Common Signs of Medical Malpractice

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Each year, millions of Americans rely on and trust their medical professionals to offer optimal care for their health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports that approximately 83% of adults keep in contact with their health care professional each year. Although a patient’s well-being should be a medical professional’s number one priority, mistakes are made, such as delayed medical diagnoses, medication errors, or an overall lack of proper care, leaving many patients as a victim of medical malpractice.

 

Sadly, according to the Journal of American Medical Association, medical negligence is a top cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer and while medical malpractice doesn’t always result in death, it can be life changing. If you have experienced or currently experiencing the following, under your medical professional’s care, you may be a victim of medical malpractice:

Your Treatment Isn’t Working or Doesn’t Seem to Fit Your Diagnosis

 

When your doctor prescribes a treatment, such as a medication, for your medical condition, it may take awhile before you start to see results. However, if your condition continues to persist and even worsens during your treatment, there’s a good chance that your medical condition was misdiagnosed and additionally, if you feel as if your treatment doesn’t fit your diagnosis, your condition may have been misdiagnosed. While it’s likely that you don’t have the same training or medical knowledge as your doctor, you have the right to a second opinion, question your treatment, and know whether or not there are alternate treatment plans.

The Care You Receive is Subpar

 

A doctor’s office is, without a doubt, a busy place and there may be moments when the patients are backed up and the doctor and other medical staff seems to be in a rush. Unfortunately, many patients leave the doctor’s office feeling as though their medical concerns were an inconvenience and may not have had their questions answered or leave with more questions than they had going in. While the medical field will always be busy and fast paced by nature, no patient should ever feel as if he or she received less than the quality of care he or she deserves. As a patient, you have the right to receive as much information as you want or need about your condition, anything less and your doctor is not doing his or her job.

Major Mistakes Are Made

 

As the old saying goes, “to err is human,” however, major mistakes should be avoided at all costs in the medical field. A major medical error, such as operating on the wrong body part, administering the wrong dosage of anesthesia, or even leaving a surgical sponge in the body after a surgery, can be life-threatening and even result in more medical issues, as well as physical, mental, and emotional suffering. Victims of medical malpractice do not need suffer from a major medical mistake, however, these types of cases (i.e. surgical errors) make up a large number of medical malpractice claims.

 

The best way to avoid becoming a victim of medical malpractice is by being aware of the signs, taking control of your health, be your own advocate, and ask questions until you get the answers and information you need and deserve.

Choosing the Right Doctor – A Trial and Error Procedure

Choosing a doctor for the family can be an uphill task. However, choosing the right doctor is no less than an art in itself. Most people are unaware how to search for the right doctor. Usually, doctors can be found by word of mouth. The dawn of the internet has made the search much easier. An array of doctors can be found on the internet however, to choose the right one among them can be a daunting task. You need to make some categories to be taken into consideration when choosing the right doctor suiting your requirements.

Find below three categories to consider when choosing the right doctor for you and your family.

1.    Look for your convenience
While searching for the right doctor for you and your family, the foremost thing to look out for is your convenience. There are three factors governing your convenience:
•    Doctor’s office at a convenient distance – You definitely would not want to spend most of your time travelling back and forth from your doctor’s clinic. Choose a doctor who is conveniently located near your residence.
•    Appointment – Choose a doctor with whom you can make an appointment at your convenience. A doctor who is busy with other patients and changes appointments regularly would not be able to cater you with proper attention. Choose a doctor who would listen to your worries attentively.
•    Respond to emergencies – Choose a doctor who would response to your emergencies with ease.
Choose a doctor associated with an institute. It would come in handy when the doctor is unavailable due to whichever reason.

2.    Experienced Doctor

Most people would prefer choosing a doctor with ample of experience in the arena. On the other hand, some believe that experience would train a doctor to handle various types of situations efficiently. You should search for the doctor’s experience and reviews on their website. In case, you have any specific requirement, you should search for a specialist doctor in that arena. Doctor’s having plenty of experience should also be investigated for their professionalism, attitude, and reputation. Your prospective doctor should listen to his or her patient’s problem with patience and ask questions for explanation. Your doctor should also have good communication skills in order to explain you the problems and its solution in simple language. Your prospective doctor should have an optimistic and caring approach to cater you with a pleasant healthcare experience.

3.    Insurance and cost consideration

Most people would prefer choosing a doctor who can be easily afforded by their insurance. It is better to verify with your insurance provider whether your prospective doctor is registered with them or not. You should gather more information about your potential doctor from your insurance provider. You should be thorough with your research to end up choosing the right doctor suiting your requirements and budget.

It is recommended that you run a license or background check on your prospective doctor. In case, you are not comfortable or pleased with your doctor, you can always change to another doctor. Choosing the right doctor suiting your requirements could be a trial and error procedure. However, the time and pain taken at the initial stages would pay up in the longer run.

Short And Long Term Health Benefits Of Vaping

Vaping is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to smoking in light of the fact that it is a much safer and cleaner substitute to tobacco. Although electronic cigarettes have been on the market for several years now, the trend is only really starting to take off in mainstream society, as the debate draws attention to the real advantages that e-cigarettes offer to the world. Because the vast majority of vapers are ex-smokers, making the switch can have a variety of benefits for your health, both now and in the long term.

Long Term
You’re probably well aware that smoking is bad for you by now; the off-putting pictures and statements on cigarette packets are enough to remind you of the long-term consequences of smoking. However the risk that you are putting yourself at every day for the rest of your life by smoking cannot be understated, as tobacco contains thousands of harmful chemicals that poison the body. Tar is a huge killer, and something that e-cigs avoid whilst giving you the nicotine fix that you might struggle to give up. Smoking causes a staggering 90% of all lung cancers, and is estimated to kill 100,000 people every year.

On the other hand, it has been said vaping could prevent thousands of these deaths annually, by giving smokers a safe and feasible way to quit for good, unlike less successful methods such as patches and going cold turkey. Even if you quit over the age of 60, it is still possible to add years to your life, and drastically cut down the risk of such diseases.

Short Term
Although anti-smoking campaigns are constantly talking about the risks of lung cancer and heart disease from smoking, it can be difficult to motivate yourself to quit smoking on the basis that it may or may not prevent such diseases. Especially if you are an older smoker and believe you will struggle to reduce these risks over the space of a few years.

For this reason, there is much to be optimistic about in the short-term health benefits of quitting smoking. Within a short space of time of making the switch to vaping, there are a number of symptoms that may accompany the quit. Many people report better sex, better breathing, healthier looking skin and more energy. So even if you gain one of these improvements from giving up tobacco, surely that is enough to motivate you to give e-cigarettes a try for an easy way to quit?

Whether you are waking up to the long-term consequences of smoking or you simply want to benefit from a healthier, happier lifestyle by giving up tobacco, vaping offers thousands of smokers a simple and safe transition to quitting. Bypassing the harmful chemicals of smoke and giving you the option to gradually wean yourself off nicotine, it’s becoming an increasingly popular method of quitting and a popular trend in itself for its pleasurable sensation. Why not try it for yourself?

Benefits of Physical Therapy & How Can it Help You

Physical Therapy

If you’ve been injured in any way, shape or form, physical therapy can help get your body back on track. It’s designed around your specific needs as a patient in order to help reduce pain, increase function and prevent further injury. Each exercise is based uniquely around your injury and what your body needs to strengthen and heal.

If you’re considering physical therapy for yourself or for someone you know as a mode of healing, check out these benefits and see how it could work for you.

Physical therapy can improve mobility and motion.

If you’ve been injured, and movement is difficult or painful for you, you could be in for a pretty uncomfortable way to live your life. Physical therapy after an injury can help improve your quality of life simply by allowing you to move comfortably in your own body.

Whether it’s a passive modality like heat or ice, electrical stimulation or ultrasound, or active exercise and stretching, physical therapy can be incredibly valuable in helping you gain mobility.

Movement and mobility are both so important in order to stay physically active and independent; physical activity in general is necessary to prevent obesity.

It can help you to avoid having surgery or using prescription drugs.

Of course there are situations where surgery or prescription drug use is crucial to fix whatever issue a person may be having. If you’ve been injured and are hoping to avoid surgery though, physically therapy in many cases can assist in preventing surgery from being needed.

Low back pain, meniscus tears and rotator cuff tears are among the many things physical therapy can help heal without surgery. Not only is it much less invasive, it is also more cost effective.

PT can help you recover after undergoing surgery.

One of the best things you can do for your body after you have surgery is to keep up with physical therapy. This will allow you to keep your body moving and maintain flexibility and range-of-motion. Simple stretching and other forms of physical therapy can help relieve a great deal of tightness and pain after surgery.

Did you get hurt on the job?

According to the attorneys at Hasner Law, if you get injured on the job, you’ll probably be entitled to workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation should cover any medical expenses, will make up for pay you lost out on by missing work, and in some cases will even help cover rehabilitation expenses like physical therapy.

 

Waking Up With Aches And Pains? Neck Sore? Back Pain?

Your pillow is important; it keeps your head in the right position, cradling your neck, supporting the natural s shape in this top part of your spine so that in the morning, you awake, fresh and ache-free.

But, it seems that we are reticent when it comes to life of our pillows. We become attached to our pillows, far more than we do the mattress that supports our body or the duvets that envelopes our body – the first signs of wear and tear, or stains, and we invest in new bedding and mattress.

It seems that our pillows, which we should replace every 6 months if we do not wash them, are not replaced as often as needed; research shows that 5 years is the norm but some people confessed to not having had a new pillow in ten years…

However, like other materials and products, the more you paid for your pillow, the more likely it is to withstand the test of time. Cared for correctly, pillows can last:

  • Feather pillows: 8 years
  • Down pillows: 5 years
  • Synthetic pillows: 6 months to 2 years

Hence, when people say that they have not renewed their pillows, it seems the majority are talking about synthetic filled pillows.
So, if you have washed it (getting rid of dust mites and debris), how do you know you pillow needs replacing?

  • Feather or down pillow

Placing the pillow on a flat surface, bend it over and squeeze all the air out of it; if, when you let the pillow go, it unfolds and spring back in to shape, it means there is enough structure left and the pillow is still good to use. However, if it stays deflated and crumpled, time to go pillow-shopping…

  • Synthetic filled pillow (polyester, hollowfibre, microfibre)

Once again, place the pillow on a flat surface and fold it in half. Place a weight on it – around 300g or a decent paperback book will do. If, when you take your hand off the weight off, it unfolds, springs back and knocks the weight off, then the pillow has enough strength and structure. But again, if the pillow stays folded and nestles the weight, this is not the sign of a good pillow – even if it is your favourite, and it has been your best pillow for years, the time has come to assign it another role and get a new one.

A new pillow can – and will! – make all the difference

Many people complain of waking with an aching or sore neck, sore shoulders or even that their usual fitful night’s sleep seems to have turned into a disaster zone, they still do not think their bedding, especially their pillow, could be to blame.

Wool bedding, including pillow, duvet and mattress protectors are becoming ‘fashionable’ as more people realize the true potential, once again, of this sustainable product.  With great structure, strength and integrity, why not give a wool pillow and bedding a try?

The Importance of Healthy Habits at Work

Developing lifestyle routines to positively benefit one’s health are necessary to ensure wellness through all aspects of life. Most individuals have the belief that a healthy lifestyle can only be achieved through optimum nutrition and exercise. Though these behaviors do have a strong correlation with your physical, mental, and social well-being, they are not the only factors that can affect your behaviors.

 

On average, the typical full-time employed worker spends between forty to fifty hours away from home, on the job each week. As a full time employee, many workers have multiple obligations they must meet in order to support themselves, as well as their families. Having a full time career can ensure you are meeting the requirements to fund the well-being of your entire family.

 

Workplace Habits

 

Since we spend so much time at work, it’s important to develop healthy habits to ensure you are maintaining optimum health at all times. Below are a few examples of workplace habits that you should develop into your typical workday, that are commonly overlooked.

 

Hydration- For physical jobs that require a lot of movement and/or heavy lifting, it’s important to stay hydrated at all times. Especially during the peak hours of summer, when the sun can produce temperatures well into the 90’s throughout much of the United States, keeping a water bottle handy is important. Additionally, staying hydrated even when you are off the clock- while at home after work or on the weekends, you should still remain hydrated. It’s recommended to consume at least 64 oz. of water each day, to allow your body enough fluids to complete your physical tasks at work. If you become dizzy, have frequent headaches, or become nauseous while at work, these may be early signs of dehydration. Be sure you are carefully monitoring your water intake levels.

 

Posture- Many individuals spend a lot of time in an office space or cubicle when at work. Though this work drastically differs from physical jobs as discussed above, there are important things that we should consider when at an office job. Posture is one of the most important things to consider while spending a great deal of time on the computer. It’s easily to become relaxed and slouch over the computer screen. As a result, this can quickly lead to back and shoulder problems as you experience curvature in your spine for an extended period of time. It’s important to always ensure you are sitting up straight in your chair, with your entire back against the back of your chair. Make sure when you get up to take a break, you are practicing your straight posture as well, and try to develop the habit into a routine even outside of your office.

 

Focus- Most all jobs require employees to remain focused on the task at hand. You focus level can easily be depleted if you don’t have enough sleep at night. As a general rule, ensure you are sleeping for at least 8 hours each night and taking time away to refresh your mind from your daily work tasks. If you spend a lot of time indoors while at work, be sure to take a jog or run after work to replenish your mental state, and keep your blood flowing. It’s important to have a steady balance between focus while on the job, and down-time after work or on the weekends. The brain simply cannot remain focused for too long of a time.

 

Analyze your Habits

 

What are some typical workplace habits you have? There are other aspects in which many can improve their overall health and well-being. One common workplace habit that many employees have is going out to eat on their lunch breaks. Though this can provide an easy way to grab a bite to eat while on your break, it can also affect your health. Eating too much processed foods just for the ease of convenience should be avoided. Consider your other typical workplace habits that can be broken to uphold your health and well being.

 

In what ways will you strive to make healthier choices at your place of employment?

Outdoor Summertime Activities – Tips for Staying Healthy

Summertime is filled with a number of outdoor activities. Especially for families with children, the summertime is the perfect chance to kick back and relax. It’s a time when we can enjoy much needed time with our loved ones, children, immediate family members, and close friends. Summertime can easily become one of the most enjoyable times of the year, but there are a few things we should keep in mind this year, especially if you have children.

 

Sports and outdoor activities are among the highest and most popular activities for children to engage in during the summer. It’s the best time of year to ensure your children are engaging in physical activity, and getting out to enjoy the best weather conditions of the year.

 

Playing it Safe

 

Whether it’s 70 degrees, or pushing 90 degrees, it’s important to remember a few simple steps to ensure your children are safe while outdoors:

 

Stay hydrated– dehydration can occur quickly if enough water is not consumed during the daytime. Excess sunshine and heat can cause bodily fluids to escape quicker, and easier. It’s important to ensure the maximum amount of water is consumed during the hot, summer months. At least 64 ounces of water, minimum, should be consumed on a daily basis.

 

Wear the right colors– Dodging the outdoor heat can sometimes become an extremely difficult task. When the sun is fully exposed, its rays can cause our bodies to heat up much faster than usual. If you are spending more than an hour outdoors, you should avoid dark clothing and colors, like black and dark blue, that absorb more sunlight than light colors.

 

Wear the right gear– Despite the fact that the sun’s rays might be scorching, always ensure your children are protected from potential injury. If riding a bicycle, ensure your children are always wearing a helmet. If running in the backyard, or tossing the football, ensure proper knee pads and protective equipment are being utilized at all times.

 

Protect yourself– Overexposure to the sun can damage, and burn skin cells if they are not properly protected. Be sure your children are applying sunscreen at all times while outside. Its best to apply a new layer of protective sunblock every hour to hour and a half to ensure maximum protection is enabled.

 

Your Eyes too– Sunglasses aren’t just trendy, but they are extremely useful during the summer months. Make sure you are protecting your eyes from the harmful UV rays the sun emits during the summer months.

 

Keeping your family, and your children safe during the warm summer months can sometimes pose a challenge to many families. Remembering a few simple steps can keep your children safe from potential injury or harm that can arise from overexposure to the sun, or protection steps that were not properly followed. There are many other tips and tricks that can help to keep your family safe during family activities this summer. What are some ways in which you practice safe behaviors during the warmer months?

Summer Activities for Individuals of All Abilities

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Summer is the season for taking advantage of the great outdoors and to get moving after a long winter. Whether you enjoy water sports, taking in the sights and sounds of a nature hike, or even like to spend the weekend camping, there are many fun summer activities that individuals of all abilities can enjoy. Put on your sunscreen, grab a water bottle, a pair of sunglasses, and try some of these quintessential summer activities:

Gardening and Grilling

 

Nothing says “summer” like getting a little dirty or gathering with friends in the backyard for some food and fun. Traditionally, gardening can be labor intensive, but there are so many ways to garden that one does not need to get down on his or her knees or use heavy garden tools to be a successful gardener. Gardening is activity that can be done as a group or as a solo project, all one needs is soil, seeds, water, and a sunny spot. Container gardening is an easy way to garden for individuals with disabilities who have limited space or have limited mobility. For example, if someone is bound to a wheelchair, he or she can tend to a container gardening if pots (or other containers) are at level within reach. Another great way to garden is by joining or helping out at a community garden. Not only can you reap the benefits of fresh food, but meet other individuals of all abilities in your community.

 

Another summer activity that is suitable for individuals of all abilities is a backyard grilling party. Who doesn’t love to gather around a campfire or grill, share delicious foods with good friends, and even enjoy a few backyard games?

Water Fun

 

Cooling off in water during a warm afternoon is one of the best ways to enjoy summer. While some individuals like to take the plunge at the waterpark or pool, there are several other water activities that all abilities can enjoy. If you enjoy boating and swimming, check with your local community education and recreation department to see if they offer adaptive water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and sailing. Want to hit the pool? Check to see if your local pool has an accessible pool.

Summer Camps

 

Attending a summer camp seems to be a rite of passage for many individuals. These days, there’s a summer camp for almost every interest and ability. Summer camps can be an invaluable experience for young and old, alike, and can be beneficial in many ways including: meeting others with similar interests, enjoying a nice getaway from everyday life, learn new skills, discover certain talents, gain self-confidence, and enjoy some independence.

 

If attending a summer camp isn’t your thing, camping in a campground can be a fun way to get away for a night or two. Many campgrounds have accessible camping cabins if pitching a tent isn’t an option and during the day, you can enjoy a nice nature hike on accessible trails or partake in other activities in the area.

 

The Truth About Weight Loss Supplements

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In today’s society there is so much emphasis placed on the weight loss industry and all these diet fads. Commercials are constantly recommending the newest product available or the next big secret. There is one thing that these big diet companies hide from you and I’m here to tell you what it is. They are hiding the truth.

There are very limited amounts of actual supplements that make a difference in our bodies. There have been studies done that the most beneficial supplements for our bodies are simply just whey protein and creatine.

Whey protein is the most beneficial to our body because it is just food in a powered form. We are all supposed to hit a certain amount of macro nutrients (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates) each day. All protein does is help us to reach that certain amount to build muscle.

There is another type of protein called Casein protein. Casein protein is different because it is not digested as fast as whey protein. What a lot of people will do is take it right before bed so that they will have an adequate supply of protein throughout the night.

I’m not saying that casein protein does not work, because it does. I would not recommend it though because it is harder on your kidneys than regular whey protein.

If you are wondering if all whey protein powders are the same, they are not. Different protein powders have different amounts of protein per serving ratio. You want to aim for a protein that has at least 25g of protein per serving.

Also, to go along with just protein. You should also consider the actual ingredients of protein itself. This is important because not all proteins are as absorbed by your body. What some of these diet companies do is fill their proteins will fillers that is not absorbed at all by our bodies. However, whenever they do the testing on it, it appears as more. In all honesty, the more you pay for protein the better it will be.

Creatine  is just a supplement to help you get stronger. This is the number one tested supplement that there is. The reason for this is because it has received so much hype in the fitness industry in the last twenty years. Create promises to make you stronger like steroids, without the negative side effects. However, the difference between steroids and creatine is huge. All it does it take the water that you drink and put it in your muscles.

Even though scientists have done rigorous amounts of testing on creatine, they cannot prove two things. First, they cannot disprove that creatine cannot deliver what it says it will. Secondly, they cannot find any negative side effects to it.  There are different types of creatine available. Almost all studies have been done on creatine monohydrate. However, most fitness buffs will recommend that you take a creatine blend. That way, you can get all the different sources of creatine in a single serving.

Don’t let these big diet companies fool you. These are the most beneficial products that our body can handle.  There are different forms of each, so it is really important to just stick to the basics that I have mentioned. If you just follow what I have told you then you will make a huge difference in your fitness journey.

Is A Water Filter A Good Option For Your Home?

Are you sure your tap water is pure and healthy? Are you sure your children drink water which is best for their health? If to all of these question the answer is no, you have to make some changes. For example, you should buy a water filter. In addition, a water filter is an eco-friendly solution to your home and we will tell you why.


Benefits of a water filter

Water filters remove bacteria and chlorine. Because of that, water from a water filter has better taste and smell. Another good thing about water filters is that they remove lead from water. Lead is dangerous for your health. If you are exposed to lead in your drinking water, there is a strong possibility you develop high blood pressure or kidney problems. Apart from these problems, if your children drink this water for a long time, they can develop problems with attention span and problems with learning abilities. So, water filters remove all dangerous contaminants from your drinking water. And lead is only one of them. Other dangerous contaminants are hormonally active chemicals, fluoride and rocket fuel. In other words, a water filter is what you need. By removing chlorine, you have less risk to develop rectal cancer, colon cancer and bladder cancer. If you have children, unclean water can have bad influence on their immune system. Furthermore, water filters can lower the risk of gastrointestinal disease. If you drink impure tap water, you drink toxins present in this water. Pregnant women should pay special attention to what type of water they drink.

Eco-friendly solution for your home
Now, we will tell you why a water filter is the perfect solution for your eco-friendly home. First of all, a water filter will reduce home energy consumption. Second of all, by using a water filter you will reduce use of cleaning products such as soaps and detergents. Have you considered huge negative impact of plastic bottles on the environment? Plastic bottles are made from petroleum. In order to produce a plastic bottle, it requires huge amount of fossil fuels. Even though some plastic bottles are recyclable, plastic tops are not. Because of that, plastic tops end up at the bottom of the ocean taking its toll to animal life. Did you know that every square mile of the ocean has over 46,000 pieces of floating plastic in it? Additionally, it is not true that all plastic bottles are recyclable. Only PET bottles get recycled. And what about these bottles which are not recycled? Eighty percent of the water bottles end up in landfills. In order to manufacture bottled water, it takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to do that. Also, the delivery of bottled water to our homes has a negative impact on the environment.

Types of eco-friendly water filters
When we talk about leading an eco-friendly life, we should mention water filters that do not use electricity.

Water filters using coconut shells
This may come as a surprise, but a coconut shell is the natural source of carbon. In addition, coconuts are valuable for water filtration because coconuts can remove contaminants and odours from drinking water. Coconut is a very sustainable plant because it produces fruit three times per year.

Reverse osmosis
Reverse osmosis water filter is a type of filter which removes contaminants by water pressure pushing the tap water through a membrane. The membrane is semi-permeable which means that it allows only water to pass through, not contaminants. Reverse osmosis water filter can remove iron, zinc, mercury, lead, fluoride and many other elements.

A water filter that uses the Sun’s rays
This eco-friendly water filters alters the Sun’s rays into UV frequency. UV rays then kill all bacteria.

A water filter which uses sedimentation
This water filter is made of porcelain, glass and metal. This eco-friendly water filter uses gravity to remove contaminants instead of electricity.

A water filter that uses wave energy
This device floats on water and uses wave energy in order to remove contaminants. This water filter converts seawater into potable water.

To sum up, using water filters is an eco-friendly option. Also, by using a water filter you are sure that you and your family drink clean water, free from any contaminants, bacteria and metals.