December 18, 2011

Safety Tips To Prevent Infection this Holiday Season

Filed under: winter holiday — robertprice @ 7:38 pm

The holidays are supposed to be a festive time of year; however, with extra stress, traveling and partying, there is also an increased risk of you getting sick.  Moreover, you may not even be aware of what poses a health risk.  Below find some helpful tips on what could be the culprit behind your post holiday cold and/or flu.

Eggnog

While store bought eggnog is made with pasteurized eggs, homemade eggnog contains raw eggs.  Thus, if the homemade eggnog is left out for too long, there is a risk of Salmonella Enteritidis. To avoid this problem, buy store bought eggnog for your own parties, and refrain from drinking the eggnog at other parties, unless you specifically know that it is store bought.

The Shopping Mall

In the crowded holiday shopping rush of the shopping mall, you are bound to come into close contact with other individuals.  If an individual is sick and touches something that you later touch, you are at risk of getting their infection. Check-out lines, bank machines, escalator handrails and shopping cart handles pose a danger.   What about those long line-ups of kids waiting to see Santa?  Those children may be infected with colds and flus.

The Mistletoe

Do you know the second easiest way, after sneezing, for a virus to spread?  Kissing, of course.  You may kiss someone who is contagious and not yet present visible symptoms.  For this reason, do yourself a favor and avoid the mistletoe this holiday season.

The Airplane

The airplane cabin is the perfect breeding ground for colds and flus.  Airplane bathrooms and tray tables pose a particularly health hazard.  To avoid the germs associated with the airplane, it is best that you board the airplane prepared with hand sanitizer alcohol-based liquid or disinfectant wipe.  Additionally, it is important to keep yourself hydrated while on the plane.   Lastly, think about turning off the air above your head, so you can keep your own air around you longer and put off breathing someone else’s.

The Turkey

Many people, who typically don’t prepare turkey year round, suddenly have the urge to cook poultry (i.e. turkey) during the holiday season!  If you know someone who falls into this category, make sure that he or she is aware of the proper poultry preparation requirements.  For example, it takes a large bird four to five days in the refrigerator to defrost, and leaving the bird on the counter, or putting it under hot water to speed up the defrosting process, could expose the turkey meat to some dangerous bacteria and other pathogens.

This article doesn’t advocate becoming a holiday Scrooge, by being paranoid about every little potential holiday germ source.  Instead, it simply concludes that by taking a few precautionary measures, you can ensure that you don’t contract a virus this season!

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December 8, 2011

Postpartum Depression – A Gendered Condition No More

Filed under: Depression,pregnancy — Tags: , , , — robertprice @ 8:38 pm

Depression shows no prejudice – it affects all social classes and races. Knowing this, it is surprising that the media and medical professionals stereotype this mental illness as a female. A recent study confirms that as many as one-in-ten new fathers demonstrate signs of postpartum depression. Originally doctors stipulated that the postpartum depression condition was linked to hormonal changes during pregnancy; however, this new study indicates that men also experience postpartum depression, likely linked to negative environment changes, such as lack of sleep, changes in personal routine, and subsequent relationship issues. The lead researcher of the study stresses the need to treat depressed parents as soon as possible. If depressed parents are left untreated, there is the long-term risk of behavioral and psychiatric problems in said child. The child’s issues can later become a societal problem, as they may “act” out in the future.
While new father depression is just as much an issue as new mother depression, many men are less willing to seek help. Postpartum depression has always been characterized as a female issue, so men are less willing to admit that they are experiencing issues. The stigma against male postpartum depression must be eliminated! For more information about male postpartum depression, visit the following website: www.postpartummen.com

With this new awareness about postpartum depression in men, below find this detailed list on postpartum depression symptoms and treatments.

Postpartum Depression Symptoms:

  • Males tend to become more aggressive; women tend to be sad
  • Lack of interest in your baby or negative feelings towards your baby
  • Worrying about hurting your baby
  • Lack of concern for yourself
  • Loss of pleasure
  • Lack of energy and motivation
  • Feeling of worthlessness and guilt
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

Postpartum Depression Treatment:

    So you are experiencing postpartum depression – now what? Whether male or female, there are some universally accepted self-treatment and medical treatment for postpartum depression.

Self Treatment:

  • Make sleep a priority. While attaining eight hours of sleep may seem impossible, you need to make sleep a priority. Enlist the help of family members while you take a nap.
  • Make your relationships priorities. When depressed, it is of the utmost importance to stay connected with friends and family, and lean on them for supporting. This means forming a united front with your significant other.
  • Make meals a priority. When you are depressed, nutrition often falls to the wayside. Good nutrition means will ensure you have more energy and better concentration to deal with your baby.
  • Ease back into exercise . Studies have shown that exercise is just as effective as antidepressants for treating depression, so it is important to get back on an exercise plan ASAP.

Medical Treatment

    If you have sunk into a deep depression, it is important to recognize this fact and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Many counselors specialize in postpartum depression treatment. Counseling , and antidepressants if necessary, have been proven to provide effective results towards combating postpartum depression.

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December 2, 2011

Smartphone Medical Software: Cool, Or Life-Changing?

What is a smartphone? If you do not know already, a smartphone is the next evolution of a traditional phone. Put another way, it is a phone with a (relatively) full operating system, enabling you to do most of what you could do on a personal computer, virtually anywhere.

There is no question that smartphones are the here and now; in fact, they seem to be the future as well. They are innovative, and surprising in the scope of where and what they can make possible when compared to their last-generation counterparts. Smartphones enable lifestyles, and because of that, they are just plain cool.

While some people are caught in the question of which mobile app is the best for business, or recreation, more and more people who live with certain physiological or psychological conditions find themselves inquiring about what the best medical apps for the iphone are, or the best medical applications for Android.

Unlike Angry Birds, or some of the more superfluous applications out there, some of the best medical apps for the iPhone or Android are literally changing the quality lives by providing services and lifestyle benefits that not even a live personal physician could offer. Now that is cool.

So, what is the best smartphone medical software available right now?

Gift of Speech: Press to Download

Take Proloquo2go, an ingenious little collection of software that allows people who suffer from verbal communication problems—such as people who have had a stroke, are afflicted by some form of Parkinson’s Disease, or Autism—to effectively communicate through a the workings of a collection of pictographs that correspond to certain words which the phone then speaks out loud.

Dr. Dr. James Aw, of the Medcan Clinic, a leading private health clinic in Toronto, has a patient, Nima, whose autistic daughter uses Prolonquo2go to great success. “This is the first thing that’s helped,” Nima says. “Before, my daughter had trouble communicating with her family. Now, we’re getting to the point that she’s able to communicate with anyone. Her world is wide open.”

Wireless Blood Sugar App

Something else in the way of smartphone medical software is called ‘Bant,’ a device intended for treatment of type 1 diabetes. Instead of using a traditional insulin syringes and needles, users prick themselves with (a) glucometer(s) several times a day, monitoring their blood-sugar levels for trends which may affect their next insulin dose. The information is sent back to the mobility medical equipment wirelessly. Bant’s name refers to Sir Frederick Banting, one of the great researchers in medicine and one of the Canadian doctors who helped to discover insulin. The application is somewhat intended for teens who can be apt to forget their testing, and Bant was credited with users conducting about 50% more monitoring in a clinical trial than the traditional alternative.  (Note: possibly because participating teens who logged their tests were rewarded with credits at the iTunes store).

Smartphone Medical Software 2.0

Bant and Proloquo2go represent the next paradigm of patient care; they are the baby steps towards what could be possible someday—someday soon, in all likelihood. Even now, instead of performing body-weight calculations by hand, doctors have medical reference apps like Medscape, Micromedex, and Epocrates to help them with on-the-fly assessments. These types of tools will only get more sophisticated as next generation smartphone medical software emerges.

For instance, imagine if instead of a diabetes iPhone application there was an iPhone application that could test and monitor your entire body? What if it could give you live dietary advise, or call 9.11 if it sensed you were having a heart attack?

All this progression begs the question of whether or not computers and robots may eventually take over the role of doctors all-together?

To this point, Dr. Aw remains skeptical: “As no two faces are the same, no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease.”

In other words, it would seem doctors will always represent that grey area between theory and application, but the prevalence and evolution of the tools available for them will certainly go a long way in supplementing much of the workload they are now burdened with. The end result is lifestyles that are rich in meaning and open in accessibility—and that is pretty cool.

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