Would You Dare Swallow a Hair Strand, Even in Your Favorite Soup?

Sometimes you may find a strand of hair in your soup and just decide to overlook it and swallow it together with the soup. A single hair strand is not really dangerous as it is very small and the highest possibility is that it will just pass through the digestive tract. However, the hair poses a danger when it forms a clump, which would eventually form a giant hairball in your stomach necessitating the need to see a doctor. So, what happens when you swallow hair?

Some species of bacteria may try acting on the hair, leading to stomach upsets and/or diarrhea. This scenario is, however, very unlikely.

Hair is densely packed with a protein called keratin which has a very fibrous structure. Keratin requires long exposure to extreme acidic or alkaline conditions and temperatures way above 100 degree Celsius in order to break down. The human digestive system, however, cannot contain such conditions, making it impossible for humans to break keratin down. Most hair just passes through the digestive tract alongside other materials that cannot be digested and they are eliminated in the feces. You can therefore take chances if it is only a single hair strand. However, keep in mind that too many hair strands may eventually clump up and get stuck in the stomach.

Swallowing hair is a scenario that is also very common in cats. Like humans, cats also cannot digest hair, which is fur in their case. The hair that does not make it out of their digestive system builds up in their stomach forming a firm dense hair ball, also known as a trichobezoar. Most cats eventually get to vomit the hair balls before situation gets too bad.

Humans also begin developing hair balls when they eat a lot of hair. This sometimes happens to people suffering from trichophagia, a unique disorder of eating hair. Unlike cats, humans do not vomit their hair balls. Instead, the hair just sits in the stomach, obstructing the normal functioning of the digestive system. Eating hair can greatly alter the functioning of the liver and pancreas.

Some symptoms of trichobezoars in humans include:

Vomiting
Nausea
Appearance of hair and/or blood in the stool
Poor appetite
Foul breath
Constipation
Bowel obstruction
Excessive gas
Bowel perforation
Excessive weight loss.

In extreme cases, a strand of hair ball can reach down the small intestines, a condition commonly known as Rapunzel Syndrome. The doctor can feel the hair ball by gently pushing the in the left upper and mid parts of the patients abdomen.

The hair balls can also be diagnosed using gastrointestinal X-rays, using ultrasound or looking into the patient’s stomach using an endoscope. Removal of this hair necessitates a major surgery where the doctor opens up the digestive track then pulls out the hair.

Considering all these things, you eventually realize it is not worth overlooking that single hair strand because as harmless as it may seem, it may cost you a lot. It is therefore important to avoid mistakes that can be very costly. As they say; ”to be safe is better than to be sorry.”

How Do Mobile Workstations Aid in Patient Engagement?

Strides made in patient engagement in recent years have taken place alongside innovations in healthcare technology such as mobile workstations. The use of technology in healthcare has given patients the desire to take a more active role in their health, and has also improved outcomes. But how do mobile workstations aid in patient engagement?

Technology in Healthcare

Technology is transforming healthcare and helping to keep people engaged and healthy. More and more health facilities are adopting new technologies that patients can use easily, thereby improving the efficiency and quality of health outcomes.

Technology provides simple, but effective methods of communication, and provides a more versatile and personalized approach to healthcare. Medical computers and similar devices create the opportunity for better diagnosis and treatment. They also improve links among doctors, allowing them to work together to improve patient care.

Patient Engagement

There’s been a lot of talk about the concept of patient engagement in recent years, but what does it really mean. Patient engagement focuses on involving patients in matters relating to their health and wellness, in order to improve patient-physician relationships, and produce better outcomes. Incorporating advanced tools and technology into healthcare is helping to enhance patient care and comfort.

Doctors and patients can now access electronic health records (EHR) via online portals, and there is greater communication access via emails and mobile devices. Because of these technological advances, there is now much more patient-physician interaction.

Additionally, more medical consultations are taking place online. When there is a health concern, patients are now regularly using tools such as medical mobiles to contact their primary care physician or specialist. This has helped to reduce office visits, and of course it means lower costs for patients.

How Mobile workstations help patient engagement

Mobile workstations have helped to integrate information technology into the healthcare system, so as to streamline operations and increase efficiency. Computers and health information technology have been seamlessly integrated into the workflow, and this has also improved physician-patient interactions.

Mobile workstations specifically assist patient engagement by:

Reducing the time for routine tasks such as dispensing medication and updating daily charts. This gives health care providers more time to offer better care to patients. It therefore facilitates greater connectedness between patients and their health care providers.

Providing nurses with mobile nursing charts rather than paper based patient charts. This allows them to get a real-time view of patient vitals, medication charts, and lab results. Paper based charts are prone to error, but mobile enabled alternatives are more accurate, and help to increase patient satisfaction.

Increasing efficiency and facilitating improved care at the bedside. Data is more accessible, and patients also have access to tests results and other health communication that allows them to make informed decisions.

Giving clinicians the ability to enter information at the point of care in a patient’s room. The health data can be discussed in real time, and patients don’t have to wait for the physician or nurse to consult notes at a permanent workstation.

Enhancing patient involvement in their own care, as clinicians can share data they are viewing on the workstation screen. Patients are given more information about their illness and the possible treatment options.

Saving time. Less time is required to record documentation, which makes more time available for direct patient care. Because of this, patients feel more comfortable communicating openly with their health care providers.

Venus-222 Mobile Nursing Station

The Venus 222 Mobile Nursing Station by Onyx Healthcare is a portable, multifaceted computer with a wireless network. It integrates the functions of a nursing station with other applications such as telemedicine, and EHR/EMR. The Venus-222 workstation is lightweight, fan-less, easy to navigate, and comfortable to use. It can be upgraded as needed, and is equipped with swappable batteries. The batteries have a 24-hour run time, so the computer won’t die out prematurely. It is the ideal solution for the fast-paced clinical environment.

Onyx Healthcare, USA, located in Orange, CA, specializes in medical IT solutions, and provides a range of mobile computing workstations for the medical field. Call 714-792-0774 to find out more about the mobile workstations available at Onyx, and discover how they can aid in patient engagement.

The Benefits of Deep Breathing

When we were born, we knew how to breathe correctly. We instinctively knew to breathe deeply. Our breaths were rhythmical and relaxed. At the time of our very first breath, we knew what to do.

Somewhere along the line we forgot how to breathe deeply. We may have been frightened, stressed or shocked. We may have panicked and our automatic response was to breathe quickly into our chests. Over time this became our new habit. When I look around a yoga class, I see most people are shallow breathing. But if we do this for a long period of time, we begin to think this is normal.

As you sit at your computer now, notice what your breath is doing. Now breathe deeply. Notice what your shoulders are doing and how your stomach is feeling. Now sit up straight, roll your shoulders back and down. Release any tension in your stomach. Now check in with your breath. Are you breathing deeply into your stomach? This new habit will take effort to maintain at first. Keep checking in with your breath during the day and eventually any tightness in your stomach will reduce.

Shallow breathing means that our organs do not get the same level of oxygen as they do during deep breathing. When you take a long inhale, imagine the air is filling your lungs and expanding your diaphragm. Your intestines are filled with fresh oxygen. If you lay the alveoli out flat (the air sacks in your lungs), they would be the size of a one bedroom flat which is about 450 square feet. Imagine how much more efficient and healthy our bodies would be if we breathed properly!

During shallow breathing, your sympathetic nervous system goes into a state of stress. This informs your body that you are stressed and releases the associated stress hormones. This then creates an imbalance in the body.

Imagine the difference to our health, vitality and energy if we were to breathe deeply everyday. Imagine the positive impact on our performance. Breathing deeply helps your body to perform at its best. It relieves tension, stress and fear. I find that when my breathing is quick and shallow, then my mind is over active. When I consciously control my breathing and aim for deep inhales and long exhales, my mind becomes more peaceful and I am less stressed.

I Want To Feel Young Again Like You – He Asked

The other day, I received a rather nice complement from a colleague who noted my excellent shape and fitness. Let me tell you, staying in shape at this level is a lot of work, it’s a huge sacrifice, but I feel worth it. But, not being a fitness consultant or personal trainer I wondered exactly what advice could I give that would work for almost anyone who wants to lose weight, tone up and stay healthy? Let’s talk.

First, my colleague asks me; “So in addition to your exercise routine do you eat a special diet? I am just trying to watch what I eat and pay attention to portion control. I want to feel good when I look in the mirror. I don’t think I will ever look like the Statue of David but then again he is dead and I am alive.”

Yes of course, he’s right. And, here is the advice I gave him and I’d be glad to share with you today. You see, I eat smoothies with vegetables and fruit, with isolate protein powder, and a lot of homemade soup. I also watch my calories, but not as much as I used to. But let me say this; if you’ll cut your calorie intake to 2300 calories per day, walk/jog 3.2 miles per day, then boost that up to 2 walks per day, you’ll lose and keep off 35 lbs in 2-months.

I also recommend you cut out wheat products and sodas, no beer or alcohol. Your gut bacteria will change in about 2.5 weeks and you won’t crave all the BS processed foods in about 20-30 days. But you have to stay with this plan for at least 60-days before you’ll be happy with the results, then once you do get lighter, you can up the exercise and start hitting the weights in about 45-days.

It’s not hard stuff, just Google “Super Foods” and only eat those, add turmeric, ginger, garlic, Italian spices, pepper in trade for salt, and organic honey and cinnamon in place of sugar.

Read up on foods that boost testosterone, and add some of those into your diet. Also add Ginseng (Panex), K-2, and Gingko Biloba, fish oil into your supplement routine, get a good B-complex and multivitamin too, add D-3 vitamin until spring.

This works, it’s not even rocket science. I also advise that you “Think” yourself thin, and if you are going to hit the weights do that 1-hour before you go to bed, your body will burn fat while you sleep. By the time summer comes you will be sporting a hard body and you will have agility and spring in your step, ready to conquer the world. You’ll feel like you are in your early 30s again, it’s pretty damn cool.

My acquaintance then asks; “What has been the biggest change you have noticed since you have gotten in better shape?”

Well, good question actually. So, I guess the hardest thing to remember is to stay on your diet. Sometimes, “friends” want to feed you their crappy food, and when you eat it, you will notice you start to lose your six-pack. Most of that processed crap is garbage calories, not doing you any good. It’s not that you are going to crave that crappy food after months of eating the good stuff – it’s that your friends try to feed you the stuff. Sometimes those foods are more convenient, and you are hungry, but try to get the good stuff in. And once a week go ahead and eat whatever you want, some crappy stuff, but not more than once a week. Please consider all this and think on it.

Getting Over Acne Has Never Been Easier!

Acne is a tricky condition, acne outbreaks occur without any specified reason, and these most commonly occur during teenage years.

These could affect one’s confidence, make one feel down. Sometimes acne is mild, and goes away by itself with passage of time. And at other times, acne could be more severe.

Acne has an ineluctable tendency to surprise us.

Acne spots occur at random, at random times, and at times, at the least desirable times. You might have been waiting for your favorite party, or a get-together with the closest of friends, and you come to realize that you have acne. So that could be a little disheartening.

Then, the process to get over acne starts. One might try out some over the counter medications, hoping to get maximum results in minimum time…

Wouldn’t it be nice, if you had a way to steer clear of acne, and look you best, all day, and every day!

Here are some of the best ways to keep a check on occurrence of acne scars:

1. By reducing the consumption of refined carbs, such as chocolate, one could keep a check on acne.

When we have refined carbs, the production of insulin in our bodies is higher. And this triggers higher levels of release of hormones.

By inflaming the follicles, this can increase oil production, and cause acne.

2. Avoiding seafood is a way which is sure to work for getting over acne, as some types of seafood are known to aggravate acne.

3. When one is stressed out, it could lead to acne, because cortisol, which is a stress hormone, can stimulate oil glands.

And this could in turn cause acne.

4. One’s diet can go a long way in ensuring that one stays healthy, and this can also act as a natural acne scar treatment. So preferably, one’s diet must be high on whole foods. And one should ideally keep a check on sugar consumption, and also on consumption of hydrogenated fats. This would help keep a check on acne.

5. On an acne outbreak, to overcome the condition, it is very important that one keeps the skin clean. For the same, one must use a mild cleanser at least twice a day. That’s once in the morning, and once before retiring for bed.

6. If one does suffer from acne, one must avoid touching the face excessively.

7. One may choose to use some over the counter medications to get over acne. These could be in form of topically applied gels, lotions and creams.

Getting over acne has never been easier!