The Real Cost of Cancer

A diagnosis of cancer can take a devastating emotional toll on the patient and his family. Even for families with the most comprehensive of medical insurance, however, this diagnosis can also represent a staggering financial cost. Cancer can be an exceptionally expensive disease to manage and even with insurance managing the care and treatment of the patient, as well as personal costs for the family of the patient can be truly crippling. Understanding these costs from the beginning can help a family prepare for the financial obligations of cancer so that they are better able to plan for the management of these costs.… Read the rest

Advances in Medical Software

If there is one thing we have come to expect from the moving and passage of time, and the development of technology, it’s that technology is vastly improving our lives and quality of life. Sure, Facebook is great, but what can technology do for us and our health, and not for our “like” buttons of Klout scores.

Related to that, then, are the advances in medical devices, software, and technology that have come from improved technology across the board, and improved access to technology for much of the population. Here are just a few new tech trends in the health world, and how they are helping improve people’s lives, and greatly increase access to medical care.… Read the rest

Consumer Demand Leads to Dietary Supplement Growth

If you take vitamins and minerals or herbs to enhance your diet, know that the federal government has blessed your doing so. In fact, the law which governs diet supplements opens with a long preamble listing their benefits. Here is an example:

“(5) preventive health measures, including education, good nutrition, and appropriate use of safe nutritional supplements will limit the incidence of chronic diseases, and reduce long-term health care expenditures.”

The U.S. Congress passed the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for diet supplements are generally less strict than those for prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs.… Read the rest

Possible Changes in Store for AZ Medical Marijuana Law

The Arizona Republic reported Friday about a hearing held at the Arizona Department of Health Services to consider expanding what conditions are covered under the state’s medical marijuana law. The law, which voters passed in 2010, has some strong restrictions about who can receive a medical marijuana card, who can grow marijuana, and the number and locations of dispensaries. It does, however, allow conditions to be added as decided by the Department of Health Services Director Will Humble.

The hearing included testimony by nearly 2 dozen individuals who suffer from conditions such as PTSD , depression, anxiety, headaches, insomnia, and irritability.… Read the rest

Social Security becoming more of a Headache than Help

Social Security benefits are designed to supplement your income if you become disabled. You can apply for two types of disability benefits depending on your needs. But even if you follow all the rules and complete every form, you can still receive a denial. You may end up getting more headaches than help.

SSD

You qualify for SSD, or Social Security Disability, if you worked during your life-time and earned income from a place of employment or from self-employment. You must pay into Social Security to receive this benefit. The federal government has specific guidelines regarding the benefit.

Each year you work, you earn up to four credits toward your SS benefits.… Read the rest

Things to Consider When Refinancing Your Home

The present economic climate across the country is not healthy.  When the economy is on a dip and going down, and people are not buying houses, the market often pushes mortgage interest rates down.  This gives homeowners with mortgages who are playing higher interest rates the opportunity to refinance and take advantage of low interest rates.

However, it’s not always in every home owner’s best interest to refinance.  There are certain circumstances where refinancing may end up costing more than staying put.  Examples would be if the owner has a high level of debt or a second mortgage or if they do not plan to stay for long in their current home.… Read the rest

The Social Media Takeover

Social media has seemed to incorporate itself into everyone’s life in one way or another. It has permeated every aspect of life from personal to business. Social media is easily accessible whether it be on a computer, a smart phone or a tablet.

In the beginning, social media was designed as a way for people to keep in contact with friends, family and acquaintances. Now, it has grown into something new entirely, a cyber world. Not only do individuals interact online but so do businesses, musicians, and news sources. Pretty much any information that you could want to know you can find out through social media.… Read the rest

Organizations Call For Ban on Tanning Beds

Tanning beds have grown in popularity over the past decade. People want to be as tan as possible and want to do it quickly. Tanning beds allow people to achieve that golden complexion with only a few sessions at a tanning salon. While these beds will make people tan, they come at an extremely high risk.

A tan comes from the direct encounter of UV rays which damage skin cells. Tanning beds channel the UV rays and by laying in one, high doses of UV rays are channeled directly at your skin which causes the tan. Recent studies have shown that tanning beds increase the risk of melanoma, a fatal form of skin cancer, by 74%.… Read the rest

Understanding the Services and Definition of EHR Software

The tremendous advances in technology that have taken place over recent years have caused some people to consider this era a new revolution in electronics and other technological areas. The health care system is one of the fields that is being greatly impacted by these developments and the changes are occurring in more than the obvious realm.

Most people will associate technological advances with patient treatment options, and that’s certainly true. However, technology is also changing the way patient information is documented, stored and even accessed. With new developments in EHR software, records are being stored more easily and accurately, as well as more economically and efficiently.… Read the rest

Protecting Yourself Against Fake Reviews

We have all used the Internet as a tool for researching businesses.  Whether we are looking for a new hair salon, restaurant or plumber we like to know what people are saying before we take the plunge.  But, no matter the industry, there will always be scammers and competitors that like to play dirty by writing fake reviews.  Rather than stoop to their level of dishonesty, you can fight back by protecting your business with online reputation management.

Online reputation management is beneficial because it helps you establish a strong online presence.  They can help you improve your ranking on search engines like Google, create accounts on many of the popular social media sites like Facebook, and utilize micro-sites to keep positive search results high and negative results low.… Read the rest

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