Cultural Competence Does Not Equal Color Blindness

images (100)Health care disparities and quality of care for ethnic groups are well documented. The National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides thought-provoking examples about how health providers relate to ethnic groups. The evidence suggests that providers are not as helpful to non-Whites, were less responsive, administered less medication, provided incomplete discharge instructions and communicated poorly. This data indicates that there are differences in how providers deliver health care services in response to the color of a patient’s skin. Furthermore, the NHDR documented that racial and ethnic minorities often receive poorer quality of care and face more barriers in seeking care including preventive care, acute treatment, or chronic disease management, than do non-Hispanic White patients. This mindset is indeed serious when it impacts the quality of care of racial, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the U.S. In fact, this is so serious that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities with the idea that it is possible to have a nation free of health

The Benefits of Purchasing Discount Drugs and What to Look for in Providers

download (44)Companies that provide discount drugs are a godsend to many people. Here is some information on how they work, why these businesses are able to offer such cheap medications, and how to be well informed as you do research into which distributor is right for you.

How They Work

Many distributors of discount drugs are able to offer safe, FDA-approved medications to customers at vastly lower prices than they would find at pharmacies because the regulations in other countries are different. They legally acquire generic (and brand-name) drugs from nations whose health law systems allow different pills into the market faster than those of the U.S., and they can then sell these drugs to American consumers at low costs, sometimes as much as 80% off the typical price.

These companies carry all sorts of much-needed prescription drugs, such as medications for blood pressure, thyroid issues, mental health problems, diabetes, and more. When consumers take the time to seek out a trustworthy discount service, they not only cut their costs exorbitantly, but they also do away with the long lines and hassle of pharmacies. What’s more, some

This entry was posted on May 24, 2016, in Health.

An Exploit of the Pros and Cons of Vaccination

download (43)The world shrinks daily as more and more people gain access to social media. The concept of six degrees of separation can easily adjusted to three degrees of separation. We are in constant contact with people more now than the late 18th and 19th century. Therefore, the spread of disease can wipe out an entire city in months if not weeks. Consequently, the advent objection of parents to vaccinating their children seems counterproductive and at times willful.

Regrettably, there exist controversy regarding immunization. Many constantly connect Autism to vaccination even when several reputable medical experts debunked the report done on such a connection. Yet with established medical documentation that there is no actual connection to Autism and vaccination, mainstream media continue to link these two separate terms. The repeated exposure to inaccurate reporting mislead many parents into believing that vaccinating their child will cause Autism.

As the world shrinks and the degree gets smaller and with a review of historical black plague, vaccine becomes a necessary precaution. The recent scare of Ebola should be sufficient motivation to implement and improve the administration of vaccines. Modern

This entry was posted on May 12, 2016, in Health.

What Are Some of the Benefits of Participating in Clinical Trials?

download (42)Clinical trials offer the opportunity to many individuals who are suffering from various ailments to receive treatments that are not currently available on the market. For many people who lack access to adequate treatment – as well as those who would like to take more control of their health care – this can be a desirable solution in some cases.

It would be wrong to say that there are no risks associated with undertaking this kind of treatment. However, there are also many benefits, some of which will be explored in this article. Firstly, one of the main benefits of clinical trials is that each individual who decides to participate will gain access to new treatments that are not currently available outside such a research setting.

Of course, participants can choose which trials they want to take part in, and should seek advice from the medical professional who is taking care of their treatment for advice on whether each option is an appropriate treatment to pursue and which would be of most benefit.

There are many promising new treatments on the market or being developed today,

This entry was posted on May 2, 2016, in Health and tagged .

Amazing Facts Which You Should Know About Essential Oils

images (99)Do you know what essential oil is? And how it is good for your health? Don’t need to be confused, here’s the answer to all your questions. Essential oil is in general term the pure and natural water of the popular herb. Because of its antibacterial, antifungal, or antioxidant properties, this oil is really helpful to get relief from several health issues including asthma, nausea, depression, mental fatigue, migraine, sinus, muscle pains, period’s pain, toothache or many other diseases.

In simple words, you can say that these oils are extremely helpful in many ways than any other commercial products. Following are a few facts you might not have known till now.

  • These are not technically oils because they do not contain fatty acids, which actually the real identity of the oil
  • Most of the people don’t know that this oil can really helpful to deeply clean your body from inside and improve your immune system and blood circulation as well
  • It’s a fact that in the 17th century if you use herbs for a medical cure, then you were hanged as a witch
  • Most of the people don’t
This entry was posted on April 22, 2016, in Health.

The Best Ways to Get Discount Prescriptions

download (41)Let’s face it: medication can be pricey. Regardless of whether or not you have insurance, the price of prescriptions can present a tremendous financial burden on an individual (or family) when the time comes that it’s needed. Fortunately, there are options to help you save, and, ultimately, to help keep more money in your pocket. Here are the best ways to get discount prescriptions.

1. Discount Drug Cards

Chances are if you’ve done any amount of research on discount prescriptions, you’ve likely stumbled upon the phrase “drug cards.” This incredibly popular means to access drugs at an affordable price should be at the top of the list for anyone looking to save money. Drug cards are simple and can be acquired with little to no effort. Simply locate a program of your choice, such as drugs.com or discountdrugnetwork.com. Then, create an account to begin accessing all the great benefits of the programs, including, but not limited to, more affordable medications from brand names to generics at up to 40 percent off.

2. Pharmacy Savings Clubs

Yet another option to obtain discount prescriptions for the financially savvy consumer,

Select an Experienced Proteomics Company for Absolute Quantification

download (40)If your business requires you to procure high quality Custom AQUA Peptides, then you have to rely on an integrated CRO setup that delivers an exhaustive range of drug improvement services. It is pertinent that you choose a service provider that enjoys significant experience and expertise in the fields of organic chemistry, genomics, biochemistry, systems biology, preclinical and clinical studies, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and structural biology, amongst certain others. With a full range of services at your disposal, you can benefit from several of the proteome-related researches undertaken by your preferred setup in order to identify single protein for their use in incomprehensive proteomic studies.

Choose a top cadre company that is renowned to have one of the most advanced proteomics boards in the global frontier. With a specialized company by your side, you could be guaranteed of the quality of inputs embodied in the process of absolute quantification, through a full-fledged range of staffed scientists that are well versed with the avenue of proteomics. As such, these experienced professionals can render you with full support services pertaining to identification and quantification, characterization, protein

This entry was posted on April 22, 2016, in Health and tagged .

A Brief Discussion on Types of Needles and Syringes

images (98)Needles and Syringes are among the most used medical apparatuses. In this article, we will be discussing about some of the most used types of these medical apparatus.

The most widely discussed classifications of syringes are non Luer Lok and Luer Lok syringes. This classification is made based on the kind of tip these units possess. The Luer-Lok syringes come equipped with tips that need needles that get twisted and locked into appropriate place. This design ensures that the needle doesn’t slip out of the syringe accidentally.

There’s another way of classifying syringes; this time we are classifying it based on the purpose it’s used for. The two most widely used types include insulin syringe and tuberculin syringe. The insulin syringes are significantly small in size and are capable of holding 0.3 to 1 ml of medication. They are usually calibrated in units instead of milliliters. The majority of the insulin syringes get calibrated up to hundred units. Another important characteristic of these syringes is that they are designed to allow seamless self-injection. They are mostly used for administering subcutaneous injections.

The other type i.e. tuberculin

This entry was posted on April 2, 2016, in Health.

To Heal and to Be Healed

download (39)As a junior year medical student, I have realized that it’s not enough to learn everything by simply reading gigantic books or attending long lectures, rather, it is important to enhance yourself with the necessary skills by attending trainings and applying your knowledge into practice. A few months ago, I participated in a first aid training organized by my university, and just last month before my 6th semester, I was trained and certified in the first aid level 1 (including AED) course.

The break before the next semester at medical school is generally regarded as the last time of true freedom for med students. We are supposed to live it up and enjoy every second of this liberated time before we become sleep-deprived and buried in books. Although this break brings relaxation, excitement and enjoyment, a number of anxieties also accompany this transition time.

I am the typical paranoid student in med school, always worried about grades and studying. It’s like you’re in the middle of the fire and it’s hard to step out of it.

Considering how easy it is to get certified in first

Acute Back Pain Management Using Acetaminophen

download (38)We’ve covered chronic pain in depth here, so today we’re going to discuss acute back pain. While not as severe of an issue as chronic pain, it is still an uncomfortableness that nobody wants but we’re all likely to have at some point. In fact, it is the biggest complaint of people in regards to their lower back.

Often, any treatment will initially address the local pain and the inflammation that usually accompanies it. If needed, further intervention is taken and therapeutic exercise is recommended.

However, any type of pain could be an indication of a more complex situation. That is why it is important that the pain management clinician or doctor establish a clear diagnosis and identify the cause before proceeding with any treatment.

The doctor that is handling the pain management should have an understanding of anatomy, the biomechanics and the kinesiology. This enables them to localize the patient’s pain originators such as the bone, disc, ligament, muscle, nerve, and tendons. The principal process can be biomechanical, inflammation, infection, neoplastic or psychological.

There are many different drugs that are commonly prescribed to provide pain management

This entry was posted on March 19, 2016, in Health and tagged .

Allopathy, Homeopathy and Ayurveda: A Comparison

images (97)Though Ayurveda is the oldest system of medicine, originated and used in India since ages and homeopathy slowly making a mark amongst the different medicine systems available, but when it comes to the choice of medication preferred, allopathy still has taken the lion’s share of the market.

With the rising confusion and myths associated with these medications, it becomes important to compare all these medicine systems (allopathy, homeopathy, and Ayurveda) to find out the major differences between them and to get an idea which one is ideal or best suited for different diseases at different times.

Allopathy

Allopathy is derived from the Greek word ├íllos (other or different) + pathos (disease or suffering), which means “other than the disease.” Allopathy is essentially a piece of the western therapeutic framework and is spread everywhere throughout the world. It is received by the majority of the nations around the globe and commonly called as drug therapy. Allopathy is basically a drug oriented methodology and relies upon three things, hypothesis, experimentation, and the result of the experiment.

In this methodology, allopathic doctors are restricted by what they can do

The Lack of Narcotics In A Pain Management Center

download (36)Narcotic medications are somewhat of a double-edged sword it seems. They are great to kill the chronic pain, but they aren’t meant for long-term use. This could be why the past decade has seen a steep rise in addiction to them.

And as the medical society is becoming more keenly aware of this problem, more physicians are leery about prescribing them. As such, a person with chronic back pain suffers, unless, their doctor has the foresight to refer them to a pain management center.

Referrals to a pain management center can be made by any primary care provider or a specialist such as a rheumatologist. Is this your doctor passing the buck because they don’t want to deal with you?

Not at all! If your primary care or rheumatologist refers you to a pain management center, it is in your best interest. A facility that is set up as interdisciplinary center, usually associated with hospitals or have an affiliation with a medical university will be able to help manage your pain – with limited or no medication

Because they are usually associated with a hospital, there are

This entry was posted on February 27, 2016, in Health and tagged .

How Does A Pain Center Treat Patients With Opioid Dependence?

download (35)It’s all over the headlines about the misuse of opioids and the addiction epidemic we have in this country. As such, general primary care doctors are struggling how to treat their patients with chronic pain these days and not contribute to or start them down the path of addiction. Pain center specialists are quick to admit that they have a delicate balance with their patients who are dependent on these drugs and how they treat them.

One of the biggest challenges that all doctors have is the lack of being able to estimate of how common problematic opioid for chronic pain patients can develop. The biggest majority of those who have chronic pain don’t go on to develop such an addiction.

But because so many have, creating the current epidemic, the medical industry needs to get a better understanding on how to effectively manage the risk of drug abuse.

A pain center doctor should take precautions and look for any potential risks of substance abuse before prescribing any medication to any patient with chronic pain. This would include looking at the patient’s medical history, their

How Can A Pain Management Doctor Help The Epidemic Of Opioid Overdosing?

images (96)Opiates or Opioids as they are more commonly known are and important prescription medication for any pain management doctor. However, in the last 10 years or so, they have become an abused, misused and overused medication that has sadly, been related to addiction and even death.

There Are Several Questions

When this epidemic is discussed among those in the medical industry, in particular, the pain management area, there are two questions that come to the surface: How is this happening? Who is letting it happen? What are can be done about it?

The biggest players in this epidemic are doctors and the pharmaceutical industry. So what responsibility should a pain management doctor take toward curbing and correcting this epidemic? What accountability should the pharmaceutical companies have? If there are any solutions, what are the best ones?

The CDC has recently issued the first set of guidelines for prescribing opioids. This guide is focused toward primary care physicians and has become the national standards for prescribing these painkillers. And while it is too late for millions, it is a positive step taken in the right direction.

What Are

This entry was posted on February 14, 2016, in Health and tagged , .

First Aid Kit for Outdoor Use Guidelines You Should Follow

download (37)Of course a first aid kit is a must have for every home; but you should also have an additional one ready for outdoor explorations. This is because disaster can hit you both in and outside your home and as the name implies, you may find yourself the first on the scene with a medical emergency.

Information on Pre-assembled Kits

The majority of the outdoor enthusiasts prefer pre-assembled kits. This is primarily because getting them ready doesn’t require any additional effort. In addition, having one of these ready-to-use first aid kits also means that your kit will at least have all the basics. That’s not all; according to a survey conducted recently, the pre-assembled first aid kits are actually slightly economical compared to the home-made ones. Usually, these kits remain packed in water-resistant, compact pouches, which you will be able to refill when required.

The pre-assembled units are available in different sizes. Read on to know the factors that should be considered when deciding on the size of these kits.

Size of the group: This means a small kit would be fine for a small group but

The Facts About Discount Medicine Services

images (95)The rising costs of prescription drugs can create huge obstacles for those who depend on their medications. Many major pharmaceutical companies are acknowledging this problem by offering assistance. However, these programs are restrictive and do not cover all patients. Discount medicine prescription cards and online services are often the only way to go for some consumers. Before signing up, there are some facts that you need to understand in order to gain all the benefits of these programs.

Is it Applicable to All?

Some pharmaceutical programs restrict access to those who have certain health plans or are in a certain income bracket. Others require customers to be over or under a certain age to qualify. A true discount medicine plan or site doesn’t have these restrictions. Some programs allow anyone to sign up or log in.

FDA Approved Medications

For the most part, you are not going to get name brand medications from these services. However, you will get FDA approved alternatives. Some consumers worry that the pills received from discount medicine stores online will not work as effectively or are manufactured in countries that do not

How Long Does It Take To Cure Fingernail Fungus?

images (93)One of the most pressing issues these days would be the impact of our health on our lifestyle. So it hardly comes as a surprise that you need to figure out some home remedies for things that could in fact be minor, however having said that this all depends on the person.

For example how long does it take to cure fingernail fungus is a question that is asked by so many people, especially since this is somewhat of a common problem which faces a lot of people.

Yet it should be stated that figuring out how long it takes to get rid of fingernail fungus is a question has been asked lots of time. There is in fact probably more questions than answer to this problem. However there are solutions and it is not rocket science!

Finding a Cure for Finger and Toe Nail Fungus

When you ask yourself about finding a cure for fingernail fungus, remember that this is something that depends from person to person. So you can never really tell when exactly your issue with fingernail fungus will end.

All of it depends on

This entry was posted on January 22, 2016, in Health.

Predicting Drug Response

images (92)According to the CDC Adverse drug events are a serious public health problem, an estimated 82% of American adults take at least one medication and 29% take five or more; 700,000 emergency department visits and 120,000 hospitalizations are due to adverse drug events annually.

Three and a half billion dollars is spent on extra medical costs of adverse drug events annually, at least 40% of costs associated with adverse drug events occurring outside hospitals can be prevented.

Often, an effective drug response is found in a few patients treated, while most benefit little or not at all. Much could be gained if we could select the optimal drug for the individual patient before treatment begins.

Researchers are learning how inherited differences in genes affect the body’s response to medications. These genetic differences will be used to predict whether a medication will be effective for a particular person and to help prevent adverse drug reactions.

Just as a patient’s age, lifestyle, existing co-morbidities, and other medications affect the selection of a drug, genetic predisposition to do well or poorly on that drug is a crucial clinical factor that

This entry was posted on January 22, 2016, in Health.

The Medications And Therapy Used In A Pain Management Clinic

download (34)Finding a way to control your pain is important so that you can go on living your life to the fullest. No matter if your pain comes from arthritis, cancer or cancer treatments, fibromyalgia, an injury, or surgery, controlling the discomfort and pain is a must. It can also affect how your body heals and recuperates too. So what is the best way to approach pain management?

The first step you should take is making an appointment with your primary care provider. They may find the cause of the pain and be able to address the matter with medications. If they aren’t able to find the cause or the cause is more than they are able to handle, they may refer you to a clinic that can manage your pain.

A pain management clinic will have a staff of different specialist that you’ll be able to access. They will be specialized in arthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia and many other things that can be a cause for pain. They will work together to create a pain management plan approach that will address your issues while keeping your

This entry was posted on January 12, 2016, in Health and tagged , , .

What Is Functional Medicine

download (33)Functional medicine is an evolutionary practice that addresses the unique healthcare needs of those in the 21st century.

Rather than treating just the symptoms of any disease, functional medicine focuses on the underlying cause of disease by using an approach that focuses on the body’s systems and their primary functions. Practitioners work to engage the patient in a partnership that will lead to overall better health and wellness.

Functional medicine practitioners focus on the whole person, rather than just the isolated constellation of symptoms. This shifts medicine from traditional sick care to a more patient-centered approach. These practitioners spend a great deal of time with their patients and listen to histories, while also evaluating the environment, lifestyle, and genetic factors that may play a role in long-term health and the development of chronic disease. By doing it this way, practitioners offer their patients a unique experience in healthcare, which will lead to higher engagement and vitality for each individual.

Why is Functional Medicine Needed?

There are several reasons why functional medicine has become more and more popular in our culture. Some of these reasons include the following:

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