Effects of Social Media on Healthcare

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The rise of social media in the world has affected all aspects of our lives. It has affected how we communicate, where we communicate, lifestyle changes and many more. Its impact on the healthcare industry is therefore quite evident.

In an era where mobile phones and applications have become an integral part of our lives, healthcare providers have not been left behind. Everyone is sharing information including doctors, hospitals, nutritionists, nurses and even patients. Let us see how this has in turn affected the health care sectors:
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Tips and Tricks to Prevent Obesity

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When it comes to your health and fitness, the most important thing is prevention. Everyone goes to their doctor and nutritionist when suffering from health issues, but the trick is to prevent the problem before it gets any further. ‘How can I do it?’ Is the question asked by many. This involves awareness and knowledge on the subject. You must analyze your diet habits and the way your body is reacting to food.

According to BBC News, the total number of people suffering from obesity in the world has crossed 2.1 billion and the rate keeps on increasing. The problem can be controlled if and only if people began preventing the disease on their own.
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Quick Healthy Recipes for the Fall Spirit

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Fall is here and in full swing, As the leaves change color and the temperatures drop, you might find that you are in the mood for some more distinct fall flavors. Of course, then you realize that all the recipes you have for this season are completely unhealthy. Fortunately, there are some quick healthy recipes out there that will let you feel the fall spirit and give you that complete seasonal experience. With that in mind, here are two that are certain to become some of your favorites.

Pumpkin Fridge Oats

If you have been living a healthy lifestyle for any length of time, you have likely tried or at least heard of fridge oats. They make for a great breakfast and fit right in with quick healthy recipes. What you may not realize is that you can actually use this delicious morning meal to help remind yourself of the season. The ingredients are mostly the same as your standard fridge oats and include: Continue reading

The Different Types of Exercise Bikes

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There are always going to be exercise trends that come and go, but the exercise bike has remained a staple of cardiovascular exercise for many years. They are popular because offer a full-body workout, which can be an important time-saving feature for everyone. In addition to working the legs, exercise bikes can work the abdomen, hips, upper body, buttocks, and the exertive nature of the exercise is also beneficial for the heart and lungs. A short 20 minute burst of exercise on an exercise bike can provide increased health benefits than some longer exercises which target only specific parts of the body.

Exercise bikes are available in a wide range of prices. Some models can be too expensive or too bulk to be used in the home, but there are other models in different price ranges and sizes that are great for use as a piece of home fitness equipment. Aside from the obvious health benefits, the ability to multitask while exercising at home or at the gym is one of the main reasons exercise bikes have kept their popularity.

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However, understanding the differences in the types of exercise bikes is an important factor when deciding which type of bike it is you are going to buy. This article will outline both the different types of exercise bikes and the benefits of each one in order to help you – the buyer – make an informed buying decision.

The Five Types of Exercise Bikes

There are five basic types of exercise bikes: upright stationary, recumbent stationary, dual-action stationary, indoor cycles, and interactive stationary. If possible, it would be a good idea to test out all the different types of exercise bikes by visiting a gym that has a variety of different types of bikes or by visiting a sporting retail store that has numerous display models before you make your final decision. Different bikes will feel better and be more comfortable to different people.

Upright Stationary

These bikes are the most traditional exercise bikes. They stand up like a regular bike and have the typical bicycle-style seats and pedals. The ‘feel’ of riding an upright exercise bike will be almost the same to riding a real bike, making it a good choice for those who really enjoy outdoor bicycling. Riding an upright bikes will give you the same type of lower body and cardiovascular workout that riding a real bicycle provides. The upper body also receives a mild workout if the rider chooses to lean forward and grips the handlebars while riding.

Recumbent Stationary

Those in need of some additional back support while exercising often prefer recumbent exercise bikes. They are more chair-like with bigger seats and backrests, and the position of the rider is slightly reclined with the pedals in front of the seat instead of below it. This usually provides additional comfort, better back support, and more efficient blood flow for the rider. Riding a recumbent exercise bike still offers both a lower body and cardiovascular workout, but the muscles worked on a recumbent exercise bike are usually different than those worked on an upright exercise bike.

A Stand-up Desk Could Save Your Life

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Life has changed in the past decades, for a great majority of workers. Many of our citizens went from hard work in fields, to back-breaking factory work, in the industrial revolution, to the computer era, where many of us must sit at a desk all day to do our work. Your desk may be killing you, and here is how:

We don’t burn enough calories and it is making most of us fat. Obesity rates are at all-time highs. High calorie snacks are usually within close reach as well. Almost all of us have bad posture. Our shoulders slump and our heads are at bad angles, to view our computer screens. Every day this damage accumulates until we lose our ability to stand correctly. Eventually we get chronic pain and lose our ability to exercise and maybe even lose our mobility and independence.
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Body Fat and Conception

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Body fat has a significant effect on fertility in women. If you have body fat levels that are considered to be too low, this can interfere with your ability to ovulate. Being underweight or overweight can both negatively affect conception. Even though your period may still be regular, you may no longer be ovulating and this minimizes the possibility of conceiving.

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Eating healthy nutritional meals and maintaining a healthy weight can help increase your chances of conception. When women have excessively low body fat, it can be difficult to achieve a full term pregnancy. If you measure your body fat and determine that you are underweight, it is advisable to gain healthy weight by increasing the portions of healthy balanced meals in your diet.
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Surprising and amazing reasons for suffering from depression – Know more on depression

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There are many well-known reasons which trigger depression like grief, trauma, unemployment and financial troubles to name a few. But in case you’re depressed and you see that none of the aforementioned reasons apply to you, it could be pretty hard to point out a specific cause. Depression may adversely affect your entire lifestyle and it can slow down your state of progress. If you’re wondering about the particular reason behind suffering from depression, you can read on to know some of the most surprising and amazing reasons behind being depressed. Check them out.
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From radiographer to radiologist

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Radiographers and radiologists work together to utilise a range of medical instruments – both non-invasive and interventional – to diagnose, treat, and manage a range of health conditions. To the general public, the two professions are synonymous, but the difference is considerable: years and years of training.

A radiographer is trained in the use of CT, MRI, breast imaging, X-ray, and almost every other screening process that regularly takes place in hospitals. They are the ones that brief patients on the procedure, ensure the equipment is working correctly, and take the correct set of images. Radiographers can also decide which procedures are most clinically relevant in certain situations. Typically, a radiographer needs grade C or above A-levels for entry onto a three-year university BSc course. After several years, a senior radiographer will be referred to as a ‘consultant radiographer’.

Radiologists can carry out all the tasks a radiographer can, but they are also doctors. A radiologist may not be involved in common non-invasive procedures, such as MRI scans, but they are the experts that will interpret the images and write a report for the patient’s consultant or GP. To be a radiologist, a person must attend five years of medical school, two years of training as a junior doctor, finally followed by five additional years of speciality training overseen by The Royal College of Radiologists.

Becoming a radiologist if you are already a radiographer isn’t any quicker than it would be for anyone else with a degree. The first step is to become a medical doctor. This can be achieved by attending four years on a competitive graduate course (assuming you achieved at least a 2:1 in your first degree), or five years on a non-graduate course. Once you’ve become a doctor, you will need to work as a junior doctor for two years in a clinical setting, before finally undertaking five years of competency-based radiology training.

The reason there’s no quick way to become a radiologist – even if you’re already a radiographer – is that they possess totally unique skills. Radiologists are the ones that GPs and consultants ask for help when they are unsure of the best diagnosis or treatment plan. They can interpret complex images, but also treat a patient having a heart attack in a CT machine. If you manage to undertake all of the training, and successfully become a radiologist, you’ll be rewarded with an average salary of £98,500.

The most effective way of reducing wrinkles and regaining your youth and fervour

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As people age, they have the tendency to not look at themselves in the mirror as their faces becomelined and wrinkled, and they miss their lost youth and beauty. Wrinkles are caused by thin and sagging skin and this is a natural process of aging. However, despite knowing about the common signs of aging, women still find it difficult to keep up with the ongoing process of aging. It seems that they can go to any lengths to bring back their lost youth and indeed many women do so. They try Botox injections, costly anti-aging creams and even go under the knife for cosmetic surgery. Later in life, they deal with the side effects of their poor decisions and sometimes this even multiplies the number of wrinkles on their face. Do you want to follow the same path or take a new one?
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