Faster Detection of Infection.

October 1, 2015

Scientists are constantly working around the clock to develop new ways of battling against disease and injury. Sometimes that research is biology based, and involves work with stem cells. Other times it’s mechanical, and requires the development of new technology that can help existing patients.

Because of the deadly risk posed by an untreated urinary tract infection, Georgia Urology knows that early detection is important. An infection can lead to sepsis and widespread infection. This can lead to even further complications, such as blood clots and ruptured blood vessels.

Fortunately, new detection methods are right around the corner. Scientists in Germany have been experimenting with a system that will allow them to detect potential urinary infections using only very small samples. Best of all, the detection would be far more accurate, and catch the infection earlier. This is done by essentially ‘spinning’ the urine in a contained the device. As the device spins, bacteria is captured, and scientists can then tell whether there is an ongoing infection.

This type of breakthrough could lead to saved lives. While the research team is still in the process of developing the device, it may not be much longer before people have a safe, early method of detecting infection.

 

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A Cure for Blindness

September 15, 2015

Blindness has plagued humanity almost since people started recording history. If you look in any diaries and journals from a century ago, you’ll find documents about how society was struggling to support people that were blind. Often, it was left to families alone to help their loved ones. In ancient records from throughout the Middle East that include the Bible, you’ll find stories about how the blind struggled to deal with their condition.

As a society we’ve learned to be better about taking care of those without sight. There are medical resources available, and we even have blind super heroes prowling around on the rooftops in comic books. What we’ve continued to lack is a cure. At Optical Outlets, we’ve been interested by the coming of a new treatment that might be a cure not only for blindness, but also bad eyesight. The treatment is still a few years away, but looks like it might provide new opportunities for those who cannot see.

It works by using stem cells to grow new optical nerves behind the eyeball. These nerves then transmit the signals to the brain that let people see. It’s an amazing development that is still at least a decade away, but it could be the cure we’ve been hoping for.

The American Experience is Changing.

September 6, 2015

At Timothy Kitzmiller DDS we’ve been amazed by some of the breakthrough in dental technology. One of the biggest is how we deal with cavities. For many of us, having to get a cavity taken can range anywhere from being a nuisance to a terrifying ordeal. Especially when we’re younger, the sound of a drill could be frightening. Of course, many of us learn that cavities are a part of life. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, cavities start to form.

But are we always going to have to drill them out? Some scientists don’t think so. In London, researches have been experimenting with new techniques to deal with cavities. In fact, some people don’t think we’ll be drilling much longer. One of the reasons why that is a new technique called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Demineralization will take the place of drilling. That’s just a fancy phrase for saying that soon, the minerals that make up your teeth will be replaceable.

Instead of drilling, doctors will use electric currents to push minerals into the damaged tooth. As they do this, it will allow your dentist to make the tooth solid again. No drills necessary! That could mean a lot less worried children in the future.

Getting Your Social Life Back with a Hearing Aid

September 4, 2015

Many people don’t want to admit they suffer from hearing loss. As we age, it is practically inevitable as the inside of our ears changes and causes hearing loss. It’s just a fact of life. Hearing loss impacts 48 million Americans. It is the third most common medical complaint after heart disease and arthritis. One in three people over the age of 65 have at least some hearing loss. This is a progressive problem but there is good news, there are many solutions to hearing loss.

One option is getting a hearing aid. These are not the unsightly things they used to be. The technology has advance significantly over the years and now they are hardly noticeable. They can be custom made to sit inside the ear or just behind it. No one has to know you are wearing it.

For some, the cost is the problem. Times are tough. The price ranges vary so much from depending on what kind you want, etc. Go into a local hearing aid service company and talking with them about your needs and what you think you would like. They can work out something that should be within your budget.

Hearing loss can really impact your life. It makes socializing harder and can lead to depression. Getting a hearing aid can give you your life back.

The Top 2 Cosmetic Treatments for Men

August 21, 2015

Women don’t have a monopoly on looking good and feeling great about themselves. If there are a few things you’d like to change about your appearance, you simply need to find a man-friendly spa that offers cosmetic treatment for men.

Wrinkle Reduction

Among the most popular medical cosmetic procedures for both women and men is wrinkle reduction. With dermal fillers and Botox, you have a number of options. The right cosmetic specialist will analyze your skin’s needs along with your cosmetic goals and help you decide which treatment is right for you. Either way, the results are instantaneous. You look years or even decades younger as your wrinkles are smoothed away.

Excessive Sweating Treatment

There are few things more embarrassing than excessive sweating, and men experience this problem more often than women. You don’t even have to be working out to experience it. If you sweat whenever you’re nervous and your shirts are stained, ask a cosmetic specialist about using Botox to calm overactive sweat glands.

Schedule an appointment with a spa today and you’ll start walking around with more confidence and a smile on your face. Confident people are more attractive, and attractive people are more confident – so sign up for a simple outpatient procedure as soon as possible.

The Benefits of Professional Oil Blend Makeup

August 18, 2015

It’s no secret that makeup can be bad for your skin. Despite the fact that you put it on to improve the appearance of your skin, it can actually lead to more problems, which makes you reliant on the products.

How is makeup damaging to your skin? Because it can clog the pores, cause rashes or dry it out; all things that can lead to blemishes, breakouts and basically unhealthy skin; however, what if you found a makeup that is designed to actually help your skin?

Well, there is a type of makeup that can help to improve your skin’s appearance, and that makeup is professional oil blends. Here’s a look at how this specially formulated makeup can improve your skin.

It nourishes your skin. This specially formulated makeup is designed to nourish your skin. That means that instead of drying your skin out or depositing too much oil, this makeup provides your skin with the perfect combination of elements to keep it healthy.

It creates a healthy glow. This makeup creates a healthy glow for your skin. Instead of just covering up your skin and creating a caked-on look, this makeup enhances your skin.

Getting Help for Anxiety

August 16, 2015

Are you struggling with anxiety? You’re not alone. Millions of Americans deal with anxiety, which can take many forms including OCD, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks and more. Anxiety disorders are not something you can just snap out of and can have a truly devastating effect on your daily life. While there are things you can do to help yourself, such as avoiding caffeine, learning your triggers and building a strong support group, it may not be enough.

That’s okay. There is help available for anxiety disorders in St. Louis. Your first step is to talk to your physician. Anxiety can be a symptom of another health issue such as thyroid problems or hormonal imbalances, so you need to get those causes ruled out first. Once you’ve done that, your doctor can refer you to a good therapist and give you other resources such as support groups. There are medications available but they all have the potential to become habit forming and won’t treat the underlying cause of your anxiety. That’s why you need a complete treatment plan including therapy, support and healthy coping mechanism. Don’t be afraid to reach out, there is help and hope!

Important Information About Dental Implants

August 12, 2015

Are you self conscious because you are missing teeth? Do you currently wear dentures and they are uncomfortable, or they fall out all the time? Do you have a bridge that just won’t stay put?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you should talk to your dentist about dental implants. Implants provide you with an effortless dental experience and will allow you to enjoy freedom with your mouth once again. If you are considering having implants installed, here’s a look at some important things that you should know about this form of cosmetic dentistry:

  • A dental implant is surgically placed into the jawbone.
  • Once the implant is installed, the bone will heal around it. This process is called ‘osseointegration’ and this is the reason why dental implants are so strong and stable and a preferred option above traditional dentures.
  • Once the jawbone heals around the implant, the artificial tooth will be attached to the implant, which serves as an artificial, yet permanent root.
  • Once installed, dental implants are strong, sturdy and are the closest thing to your own teeth as you can get.

If you are interested in dental implants, talk to your dentist to talk about the options that are available to you.

Bullying in the healthcare profession

April 12, 2015

A question was asked which is worse; doctor-to-nurse or nurse-to-nurse bullying. This is good professionals are talking about this topic. We offer students help in understanding these dynamics within the bullier and the bullied. This is covered in the Occupational section of our Forensic Nursing Online Tutor.

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Trauma Patients at Risk for Hypothermia

February 4, 2015

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by Charles Bankhead
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French investigators reported trauma-associated hypothermia evolves from a combination of injury severity and potentially modifiable environmental and treatment-related factors.

Higher Revised Trauma Score (RTS) increased the odds of hypothermia by almost 70%. Intubation, lower temperature inside the transport vehicle, and lower infusion fluid temperature also increased the risk.

The risk declined significantly if patients were clothed and did not have a head injury, as reported online in Critical Care.

“Optimal patient management could contribute to limit heat loss or even to increase patient temperature when required,” Frederic Lapostolle, MD, of Hopital Avicenne in Bobigny, France, and co-authors wrote. “Undressing patients should be avoided. Mobile unit temperature and fluid infusion temperature were independently associated with hypothermia. They should be routinely measured.”

In addition, the group pointed out that mobile intensive care units should be equipped with “a warming system “to allow ‘body temperature’ fluid infusion, especially in severely injured patients.”

Trauma patients often have hypothermia on arrival to a hospital, and even moderate hypothermia can adversely affect prognosis. Causes of hypothermia remain unclear, and available data have come largely from hospital registries and retrospective studies.

To identify potential causes of hypothermia in trauma patients, Lapostolle and colleagues performed a prospective, multicenter, observational study involving  eight French hospitals and a regional emergency medical service (EMS).

EMS units in France are equipped for intensive care requirements, including anesthetics, catecholamines, laboratory facilities, and ultrasound, the authors noted. An EMS team consists of an emergency physician, critical care nurse, and a driver who has training in basic life support.

The study included all trauma patients older than 18 who received prehospital care from an EMS team and who were transported to a hospital by an EMS mobile unit.

Investigators recorded the following:

  • Patients’ demographic and morphologic information
  • Nature and circumstances of the trauma incident
  • Patient’s condition upon arrival of the EMS team
  • Environmental conditions (wind, rain, ground temperature)
  • Clinical characteristics (wound features, vital signs, RTS, oxygen saturation, tympanic temperature)

Investigators also recorded pertinent aspects of each patient’s care until arrival at the hospital.

The primary endpoint was hypothermia upon arrival at the hospital and the authors defined hypothermia as a body temperature of less than 95°F (35°C).

Data analysis comprised 448 patients, of whom 64 (14%) had a body temperature less than 35°C when they arrived at the hospital. Patients with and without hypothermia did not differ significantly with respect to demographic or morphologic traits.

In a univariate analysis, numerous clinical, environmental, and treatment-related factors were associated with the odds of hypothermia. Multivariate analysis revealed six factors that independently predicted lack of hypothermia on arrival at the hospital:

  • No intubation: odds ratio 4.23, 95% CI 1.61 to 11.02 (P=0.003)
  • Revised Trauma Score: OR 1.68, 95% CI 1.29 to 2.20 (P=0.0001)
  • EMS unit temperature on arrival at site of trauma: OR 1.20, 95% CI 1.04 to 1.38 (P=0.01)
  • Infusion fluid temperature (>21°C or 69.8°F): OR 1.17, 95% 1.05 to 1.30 (P=0.003)
  • Patient remaining clothed: OR 0.40, 95% CI 0.18 to 0.90 (P=0.03)
  • Absence of head injury: OR 0.36, 95% CI 0.16 to 0.83, (P=0.01)

“Routine temperature measurements should help improve the care of trauma victims,” the authors concluded. “When providing early care, EMS should always look for hypothermia. The severity of injury, mobile unit temperature, and medical interventions were risk factors associated with hypothermia on the victim’s arrival at hospital. Mobile unit and infusion fluid temperature should be measured and increased if necessary. Unclothing of patients [often done to examine the patient] should be avoided.”

The authors noted several limitations, including the fact that the results cannot be generalized to all trauma victims because the most severe cases (failure of onsite resuscitation) and least severe cases were not transported in the medically equipped mobile unit.

Also, they did not include outcomes in this study but pointed out that “the relationship between hypothermia and death is now well established.”

They called for a prospective study to assess the effect of warming on patient morbidity and mortality.

 

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