Health and Healthcare

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Posted 3/28/14 at 10:04 AM | Karen Kramer

#nomakeupselfie for Cancer Awareness

Why post a selfie? I love people and hate cancer.

The wave of Facebook selfie pics that started in Britain quickly hit American shores. #nomakeupselfie photos flowed over social news feeds.

Women tagged their girlfriends to show support for cancer research. But it didn’t take long for the antagonists to complain that it was all useless narcissism—arguing that money will cure cancer, not selfies.

For those selfie haters, the British campaign used text message donations to support Cancer Research UK. Within 48 hours over a million dollars was raised. Here in America, the #nomakeupselfies aren’t about money; it’s baring our faces for the love of others. We care about those who’ve faced a debilitating disease.

The American selfie exhibition reflects a bare-naked truth—we all use some sort of make-up to cover ourselves. Sure, women like cosmetics and clothes, but we all cover ourselves with hopes, goals, and a future filled with our plans and expectations. Cancer strips off the coverings.

Cancer bares our fears. It forces us to face the reality of our limited earthly journey. Yes, cancer is the ultimate #nomakeupselfie—revealing the reality that we aren’t really in control. It often brings us much closer to the One who is. FULL POST

Posted 3/25/14 at 3:52 PM | Brian Wallace

Nursing Informatics: The New Healthcare Degree

Nursing informatics specialists use information technology to improve patient care. This infographic outlines the many ways nursing informatics is applied to healthcare.

Posted 3/25/14 at 11:12 AM | Brian Wallace

Do Mammograms Help or Hurt?

Mammograms used to be the best tool we had to fight breast cancer, but now self-exams are the best tool and mammograms may actually cause more harm than good. This infographic breaks it down:

Posted 3/25/14 at 4:43 AM | Sylvie Simms

Cost of Medical Treatments Without Health Insurance

Health insurance is one of the most important coverage plans you can have. Health insurance gives you the opportunity to maintain and improve your health by providing a low-cost way to attend physician visits, buy prescription medication, and receive emergency medical attention in case one is seriously ill or injured. Overall, it gives individuals peace of mind knowing they have access to medical attention at any time.

Although health insurance has endless benefits, some continue living without it due to the potentially high premiums. With that said, people often do not realize that insurance premiums lower, if not completely cover expensive medical bills. For example, a patient who is not covered can pay over $16,000 to treat a broken arm. In fact, the diagnosis itself would cost over $2,500. How about a more serious injury or illness? Cancer treatment in California along with all of the United States is extremely expensive. One week of chemotherapy can cost a non-insured patient more than $10,000. In fact, 11 out of the 12 drugs approved to treat cancer are priced over $100,000 for a single year of treatment.

Although health insurance can be expensive, not having health insurance can create a huge financial burden in times of small illnesses or large medical emergencies. There are many health insurance providers such as Anthem Blue Cross that can provide you with the peace of mind you need to live to live a happy and healthy life. For more information, please view our infographic or contact us. FULL POST

Posted 3/24/14 at 12:15 AM | Sylvie Simms

Healthy Senior Diets and Foods

As we get older it is important to stay in good health so that we can enjoy our later years in life worry-free. Eating a balanced diet will go a long way toward helping you stay healthy and get the vitamins and nutrients you need. This can sometimes be difficult to do due to problems that we can develop later in life. However, by keeping a few tips in mind you will be able to stay healthy and feeling young while living life on your own terms.

If you have difficulty chewing it can be tough to get down the fruits and vegetables you need to support brain and bone health. Therefore, you can opt for smoothies instead that are made with fresh fruit, yogurt and protein powder. In addition, steaming vegetables and eating softer foods will make life easier when it comes to chewing. For those that suffer from dry mouth, be sure to drink 8-10 glasses of water each day. Adding sauces to your food can also help with swallowing.

Of course, depending on your situation it can also be difficult to get all of the groceries and other items you need in order to stick to your healthy diet. Luckily, you can take advantage of home delivery services or enlist the help of a neighbor or housemate in order to get all of your shopping and cooking done. At the end of the day, a healthy diet will allow you to live longer and stronger, sharpen your mind and help you feel better. FULL POST

Posted 3/20/14 at 9:57 AM | Brian Wallace

A Guide to Superbugs

Once upon a time staph infections only existed in hospitals. Thanks to the overuse of antibiotics and antibacterials it has evolved to a superbug and now it's everywhere. This infographic outlines some of the scariest superbugs out there.

Posted 3/19/14 at 2:50 AM | Sylvie Simms

Rescue Your Resolutions

The road to failure is paved with good intentions. If your resolve to stick to your New Year's goals is slowly slipping away, don't give up. Check out this infographic for 10 Ways to Rescue Your Resolutions.

Posted 3/19/14 at 1:30 AM | Sylvie Simms

Home Safety Tips for Autism, Alzheimer's, Epilepsy, and Asthma

Medical conditions as autism, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and asthma all require lifestyle changes in order to protect your loved one's health.

Posted 3/18/14 at 2:12 PM | Prayer Concerns

Prayer List: Babies With Birth Defects

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "About one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect."

How often does this occur in the United States?

  • Every 270 seconds
  • 13.33 times per hour
  • 320 times a day
  • 116,800 times a year

Babies born prematurely and their parents also face incredible challenges.

The March for Dimes reports, "Premature birth costs society more than $26 billion a year and takes a high toll on families. Babies born just a few weeks early are at risk of severe health problems and lifelong disabilities. Premature birth is the number 1 killer of newborns." FULL POST

Posted 3/18/14 at 11:28 AM | Brian Wallace

Myths and Facts About Sunscreen

Have you ever gone on a family vacation to the beach with only one or two bottles of sunscreen for the whole family for the whole week? We've all been there, but now we should know better. This infographic outlines the proper use of sunscreen.

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