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1205, 2017

Senate Passes Resolution to Stop GHS

By |May 12th, 2017|Health, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on Senate Passes Resolution to Stop GHS

Resolution to Stop GHS Passes Senate with Unanimous Consent
Entire Senate body is in agreement that Greenville Hospital System has violated Act 432 and should cease its activities until the lawsuit against GHS is settled.
Greenville, SC – State Senator Tom Corbin introduced the resolution on Thursday, May 11, which reads as follows:

S.726 – A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION: TO OPPOSE THE RECENT ACTIONS OF THE GREENVILLE HOSPITAL SYSTEM.

Whereas, the Greenville Hospital System has recently engaged in an effort to restructure; and

Whereas, this was done in secret behind closed doors without notice or notification; and

Whereas, neither the citizens of Greenville County nor the Greenville County Legislative Delegation were informed of the closed door meeting; and

Whereas, the Greenville Hospital System is attempting to transform from a public not-for-profit organization into a private organization; and

Whereas, the members of the Greenville Legislative Delegation feel that this is in direct violation of Act 432 of 1947, which created the Greenville Hospital System; and

Whereas, if this goes through, the newly created Greenville Hospital System private boards, which will control the hospital system, will have absolutely no oversight by the people of Greenville County from which it was created; and

Whereas, members of the Greenville County Legislative Delegation, as well as some members of the public, have filed suit to stay this action; and

Whereas, this resolution would cause the Greenville Hospital System to cease its action until the lawsuit is settled. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:  That the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, oppose the recent actions of the Greenville Hospital System.
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1105, 2017

Are Wearable Health Devices All That They Claim To Be?

By |May 11th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Are Wearable Health Devices All That They Claim To Be?

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The past decade has seen the popularity of wearable health devices skyrocket, with brands becoming household names and part of the public’s everyday vocabulary. Walking down the street, you can see them adorning the wrists of an eclectic range of people: from teens to old age pensioners. But, with every new health gimmick comes an array of important questions. How do these products affect our health? Do they fulfill the bold claims made in their advertising campaigns? Are they worth the expense or are they just a fad? Researchers are still looking into the various pressing questions that we have about fitness trackers and other products of their ilk. Here’s what we know about the two most popular wearable health devices: pedometers (instruments that count the number of steps you take in a day) and sleep monitors.

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Pedometers

Pedometers come in all shapes and sizes. From the classic LCD screen step counters that people would clip to their waistband, to the more modern devices worn as wristbands and bracelets. The latest addition to the pedometer’s repertoire is the smartphone app: anyone can download an application onto a smartphone, which will count however many steps they take with the smartphone on their person. The mere fact that companies are still investing in pedometer devices and updating the technology tied to them would imply that they are useful in bettering individual health. But is there scientific and medical evidence to back this assumption? A recent study published in the Procedia Technology Journal would suggest so, but only if the pedometers are sufficiently accurate. Professors from Mälardalen University’s school of Innovation, Design, and Engineering argue that accurate pedometers are useful tools to motivate and estimate a person’s physical […]

1005, 2017

When Fitness Becomes an Obsession

By |May 10th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on When Fitness Becomes an Obsession

Health issues are always on our mind. Whether it’s down to our size, weight, fitness levels or anything else related to exercise, there’s always a chance that something we love or rely on becomes and unhealthy obsession. Even healthy things such as exercise and portion control can become things that we obsess over due to how powerful they can become. There are people all over the world who take fitness extremely seriously, and there are times when that addiction can take over not just their body, but also their thoughts.

The only things on their mind will be getting fit, eating right, and packing on muscle to show off in the future. Sadly, there’s a time and place for these things and it’s not uncommon for it to turn into an unhealthy obsession. Dealing with fitness addiction can be easy, but it’s important that we try to understand why it happens and why it’s a bad thing.

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Discard the perfectionist ideal

There’s no such thing as the perfect body. Our bodies can become a symbol of healthy living and regular exercise, but that doesn’t guarantee happiness and nor can we say it’s the perfect body. Instead of stressing over trying to reach a certain fitness level or become a particular weight, focus on small goals instead.

For instance, worry about what your next mini-goal is and not your long-term goal. Think more about why you’re doing it, understand why you’re getting fit and try to re-think your reasoning. Don’t let a mental image of the perfect body affect your decision making or be the sole reason for your fitness goals, ensure that you’re doing it for a healthy and positive reason.

Health concerns with too much exercise

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905, 2017

Are Your Teeth Making You Sick?

By |May 9th, 2017|Health|Comments Off on Are Your Teeth Making You Sick?

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Even if you’re fastidious about brushing and flossing your teeth, there is a chance that your mouth might still contain bad bacteria that could cause all manner of problems from cavities to gum disease. Some studies have also noticed a link between poor mouth health and serious health issues. Here’s how your teeth could be making you sick:

They Could Cause Heart Problems

Individuals who develop gum disease are nearly 50 percent more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease compared to people who have healthy teeth and gums. Researchers don’t know just why this might be the case, but they think it might be because the bacteria in the mouth is able to enter the bloodstream where it inflames the heart and increases the odds of blood clots forming. This is one of the most compelling reasons why you should take good care of your teeth.

They Could Cause Memory Problems

If you have bad teeth, you might want to visit an expert, like the ones at http://harrelldentalimplantcenter.com/,and have them replaced with dental implants, before taking your oral health more seriously, because at least one study has shown that poor dental health can increase your chances of suffering from dementia. Again, it is believed that bacteria in the mouth may be able to spread to the brain via the jaw or blood, causing an increased risk of the terrible condition.

They Could Affect Your Blood Sugar Levels

It has been found that people with diabetes are more likely to suffer from a serious form of gum disease called periodontal disease than those who of not have diabetes. Some researchers think this could be because gum disease makes it tougher for the body to control blood sugar levels.

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305, 2017

Is Your Workplace Making You Sick?

By |May 3rd, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Is Your Workplace Making You Sick?

When it comes to your health, it can come as no surprise that the environment that you are in can have a massive effect on it. For a lot of us, our work environment will have the biggest impact on our health, as it can often be where we spend the majority of our time. So if you feel like your health has been impacted, especially because of moving to a new workplace, then the workplace could be to blame. Here are some things to look out for at work that could be affecting your health. Then you can go from there and look to make some changes.

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Poor Air Quality

While there have been many changes to the quality of the air that we breathe outside, the air that we breathe when we are inside could be causing us some problems. Problems relating to health and poor air quality have become more common with more modern buildings when the source of the air is air conditioning. In these kinds of buildings, the windows aren’t opened. So you aren’t getting any air from outside. Combined with copy machines, dust, hot drinks, and perhaps cigarette fumes, it can be a cocktail for disaster. Leading to headaches, itchy eyes, dizziness, and breathing problems.

Water Borne Illness

If you work in an older building, then water-borne illness could be an issue. Where water pipes are older, they make it more likely to catch something like legionnaires disease, as it is spread through drinking contaminated water. So if your workplace has things like a cooling tower, spa pools, or a dry cooling system (sometimes called a hybrid cooler), then you could be at risk. It can leave you with breathing problems, as it […]

2104, 2017

How & Why You Should Prioritize Health & Safety In Your Home

By |April 21st, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on How & Why You Should Prioritize Health & Safety In Your Home

When anyone hears the words health and safety, they immediately think of hard hats on a construction site or warning signs in an office. However, health & safety extends beyond the working world into our homes.

The simple fact is that too many households aren’t prioritizing health & safety above everything else. You must ensure that your home is safe enough for your family and that you have ways in which you can deal with any health concerns that occur.

Why is it important to prioritize health & safety in your home? It’s simple, if you don’t, then you run the risk of creating an environment that’s potentially dangerous for you and your children. If your home is unsafe, then they could hurt themselves and need serious medical help.

So, how can you prioritize health & safety in your home? Well, there are a few things you can do, and they’re listed in the remainder of this article:

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First Aid Supplies
Firstly, you need to ensure your house has a first aid kit, and that it’s always full of essential supplies. This kit will help you deal with any little problems that might happen. If your kid falls over, you can patch up their injuries without having to take them to a doctor. As a general rule, it makes sense for every home to have either first aid cabinets or a small first aid box. The more first-aid supplies you have, the better.
Safety Talks
Secondly, deal with any safety issues in your home by having talks with your children. Sit them down and tell them what they can and can’t do and what they should stay clear of. If you don’t do this, then a child’s natural curiosity […]

2104, 2017

Three Hidden Diseases You May Not Know You Have!

By |April 21st, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Three Hidden Diseases You May Not Know You Have!

When we know that we are ill, at least we can take steps to alleviate or even cure our condition. But what can you do when you aren’t aware that you have a problem? Well not very much! That is why it’s important to look out for the sign of some of the more hidden diseases so you can get them checked out and treated. So read on to find out more about some of the most common ones, and what the best course of action is if you suspect that they might be affecting you.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a fairly common condition, but for every case, that is identified and treated many go unrecognized. This is a problem because diabetes is not only an immediate risk to health but is also the cause of many long-term health complications. That is why it is vital that you get checked out if you believe you could be at risk from this disease.

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Diabetes is a condition where the body cannot regulate the amount of sugar in its system. This is because it has trouble with producing the hormone insulin. There are two types of diabetes known as type 1, and type 2. Although the symptoms present as similar. Including going to the toilet frequently, being thirsty all the time, and having blurred vision.

Type 1 is usually diagnosed early on, and it means that you body struggle to create enough insulin to properly regulate the sugar you consume. This is usually tested by monitoring blood sugar levels and self-administering insulin when needed.

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Type 2 is a little different as it is late onset diabetes and can be caused by a variety of factors such as age and being overweight.

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1204, 2017

The Three Things You Need To Do When You’re Ill

By |April 12th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on The Three Things You Need To Do When You’re Ill

For many of us, our health is a constant source of worry and concern. Being unwell, whether temporarily or for a long period can impact our lives in many different ways, and the people around us, too. In a way, it is pretty ironic, as we can sometimes stress out so much about being unwell, that we inadvertently put ourselves at even more of a risk. This can lead to our health issues being dragged out for much longer than they need to be and all in all lead to a pretty miserable time for everyone. Therefore, take a look at these following tips to help you get back on your feet as soon as possible.

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Don’t be afraid to ask for help

So many people have a dependency complex when it comes to their health – meaning that they are unlikely to ask other people for aid, due to worrying that they are ‘bothering’ them. If this sounds anything like you, take a step back for a moment and consider how you would behave if the shoe were on the other foot. If a friend opened up to you about a health problem they were suffering with, would you just turn them away, or would you offer to help as best you could? Of course, most people would go for the latter with no questions asked. As long as you are not asking too much of someone – such as requesting large sums of money without fully being able to say when you can pay it back by – most of your friends and family will be happy to help you out. Even little things, like offering to take you to the store if you […]

304, 2017

Recognizing The Signs Of Alcoholism

By |April 3rd, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Recognizing The Signs Of Alcoholism

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When does a few too many drinks become an alcohol problem? Self-diagnosing an alcohol addiction isn’t always easy. Men and women are recommended 14 units a week, but many of us go over this limit, sometimes in a single binge session. More often than not, it’s not how much we drink, but the effect that this drinking has on us and other people determines whether there is a problem or not. Here are just a few of the common danger signs.

Your friends and family are worried about your drinking habits

If friends and family are expressing their concerns, then this generally a good sign that you should curb your habits. You may still feel you are fully-functioning and that your friends and family only feel this way because they are not drinkers themselves, however, your behavior could still be leading people around you to feel concerned and uncomfortable. Talk with these friends and family members try to determine the root cause of their concern – it may be something more serious.

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Drinking has got you in legal trouble

If you drinking behavior is getting you in trouble with the law – either getting into fights, partaking in vandalism or drinking whilst driving – this is a sure sign that you should reassess your drinking habits. A criminal record could lead you to lose your license, job prospects or affect where you can travel. You may be able to make a legal claim if it is a one-off offense and the stake are serious – specialist criminal lawyers such as The Fenster Law Firm could be worth investing in. From here, limit your drinking and take steps to rebuild your reputation by going to AA meetings or […]

304, 2017

Why Don’t Men Like Going To The Doctor?

By |April 3rd, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Why Don’t Men Like Going To The Doctor?

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According to research, something in the region of 60 percent of all men refuse to go to the doctor, even when suffering from illness or displaying symptoms of a condition that could be life-changing. Only three out of five get an annual checkup, too, and the general stereotype of health as a subject men won’t discuss is true. It’s a sad state of affairs, and it begs the question: why don’t men like going to the doctor?

There are, of course, many different factors involved, and we’re going to take a look at a few of them most common reasons with you today. If you recognize any of these factors, perhaps a change of mindset is needed. Who knows, maybe you might give yourself a chance of a healthier and happier lifestyle?

Men get out of the habit early

Boys and girls are taken to the doctors whenever they are ill – almost no questions asked. But as the two sexes hit their teens, there is a significant shift. Female teenagers start having gynecological checks at an early age, so going to the doctor almost comes as a second nature for life. Adolescent boys, however, stop going unless it is absolutely necessary – they lose the habit. That means that when men start to get older, they are more likely to grin and bear it than seek out help.

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‘Too busy.’

Given that men are often the primary breadwinner in the household, it’s no surprise that lack of time features highly on their list of excuses for not embracing healthcare. And to some extent, they might have a point – there is a lot of pressure to perform in the workplace, and many men see being […]