5 Tips On Sleeping Better As You Get Older

Sleeping is one of the most important parts of the day. Without a good night rest, it can affect your overall health and drastically decrease energy. You may find that your sleeping ability may change over the years as you get older. Just a few small changes in your life can help your sleeping patterns improve and avoid future sleep issues.


What Can Cause Sleeping Issues As You Age?


Simply finding what the issue is can help you avoid future problems. You may be dealing with sleep apnea, ailments like arthritis, and maybe even restless legs syndrome. There are specific medications as well that may affect your sleep hormones and decrease your amount of sleep. Once you reach retirement, you may have more free time and may be a bit less active than usual. Simply exercising, hitting the gym, spending time with family and friends, and just being active can help you get better sleep.


Bad Sleeping Habits Can Affect Your Overall Health


Your sleeping schedule can affect your overall health either positively or negatively. Studies show that a lack of sleep causes aging skin. Staying youthful is all about getting a good amount of sleep daily. For years, numerous studies have proven that a lack of sleep greatly impacts both cognitive performance and your overall memory. As you get older, you may experience a lack of energy without consistently getting seven to nine hours of sleep. It’s very true that you must have good sleep for good health.


5 Tips On Sleeping Better As You Get Older


Avoid Stress


As you get older, you may experience several problems and potentially more stress in your day. Whether it’s meditating, taking a warm bath, or spending quality time with the ones you love, doing things that help you avoid stress can help ease your mind before bed.


Consistent Schedule


It’s great to consider having a consistent schedule. Sleep at the same time every night, and eventually you’ll be able to sleep faster and have a regular pattern to follow.


Less Drinks Before Bed


Waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom is bothersome. Make sure to avoid alcoholic drinks to bring yourself to sleep, because the effects of the alcohol will wear off eventually and may cause you to wake up throughout the night.


Keep The Bedroom A Sleeping Zone Only


Avoid using your smartphone, laptop, or any device with bright light in your bedroom. You want to spend a good 20 minutes before heading to bed away from the digital world and just clearing your mind. If you are still awake after 20 minutes of laying down, just get out of bed and wait until you’re sleepy before you get back in. Make the room a place for sleeping only.




Doing Yoga, take a meditation, or any type of light stretching about an hour before bed can help induce relaxation and get you ready for the night. Calming the mind before bed can get the body relaxed.


A few small changes to your daily living can greatly improve your sleeping patterns and help you have better rests at night. Within a few days of using these tricks, you’ll be sleeping better in no time.

Posted by delancooper - November 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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5 Tips for Pain Free Knees


Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from knee pain. Painful knees can affect people of all ages, and the causes are many including knee joint injuries, inactivity and osteoarthritis, as well as the wear and tear of aging. But there are several things anyone can do to keep knees pain free and avoid knee replacement surgery.


The knees are key to mobility. From the time we learn to walk and run, they’re under stress. The knee joint is a complex arrangement of ligaments, muscles and bone, and as we move and age, those structures are vulnerable to stresses, injuries and even poor diet. Here are five ways to ease knee pain – and keep your knees pain free.


Take a Walk

Humans were designed to walk on two legs. Especially if you’re sedentary, taking a walk can help keep knees strong and flexible. Keep your walks easy and pace yourself. If walking isn’t a part of your routine, ease into it and save hi8gh intensity fitness walking for later. Consider a hiking pole or fitness poles for stability. Walking can also be a good warm-up for knee exercises.



Try Yoga

The gentle sustained stretches of yoga can ease knee pain and restore flexibility. If you’re new to yoga or very stiff, yoga props such as straps and blocks can help you get into the flow. Yoga has been used by injured athletes to speed recovery and by pool with joint and autoimmune disorders to maintain flexibility.


Do Sitting Exercises

Many of us spend too much time sitting, and that leads to knee stiffness as well as weakness in the core, glutes and back muscles – all of which play a role in stability and easing stress on the knees. Sitting exercises such as raising the legs and hips can increase knee joint flexibility and reduce pain.


Cycle or Spin

Cycling, whether on a stationary bike or taking a ride around the neighborhood, is a low impact way to keep the knees pain free and flexible. It places less stress on vulnerable joints than high impact activates like ruining, and also strengthens hips, back and the abdominal core to improve overall stability.


Change Your Diet

Knee health is a part of overall health, and adding vitamins and nutrients to your diet can also help reduce knee pain. Anti-inflammatory foods like salmon, eggs and olive oil can help painful knees, and so can adding more Vitamin E and C in the form of food or supplements. Calcium and Vitamin D also contribute to healthy, pain free knees, so consider adding generous amounts of low fat dairy products such as yogurt and cheese.


Knee pain doesn’t have to be a part of life. Diet, exercise and regular activity can help anyone keep knees healthy and pain free – and avoid knee surgery.

Posted by delancooper - November 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm

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Driven by High Incidence of Nosocomial Infections, Global Hospital Acquired Disease Testing Market to Grow Exponentially

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When a patient is hospitalized, their families expect them to get adequate treatment and healthcare facilities. However, the increasing morbidity rate of nosocomial infections presents a completely different picture altogether. Since hospitals are filled with sick people, the chances of getting an infection can drastically increase if proper hygiene is not maintained. Hospital authorities understand and acknowledge the seriousness of the problem. Hence, to combat the rising incidence of hospital acquired diseases, authorities have taken recourse to appropriate testing and diagnostic procedures that can help with the treatment and prevention of the disease.

High Neonatal and Geriatric Population to Drive Global Hospital Acquired Disease Testing Market

High neonatal population in developing countries and increasing geriatric population worldwide are the major factors impacting for global hospital acquired disease testing market. In addition, patients with weak immune system and those exposed to inadequate healthcare conditions are also highly vulnerable to nosocomial infections. Getting in contact with nosocomial infection prolongs the hospital stay of patients, which unduly increases the cost to the patients. To counter the growing prevalence of hospital acquired diseases, many diagnostic tests are introduced in the market, though approximately 70% of the pathogens spreading such infections have become resistant to at least one type of anti-bacterial drug commonly used in nosocomial infection treatment. This has further intensified the challenge for healthcare professionals.

As a potent solution, the healthcare industry has developed a microorganism-specific detection test, which at present is highly in demand from healthcare professionals worldwide for better assessment of disease. Some of the major techniques used in the market today for nosocomial infection diagnosis are PCR, molecular diagnostics, solid phase hybridization, and microarrays. The development of NAT or nucleic acid testing diagnostic products for accurate diagnosis of hospital acquired diseases has paved the way for several players to enter the market.

Hospital Acquired Disease Testing Market to Grow at 19.3% CAGR

According to a research report by Transparency Market Research, the global hospital acquired disease testing market was valued at US$2.2 billion in 2012 and is projected to be worth US$7.5 billion by 2019. If these estimates by research analysts are justified, the hospital acquired disease testing market is likely to grow at a strong CAGR of 19.3% between 2013 and 2019.

To reduce the high incidence of hospital acquired infections, governments across developed countries such as the U.S., Australia, and Canada, and major economies of Europe have acted to control and prevent the prevalence of nosocomial infections through several inspective and in-house initiatives. Authorities such as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in the U.S. and National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia have designed rules and recommendation for hospitals and other healthcare institution to manage the numerous types of nosocomial infections.

Asia Pacific to Emerge as a Lucrative Market for HAI Diagnostics

Diagnostic methods such as quantitative PCR, blood culture tests, wound culture, tissue biopsy, and latex agglutination are performed most commonly to diagnose nosocomial infections. HAI diagnostics contributes to 64% of the total molecular diagnostic market. Advent of contemporary diagnostic tools with reduced turnaround time and greater accuracy will further propel the HAI testing market. Asia Pacific is the most lucrative market for HAI testing owing to the high incidence of hospital acquired diseases in countries such as India and China. Geographically, North America dominates the global market for hospital acquired disease testing market at present.

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Posted by ramsonagara - November 11, 2015 at 12:53 pm

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Use of Tissue Engineered Skin Substitutes Accelerates as more People are diagnosed with Diabetes and DVT Globally

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Tissue engineering is a sophisticated yet promising treatment option for the treatment of skin diseases and disorders. Tissue engineering entails the development of biological substitutes to restore damaged tissue or maintain tissue function via the use of both cellular and acellular materials. It thus calls for close collaboration between cell biologists, geneticists, clinicians, and other experts. With skin disorders and diseases on the rise, coupled with the booming medical tourism industry, the prospects of the tissue engineered skin substitutes market look promising.

The global tissue engineered skin substitutes market is on the brink of explosive growth over the next few years as more advances in the field are made. The fact that the tissue engineered skin substitutes market will grow at 17.2% CAGR between 2015 and 2023 also speaks volumes about the high degree of innovation that prevails in the market. According to Transparency Market Research, tissue engineered skin substitutes constituted a US$958.8 mn market. The market is expected to surge to US$3.8 bn by 2023. Acellular tissue engineered skin substitutes are more popular than cellular substitutes because of the comparatively attractive price that the former boast.

Use of Tissue Engineered Skin Substitutes was Highest for Diabetic Ulcers in 2014

The WHO predicting that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030 is indicative of the pandemic proportions this disease has attained. An alarming 25.0% of diabetics are diagnosed with diabetes-related ulcers, said the International Diabetes Federation in 2014. These ulcers can take months on end to heal even when great precautions are taken. In the case of acute

For patients suffering from acute diabetic ulcers, skin substitutes are, in most cases, the only available option if they are to prevent their quality of life from being compromised. As a result of this, the demand for tissue engineered skin substitutes will continue to remain high from patients suffering from diabetic ulcers.

Tissue Engineered Skin Substitutes Market Currently Concentrated in North America

The availability of a wide variety of tissue engineered skin substitutes is in itself the key factor responsible for keeping North America at the top of the global market. This wide choice of products on its part can be ascribed to the high prevalence of diabetes in North America. Besides diabetes, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) continues to impose an increasing burden on healthcare agencies in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in its report published in March 2015, says that about 900,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with DVT per year. Ulcers and lesions resulting from DVT are contributing to the demand for tissue engineered skin substitutes in North America.

However, when it comes to lifestyle-related diseases, the Asia Pacific is inching closer to North America owing largely to the increasing affluence in countries in the former. Moreover, a sizeable aging population base in countries such as Japan, Singapore, and China put persons in this age group at a higher risk of diabetes and DVT. Thus, the investment potential of Asia Pacific will only continue to rise over the next few years.

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Posted by ramsonagara - November 6, 2015 at 12:49 pm

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Athlete’s Foot-Natural Cures and Remedies

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Athlete’s Foot-Prevalence in General Population

Why write an article about curing athlete’s foot? Well, for many good reasons. To start with, it’s not an exclusive club limited to just athletes, or feet for that matter. It is the most common fungal infection of the skin. Athlete’s foot effects about 15%-25% of all people at any given time. UK findings suggest that athlete’s foot is present in about 15% of the general population. Dermatology clinics in Italy found prevalence’s of 25%. In China it came in at about 27% and in Israel the prevalence among children clocks in at around 30%. Secondly, over 70% of all people worldwide will contract the condition during some point in their lives. That’s a lot of fungus!

Before we investigate some of these miraculous cures, let’s first take a look at just what athlete’s foot is all about.


What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot, scientifically known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the upper layers of dead skin on the foot. There are several subspecies of fungus found in Africa and Europe, however, the two types of fungus that most commonly cause athlete’s foot are Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. T. rubrum usually effects the area between the toes and is easily treated. T. mentagrophytes can effect the entire foot, causing what is known as “moccasin foot” and would be considered a chronic condition that is much harder to treat and eradicate. The fungus is a parasite and feeds on keratin which is a protein found in dead skin, hair and nails. They do not attack or feed on living tissue and prefers dark, moist, warm conditions to thrive, and the foot in our shoe is the ideal habitat for the fungus to grow and multiply.



The symptoms which might present themselves, depending on which type of fungus you have been affected with, are many. Some of the more common symptoms are itching, burning and stinging between the toes, usually between the last two smaller ones. You may also experience these symptoms on the soles of your feet. The skin may become red and raw and the sweat may seem to be sticky or tacky with a foul smell akin to vinegar and/or yeast. Cracking, peeling and dry skin anywhere on the foot are less common and may indicate a more invasive chronic infection. The infected areas may also show signs of swelling and small blisters may appear on the surface of the skin.


How Do You Get It?

Athlete’s foot is a contagious disease and can be contracted in a number of ways. It can be transmitted through direct or indirect contact. Direct contraction can occur when an individual comes into direct contact with the skin of another individual who is infected. Indirect contact can occur when an individual comes into contact with the fungus on inanimate objects such as towels, locker room floors, shared showers in the home, gym, pool or workout center. Sharing socks and footwear with an infected individual can also lead to a cross infection. Pets who are allowed to roam outdoors can also carry the fungus and transmit it into the dwelling where it may infect the entire family or household.

The spores, or “seeds”, of the fungus can survive for years in a dormant state, without food or moisture, when conditions are less than favorable for it to thrive. As soon as an unsuspecting host, a foot we’ll say, comes walking along and comes into contact with these spores, they soon emerge from this dormant state and begin to proliferate.



Some people are more susceptible in contracting athlete’s foot. Certain individuals may come into contact with the fungus and never develop the condition at all or even know that they are carrying it. They are, however, able to act as carriers and in turn infect other people. The reported prevalence of athlete’s foot in men is higher than in women. Susceptibility also increases with age. If you have a history of being susceptible to fungal infections, you stand more of a chance of contracting athlete’s foot. Certain medications such as antibiotics, birth control pills and corticosteroids also increase your chances of contracting the condition. If your immune system is impaired or compromised due to conditions such as diabetes, HIV or cancer, you may contract the disease more readily than others. If your immune system is weakened due to stress, poor diet, smoking or the over consumption of alcohol, you also may be at risk of contracting athlete’s foot. You may also be more susceptible in contracting it if you live in a climate that is warm and humid most of the time.


Just For Feet?

Not many people are aware of the fact that the same fungi that causes athlete’s foot can spread to other parts of the body. It is confusing to many due to the fact that the fungus that causes athlete’s foot is most usually termed a different name when it affects other parts of the body. It is called jock itch when it affects the area of the groin, ringworm when it affects areas of the skin other than the feet, Tinea capitus when it affects the scalp, Tinea barbae when found within the beard, Tinea faciei when it grows on the face and Tinea manuum when it infests the palms of hands. It can also infect the underarms, legs nails and virtually any other part of the body. All of these conditions are caused by the identical organism. The fungus can spread to these other areas simply by touching an affected area with your fingers and transmitting it to another part of the body or by spreading the fungus around with a towel. If you have athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you dry your feet first with a separate towel other than the one you will be using to dry off the rest of your body.



Normally, athlete’s foot is a fairly common condition that, with a little effort and diligence, can be effectively treated and eliminated. However, there are several things to watch out for if you are suffering from athlete’s foot. The main concern is secondary bacterial infection. This can occur when the skin becomes broken due to scratching which can be an open invitation to pathogens. If left untreated, the bacteria can migrate to the deeper tissues of the body and can cause septicemia (blood poisoning), which can be a life threatening condition. Patients who are considered obese, or have HIV, diabetes or cancer pose a higher risk of contracting a bacterial infection than do the average populace due to the fact of them having a lowered immune system. Diabetics in particular need to take certain precautions to prevent any bacterial infections of the feet from becoming dangerous foot ulcerations.



The first and foremost tactic in preventing an infection by athlete’s foot fungus is to keep your body healthy. When your body is experiencing optimal health, your immune system also tends to be operating and functioning at its maximum efficiency thus has the ability to fend off undesirable pathogenic invaders. A diet rich in fresh, whole food while avoiding denatured processed food is a must. This aspect will be further addressed in a future article.


  • Ensure that your feet are completely dry prior to putting on socks and footwear. If you are prone to athlete’s foot or have had it in the past, you may opt to “finish” off the drying process by using a blow dryer set on low.
  • Keep your feet clean and be sure to never wear the same socks twice.
  • If your feet are prone to heavy sweating, you may choose to change your socks twice daily.
  • Wear socks that are made from natural fibers such as cotton or wool.
  • If at all possible, air out your feet as much as as you can throughout the course of the day. Exposing them to sunshine can also be extremely beneficial.
  • If you live near the beach, a barefoot wade in the salty water can work wonders.
  • Wear shower sandals in gym showers, locker rooms, hotel rooms and whenever you frequent public pools.
  • Ensure that your feet are completely dry prior to putting on socks and footwear. If you are prone to athlete’s foot or have had it in the past, you may opt to “finish” off the drying process by using a blow dryer set on low.
  • Keep your feet clean and be sure to never wear the same socks twice. If your feet are prone to heavy sweating, you may choose to change your socks twice daily.
  • Wear socks that are made from natural fibers such as cotton or wool.
  • If at all possible, air out your feet as much as as you can throughout the course of the day. Exposing them to sunshine can also be extremely beneficial.
  • If you live near the beach, a barefoot wade in the salty water can work wonders.
  • Wear shower sandals in gym showers, locker rooms, hotel rooms and whenever you frequent public pools.
  • Try to wear shoes that are well ventilated and choose ones that are not entirely made from plastics and rubber.
  • If you have an active case of athlete’s foot, wash out the shower or bath with a strong disinfectant after each use. Never share towels and always wash your hands well after coming into contact with the effected areas.


Natural Remedies and Home Cures

There are many natural remedies that can alleviate and cure athlete’s foot just as effectively as over the counter or prescription drugs, creams and ointments. In many cases, I have found that these home remedies actually work faster and are more effective when it comes to eradicating athlete’s foot. The benefits of using these methods is that there are virtually no side effects; most of us may already have the items in our house. The treatment also works out to be drastically less expensive then doctors visits and medically prescribed pharmaceuticals.

Some methods may seem to be a bit bizarre such as using bleach, deodorants and antiperspirants, Vicks Vaporub, yogurt and iodine. I won’t get into every proposed cure that’s on the internet. Instead, I will focus only on the methods that I have used and which have had the most positive results.
Note: Fungus and yeasts, much like bacteria, have the ability to build up an immunity and resistance to certain treatments, so alternating and combining remedies will produce the most beneficial results. Also, it is advisable to continue the treatment for a period of time after the symptoms have disappeared to ensure that all of the fungus is killed off. A periodic treatment every now and again, even when you are symptom free, is also extremely beneficial at keeping the invaders at bay.


  1. Ozonated Olive Oil or Paste- This oil or paste, originally developed by Nikola Tesla, has the remarkable ability to cure and treat many different ailments and conditions; from warts, poison ivy, poison oak, blisters, burns, acne, sunburn, cuts, bruises, and many more. It is basically highly oxygenated (O3) infused oil. Massage well into your feet, at least up to the ankles, being sure to get in between the toes and under the nails as much as possible. Do this once in the morning and once in the evening before going to bed. Condition usually clears up within 2-4 days.
  2. Tea Tree/Lemongrass Oil- This is one of my favorites and by far one of the most effective. You can apply these essential oils, in equal parts, directly onto the effected areas straight out of the bottle. Use a cotton bud or cotton ball to apply evenly. Considering that some people are sensitive to essential oils, be sure to first dab a small bit on your skin to ensure that you won’t have a reaction. Do this once in the morning and once in the evening before you go to bed. Depending on the severity of the infection, you may observe noticeable results the following day. I also recommend rubbing a generous amount of this mixture to the inside of your shoes. If you are sensitive to either of these oils you may want to try diluting them in a pan of warm water or foot bath. Add 30 drops of each and soak feet for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar/Himalayan Sea Salt- This is also another highly effective method that is used to banish athlete’s foot fungus. This will create a highly acidic environment in which the fungus simply can not survive. Dissolve 3 tablespoons of the salt in warm water and add a 1/2 cup of the vinegar. Raw, organic, unfiltered vinegar seems to work the best. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Other Essential Oils- Neem, Lavender and Oregano- These oils contain compounds which possess highly anti-fungal properties. They can either be used on their own or combined with each other. Use neat or 20 drops of each diluted in warm water. Twice daily.
  5. Coconut Oil- The effects that coconut oil has on killing yeasts and fungus can not be over emphasized! It is a truly amazing remedy for a plethora of ailments. Be sure to use raw, cold pressed unbleached oil. Coconut oil contains high amounts of caprylic acid which is highly anti-fungal. Apply twice daily to affected areas.
  6. Fresh Raw Ginger- Grate about an ounce of ginger into 1 cup of water and simmer for twenty minutes. Let cool and either soak or apply the liquid directly onto your feet. Again, twice daily seems to yield the best results.
  7. Fresh Raw Garlic- Although this may not seem to be the easiest, and odor friendly way of eradicating athlete’s foot, it still is highly effective. Crush about 4 cloves of garlic into a smooth paste. Apply to the effected areas paying particular attention to the areas in between the toes. This could be done twice per day.
  8. Ginger and Turmeric Essential Oils- These oils on their own have amazing anti-fungal properties, but when combined, they exert a synergistic effect which increases their potency. Combine the oils in equal proportions and apply directly onto the affected areas or dilute 30 drops of each into a warm foot bath.
  9. Olive Oil and Sesame Oil- These two oils have good anti-fungal properties. Mix both together and apply to affected ares twice daily.
  10. Olive Leaf Extract- Olive leaf contains natural anti-fungals and when extracted in its concentrated form it is even more effective in treating athlete’s foot. Apply directly to effected area twice daily. It can also be purchased as a tea where it can be infused in hot water to make a foot soak. Twice daily.
  11. Pau d’arco- Pau d’arco is a truly amazing natural medicine; to amazing to list all of its benefits here. I Suggest you do a little research into this powerful healing aid. Pau d’arco is a tree found in South and Central America in which the inner bark of the tree is used medicinally. It has incredibly strong anti-fungal properties. Simply add 3 tablespoons to 1 quart (litre) of cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool and soak feet for 30 minutes. This brew can be used several times. To enhance the properties, squeeze half a lemon into the water when simmering and add in 1 lemongrass stalk.
  12. Cinnamon and Lemon Soak- Break up about 10 cinnamon sticks and add to 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool the liquid down and squeeze in 2 lemons just before you soak your feet. Twice daily. This mixture can be used multiple times.


So, I hope that this information served you well and good luck trying out these remedies to finally wipe out that bothersome fungi.

Be sure to check out my next post which will cover what you can do to effectively combat athlete’s foot from a dietary standpoint.


Author: David Rossi is a Certified Nutritional Therapist at Back To Life Therapies, http://backtolifetherapies.weebly.com/ and operates a clinic in Wicklow Town, Ireland. He also consults national and international clients through a confidential Skype session. With a strong university medical back round in biology, chemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, David is able to apply this knowledge to his current field. His main focus is Nutritional Therapy, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Management, Reiki and Body Detox.

Posted by backtolifetherapies - November 4, 2015 at 12:33 pm

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6 Ways Secure Business Messaging Enhances the Quality of Patient Care

According to a recent study, investors have spent more than 3 billion dollars in online health corporations last year. This capital is mainly spent on the efforts to reduce costs and boost patient care.
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Research shows that with the increased adoption of mobile technology by the clinicians and hospitals in their day-to-day healthcare activities, there is a significant improvement in patient care, workflow, and organizational efficiency. So, how the mobile health technology benefits the patients?

1. Improved Communication

Communication prevents the occurrence of critical medical mishaps. According to Joint Commission “about 80% of the medical errors happen because of improper communication.” For example, when a patient is assigned to a new specialist or caretaker, improper communication may lead to inappropriate treatment and hence makes patient suffer. For doctors, the facility to send a secure message enables a real-time sharing of health data. It also eliminates the need for voicemail, email, and pagers which are usually not secure.

2. Better Workflow

Physicians spend half of their time in the documentation, prescribing medications, communicating with fellow physicians, responding to queries from patients and staff. According to a recent study, on a daily basis physicians devote more than 1.5 hrs of time on activities other than patient care. While nurses devote about 1 hr/day to track doctors for general information and clarifications.

With secure business messaging, physicians and nurses can save many working hours daily by getting in touch with physicians and pharmacists via a simple text message. This makes physicians and nurses use time effectively and provides better care to the patients.

3. Compliance

Caretakers can use secure business messaging to remind their patients about using prescribed medications and to follow recommended healthcare practices. For example, pre-surgical processes intended to ease infections. According to a study, patients are comfortable with messaging their caretakers to discuss their health condition. Many clinicians use messages, voicemails and emails to send reminders to patients about taking antiseptic showers before a surgery.

4. Care Management

When clinicians and nurses work together on the care plan of patients, the facility to share electronic protected health information (ePHI) brings a great difference. Studies found that about 70% of secure texting users claim the unified mobile health platform provides improved patient care.

Almost each clinician in your institute carries a smartphone, and in most cases the device has PHI as a text message or email. This is not completely a bad one, smartphones help clinicians work more productively and serve the patients better. Caretakers rely on messages to discuss emergencies, admissions, diagnoses, transfers and other information about the patient with their colleague.

5. Engagement of Patient

When mobile technology is used to provide a solution, patients become encouraged to take accountability for their health. The students from the Boston University School of Medicine have built a computer-based phone interview system which increased the quality of care provided to pediatric patients during their regular appointments. In addition, Dr. William and associates have researched about the impact of the patient survey on the service of physicians. The results found that patients became well aware of their need to visit the doctor and their queries are answered promptly using mobile technology. On the other hand, using mobile technology physicians can solve the problem of offering many recommended services in a clinical environment. The secure messaging systems can improve compliance to guidelines and enhance the availability of required patient details.

Moreover, it is also found that messaging between patients and clinicians can enhance care in many scenarios and contributed to the healthy relationship between doctor and patient.

6. Increased Productivity

According to an assessment made by Journal of Medical Internet Research, use of secure messaging platform in the patient portal of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has helped patients to communicate better with their caretaker. It is also found that secure messaging tool can save resources and time by providing them round-the-clock access to their healthcare providers. Secure business messaging is being used by these patients to schedule appointments, fill prescriptions and get referrals, eliminating the need to visit the nearest VA facility or spending hours to explain the condition over phone. The research also revealed that messaging provided the confidence and facility to compose a question and send it to the healthcare provider without meeting them directly.

Secure Communications & Satisfied Patients

All this news represents the trend in m-health and it has no signs of slowing down. The secure messaging technology helps healthcare providers on different levels:

  • Supports constant and synchronized patient care
  • Nurtures instant communication among hospital staff; and
  • Enhances discussions between doctors and patients

The opportunities to support doctors and patients using technology on secure m-health solutions will only upsurge. According to industry experts, the use of messaging or emailing can make the patient get associated with the healthcare provider.

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Posted by Manjusha - October 31, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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Daily Habits to Lose Weight and Blast Belly Fat

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Dieting is not fun for anyone. From calorie counting to strenuous exercise and always feeling hungry, being on a diet can be downright excruciating. Rather than jumping on the next fad diet and depriving yourself day after day, try incorporating a few small changes that can help you lose weight and eliminate that annoying belly fat without the hassle of a strict diet plan. By making these five small changes in your everyday life, you will begin to see immediate results on the scale and in your waistline.


Drinks Lots of Water


Not only is water good for your health and skin, but it is the number one secret to losing a few extra pounds. By making sure that water is a part of your everyday lifestyle, you will feel fuller and be less likely to stuff your mouth with snacks throughout the day. When you wake up, go ahead and drink a cup of water to start your day. This will immediately get you on the right path. Then, make sure that you drink a glass of water (at least 8 ounces) before and after each meal. This will help with the digestion of the food and make you feel fuller for longer.


Cut Out Empty Calories


Think through your everyday eating habits. Do you ever add hot sauce, ketchup, or other condiments to your food? Do you drink juices or soda? What about an after work drink at happy hour? These are all examples of empty calories. They do not fill you up, yet they definitely make a difference on the scale. By eliminating these foods and drinks from your diet, you will instantly lose weight, without feeling hungry.


Get Eight Hours of Sleep


While this may not seem like the most obvious way to lose weight, studies show that when you do not get enough sleep, you are more likely to binge eat and snack throughout the day. By getting your full eight hours of sleep, you are less stressed and more inclined to think through what you put in your mouth. So, while exercise can definitely help you blast your belly, make a conscious effort to get your eight hours of rest instead of waking up at dawn to hit the gym.


Incorporate Coffee Into Your Diet


Coffee beans are actually an outstanding way to boost your metabolism and easily shed a few pounds. Try kicking off each morning with a cup of joe to get your metabolism off to a good start. You can also garner the benefits of coffee beans by taking green coffee bean extract supplements. Green coffee beans are the raw, unroasted beans that eventually become coffee. The Chlorogenic Acid inside the coffee extract is able to block fat and aid in the absorption of carbohydrates while regulating blood sugar. Try adding this supplement into your everyday routine to see increased results within days.

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4 Ways to Maintain Patient Anonymity

Management Information Systems for the Information Age
In this day and age, technology has become both a boon and a bane.


It has made our lives much easier with all the gadgets allowing us to finish all our tasks within a shorter period. All kinds of information have also become readily available to us, making communication so much faster and easier. However, with the ease of communication, as well as the many new online tools, problems or issues with privacy have come about in many industries.


In the healthcare industry, confidentiality and anonymity of the patients are crucial. Should the information a patient gives to their doctor come out, this would cause a major problem for the physician—in terms of credibility.


Use a Good System for Data Safekeeping


As patient data is highly confidential, it is imperative that healthcare practitioners and institutions invest in a good software or system where all the patient data can be logged.


There should be several levels of security to ensure that unauthorized individuals cannot access the data. Make sure to enable passwords for accessing of data.


Lastly, make sure that data on your laptops or even smart phones are encrypted, so unauthorized people would not be able to have access to other information.


Keep Access to System at a Minimum


To keep the data safe and secure, do not give access to all staff—as not everyone would need to obtain pertinent patient information. Just designate certain persons who can access the data in the system.


So, should the information leak out, you’ll easily be able to pinpoint the possible source of the data leak. Aside from giving certain people access to the system, make it a point to limit the number of computers with access to the data, to track easily the number of individuals who have accessed the data.


Conduct Medical Audits


Similar to financial audits, it is essential also to conduct medical audits, as this would enable you to see the flow of your system, as well as any flaws in the system.


You’ll also be able to see as to whether everyone can follow the system properly. It is good to conduct an audit regularly, such that any possible abuses could be nipped in the bud right away.



Implement Strict Policies for Internal Control


It is essential that you can make use of a good system to keep information highly secured. But it is more important that all the staff members are trained properly.


Strict policies should be implemented to ensure that there is a good and smooth flow of administrative policies. Make sure that your employees are properly oriented regarding how to handle patient information, and that they should never discuss any of the patients’ information in a public setting.


For safe keeping, all the patient records should be locked up, and access to them should be restricted to a few staff members.


As patients are the bloodline of the healthcare industry, their particulars should be treated with much care, as to maintain good relations with them.

But with the online systems, extra measures should be taken to maintain the anonymity of the patients and keep your patient support services on top. For those in the healthcare industry, here are some ways on how patient data can be kept safe and secure.

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Robust Growth of Global Endoscopy Devices Market Attributed to Increasing Demand for Minimally Invasive Surgeries

Portable 2M 7mm Endoscopy without Camera Button

Albany – New York: Biological drugs are derived from living cells and are an advanced type of medicines utilized for easing the symptoms of various diseases. Biological drugs include monoclonal antibodies (mAb) and vaccines. These drugs are commonly prescribed if the patient doesn’t benefit much from other medicines such as disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). The various diseases that can be cured by biological drugs include HIV/AIDS, asthma, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Rise in Geriatric Population to Fuel Biological Drugs Market

The rise in geriatric population and increasing occurrence of chronic diseases has fueled the market for biological drugs. A number of government-run organizations have promoted the usage of biological drugs and development in biomedical sciences through funding research and supporting various private and public organizations, which is further augmenting the demand for biological drugs. Furthermore, the introduction of highly efficient new and advanced drugs has stimulated the growth of the biological drugs market. On the other hand, there are a number of factors inhibiting the growth of the biological drugs market. These factors include risks associated with injectable biological drugs, high costs of the drugs, and patent expiry of various biological drugs.

Enbrel: The Biggest and Most Swiftly Developing Therapeutic Protein

On the basis of therapeutic protein, the biological drugs market is segmented into Levemir, Eylea, Neulasta, Novolog, Rebif, Avonex, Enbrel, Neupogen, Victoza, Humalog, Epogen, Lantus, Betaseron, and Aranesp. Amongst these, Enbrel is the most swiftly developing therapeutic protein. On the basis of monoclonal antibody (MAb), the biological market is segmented into Avastin, Lucentis, Rituxan, Herceptin, Humira, and Remicade. Within the monoclonal antibody (mAb), Humira is the biggest and the most swiftly developing mAb. On the basis of vaccine, the market is segmented into Gardasil, Cervarix, Fluzone, Varivax, and Prevnar 13. Amongst these, Prevnar 13 is the biggest and the most swiftly developing vaccine.

North America Biological Drugs Market Emerges as the Biggest Market

On the basis of geography, the biological drugs market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW). Amongst these, North America led the global market for biological drugs. This is owing to the rising usage of biological drugs in the treatment of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases. A large number of government associations have promoted the utilization of these drugs in North America. For example, the American College of Rheumatology, a body that has advanced rheumatology via research and education, has supported the usage of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs in 2012 for treating rheumatoid arthritis.

On the other hand, the market for biological drugs is also developing exponentially in Europe owing to a rise in the aging population. The aging population in Europe suffers from a number of diseases, including macular degeneration and glaucoma. These are effectively treated by the usage of biological drugs.

Abbott Laboratories, Pfizer Inc., Novartis AG, GlaxoSmithKline plc., Eli Lilly and Company,  Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Amgen Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Biogen Idec, and Baxter International Inc.,  among others are the major players operating in the market for biological drugs.

Source: www.transparencymarketresearch.com/endoscopy-devices-market.html

Posted by ramsonagara - October 21, 2015 at 12:10 pm

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Which Foods Help to Maintain the Normal Blood Sugar Levels

A blood sugar level between 72 mg/dL (4 mmol/L) and 108 mg/dL (6 mmol/L) is considered normal for a healthy adult.  Source: http://healthiack.com/health/what-is-normal-blood-sugar-level

The Sugar level issues don’t occur immediately they come with a long time issue. Also, as your glucose rises, not just does your danger of having diabetes increment, however so does your danger of coronary illness. In any case, there are things you can do to keep your glucose levels inside of a normal range.




Cereal can assist control with blooding sugar – however don’t get the sweetened kind.


Broccoli, Spinach, and Green Beans


Include a lot of non-starchy vegetables, for example, broccoli, spinach, and green beans, to your diabetic eating regimen, diabetes specialists say. These sustenance are high in fiber and low in starches, which make them perfect for individuals with diabetes.


Interestingly, starchy vegetables incorporate peas, potatoes, corn, winter squash, and lima beans. There’s no compelling reason to cut them from the eating regimen. “They give us extra supplements. We need to look after parity.” But since vegetables have more starches and raise glucose more, it’s vital to stick to pro-per-portion sizes. There’s new confirmation that vegetables are good for individuals with diabetes.


Analysts have observed that a low-fat veggie lover eating routine may help type 2 diabetes patients to better deal with their sickness. In a study distributed in Diabetes Care, 43% of individuals with type 2 diabetes who took after a low-fat veggie lover eating regimen for 22 weeks reduce the need to take diabetes meds. That is contrasted with just 26% who held fast to the eating routine prescribed.


By and large, the veggie lover group additionally lost more weight and brought down levels of bad cholesterol. Since individuals with diabetes are more inclined to coronary illness, eating with heart wellbeing personality the top of the priority list matters as much as glucose control.




A few diabetes patients go away far from strawberries as a result of their sweetness. In any case, a measure of strawberries makes for a good nibble that won’t raise glucose excessively. They’re a vastly improved choice than a treat or confection.


Salmon and Incline Meats


Meats, which are high in protein, don’t affect glucose level as much as starches. Meat is additionally a wellspring of chromium, a mineral that empowers insulin to work appropriately and assists with body to metabolize starches.


A few individuals with type 2 diabetes take chromium picolinate supplements to attempt to hold glucose under control.


Shimmering Water


Attempting to bring an end to a sugary soda propensity? Go for sans sugar shimmering waters. The carbonated refreshments come in different flavors, including tangerine, grapefruit, and apple-pear.


Numerous shimmering waters have no starches or calories – a help for glucose levels, as well as weight control, as well.


Things which needs to be done to keep up normal sugar levels


  1. Take a 30-moment walk each day. Fortifying your muscles makes them more responsive to insulin—and assists them with utilizing more glucose and maintains the normal blood sugar level.
  2. Focus on fiber. The more fiber in your eating routine—from entire grains, entire leafy foods, beans and vegetables—the slower sugars are processed and the steadier glucose moves into your circulatory system. You’ll maintain a strategic distance from glucose spikes and you may even discover you lose a couple pounds: fiber tops you off, but since it’s not processed, it doesn’t round you out.
  3. Sprinkle some cinnamon on your high-fiber breakfast oat, entire grain toast or skim-milk curds. Cinnamon helps make insulin more viable while animating creation of compounds that consume glucose.
  4. Begin your day with a grapefruit. One study observed that eating a large portion of a grapefruit with every supper for 12 weeks not just assisted members with losing a normal of 3.6 pounds; however decreased insulin and glucose levels after every feast, recommending their cells were better at utilizing both substances.


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