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Are they effective electronic cigarettes to quit smoking?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

It is the question that many smokers and experts have been raised on more than one occasion. Are they really effective famous electronic cigarettes? A trend that has become very popular in recent years and awakens all kinds of opinions for and against.

Latest critics come from a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, which casts doubt on the effectiveness of these cigarettes. Do not miss the conclusions of the study…

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According to the study, electronic cigarettes do not help

The research was based on the habits of 88 smokers who used electronic cigarettes, but also normal snuff, as an aid to smoking cessation. The findings indicate that these smokers have more advantages or likely to quit snuff, smokers who do not use electronic cigarettes. (more…)

Why Occupational Therapy CPD Is Important

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Firstly, it goes without saying that we have all trained hard at University and College to qualify as Occupational Therapists but the learning doesn’t stop there on the day we get our certificate. This is a good thing – although I am sure that there are many amongst our ranks that would disagree. In the UK we as OT’s, are all obliged to record our continuing professional development as part of the Health Professions Council’s mandatory CPD standards. If for whatever reason we fail to keep and up to date record of our learning we run the risk of being struck off the register and therefore CPD shouldn’t be taken lightly.

I can see where the HPC are coming from as well. After all we all have patient facing roles and I also think that the vast majority of us strive to ensure we do the best for our patients. By carrying out CPD and varying our learning activities it helps us to keep abreast of current developments and that is of paramount importance in ensuring that we as Occupational Therapists are able to do the best for our service users. Surely that’s what it’s all about anyway isn’t it? We all want to help and by mixing up our CPD activities we can possibly help better than we could if we hadn’t learnt that new technique on that course last month.

Now this is all very well and good, but unfortunately, in my opinion the COT (college of occupational therapy) in the UK don’t offer us a decent means of recording our development. We could argue about the rights and wrongs of this all day but the fact remains that the COT and their ILOD provision probably isn’t up to the task of recording our CPD in this modern age. That’s why I would recommend that you use cpd-online.com for your Occupational Therapy CPD here for the simple reason that you it is all stored in the cloud. This means that your OT CPD is conveniently available from any internet going device 24/7/365 – that’s got to be a good thing!

Snow Covered Furnace Vents May Cause Illness

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

A furnace is one of the safest and most cost effective ways to heat a home. Even when the weather outside is frigid, you can count on your trusty installed furnace to keep your home and family toasty warm on the inside.

However, there is a hidden danger to using your furnace when the snow is starting to pile up outside – and this danger can turn deadly if you are not prepared to counteract it.

Furnace installation entails connecting a pipe that leads to a vent on the outside of your home. If this vent becomes obstructed, the toxic carbon monoxide created by the combustion of gas will be trapped, and will start to flow back inside the house. This has happened in homes many times before, and, unfortunately, people have lost their lives because of it.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, odorless gas often emitted by vehicles, stoves, burning wood and charcoal, gas generators, and furnaces. CO is poisonous to humans and animals. It can also kill if the saturation in the air is too high. In most cases, it will dissipate quickly if fresh air and proper ventilation are provided.

CO bonds with red blood cells more easily than oxygen. This means that the body will begin to replace necessary oxygen with carbon monoxide if there is too much of it in the air. The lack of oxygen causes the body to slowly suffocate, resulting in tissue damage, brain damage, and, if the person isn’t removed from the situation quickly enough, death. (more…)

“Dancing with Molly?” Understanding the Dangerous New Drug Trend

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

It’s the latest craze among teens and young adults. Popular artists, from Madonna to Miley Cyrus, have referred to it in popular songs. It’s showing up at raves, and at neighborhood parties. It’s molly, and despite its innocuous sounding name, it’s a dangerous, possibly deadly drug.

Pure Ecstasy

In the simplest terms, molly is a powder or crystal form of MDMA, more commonly known as Ecstasy. While Ecstasy has been known to be laced with other substances, including methamphetamine, molly is considered “pure,” as in it’s not supposed to contain anything other than MDMA. The name molly is derived from this perception; in some circles, molly is believed to be short for “molecule,” indicating the purity of the drug, while in others it’s considered indicative of the “innocent” nature of the drug, as the name molly conjures images of innocent, naive young girls.

wellnessThe problem  is that molly is anything but innocent. First, as experts point out, there is no guarantee that molly is actually pure MDMA. There have been rumors of the drug being laced with everything from cocaine to fertilizer, and given that the substance often comes from overseas, there aren’t any controls over its manufacture.

In addition, even if a drug is pure MDMA, it’s still harmful to the human body. Taken as a powder, molly creates a high within minutes. Assuming that it’s only MDMA, the drug can cause hallucinations, hyperthermia, increased alertness and sensitivity, excess energy and elevated heart rate and body temperature. If the drug is cut with something else, the effects can run the gamut from increased appetite to heart problems and even a coma.

According to experts in addiction treatment facilities, molly can be psychologically addicting, as users attempt to recapture the euphoric feelings they have after a dose. Considering that depression, fatigue and electrolyte deficiencies can occur after the high wears off, some users seek out additional doses to counteract those effects. Of course, if molly is cut with a physically addicting substance, such as cocaine or meth, the addictive properties are even more pronounced. (more…)

Information for Barlavington Manor Care Home

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Putting someone you love in the care of someone else is never an easy decision. It can be difficult to have to have to make the decision to look for a nursing home or care home. Although it can be exhausting to provide care to someone who is elderly and can’t take care of themselves, or has a mental disability and needs to be watched for most of the day. Most people are not qualified to care for someone who needs special attention which can be risky in a distressing or emergency situation. The next issue is that most people have lives of their own and do not have time to provide the extent of care that is needed. Once all of these issues have been accepted and the decision to seek outside help has been made, the next difficult step is finding the right place to enroll your loved one.

It is important that the person you care about is able to have the best quality of life possible. It is your responsibility to ensure that this happens. Make a list of all of the things you require a nursing home to have and don’t settle until you have found everything on your list. If you think you have found a suitable home, go visit the place and ask for a tour. You will be taken around the facilities, grounds, dormitories, and common areas. Obviously there should be reasonable accommodations for people with mobility limitation, but keep an eye out for this anyway.

While at the care home, take the time to get to know some staff. The people taking care of your loved one play a very significant part in the quality and comfort of your loved ones stay. The staff must be well qualified, patient, caring, and genuine. If they do not like their job then it is likely the quality of service that they produce will be sub par.

Hopfully this guide has helped you make your decision to enroll your loved one into a care home or not. In many cases, doing so is difficult but proves to be the best decision. After the decision is made another thing you can do is consult with friends and family. See what experiences other people have had with care homes or nursing homes. This might help you start making the list of things you require for your own loved one. This may also help you find locations you would consider and possibly visit.

One high quality care home you may want to consider is the Barlavington Manor Care Home. Their staff are high quality and well trained. See for yourself by visiting and asking plenty of questions. You will quickly notice that this care home is a step above the rest. It is still wise to collect a lost of potential homes and give them all a try. A good decision cant be made unless there are other options to base your decision off of.

The Best Drug Rehabilitation Centers

Friday, November 8th, 2013

When you are affected by drug or alcohol addiction it can be a complicated process to find a rehabilitation program that offers long lasting results. People often fear the statistics associated with rehabilitation programs and the likelihood that their addiction will return upon completion as is often reported by researchers. Many times these addictions can be more severe the second time around. The facts that are often omitted in these reports are that the rehabilitation programs themselves are not designed properly for lasting results.

As with any addiction rehabilitation program, in order for the program to be successful the participant must play an active role in their own recovery process. Following a strict guideline that is laid out can be easy for an individual enrolled in a recovery program. Unfortunately, upon their release from the program that carefully laid out schedule they were once on is gone and they are left again to face the same stresses that led to their addiction in the first place. (more…)

Choose between tap water and bottled water

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

In recent years, the mineral waters have experienced a boom in our country, especially because the sea tastes of the water in some areas. However, this is not the only reason: puts cards of mineral waters imported into restaurants or give them healthy slimming properties have contributed to this trend.

Before coming to our house, the tap water is subjected to disinfection processes and, according to a study by the consumer organization OCU; in general, the quality of this water is excellent in europe. However, there are some exceptions.

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Tap water

In some areas of our country, especially in the Mediterranean Strip, the tap water is hard, i.e. is much mineralized and has bad taste. Furthermore, for more than one decade is known that drinking water staining generates certain carcinogenic substances in the water, which can increase the risk of bladder cancer. (more…)

Simple tips to relax

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Stressed? Do not let your worries and frantic pace of life will rob you of sleep, and take note of the simple and effective tips that will explain today to relax.

Reduce the stress of your everyday life and enjoy the good times, thanks to some tricks that are available to any person. Find relaxation method you prefer and share with us your own techniques.

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Infusions and sport

Each person is a completely different world. So for some people it can be a great method of relaxation, maybe not for the rest.

The herbal teas, for example, are a great way to relax. However, other people prefer to choose best for sports and physical exercise, such as yoga or tai-chi. (more…)

Consequences of insomnia

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

We all know that sleeping little can affect our daily lives but, to what extent can be harmful to our health?

The insomnia is a condition that is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. In patients who suffer, duration and sleep quality is low and interferes with daily life Insomnia can be transient, lasting less than three weeks and originally usually numerous factors that can be modified, or chronic, that lasts more than three weeks and can have serious consequences physically and mentally. We tell you what then.

Consequences of insomnia

Weight

One of the consequences of insomnia is weight gain. According to several studies, people who sleep less are more likely to gain weight because your metabolism slows down. Moreover, lack of rest causes has more desire to eat fatty foods and calories. (more…)

Electronic cigarettes can also affect lung

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Although a few months ago we told you that the electronic cigarette was helping to stop smoking , the fact is that recent studies are not as optimistic with this device that is so fashionable.

In recent months we have seen how electronic cigarettes multiply in stores and that more and more people who use it to leave the snuff or, at least, to replace it.

However, they may not have come to stay because there are more studies that point to release smoke from his mouth this also implies a health risk. We give more details below.

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Changes in the lungs in the short term

The smoking area of the europe Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (separ) has ensured that the electronic cigarette can cause changes in the lungs in the short term very similar to those of snuff. Therefore, health professionals do not recommend due to the lack of evidence and scientific evidence showing that they are effective and safe in the long term. (more…)

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