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07 18 2013

First introduced in the 1980s, minimally invasive surgery has dramatically changed the way many surgical procedures are performed. Liver transplant surgeon Dr. Susan Lim has used minimally invasive robotic surgery techniques for many of the types of operations she performs.

A surgeon begins a traditional surgical procedure by making an incision that is large enough to expose the portion of a person’s anatomy upon which the doctor will be working. The doctor widens the incision to provide an unobstructed view and full working access. Depending upon the type of surgery being performed, the surgeon might have to cut through bone and muscle.

Because of this process, traditional surgery can result in a longer, more painful recovery period. Although there are drawbacks to traditional surgery that can be eliminated or reduced through minimally invasive surgical techniques, not all surgical procedures lend themselves to the use of the small incision process.

Minimally invasive surgery begins with a small incision in which the surgeon inserts an endoscope–a camera and light at the end of a long, flexible tube. The projected image from the camera is displayed on a monitor the surgeon views while performing the operation. The surgeon makes other small incisions to insert other instruments used to perform the procedure. The incisions are normally one-third of an inch, but larger incisions might be required depending upon the type of procedure being performed.

Biomechanical companies have designed different types of endoscopes and surgical tools for use in different surgical procedures. For example, a laparoscope is an endoscope designed for abdominal surgery. Thoracic surgeons and heart surgeons use a thoracoscope to view the chest cavity.

Shorter recovery times, reduced scarring and a reduced risk of infection are reported benefits of minimally invasive surgery. Still, traditional surgical techniques continue to have a place in the operating room. The goal of a surgeon in performing any surgical procedure is to correct a problem as safely as possible by causing the least amount of trauma. Because the patient may spend more time on the operating table during minimally invasive surgery, certain procedures or circumstances may favor traditional surgical procedures.

The decision to use minimally invasive surgery is one that patients must make in consultation with their doctors. No surgical technique can be said to be right for every patient or for every type of procedure. Patients must make an informed decision when choosing some of the newest medical and technological advances.

07 04 2013

Those suffering from musculoskeletal issues can benefit from osteopathic therapy in Fort Lauderdale. Osteopathy is the practice of massaging and manipulating of the body’s muscles, bones, and nerves. Osteopathic medical professionals care for patients through non-invasive and drug-free methods. The belief behind osteopathic medicine is that the body will be able to heal itself from the inside. You can find osteopathic physicians, otherwise known as DOs, to perform these procedures.

About DOs

So what makes a physician an osteopathic doctor? For one, they have to go through schooling similar to a doctor’s. In other words, a DO goes through college, medical school, and residencies and internships. Afterwards, a DO will receive extra training on the musculoskeletal system. Since this system comprises two-thirds of the body, a DO must learn to understand how one damaged part of the body will affect other parts. These doctors also become very familiar in osteopathic manipulation treatment, or OMT. A DO will comprehend how to blend together conventional medical treatments and spinal manipulation. Some are skeptical about the legitimacy behind OMT. Take comfort in knowing this is now mainstream medicine and is no longer deemed “alternative.” In fact, this technique has been studied and reported as efficacious for caring for lower back pain that is uncomplicated.

How to Find a DO

If you believe osteopathic therapy in Fort Lauderdale is for you, you should be able to locate a DO in your area. If you’re unsure where to look, be sure to look over these suggestions. The phonebook and the Internet are standard tools that will come in handy during your search. Dialing 411 is another option. An operator providing directory assistance can supply you with a listing of local osteopathic physicians. If that doesn’t work for you, it’s recommended to contact other organizations. You can check with hospitals and medical clinics for references. Additionally, you can get in touch with the American Osteopathic Association and the American Medical Association. Visiting their websites may lead you to an osteopathic doctor in your city or town. Last, call up or visit the osteopathic medical organization in your state.

05 06 2013

The basic: Electronic cigarettes, commonly known as vaporizer cigarettes are devices that people often use as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes. It releases doses of water vapor that may or may not include nicotine. The e-cigarette is powered by a small electronic battery.

According to the manufacturers and marketers of e-cigs, the devices are a successful and healthier substitute to tobacco smoking. The users do not inhale harmful tobacco with e-cigarette and it is a known fact that tobacco contains 4000+ toxic chemicals. The best parts of these cigarettes are that the regular users of these cigarettes are very much satisfied with them and they get the similar sensation as with tobacco-cigarette smoking. There is no combustion with the cigarette so there is no smoke, hence it is an eco-friendly medium.

Construction and working

E-cigs are long tube like device which look similar to tobacco cigarette. Some manufacturers have also launched them in different shapes like ball point pen, pen drive and hair clips. You can choose from replaceable cartridges to throwaway ones.

 The user sucks the device by placing it in between the lips which in turn activates the heating elements. The heating element further vaporizes the liquid solution and vapor is liberated. This vapor is inhaled. It is easy to use because the action is identical to the traditional cigarette.

Components of E-cigarette

A distinctive electronic cigarette has the following components:

Mouth Piece: It is used by the user to inhale from it. The replaceable cartridge is place here.

The atomizer: It is a heating element which helps in vaporizing the liquid solution. The vapor is than inhaled. It is a replaceable element and the general time to replace the atomizer is 3 to 6 months.

The battery: The powerhouse of the e-cigs. It is a lithium-ion rechargeable battery and helps in heating the atomizer. The device also carries some circuitry like airflow sensor, a timed cutoff switch and a colored LED. The timed cutoff switch is to prevent overheating and colored LED is to indicate that the device is powered.

Laws with Electronic Cigarettes

There is not enough scientific evidence to prove that e-cigarettes are as harmful as traditional cigarettes. The effect of the e-liquid nicotine is not as dangerous as the tobacco. Hence there are not many laws prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes. There is no age prohibition on the purchase and use of e-cigs. Anyone can legally buy it virtually from e-stores or physically from general stores. However writer never promotes its uses among children and kids.

Similarly as there is no second hand smoke generated from these devices the e-cigarette enjoy easy and free uses in public places. There is no smell and no dirty mess as in tobacco cigarette making it comfortable for the users to use it. You can even use it in airplanes, restaurants and trains. Research are being carried on Electronic Cigarette, soon laws may change if found guilty. So keep on enjoying till then.

04 10 2013

Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in United States. Coming in at a close second is lung cancer. In fact, more people die of colon cancer than AIDS and breast cancer combined.

Studies have traced colon cancer to the poor diet and unhealthy habits of most Americans today. Processed foods, those high in saturated fat, sodium and sugar and carbonated beverages are the main culprits believed to be catalysts in the onset of colon cancer. We’re practically living in a “junk food nation” with little nutritional value and almost zero fiber intake (the colon needs a HIGH fiber diet to maintain a healthy function).

While most food wastes are eliminated by excretion, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle will lead to irregular bowel movements. Studies also show that there is plenty of waste buildup in the intestines because of processed food. Accumulated substances in the colon can result in gas, constipation, and bloating. Although these issues do not seem like anything to be too concerned about, if the buildup continues, it can lead to far more serious issues.

If you are suffering from unpleasant symptoms like chronic constipation, backache, continual headaches, constant fatigue, or bloated abdomen, your body might be trying to tell you something. These could be early warning signals of a dysfunctional colon at serious risk of making you sicker each day it goes untreated. Detoxifying your body is the only way to eliminate these unwanted and harmful toxins.

Benefits of Doing a Home Colon Cleanse

Cheap and Affordable

The main benefit of a home colon cleanse kit is that you do not have to spend tons of money at the doctor’s office for expensive and uncomfortable treatments. You can do at home colon cleanse with kits available online.

A colon cleansing kit usually consists of a toxin absorber, shaker jar, digestive stimulator, herbal dietary supplements, user’s guide, and a dosage calendar etc.

Assured Privacy

Another benefit of cleansing your colon at home is the privacy. Understandably, a lot of people feel uncomfortable just imagining what happens during an enema or a colonic irrigation. Therefore, many people prefer to use cleanse kits at home to help restore their body’s natural digestive functions from the comfort of their own homes.

While home colon cleanse kits offer a variety of benefits, it is still a good idea to consult with your primary care physician before doing one.

If you choose to try colon cleansing, take these precautions:

About the Author: Inspired by a friend who lost a significant amount of weight by doing regular colon cleanses, Martha Blythe tried the home colon cleanse kit offered by www.cleancolonicirrigation.com. She has been regularly doing the colon cleanse every six months after noticing the positive effects on her digestion.

 

02 24 2013

I first heard about chiropractors when my mom had slip disc. She tried to carry my daughter who was three years old then; she probably made a wrong bend that a disc in her spine made a slight twist. She couldn’t move after that and she complained that her lower back was very painful. It was difficult to sit, stand up or even lie down. A family friend who’s a doctor suggested she sees a chiropractor, a specialist that treats patients with back problems, muscle pains, ligaments, and tendons. A few sessions made her well; it’s as if nothing happened to her after the bone specialist was through with her.

She and dad were in California visiting some relatives when it happened again. Mom tried to lift some bags when they went shopping when she felt a sharp pain on her lower back again. My aunt immediately brought her to a Stockton chiropractic clinic where she was treated.  Since then, mom had been very careful when bending or lifting things. She’s also very careful when she sits, one wrong position could leave her in pain again. The specialist also taught her some exercise moves to make her bones stronger. Stretching also helps so dad makes sure she does some stretching exercises upon waking up.