Learn Hands-Only CPR

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Feb 25, 2015 10:00:00 AM

If someone you knew was experiencing cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? The American Red Cross recommends that you learn hands-only CPR, which is an easy, but potentially life-saving technique for cardiac emergencies.You can learn more about it in the following video:

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Topics: Health & Wellness Tips

Should We Worry About Tapeworms?

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Dec 30, 2014 10:00:00 AM

What are tapeworms? Tapeworms are short, parasitic flatworms that reside in the digestive tract of vertebrates. The name “tapeworm” comes from their flat ribbon shaped bodies that are made of identical segments, capped by a protrusion called a scolex. The scolex contains suction cups and hooks that allow it to firmly clutch onto the intestine of its host.

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Topics: Health & Wellness Tips, Patient's Corner

How to Prevent the Spread of HIV

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Dec 4, 2014 10:00:00 AM

To continue HIV/AIDS Awareness, here are 7 ways the you can help prevent the spread of HIV to yourself and to others.

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Topics: Health & Wellness Tips, Special Feature

Prescription Drugs And Safe Dosing

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Oct 27, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated every year on the last week in October and is geared toward substance abuse and violence prevention. One of the most pressing issues that concern today's health-care providers are the overuse and abuse of over-the-counter (OTC) medications and prescription drugs.

Steve Gullans better describes the problem in his brief TedMed conference speech about the dangers of not applying the proper doses. This video can be seen below:

 

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Topics: Health & Wellness Tips, Provider's Corner

Lifestyle Changes Could Improve MS Symptoms

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Oct 21, 2014 10:00:00 AM

A recent article published by the Wall Street Journal describes how exercise, diet, and sleep could help individuals suffering from Multiple-Sclerosis (MS). According to the article, an estimated 500,000 Americans and 2.3 million worldwide are affected by MS.

MS is an inflammatory disease that occurs from the loss an damage of Myelin sheaths, the protective, insulating covering that wraps around nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. It is generally considered to be an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system

Symptoms may vary, but can include issues with muscle control, balance, vison, thinking, and coordination of tasks. 85% of patients are "relapsing-remitting", meaning that symptoms can arrive acutely and later disappear for long periods. MS usually affects people between the ages of 20 and 50. It is also twice as common in women than in men. Currently, the cause of the disease is unknown, and there is no cure. 

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Avoiding Breast Cancer, Part 2

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Oct 14, 2014 10:00:00 AM

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to BreastCancer.Org, there are many risk factors that can impact one's chance of developing breast cancer. These factors can be separated into established or emerging risks. In part 2, we will discuss emerging risks. 

Emerging research is now giving us new insights into how to prevent a breast cancer diagnosis. For example, it is now believed that women with lower levels of vitamin D are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer. Potentially being able to maintain healthy breast cell growth, a person can protect one's self from getting breast cancer by more direct sunlight exposure and taking vitamin D3 supplements. Dairy and seafood, in the form of salmon, catfish, oysters, and mackerel, are all rich in vitamin D.

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