Why Don’t We See Advanced Technologies in Healthcare More Often?

The world is full of unique and exciting technologies but rarely do we ever see them in practice. Big-name tech companies will announce all kinds of scientific discoveries, people will talk about their potential applications, then the media will report on it and get the world excited.

But then they just disappear.

This is actually incredibly common in the world of technology, especially when it comes to a highly-specialized industry such as healthcare. There are many reasons for this, but there’s also a silver lining when it comes to having more technologically-advanced healthcare options.

It takes a long time to adopt new technologies

The world is slow when it comes to adopting new technologies. In fact, it wasn’t until 2018 that the US military stopped using floppy disks (made all the way back in 1967) were used to coordinate nuclear launches. The healthcare industry is no different.

This is because the healthcare industry can’t just stop and allow its systems to be upgraded–it’s constantly working. For instance, pausing a hospital’s services could endanger the lives of hundreds of people, and without proper field testing, there’s no telling what could go wrong.

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Navigating the Healthcare System

When you’re ill or have a health problem, the last thing you want is for anything to make it worse. However, trying to deal with the healthcare system can only add to your problems. Navigating the healthcare system often takes a lot of work, from trying to find the right provider to dealing with insurance and even having to stay in hospital. If you want to be able to navigate the system better, try these tips.

Find the Right Provider

A good healthcare provider will be able to meet your needs at all times. They will keep you in the loop, and ensure you always know your options. However, finding the right provider can be tough. It’s important to take your time when trying to find the best healthcare provider for your needs.

Understand Your Options

It can be confusing when a medical professional is explaining something to you. Being unwell is often frightening, and making big decisions doesn’t come easily to everyone. You should be sure you have medical staff who take the time to explain your options to you but also do your own research to find out more.

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How To Find That Get-Up & Go When The Winter Bugs Hit Your Home

There’s nothing worse than feeling out of sorts and thanks to the colder weather making its way in, cold and flu bugs are lurking at every corner. Unfortunately, resting up while you get over any winter illnesses isn’t always an option and if you’ve got to try and find the strength to soldier on, then check out these tips on how to find that get-up and go when the winter bugs hit your home.

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Stock up on essentials

When illnesses hit your home you’ll need to stock up on plenty of essentials to make it through the coming days. Things such as:

  • Tissues
  • Vicks vapour rub
  • Anti diarrhoea tablets
  • NSAIDs (paracetamol and ibuprofen/Calpol for the kids)
  • Hot water bottles
  • Throat sweets
  • Healthy and nutritious food
  • honey

Can really help improve the way you’re feeling. Make sure that you’re dosed up as much as possible to take away the gruelling symptoms of a fever or a sore throat, and use as many relief options as possible so that you can feel the best you possibly can.

Starve the bug, feed the flu

An important rule to remember if you do fall sick is to starve the bug and feed the flu. A vomiting stomach bug will thrive on food and make you unwell for longer than needed. Avoid eating for as long as possible and isolate yourself for at least 48 hours to prevent passing it onto those around you.

Whereas the flu symptoms that come with a cold resolve faster if you’re well-fed with healthy and nutritious food and drinks. Add a spring to your step by eating meat for breakfast and adding some well-needed protein into your body to last through the day. Other foods that will make you feel better quickly are warm and softer/liquid foods such as chicken soup.

Give yourself time to relax

While you still may need to go to work, look after the kids and keep up with the housework, remember that it’s perfectly okay to give yourself time to relax and get over your illness. Leave the housework and put your feet up as soon as possible. You’ll feel like a whole new person after some much-needed rest!

Another great tip for a cold is to take a very warm bath in eucalyptus. This helps ‘sweat’ out your illness while freeing up your airways that were feeling oh-so-blocked up. Putting vapour rub on the soles of your feet and wearing socks to bed can also help relieve a nasty cough when you’re trying to sleep.

Go and see your GP

Finally, while most illnesses last between 24 hours and a week, sometimes you can find yourself feeling unwell for longer periods of time. If you’ve been feeling out of sorts for over a week without any improvement, make an appointment with your GP as you may have an infection. Remember, if you’re not sure, always consult your GP or pharmacist for advice.

With these tips and a whole lot of stocking up to do, you’ll battle through any illnesses that hit you or your home and feel better in no time!

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Tackling The Main Issues That Come With Age

Growing old is completely unavoidable. One can only dream of a way to pause time and halt the aging process, but in today’s society that as of yet is impossible. There are several issues that generally come with age, and these concern many different parts of your mind and body, but each of these can be individually monitored and controlled in order to reduce any symptoms and help you continue leading your normal life. Instead of searching for the elixir of life, read on to uncover some of the most handy tips and tricks that can aid you in keeping your independence, as well as improving your health so that you can live comfortably for as long as possible!

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Sight

One of the most common issues that people face as they grow a little older relates to their sight. It’s completely natural for your eyes to deteriorate after many years of use, but simply accepting this and taking no further action could leave you with more serious problems. You must make an effort to visit the opticians on a regular basis so that the professionals can carry out all of the necessary checks needed to ensure there are no immediate issues, and supply you with any glasses or contact lenses should you need to wear them. Getting enough sleep can also have an effect on your eyes, so try to have as much rest as possible whilst avoiding any sources of white light such as mobile phone and laptop screens when it starts to get dark.

Hearing

Loss of hearing is such a frequent complaint after middle age, but luckily this means there has been a lot of investment in solving the problem. Whether you have just a mild case of muffled sound or your hearing has disappeared completely, there’s bound to be a solution that can help you to get over the issue and start to get a clear picture of all the different sounds that are going on around you. If you haven’t got much experience with hearing aids and want to find out which device will work best for you, then click here to uncover some of the best options on the market.

Increasing Waistline

Another big issue that people are usually faced with as they grow a little older is an increasing waistline. Energy levels plummet and this makes exercise a thing of the past, whilst appetites seem to grow and grow meaning it’s almost impossible to keep your weight at a healthy level. However, it is so important that you can take steps towards a more lean diet, as an excess of fat around major organs can cause fatal issues when you begin to grow old, and it’s much harder to recover from even the smallest bout of illness when you carry a lot of extra weight.

Tackling the main issues that come with age needn’t be as time consuming and stressful as you might initially think! Simply follow the steps above to keep your health in tip top condition.

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Listen Up! Debunking The Myth That Hearing Aids Could Do More Damage Than Good

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An astounding 35 million Americans suffer from some form of hearing loss. Whether extreme or mild, this is a condition which can change everything from communications to work performance. Hearing aids are, by far, the best way to work around this, yet just 28.5% of those 35 million go down this route.

Admittedly, there are varying reasons for this. For some, hearing aids aren’t viable, while others don’t realize this is a choice. In some cases, though, people steer clear due to common myths. The ‘bulky hearing aid’ myth is the most prevalent of these, but some also fear that hearing aids could make their hearing worse.

In reality, a well-suited hearing aid should never damage hearing. That said, there are rare cases where damage could, indeed, occur. Still, that by no means suggests you’d better of steering clear. In most cases, worsening hearing loss is due to a few basic hearing aid mistakes which are easy to rectify. We’re going to prove that by considering them here.

An incorrect fit

A poorly fitted hearing aid is the leading cause for hearing aid related hearing loss. You should always seek hearing aids from a trained audiologist who works to understand your hearing and needs. They will make sure both that your hearing aid is at the right frequency, and also that it sits right in your ear. This ensures that your aids aren’t too high or louder than necessary. It also guarantees you never need risk damaging your ears when inserting them.

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Improper care

Even once hearing aids have been professionally fitted, it’s down to you to care for them properly if you want to keep your hearing healthy in the long-term. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that dirty tubes could lead to infections which are sure to do damage. Not to mention that failure to change your batteries could prevent the positive impact of wearing aids in the first place. To make sure that doesn’t happen, it’s worth making an effort to learn more about proper hearing aid care. That way, you never need to worry about your negligence leading to a worsening in your hearing. You’ll simply be able to keep enjoying those hearing benefits.

Volume trouble

The majority of hearing aids now adjust their volume automatically depending on the setting. This, paired with proper programming, means you probably won’t have to worry about your volume settings. This is vital considering that continually turning your aids up too high could do significant damage to your hearing on the whole. Instead, try to adjust to the sound settings in place. If you’re struggling, you could even ask to use a hearing aid loop. This will transmit audio signals directly to the t-coil in your aid for clarity.

These steps are simple to keep on top with. In fact, they’re precautions any hearing aid wearer should already be paying attention to. And, with these in place, you’ll never again need to worry about your aids doing damage.

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The Facts About Why You’re So Fatigued

Fatigue isn’t just feeling tired. When you’re feeling fatigued, a nap alone might not just cut it. It’s feeling like you don’t have the energy for just about anything, and can get in the way of a happy, healthy life. So, what’s bringing your energy levels all the way down and what can you do about it?

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You’re not sleeping right

Though fatigue and sleepiness aren’t always linked, there is often a direct link between the two. If you have lost control of your internal sleep clock, you might find it hard to increase the number of hours you sleep or when you go to bed. There are ways to reset that sleep clock, however. Limiting your exposure to blue light (from laptops, smartphone screens, and other electronics), fasting with 12 hours between breakfast and dinner, and even going camping and exposing your body to the day-night natural light cycle can all help. If you can restart your sleep clock, it can be much easier to go to bed a little earlier and wake up much more refreshed.

You’re not getting the nutrition you need

What we eat and what nutrients we absorb also play a big role when it comes to determining our energy levels. Well balanced meals spaced throughout the day improve our ability to digest food and how our metabolism converts energy, which means we feel more energetic. Hydration is just as important, and IV vitamin therapy can be the boost you need of both nutrients and hydration. It can help give you the energy boost you need while you make the move towards a healthier diet.

It could be in your head

The fact that mood can affect your energy is not a thought to be taken too lightly. Chronic fatigue and a distinct lack of motivation is one of the strange ways that depression can affect you. Depression isn’t just a state of mind, it influences the chemical balance in your brain, and can stop you feeling the effects of natural feel good chemicals like dopamine and endorphins, which give you that energy rush. Taking steps to address depression is essential if you feel like your fatigue is also paired with low moods.

Why it’s worth getting checked out

If you do believe that depression might be the cause of your fatigue, then arranging an appointment with your doctor can be one of the best ways to start addressing it. However, there are many potential medical causes of fatigue, some of them with symptoms and impacts that could be legitimately dangerous. These include diabetes, anemia, liver failure, COPD, sleep apnea, and more. You shouldn’t jump to any conclusions about what might be causing your fatigue. However, it is wise to get yourself checked out just to make sure there are no more serious problems lurking beneath it.

Whether it’s caused by lifestyle factors or there are real reasons you should be seeking medical advice, it’s important to stamp fatigue out when you have the chance. It’s impact on your mood, social life, and health habits are too serious to let lie.

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