A healthy lifestyle can help you thrive throughout your life. Making healthy choices isn’t always easy, however. It can be hard to find the time and energy to exercise regularly or prepare healthy meals. However, your efforts will pay off in many ways, and for the rest of your life.
Steps you can take:
Be physically active for 30 minutes most days of the week. Break this up into three 10-minute sessions when pressed for time. Healthy movement may include walking, sports, dancing, yoga, running or other activities you enjoy.
Eat a well-balanced, low-fat diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose a diet that’s low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and moderate in sugar, salt and total fat.
Avoid injury by wearing seatbelts and bike helmets, using smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home, and using street smarts when walking alone. If you own a gun, recognize the dangers of having a gun in your home. Use safety precautions at all times.
Don’t smoke, or quit if you do. Ask your health care provider for help. UCSF’s Tobacco Education Center offers smoking cessation and relapse prevention classes
Effects of Smoking Worldwide
According to World Health Organization (WHO), over 6 million people death due to tobacco effects and 0.6 million non-smoker people dies due to second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke means that environmental tobacco smoke, a man who will smoke in public places it will create environmental tobacco smoke and it also affect non-smoker causes disease and death. In the 20th century over 100 million people death due to effects of smoking.
1. Brain Effects of Smoking:
Mood Stimulation Effects
Central Nervous System Addicted
Mood Stimulation Effects of Smoking:
In tobacco, the major ingredients are called nicotine. Nicotine is the most dangerous mood-altering drug. So, using more tobacco products it will affect the central nervous system. It is called central nervous mood stimulation effects of smoking.
Central Nervous System Addicted:
Nicotine will affect your central nervous system and it will dump your thinking mind. When you addicted for nicotine it’s difficult to stay away from nicotine. You may feel anxious, irritable, and have strong cravings to take nicotine.
2. Face and Head Effects of Smoking:
Ears and Eyes
Mouth Cancer and Throat Cancer
Face and Hair Loss
Ears and Eyes:
Continuous smoking will reduce oxygen supply to the inner
1. Always bring your lunch.
When you’re constantly on the move, and a fellow physician offers to go out to eat, that opportunity usually sounds too good to pass up. Unfortunately, that is not the healthy decision to make. Instead, it’s best for you to pack your own food so you can ensure that you eat the healthiest food options possible. A balanced diet is imperative when trying to maintain a healthy weight. Although you may feel deprived when your co-workers are eating pizza in the middle of the night, you will feel vindicated at the end of your training when they have all gained the weight you managed to keep off.
2. Avoid the vending machine–have healthy snacks on hand.
One of the worst decisions you can make while on the job is visiting the vending machine. All of the options found inside will be high in calories and fat–two things that can equate to poor nutrition. When searching for a snack during your long shifts, it’s best to bring some healthy options to have on hand. Things like almonds, strawberries,
A recent report has accused the NHS of putting too much pressure and responsibility upon the shoulders of undertrained and underpaid healthcare assistants, with Unison describing the situation as “nursing on the cheap”.
The researchers surveyed 2300 healthcare assistants and found that 55% felt underqualified and insecure about many of the tasks they are frequently being asked to perform in the absence of sufficient numbers of fully qualified nurses. Of particular concern to many was the fact that they are being asked to administer medications which pharmaceutical consulting bodies have issued specific guidelines about, with the most important being that they only be handled by trained professionals.
Two-fifths of the interviewees felt they were sometimes under pressure to perform procedures such as catheter and cannula insertion, which should officially be the job of a nurse. It was also said that doctors sometimes ask support workers to step in because they do not have confidence in agency nurses.
Many healthcare assistants feel undervalued and that their roles are dead-end jobs with not enough opportunities for training and development. However,
Many teens suffer from various radical changes in emotional, physical and physiological at the onslaught of puberty. One of the most visible transformations is the physical changes. Apart from the males developing more moustache and muscles and females developing their hips and breasts, there is another change which commonly annoys an enormous portion of the adolescent population which known as acne vulgaris!
Acne vulgaris is the scientific term for acne or pimples. Overproduction of oil that suddenly occurs to teenagers and sensitivity to dirt are the precursor to this menacing skin disorder. However those two or their combination are not the only factor of acne breakouts. There are many other factors which could trigger acne such as genes, certain substances from food and weather conditions.
Dermatologists and researchers have been trying to find out the best acne medication over the years. However no matter how minuscule a confusion it may seem, acne needs adequate awareness. These tiny bumps on one’s face could bring out major impacts on a person.
Not only vanity motivates experts to find or formulate the most useful acne medication, ridicule for having a pockmarked complexion is also one of the main causes of low self-esteem among adolescents. What’s worse
There are many who do not advocate taking drugs in the fight against panic attacks. They maintain that as they are a behavioral problem, then they should be addressed through psychological therapies. There are many situations in which these therapies are enough and deal successfully with the problem of panic attacks.
There are other times, however, when the situation is completely out of hand and perhaps has even reached a dangerous level. In cases where help needs to be given immediately, then it could be argued that drugs have a part to play even if it is a temporary one. If care is taken, drugs can reduce the most urgent symptoms, which then gives the psychological therapies room to operate.
A lot of the drugs prescribed for panic attacks can be addictive. This is the primary concern of those who advocate the no-drugs route and rightly so. There is absolutely no point in swapping one problem for another. For that reason, drugs should be limited to a ‘use as needed’ role, for emergency use or as a temporary respite.
On the other hand, do consider taking drugs if you think they will help – always under your doctor’s close guidance of course. It
Group Indemnity Medical Insurance coverage can assist in supplementing your present medical coverage. There are five benefit categories: hospitalization, outpatient, diagnostic & wellness, surgery, prescription drug. Within these benefits, a predetermined amount is payable for common services performed by your health care provider. Below is some helpful information about this type of plan.
A vast PPO network
The network consists of 535,000 individual practitioners and over 87,000 facility locations, including over 4,800 acute hospitals. GIM provides in- and out-of-hospital benefits that correspond with medical expenses.
If you find a provider that offers the service for less than what the plan allows, the plan will give you the difference for that medical service. It pays to do some shopping.
Pays daily for hospital and intensive care stays
GIM insurance coverage can help supplement current medical coverage by providing cash benefits if you are injured or ill and must visit a doctor, go to the ER, or stay in the hospital. Plus, the coverage includes benefits for transportation, ambulance, diagnostic X-ray, and wellness / preventative tests.
Access your benefits 24/7
Register online to track history and claims. You may also upload claim requests and review coverage. Payment processing can be expedited by filing claims online.
Tip No. 1
The single easiest way to control your medical costs is to follow the policies set by your insurance company regarding your child’s use of medical services.
Before your first appointment you should make sure our practice participates with your insurance company and educate yourself about your child’s coverage. Each year, you should receive information from your insurance company and/or employer that describes:
- Types of services covered
- Out-of-pocket costs for each covered service
- Types of services not covered by your insurance
- Services that require prior authorization from your insurance company or a referral from your doctor before coverage is granted
- Participating physicians
- If you have any questions about whether a service is covered, contact your insurance company before your child receives the service.
- Be sure to bring the patient’s insurance card to every appointment. If the patient does not have a card, bring the subscriber’s insurance card.
- Remember, if your insurance company declines to pay for a service, the bill will be your responsibility. So do all you can to make sure services are covered before your child receives them.
Tip No. 2
Avoid late fees and other charges by paying your bills on time.
Please review our financial policies regarding when we expect payment and contact
Unless you read tea leaves, there’s no way to predict all the questions you’ll be asked. But that doesn’t mean you can’t come to the table prepared for likely interview topics. Be ready to discuss your academic background, your extracurricular and leisure activities, your employment and research experience, your views on medical problems or relevant ethical issues, and why you want to become a physician. Practice crafting substantial responses to questions related to these areas along with concrete (and memorable!) examples.
Take Your Time
Some schools use the interview to see how well you function under stress. They deliberately put you in an uncomfortable position to observe how you act and speak under pressure. Typical tactics include asking questions about sensitive or controversial topics, delving into extremely personal matters, rattling off a series of game show-like trivia questions or showing disapproval—through challenging remarks or negative body language—at almost everything you say.
If you find yourself in this position, try to relax. Interviewers don’t expect you to have a ready answer for every question, but they do expect you to be able to think on your feet and give a considered response. If a question catches you off guard, don’t be
Choose a suitable health insurance policy to cover your child’s needs and manage rising medical costs
Getting adequate and comprehensive health insurance for your child is your best bet to hedge against increasing medical costs, according to Ms Wendy Soong, an executive financial consultant with NTUC Income. She suggests considering the following points before shopping for a policy.
Tips to choose a health insurance policy for your child
Assess your current financial and medical situation
Medisave funds can be used to pay the annual premiums of basic health insurance or the government-approved Integrated Shield Plans only. All other insurance plans must be paid in cash.
How much you pay depends on your child’s age, the age of both parents, the sum assured, and the payment terms and period. How much insurance to buy depends on your desired lifestyle, expectations, affordability and objectives.
Review your family’s medical history. If there is a strong history of cancer, it is better to buy medical insurance for a child when he is as young as possible to lock in his insurability and serve as a back-up.
Choose your insurance plan and hospital ward class wisely
If you choose a plan that only allows your child to stay in a Class B ward
#1 Prep for Nausea
Few things make a person as miserable as nausea, and many random medical conditions cause the sensation. So the smart money is on preparing for nausea, not the myriad of conditions that cause it. Phenergan and Compazine are both anti-nausea medicines you’ll have to get from your doctor, but neither are drugs of abuse, so they’re usually easy to get scripts for. Then bring that prescription to the pharmacist, and ask them to give you the pills in a bottle that’s still sealed, and not in one of the brown-orange containers they’re usually dispensed in. This helps guarantee a longer shelf-life.
#2 Prep for Pregnancy
Not only does it happen, it happens more frequently during disasters! Now you might not get pregnant, but look around the neighborhood for a minute and you’ll see what I mean. There are other peoples kids out there doing what kids do. You’ll want over the counter urine pregnancy tests and prenatal vitamins. Don’t worry about buying special medical equipment for delivering babies. I’ve delivered over a hundred, and can tell you most of the time they come out just fine on their own. I’ve been told they’ve been doing that long before obstetricians
As with any pre-existing medical condition, traveling with heart problems can present some risks. The thin air and high altitude of flying, the act of sitting for long hours, and the added stress of travel in general are all hard on our bodies, especially for those with cardiovascular conditions. Depending on the severity of your condition, you should take certain precautions before traveling and even avoid traveling in some cases. Our travel tips for people with heart conditions will help make your next trip safe and heart-friendly.
Medications, Documents, and Contact Information
When traveling with a heart condition, preparation is key. Make sure that you have medications, prescriptions, medical documents, and contact information updated and at hand prior to leaving for your trip. Don’t travel without bringing these essential items:
Medications – Bring more than enough medications to last the length of your trip and beyond in case of any delays. Bring medications in both your carry-on and checked luggage.
Prescriptions – In the case that you run out of your medications, be sure to have a copy of your prescriptions with you. This way, you can easily get a refill if needed.
Copies of Medical Information – Carry a copy of your
People who have Alzheimer’s disease need regular medical care to address a range of health and behavioral issues. If you provide care for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s, you’re sure to have lots of questions for his or her doctor — and limited time. To get the most out of your loved one’s medical appointments, consider these seven tips.
1. Schedule wisely
Plan appointments for your loved one’s best time of day and, if possible, when the doctor’s office is least crowded. Bring snacks and water and a portable activity your loved one enjoys.
2. Be prepared
Make a list of issues you’d like to address with the doctor, such as concerns about medication side effects or aggressive behavior. Also take note of your loved one’s medications, even over-the-counter medications and supplements. Make a list of everything your loved one takes or bring the labeled containers in a bag. If your loved one lives in a facility, relay medications that your loved one is taking there or any concerns staff members might have.
3. Be specific
Be ready to answer questions about your loved one’s symptoms and behavior. Have you noticed any changes in your loved one’s health, memory or mood? When did you first
As your parents and other family members get older, they will have medical appointment after medical appointment, with a variety of professional doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, etc. An aging adult may have difficulty remembering the details of each of these appointments, as one specialist blends into another. Or, due to memory problems, an older patient may not be able to accurately report the details of any health or cognitive concerns they have.
In some family relationships, parents do not want their children to have knowledge of their own health situation, or they could feel uncomfortable including their children because doing so would reverse their role from caregiver to care receiver. However, this does not stop adult children from worrying! In fact, it makes it more difficult for family caregivers to support aging relatives in their needs when they are blocked from the process.
Here are a few tips to help you overcome this hurdle:
Write down provider contact information: Buy a journal or make an excel spreadsheet and record all of the names, addresses, phone numbers and area of specialties of each health care professional with whom they have contact.
Record medical conditions and medications: Include the diagnosis or
People who aren’t familiar with cancer treatment may think that patients only struggle to gain weight because of chemo side effects. But the opposite can be true as well. Some treatments can lead to weight gain.
It can be a crazy rollercoaster. The medications they’re on determine what their dietary and nutritional dilemmas may be.
No matter which end of the spectrum you may be facing, as a parent of a childhood cancer patient, making sure your child gets the right nutrition can be a challenge.
Here are some nutrition tips to help with weight loss or weight gain in kids with cancer.
Why Some Kids With Cancer Gain Weight During Treatment
Weight gain can be a major issue for kids who are on steroids. It may seem like some of these kids will eat their parents out of house and home.
The change in weight can become a body image issue as well. Steroids can cause their faces and bellies to puff up, which can be very hard for kids, especially teenagers.
1. Make Healthy Food Choices.
Teaching your child how to make smart, healthy decisions when it comes to nutrition can help. If you’re not sure what kind of advice is best, you may want
1. Get a flu shot. The worst flu I ever had was after a transatlantic flight.
2. Don’t pet stray animals — they are sweet and Instagram gold, but they also carry ringworm. Happened to me in Italy.
3. Beware of packs of dogs. They may be gentle when alone but dangerous together. I had to jump on the back of a truck passing by to escape a dog fight between packs on Kadavu in Fiji.
4. If you are bitten by a dog (same incident) on Fiji you need not fear rabies–they don’t have it. But get it cleaned and be glad your tetanus vaccine is up to date.
5. Always make sure ALL your vaccines are up to date. You don’t want to add to the risk getting one in a country that may have substandard medical care. I remember looking for a pharmacy to sell sterile needles at midnight in the old Soviet Union to take to the hospital for a shot.
6. If stung by a sting ray in Belize (have someone pee on it) and don’t step on live coral when running out of the ocean. It will grow inside your foot and you will need surgery. You will know
It is very easy to make a patient who is blind or partially sighted feel unwelcome, unsafe, misunderstood, and ignored. People with the best intentions in the world do it all the time, and many people with vision loss have experienced it. On the other hand, it is just as easy to make a person who is blind or partially sighted feel welcome, safe, understood, and informed.
I did not understand blindness until I learned the implications first hand. I lost my vision suddenly and unexpectedly eight months after graduating from nursing. For the past 11 years I have worked as a certified rehabilitation therapist. Through my experiences I have developed some basic tips for improving your interaction with patients who are blind or partially sighted.
- Introduce yourself so your patient knows who you are and that you are speaking to them, “Hi Lynn, it’s Dr. O-Toole.” Likewise, tell your patient that you are leaving the room so they do not continue to speak to you.
- If shaking hands, wait for your patient to extend their hand or do not be afraid to say, “May I shake your hand?”.
- Speak directly to your patient, not through an accompanying friend or family member.
- Use your natural
In this busy world of ours we all know how important it is to have timely information in order to make wise choices.
We gather that information from the Internet (extensive but sometimes a bit complex), newspapers, magazines and other periodicals. But, typically, we just reach for the telephone.
There are, however, some contemporary challenges that come with using this venerable device.
Whether we are calling about insurance coverage (health, or property and casualty), credit card information (stolen cards, limits and payments), or just to make an appointment with a physician, we frequently get caught in “voice mail hell.”(I’m sure there are many other adjectives that could be used for this, but we need to keep it printable!).
Anyway, frustration is an every-day reality when you are unable to speak with a “live human being” about a problem and instead get tangled up in one of those labyrinthine voice-mail menus.
That common frustration and resentment is magnified when it is an elder looking for details about their medical coverage for a particular test, or just trying to renew a prescription. It may also provide scammers the ability to commit elder identity theft.
I recently had this experience with my father-in-law.
Snacking is a major pastime for many kids — and that’s not necessarily bad. Nutritious snacking can help your child curb hunger throughout the day, as well as provide energy and important nutrients. Find out how to make healthy snacks for kids.
1. Keep junk food out of the house
Your child won’t clamor for cookies, candy bars or chips if you don’t keep them on hand. Set a good example by choosing healthy snacks yourself.
2. Go for the grain
Whole-grain foods — such as whole-grain pretzels or tortillas and high-fiber, whole-grain cereals — provide energy with some staying power.
3. Mix and match
Serve baby carrots or other raw veggies with fat-free ranch dressing or hummus. Dip graham cracker sticks or fresh fruit in fat-free yogurt. Spread peanut butter on celery, apples or bananas.
4. Broaden the menu
Offer out-of-the-usual fare, such as avocado, pineapple, cranberries, red or yellow peppers, or mangoes. Have kids choose a few foods and mix them together for a colorful snack.
5. Revisit breakfast
Serve breakfast foods as healthy snacks for kids in the afternoon. Consider dried cereal mixed with dried fruit and nuts or microwaveable oatmeal made with low-fat milk and mixed with unsweetened applesauce and cinnamon.
6. Sweeten it up
Healthy snacks for
Here are some ways around the medicine issue:
1. Have the right attitude.
“Parents need to have a positive attitude,” Dr. Giuliano says. Older kids will often respond to reason and encouragement, she explains, and younger kids will take their cue from a parent’s emotions. “The more frustrated we got around medication time, the more Connor resisted us,” McMaster recalls.
2. Give kids some control.
For kids old enough to understand, explain why they need to take medicine. Explain how it will help them. Prepare them in advance. If there is a choice of flavors, let the child choose. Kids sometimes benefit from “medical play.” Let the child practice giving medicine to a doll or stuffed animal.
3. Get help from your doctor.
“Some medications taste better than others, and some can be given twice a day instead of four times a day,” Giuliano says. Your doctor may be able to choose medicines that taste better or are more concentrated and need to be taken less often. If you are having trouble, ask for help, Giuliano advises.
4. Improve the flavor.
There may be flavor options for some types of medicines. Pharmacists can use a product called FLAVORx to make medicines taste better. If your children are having