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Posted 10/10/13 at 5:03 AM | Sylvie Simms

Keratoconus: A Progressive Non-Inflammatory Disorder

There are many conditions that can affect the eye. Many people are afflicted with near-sightedness or far-sightedness. Still others might receive a diagnosis of astigmatism. These are all common conditions that can be treated with a soft contact lens or glasses. There are other conditions, however, that can cause further complications for the eye.

Keratoconus is one such condition. This is a degenerative disorder that causes the cornea to thin, which results in the cornea bulging into a cone shape. Keratoconus can affect the eye, making it more sensitive to light while also distorting a person’s vision and visual acuity. The vision problems associated with this disorder can be corrected initially with glasses or soft contact lenses; however as this degenerative condition advances, other treatment options are required.

An ophthalmologist can diagnose a person with keratoconus. The eye doctor will run different tests in order to find a problem and diagnosis it. It is important that the patient mention any changes in vision, especially if the symptoms are similar to the symptoms associated with keratoconus.

Once an ophthalmologist has diagnosed a patient with keratoconus, different treatment options will be considered. Depending on the progression of the condition, an ophthalmologist might recommend a lens such as contacts or intacs. If the condition has progressed far enough, a corneal transplant might be needed. Another treatment option is a method called collagen cross-linking. An ophthalmologist that specializes in keratoconus will best be able to choose the most effective treatment for the patient. FULL POST

Posted 10/9/13 at 4:19 PM | Brian Wallace

Colors To Die For [Infographic]

Did you know that Florida Oranges contain food colouring? That's right, Citrus Red #2 is found on the skins of Florida Oranges to make them look more appealing. While it is legal to use on the outsides of foods, it has been banned in food processing in the USA and is associated with bladder tumors. To learn more about lethal food colourings, check out this infographic from Special-Education-Degree.net

Posted 10/9/13 at 1:32 PM | Karen Farris

Social Media Feeds Thigh Gaps

We’ve all seen those emaciated-looking runway models—the ones with collarbones bones protruding. Well, thanks to images circulating on social media sites, impressionable young girls have become susceptible to the notion that they need to have a thigh gap.

A thigh gap? Yes, if those skinny models are wearing swim attire, you’ll see the infamous thigh gap—the one to two inches between their thighs.

Now young girls and women are attempting to starve themselves to achieve these unrealistic body images. The vast majority of women will never have a thigh gap.

Indeed, fitness expert, Dr. Vonda Wright, said genetics plays a big role in the shape of our legs. She also points out, “Skinny does not mean fit or muscular.” Dr. Wright works with collegiate athletes and says that none of them has a thigh gap.

More worrisome is the unfettered influence social media has on the minds of young girls. They develop skinny mindsets and when they view their image in the mirror they see a warped reflection.

Especially troublesome, according to eating disorder expert, Nancy Albus (Castlewood Treatment Center in St. Louis) is that thigh gaps are measureable achievements. Girls can visually compare themselves and see, “how your body does or doesn’t stack up.” FULL POST

Posted 10/3/13 at 12:05 PM | Alliance Defending Freedom

DOJ: Defending Birth-Control Mandate Not Essential in Shutdown

This opinion column originally appeared on nationalreview.com on 10/02/2013.

Author: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowmnan

The Obama administration clearly believes that nothing can be allowed to stop Obamacare, but it can’t make up its mind whether abortion pills are essential for women’s safety under that law.

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice filed multiple requests to delay cases challenging Obamacare’s abortion-pill and birth-control mandate. DOJ attorneys stated that it and the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury cannot defend the mandate during the shutdown because that work is not an essential activity needed to protect “safety.”

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Posted 10/3/13 at 2:16 AM | Sylvie Simms

So You've Broken A Bone

Breaking a bone can be very painful. Although it is very important to seek medical attention immediately, there are some things a person can do to make sure the break doesn’t get worse.

There are many different types of fractures, and each type comes with a different complication. A complete fracture is when the bone breaks all the way through, as opposed to an open fracture which only breaks partially through the bone. A single fracture is a clean break with only one fracture line, while a comminuted fracture can have multiple fracture lines and might even have bone chips break off.

If a person is unresponsive, 911 should be contacted immediately. Emergency services should also be contacted if the bone has pierced the skin or if there is heavy bleeding. Another sign of an emergency is if the extremity of the injured limb, such as a toe or finger, is numb or bluish at the tip, or if even gentle pressure and movement causes immense pain. Always call for an ambulance if a head, spine, or pelvic injury is suspected.

While waiting for medical help, certain actions can be taken. Be sure to stop any bleeding caused by the injury. Immobilize the wounded area so that the injury is not further damaged. Apply ice to the area to limit the swelling and to help relieve the pain. Once the person gets to a hospital, a doctor or surgeon will assess the damage and come up with a treatment plan. FULL POST

Posted 9/30/13 at 10:48 AM | Brian Wallace

Infographic: Health Needs Around the World

You’ve seen the commercials on TV, the kids with the ballooned bellies, or cleft palate. We’re all well aware that there are needs around the world, but often times it’s easy to just ignore them because we are not aware of the specifics. The leading causes of death in the developing world are often preventable with basic medial care. To learn more, check out this infographic from TopRNtoBSN.com

Posted 9/28/13 at 1:13 PM | Larry Dozier

Overcome Obamacare: Legally, Economically & Biblically!

Do you have a plan to help you navigate through Obamacare? As you know, the October 1st deadline is right upon us. I haven’t made my final decision about what I’m going to do about Obamamcare yet. Have you? Well, like Proverbs 18:13 and Deuteronomy 13:14 encourages us to do, I’m thoroughly looking into the matter before determining my final healthcare choice. Perhaps you are too.

This blog is simply to share with you what I believe is one of the best choices for health coverage, enable you to peek through the curtain and enable you to be better informed, while avoiding the wrath of Obamacare called, “a new tax” by the US Supreme Court. Of course this “tax” is actually a penalty for not buying health coverage. More about that in a minute. FULL POST

Posted 9/27/13 at 10:25 AM | Brian Wallace

Saving the World Through Water [infographic]

This must-see infographic presented by WaterStep takes a look at the #1 killer of life: unsafe water.

Posted 9/26/13 at 5:23 PM | Karen Farris

To Be Continued: Adolescence

Leave it to the British to add further meaning to the word “coddle”. Great Britain’s noted psychologists have extended the length of adolescence to age twenty-five. As child psychologist, Laverne Antrobus explained, medical professionals are “becoming much more aware and appreciating development beyond (the age of 18) and I think it’s a really good initiative.”

It’s well documented that the brain continues developing through the mid-twenties—even into the thirties. That said, these older adolescents (older than 18), still face challenges processing information and their brains are still learning how to react to everyday situations.

By reclassifying adolescence, these older children (or should we call them ‘pre-adults’?) can remain at home under parental care and receive more medical supervision and counseling if needed. Does this also mean they’ll be given more slack for their impulsiveness and foolishness? FULL POST

Posted 9/25/13 at 2:37 PM | Brian Wallace

Infographic: Epidemics of America

Diseases have raged human populations for thousands of years, bringing down both kings and their kingdoms. Epidemics of America, presented by onlinemastersofpublichealth.com, examines how diseases like smallpox, H1N1, and HIV have effected Americans.

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