Help with Braces for Twin Girls from Spires Dental Clinic

Right about the time we were investing in sports uniforms and gear for the twins is the time that they both needed glasses. Right after the glasses, we were told that they would need braces. The spires dental clinic really helped us be able to get movie star smiles for our twin girls. If you are a parent, you know what I am talking about when it comes to a bunch of expenses for children seeming to come along all at once. By the time they are approaching the “tween” years, that is when they usually need a bunch of things to help them become healthy, well-adjusted adults.

My parents were not real big on dental care. Of course, that was a long time ago.

Great Cosmetic Dentists in Derby

I was involved in a bar fight the other day. Well it was close to a week ago now, and it really is something that should not have happened. It is a situation where I was at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and then I tried to help a guy that was getting beat up by two other people. I ended up getting hit in the face with a bar stool and now I am missing some teeth. That is why I am looking for a cosmetic dentist in derby to repair my smile, and make me look like I used to.

I was not worried about the missing teeth at first, and I was prepared to move on in my life without them. It is a situation where I should have immediately gone to a dentist, and undergone emergency dental surgery.

Improving the Quality of Patient Care

The National Health Leadership Conference is held annually and is jointly hosted by health leaders and the healthcare association. The conference is the largest of its kind and is attended by major decision makers that include chief executive officers, managers, and other leaders in the health sector. Representatives from community organizations, mental health institutions and social services unit are also invited as well.

Themes are changed this year and usually focused on specific healthcare goals. The current year’s theme is directed towards patient-centered healthcare and aims to identify concrete steps that can be taken towards that goal.

A Glance at Canada’s Healthcare System

Different healthcare system models are implemented all over the world and one of the questions that comes to mind is which among them is the most effective. Canada’s health care system, for instance, is founded on the belief that every citizen should be entitled to free medical service. And while the intention is noble, its implementation can be very challenging because of the financial implications. Under the national plan, there are health services that are fully covered while some, tagged as supplementary are not included in the plan.

The cost of benefits like dental care and medicines are left for the account of the patient. Most choose to have additional insurance coverage for these services.

Tablet Computers In Healthcare – User Risks And Benefits

More and more healthcare professionals are using tablet computers these days. They are certainly a very convenient way for users to access patient notes, databases and other healthcare software utilities when on the go.

However, whilst the potential health risks of desktop and laptop computer use are well known and well documented, the same cannot really be said about tablet computers – and other mobile devices for that matter. Touchscreen controls and display technology has really taken off recently.

You will find touchscreen controls in devices such as e-readers, smartphones and tablets. It’s a major factor in increased mobility and user convenience. Walk down any street, or through any shopping mall and you will spot users staring intently at phones and tablets as they prod and swipe away – and it’s becoming an increasingly common sight in hospitals as healthcare providers take full advantage of mobile computing power.

However, while it’s great to have all of that mobile computing power in your hand, there are some areas for concern. Hopefully, none of these represent intractable problems, but tablet users should be aware of the potential problems.

As touchscreen mobile devices are still relatively new, the body of knowledge is still in the process of development. However, there are three main areas of concern which have been identified to date – posture, repetitive strain injury (RSI) and eye strain.

Proper posture when using computers is important. Poor posture can lead to back, neck or arm strain. With desktop and laptop computers, proper selection of ergonomically designed workstation equipment can encourage correct posture. With tablet computers and smartphones, users have a great deal more freedom to avoid poor posture – especially if they are using their mobile devices “on the go”.

Notwithstanding the convenience of mobile computing, users should still be aware of the need for proper posture at all times.

The touchscreens, whilst undoubtedly convenient, may also represent a problem in terms of repetitive strain injuries. Recent studies have shown that users tend to exert much more force when using a virtual touch screen keyboard than when using a physical QWERTY keyboard.

The reason for this is that, without physical keys, there is no positive tactile feedback that the user has “pressed” the key – not until the desired character appears on the screen at least. This has been shown to result in up to eight times as much pressure being applied when using touch screen virtual keyboards.

Clearly this is a concern for any user who habitually uses a touch screen keyboard to enter data. Carpal tunnel syndrome and other stress related problems are a very real possibility. Possible remedies include the use of an audible click to indicate a successful key press or, in the case of users who input large amounts of text, an external physical keyboard.

Eye strain is one further concern. Clearly, as mobile devices, tablet computers and smartphones may be used in widely varying lighting conditions. This may result in eyestrain and may even cause further problems in posture if the screen is held at an awkward extension or angle in an attempt to improve visibility. Users need to be aware of the potential risks and move to areas of better lighting when this is appropriate.

Tablet computers and smartphones offer many benefits to healthcare providers. However, as with desktop and laptop computers, they do carry some risks if used inappropriately. Increased user awareness of risk and training in correct usage will be essential in many healthcare facilities in order that the benefits of these devices are not obtained at the expense of user health.

Healthcare Provider Information Portal

I was at work last week and a co-worker of mine told me that he had concerns about his health so he visited his health care professional. He got a physical examination and the Doctor told him it was important to start eating right and exercising so that he can lose some weight and get healthy. They advised him to visit the healthcare provider’s portal for advice and more information. After he had visited his healthcare provider information portal he was impressed to find very useful data on hospital staffing, patient care, health insurance and disease management. He said that as a patient he was concerned with his weight, stress and the risks he might face if he doesn’t follow procedures of keeping track of his health in a timely and efficient manner. So he looked at the information it showed great benefits for having a healthy lifestyle.

Examining What Hospitals Have To Offer

He noticed that there were numerous options for exercising activities within the weight loss programs offered. Plus it included different approaches with the necessary equipment to achieve the desired goals for a healthier life. He saw that besides going to a gym, walking and jogging that trampolines were one of the recommended items that adults can use for exercise. Then I asked him, “What information did you find on hospital staffing?” He replied, “There was tons of information that my brain could not keep track of. But this I can tell you. Hospitals with a shortage of nursing staff have a higher risk of patients suffering from several kinds of sicknesses.” He also went on to say “that each hospital has its own health insurance system that will protect you from paying the total cost of your medical treatment when you fall sick or are injured.” “Like vehicle insurance or home insurance?” I added. He said, “Yup, that’s right!” He excitedly expounded on disease management and how well organized the information was. He was thankful for the advancements in technology and commented that “Everything you need to know from your doctor or hospital is available to you online with just one click.” He mentioned that patient care is a top priority.

Getting Healthy

He decided that he was interested in getting both himself and his kid’s healthy. He asked, “Where can I find the best trampoline for my whole family to enjoy (for me and my kids)?” I told him to look up information online and read views of the top brands, with the highest weight capacity for a safe jumping performance for him and his children. He said he is really concerned about disease management, he wants to live a long and healthy life and be able to take care of his children. Keeping a healthy lifestyle is the best gift a father could offer his children. Active exercise will improve your respiratory system and may minimize the risk of pulmonary diseases. Purchase a trampoline which provides both exercise and entertainment while additionally helping with balance and coordination, improvement of motor skills and cardiovascular fitness. He was really glad that he had access to reliable information provided by professional doctors.

What Are the Dangers of Laser Hair Removal Procedures

Gone are the times we the only aid we had to get rid of excess hair without pain was the use of a razor and a shaving cream. Now thanks to procedures such as laser hair removal we can be completely hair free without screaming once (contrary to what usually happens each waxing session!). But despite its usefulness, we also have to learn about the potential risks and dangers of laser hair removal. So I invite you to read on and learn more about the topic.

Main Risks and Side Effects

The most common side effects of laser removal are skin irritation and pigmentation.

Irritation is more prevalent among people with sensitive skin. It appears as discomfort in the area subject to the session, and sometimes it comes accompanied with redness and swelling. Despite being a common side effect, it is also quite harmless, since the irritation disappears a few hours after finishing the hair removal session.

By the way, irritation is a risk in any type of hair removal method. Even if you use the top rated shave creams on the market you can end up with redness and discomfort, and the same happens with other methods such as waxing.

Pigmentation, on the other hand, means that your skin may darken or lighten after laser hair removal. This is in most cases a temporary problem, but some people can suffer from permanent pigmentation. Skin lightening is common among people with dark skin, and it depends on what setting is used during the procedure. Choosing a qualified professional for the job is essential to avoid pigmentation.

Permanent scarring and color changes can take place, but this only happens in very rare occasions.

Other Risks

There are other dangers that may appear because of negligence or an improper handling of the machine. So I will stress this again : “Go to a 100% qualified doctor specialized in laser hair removal”. Badly-done procedure can cause permanent scarring and even severe burns in sensitive areas of the body such as the nether regions and the mustache area above the lips.

According to experts, the problems arising from performing a laser hair removal procedure at a non-medical facility has grown exponentially in the past 5 years. Lawsuits against so-called medical spas have multiplied, due to the fact that most of the times sessions are not practiced by a physician or a professional fully instructed for the job. Sure, they may offer lower prices and discounts, but the price you can end up paying is much higher! Since this involves using a machine, there are people that think that it does all by itself so anyone can do it, but success comes from the right operation of the machine, after all, it is just a tool we use.

Recommendations

So what to do then, to avoid risks and complications? Well, here is some advice.

First, ask the facility if the laser hair removal session is made by a doctor, or if a doctor owns the facility. Ask about risks and how they are prepared for emergencies. Next ask about the certifications and training of the person in charge of the procedure, if possible ask the person if they have expertise removing hair in sensitive areas.

Finally, determine if you are apt for the procedure. Reviewing your medical history is essential for this step, and is something the person in charge of the procedure should request.

Preventing and Treating Fungal Infections

Skin fungal infection can make your life miserable. Our modern lifestyle involves wearing uncomfortable footwear for almost the whole day. Just think about it, you wear shoes the moment you leave your home in the morning, and you can not take them off until you get home once again. Usually we wear shoes even during our free time, when we go to the gym, or to watch a movie in a cinema. Fungus dwells in moist, warm places. Unfortunately our shoes are excellent living areas for these organisms. You have to take preventive measures if you want to continue living with healthy feet.

If you feel itchy at your feet, you might be suffering from fungus. As with most conditions, the best way to get rid of it is to not get it in the first place. If you want to prevent this condition, you must wear shoes and well-designed running socks that provide good ventilation. You can get infected not only on your feet, but in other warm, isolated places as well, like buttocks or arm pits. If you exercise a lot, or you have to wear warm clothes, make sure that you wear jackets that have mesh in them. 

Athlete’s foot is probably the most common fungal infection that shows up on your feet, especially between your toes. The majority of the US and UK population suffers from this condition. Always wear slippers around public swimming pools, and use breathable footwear if you want to avoid this condition.

Fungal infection has other signs than itching. The area is going to be red. Your skin will become irritated and dry. In extreme cases the skin might peel off. In even more severe cases the sides of the itching area might swell. If you are not sure if you are suffering from fungal or not, the place where you have the itch might give you a clue. If it is in a place where you can easily see it, it is most likely not fungus. Fungus only attacks in wet, warm places.

Treatment can be tricky. The key is to not expect immediate results, but get a treatment plan and stick to it. If you notice the infection quickly, a cloth with warm water can do the job. Just wash the infected area with gentle movement. After you wash the infection, dry your skin. If you forget this last step, you will only make matters worse.

You need to change clothes as much as possible. Wash your clothes twice, make sure that the fungus is washed out of them. There are many great creams and powders on the market that can help. Before going to bed, apply baby powder to the infected area. Don’t wear clothes when going to sleep. There are also tablets on the market, but I think it would be an overkill to destroy your digestive system and kidney wen you can apply powder or cream to solve the problem.

As you can see it doesn’t take much to prevent these infections, even though they can make your life miserable for a long time. Follow the above tips for a life free of fungus.

Toddler Trampolines: Keep Your Little One Active This Winter

As summer begins to fade and fall takes it’s place, most of your children’s activities come indoors. Physical activity is an important part of your little one’s development, and while they have plenty of room to run and play outside, how can you keep them active through the winter? Maybe it’s time to think about getting a toddler trampoline?

Of course, everybody’s first concern is safety, which we will cover shortly, but there are also a host of benefits to be had from bouncing or ‘rebounding’ as they call it these days!

Safety First

“But wait, aren’t trampolines dangerous?” That’s the first question most concerned parents ask before buying a trampoline. Everybody has heard the horror stories of the broken bones, and liability issues, and while yes, they are a concern for full sized trampolines, toddler trampolines are a little different. Here’s why:
- Toddler trampolines are much smaller, allowing for much less height in the jump, which means less chance of a hard landing from way up high.
- Most toddler trampoline models are designed with safety in mind, and often include a handle bar for support so your kid doesn’t go flying all over the place.

What about the benefits of rebounding?

Of course, there are many more benefits than safety concerns, which is why these products are becoming so popular.

Cardiovascular: Otherwise known as ‘heart exercise’, cardiovascular makes sure your heart gets your blood pumping. Why is this important? Because a strong, healthy heart means that you are able to do more with your body and ask less from it. Making sure your children are getting at least an hour of cardio every day is a great way to encourage healthy habits from an early age and also encourage proper development of your child’s body.

Calories Out: Rebounding burns calories, which means that your children will use up their seemingly never ending supply of energy, making ‘nap time’ a legitimate thing, instead of a constant struggle. Because jumping on a trampoline is so fun, your toddler probably won’t even notice how much energy they are spending.

Joint Development: Rebounding is low-impact, which means that it is easy on the joints. While your child is growing, this is very important because there is lots of stress being placed on the body (especially joints) and exercise is still very important. It’s a great way to make sure that their physical requirements are being met while they develop strength.

Muscles: While your kids jump up and down they are using all the muscles in their feet, legs and core to keep themselves stable while they move, and using the safety handle means that they are engaging through their arms and upper body as well. A toddler trampoline truly uses the entire body!

As you can see, rebounding provides plenty of benefits for the developing body of a young child. These small trampolines can be folded and stored in a closet when not in use, making them great for small spaces and play rooms. Most models come in at $99 or less and can be used for children up to 10 years old (at which point you can choose to purchase a full size model, if you wish).

Read all about toddler trampolines at The Tramp Review.

What to do if you want a Healthcare Career but don’t want to be a Doctor

What is it that comes to your mind when you think of the medical world? Doctors and nurses, isn’t it? But they are just two if the important cogs in a wheel that moves with the help of many other professionals and healthcare workers. If you are attracted to the medical field, but do not want to be a doctor as you hate the trauma and blood associated with it, there are many other jobs in this field that are up for grabs. These jobs are no less lucrative and offer a career that is rewarding and also has great potential for your future.

Healthcare today is all about combining technology with human touch to provide treatment and care to the patients. There are not just doctors and nurses to take care of the patients as there are scores of healthcare professionals with varying educational requirements. These professionals make sure that patients in hospitals continue to receive proper care smoothly and continuously. Here are just a sample of some of the career descriptions available:

Medical representative
Become a sales representative of a pharmaceutical company. You can get into a medical profession by supplying medicines made by your company to doctors and hospitals. If you are excited by sales, you would love the challenge of selling drugs to hospitals.

Become a psychologist
With mental problems increasing with each passing year, it is a good idea to become a psychologist. Listen to the problems of the patients and help them cope with them. You will be required to do doctorate to become a psychologist but it is a very rewarding career. Doctors will refer patients to you.

Medical device salesman
The use of medical devices by patients is on an increase with glucometers, blood pressure monitors, and self testing kits etc. becoming household items. Become a salesman selling the devices made by companies and earn handsomely while having the satisfaction of helping patients.

Hospital executive
Hospital executive or administrator is responsible for ensuring smooth day to day operations inside the hospital. There is not just the CEO but also chief financial officer, chief medical officer, chief nursing officer, chief operations officer, chief information officer, and so on. You can handle these jobs after completing your management degree course.

Sonographer
A sonographer is the professional who helps you when your doctor prescribes ultrasound for you. With the use of sonography being on the increase, you can earn a decent living and also have the satisfaction of serving in the medical world.

Medical assistant
Every doctor in a hospital has one or more assistant to help him look at the patients. You can find yourself filling insurance forms, taking blood samples, sterilizing equipment, preparing syringes, measuring blood pressure, recording medical histories of patients, etc when you become a medical assistant.

Dental assistant
Become a dental assistant and work in the office of a dentist. You can get different types of work to perform at the office of the dentist. You will be working with the patients and help the dentist to provide healthcare to them. There are many laboratory and office duties that you will be doing as a dentist assistant.

Occupational therapy assistant
This is a rapidly growing field with lots of patients requiring therapies to become cured of their ailments. This job is similar to that of physical therapy assistant and you may be required to undergo two year course to become an assistant to the doctor providing these therapies.

Veterinarian technician
This is a job in high demand these days with most households having pets. Assist the veterinarian while he is treating the animals while earning handsomely. This job requires doing a two year course after which you become eligible to work alongside a veterinarian. You will help the doctor to diagnose and treat the animals.

Pharmacist
To become a pharmacist, you have to study a 4 year degree course as you are trained to prepare drugs prescribed by doctors and then distribute them among patients. Pharmacists are not like chemists that you find in a retail drug shop as they are also busy doing research on ailments like cancer in research institutes.

These are just a few of the many rewarding jobs that can be taken up by you if you are interested in entering the healthcare industry but do not like to become a doctor or nurse.

Simple Ways to Create a Healthier Lifestyle and Nutritional Plan

Maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet is hard enough for most people on their own, let alone instructing others such as medical patients on how to do the same. Sometimes we don’t even follow the rules we preach. However, small adjustments and changes can lead to big improvements with a person’s wellness and fitness, as well as weight loss, which is of course important for overall health, too.

One of the problems with the way many of us treat our diets is just that, we think of them as “diets”. New fads and infomercials continue to pop up seemingly every day, all promising the world while actually offering very little. The few of them that produce any type of results at all still prove foolhardy in the long-term, unable to be maintained, and leading to frustrating and unhealthy yo-yo diets.

These supposed magic bullet diets often force individuals to undergo extreme restriction in order to produce results. They either have to drastically cut down on how many calories they eat — which actually and unknowingly to them causes their metabolism to slow down, and the body to preserve fat stores instead of burning them — or they have to forego entire food groups, such as all carbohydrates, or all fats.

It’s a system destined for failure. Fats and carbohydrates are two of the three main macronutrients the body needs as part of its daily intake. Instead of cutting them out entirely, they need to be eaten in the correct levels and ratios, along with protein, to form a healthful everyday approach to eating.

As such, the healthier and more effective plan is to treat the food you eat as a part of an all-around healthy diet. It’s not about restriction or about limiting yourself, and it’s not about cutting entire food groups out entirely. Instead, it’s about making smart choices each and every day, and making the small changes that add up into big differences with enough consistency.

For instance, one easy change to make as part of a more healthy diet is to eat smaller planned meals and snacks throughout the day. Instead of three big meals, and lots of waiting in between, eat six or seven times per day, spacing out your nutrients, and in turn keeping the metabolism revving on high.

This also works to prevent unhealthy snacking, because you’re never allowing the body to get overly hungry. Therefore, you won’t need to reach for the junk food to satiate a sudden short-term craving.

By the way, your favorite go-to craving food doesn’t need to be eliminated entirely. Practice moderation, and allow yourself the occasional indulgence, and that way you won’t cave and binge under the pressure of restriction.

Another way to cut back on cravings is to eat more protein as part of your diet. Protein keeps your body fuller for a longer period of time, while delivering important nutrients in a very low-calorie load.

Ideally, there should be a protein component in each and every meal or snack of the day. Some individuals may find this hard to achieve, though. One work around for this is to utilize protein powder and mix it into tasty shakes, or other recipes. These are easy to make, taste great, and keep the body full for an extended period of time without overloading you on calories.

Therefore, they’re the ideal snack in between larger meals, or when a bit more energy is needed, either before or after some exercise. Beyond shakes, protein powder could be used in anything. Mix half a scoop into oatmeal, yogurt or a range of other foods to add more healthful protein into your intake.

Beyond that, try to continue working protein in all of your other snacks. Dairy products and nuts are two underutilized protein sources, beyond what most people tend to think of, which is red meat, fish, or poultry.

Remember, it’s not about dieting, it’s about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and making smart decisions. Small changes lead to big differences, and from eating smaller meals and snacks more evenly throughout the day, to taking in more protein, easy fixes like this can work wonders. It’s something that you can not only recommend to patients, but take to heart for yourself, and incorporate into your own daily routine, too.

Advocare 24 Day Challenge vs. Bariatric Surgery


Can the Advocare 24 Day Challenge prevent Bariatric Surgery?

Over the past 50 or so years, the population of obese Americans has grown by 20%. In the 1960s, less than 10% of the population was clinically obese, now it’s over 30% or about 1 in 3 people. Clinical obesity means that a person is at least 20% heavier than their ideal weight. People that are only 10% heavier than their ideal weight are considered overweight—not obese yet. Sixty percent of Americans are overweight; together obese and overweight Americans account for 2 out of 3 people. Being overweight causes many health problems like type II diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, joint problems, sleep apnea, some cancers, and dozens of other ailments.

Many people turn to risky bariatric surgery to solve weight problems. The average cost of this surgery is $20,000-$25,000 and more insurance companies including Medicare are paying for it. The obesity epidemic is costing taxpayers about $190 billion a year and this figure is rising. People that have weight-loss surgery often don’t change their habits and as many as 80% regain the weight within 10 years. The invasive, stomach-reducing surgery is often seen by obese individuals as a “magic pill” because weight comes off quickly with little or no effort.

The Advocare 24 Day Challenge

Diet and exercise involves a serious commitment and often takes years. Over time, bad habits can change and the satisfaction of weight loss will keep you motivated to continue. Embarking on a weight loss program can be daunting; using a jump start program like the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge can start you on the right track. The AdvoCare 24-day Challenge consists of 2 phases: the Cleanse Phase and the Max Phase. The Cleanse Phase helps to flush the toxins from your body so that you can absorb more nutrients. The Max Phase emphasizes giving your body the right fuel so you feel energized, and controlling your appetite so you are not tempted to over eat.

Even though the AdvoCare 24-day Challenge is followed for less than a month, it should not be considered a “diet.” You should consider the AdvoCare 24-day Challenge a jump start to a new way of life. The 24-day Challenge emphasizes healthy food, portion control, and supplementation. Healthy eating should be continued after the 24-day Challenge in order to maintain and continue weight loss.  24days2skinny.com has  more specific information about the AdvoCare 24-day Challenge. You will also find meal plans and supplement facts to help you get started.

Adopting a healthy eating plan and moderate exercise can help even the most overweight people lose weight. Nutrient rich foods are much less expensive than the processed food in the grocery store that is causing people to gain weight. Choosing a healthy diet, exercising, and using the AdvoCare 24-day Challenge to jump start your weight loss, will cost thousands less than bariatric surgery. Getting healthy may also save you years of suffering with an obesity related disease.

Unfortunately, many people prefer to take the easier way out, opting for risky bariatric surgery instead of putting in the hours of work it takes to lose weight. Insurance companies must also shoulder some of the blame, weight loss surgery is covered for the obese and overweight, but healthy foods, and supplements must be paid for out-of-pocket. They see the surgeon’s knife as a better guarantee against future health problems than trusting people to lose weight themselves!

It is better for your body to lose weight slower; it is recommended that you lose between 2 and 5 pounds per week. Losing weight slowly may also help you retain skin elasticity so you can avoid the problem of excess skin. Insurance companies rarely pay for plastic surgery after weight loss surgery because they consider it cosmetic. The patient must show skin problems like rashes in order to get this surgery paid for.

Changing your habits or getting a jump start on weight loss with something like the 24 Day Challenge may be a more effective solution for long-term weight loss than using a risky surgical solution.

The Medical Wonders of Pet Prescription

For thousands of years, dogs have rightfully earned their title as man’s best friend. They offer affection and companionship which for many pet owners is more than what they bargained for. Not everyone, unfortunately, is cut out to be a pet owner. While having a dog for a pet is fulfilling for most people, many also consider it a burden. Companionship aside, a pet means additional expenses on puppy food, vet bills and more. Then there’s the need to train and walk your dog. It’s just like having a kid you’re not ready to care for at the moment.

Almost 25 years of study, however, may just have convinced you to reconsider your desire to own a pet. Compelling evidences are mounting proving that there is more to dog ownership than friendship and responsibilities. Results from a wide assortment of researches have revealed that caring for a dog has a plethora of physical and health benefits for the owner. More than the dog finding a good home, it is the owner that gets more out of the deal.

In one study, participants were asked to solve basic arithmetic problems and results showed less stress for people with pets. Other studies further support the viability of pet prescription to improve overall health showing that owning a dog can reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol and triglycerides levels, relieve depression and reduce risks of heart attacks. In addition, dogs were also observed to raise self-esteem in pet owners consequently lowering anxiety levels and stress.

Some experts go as far as claiming that canine companionship can, in fact, increase longevity or odds for survival in heart attack patients. This is where the most credible results have been observed so far. According to several studies, odds of survival improved from 1 in 87 to 1 in 15 when dogs are in the picture. If you’ve suffered a heart attack before, it wouldn’t hurt to get a dog as companion. Whether it proves effective in improving survival or not, you have nothing to lose with the set-up. For people who want to live a more active lifestyle, getting a dog is also a great way to get off the couch. Because dogs need to play, to walk, to run to be happy, you’ll have no other choice but to be just as active.

With compelling evidences that are hard to refute, it is no surprise that pet prescription is becoming increasingly and widely practiced in the healthcare industry. Instead of pills, some patients are prescribed to get a dog to cure an assortment of ailments. Be it emotionally, physically or socially, pet prescription has worked wonders and miracles for many pet owners.

As proven by science and experience, getting a dog is one effective cure that no other medication can offer. Just remember that to get the most benefits from dog ownership, you have to commit to the responsibility wholeheartedly. To be healthier, you have to keep your dog healthy and Pet Wellness Guide , a website dedicated to providing a wide collection of resource on healthy puppy diet can help you ensure proper nutrition for your pet. Proper nutrition will help your pet live a long, happy life.

Orthodontic Insurance is it essential?

Money is one of the main issues for which people give up dental care and, more specifically, orthodontic care. The high costs of dental devices cumulated with the costs of regular orthodontic check-ups make parents think twice about straightening children’s teeth. And things become even more complicated when there are more than one individual who needs orthodontic care in the family. Spending between $3,000 and $7,000 for a complete orthodontic treatment may seem quite a financial effort for families with low or medium income. The orthodontic insurance makes the orthodontic treatment much more affordable, so that children and adults alike can have well-aligned teeth with half of the initial investment.

What is an orthodontic insurance?

Similar to any other type of health insurance, the orthodontic insurance grants free or discounted orthodontic treatment on the basis of a monthly contribution. There are numerous insurance companies which provide dental insurance which covers orthodontic problems, but not all dental plans have this option. In fact, standard dental insurance rarely has an orthodontic coverage, therefore separate insurance or a high-end dental plan may be needed in order to get a better price for your braces.
If you already have a dental insurance, it is recommended to check for the specifications related to orthodontic treatment. Some insurance may offer a small discount for such procedures, which may be up to 20% of the total cost. This may mean quite a saving, taking into consideration the high prices of orthodontic treatment. For those who think the 20% is rather a small amount, a new orthodontic insurance is an option to consider.

There are two main types of insurance: the dental plan and the discount plan. Let’s take a look at each one!

Dental plan vs. Discount plan

Braces are costly, but there are some ways in which you can make them more affordable. The most convenient and popular means of making a deal out of the orthodontic treatment is to plan ahead and settle for a dental insurance plan or dental discount plan before the treatment starts. Note that it is essential to start the plan before the orthodontic treatment, as most of the insurances, regardless of their type; do not cover treatments which have started prior to signing the contract.

The dental plan functions similar to any traditional health insurance. The patient pays a regular fee and benefits from special prizes for the orthodontic treatment. The insurance company may not cover the entire cost of the brackets and orthodontic treatment, case in which the patient may need to co-pay and/or pay for the exclusions. The regular check-ups and the additional dental treatments (teeth cleaning, filling replacements, teeth extraction, etc.) are not usually covered by the orthodontic plan, so they may need to be paid separately.

Discount plans offer a discount from the total plan of the braces/orthodontic treatment. The patient pays a monthly subscription and at the right moment they choose from a list of agreed dentists the one which they like the most. The discount varies from company to company, but the estimated percentages range from 20% to 50%.

Both the dental plan and the discount plan may have restrictions when it comes to preferred orthodontists. If you already have an orthodontist, make sure they are on the list of approved professionals before you sign the contract with one or other insurance companies.

Orthodontic Insurance for Adults

Standard orthodontic insurances cover the least expensive service available, so in most cases only metallic braces are accepted by the insurance companies. Other, more esthetic, alternatives (such as ceramic or clear braces) may not be covered by the standard offers of your insurance companies. The orthodontic insurances for adults cover the aesthetic braces as well as part of the interventions necessary before installing braces. Thus, even though they seem more costly, in the end adults may make a better deal by choosing one of these insurances specially tailored for them, then going for the standard orthodontic insurances.

Orthodontic insurances are highly convenient for both adults and children. The offer is rather diversified, so that you can choose the best option for you and/or your children. So, before settling for a plan, make sure you research all opportunities and read all the fine print!

The Surprising Nutritional Benefits of Pizza

Pizza always seems to unfairly get lumped in with other unhealthy foods. This delicious dish dates back to the 1st century BC and tends to be compared with hamburger and fries rather than fruits and vegetables. However, pizza is much healthier than you might think. It actually has a good balance of vitamins and minerals needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Forget about eating broccoli and spinach and start thinking about eating a big slice of pizza.

Start with the Sauce

A pizza just isn’t a pizza without the sauce. Of course, sauce is made from tomatoes which are one of the healthiest foods out there. It contains an antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene has been known to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Some studies have shown that eating pizza once per week can reduce the risk of getting stomach, prostate, mouth, colon, esophageal and lung cancer. Cooking the sauce can also increase the effectiveness of the antioxidants in the tomatoes. Pizza sauce may also contain other foods that are good for you such as:

  • Red peppers – Good source of Vitamins A, C and B
  • Black olives – Helps fight heart disease and lowers cholesterol
  • Onions – Contains vitamin C, chromium, fiber and can help lower blood sugar

Research Studies on Pizza

Did you know that Italy performs regular research studies on pizza? Neither did we but apparently, they performed a ten year study on the health effects of pizza starting in 2001. The study surveyed 8,000 people and found that there was a reduction in colon and mouth cancer among participates who ate at least one slice of pizza a week. Three similar studies performed by the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche in Milan found the same thing. The 2001 study showed that pizza does not increase the risk of coronary artery disease. The 2003 study showed that pizza can prevent and even reduce the risk of cancer. The 2004 study showed that regularly eating pizza can reduce the risk of having a heart attack.

Pizza Contains Major Food Groups

The best thing about pizza is that it contains all of the major food groups. The cheese is a good source of calcium while the sauce has plenty of antioxidants. The dough also contains antioxidants. Add some vegetables on top of your pizza to cross of that food group. Meat such as pepperoni, chicken, hamburger and bacon provides protein with chicken being the healthiest. If you like a Hawaiian Pizza, then you’ll be happy to know that the pineapple is a fruit. The tomatoes in the sauce are also a fruit.

It’s hard to believe that something as delicious as a slice of pizza can be healthy. It goes against everything we have been taught since childhood. Yummy food is not supposed to be healthy for you. Luckily, there is a lot of research that backs up the fact that pizza is healthy and can be a good source for your nutritional needs. The next time you want to have pizza for dinner, you don’t have to feel guilty.

The Importance of Training Staff to Exercise Regularly

Regular body exercise is a concept that goes beyond the basic need to lose weight and maintain a good body shape. Health experts indicate that regular body exercises improve all aspects of your life. Increased productivity is one of the advantages that come with regular exercises. Consequentially any hospital management staff stands to benefit from having its employees have regular exercises. By training its employees to have regular exercises, the management enjoys the efficiency of a productive and alert workforce. In particular, a workforce that has regular exercises is deemed to work faster and effectively. On the other hand, if a management team has a workforce that does not exercise regularly; they have employees with more health risks and less reliability in their jobs. Consequentially, we recommend suggesting to your staff to exercise regularly for a healthy body like Metabolic Aftershock Review website talks about. So, i this article offers you a candid discussion of the importance of training staff to exercise regularly with more focus on the hospital scenario.

Reduced Cases of Sickness

Regular exercises ensure that the hospital staff reduces their probability of falling ill. The management gets to enjoy the full benefits of a healthy workforce. The foremost advantage associated with fewer cases of sickness among the staff is reduced cases of absenteeism. The hospital therefore runs more effectively because almost the entire staff reports to work on a consistent basis. Furthermore, since the management has better control of disease management, the expenses on health insurance are reduced for the management. Most of the resources are consequentially directed towards improving the hospital’s service delivery.

Increased Energy Levels

Another obvious benefit associated with regular exercises is the increased energy levels in the individual. A medical staff that is trained to involving in regular exercises is deemed to have more energy to propel them through their daily duties. The management and the hospital in general, therefore, get to enjoy the efficiency and effectiveness of energetic and focused staff. In brief, regular exercises ensure optimal productivity from the medical staff.

Increased Levels of Self Confidence

The ability to maintain regular exercises adds an invaluable amount of self-worth and confidence to an individual. The fact that one is able to fight all obstacles to maintain regular exercises brings extra amount of self-confidence on ones abilities. In addition, the healthy body and the good shape help to boost ones confidence levels because one feels good about their general outlook. The two factors act to improve the self-confidence of the medical staff. The health sector heavily relies on self-confidence to ensure that optimal individual performance is achieved. Once the management achieves improved self confidence among its staff, then individual work efficiency increases since each person feels more capable and sure of their capabilities.

Improved Mental Health

Regular exercise helps the mind curb the feelings of depression and anxiety. Exercises help trigger the production of serotonin which is responsible for enhancing the feel-good factor. The stresses related to daily work issues and general life is therefore handled more easily by exercising. The hospital management that encourages its staff to have regular exercises enjoys the productivity of settled minds at work with less stress to deal with. The medical staff therefore engages all their mental faculties in ensuring higher productivity at work.

As indicated in the article, the importance of training staff to exercise regularly can never be under estimated. Hospital management teams need to begin training their staff to have regular exercises in order to enjoy the advantages discussed above among many others.

Carcinogens in Food

When aiming for optimal health, it is no surprise that watching what foods you put in your body is a huge factor. The types of food you decide to eat can effect your weight, happiness, muscle tissue, brain functionality, and even your risk of cancer. Wait, what? Yes. Foods containing carcinogens are known to increase the likelihood of cancer in a person.

What is a carcinogen?

As you may well know, cancer is caused by damage to one’s DNA, or genetic makeup. Some of these damages can be a result of inherited genes, and others can be a result of outside forces harming the body. These outside forces that can lead to cancer are called carcinogens.
A carcinogen can be something like pollution, chemicals, medication, and UV light, tobacco, or even certain foods can contain carcinogens.
Not all carcinogens cause cancer 100% of the time, but after continued exposure to them, your body will most likely be affected by them in some way, possibly leading to cancer.

Carcinogens in Food

This article is going to focus on the carcinogens the most easily controlled by humans, the carcinogens in food. By avoiding ingesting carcinogenic foods, you will lower your risk of health problems, including cancer, from occurring during your lifetime. Eating only healthy foods will optimize your chances of leading a long and happy life!

Trans Fats

Trans fats received a lot of attention at the beginning of the last decade because researches found an alarmingly high link between trans fat consumption and cancer rates. Trans fats are a form of unsaturated fat which do not occur in nature, but are artificially manufactured by humans.
Trans fats are a staple of fast food restaurants, used to deep fry foods like fries and chicken patties. Most potato chips also used trans fats up until the lid was blown off their health risks a few years back. Still, if you must eat potato chips make sure you purchase ‘trans fat free’ chips.

Alcohol

Alcohol, consumed at a high rate over a long period of time, has been shown to cause cancer. Especially liver cancer, which is about as serious as it gets!
Obviously, there have been plenty of studies which show that drinking small amounts of alcohol will not put you at risk for long term damage, but there have been plenty more studies that show that excessive drinking is basically a guaranteed bad time. What do you think a hangover is? It’s your body saying “Don’t do that to me!”.

Charred Foods

Charred food, burnt food, and food cooked at high temperatures (like deep frying), have been shown to contain a LOT of carcinogens and should be avoided whenever possible! Charring, or burning, food changes the molecular structure of the food, which means that your body absorbs something completely different than what you intended it to!
These foods can be anything from burnt popcorn (I know, it’s the best kind!) to burnt toast and bacon. Also, anything cooked over a BBQ grill, or cooked using a food smoker, should be monitored closely. Although nothing tastes better than some crispy chicken skin or a little bit of char on your smoked pork shoulder, these foods aren’t healthy for you anymore!

Tobacco

It’s no surprise that tobacco is on the list. While not necessarily a ‘diet’ item per se, tobacco is ingested, or smoked, an alarmingly high amount for being so well known to cause cancer. Tobacco use has been directly linked to throat, mouth, lung, eye, tongue and stomach cancer, and definitely affects the body, especially the heart and lungs, in many negative ways.
Just don’t do it.

While there are plenty of other carcinogenic foods to watch out for, these scratch the surface and give you an idea of what to look for, and what to avoid when trying to treat your body right!
Doing a web search for ‘carcinogenic foods’ will provide you plenty more great information to protect your body from potentially harmful items. Remember, what you eat today will determine your tomorrow!