Ticks Are Terrifying – What You Need To Know

Ticks are sweeping the nation – migrating into new areas, booming in population, and spiking Lyme disease concerns nationwide.

Facts:

  • The CDC reports that the number of blacklegged ticks – the type responsible for transmitting Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis – has more than doubled in the past 20 years.
  • Research has shown that the number of US counties now reportedly at high-risk for Lyme disease has risen by over 300%.
  • According to FAIR Health, the diagnosis of Lyme Disease rose 185% in rural areas between 2007 and 2016. Lyme disease rose by 40% in cities (Mintel report 2018).

Did you know?

  • You can contract multiple diseases from one tick. The tick brought in from your pet or clothes can then bite you and spread disease.
  • Good news: Ticks don’t start transmitting disease right away. This usually takes around 24-48 hours.
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When to Start Worrying About Your Moles

Moles are something we pay little attention to unless they appear in large quantities or highly visible places, thus affecting your looks. In the majority of cases, this is perfectly fine because an average adult has about 40 moles on their body.

But the problem is that sometimes moles can be an indicator of skin cancer risk. They can also turn malignant, meaning the mole itself can become cancerous. Therefore, you should be paying attention to these common marks that might appear anywhere on the skin. You just need to understand when to get worried about them.

Types of Moles: Safe and Not So Much

There are three main types of moles you should be aware of:

  1. Birthmarks
  2. Common moles
  3. Atypical moles

First of all, none of these moles, even atypical ones, are dangerous by default. However, there are some risks associated with all of them.

Birthmarks are the moles that people are literally born with. They are generally harmless, but if the mark is big, it has a higher risk of turning cancerous. According to studies, 0.5-0.7% of patients with large birthmarks developed melanoma. Therefore, such marks should be under observation and parents will often need to confer with a dermatologist and decide whether removing the mark is needed to reduce the risks in a child.

Common, or typical, moles are safe if there are under 40 of them on your body. They have an even shape and a single color. They can have different textures but the evenness of the shape and color are the factors that mark them as “typical” and therefore “safe”. They usually appear in the times of hormonal fluctuations and remain unchanged as time goes. If you have over 50 of them, consult a dermatologist as this indicates a higher risk of skin cancer.
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Compassion Matters: Differentiating Hospice and Palliative Care

During illness, the needs of patients can go beyond medications and treatment. Sometimes, all they need is comfort, warmth, and compassionate care. This is what makes palliative and hospice care both essential aspects when delivering health care.

 

Certain health conditions may affect the patient in many ways. They don’t only limit one’s physical capacities; they also affect an individual’s emotional strength. And when all hope is lost, it’s easy for a person to find comfort and relief in the caregiver who provides true empathy and an understanding presence.
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Metro Vein Centers Dr. Kent Johnson Gives a Low Down on the Symptoms Varicose Veins

Kent Johnson MD, with over 25 years of experience in the practice of Medicine, gives a low down on the symptoms of varicose veins. He is a leading vein doctor working at the Texas branch of the Metro Vein Centers, whose primary goal is to help alleviate the pain of varicose veins. These are unsightly bulges due to weakened valves that cause blood to pool in an area. These can occur in any part of the body, but they are most commonly seen in your legs.

 

Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic problem, but it is a pressing issue that has the potential to affect people’s quality of lives. Thus, it is imperative that you consult a doctor in a vein center to get the right imaging diagnostic tests to assess the severity problem and to receive the proper treatment to prevent the re-canalization of these veins. It is important to seek someone you trust, like the specialists at the Metro Vein Centers located in Michigan, Texas, New Jersey, and New York, so you can be assured that the proper procedure is chosen for your case because varicose veins come with different levels of severity. Here are the symptoms of varicose veins that you should keep an eye on: 

 

Bulging Veins

 

There are bulging veins on your legs that are often twisted and look like cords. At times, they can also look like discolored spider webs coming in the hues of blue and purple. There are some minor cases when they just look ugly, but do not cause any pain nor discomfort. But don’t wait before these veins get any bigger to consult your doctor. The bigger it gets, the harder it becomes to treat and eliminate.
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TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS CELEBRATES 13 YEARS OF HOPE AND HELP

To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) celebrates its 13th birthday on Saturday, March 30th. Since 2006, the nonprofit has been dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with mental illness. In their 13-year history, TWLOHA has donated over $2.3 million directly into treatment, traveled more than 3.4 million miles to meet people face-to-face at nearly 3,000 events, and has responded to over 210,000 messages from over 100 countries. Each month, they connect with 5 million people online through social media and their FIND HELP Tool fields 5,000 searches made by people seeking affordable, local mental health resources.
To celebrate, the organization is asking supporters to wear TWLOHA merch on March 30th and to post a picture on social media using the hashtag #WearTWLOHA. From the very beginning, the organization has designed and sold T-shirts as a way to fund their efforts. The merchandise they sell, however, serves a bigger purpose. It acts as a conversation starter and a way to introduce people to TWLOHA and their mission of spreading hope and help.
It’s amazing to think that March 30 means 13 years have passed since our friend Jon Foreman wore the first TWLOHA shirt on stage at a Switchfoot concert in South Florida. We never could have imagined all that’s happened since that time-the people we’ve been able to reach, the stories that so many have shared with us,” says TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski. “We get to hear from folks all over the world who are getting help and even choosing to stay alive. We are beyond thankful for the last 13 years. We’re truly hopeful and excited when we think about the future.

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Comparing Home Care Versus An Assisted Living Center

For most struggling American families, having a senior member of the family that needs care will probably consider an assisted living center. The assisted living center employs staff who are ready to provide the needs of the senior. However, for other people, they dedicate their time and energy taking care of their senior family members. For these people, they would rather renovate their homes to accommodate the seniors who would like to stay inside their homes with their family surrounding them. There are many ways on how to renovate the home to make it elderly-friendly. The following entries are some of the suggestions from the experts on how the house can be transformed to enable the elderly people to live comfortably inside without any issues.

No Step Entries and Thresholds

Most homes are elevated and it requires steps just to reach the door. For those who are taking care of their senior family members, it is suggested that they should remove the steps that can become troublesome, especially for senior family members who are trying to walk around. Homeowners could ask professional construction workers to remove the steps and then it can be transformed into an inclined plane where the wheelchair can be used with ease. When compared to an assisted living center, step entries are absent because it would be a problem for the seniors living there. This renovation would be a must in a home environment where a senior lives. This renovation would prevent them from sustaining any injuries leaving or arriving at home. 

Installing a Garage Lift and an Elevator

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Healthy Hair As You Travel- Top Tips

Travelling is a time to explore new horizons either alone or with your friends and family, but for many caring for your hair whilst spending days on end in the sun can be a challenge. With people experiencing hair loss as a by-product of overexposure to the sun and sea water it can lead to other issues such as breakages or in severe cases hair loss. When experiencing hair loss many people will often opt for natural alternatives, to help the hair heal naturally but with some hair loss being rather drastic the cost of a hair transplant procedure is worth paying to have the hairline fully restored. This is the perfect solution for those that are experiencing this level of hair loss however, there are a number of other options that you can use to care for your hair if your hair has not been experiencing this level of fall out and we have the answers here.

When travel you are exposed to a number of elements such as humidity and heat but most importantly the chlorine that is present in swimming pools. When you have been swimming for a long amount of time it is vital that you use plenty of conditioner on your hair to nourish the ends and keep the hair from becoming brittle. This will be a godsend particularly if you are spending long amounts of time travelling as your hair can become difficult to maintain the longer that you travel for. By keeping a single conditioner and shampoo on hand you can ensure that your hair is kept in check throughout your travel time.
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What Is An Ophthalmoscopy and What Does it Entail?

Eye care is one of the essential things that people focus on to improve their overall health. Millions of US adults go for eye exams yearly to have the doctor carry out various tests to determine the health of their eyes. One of the most common tests done includes ophthalmoscopy. Ophthalmoscopy entails an examination of the interior part of the eye called the fundus. The fundus consists of the retina, lens, blood vessels, and optic nerve.

The doctor that you will find there will carry out this examination using an ophthalmoscope. The ophthalmoscope is a compact and lightweight device used by an eye doctor to examine the fundus. Some of the devices use batteries while others are rechargeable. An ophthalmoscope has a simple construction that makes it easy to use without relying on a user manual.

The doctor can examine the interior of the eye using this device because the retina is transparent, thus allowing the doctor to make a non-invasive viewing of the structures of the fundus.

Types of ophthalmoscopes

There are two types of ophthalmoscopes. They include:

  1. Direct ophthalmoscope – this kind of ophthalmoscope produces upright images of the center of your retina
  2. Indirect or panoptic ophthalmoscope – this kind produces inverted images of the retina. It has a wider view, thus providing a better view of the interior of your eyes.

When is ophthalmoscopy used?

Ophthalmoscopy comes in handy when your doctor wants to check our eyes for eye conditions that affect your blood vessels. Some of the conditions that an ophthalmoscope screens include:

  • Retinal detachment or tear
  • Any damages to your optic disc
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Macular degeneration
  • Melanoma
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