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March 27th 2014

Things That Can Hamper Learning How To Make A Blog

Some people whose writing skills fall on the average consider learning how to make a blog easy. However, there are a few who are good in writing but failed in blogging. This simply shows that writing blogs is not only for skilled writers.

ttchlHere are a few things that can hamper even a very good writer to learn how to make a blog. First, some good writers think they are not computer savvy enough to do something in the internet, which is wrong. Some blog sites are made using programs that can be installed easily. After you have made your blog site, you can write content without worrying about high sounding and technical terminologies. Second, some good writers have very low self-esteem and self-confidence that they fear that nobody will read their blogs. This is a negative attitude. You must put to mind that as long as your web site is live, someone will stumble upon it sooner or later and encourage others to read your articles. Last, most good writers think that writing on the web pages is only fit for people who cannot really write. The best way for you to learn how to make a blog is to be confident about your writings and to be humble enough to acknowledge your limitations.

3 Best Solutions For How To Write A Successful Blog

Many bloggers have to wait for several months to see new visitors to their blog site. Actually, blogging is not for those who give up easily. If you want to be a successful blogger, you must be patient and persistent. Once traffic starts to get in, it will increase but how fast depends on the kind of content that your blog site has. Here are 3 best solutions on how to write a successful blog.

First, always write from the heart. Good writers can make others laugh, cry, get mad or feel afraid through their writings. It is because their articles show human emotions which readers can easily connect with. Second, let your words flow naturally. One way of how to write a successful blog is to sound as if you are talking with your reader. Let him feel that you are interested on his reactions and he will keep on reading your content. Last, make blogs that are easy to read. Use words that will fit the vocabulary of general readers. You can have a technical topic but use layman’s terms to make your content readable. To achieve your goals fast, take note of this important tip on how to write a successful blog.

June 2nd 2013

The Heart Disease Fandango And How Women Were Affected

FEW FIELDS IN MEDICINE HAVE changed with the lightning speed of cardiology. In the not-so-distant past, doctors had only a stethoscope to listen to the beat and rhythm of a heart and make a diagnosis. Thirty years ago, though, everything changed: We learned how to thread catheters through blood vessels and take pictures of the heart while it was beating. As a result, we could watch the blood course from chamber to chamber, through the lungs, and to the rest of the body.

Take heart if you were misdiagnosed with Heart Disease. Many women were!

Take heart if you were misdiagnosed with Heart Disease. Many women were!

But every invasive procedure invites risks, and soon there was a call for safer techniques. Ultrasound, or echocardiography, in which sound waves are bounced off the heart, is one of the tools that have revolutionized the way we view the heart, enabling doctors to make diagnoses without putting tubes in the body. Now, the pictures come not only in color but with such astonishing clarity that we can literally peer behind valves and into nooks and crannies of the heart.

Doctors often become so enthusiastic about new technology that they use it alot, sometimes discovering maladies not seen before. Now, it appears, mitral valve prolapse (MVP) may have gained prominence in the medical literature precisely because of the improvements in echocardiography. Indeed, from the early seventies to the mid-nineties, it became the most common cardiac disorder diagnosed in young people, with at least 13 million and possibly as many as 30 million men and women suspected of having the problem.

Just what is the disorder? With MVP, the valve between two chambers of the heart–the left atrium and left ventricle–doesn’t snap shut and lock off the chambers. Instead, it’s “floppy,” allowing blood to swish back and forth. In mild cases, this means nothing, though doctors have worried that bacteria could live on a floppy valve; as a result, they have recommended that patients take antibiotics before surgery and even before having their teeth cleaned. In severe cases, if the valve is too floppy, there may not be enough blood in the ventricle for the heart to eject to the rest of the body, ultimately leading to heart failure. There was also concern that those with MVP would be prone to other health problems–infections or blood clots, for example–or that simple illnesses could become more complicated.

Now comes an article in the New England Journal of Medicine that tells those of us in the medical community to wait a minute. Researchers, after studying nearly 3,500 people, have found that MVP is not nearly as common as presumed. Far from affecting 5 to 15 percent of the population, as once thought, it seems that only 2.4 percent have the problem. What’s more, those people in the study who were diagnosed with MVP (and it was only 84 women and men) suffered from no more illnesses than those without the condition.

How could this happen? For one thing, the original numbers were based on university studies, which invariably include a more sickly patient population. These new estimates come from a cross-section of a normal group, participants in the famed Framingham Heart Study–an ongoing research project to identify risk factors associated with heart disease.

Also, I think the technology encouraged us to see more than was there. A patient might come into a doctor’s office complaining of shortness of breath, fatigue, or palpitations–signs of a heart-valve problem (but of many other conditions as well). And the doctor, seeing something on an ultrasound that didn’t look quite right, made a diagnosis of mitral valve prolapse. In short, MVP is the product of an era when technology was suddenly good … but not good enough. Today’s machines are astonishingly more accurate, making those from just a decade ago seem ancient. And so … the numbers aren’t as high as we’d thought.

What should you do if you have been diagnosed with MVP? First, check with your doctor and ask for a referral to a cardiologist who is up on the latest technology. Odds are great you’ll be cleared. But if the diagnosis is confirmed, you will need to continue to take a prophylactic dose of antibiotics before any surgery or dental session.

March 5th 2013

Role Of Medication In Panic Treatment

images6There are very many effective methods at hand to stop panic attacks and it is up to the doctor to choose the most appropriate method for you having made very many professional considerations. There will always an effective method to stop panic attacks that will be friendly to your body and there will be mini more side effects or even none. This is why it is important to act as the doctor states and stick to the treatment plan to stop panic attacks. It is important to mention that there are alternative medications like the nerve tonic that have fewer side effects on your body.

It is important to note that the medication is only used to complement the cognitive behavioral therapy. The drugs are not the best solution to stop panic attacks. As noted earlier, expert advice is important before making any decision for you can make a decision and it may turn back on you for it may have very negative effects on your health and the problem may also persist. You can only stop panic attacks if you consult an expert as well as stick to the treatment plan that you will be subjected to up to the very end and complete cure.

Panic Attacks And Their Effects

There are certain events and occurrences in life that may trigger a panic attack mostly depending on how you view a situation. But when you feel that it is getting way overboard and you don’t know how to handle it, then you are at risk of experiencing a panic attack. Once you are experiencing it, the one thing that you need to put into your mind is stop panic attacks.

images (7)You may ask why you should stop panic attacks. It is because when this happens to you, you might possibly lose yourself and do something that you would regret in the end. If not, your body will initiate a fight or flight response in which your sympathetic nervous system will be stimulated. In layman’s terms, your adrenaline will kick in. Yeah, a little bit of adrenaline is healthy but when it is too much, your body will suffer the consequences. One symptom may be hyperventilating. This is a feeling wherein you feel that you cannot breathe and you are gasping for air. Doing this can actually tear your heart and if you have a history of heart disease, then it will be a big problem. Though these triggering events are out of hands, the best way to stop panic attacks is by preventing them from happening.

Symptoms To Watch Out For If You Are To Stop Panic Attacks

When you have these attacks, you no doubt have the urge to stop them from taking over your life. However, for you to be able to take the necessary measures to stop panic attacks, you ought to fully understand the symptoms that will show you that you are about to have an attack. Usually, these symptoms will build up for a given duration and come to the peak after about 10 minutes. The attack can usually last about thirty minutes. When you experience an attack, you are likely to feel shortness of breath. Sometimes this is referred to as hyperventilation.

Some people will also experience palpitations of the heart. Mainly this is associated with the anxiety that people go through during the attack. Also, the chest is likely to feel congested. The chest is likely to feel constricted so that some people report feeling some degree of pain here. The throat gets to feel as though you are choking and others say that they feel nauseous. When they feel nausea, people experiencing an attack are also likely to feel as though they have a tingly sensation. The most feared symptom is that of shortness of breath. It makes it a really painful ordeal and it is one of the prime reasons that people give for wanting to stop panic attacks.

January 16th 2013

Dialysis Standards Allow For Better Treatments

Dialysis providers soon may have to retool their treatment practices to comply with new quality standards being considered for Medicare.

Many of us know dialysis well.

Many of us know dialysis well.

HCFA is reviewing standards being developed by a National Kidney Foundation project to see if they can be incorporated into its new “conditions for coverage” for the Medicare end-stage renal disease, or ESRD, program. In 1994, that program covered 92.3% of people who needed dialysis because of kidney failure.

Dialysis providers would have to meet the standards, which may include practice guidelines and outcomes measures, in order to receive reimbursement for services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries.

HCFA now makes dialysis providers meet professional standards for dialysis physicians and nurses and guidelines for patient-care plans and the quality of the care environment. It doesn’t, however, mandate practice rules or outcomes goals.

But the times may be a-changin’. HCFA officials are reviewing draft reports of the National Kidney Foundation project–called the Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative, or DOQI–to determine whether they want to adopt any of those standards in new conditions of coverage expected to be released early this year, said Lynn Merritt Nixon, a health insurance specialist in HCFA’s ESRD division.

Garabed Eknoyan, M.D., president of the National Kidney Foundation and cochairman of the DOQI, said if HCFA adopts any part of the initiative’s work, it will be the outcomes measures he expects to be drafted “in some fashion” by the end of the year.

Although practice guidelines can help improve individual patient outcomes, Eknoyan said there are many factors outside dialysis providers’ control–including patient compliance–that prevent them from following guidelines to the letter with each patient.

Outcomes standards, on the other hand, measure aggregate results, so they can account for variations in treatment for individual patients while still grading providers on their performance in caring for a larger patient population, he said.

Although dialysis patients on average are among the most costly of Medicare beneficiaries, the DOQFs goals appear to have some conflicting cost implications.

The project aims to “keep (dialysis patients) out of the hospital, keep them alive longer,” Eknoyan said. Improving the efficiency of dialysis treatment is another of its goals.

According to HCFA estimates, the ESRD program will cover more than 243,000 people in fiscal 1997 at a cost of about $8.4 billion, or roughly $34,300 per patient. That’s more than six times the $5,600 Medicare is projected to spend on the average beneficiary.

New quality standards are needed because dialysis patients have higher morbidity in the United States than in other countries and the mortality rates vary widely from facility to facility, Eknoyan said.

“People are not doing things uniformly,” said Eknoyan, also a professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Because that variability in practice patterns is contributing to premature deaths or otherwise unnecessary hospital admissions, the quality project’s initial product will be practice guidelines. Chief among those will be procedures for both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, the two main methods of cleansing the blood in cases of kidney failure.

To illustrate the practical implication of the guidelines, Eknoyan used the example of the timing of a provider’s measurement of the dose of dialysis. If the measurement occurs too soon or too late, the provider can inadvertently provide too much or too little dialysis, resulting in a hospital admission or death. If the timing of the measurement is explicitly spelled out, that could prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and deaths, he said.

The prospect of HCFA adoption of some of the DOQI quality standards has some providers worried, however. They say the agency must ensure that its payment rates for dialysis providers account for the stricter quality standards.

Otherwise, they said, HCFA won’t be able to implement the quality standards because providers won’t be paid enough to cover the increased costs of quality monitoring.

An executive for one major dialysis provider said she was confident that her company would be able to comply with any standard HCFA adopts. LeAnne Zumwalt, chief financial officer of Vivra, the nation’s second largest dialysis services provider, said that since the beginning of 1995, her company has spent “millions and millions of dollars that would ordinarily go to our bottom line” to improve patient outcomes.

The National Kidney Foundation convened the DOQI, consisting of providers, regulators and academic physicians, nearly two years ago. Work groups reviewed more than 3,000 articles to collect the data necessary to develop the practice guidelines.

Final draft guidelines are to be reviewed early this year, and a final version is expected to be published in April.

The program: Medicare end-stage renal disease program provides dialysis and kidney transplants to patients of all ages suffering from kidney failure. Kidney failure has numerous causes, but the most common are diabetes and high blood pressure.

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