Preventing the Spread of Staph Infection

What A Blood Test Will Help You Understand About Your Health

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Date: July 21st 2015


Going to the doctor each year for a routine checkup is a great way to stay healthy, but it is also a great way to detect health problems and risks you didn’t even know you had. During a routine checkup, your doctor might suggest running bloodwork. Bloodwork involves testing your blood for a variety of different things, and it can help your doctor find issues that could affect your health. What Is The Most Common Type Of Blood Test? The most common type of blood test is called a full blood count (FBC). This test is typically the first type of blood test used, and it can reveal a lot of different issues. A FBC tests several key components of your blood, which include: White blood cell count – The white blood cells in your body fight against infections, cancer, and allergies. Low white blood cell counts can indicate problems such as autoimmune disorders, infections, and cancer. High white blood cell counts often indicate problems such as infections and allergies. Red blood cell count – Your red blood cells carry oxygen through the body, helping with the circulation. One of the most common causes for low red blood cell counts is due to anemia. If your count is high, it could indicate lung disease or kidney problems. Platelets – Platelets are a necessary component of the body for blood clotting. Platelet levels might be low if you have an infection or autoimmune disorder, but they could be high from an infection too. After your doctor draws your blood, the blood is sent in to a lab for testing. The results are then issued to your doctor, and he or she will examine them. If all of these levels are within normal standards, you are probably healthy and have no issues to be concerned with. If any of these levels are off, it can indicate a problem. In some cases, doctors will simply complete a second blood test a week or two after your first one when levels are off. This is done simply to make sure it wasn’t a fluke of some kind. What Else Is Tested In A Blood Test? In addition to testing the main three components of your blood, a FBC may also test several other things relating to your health. This can include: Cholesterol level – Your cholesterol level is important to your health, and high […]

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Don’t Let Chemotherapy Drag You Down

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Date: June 24th 2015


For many people, chemotherapy can be a literal lifesaver. This powerful drug treatment is often used after cancer surgery to destroy or slow the growth of any remaining cancer cells in the body. Unfortunately, these treatments can come with some unpleasant side effects. And while many people can tolerate these side effects and can even return to their normal daily lives, others have much more difficulty. In some cases, these side effects can be so debilitating that a patient may actually feel that the chemotherapy is causing them more harm than good. So what are your options if you are having trouble handling your chemotherapy treatments?  Chemotherapy Side Effects While side effects can vary from patient to patient, the following are some of the more common ones that a patient might experience during their chemotherapy: Fatigue Nausea and vomiting Sores in the mouth and throat Hair loss Change in your sense of taste Mental fogginess Diarrhea or constipation  Consult With Your Oncologist If you are having a terrible time dealing with the side effects caused by chemotherapy treatments, experts recommend that you record the side effects you are experiencing in a journal so that you can give an accurate depiction of your issues to your oncologist. In your journal, record the type of side effects you are experiencing, the time of day they are occurring and the severity. Your oncologist can then use that that information to recommend ways to lessen the side effects you are experiencing. For example, if you are having trouble with severe nausea and vomiting, your oncologist might prescribe anti-nausea drugs or might lower the dosages of some of your chemotherapy drugs. Quitting Chemotherapy There are some people, however, who just can’t deal with chemotherapy, even with modifications or additional medications. For example, actress Haley Mills reported that she felt as if she was “dying” and that she was “more frightened of the chemo” treatments than of the disease. So she decided to quit the treatment and self-treat by changing her diet and exercising. Mills did caution that, while this self-treatment worked for her, she does not believe it will work for everyone. If you are thinking about quitting chemotherapy, discuss the idea with your oncologist, and also your family members, first.  It’s possible that your oncologist may agree with you. The thinking on chemotherapy has changed over the years. According to Choosing Wisely, some oncologists are now […]

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How Interactive Video Games Are Helping In Pediatric Rehabilitation

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Date: June 17th 2015


When you think of physical therapy (PT) for children, you’re likely to envision a room filled with balancing balls, exercise bikes, treadmills and other equipment. While the use of such equipment is a common practice in most physical rehabilitation rooms, a new trend in pediatric physical therapy has emerged. This concept involves the use of video games. Interactive video games that involve body movement can help improve mobility and flexibility in children recovering from sports injuries, brain injuries and other conditions. Some medical professionals believe that, in conjunction with traditional forms of physical therapy, video gaming may help with muscle and ligament issues, and make the sessions seem like less of a chore. Video Games as a Motivational Tool If your child is recovering from an injury that requires regular physical therapy, you may find that it has become a challenge to keep him or her motivated. Many parents are met with resistance when taking their children to the physical rehabilitation center, especially when the exercises are boring and repetitive. If your child’s physical therapy sessions have become uninspiring, it may be time to rethink the approach. When fun activities and entertainment are incorporated into the routine, the child may enjoy the rehabilitation. This is why you might want to ask your child’s therapist if video gaming can be a useful tool for your child’s recovery. Try to determine if the facility has implemented the use of video game technology into their recovery program. The Benefit of Sports Simulation Games You may be familiar with popular gaming systems that incorporate balance boards, dance pads, infrared controls and other peripherals that require the movement of hands, wrists, arms and legs. These interactive gaming tools are commonly used in sports games, where players simulate the motion of hitting or kicking a ball, running in place or balancing on a board. Games may also simulate activities such as driving, kickboxing or rope climbing. Researchers have studied the effects of video gaming to determine if it will help children with muscle, tendon or ligament injuries. It’s believed by some that motion active video gaming may improve range of motion and reduce chronic pain. In order for this concept to be effective, however, the gaming console must be compatible with and utilize the above mentioned interactive accessories. Dancing to Recovery Another popular activity that may be helpful is a dancing video game. In this type […]

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What’s The Difference Between A Sonogram And An Ultrasound? Why Do I Need One Anyway?

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Date: June 4th 2015


If you are pregnant for the first time, you probably already know that your doctor is likely to order an ultrasound of the baby at some point in your pregnancy. You may be wondering if an ultrasound is really necessary. You may also find terms like ultrasound and sonogram confusing. While the two terms refer to the same procedure, they are not exactly the same thing. Find out how they differ and why they are important to the health of your unborn baby. What is an ultrasound? Ultrasound is the high-frequency sound that is bounced off your unborn baby. This sound is typically 20 kHz, which means it cannot be heard by the human ear. Gel is applied to your belly, and a special wand it used to direct the sound waves at your unborn baby. This is painless for both of you.  As the sound waves bounce off tissue of differing densities, such as your baby’s body parts, the machine records the time it takes for the sound to bounce back to the machine. This enables it to create a picture of your baby.  What is a sonogram? The picture of your baby is called a sonogram. The ultrasound technician views the image of your baby on a monitor and generally prints one or more of the images of your baby for you to add to your baby’s baby book. In traditional ultrasound exams, the printed sonogram looks like an old photograph negative. 3D ultrasounds produce a more detailed image of the baby. Why are ultrasound exams important? Many doctors order routine ultrasounds to monitor the size and health of the baby. While some women have several ultrasounds during their pregnancy, some women don’t have any ultrasounds. The decision to do an ultrasound rests with you and your doctor. Ultrasounds done in the first trimester are the most accurate in determining the gestational age of the fetus. Your doctor may change your due date after an ultrasound. New regulations from  the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that your doctor changes the expected due date if the gestational age of the fetus differs more than 5 days from your original due date in ultrasounds done before 9 weeks, or 7 days in ultrasounds performed between 9 and 14 weeks. Ultrasounds done in later trimesters do not affect the projected due date of your baby. For women with irregular menstrual cycles, an […]

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A few days ago, my dear aunt became violently ill. She felt intense pain. But, she didn’t know what was causing it. During an appointment at her local health care clinic, she was surprised to discover that she had a staph infection. Her doctor advised her that the type of infection she had was extremely serious and contagious. To prevent her family from becoming ill, she was told to take several precautions. One of them was to wash her bed linens every day until she completely recovered from her illness. On this blog, you will discover the ways a staph infection can be spread from one family member to another one.

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