- Adult Medical Sense
- FREE Podcasts – Learn More Medical Common Sense
- Medical Sense Articles
- A Woman’s Heart!
- Be Smart
- Blood Pressure Common Sense
- Choking-What You Need to Know
- Deciphering Medical Jargon
- Doc’s Wisdom
- DocHandal’s First Aid Kit Checklist
- Exercise-Induced Asthma (EIA)
- Glaucoma-Worth A Look
- Going to the Emergency Room
- H1N1-What You Need To Know
- Insider Tips on Dealing with Doctors
- INSIDER’S TAKE ON BLOOD TESTS
- MEDICINE CABINET CHECKLIST
- Metabolic Syndrome (MetS)
- Radiation Guide
- Staying Alive Q & A
- Surviving A Emergency Room Visit
- Taking Medication Using Medical Sense
- Test On Blood- In A Nutshell
- The Art of Medicine Presentation
- Medical Sense Test for Adults
- Child Medical Sense
- Babysitter Review Sheet
- Consent for Medical/Surgical Care/Emergency Treatment and Child’s Medical Information
- Emergency Response and Reaction Skills for Children – Trauma Run
- Poisoning in Children
- Prevent Poisonings in the Home
- Seizures in Children-What to Do
Writers Unite to Fight Cancer is a group of authors who increase community awareness about cancer and volunteer their time and talents to raise money for cancer research.
None of us are exempt from being exposed to the devastation to individuals, families and loved ones. No matter your means be proactive and supportive by any ability you have available. Prevention and early recognition is totally in our power.
New group gatherings have started around the country one is ‘Laughter’ medicine. Camp Quality, the Australian fun escape for kids with cancer which marks its 30th anniversary this year. You do not have to visit Australia make your own laughter!
It is well-known that laughter is the best medicine it is contagious more than a cough or a sniffle! Research has supported this a study years ago in NM studied folks who have had heart events versus those who have not had an event -have a read of this study.
Scientists have shown with laughter the brain chemicals – endorphins – known for their ‘ feel-good effect’. Check out this NYT article.
Have you seen an AED in a public place you frequent? My heart soared recently when I walked into my bank branch in Phoenix and saw an AED was ON the wall. Yes to know I could benefit whither I applied the device to save someone or had it used if my heart should flutter into not making a pulse. So hurrah!
Know about ”AEDs” – Automated External Defibrillators - CPR alone is not always enough when someone collapses and the heart has to be restarted. AEDs save lives if used right away for certain types of cardiac arrests. Hearts can go into different electrical silence patterns when they stop pumping a pulse.
This computerized medical device analyzes the heart and delivers electric shock (defibrillation) when needed through connected adhesive pads. The AED and you work through visual and audio prompts. User instructions (usually voice) are simple and directions are given one step at a time. Don’t be scared! Take 3 minutes and go to this AHA video - there is a online course to teach CPR and AED. Have a get-together for your closest friends and all of you learn!
I learned from a friend that “Death cafes” have surfaced in NYC, begun only a few years ago in the UK.
In our society we deny death. I am sure I will not get an argument on this point? There is a ‘drama’ associated with a death. Often specified to some extent by religion, culture and economic it still remains the ultimate human tragedy.
Death illuminates the fact that we still have life AND that it is precious. That life is limited and always seems to be brief.
We know we will not live forever and those of us who abuse our bodies know someday – maybe a long ways away – a reckoning will arrive.
Celebrate life this Thanksgiving!
Injections hurt – insulin goes into the fatty tissue just under the skin, where there are few nerve endings. Needles today are very short and fine headed. Still scared, try a cold pack (10-20-seconds before injecting. Afraid of needles use the insulin pen (no syringe).
If you are prescribed insulin it is because your body (the pancreas) can only control your blood sugar. So you need to inject insulin that your pancreas can no longer make – to handle your blood sugar.
Taking insulin is a personal failure - NOT SO being told insulin is needed to control blood sugar is not a reflection of your ability to follow medical care instructions. Furthermore taking insulin does not equal you are ‘very sick’. When your pancreas (maker of insulin) can no longer meet your body’s need you need to get it from somewhere.
Recent studies have shown starting insulin earlier can decrease complications of Diabetes (blindness, kidney damage, heart disease, amputation).
The numbers scream this – using a tanning bed once per month increases your risk of skin cancer by 55%. Higher chances if you started tanning at age 20s. Recall skin cancer is the #1 in the US, have a listen to DocHandal’s podcast on this.
Want a safer tan? Use a spray on or self-tanning lotion. This creates a browner tone by interaction between amino acids in the skin- not involving the melanocytes. Recall melanocytes changes cause skin cancer. Remember skiing (high altitude sun) and sun exposure between 10 AM and 4 PM. increases risk. Do not forget sunscreen early and often and do not rely solely on it! Know using sunscreen prevents Vitamin D absorption through our skin.
If you do not listen to NPR you may have missed a recent (9/12/13) report on findings that low-income individuals who get local produce have improved health. Specifically a study of type 2 Diabetics in the Bronx, NY receiving good nutrition and exercise were found to have a significant decrease in high blood pressure insulin requirement and weight. Participants were required to meet weekly with a doctor to be examined and receive a prescription for a dollar a day for each member of the family ONLY to be spent on fresh produce-fruits vegetables. A decrease in child obesity and asthma attacks was also seen in population studied.
This is not a surprise finding, you know how important fresh vegetables and fruits are in your continue to prove that substituting pills high in vitamins, minerals and amino acids is not the same! Classic example used by doctors is the importance of consuming broccoli for an improved outcome in breast cancer survivors. Analysis of broccoli for what nutrient is present in high amounts then taking pure Glucosinolates (like glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin) pills did not have same benefical effect as the combination of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxifying nutrients when eating broccoli. It must be the ’right’ combination and concentration of nutrients. Hence eat broccoli and lots of cruciferous vegetables (bok choy, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, kale, cabbage).
Do doctors have culinary compassion, understanding or know about nutrition?
This blog informs about a new program that attempts to insure that the next generation of Docs might have more of a clue of what eating health entails. Joint culinary and medical school class albeit a short program was designed (Tulane Medical School) to show medical students that many lifestyle diseases result from eating wrong. Docs learn to choose food, cut food as well as arrive at a balanced diet. Healthier Doctor, make healthier patients!
Drinking large amounts of coffee may be bad for those under-55, according to a recent study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. A multicenter research team investigated if coffee consumption effects mortality (death) from all causes and impacts deaths from cardiovascular disease. The Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS no Advanced Cardiac Life Support) monitored more than 40,000 men and women for an average 16 years. Length of any medical study adds tremendous credibility given there are so so many variables effecting our health.
Background: Coffee is third after tea and water in the beverage consumed around the world. Some quote tea is second only to water but the point is Americans consume more than 500,000 million cups of coffee per day.
According to the latest National Coffee Drinking Study from the National Coffee Association, more than 60% of American adults drink coffee every day, consuming on average just more than 3 cups a day. Coffee has long been suspected to contribute to many chronic health issues. Earlier studies on if coffee consumption is related to deaths from all causes and deaths from coronary heart disease were limited, and results often controversial. Hence attention to this ‘study’.
STUDY: Survey format carried out by Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts of coffee drinkers internationally (inc. U.S., China, India and United Arab Emirates).
Details: Between 1979 and 1998, nearly 45,000 individuals aged between aged 20 and 87 years participated – returned a medical history questionnaire assessing lifestyle habits (including coffee consumption) and personal and family medical history.
Results: A number of coffee drinkers were willing to give up sex, alcohol and Facebook for a year to hold on to their caffeine fix. Those who consumed higher amounts of coffee (both men and women) were more likely to smoke and had lower levels of cardiorespiratory fitness.
- More than three-quarters of people surveyed said they would sacrifice sex; alcohol or social media web sites. When asked early AM sex versus coffee – 5% wanted coffee!
- Younger men had a trend toward higher mortality even at lower consumption, but this became significant at about 28 cups per week where there was a 56% increase in mortality from all possible causes.
- Younger women who consumed more than 28 cups of coffee per week also had a greater than 2-fold higher risk of all cause mortality than those who did not drink coffee.
Dr Lavie and colleagues found that those who reported drinking 28 or more cups of coffee per week had a 21% higher mortality during mean nearly 15 year follow-up, but this was increased by 56 % in men 55 years.
TAKE AWAY – 2 to 3 cups of java per day -MAX
You decide if this is a big problem from these numbers:
15% of those 10 to 18 years said they have used stimulants
10% said they have diverted medications*.
University of Florida researchers interviewed 11,000 teens in Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, New York, and several other major cities. Of those surveyed, 7.5% said they had used stimulants (examples given included Adderall ** and Ritalin) in the last month, with 3.9% saying they took the drugs for non-medical reasons.
The way these teens were ‘studied’ includes being:
- shown photos of prescription drugs and prescription stimulants,
- asked if they knew what they were,
- asked if they used them, the reasons they take the drugs
- asked where they got them, how often they took the drugs.
When the pre-teens and teens were asked how they would prevent teens from using other people’s prescriptions, they suggested requiring fingerprint machines that would allow prescription bottles to open and requiring that teens have their medications dispensed at the pharmacy. As I read this part of the study what came to my mind was the old adage, ‘from the mouth of babes’ oft time comes gems!
Some teens said that diverting medications couldn’t be prevented.
* Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine at University of Florida, presented these findings.
** an amphetamine Rx’ed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD aka ADD)
The Affordable Care Act‘s (2010, aka ‘Obamacare’) final implantation has propelled the access to health care into conversations everywhere & nationwide. Everyone agrees health care costs in the USA are ‘out of control’. Even the Consumer Reports has gotten into the discussion offering a website ‘Health Law Helper’. Facts without media and partisan slants about this important law are quickly readable. Personally, ConsumerReports is continuing to empower consumers here to a very important aspect of well being.
Visit HealthCare.gov and take the time to digest all the information and consider why is it that big business does not want this program? Do not blindly agree with the media use your brain become informed and make your own decision – your health and perhaps life depends on it!
Many of my female followers have probably already had a pelvic ultrasound (US), this week I had another one. I thought it would be a good idea to introduce/refresh about this test. It had been years since my last, in my case this was done to follow a medical condition. If you have ever had a pregnancy, you are familiar with this safe (no radiation exposure) and painless procedure. This simple investigative tool is used to exam other parts of the body, including the heart, blood vessels, liver to name a few
How It works: sound waves are bounced off our internal organs – ‘pelvic US’ – ovaries, uterus and bladder – showing not only shape, size but how blood flows to the organs. No menstrual flow can be occurring for this test.
Actual Test: There is no restriction to eating or drinking but you are told to drink at least two 8 oz glasses of water one hour before test. You must hold your urine, no bathroom stop on way into the sonographer’s room. The full bladder moves female organs into view and provides a solid contrast image.
A clear warm gel will be applied to your abdomen, then a slight pressure as the ‘transducer’ (a microphone like small long device) as is applied to your abdomen especially the lower.
Dependent on why the test was ordered the transducer may be covered with a plastic sleeve and placed 2″ – 3″ into your vagina during the exam. As you can reason this offers a view, a different angle that can assist in making or identifying a problem.
Typical time for this study is about 30 minutes, mine took 22 minutes and included the vaginal viewing.
FYI: Sonography technicians train for 16 – 20 months and are supervised by the radiologists (medical imaging physician). There are many training programs but not all however accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs. There are many certifying organizations; those that pass the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography can use RDMS after their name. Several states require licensure after completion of an examination. There are over 50,000 in the US (Bureau of Labor Statistics). As always whenever someone is involved with your well-being speak up if you feel any aspect of your exam is not ‘right’!