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3 Important Tips for Buying Prescription Eyeglasses

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Good eyesight is vital to maintaining quality of life, which is why it’s important to see a qualified optometrist if your vision is failing. Your eyesight can be corrected through the use of visual aids like contact lenses or prescription lenses/eyeglasses. It’s important to remember that eyesight continues to deteriorate based on factors like age, illness and environmental exposure. This is why timely intervention is necessary to slow down the rate of this deterioration. If you need prescription eyeglasses, the following are the most important things to consider before buying them: 1. Get a current prescription Don’t visit the eyeglass shop with a prescription from three years ago. Generally, eyeglass prescriptions are valid for two years, while contact lens prescriptions are valid for just one year. Children should also get annual prescriptions. One eye could have deteriorated in the time since your last prescription, with the other eye compensating so that you vision isn’t affected. Prescription lenses are an investment, and a current prescription will ensure that your vision deficiencies are properly addressed so you get maximum value from your purchase. Also, you cannot use a contact lens prescription for eyeglasses or vice versa. 2. Size is important When getting prescription glasses, functionality must always trump style. For instance, if you have presbyopia, an age-induced stiffening of the eye lens which makes focusing on close-vision tasks difficult, you may need multifocal lenses (e.g. progressive, bifocal or trifocal lenses). This is almost impossible to do with smaller lenses. Talk to the optometrist about the shortest height the lens can be while still maintaining efficacy. Only then can you start choosing frame styles and other aesthetic features. 3. Choose the right material While eyeglasses are still so called, the lens material used today is actually very high-quality plastic, which makes them thinner, lighter and less breakable when dropped. Depending on your budget, you have several choices regarding material. They are as follows: Basic– low-cost CR-39 lens that can have additional treatments such as UV treatment, anti-reflective (AR) coating etc. Mid-index – these are lighter and slimmer, and are better suited for additions such as AR or photochromic treatments. If you have a strong prescription, however, you may need much thicker lenses, limiting your frame options. High-index – thinner and lighter and, hence, pricier than the above. They usually include UV protection and anti-scratch coating. These lenses are more reflective, so an AR-coat is advised. Polycarbonate – lighter than the CR-39 ranges above and more impact resistant. These are ideal for active adults and children. High-definition – these are the latest in the range and are custom-made from your eyes’ digital scans. They allow you to see clearer, sharper and more vivid images. They are the most expensive of the bunch Find out what treatments you really need to keep your costs down. Don’t just go for all special treatments because you think they will help, unless you can afford...

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Various Reasons You May Develop Vascular Diseases

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Your body is made up of a myriad of tubes that function to transport fluid around it. These tubes range from lymph vessels, arteries, veins and more. This system of tubes is medically referred to as the vascular system. If your vascular system is compromised, there is a range of diseases that could develop such as high blood pressure, ischemia, diabetes, heart conditions and more. If life threatening, you may end up requiring vascular surgery to remedy the problem. What most people do not realise though is that there are different factors that would make you more susceptible to vascular disease. Knowing these factors could help you ensure that you are trying your best not to develop vascular diseases. The following are some of the various reasons you may develop vascular diseases. Genetic markers One of the common reasons one may be susceptible to vascular diseases is their genetics. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first way you could be at high risk of developing vascular diseases is if one of your parents is suffering from vascular diseases. Conditions such as hypertension tend to be carried down to the next generation, especially if both parents suffered from this condition. The second way your genes could make you susceptible to vascular diseases is your race. It has been found that people of African descent tend to have a higher chance of developing diseases such as high blood pressure as compared to other races. If you know that any of these factors are in your genes, then you would be best advised to take measures that would decrease the risk of you developing vascular diseases.  Unhealthy lifestyle choices Another reason why you may develop vascular diseases is your overall lifestyle choices. Lifestyle choices include, but are not limited to, the types of foods you eat on a regular basis, habits such as smoking and more. For instance, an individual who is already at high risk of developing vascular diseases because of their inherent genes should steer clear from foods with high sodium levels and smoking, as this would greatly increase their chances of suffering from this disease. On the other hand, individuals who may not have genetic markers for vascular disease but still make constantly unhealthy lifestyle choices will increase their chances of falling ill.  Daily inactivity Your fitness and daily levels of activity will also play a role on whether you will develop vascular disease. Individuals who live a sedentary lifestyle and do not get much exercise are more likely to become obese, which in turn increases their chances of developing hypertension. Regularly engaging in exercises, on the other hand, decreases the amount of bad cholesterol in your body. Being fit also works to stimulate your vascular system, hence decreasing the chances of developing these...

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What Dental Treatments Can You Receive at a Dental Hospital

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you consider your current dental dental issues, you may feel limited to your current general dentist. The truth is there are several procedures you can have completed at a local dental hospital if your current dentist has scheduling difficulties. If you aren’t sure what services may be available, here are some of the main ones available at most dental hospitals. Root Canal Treatments One of the more common endodontic treatments is a root canal. The issue with this is finding the right time in your schedule and the right time with your dentist to get an appointment that works for both of you and allows healing time. A dental hospital will be able to help you if an emergency root canal is necessary. They can also help advise on healing times and any prescriptions for pain you may need as well as a follow-up appointment arrangement with either the hospital or with your general dentist. Surgical Procedures You may be planning on dentures that require a number of extraction. In some cases those extractions may require surgical removal instead of a simple extraction in the dentist office. If this is the case, you can have these surgical procedures handled at the dental hospital. In some cases, they may be able to handle all of your extractions and your denture placement as well. This can save time by having everything done in one or two visits rather than in several at your dentist office. Disabled Patient Services If you have a child with disabilities, or are a caregiver for an adult with disabilities, finding a suitable treatment site for dental work may be an issue. Most dental hospitals do offer disabled patient services that allow your family member to be taken care of properly and safely according to their special needs rather than simply their dental needs. The dental hospital may also offer special drop-off and pick-up services for wheelchair bound patients as well. These are just three of the services you will find available at your local dental hospital. If you have a special dental need, and aren’t sure if your local dental hospital can help, contact their admissions department for more information. They can also give you information on pricing, payment plans, and what insurance options may be available to you. They can also let you know if dental referrals from your general dentist are be required. For more information, talk to a professional like Dental Smile Clinic....

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Heel Pain Following Chemotherapy

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A very common side effect of chemotherapy is heel pain. The chemotherapy causes nerve damage which can directly cause pain, as well as leading to an unusual style of walking which can exacerbate pain and lead to a more common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis. The pain can be temporary, but often persists long after the chemotherapy has ended.  If you are suffering from heel pain form chemotherapy, here are some things you can do to manage the pain.  Rest as much as possible Given that you have been through a stressful time and may have lost some physical fitness, it’s a good idea to rest your feet as much as possible. If you are eager to start exercising again, it can be useful to start in the pool, as exercising in the pool doesn’t place any stress on the heels and also does not require as much balance as other activities.  Change your shoes This can be a good time to step away from tight shoes and opt for a looser and more comfortable shoe that helps you to feel more stable and to walk more comfortably. You should also make sure that your shoes have adequate grip. Often you can find suitable shoes through a podiatry clinic or as part of your chemotherapy support, but athletic shoes stores can also be a good place to shop.  Visit a podiatrist A podiatrist can inspect your feet and make sure that there are no other issues with your feet. As patients with chemotherapy have nerve damage, they can often miss other issues on their feet, such as small wounds or blisters not healing correctly. Immunosuppression from chemotherapy can also lead to secondary bacterial and fungal infections which can be both uncomfortable and unsightly or embarassing for patients. These issues can both directly cause any heel pain or lead to an unusual way of walking which can cause heel pain indirectly.  A podiatrist can give you some advice on whether shoes inserted can help, as well as giving you some advice on which shoes to wear.  Heel pain is a very common side effect of chemotherapy. There is no need to suffer in silence, so if you are having continuing issues with heel pain it’s a great idea to see a podiatrist and get some advice on best shoes and orthotics for your feet as well as checking if there are any other issues with your feet....

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Questions Many People Have About Robotic Surgery

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re facing any type of surgery and your doctor has recommended robotic surgery for the procedure, you may have some questions about what this includes and what the term “robotic” actually means. You might also wonder why your doctor would recommend this over other standard surgical procedures. Note a few commonly asked questions about robotic surgery and then be sure to discuss these with your doctor if you still have concerns about his or her recommendation for you. 1. Is the surgery actually performed by the robot itself? This is a common questions because people hear the word robot and assume this means something that works on its own, like a robot on a factory or production line. This is incorrect; the robotic arm is controlled by the surgeon himself or herself and cannot move on its own. The surgeon may see the incision or area of surgery through a special type of camera that is attached to the robotic arm, and may be controlling it from a nearby station that is attached to the arm. You might find a better comparison in a crane operator who maneuvers a crane arm from the cab of the crane; that crane arm doesn’t work on its own, and neither does the robotic arm used in a surgery.  2. How can a surgeon see when they’re not doing the cutting and incisions themselves? Typically a surgeon can see better when they use robotic surgery because of the cameras that are placed on the robotic arm. These tiny cameras typically offer them the ability to see under and around the area of incision, and offers three-dimensional imaging, not just a flat photo or scan. This can allow a surgeon to see more of a tumor that needs removing or more of muscles and other parts that need incisions and stitches. 3. How can robotic surgery mean less scarring and minimal blood loss? Often, a surgeon will tell a patient that robotic surgery will mean less blood loss during surgery and less scarring overall. This is because the robotic arm offers the surgeon more precise cutting abilities than they could manage on their own with a standard scalpel. The robotic arm has more dexterity than a surgeon’s hand, and the cutting edge of the robotic arm is much smaller than a scalpel itself. This allows it to reach the area of surgery without such a wide cut or incision needed, so you have much less blood loss overall and the surgery or incision scar will also be...

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Are Your Pillows Giving You Wry Neck Pain?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

It’s not uncommon to suffer from a wry neck occasionally. This painful condition makes your neck feel stiff and locked into position when you wake up in the morning, and you may find it hard to move your neck freely for a few days until the pain goes away. However, you may find that your wry neck keeps returning periodically. If this happens, you may have an underlying issue that is exerting enough stress on your body to make waking up with a wry neck a regular occurrence. Sometimes this may be down to the pillows you use at night. While your neck needs support while you sleep, the wrong kind of support can push the neck out of position. If this happens, you may put additional stress on your head, neck and upper back and may well wake up with a wry neck. How Many Pillows Do You Use? You’re more likely to suffer from neck pain if you use a lot of pillows when you sleep. For example, if you sleep with two or more fat pillows, your neck may be pushed up out of its natural position and you may wake up with a wry neck in the morning. If you keep getting a wry neck and use multiple pillows, try switching to using one firm pillow. Ideally, this pillow should support your head and neck without pushing your neck up or out of position. If you allow your neck to lie more naturally you may reduce the strain on it. Tip: According to the Better Health Channel, you may find that it helps to use a pillow made of urethane or down. These materials cushion your head and neck and give firm support to your neck’s curve; however, they aren’t usually so firm that your neck can’t relax in a natural position while you sleep. Can a Support Pillow Help? If switching to a single firm pillow doesn’t make your neck feel any more comfortable in bed, you may find that it helps to use a support pillow. According to myDr, contoured support pillows may help solve neck pain issues. These pillows are shaped to match different parts of your head and neck. For example, a support pillow may have a curve to support your neck and a separate curve to support your head. This kind of pillow may help you sleep in a natural and stress-free position by automatically guiding your head and neck into the correct positions for them. Tip: As well as checking your pillows, put some thought into your sleeping environment. Sometimes, you may wake up with a stiff wry neck after sleeping in a cold draught. Cold air may cause you to put your neck in an unnatural position while you sleep. If this is an issue, getting rid of the draught may solve the problem for you. If changing your pillows doesn’t fix your recurring wry neck problems, it may be worth having a physiotherapist check you over. Wry neck can also be caused by postural problems that you may not realise you have. A physio can check out your neck, help manage your pain and give you tips on how to prevent wry neck from happening...

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5 Tips for Addressing Your Weak Pelvic Floor

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Pelvic floor weakness is an issue suffered by many women but spoken about by few. The pelvic floor is the group of muscles that support your pelvic area. They are the muscles you use to hold in urine when you need to go but can’t find a toilet. The inability to hold your urine in this way is often a sign of weak pelvic floor muscles. Weakness can lead to problems with incontinence and even prolapse of the pelvic organs. Pelvic floor weakness is a common occurrence after childbirth, but it isn’t exclusive to mothers or even women. Anybody can suffer from pelvic floor weakness, and everybody can benefit from keeping this area healthy and strong. Physiotherapy offers effective treatments for those concerned with the weakness of their pelvic floor. However, there are things you can do to help yourself. The tips listed below are an excellent start. Following these exercise steps should not be painful, so consult a doctor if you do feel any pain. You can sit, stand or lie down for these exercises. 1. Squeeze and Tense Your Tummy To do this exercise correctly, allow your pelvic floor to relax as you would if you were passing wind or urine. Relax the stomach muscles, then squeeze in and hold all the muscles around your pelvic area. Keep breathing while you hold. You are only squeezing the muscles below your belly button. Anything above should be relaxed. Your lower abdominal wall will feel tighter as you squeeze. 2. Work That Pelvic Floor This exercise is purely about your pelvic floor. Gently tighten your pelvic muscles by lifting and squeezing the muscles in for a few seconds at a time. If you don’t feel your pelvic muscles contracting, change position and try again. If you’re lying down, try standing up or sitting until you can feel the muscles contract. 3. Step It up a Gear Now you’ve mastered step 2, try holding your pelvic floor squeeze for longer. Aim for up to 10 seconds per squeeze, making sure that you’re breathing easily through the exercise. Don’t worry if you can’t manage the 10-second squeeze instantly; daily practice will get you there eventually. Repeat this exercise up to 10 times daily. 4. Longer and More Often Aim to progress to doing 3 sets of the above pelvic floor exercises per day. You can do them in any position, so you can practice them wherever you are — at work, shopping or in traffic in your car. 5. Arm and Protect Certain everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing and laughing can put a strain on your pelvic floor. Prepare your body for these incidents by squeezing and lifting beforehand. Holding the squeeze will help mitigate the effects of the downward pressure created by these normal bodily forces. If you have specific questions about strengthening your pelvic floor, contact a doctor at a clinic like Friendly Society Private...

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Getting rid of painful warts on your hand

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Warts can appear on any part of the body but can be particularly painful and frustrating on the palm of the hands where they can affect the way that you grip items. If you have a wart on the palm of your hand, here are some of your options to get rid of the wart.  Home remedies The internet is full of home remedies for warts, but many of these are not successful. The virus needs to be removed by killing the wart, which usually involves either drying or burning it with acid/s. Unfortunately, many of the home treatments leave the skin around the wart vulnerable to irritation by placing acid on the skin or don’t have high enough concentrations of acid to be effective. One of the easiest and safest home remedies to try is gently rubbing the wart each night with a pumice stone, which removes the dead skin infected with the wart virus (after a bath is a good time, as the skin is softer). This can make the wart less uncomfortable and may speed the process of the wart dropping off.  Over-the-counter treatments Pharmacies have a range of treatments available for wart. These generally involve solutions or cream with a high concentration of salicylic or lactic acid. Sometimes the chemicals are infused in a slow release patch, which can be placed on the wart. These treatments are generally successful but may take multiple applications. It’s important to ensure that you don’t place the wart removal products on healthy skin, as they can cause significant irritation.  Doctor treatments General practitioners (or GPs) can also help with removing warts which are not responding to over-the counter treatments. One of the most ways to remove warts is to use liquid nitrogen to freeze the warts, which eventually become black and drop off. Alternatively, doctors can use a scalpel to remove the wart from the hand. This can be a great way to remove deep warts or those in awkward locations on the hand which are causing significant discomfort. Again, this can require multiple treatments, and the doctor may suggest either using over-the-counter solutions or light scrubs with a pumice stone between treatments.  If you have uncomfortable warts on your hands that are interfering with your ability to do day-to-day tasks, it can be sensible to take some steps to remove them. For more information, contact Travellers Medical Services or a similar...

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Planning a funeral for your adult step-child

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Of the many challenges that step-parents face when parenting their step-children, one of the most heart-wrenching can be planning the funeral of a step-child. This responsibility can come to you through the death of both parents, or through the biological parents being so distraught or injured that they cannot adequately prepare the funeral. Here are some tips to help you plan the funerals.   Involve people from your step-child’s early childhood If you didn’t meet your step-child until they were a little older it can be great to involve some of your step-child’s childhood friends, family friends or relatives such as uncles and aunts to include some memories of them as an a child. This can be particularly soothing to the grievers if your step-child’s life has taken a darker turn in their adult years, in the years leading to their death. Reflecting on their childhood can recall innocent times and the fundamental innocence of your step-child personally. They often have some super cute photos that you can use as part of the take home memorial information.   Reflect on your relationship Sometimes step-parents don’t feel they have enough right to speak to their relationship with their step-child, especially if they have only met their step-child in later years. However it can be a great time to reflect on the moment you have shared and what you will about not having your step-child in your life. You are also in a great position to reflect on the kind of relationship your partner had with their child, in a way that they might not even be able to from the inside.   Choose a sympathetic funeral director Having a funeral director that is sympathetic to your family situation can help make the situation easier to cope with. They can help you to write appropriate readings and manage the stress of the situation while still honouring the memory of your step-child. The death of a young adult, and lost possibility, can benefit from a different style of funeral to a funeral for your step-child.  Take time to rest This can be a gruelling period of time in your life. Be sure to balance out the demands of this time by also allowing yourself some space and time to grieve between the other demands. You can also benefit from taking some time to rest and recharge in what ever way best suits you, whether by taking time out for a coffee with a friend or spending time alone taking long baths and...

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Could Stem Cell Therapy Heal Your Dog’s Arthritis?

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are a dog owner, you no doubt feel as though your pooch is not just a pet, but a part of your family. For this reason, it can be incredibly upsetting when your beloved dog starts to become unwell. Unfortunately, it is the case that 20-25% of dogs are expected to develop arthritis in their lifetime. This condition that causes joint cartilage to wear down, and thus joint pain to occur, is fairly common in older dogs. And although it’s not a fatal condition, it will severely interrupt your dog’s quality of life. You could find that the spritely dog who used to love running in the park now can’t bear more than a few steps. The troubling thing with arthritis is that there is no surgical quick fix. If you have an older relative with arthritis, you’ll also know this to be the case. But something that is revolutionising treatment of canine arthritis is stem cell therapy. What is stem cell therapy and how can it help? You might have heard about stem cell therapy in relation to treatment of certain human ailments such as leukaemia and cancers, and the basic premise is the same in humans and animals. Stem cells are the original cells in the body from which all other cells are created. It’s for this reason that stem cells are so important for growth and repair.  But as people and dogs age, fewer stem cells are created, and this can lead to conditions such as arthritis. Stem cell therapy is a way of introducing new stem cells to the body so that those healthy stem cells can split and create new healthy tissue in places of the body that are affected by arthritis.  With new cartilage around the joints, your dog should have increased mobility and less pain. What actually happens in the veterinary clinic? The good news with stem cell vet services is that the procedure is non-surgical and only minimally invasive. Stem cells will typically be taken from the umbilical cord of another dog of the same breed when she gives birth by caesarean section, and they will be injected into the affected areas of the dog. If you need to purchase pet insurance for your dog, make sure you look out for stem cell therapy in particular. This is a good idea because arthritis in dogs is commonplace, but not every insurance plan will cover...

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Things to consider when choosing a weight loss program

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Are you seeking to lose weight in the right manner? There are various programs that offer you specific dietary requirements and a set of physical activities to fulfill advertised on social media and other platforms. However, you are not guaranteed an automatic weight loss as you sign up for most of the programs. Before you rush for a weight loss-program, you need to consider a series of factors like where to start from, what you specifically need in the weight-loss program offered, the viability of the weight-loss program, and your health condition. Before you engage in any weight loss activity, here are two guidelines to keep you on the right track. What do you want specifically in a weight-loss program? The question of what you need in the program is necessary, as it may act as a determining factor for your overall weight loss. You need a successful program that will offer you a long-term solution to weight control. For this reason, focus on your overall health condition and not just your diet. You need to adopt healthy habits such as setting up your kitchen to help you eat healthy. Avoid shelves that are lined up with sugary snacks. Have healthy food in your sight by keeping a bowl of fruits on your kitchen counter. In addition, have pre-chopped vegetables and reduce any temptation for cases where you lose control around cookies and snacks. If possible, keep such staff out of your house. Therefore, focus on your long term needs of both medical and weight management and stop fantasizing over cutting down a few pounds on a short-term basis. How qualified is the staff of the weight-loss program you have chosen? You need qualified health professionals to evaluate your health condition as move with the program. The program should have qualified counselors to help you deal with stressful moments. You need a strong emotional advice to help you maintain your self-esteem keep you from slipping to your old eating habits. In addition, you need qualified nutritionists to offer you professional guideline on how to handle your diet and good exercise physiologist to subject you to physical exercise that fits your health condition. Considering all this factors will offer you a smooth weight loss session as you undergo counseling and a set of physical activities. Don’t rush for a program you are not sure of as your health should be a priority as you seek for the right program....

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