Health and Healthcare
Posted 11/22/13 at 2:11 PM | Brian Wallace
Posted 11/20/13 at 4:05 AM | Sylvie Simms
The first two years of a baby’s life can be the most important. Learn about certain milestones babies are supposed to hit during these years.
Posted 11/19/13 at 8:43 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
She served for six years as a medical missionary in the Horn of Africa, and credits God for the first case of HIV remission in a child, as documented by The New England Journal of Medicine.
“When I treated this baby I was not even thinking of curing the baby,” Dr. Hannah Gay told Baptist Press. “That was the furthest thing from my mind. I was simply trying to prevent infection and I failed at what I was trying to do.”
Dr. Gay, now an associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, treated the child with a hard-hitting regimen of three anti-viral medications in the first 30 hours after the child’s birth.
At first, she thought she failed when the baby was born HIV-positive. “However, my failure in God’s hands turned into a miracle,” Dr. Gay says. “And it was God that cured the baby and I just happened to be standing close by at the time.”
Tests performed on the baby at 23-months-old revealed the virus has not been replicating itself, which raises hopes the child is permanently cured. The viral presence was so minimal it could not be detected by standard tests. FULL POST
Posted 11/18/13 at 2:10 PM | Brian Wallace
Posted 11/13/13 at 5:36 AM | Sylvie Simms
Dry skin is one of the many skin conditions that millions of Americans suffer from at some point in their lives. More often than not, the symptoms of dry skin such as scaling, itching, and cracking appear throughout the body but can be prevented if the right measures are taken to correct dry skin issues.
Posted 11/11/13 at 3:46 PM | Brian Wallace
Posted 11/8/13 at 5:31 PM | Bright Ideas
It is good to see dogs getting competition from the felines. Yes, cats can be service animals too. A cat may provide emotional support for someone that is sick.
Love on a Leash and Pet Partners certify cats and their owners so that they can serve in hospitals and nursing homes.
According to Mother Nature Network, "Retired show cats often make good therapy animals because they’re used to frequent handling and being around lots of people."
People with mental illnesses often respond to animals. Love on a Leash volunteers often visit people with Alzheimer’s.
Posted 11/7/13 at 11:45 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By David Murray
One of the culture shocks I experienced when I came to America from the UK six or so years ago was having to fork out for health insurance every month. Of course, in the UK health care is “free.” (Which means you pay twice as much for half the service, but you don’t notice it because it’s deducted via general taxation.)
In fact, not only did I have to fork out a monthly premium, but the insurance didn’t even kick in until I had paid $5000 in medical bills! However, I now realize that I got off pretty lightly then as my monthly premium was only $280 per month for a family of six.
Over the last two years, my premium has risen rapidly up to $800 per month a year ago, and now close to $1000 per month, the last two hikes due largely to Obamacare requirements. And I still have to pay the first few thousands of any bills! FULL POST
Posted 11/6/13 at 1:12 PM | Sunny Shell
Just like God blessed Abram, not so he can do a "Yay me!" dance, but a "Praise God!" offering, the LORD has also given to us, every good thing in Christ so that we might share whatever good He's given to us, with all those He's put around us. (2 Cor 9:11).
I have a rare metabolic disease that causes me daily pain and often disables me from participating in many activities.
A little over a year ago, my husband Jim and I began praying for God to provide us a way to pay off our increasing medical debt. I became discouraged when I had to have my kidney stone surgery in August (which was only three months after my cervical spine surgery).
I just felt like we could never get our head above water before something else in my body malfunctioned again, requiring more expensive medical attention. But just a few weeks after my surgery, the Lord brought this phenomenal product and company into our lives and I'm so grateful that He has used NeriumAD to not only help us pay off our medical debt (and even perhaps retire my husband in a year and a half) but the Lord's also given me something special to bless others with. And I love that! FULL POST
Posted 11/5/13 at 11:22 PM | Sylvie Simms
Keratoconus is a degenerative eye disease that will continue to get worse until it is corrected. Although mild cases of keratoconus can be corrected with glasses or lenses, once the eye disease has progressed to a more severe case, other treatment options are needed.
Corneal transplants are one way to correct keratoconus. During this procedure, an eye surgeon will replace the severely damaged and eroded cornea. There are different types of corneal transplants in which different and smaller sections are replaced. Regardless, this is an invasive procedure and there are many complications associated with it. There can be a lengthy recovery time before vision is restored, and there are care responsibilities that last a lifetime.
Another treatment option for people suffering with keratoconus is C3-R treatment. This treatment is much safer than corneal transplants since it is not an invasive surgery. The goal of this procedure is to strengthen the existing cornea and restore its shape with a combination of UV light and special eye drops. The recovery time for this is almost instantaneous and no hospitalization is needed. The cornea is usually strengthened within a few weeks.
Conductive keratoplasity for astigmatism can also be used to help correct the symptoms of keratoconus. This treatment plan usually needs to be done in combination with either intacs or C3-R. Intacs are similar to contacts, but they are inserted in the cornea to help strengthen the lining. Although this is considered a surgery, it is less invasive than corneal transplants since the original cornea is still intact. The surgery simply requires a small incision in which to insert the intacs.
All of these treatment options are designed to help reduce the symptoms of keratoconus or to cure the eye of the disease. Each of the procedures has different risks and benefits, and a health care provider specializing in this disease can better explain the options. FULL POST