Reasons Why You Need An Air Purifier

Air purifiers will help to filter chemical products, pet fur, skin cells, dust, dust mites, pollen, pet dander and bacteria, so that you can breathe in fresh  air.

Cleaning the air in your home is very important, especially if you suffer from allergies. One of the best ways to do this is using an air purifier. While some people will argue that they are a waste of money, they will clean the air making it fresh and easier to breathe. These are several reasons why you should consider investing in an one.

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An air purifier is essential if you have asthma, allergies, cancer and chemical sensitivity

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How Caring for Sensitive Skin is Different

It is a good idea to see a dermatologist if you have sensitive skin for recommendations on products, home remedies, diet and and other treatment.

As you start to pay more attention to your skin type, you may wonder what it is like for sensitive skin care instead of skin that is more normal. Sensitive skin is generally skin that is fine or thin. It might sunburn more easily or have reactions to certain products. Here are a few things that people with sensitive skin may need to do that those with normal skin will not have to worry about doing.

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Consult your dermatologist if you have sensitive skin for product recommendations and treatment.

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Enhance your Appearance with Facial Cosmetic Procedures

There are natural ways and medical procedures to remove wrinkles from your forehead, under the eyes or the entire face. Make sure you do proper research to make an informed decision.

Most people who get cosmetic surgery have procedures on the face. While some people alter just one feature, there are those who get multiple approaches or a full-face lift. It is important to find out the different types available so that you can make an informed decision before you go in for surgery.

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First, try natural wrinkle remedies, then research procedures thoroughly.

1. Facelift or Rhytidectomy is the facial cosmetic procedure used to remove wrinkles surgically, leaving the patient looking younger. The surgeon removes the excess skin before redraping the remaining skin over the face and neck. There are many ways to carry this out. They are evolving and getting better.

2. Brow lift – Also called the forehead lift or browplasty; this aims to raise eyebrows that are drooping, while also getting rid of forehead wrinkles. Most people who get a brow lift do so alongside other procedures to achieve a harmonious look.

3. Nose job – Rhinoplasty or a nose job is the procedure where the surgeon reshapes the nose to enhance its appearance or to correct conditions that interfere with the patients breathing. When the aim is to correct the function, the operation can be done while the patient is young, especially in their teens.

4. Cheek augmentation – This surgical procedure targets those who want to get cheekbones that are more prominent. Cheeks that are weak or have lost their fullness often make people look older and the technique aims to change this. In many cases, the surgeon places an implant on the cheekbones.

5. Ear surgery – This procedure is carried out to lessen the size of the ears, to reshape the bends or to pin them closer to the head. People with protruding, large or abnormally shaped ears, benefit from this. While many patients have the surgery on both ears, others have it on only one ear.

6. Chin augmentation – A prominent chin is something that many people, especially men desire. The chin augmentation entails placing an implant on the bone and it provides a better balance of the facial features. The augmentation can also be carried out alongside other procedures.

Other procedures include a cheek lift or mid face-lift, which is used to raise the cheeks to enhance fullness and contour of the face. A hair transplant helps to replace lost hair leaving the patient looking younger and more attractive. Before you get any cosmetic actions, make sure that you speak to the surgeon so that you know what to expect.

How Charles Dickens Brought Positive Change to Victorian Medicine and Society

Charles Dickens’ portraying of the poor in his anecdotes led to advancements in medicine and charity.

Some of his ideas were considered radically progressive in his day, and yet from his very first publications to his last, Charles Dickens stories shed light on some of the darkest and most despicable living conditions in London, and all the disease and desperation that went along with them.

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Charles Dickens illustrated the plight of the poor in his stories, leading to positive improvements.

No other time of year brings Charles Dickens to our attention than Christmas. Of all his 40+ books, none seems as beloved as The Christmas Carol, and each year’s holiday season sees theatrical performances, dramatic readings, and countless airings of its many film, radio, and television adaptations.

While Scrooge and his spirit-led transformation is at the heart of the story, at the time of its publication in the 1840s, Tiny Tim’s character was just as noteworthy. In a time before antiseptics, antibiotics, germ theory, specialized hospitals, technological advances like medical lasers, and even a full understanding of anatomy and physiology, portraying a disabled person in a favorable light was socially radical.

Tiny Tim, Huge Feat

The English-speaking world’s first “blockbuster” novelist, he is often remembered for his prolific literary skills. And yet Charles Dickens was a great reformer in medicine. He was so influential in changing minds and habits and so important to the profession that the British Medical Journal carried his obituary.

Some of his ideas were considered radically progressive in his day, and yet from his very first publications to his last, his stories shed light on some of the darkest and most despicable living conditions in London, and all the disease and desperation that went along with them. By the time of his death, he had helped establish the first shelter for homeless women anywhere in the world. He was instrumental in the founding of London’s first pediatric hospital, as well as facilitating the study of orthopedics.

Roots in Reality

His empathy for the poor can be traced back to his own misfortunes in childhood. His father fell into debts that he could not pay, and much of his family—younger siblings and parents—were forced into the workhouse. He himself worked in a factory making shoe polish, and spent his nights roaming the mean streets of London’s poorest neighborhoods.

Many of his best-known and beloved stories were inspired by his own personal experiences. He knew firsthand the filth, squalor, disease, and untimely deaths that visited his characters, for they had visited those he had known in his lifetime. It’s little wonder, then, that their stories made their way into his tales.

A New Portrayal of the Less Fortunate

What he did that was so different, though, was that he portrayed the poor, diseased, and disabled in ways far different than society saw them at the time. He was also very careful to distinguish between the mentally disabled and the physically handicapped, something society was not very apt to do.

Tiny Tim’s appearance as a main character was progressive thought in action. He saw no reason why there couldn’t be a “cripple” in his tale. That the boy was a major source of joy and light to his family and not some burden or hindrance was no doubt a shock to the systems of many a society matron. To think, a handicapped person could actually matter! (And have intellect and soul, to boot!)

It’s true—He did portray some of his “bad guys” as being disabled in some way. It wasn’t their disabilities that made them bad, though—they could’ve been as whole and hearty as a sailor—it was their personality and character.

He used his fame and influence to change lives, to bring about a better way of life for those less fortunate. His stories made Victorian medicine and society sit up and take notice. His aid and influence made him a hero in the eyes of both the poor and the high and mighty. Next time you see Scrooge, Bob, and Tiny Tim, remember that you’re witnessing a major event in medical and social history.

3 Medical Technologies for Our Future

Advances in technology such as wireless devices, mobile health, 3d printing and treating brain disorders are among the reasons for increases in life expectancy.

It is exciting to think about what the medical technology world has in store for us in the future. The world has seen some amazing advances since the days of bloodletting and lobotomies. That and improved health care have given way to a longer lifespan and better lifestyles. Let’s take a look at some that are paving the way for the future of health care.

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People live longer as the result of medical technology advances.

The brain is one of the most important organs in the body, but it’s also incredibly fragile.

1. Wireless and mobile health

Considering the prevalence and reliability of 3G, 4G, Bluetooth, and other wireless protocols, doing away with wired services just makes sense in today’s world. Mobile health covers a broad range of applications and focuses on providing more efficient medical care through technology. That includes something as simple as creating an online portal that allows patients to select doctors, make appointments, and review test results, but it can be way more complex than that. Remote surgery uses wireless tech and robotics to give surgeons the ability to perform procedures without ever even being in the same room as the patient.

This also works its way into your everyday by integrating with your smartphone. Your doctor can send you prescription updates and test results. Medical professionals can network with each other and view consultations straight from their phones and tablets.

2. 3D Printing

Recently, 3D printing has been making waves in seemingly all industries. People have been 3D printing toys, weapons, and even food. Now, it has allowed for some groundbreaking applications, like the printing of bones.

Normally, if you break a bone, you have to wear a cast for months while the bone heals naturally. But researchers at Washington State University printed a model bone that has the same strength and flexibility as real bone. The idea is that the printed bone can be placed in the area that has been fractured to provide support for the healing bone to grow around. Once the bone has completely healed, the model simply dissolves. The downside: no cast-signing parties.

3. Repairing brain damage

The brain is one of the most important organs in the body, but it’s also incredibly fragile. The slightest damage can have lasting effects that can take years of extensive rehabilitation to fix, but the Portable Neuro Modulation Stimulator, or PoNS for short, could change all of that, all with a simple zap to your tongue.

Your tongue contains thousands of nerve clusters. Some of those nerve clusters connect directly to the brain. The PoNS stimulates those nerves on your tongue, encouraging the brain to repair those regions that have been damaged. The results have been surprisingly effective, which means we’re one step closer to helping people who have suffered from strokes, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis.

It’s amazing to see where future medical technology will take us, and we can only hope for a continuous upward trend.

Getting Help With a Mesothelioma Cancer Diagnosis

Diagnosed with mesothelioma, Victor found information on medical help and financial assistance, giving him a better chance of survival.

Virgil Anderson was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, which is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. He came in contact with asbestos while working on his family’s farm, but he was mainly exposed during his job as a press operator in the manufacturing of stove tops. Many other groups of people come in contact with a lot of asbestos and are also at risk.

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There is help available when you are diagnosed with mesothelioma.

He needed help, and immediate medical attention. He found a few websites on the internet that are supposed to help people, but nobody got back to him. Then, he found help on Even though he contacted them on a Sunday, one of their patient advocates gave him a call back within minutes. They gave him a great deal of helpful information on mesothelioma on doctors and resources available to him.

As a result of their website, he is now being treated at the national cancer institute and the patient advocates have even provided him with financial assistance so he could afford a place to live during his chemotherapy. If he had not reached out to this website he would likely be homeless and more importantly in hospice waiting to die.

Encouraging Nursing Staff as a Manager

The ideal nurse manager is confident, happy, a friend to the employees, recognizes their needs and wants, and when they are having a bad day..

The work of a nurse is often fulfilling. Few people can leave their job with as much satisfaction at the end of the day. They are directly involved with the badly needed care and treatment of sick or otherwise injured patients. They serve and get paid to do it on a daily basis.

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The staff manager’s job is to understand the doctors, nursing staff, as well as the patient.

That doesn’t stop the work from seeming monotonous, demanding, or terrifying at times. Giving the same pills, making the same rounds, and giving the same shots day after day can get extremely monotonous. That’s how every job is. Once you’re good at it, you don’t think about it anymore and long for tasks that are more challenging or just different.

The managing staff often understands this concern better than most. The job can seem demanding at times, requiring overtime or on call work. Hospitals will often require you to work night shifts at times and rotate your schedule periodically. The sheer unpredictability of the schedule takes its toll as well.

Finally, for those afraid of confrontation, the idea of encouraging a patient to do something that the patient doesn’t want to do can be a terrifying task that if not dealt with right, could lead the nurse to give up entirely, rather than grow from the experience.

These are all legitimate concerns of the employees the managing nurses have to be aware of. It is their responsibility to help them overcome each of these challenges in turn. For the new manager, that might seem like a difficult task by itself. The promotion necessitates a chance for personal growth though, and these tips will help you adjust to your new responsibility.

First, before you’ll be able to make impressions on the people you work with. Remember that just because you have a new title, that doesn’t mean that, you shouldn’t still be a friend. Be a friend to those you work with. They want a leader they can relate with, talk to, and feel comfortable around.

They don’t want someone that shows fear or arrogance in the new position. Reach out to everyone and connect to them in your own unique way. Once you’re their friend, they will trust you and what you say from then on out.

Second, recognize when your employees are having a bad day. Ask them how they are doing every day. Respond appropriately and be interested in what they have to say. Meanwhile, remember that a majority of their feelings can be read in their actions. You can tell when someone is having a bad day, stressed or feeling overwhelmed by the way they go about their work.

If they lack the charisma, diligence, or focus that they usually have, feel free to pull them aside and ask how they are doing. Be accommodating and share experiences if they open up to you.

Third, be confident and happy as often as possible. Find joy in every day. Leaders inspire and affect their nursing teams by example more than by what they say. If you are finding ways to be happy or to have fun, you’re good attitude will spread to others, making the work fulfilling and worth it. Help those that you serve (for leadership is truly an opportunity to serve rather than put yourself above others). You’ll improve yours and their careers exponentially.

Leadership also means keeping track of your staff’s  work. Get trained in the nursing management section of the of the software used by your facility. You will be able to keep track of their work and praise or critique their work accordingly

A degree in nursing administration may prove to be just the boost you need to enjoy a long and successful run helping others that need your help.