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  • Drug Overdose Kills More People than Guns

    Posted on December 15 2016

    Drug Overdose Kills More People than Guns In a recent report by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), overdose deaths rose 11 percent last year, to 52,404. The total number of car crashes was 37,757, and the total number of gun deaths totaled 36,252. Here is the scary part, from 2014 to 2015, deaths from heroin rose a staggering 23 percent and synthetic opioid deaths rose 73 percent.

    Even though Naloxone (Narcan) reverses the effects from an opioid overdose, work needs to be done to fight back against opioid use. Primary care physicians believe prescription narcotics are of great concern to their patients, and the users who become over-reliant on the pills are more prone to addiction. Since heroin is less expensive than prescription pills, users turn to the drug to suppress their pain and become heavily involved in the lifestyle that heroin leads you to.

    Reducing the number of prescriptions and implementing activities like daily exercise, physical therapy, massages, and acupuncture, can help combat the pain involved with arthritis, joint pain, and more debilitating injuries. Mountainside Medical Equipment helps save lives by reverse opioid overdoses with Naloxone (Narcan), but the less heroin and prescription drugs used, the more lives we are organically saving.    

  • MRSA Leaves with Hospital Workers

    Posted on December 11 2016

     In a recent study, it was concluded that harmful bacteria  was found on 60-65% of items worn by Doctors and Nurses  to work. MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus  Aureus), a particularly dangerous antibiotic resistant  bacteria, was found on 14% of nurses' uniforms. Researchers urge medical care professionals, patients, and staff to take a more comprehensive hygienic focus.

    The danger of bacteria like MRSA is the likelihood of contagion, particularly in settings where patient health is already compromised, and the lack of effective treatment options. Cross contamination inside and outside of the medical facility puts all at risk for infection. According to research, daily laundering, regular hand washing, and skin barriers are just the start of a comprehensive containment approach. Additional steps such as sanitizing and utilizing disposable masks, drapes, and gloves can help provide increased protection.

    MRSA and other bacteria can be spread through contact with not only individuals, but contaminated objects, as well. Even with regular hygiene practices, bacteria can still remain trapped in clothing and accessories. In a recent study, it was found that the majority of tested hospital staff practiced regular cleansing, and changed clothing and uniforms daily, yet still carried dangerous contaminants on clothing, skin, and accessories.

    Researchers, medical professionals, and organizations like the CDC (Center for Disease Control) urge increased awareness and sterilization techniques. Cases of MRSA have increased over tenfold in just two years and continue to plague medical treatment facilities. Community associated infections have mutated and left the hospital settings resulting in additional infections in the healthy population within schools, day cares, colleges, and in the work place. It has been indicated that effective disinfecting can help contain the spread of MRSA and individuals are urged to clean, sanitize, and check for bacterial infections regularly.

  • Black Henna Tattoos May Not Be Safe

    Posted on December 08 2016

    ‘Tis the season for body art with the nice weather on its way, but if you’re planning on tattooing your body with some henna art this spring or summer be aware of some crazy things making this otherwise safe procedure, completely unsafe. When you’re at the amusement parks or carnivals and see those cool tents with people giving henna tattoos the color of them is usually a light brown making it obvious that the tattoo isn’t done with real tattooing ink. Well, like many other things in this world, people have come up with a way to enhance the color, but have done so in a temporarily dangerous way.

    The newest fad in henna tattooing is to add a new chemical called p-phenylenediamine, derived from a coal tar that can cause skin allergies. This chemical makes the ink black in color, making it look more like a real tattoo, and it also dries quicker than regular henna ink. This chemical is sold as hair dye and is not supposed to be used on the skin. The FDA has received several reports on this matter, one includes a story about a 5 year old little girl who suffered from blistering on her forearm after getting a “black” henna tattoo. The report also showed that the person giving this little girl the tattoo was a teenager whose back was blistered and raw. Gross, right? Anything to make an extra buck.

    These problems have been arising for quite a while now because henna kiosks are popping up everywhere, like shopping malls and are becoming a staple of beach boardwalks and some immigrant enclaves from coast to coast. In 2016, a report from the New England Journal of Medicine stated that a Kuwaiti woman went to a London hospital after having henna applied to her hands for a wedding. The intricate designs, called mehndi, are traditional for weddings and other celebrations in the Middle East and South Asia. Little did this woman know that her henna was going to end up blistering in the exact shape of her graceful floral design.

    Dermatologists say that natural henna, which is made from leaves of the Lawsonia bush, have been used for thousands of years with few problems. This “black” henna is a quick fix that stains within an hour and lasts longer than plant-based henna. Doctors have stated that, “Our forefathers appeared to be in less of a hurry to see results and apparently black staining was not the fashion of time”.

    So now you know to be aware of those fun-looking henna kiosks that are becoming more and more popular. If the tattoos are a light brown color you should be safe from blistering and other allergic affects, but if you see people walking out with “black” tattoos that appear to be real, steer clear. Save yourself from painful blistering and purchase some sticker tattoos that wash off in a few days!

  • Low Dose Aspirin Lowers Colon Cancer Risk

    Posted on December 06 2016

    In a controlled study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, it has been found that taking low dose aspirin regularly for a prolonged period may help to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Both men and women can benefit from a continued regimen of low dose aspirin, between 75-150mg daily, for at least 5 years. This benefit was found for both aspirin and NSAID pain relievers. Reviewing cases of over 100,000 patients, including their histories and medication usage, it was found that those who were taking low dose pain reliever regularly for at least 5-10 years had a significantly reduced risk of developing colon cancer. It was found that those taking aspirin were 27% less likely to develop colon cancer, and those taking NSAID pain relievers were at a 30% reduced risk. However, it is important to note that the benefits began after 5 years at this dosage, and the study has not confirmed the same results with higher doses. Researchers are not yet ready to suggest that patients begin taking an aspirin regimen despite the findings due to potential risks. In some cases, usage may be recommended, however, pain relievers can lead to other problems including gastrointestinal bleeding or an increased risk for heart attack or stroke. Ideally, the patient and physician should discuss the potential risks and decide on a case by case basis whether this is advisable.
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