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The Dos And Don’ts Of Visiting Someone In Palliative Care

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Patients in palliative care typically have an in-depth understanding of their illness and the realities of what may be a rather grim health diagnosis. As palliative care focuses on improving the quality of life that the patient has, the ill person will have a team of support, including nurses, caregivers, doctors, social workers, and family members, who rally around the person during this difficult time. When you go to visit someone who is palliative care, remember these essential dos and don’ts to ensure that the visit leaves both you and the patient feeling a bit better. Do Express Your Feelings It can be scary to see someone in palliative care, and it can be tempting to try to deny the situation by acting as though everything is alright or the same as it was before. However, the patient’s reality has been transformed, and it’s important to meet them where they are. Without making the visit about you necessarily, express how you feel. It’s okay to express your regret that the person is in this situation. Express all the positive things that you have held back and make sure the person knows how much you care. Get out your feelings and express your love. When you make the first move to do this, you give the patient the chance to do the same. Don’t Verbalize Your Assumptions When you see someone in palliative care, it doesn’t mean that they have given up on life. In fact, according to The New England Journal of Medicine, palliative care can help prolong life while maintaining a better quality of life for the patient. If you find yourself making assumptions, don’t state them. Instead, politely ask questions that will confirm or deny those assumptions. Do Ask Open-Ended Questions Someone who is in palliative care is likely to feel a little lonely and alienated even if they do have around-the-clock care. The more frequent company of friends may be sorely missed, and there are many things they may be longing to express. Ask the following open-ended questions to get the person talking in a way that’s comfortable for them and allows them to lead where the conversation goes. What are the best and worst parts of what you’ve been experiencing lately? What do you wish people would say to you more often these days? Now that the way you’re receiving care has changed, how do you feel about things? What are some things I could do this week to help you? What do you wish were different about the way that your care is being handled? Finally, keep in mind that everyone in palliative care will have their own unique needs and preferences. Take your cue from the patient when it comes to what they most need. Someone who’s down may need you to make them laugh a little, yet most want to know that they are heard and understood. Follow the patient’s lead, respect their needs, and follow these tips for effective communication with someone in palliative care. If you have questions about your loved one’s care or would like to know more about what to expect when you visit, ask a caregiver like those at Corner Home...

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Keep It Up: 3 Ways To Help Fix And Prevent Breast Sagging During Pregnancy And Breastfeeding

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

One of the unfortunate side-effects of becoming pregnant and breastfeeding is the change to the appearance of your breasts. During pregnancy, a woman’s breasts get larger in preparation for feeding the baby. The ligaments and supportive tissue in the breast are also stretched during milk production after birth. Once your baby is weaned, you hope that your breasts will regain their pre-pregnancy shape. However, most women find this is not the case. How can you literally bring your breasts back up to their pre-pregnancy standard? There are a few things to try during and after pregnancy and breastfeeding to help prevent and mitigate sagging. 1. Invest in a great bra. This advice is sometimes hard for pregnant and nursing moms to follow, just because the breasts change sizes so many times over the course of a pregnancy and during breastfeeding. Good bras can be expensive, and good nursing bras can be even more challenging to find. However, if you have the money to spend and you can find a bra that works for you, this is the best place to start. Start wearing the bra all the time; some women enjoy the freedom of going braless for certain wardrobe choices or when lazing around the house. With heavier breasts, going braless like you did before you got pregnant will increase the stretching of supportive breast tissue. If you can’t spend money on expensive bras, you still shouldn’t ignore this tip entirely. Get yourself fitted for a the right size every few months at a bra shop or department store. You can choose bras from a cheaper retailer, but look for ones that have an underwire, padding, and inserts for push up. You might feel that, with large breasts, you don’t need a push up bra to add volume, but the push up padding can help provide lift and support to keep your breasts from sagging.  2. Breastfeed with your breasts in mind. Many women hold their babies on their lap to feed, and lean over to make the breast more accessible to the baby’s mouth. This position pulls the breast in a downward motion, and as the baby empties the breast, the tissue relaxes in this downward direction, gradually pulling the breast down over the course of multiple feedings. Instead, use a nursing pillow to bring your baby to the breast instead of bringing your breast to the baby.  3. Consider breast enhancement after you are finished having children. Sometimes, even after eating well, losing weight, and following the above tips, you will still be unhappy with the lost shape and loft of your breasts. You can get breast enhancement surgery to bring your breasts back to their normal shape and size. Breast enhancement can mean getting implants to increase breast size, but it can also mean lifting the stretched tissue and ligaments that were damaged during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor and a specialist like those at the Center For Plastic Surgery about enhancement options that will work for...

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2 Tips To Help Alleviate Soreness After Getting Your Tongue Thrusting Appliance Installed

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Tongue thrusting is one of the easiest ways to create an overbite or throw your teeth out of alignment. Tongue thrusting can occur while you eat, speak, or just to rest your teeth. The habit is so natural that you will often not notice that you do it until your dentist informs you of alignment issues you may be experiencing. Tongue thrusting can jeopardize the health of your teeth if the issue is not corrected early. In order to fix the problem, your dentist may outfit you with a tongue thrusting appliance. This device involves bonding metal brackets around the front of your teeth. Once the device is applied, you may notice some soreness and pain. As your mouth gets accustomed to the appliance, it will reduce gradually. Until this happens, there are a few tips that you can use to help alleviate some of this soreness. Rub Your Teeth with Clove Oil  A number of natural herbs are often used externally and internally to help reduce pain caused by soreness. However, clove oil is frequently used in the dental community in order to treat aches and pains that are associated with any dental pain. Clove oil is considered to be a reliable solution to frequent dental pain because it is a natural pain reliever. Dip a clean q-tip in clove oil and apply the q-tip to the areas of your teeth that the metal brackets are bonded to. Avoid rinsing your mouth out or drinking once you have applied the clove oil. Apply the oil to your teeth throughout the day until the soreness goes away. Apply Ice Cubes to the Area Applying a cold pressure to your teeth that feel sore is cost-effective a simple way to help reduce the pain. Cold temperatures work well because they help to slow down the blood circulation in that area. This results in a slight numbing sensation that makes the pain feel less intense. Add a few ice cubes in a plastic bag and wrap the bag in a clean cloth. Make sure that the cloth is not too thick. Apply the ice cube pack to your mouth and hold it there for several minutes. Repeat this procedure throughout the day until you are able to notice a difference in your soreness. The first few days after your thumb thrusting device is installed can be the toughest when it comes to pain. Therefore, use these tips to help alleviate this soreness. For more information, visit sites...

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Protect Those Pearly Whites: 3 Ways To Help Your Kids Learn Proper Dental Hygiene

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When it comes to getting kids to brush their teeth, it can be like pulling teeth – figuratively. Your version of brushing their teeth might be completely different from their version. So how do you get your young children on the same page when it comes to proper dental hygiene? Here are three simple tricks that will help you teach your children the proper way to care for their teeth. Set the Timer If you’re like most people, you don’t spend enough time brushing your teeth. That means that your kids probably don’t either. Most dentists recommend that you should spend at least 2 minutes brushing your teeth. However, some are recommending that you spend about 3 minutes on them. But how much time do you spend on each area of your mouth? That’s where a timer comes in. If you’re going to be teaching your kids to brush for 2 minutes, set the timer for 30-second increments. Have them brush each quadrant of their mouth for 30 seconds each.  If you’re going to go for the 3-minute brush time, set the timer for 1 ½ minute increments. Have them brush their top teeth for the first 1 ½ minutes and switch to the bottom when the timer goes off. Bring on the Gross-Factor If your kids are old enough to appreciate the gross-factor, bring it on. This is where you bring on pictures of gum disease, and plaque. Help them do an internet search about the dangers of ignoring their teeth. Once they’ve done a complete investigation, introduce them to the chewable plaque indicators. Those are the tablets that turn your teeth different colors wherever plaque is present on the teeth. The discoloration will help your kids identify where the disease-causing plaque is hiding on their teeth. Line Things Up for Them Kids don’t always remember the order of things. That’s where it helps to keep things lined up in order of use. When your kids are learning how to brush, floss and rinse their teeth, be sure they know what comes first. Place a small shelf near the bathroom sink. This is where you’ll store their dental hygiene equipment. Set the toothbrush down first, followed by the dental floss. Finally, set the mouth rinse down on the end. This will help your kids learn the proper order of dental hygiene. It can be tough to get kids to take care of their teeth. That’s why they need you to lead by example. The tips provided here will help your kids learn the proper way to care for their teeth. For maximum protection, be sure they see their dentist at least twice a year. Contact a clinic like Dino Kids DDS for more...

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Is A Neti Pot Or Nasal Spray Right For You?

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

For many people, changing seasons means battling a stuffy or runny nose, frequent congestion, headaches and facial pain. The fact is, dealing with seasonal allergies isn’t fun. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer all season long. You can get relief by using a neti pot to do a saline rinse or a nasal spray. However, it’s important to know the difference between the two before you start a treatment so that you can choose the option that is right for you. Neti Pots A neti pot is a container, resembling a small teapot, that is used to irrigate your nasal cavity. To use your neti pot, you’ll fill it with a saline rinse solution, tilt your head over the sink, and pour the solution from the pot into one of your nostrils. The solution, along with any irritants, allergens, and mucus clogging your nasal cavity, will flow out of your other nostril into the sink. This gives you instant relief from built-up pressure and congestion, as well as a stuffy, running, or itchy nose. Neti pots are popular options for people who prefer home remedies because the saline solution needed to irrigate your nasal cavity can be made at home. This also makes it a good option for allergy sufferers who are looking for a cost-effective treatment option — after the initial neti pot purchase, you only have to pay for the ingredients to make the saline solution: baking soda, iodine-free salt, and distilled water. Nasal Sprays Many people prefer nasal sprays over neti pots, because they are easy to use. You simply: Blow your nose to remove as much mucus as possible. Remove the cap from the bottle and follow the instructions to prepare the spray — you’ll do this by either shaking the bottle, priming the pump, or a combination of the two. Press one finger against the side of your nose lightly to block one nostril. Hold the spray bottle so that your thumb is positioned at the bottom of the bottle and the tip of the bottle with the hole is directly under your open nostril. Squeeze the pump while breathing in through the open nostril. Repeat the process with the other nostril. There are three common nasal spray options: decongestant nasal spray, salt-water solution, or steroid nasal spray. If you’re experiencing the beginning stages of a cold or sinus infection, using a decongestant nasal spray is a good option, but it shouldn’t be used for more than a couple of days. If you’re looking for long-term allergy relief, ask your primary care physician if a steroid nasal spray is a better choice for you. Many people begin using a steroid nasal spray at the beginning of pollen season to offset their symptoms throughout allergy season. Saltwater solutions, also known as saline nasal sprays, are a good option for people who prefer natural treatments, but don’t want to use a neti pot. Saline nasal sprays don’t contain medication, so they can be used as often as needed. Don’t suffer your way through allergy season. Get some relief by using a neti pot or a nasal spray. If you’re don’t know whether using a neti pot or a nasal spray would benefit you more, discuss your treatment options with your primary care...

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Cryotherapy Can Be A Viable Treatment Method For Your Cancer Needs

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Cryotherapy is a scientific method of using extreme cold to freeze cancer cells and in the process kill those cells. Cancer cells contain water as all other cells do. When cryotherapy freezes your cancer cells, the water is transformed into ice crystals. The ice crystals and the cold environment together act to destroy cancer cells. Cryotherapy is used quite often to treat different types of cancers and lesions. The extreme cold temperatures are produced by liquid nitrogen, and cryotherapy is used on both internal and external tumors. Cryotherapy is a viable treatment method for your cancer needs. Treating Internal Tumors Experts note that internal tumors and tumors in your bone are treated with liquid nitrogen or argon gas. One of the gases is circulated through a cryoprobe and funneled directly into your tumor. A spraying device or a cotton swab is used to treat external tumors on your skin. One gas is directly applied to your skin cancer cells with the use of a spraying device or a cotton swab. Monitoring Your Treatment With Ultrasound Or MRI In order to avoid harming nearby healthy tissue during your treatment, researchers note that the cryoprobe monitors your freezing cells under the watchful eye of your doctor who uses either ultrasound or MRI technology to guide the cryoprobe. If ultrasound is used for your procedure, the sound waves form a sonogram picture. While the picture is forming, ice crystals begin to form around the probe and freezes all nearby cells. Types of Cancers Treated Experts say that a number of precancerous and noncancerous conditions benefit from cryotherapy. They advise that if you suffer from prostate or liver tumors, you can benefit from cryotherapy. Skin cancers such as basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas can also be effectively treated with cryotherapy. Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia that often develops into cervical cancer, and is considered to be a precancerous condition, is also being treated with cryotherapy. Even AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma patients can benefit from therapy when skin lesions are small and very much focalized. As new technology develops, researchers are also considering cryotherapy as a viable treatment that could benefit breast, kidney and colon cancer patients. While researching cryotherapy, researchers are also examining innovative treatment methods that can be combined with cryotherapy to treat your cancer needs. These treatment methods would include combinations of hormone therapy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery. Discuss the value of cryotherapy with your surgeon when you first meet to discuss and plan your surgical treatment. Contact a business, such as Ice Cryo, for more information....

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Three Ways To Help Your Loved One Transition To An In-Home Caregiver

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

For most people, their home is their castle and a place of safety. For this reason, they aren’t typically excited about bringing someone new into their home whom they didn’t personally invite. In-home care professionals generally fall into this category. Despite the strong feelings of resentment that may occur on the part of your loved one, you can work through this. Skip Surprises It doesn’t matter how desperately your loved one is in need of extra care, it’s never a good idea to simply show up with a caregiver. This can make an individual feel voiceless and feel as though you are stripping away their independence. Even if you are confident about the decision to bring in assistance, it’s best to at least have a conversation with your loved one first so that they feel like they play an active part. You might be able to ease some of their fears right away, which will only make the process easier. Find Out Their Needs If your loved one is still somewhat independent, it’s best to ask them what their needs exactly are. Say you hire a caregiver that will only come into their home to assist with medication and to take them to their appointments, for instance. However, they would much rather have someone to help them with their medication and assist with light cleanup. In this case, the caregiver won’t be meeting their true need. Your loved one is likely to be more receptive of the caregiver if they are there to meet a need they want fulfilled.   Arrange A Meeting Don’t let a private interview between yourself and the caregiver be your only determinant when making a selection. It’s best to schedule a meeting with your loved one for all the candidates that you are seriously considering. The meeting can be informal, but it’s important because it provides an opportunity for your loved one to see if the caregiver is someone whom they will be comfortable with, which is very important. If your loved one doesn’t feel comfortable with any individual, make sure you respect their feelings. You can even assist your loved one with preparing important questions they want to ask. When you are away, the caregiver you hire will play the most important role in your loved one’s care. You don’t just want to choose someone who is qualified to meet this need, but also someone whom your loved one will be comfortable with. For more information, contact a care center like Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative...

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Three Supplements For Anti Aging

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are concerned about the effects of aging, you will need to be sure to invest in some anti aging supplements and treatments that will be useful. The supplements below can be purchased and applied in the proper doses to help you live a long life while retaining your youthfulness. Consider these valuable anti aging substances laid out in this article and touch base with an age management medical services clinic that can assist you further.  DHEA When it comes to anti aging supplements, DHEA is one of the prime substances that you should look into. This substance is also referred to as youth hormone. It is naturally occurring in your body already and acts as a precursor to sex hormones. When you take this supplement, starting at about 50 mg and increasing your regular intake gradually, you will be able to see improvements in memory, genetic expression, and the strength of your bones. This is an excellent supplement to take in order to bolster your mood so that you can move past depression and have the energy and alertness that you possessed in your more youthful years. Fish Oil Fish oil is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which have a number of health benefits that will aid your anti aging pursuits. The reason that fish oil is so beneficial is that it promotes heart health and better circulation overall. Improved circulation enhances every facet of your body, since it improves your ability to receive and absorb the nutrients that you need. Fish oil is excellent for anti aging because of its benefits to mood, brain health, skin, hair, and overall energy levels. You can take these multiple times per day with food in order to reap the benefits of anti aging found within fish oil supplements. Melatonin While melatonin is often associated with its ability to improve your sleep cycles, it is also beneficial to anti aging. It does this because it helps regulate your body’s internal clock, which allows it to secrete the necessary hormones that protect and enhance your youthfulness. Scientific studies have asserted that organisms taking melatonin enjoy 20% longer lifespans. So by investing in some high quality melatonin supplements in your own life, you too will be able to hold back the effects of time. Take these three supplements into consideration as you look for more information from an age management medical services...

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How To Know Your Child Needs Occupational Therapy

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Occupational therapy is often considered something adults go through to help them get back to work, but it is not limited to having a job, nor is it only for adults. This type of therapy is meant to help someone with any of their daily activities, whether it is an adult that needs help with their job after an injury, or children who have developmental delays. Here are some different reasons a child might need occupational therapy. They Have Learning Delays A common reason a child might need occupational therapy is if they have difficulty learning new things, which can happen for a variety of reasons. For example, your child’s teacher might have mentioned that while they seem to be listening during different lessons, the child has problems learning new material at the same pace. Other children have more difficulty with focusing and concentrating while at school. Children may have either extremely low energy or hyperactivity, both of which can make it hard to learn at an appropriate level. The occupational therapist will work on various exercises and games to determine the root cause of the learning delays and help use alternative methods for improving their learning abilities. Their Fine and Gross Motor Skills Are Lacking Some children have more difficulty with physical developments, which is often shown through lack of fine motor skills. If your child can’t hold onto an object for long periods of time, or use the proper strength to grasp objects, it has to do with fine motor skills. There are also gross motor tasks, such as hopping, running, or skipping that might require help from occupational therapy. Some sensory issues might represent themselves as well, including issues with touch, movement, or sound. If your child seems overly sensitive to different textures or tastes, that is likely a sensory problem. The occupational therapist can help by using sensory activities that will relax your child, such as swinging or jumping on small trampolines. Regular breaks are often necessary, as well as having special seating in different rooms due to the different senses. Giving children something to fidget with is also helpful. Your Child Has Poor Social and Play Skills Pay close attention to how your child interacts with others, as this can also be a good indication for the need for occupational therapy. A good way to look at their social skills is by watching them engage with their peers and friends, siblings, and other relatives. If you bring your child to the neighborhood park, do they seem to enjoy playing with others, or do they shy away and stick by your side? Social interaction issues might also present themselves by causing your child to only be focused on one type of thing obsessively, such as trains or animals. The occupational therapist will work with your child, trying to figure out where their lack of social skills stems from. They will work on tapping into the child’s creative side and determining if being shy is an issue they need to help...

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About Knee Pain & Suffering From Osteoarthritis

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Has it become difficult for you to walk because your knees are always in a lot of pain? It is in your best interest to make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon so you can find out if you have osteoarthritis and need to undergo treatment. Find out in this article what you should know about suffering from osteoarthritis and getting it treated via surgery. The Cause of Osteoarthritis There are a few different ways that osteoarthritis can develop. If you are getting older, it is possible that the cells in your knees are beginning to age and cause cartilage to deteriorate. Injuries to the knee joints can also lead to the development of osteoarthritis, even if the injury happened years before you developed symptoms. Basically, osteoarthritis can develop from an overreaction of the immune system when a knee joint is injured. Due to there being so many ways for osteoarthritis to develop, it is important to get examined by a specialist to find out how you may have gotten it so the underlying problem can be treated if necessary. Why Treatment is Necessary Osteoarthritis is not the kind of condition that should be left untreated, even if you are able to cope with the pain by taking over-the-counter drugs. If you don’t get treated by a specialist, the cartilage that cushions your knee joints will continuously deteriorate. You will end up not being able to walk at all in the long run because your joints will begin rubbing together and causing pain that is difficult to cope with. The longer that you live with osteoarthritis, it will become more complicated to treat. Eventually, you might have to undergo surgery to get pain relief. Surgical Procedures for Osteoarthritis A surgical procedure that is called arthroscopy is one of the methods used for treating osteoarthritis. Basically, the surgeon will have to clean out fragments of cartilage or bones that are in your knee joints to get rid of inflammation. If you are suffering from a severe form of osteoarthritis, you might have to undergo a surgical procedure called arthroplasty. During the arthroplasty procedure, the surgeon will get rid of damaged knee joints and replace them with ones that are constructed out of artificial materials like plastic or metal so you can walk without pain. Speak to an orthopedic surgeon as soon as you are able to so you can find out if your knee pain is from osteoarthritis. Visit http://www.towncenterorthopaedics.com for more...

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Preventing Cognitive Decline And Dementia: What You Can Do

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

As you reach middle age and adulthood in general, one of your primary concerns in life may be keeping your cognitive function in the best possible shape. This is especially true if you have elderly relatives or friends who suffer from various forms of cognitive decline or dementia and you can see the ways in which these issues can affect the afflicted person as well as their loved ones. No matter what age you are now, there are ways that you can go about dementia prevention that will help you keep your mind as sharp as possible for as long as possible. Get to know some of these prevention techniques so that you can get started as soon as possible. Mind Games and Exercises Your brain is a lot like the muscles in your body. It needs to be worked out in order to stay in top shape. This means that you will need to keep your mind active in order to keep it functioning properly. While this is not a way to completely cure dementia, nor is it a guarantee that it will prevent dementia completely, keeping the neural pathways active through learning and activities can help to delay dementia and prevent it from taking hold earlier in life. Mind games and exercises can be as simple as daily crossword or number puzzles, but can also include more challenging brain teasers, word puzzles, riddles, and the like. Taking classes in new areas or subjects can also help to keep the mind active. And, if you are really ambitious, learning a new language and becoming bilingual can help to prevent dementia. In fact, studies have shown that bilingualism can delay the effects of dementia by years. Yoga and Meditation Yoga and meditation are also techniques that can be used to help prevent cognitive decline and dementia. There are yoga practices that are designed specifically to stimulate the mind and keep it healthy and active. Kirtan Kriya is a specific yoga meditative practice that many people with cognitive issues have been encouraged to try when they are trying to slow the progression of their disorders. This meditative yoga practice combines sounds and physical movements together to stimulate multiple areas of the brain simultaneously, keeping the neural pathways active and working. To do this exercise, you need to sing four different “sounds” (saa, taa, naa, maa) in different tones and touch your fingers to your thumb as you sing those notes (and concentrate on your posture and breathing). The saa sound is accompanied by touching the index finger to the thumb and each subsequent sound uses a then next finger to the thumb combination. Other meditative and yoga practices may also be helpful to prevent dementia as the practice of yoga primarily focuses on the connection between the mind and the movements of the  body.  Now that you know a few of the methods that you may wish to use to prevent cognitive decline and dementia, you can get started as soon as possible and keep your mind as sharp as possible. For dementia prevention, try a company such as BrainFlex Wellness...

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