be unnerving for others.
Different medical conditions require different kinds of others medical treatment. And while hospitals are the needed option for people in a medical emergency, many other people can get the help that they need in walk in care centers.
For many people in the United States, the topic of erectile dysfunction has become something of a joke. For the millions of men who suffer from it, it is not a laughing matter. It haas been estimated that more than 30 million cases have been reported around the country. About 40% of all men who are 40 years old or older suffer from this, according to the Cleveland Clinic. That same organization has said that this number soars to 70% when men reach 70 years old. If you are looking for a natural remedy for erectile dysfunction, you are not alone. There are things you can to to help you deal with this real problem.
- Schedule a visit with your doctor. If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, this should be the first thing you do to deal with it. There are many
Are you aware of a community health clinic in your area? Some of these clinics may provide access to after hours urgent care, which can be beneficial if you or someone in your family becomes ill or injured after regular business hours. Rather than visiting a traditional hospital emergency room, where it may take you hours to be seen, it makes sense to walk into a local after hours urgent care facility instead.
During the years of 2003 and 2009, for example, the time it took to see an emergency room doctor, or another type of practitioner, increased about 25%. Previously, the mean time went from 46.5 minutes to 58.1 minutes. If you’ve been in an emergency waiting room recently, or know someone that has, there’s a good chance t
It’s hard to avoid getting sick the winter – it’s flu season, it’s often bitterly cold out, and you find yourself in close quarters with other people, particularly during the holiday season. But it’s not always so easy to head to your general care practitioner when you find yourself sick. In fact, for some people, taking the day off of work to schedule a doctor’s appointment just isn’t within the realm of possibility. When to use urgent care? When you’re sick, because most urgent cares are open longer hours than traditional doctors offices, if not around the clock.
Urgent care centers provide the same services that doctors offices do, often at the same high quality of care. Urgent care facilities also offer much more flexi
- Schedule a visit with your doctor. If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, this should be the first thing you do to deal with it. There are many Continue Reading No Comments