Don’t Forget These Steps Before You Start Your MRI...

Feb 28, 2017 by

If you’ve got an appointment for an MRI, you’ve got to prepare properly lest the doctor who ordered the test suddenly cancel it. Some surprising issues can delay or cancel an MRI at the last minute. If you go ahead with the test before taking care of these issues, you could end up injured. Ensure Your Earplugs Fit The MRI machine can be noisy, and you’ll need earplugs before lying inside an MRI machine. You should receive a pair of plugs (often those soft foam ones you can get in stores) from the MRI tech, and many clinics make it standard procedure to provide them. However, Everyday Health suggests bringing a pair of your own to begin with, and UCSF notes you can use plugs “if you wish.” Despite the implication they are voluntary,...

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Tips for Protecting Your Eyes on the Job Site...

Feb 22, 2017 by

When you work in construction, you use a variety of methods to protect yourself on the job site. Steel-toed boots will protect your feet from injury, while a hard hat and ear protection will take care of your head and hearing, respectively. It’s also important to think about the care of your eyes. While you can certainly visit your eye doctor if you encounter any eye-related issue, it’s always a good idea to be proactive and have a plan for preventing problems with your eyes and quickly addressing any issues that may arise. Here are some simple tips for taking care of your eyes on the job site. Wear the Right Eye Protection There are multiple examples of eye protection that you should plan to wear on the job site. Protective glasses and goggles...

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3 Tips For Dealing With An Elevated Stroke Risk...

Jan 16, 2017 by

Unfortunately, stroke is a common cause of disability and death. This threat is magnified if stroke is common in your family. Although you cannot change your genetics, there are ways to minimize your controllable risks and be proactive. Gain Control Over Chronic Disease Some of the major controllable risk factors associated with stroke are diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. If you have been diagnosed with one or more of these conditions, it is imperative to keep your numbers under control. Making positive lifestyle changes, such as improving your diet, maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, and engaging in regular exercise, works for all chronic diseases. Although you may not be able to quit your chronic-disease medications, you may be able to limit the amount you take. Even if you have not been diagnosed with...

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6 New Year’s Resolutions Better Than “Lose Weight”...

Jan 9, 2017 by

If you are still getting around to making your New Year’s resolutions for 2017, it is quite possible that you are caught up on the wording of the project. In many cases, people need specific wording in order to see success. It is not necessarily effective to say, “I want to lose weight,” when there are more specific goals you can use to achieve that overall goal. You will be much more likely to achieve these resolutions when you set actionable and specific goals. Want some ideas? Try these first: 1. Drink at least five glasses of water each day. The number is interchangeable, but the point is that you are specific in how much water you want to drink. This is much better than simply saying, “I want to drink more water.” This...

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2 Tips To Help Your Child Improve Their Recovery From Cleft Lip Palate Repair Surgery...

Dec 30, 2016 by

Some children are born with a cleft lip palate and while this birth defect may not seem like a big issue while they are younger, it can become troublesome as they grow older. A cleft lip palate impedes your child’s speech, the way they eat, and their dental care routine. The appearance of the cleft lip can affect their self-esteem. In addition, bacteria and food buildup around this area can result in a dental infection. Therefore, it is important to have your child undergo cleft lift palate repair surgery as soon as possible to correct this issue. When your child undergoes this procedure, the recovery process is incredibly important. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can use to ensure that their recovery is as smooth as possible. Give them an Analgesic Tea...

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Going In For Hand Surgery? 4 Steps To Prevent Post-Operative Complications...

Dec 20, 2016 by

If you’re going to be having surgery on your hand, the time to start preparing for the recovery period is now. It’s important to remember that proper care is key to a successful recovery for hand surgery. With proper care, you shouldn’t experience any post-operative complications. Here are four steps you can take to care for you hand after surgery. Remember to Keep It Elevated After hand surgery, elevation is crucial to the healing process. Keeping your hand elevated after surgery will reduce swelling and alleviate the pain. For maximum benefit, you should keep your hand elevated above your heart for the first few days following surgery. When you’re sitting down or lying in bed, use several pillows to elevate your hand. When you’re walking around the house, gently rest your affected hand on...

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