Oral medications for the treatment chronic conditions have seen unprecedented growth in recent times. Patients with chronic/life threatening conditions are dosing on multiple medicines each day to reduce symptoms–but without tracking medication times or following a particular routine. This is especially difficult for the patients who see multiple doctors.
Dealing with multiple medications can indeed be a confusing process, for patients as well as medical professionals. Following a blatant pattern can also lead to increased health risks for the patient. Medical professionals therefore need to adopt a proactive approach to assist patients in managing their medications.
The confusion can also lead to harmful medicine interactions. It has been estimated by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists that above 34% senior citizens have received a prescription from more than a single physician, and 72% of them are using medicines that were received as prescriptions 6 months ago.
Moreover, several patients have jumped on the ‘pharmacy shopping’ bandwagon as they are considering it to be a frugal approach towards healthcare. The ALARIS Center for Medication Safety and Clinical Improvement reveals that errors in medication administration have resulted in 7,000 deaths a year. The statistics make the problem of medication management apparent.
Thankfully, due to the recent advancements in the domain of health care, medical professionals can utilize certain tools to manage patient medications. Read more…
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Opioid dependence is a growing concern in the U.S., with the National Institute on Drug Abuse reporting that there are 1.9 million individuals in the country who have dependence on opioid prescriptions, and the unintentional deaths from overdose related to these prescriptions have surpassed deaths from cocaine and heroin combined. They have also increased by 4 times since 1999 according to the source.
And apart from patient health-related costs, opioid dependence may also translate into liability claims as well as local government and state costs from social and emergency services.
The dependence essentially impacts the portion of the brain that is responsible for the decision making process, which makes the patient’s mind and body more resistant to recovery measures. The drugs also manipulate the biochemistry and architecture of the brain over the long term, if appropriate treatment measures are not taken in early years.
Escape from opioid dependence – starting early
When a victim opts for different treatments to escape from opioid dependence, he/she won’t see instant results, and changes may cause sudden triggers even when it has been months, and in some cases years, since the opioids were discontinued. That is why it’s important to start early to minimize abuse, dependence and complications that can even result in death.
The screening process is similar as the proceedings in chronic disease cases, and consists of symptoms through physical examination and sometimes interview of the patient. The symptoms account for physical opioid overdose dependence signs, psychosocial opioid overdose dependence signs, DSM-IV criteria substance dependence and physical opioid intoxication signs. Read more…
If you require a catheter, due to illness or physical requirements, it is important to understand the basics of urinary healthcare. Infections can be caused by bacteria from poor hygiene practices and can lead to more serious health problems if not treated correctly.
Millions of people across the world use catheters on a regular basis and many choose to fit their own, in the comfort of their own at home, without any additional assistance. This can save time and reduce the number of costly hospital appointments and so it is often worth learning how to do it at home. There are a variety of Bard catheters to suit any medical need and many can be bought online for this purpose.
If you are buying your catheters for use at home then the first thing you must ensure is that the room you are using is clean and hygienic. Most people use either their bathroom or bedroom as a safe, comfortable place to insert their catheter in peace but it is very important that the area is thoroughly cleaned beforehand as disease is easily spread across surfaces. Antibacterial hand wash is your best friend when it comes to keeping things clean and you should always wash your hands thoroughly before touching any catheter equipment. Read more…
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The Great Outdoors – these simple words conjure up grand images of rolling green hills, deep blue lakes and vast azure skies. You can almost smell the fresh air! But what if you don’t live in the countryside? What if you live in a city or a suburb? If you do, you may feel as though you are missing out on that feeling of breathing in clean, fresh air. Well, if you do, then here is the perfect solution!
Bring the fresh air of the outdoors right into your home with a dehumidifier. Whether you live in an apartment block, a townhouse or even just a room in a boarding house, you can still experience the Great Outdoors with quiet, efficient and reliable solutions such as Dri-Eaz Dehumidifiers available today.
One of the great things about a dehumidifier is that is creates a feeling of a much larger space, even in a small room. Sound unlikely? Well, dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air and leave it feeling clean and fresh making us think of soft breezes and wide-open spaces. This is especially handy if you have a small space with not much natural light or large windows for fresh air to filter through. Basement apartments and attic rooms in particular could benefit from the power of a dehumidifier. Read more…
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What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. As a result of the inhalation of asbestos fibres, this illness typically develops in the lungs; it can, however, occur in other areas as well. Affecting the lining of the internal organs, mesothelioma can also develop in the heart, the abdomen and the reproductive organs. Though an uncommon illness, mesothelioma is extremely aggressive and, in most cases, does not respond to traditional treatment methods.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally-occurring fibrous minerals known for their durability and heat-resistance. Because of these properties, asbestos was used in numerous industrial capacities, some of which include the following:
- Building insulation and fireproofing.
- The manufacture of textiles.
- The manufacture of ammunition and weaponry.
- The manufacture of automobiles and automotive parts.
Asbestos and Mesothelioma
In the 1970s, following research of asbestos and its effects, this substance was classified as a human carcinogen. It was shown that, when inhaled, microscopic asbestos fibers cling to the respiratory organs, often leading to the development of cancerous cells. Since asbestos was labeled as a leading cause of mesothelioma cancer, the use of this substance has been strictly regulated. However, for many, the damage has already been done. What’s more, mesothelioma often lies dormant for several years before symptoms present themselves. This means that early, life-saving treatment is usually not an option.
The development of asbestos-related cancer is reliant upon several factors. Namely, those include the following:
- The length of time an individual was exposed to asbestos. Studies show that the longer the exposure, the bigger the risk.
- The amount of asbestos an individual as exposed to. Larger amounts equal an increased risks.
- The type of asbestos involved. Smaller fibres are more easily inhaled, which means they present the most hazards.
- Overall health. While healthy individuals can develop mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, those in poor health are at an increased risk.
Symptoms and Treatment Options
While the symptoms of mesothelioma can vary, they often include the following:
- Shortness of breath.
- Chest pain.
- Painful, persistent cough.
- Unusual lumps under the skin of the chest or the abdomen.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Abdominal pain and swelling.
In most cases, once the symptoms of mesothelioma appear, the illness has progressed beyond the point of effective treatment. However, treatments like chemotherapy, pain management drugs, radiation and surgery are often helpful in reducing pain and discomfort, as well as lengthening lifespan and improving quality of life.
Most mesothelioma patients are exposed to asbestos through no fault of their own. Because of this, many patients are entitled to legal compensation as a result of medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other factors. For individuals who developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos, seeking legal help is recommended. An experienced attorney is better equipped to handle the intricacies associated with occupational illness lawsuits, and will increase the odds of a favourable judgment.
Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed with diabetes or you’ve had this ailment for while now, managing your glucose levels IS of the utmost importance. Managing your glucose levels not only help people with diabetes survive without backlash, but efficient management can even help you thrive without constant inconvenience.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes or if you have yet to efficiently manage it without side effects, you may want to consider the following steps that can help you better control this widespread ailment.
Type 1 and Type 2
First of all, you may want to have a chat with your doctor about the kind of diabetes you have as there are two kinds, Type 1 and Type 2. To elaborate on their differences, Type 1 is described as the lack of insulin production in your body. A body that cannot produce natural insulin cannot break down the sugars in the food it consumes, thus leaving the body without energy.
Type 2 diabetes (most common) is categorized as the inability to efficiently produce insulin, meaning your body can produce insulin but just has a hard time doing so. Type 2 diabetes usually requires a regiment of pills or insulin to help manage it. Both types vary in care and treatment, so be sure to get specific treatment instructions from your physician. Read more…
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Primary amenorrhea can be defined as amenorrhea (failure menstruation to begin) at the age of 16 years or amenorrhea at the age of 14 years in presence of well developed secondary female characters.
There are many causes of primary pathological amenorrhea and they are given below:
- Primary pathological amenorrhea can be there in presence of congenital obstruction of lower genital tract like non canalization of cervix, vagina and imperforate hymen that leads to cryptomenorrhea (occurrence of menstrual symptom without external bleeding). Cryptomenorrhea is not actual primary amenorrhea as the patient is actually menstruating without external visible bleeding.
- Congenital absence of uterus and gross hypoplasia of uterus can cause amenorrhea.
- In Turner’s syndrome due to congenital aplasia of ovaries (streak ovary).
- Inter sexuality like pseudohermaphroditism can cause pathological primary amenorrhea.
- Hypothyroid cretinism, hypopituitary dwarfism and hypothalamic gonadotropin releasing hormone deficiency cause primary pathological amenorrhea.
- Organic brain lesions like brain tumors and infection in the brain can lead to primary amenorrhea.
- Some times delayed puberty is cause of primary amenorrhea.
- Kallman syndrome, Rokitansky-Hauser-Kuster symdrome etc can cause primary pathological amenorrhea.
All these are causes of primary pathological amenorrhea.
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There is no clear-cut definition of women’s health. But women’s health is a distinct scientific (medical science) discipline. Women’s health involves the study of biologic differences between males and females. For this purpose National Institutes of Health has established the Office of Research on Women’s Health in 1990. The main aim of it was to develop future agenda for research in the field of women’s health. Being male or female has a broad impact on biologic and disease processes, the study of impact in the process is very important.
In recent times the women’s health has been integrated with internal medicine and other specialties, with the novel approach and idea to provide comprehensive health care for women. Because of incorporation of women’s health into other specialties it has become easier to provide health care delivery and to educate the patient for disease prevention and decision making.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in a report recommended that the term gender difference should be used to describe biologic processes that differ between males and females and gender difference for features related to social influences.
Women’s health can be explained in common men’s term as ‘health problems which are seen only in women due to its female gender’. In other words it means from physiological menstrual cycle and pregnancy to pathological states like ovarian cancers to leucorrhea or white vaginal discharge (the commonest symptom of women’s health) which is due to fungal infection of female genital tract.
This blog is about women’s health and deals in all the conditions mentioned above i.e. from anatomy of female genital tract and pregnancy to severe pathological state.
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