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2006, 2017

Make History Of Health Issues By Looking To Your Past

By |June 20th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Make History Of Health Issues By Looking To Your Past

Our pasts affect our health in a variety of ways. If you smoked when you were younger, it could come back and bite you. The same can be said if you ate poorly, or drank heavily. Of course, you would’ve had to participate in these behaviors for an extended period to give them the power to cause issues later. The point is, it isn’t unheard of for our pasts to affect our future lives. And, that’s the case whether you’ve improved your habits or not.

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But, what if something you had no choice over comes back to haunt you? While issues such as asbestos exposure are thankfully behind us, it doesn’t mean we’re all in the clear. A recent case has seen 78-year-old Kenneth Oliver receive a $420k payout after developing asbestos-related mesothelioma dating back to the 60s. A handsome settlement anyone would agree, but this is far from a happy story. Payout aside, Oliver’s prognosis is bad. It’s enough to strike fear into our hearts.

But, we can take comfort from the fact that Oliver has received compensation for what’s happened. While money is a far cry from life, the settlement received by his mesothelioma asbestos lawyer will at least provide some comfort for Oliver and his family. Medical treatment for the condition is far from cheap, so financial aid is sure to make life easier.

There’s also a lesson to be learned about injury claims. When making a claim, speed is often seen as the essence. The faster you act, the more impact you claim will have, right? Not necessarily. In fact, patience plays a larger part in cases like these than you might think. The facts show that 95% of injury claims settle out […]

2006, 2017

Osteoporosis Sufferers Alert! Helpful Tips For Living With The Condition

By |June 20th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Osteoporosis Sufferers Alert! Helpful Tips For Living With The Condition

As you get older, it’s normal for your bones to weaken. It means we often have less movement and flexibility as we reach older age. But for some people later in life, they develop a condition called osteoporosis. This bone condition makes them much more fragile and easier to break. And it’s normally picked up when a person has a fall or a bone fracture. It tends to occur in people who have a family history of the condition, or it can develop in women after they reach menopause. It can be difficult for someone to live with the condition. In fact, they struggle to find ways to ensure they don’t lose any more bone. Therefore, here are some helpful tips for living with the condition osteoporosis.

Stay active with the condition

A lot of people are scared to do exercise if they are living with osteoporosis. After all, they don’t want to end up falling and harming their bones further. So they avoid moving around as much in their daily life. But if you want to help treat the condition, the best thing you can do is to stay active. After all, exercise is great for building bone density. And it can ensure you have stronger bones so that you can avoid falls in the future. Also, exercise is so important for the rest of your health so it shouldn’t go out the window. Therefore, make sure you stay active with the condition. Go the gym and do some simple exercises which will work your bones. And you might want to team up with a personal trainer. After all, they can help ensure you do exercises which are low impact. And walking or jogging can be […]

2006, 2017

3 Unique Trends That Are Shaping the Medical Industry Right Now

By |June 20th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on 3 Unique Trends That Are Shaping the Medical Industry Right Now

The medical industry is a tricky one to follow. It’s a secluded industry that’s shielded behind complicated terms that clueless laymen could never understand. However, as confusing as those terms may be, it’s sometimes easy to see that changes are happening to the medical industry. These new and unique trends will ultimately shape how health care in the developed world will be distributed to the masses, and it’s time to shed some light on those trends in order to help you understand why and how these changes will affect you. These are, of course, only trends that could die out or grow and take centre stage, so take everything with a grain of salt.

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Patient-First Businesses

The pharmaceutical industry is setting its sights on patient-first business models now, but there are very few companies that can successfully provide this level of service to the masses. Engaging with patients is one of the most effective ways for pharmaceutical companies to report on the effectiveness of medication and treatments. Much of this information has to be shared, however. Although often anonymous, turning someone into a case study for everyone to see is sometimes embarrassing for the patient and it may interfere with their civil rights and privacy.

However, PWC conducted a survey and it showed that around 88% of people were willing to let their doctors share their personal information for the sake of improving treatments. This falls to 78% when it concerns the local health system, 70% when it involves a university and only 53% to the drug company. This is a clear distinction and it shows that patients are more willing to share information when it involves people they are closely affiliated with, and it shows a lack […]

1406, 2017

How We’re Closer To Winning The Fight On Cancer

By |June 14th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on How We’re Closer To Winning The Fight On Cancer

It might seem to many like one of those issues that might never have a chance of being solved. It’s the subject of worldwide attention, yet it’s still a threat, fatal and otherwise, to huge swathes of our population. Estimates have gone from saying that 1 in 5 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their life to 1 in 2. As rates of the disease are on the rise, what’s the latest progress medicine has to offer in the fight against cancer?

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Better understanding of carcinogens

This might be one of the ways we’re seeing the most obvious progression in understanding cancer. We are newly discovering new sources of carcinogens every day. As people become more aware, it promotes alternative lifestyle habits that can play a big role in reducing our risk of getting the diagnosis. When carcinogens include everything from charred meats to wood dust, it might seem hard to live a life avoiding them. But healthier living, including less reliance on processed foods, can make a huge difference.

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Better drug trials

Beyond removal of tumors and radio/chemotherapy, drugs are our main weapon in fighting cancer and they are constantly being developed. Nowadays, evolving practices like preclinical molecular imaging improve drug trials by making it a lot easier to see the reactions of our body to new drugs. This can help us not only measure effectiveness but is playing a crucial role in one of the most important fights in cancer treatment right now. It helps us better spot and fix resistance to those drugs.

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The weapons our bodies need

While we’re looking for ways to circumvent our body’s resistance to cancer treating drugs, we’re also beginning to understand that it might be […]

2405, 2017

What You Need to Know About Brain Injuries

By |May 24th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on What You Need to Know About Brain Injuries

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If you’ve fallen and hit your head or something has fallen on your head, although in most instances you will be fine, there is a chance that you could suffer a brain injury as a result of the impact. If you notice any of the tell-tale symptoms of serious injury, it is, therefore, important that you take quick action and get yourself checked out by a medical professional.

What Are the Symptoms?

The main symptoms that should be warning signs that you need to get checked out include memory loss, nausea and vomiting, headaches and blurred vision. Even if you are only experiencing one of these symptoms, you need to get checked out, even if it’s just for your own peace of mind.

What You Need to Do If You Think You Have a Brain Injury

If you were knocked unconscious, even for a second, you should get yourself evaluated in the emergency room as soon as possible. If you start to experience any of the warning signs above, you should do the same, even if it has been a while since the initial injury.

If you can, ask a friend or family member to keep a close eye on you for 24-48 hours after the injury. You might not always recognize when you’re acting strangely, but someone else will, and they will be able to help you access the medical help you need.

By seeing a medical professional ASAP when you have a head injury, whether it’s a mild concussion or a more serious traumatic brain injury, you will not only ensure that your injuries are diagnosed and attended to quickly, decreasing the odds of them becoming life-changing, but you’ll also help yourself should you need to pursue compensation […]

2005, 2017

How & Why Your Health Could Impact on Your Career

By |May 20th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on How & Why Your Health Could Impact on Your Career

Your career can only progress if your health is on the right track. It’s important to recognize the link between these two things. If you don’t, you could end up doing damage to your health and also putting your career at risk. By looking after your health better from now on, you can ensure your career experiences fewer bumps in the road going forward.

A Lack of Energy Can Stop You Achieving More

One of the most common minor health problems that people experience is a lack of energy. It’s not something that you should let hold you back, though. It’s caused by all kinds of things, and you need to get to the bottom of the problem if you want to make sure that you have the right amount of energy needed to succeed in your career. If you don’t make sure that this is the case, your career will stumble, and that’s not what you want to happen. It will stop you from doing all the things that you know you’re capable of doing and achieving.

Some Conditions Distract You While You Try to Work

There are other health conditions that don’t affect your energy levels but can hold you back in other ways. For example, some health problems cause you some sort of irritation that stops you from focusing fully on the tasks that you need to do in your line of work. IBS can cause this. It’s disruptive and makes it hard to go about your daily duties at work. Irritable bowel syndrome treatment is easy to get hold off, so don’t ignore the problem. The same applies to any other health problem that stops you from doing what you need to.

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1805, 2017

Is Your Food Making You Sick?

By |May 18th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Is Your Food Making You Sick?

Although some statistics may say otherwise, many people are now taking an interest in their health and trying to rid themselves of their obesity. Even more are trying to adopt a healthier diet to go along with their fitness goals. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, sometime the food we eat isn’t conducive to a nutritious diet. In fact, due to some questionable ingredients used by food manufacturers, the food we eat may be causing more harm than good. Always read the labels when you go shopping, and watch out for the following ingredients.

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High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)

High-fructose corn syrup is a sweetener made from corn starch that has been processed by glucose isomerase to convert some of its glucose into fructose. It is sweeter and cheaper than regular sugar, and therefore it has become a staple ingredient in most processed food. In fact, some studies have linked HFCS to the increasing obesity rates in America. Although households trying to eat well may have purged their cabinets of foods like soda, candy, salad dressing, and frozen junk food, HFCS can also be found in juice, bread, breakfast cereals, and even cough syrup.

Carrageenan

Carrageenan comes from an edible seaweed known as Irish Moss, and it is widely used in the food industry for its gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties. The problem with carrageenan is that it’s not digestible and has no nutritional value. Carrageenan is particularly destructive to the digestive system, and it causes inflammation, leading to ulceration and bleeding. Other side effects include leaky gut syndrome, carrageenan cancer, and it has been linked to diabetes. Unfortunately, health enthusiasts are likely to have a lot of carrageenans in their kitchen, as it’s commonly found in almond milk, coconut […]

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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