Is Stem Cell Therapy the Answer?

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The leading cause of disability in Americans under the age of 45 is back pain. From the ages of 20-64 the incidence of back pain is frequent, affecting some 26 million people. This disability affects not only the work force in general, reducing the productivity of the nation, but also on an individual level. Families, couples, and single people alike are affected. Back pain is no respecter of persons! Breakthroughs in stem cell therapy could provide some relief.

Adults who suffer from lower back pain suffer mentally as well as physically, making the need to reduce back pain paramount in their lives. They are 3 times more likely to suffer poor health in general than those who do not have back pain, and 4 times more likely to experience major psychological upset. Up to 28% of adults with poor spinal health Continue reading

7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is a potentially serious, but fairly common sleep condition in which the affected person’s breathing stops and starts repeatedly in their sleep, due to obstruction, failed brain messages, or a combination of both. The condition affects about 18 million Americans and is usually treated with the addition of a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, and is used to keep the patient’s airways open. When left untreated, it can be extremely dangerous and potentially life threatening. Here are some things you probably didn’t know about sleep apnea:

  • About one in 50 people are living with an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea. These people most likely differ from loud snoring, extreme tiredness (hypersomnia) or difficulty sleeping (insomnia), and morning Continue reading

Wheelchair Yoga May Be the Latest Trend Among Seniors

geriatric wheelchairWith about 3.3 million people in the U.S. using wheelchairs, 1.825 of them are age 65 or older and using a geriatric wheelchair. Even though they may not be as mobile as they used to be, it is still important that they exercise regularly. For this reason and more, special classes have been developed specifically for those using geri chairs for elderly.

One growing trend in the health and wellness industry is yoga for wheelchair users. This type of yoga still possesses the same values as other yoga practices, but it’s designed for geriatric wheelchairs, bariatric wheelchairs, and other high-quality seating. Its purpose is to enhance movement for physically limited individuals, bringing them inner peace and harmony while increasing body and self-awareness.

The practice of yoga involves using breathing techniques to bring together the physical, emotional, and mental body while restoring balance and peace to an individual’s life.

This new form of yoga is open to people of all skill levels and teaches flexibility, strength, as well as healthy breathing techniques. As a result, students leave the class feeling more positive and fulfilled.

In addition to breath-work, students also learn exercises such as the Seated Spinal Twist, which helps to increase flexibility in the upper body. Many traditional yoga poses can be modified in order to accommodate the physical restrictions many patients may have.

Before starting any yoga program, it is important to consult your doctor to make sure you are able to participate. Communicate with your doctor what you hope to get out of the classes to ensure that you are indeed making the right decision for your health. Once you have been cleared for practice, you can then begin taking classes with a well qualified, trained instructor.

Some rehabilitation centers offer yoga therapy like wheelchair yoga that can be customized to meet your needs and fitness goals. This practice could see a higher increase in popularity due to the 2 million people who begin using wheelchairs each day. Many would like to continue being physically active while staying within the guidelines of their doctor’s orders. This type of exercise helps those in a geriatric wheelchair or other types of wheelchairs to remain positive about their condition and feel good about themselves and their abilities overall.

Exercise Especially Important to Patients Confined to Wheelchairs

bariatric wheelchairsStudies show that while there are 1.825 million geriatric wheelchair users in the United States alone, another 2 million people become chair users every year. This statistic includes both geriatric and bariatric wheelchairs.

Sadly, as obesity has become an epidemic among Americans and Canadians alike, the number of bariatric care patients has increased.

Almost one in every three Americans qualifies as obese, and over 50% of Canadian adults reported being either obese or overweight in 2014. In 2006, nearly one and a half million Canadians needed assistance with everyday physical activities due to disability. While the precise statistic is tough to pinpoint, many of these individuals surely suffer from limited mobility due to being confined to a bariatric wheelchair.

Despite limited mobility, it is possible to exercise in a wheelchair. In fact, it is even more important to do so because the patient’s lifestyle is mostly sedentary. Here are some ways to exercise with physical limitations due to geriatric or bariatric wheelchairs:

  • Opting for a pedal wheelchair is one way to make sure that a patient can keep their muscles engaged without moving from the chair and sacrificing long term sitting comfort. By using the legs whenever possible, the patient will strengthen their legs and core. They may even become closer to unassisted mobility in the process.
  • Chest presses, with or without hand weights, is another great way to get moving and increase heart rate and burn calories without moving around. Just remember, it is important to apply the brakes if the patient plans to remain in their chair while performing the exercise.
  • Shoulder presses and bicep curls are great seated exercises to keep the upper body in shape, if the patient’s condition allows. Be sure to keep track of how many repetitions and how much weight is too much for the patient.
  • Resistance bands are great tools to use from a wheelchair. Tying the bands to a doorknob, furniture, or the chair itself will provide a stable point to pull from, engaging the upper body.

As the population of geri and bariatric wheelchairs in the United States exceeds 3 million, just over 1% of the nation’s population, it is important to keep these individuals mobile, fit, and functional to reduce the stress and discomfort on their bodies.

Are You Looking for an Affordable Way to Get STD Testing?

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The latest insurance industry headline today is the news that AETNA is dropping a significant number of their clients. While customers in the states of Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska, and Virginia will still receive coverage, the news that customers in several other states will not is being noted as a “Blow to Obamacare” in the August 16, 2016. issue of USA Today. For the Aetna participants in the states of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas. Participants will be need to look for other Obamacare plans or purchase individual insurance policies outside of the exchanges when the open enrollment starts again later this year.
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Four of the Most Common Symptoms of Menopause, and How to Improve Them

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Are you looking for menopause solutions? Menopause rears its head in a number of ways: you abruptly feel so hot you could suffocate, and then find yourself in a pool of sweat. You have almost no sex drive. Your weight is on a frighteningly steep trajectory upwards, and nothing seems to help. You have no energy. You feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster around the clock.

If we just described you, you don’t have to continue living with these uncomfortable and debilitating symptoms. Your local gynecologist can help you find menopause solutions that will greatly improve your way of life. These Continue reading

Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Treat Many Issues

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Hormones play a big role in the lives of humans, regulating everything from our sex drive to how we sleep and how we age. As we get older, some hormones naturally start to decline while others can be affected by illnesses and other conditions. In cases where natural hormones aren’t working the way they should, one treatment is hormone replacement therapy.

Hormone replacement therapy is a process whereby patients are given either synthetic or real versions of hormones that they lack. Hormone replacement treatments are common for people who have thyroid conditions and for older people whose sex hormones have declined. There are more than 50 different types of hormone replacement therapy treatments available. Continue reading

Why is Mold One of the Leading Indoor Health Hazards?

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Sometimes you see it, sometimes you don’t. You see mold sometimes on shower curtains or bathroom tiles and quickly clean off the unsightly mess. But mold can also grow in carpets, behind drywall, and in basements, where is is difficult or impossible to see. In such cases, it can only be detected by monitoring air quality. Mold is one of the most significant threats to health, as listed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All homeowners should be aware of measures they can take to prevent mold in a home. Mold testing and inspections can help to prevent serious health problems, especially in a family with young children or pets.

Mold: where and how it grows
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5 Questions You Need to Ask Before Starting a Weight Loss Program

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Weight loss is a journey that should bring you happiness and peace of mind. However, starting a new weight loss program can be a daunting task.
As with the start of any new task, it’s important to do your research. Before you start any weight loss program, here are five questions you should be asking to ensure it’s safe and fits your lifestyle.
What does the program include?
In an ideal program, the contents will include personalized training, dietitian appointments, and a personal representative who is willing to work with you. If you’re reading up on a weight loss clinic program and notice and excessive amount of fine print or asterisks, they may be a sign that your program Continue reading

Preventing Substance Abuse in the Work Place

medicineWhen a person develops an addiction, it intrudes on every aspect of their lives — their personal, mental, and familial life. And even if they aren’t actively abusing drugs or alcohol in the workplace, substance abuse will inevitably have an effect on their professional life as well. Sadly, substance abuse in the workplace statistics prove that this phenomenon is all too common, and can have very negative effects on the work environment.

Studies have shown that in Canada, the annual cost of workers absent or late due to substance abuse is about $400 million. If that seems high, it’s actually very low. That’s $400 million in just Alberta alone! Plus, workers using substances are far more likely to get injured on the job and five times more likely to file workers compensation claims.

Another study revealed equally disturbing substance abuse in the workplace statistics:

  • About 9% of drinkers and 10% of drug users had missed work because of a hangover
  • Another 6% had gone to work high or drunk in the preceding year
  • 28% of substance abusers had skipped work in the past month

In total, substance abuse costs the Canadian healthcare system $8 billion annually.

There are many ways that you can discourage substance abuse in the workplace. Check them out below:

Training
First, it’s crucial to train and educate all supervisors so they thoroughly understand the company’s substance abuse policies. Likewise, employees should also be aware of your policies and the consequences of substance abuse, and know that there is assistance available through the office. When you do identify employees with problems, many companies have found success with implementing an employee referral system for assistance. It’s a compassionate and professional way to connect employees with the help they need, while still making it clear that substance abuse in the workplace will not be tolerated.

Drug Testing
Many companies drug test upon hiring, and then test periodically during the employee’s tenure. In certain industries, like transportation, random drug screens are actually mandatory, if only following an accident on the job. Sometimes, even just having a testing policy can deter drug and alcohol abuse. Plus, it will help filter out employees who fail the initial drug screen.

Reduce Stress in the Workplace
An employer is not supposed to be his workers’ friend, let alone therapist. That being said, a high stress, low morale environment will do nothing to help employees struggling with mental health or substance abuse disorders. Many drug abusers step up their use because they can’t handle stresses at work or home.

Some companies have even taken the extraordinary step of providing free counseling services for all types of substance abuse, mental health, or emotional issues. After all, in a given year one in every five Canadians can expect to experience an addiction or mental health issue.

By looking at substance abuse in the workplace statistics, and other indications (like the fact that 47,000 Canadian deaths are linked to substance abuse annually) it is very clear that employers need to have procedures in place to deal with these issues as they arise.