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#FF: 4 Medical Blogs You Should be Reading

The internet is full of stuff. That’s a fact, proven by science and math, and one we’re all too familiar with. While this can be daunting, it’s also really exciting – Just imagine all the things you haven’t found that exist on the internet! In our quest to curate items of interest to our customers and friends, here’s a list of a few of the medical blogs that we think you should be reading right now.

KevinMD.com

Written by a board-certified, practicing physician, KevinMD has been dubbed social media’s leading physician voice, for good reason! For a decade, Kevin Pho, MD, has been presenting health and medical content that engages readers. While the blog includes his own perspectives, KevinMD includes contributions from more than one thousand authors, from medical students to specialists, primary care providers to surgeons, and even patients.

Because pieces are contributed from a variety of sources, the tone can vary tremendously from article to article, but all of the articles give exceptional perspectives. Kevin’s pieces, especially, are well written, and give amazing insight into the medical profession from someone who knows what he’s talking about.

KevinMD.com is a great place to lose several hours reading through the opinions and perspectives of some of the best in the business.

A few popular posts:

The New York Times’ Well

The New York Times is one of the most respected outlets for news in the United States, and their website is home to a variety of sections, including politics, technology, and, of course, the news. But their health blog really shines for its open “Ask Well” function, allowing readers to ask any health or medical question that pops into their minds.

The blog, like KevinMD, includes contributions by a variety of writers, with a focus on news articles as well as opinion pieces, even recipes. Whether you’re interested in reading more about the health benefits of fish or want to learn how to cook in a healthier way, Well has you covered, with new articles several times daily. As a bonus, the photography, especially for food articles, is gorgeous!

Some popular articles:

Musings of a Distractible Mind

Written by a practicing doctor from Georgia, this blog is full of compelling and entertaining entries from Dr. Rob Lamberts. The doctor practices directly for his patients, and has strong opinions about how doctors should be treating their patients.

I think people should expect more from their doctors.  People expect to have to wait when they shouldn’t.  They expect to have to come in to have questions answered, even if they are simple questions.  They expect for care to be complicated when it could be simple.  They expect the doctor to be the center of the health care universe, when they, the patients, should be in that position.

Dr. Lamberts’ blog is a great read, full of posts that will make you laugh, shake your head, or let out a sad sigh – Posts full of feeling and heart! While most of his posts focus on medicine, and his practice, they also are relevant in other ways, with his insights on many facets of life.

Some posts of note:

doctorgrumpyDoctor Grumpy in the House

Dr. Grumpy writes some truly hilarious stuff. Whether writing about his personal experiences with patients, or sharing stories from others, Dr. Grumpy’s excellent blog is a wonderful way to spend some time. Learn about a potential serious side effect of a drug being studied (Spoiler alert: The side effect is death!), read hilarious exchanges between Dr. Grumpy and his patients, and enjoy lovely tales of life. There are also marvelous news tidbits, as the fancy strikes the good Doctor!

Highly recommended – Choosing a handful to share was tough! Simply pop onto his blog and have a field day!

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5 Quick and Easy Ways to Relieve Stress

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” – Deepak Chopra

Our last blog addressed the dangers of stress to your health, and briefly touched on the importance of exercise to individual well-being. We received notes from friends afterwards, asking about other ways to relieve stress in our daily lives, so we compiled this quick “cheat sheet” for some easy ways to help reduce your stress.

  1. Chew gum. This may seem like a strange tip, but stress can manifest in the jaw – Just consider how often angry people clench their jaws! Chewing gum loosens up the muscles in this area. As a bonus, peppermint and spearmint are used in aromatherapy to help relieve stress.
  2. Light a scented candle. We mentioned aromatherapy, but it’s not just the mint family that can help relieve stress. Lavender, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood are just a few smells that encourage relaxation and tension relief. Incense is also a great option.
  3. Try this easy breathing exercise to relax.

    Try this easy breathing exercise to relax.

    Deep breaths! Breathing techniques are a wonderful way to decompress. Even just allowing yourself a few good, deep breaths can help calm your nerves.

  4. Eat something. Bananas, chocolate, and nuts are a few great options for stress relief. Looking for other great options? We like this short list from Buzzfeed.
  5. Just take a few minutes to yourself. Especially at work, a break is vital to staying productive and happy during the day. A few ideas for ways to use your break; Meditate, read an uplifting article or story on the internet, or just look at pictures of cats being cats. We’ve also included some options in our links below.

Take some time out of your day today to relax!

Further Reading:

Stress vs. Your Body

This infographic displays several shocking facts about stress in our daily lives.  Click for the full graphic.

This infographic displays several shocking facts about stress in our daily lives. Click for the full graphic.

One of the most common complaints among individuals is stress. In a 2013 study by the American Psychological Association, 42% of individuals surveyed reported that their stress levels have increased over the previous 5 years, while 36% say their stress has stayed the same. Stress at work, stress at school, stress at home – It’s everywhere, and it’s impacting our lives in a multitude of ways. Stressed workers perform less efficiently. Individuals who experience chronic stress in their daily lives report sleep problems, interpersonal issues, and physical symptoms like fatigue and headaches.

These physical symptoms just scratch the surface, however. A recent study by the Society of Biological Psychiatry has shown that stress and the resulting anger, anxiety, and depression can affect the heart and its healthy function. Stress can also lead to digestive issues, including IBS, as well as increased weight gain. Stress has been shown to have a direct correlation to decreased energy and mood, dizziness, panic and irritability – The list goes on, and impacts the bulk of Americans on a daily basis.

Moreover, individuals widely report they are not managing their stress, in spite of a large percentage of individuals saying they want to reduce their overall stress levels. What is the best way to manage stress? The Mayo Clinic recommends physical activity, including yoga and tai chi, to help reduce stress, as well as getting enough sleep and eating a balanced diet. Other techniques suggested include meditation, relaxation techniques, avoiding tobacco and reducing caffeine intake. Alcohol should also be imbibed only in moderation.

Overwhelmingly, medical professionals recommend regular exercise to help reduce stress and its effects, but it can have other amazing effects as well, including improved sleep, mood, and self-confidence. It can help reduce your risk of illnesses like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even cancer, as well as reduce the risk of an early death by up to 30%. Seems like a great argument for breaking out the walking shoes, or hopping on a bike!

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5 Ways to Care for Your Feet

Our feet are so often overlooked, but they truly do keep us up and moving every day. It’s vital to take good care of our feet to avoid things like odor, dry skin, and conditions like plantar fasciitis. Simple changes like wearing proper shoes can make a world of difference, but we’ve collected a few quick and easy ways to take good care of your feet and keep them healthy and happy every day.

Taking proper care of your feet is paramount to your health and well-being.

Taking proper care of your feet is paramount to your health and well-being.

  1. Stretch your muscles. Professionals suggest that limbering your feet can help to relieve tension in your muscles and tendons. Try drawing the letters of the alphabet in the air with your toes once a day. This can help loosen tense muscles, and prevent cramping. Another great solution for tension in the feet is to give yourself a foot massage with a tennis ball (instructions below).  Even taking a walk can help relieve muscular tension.
  2. Rethink your footwear. Comfortable, properly fitting shoes are paramount to happy feet, and wearing the correct size can make a world of difference. Experts advise trying on new shoes in the afternoon, as our feet slowly “stretch out” throughout the day and will be bigger after we’ve been on our feet all day. Proper arch support should also be considered. Summer tends to encourage shoes that do not provide proper support, such as flip flops. Be sure your shoes have proper arch support, or limit the amount of time in flat shoes. Socks should also be worn to help keep your feet dry and healthy.

    This anatomy model illustrates the internal structures of a normal foot.

    This anatomy model illustrates the internal structures of a normal foot.

  3. Switch up your shoes. Alternating shoes every other day can also help to prevent odors, fungus, and infections.
  4. Wash your feet. It seems straightforward and logical, but properly washing between your toes and under your feet is vital to their health. This will help prevent athlete’s foot, odor, bacteria, and fungus. After bathing, be sure to moisturize your feet using lotion or cocoa butter to help prevent dry skin.
  5. Give your feet a treat! Especially with the changing of the seasons, our feet become terribly dry and cracked. Ladies, giving yourself a pedicure can be both relaxing and beneficial to your well-being. Start with a gentle foot scrub (we’ve included some recipes below!), then grab your favorite non-toxic nail polish for a splash of color. Gents, you can also enjoy the scrubs – They offer a great way to slough off that dead skin at the end of winter.

Interested in learning more about the anatomy of the foot? Check out AnatomyWarehouse’s collection of foot and ankle models and charts.

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What are Gut Flora and Why Should We Care?

Did you know there are more than 100 trillion microorganisms living in your intestines? That’s not a typo – 100 trillion tiny organisms take up residence in your guts. That’s about 10 times more bacteria than there are human cells in our bodies. There are somewhere between 300 and 1000 unique species of bacteria living in our gut, with most estimates sitting around 500. What’s more, they’re meant to be there, and even help keep you healthy. We’ve known about the existence of gut flora for a very long time – Louis Pasteur actually discovered them in the 1800s. However, we’re still only starting to understand the role of these enteric bacteria, known as “gut flora.” We do know a few things, though.

Human E.coli, a gut flora that can help produce Vitamin K.

E.coli, a gut flora, can help produce Vitamin K.

One important task the gut flora takes on is training and building the immune system. These bacteria help promote early development, both physically and functionally, and continue assisting as we age. They can also help balance our reactions to things like allergies.

What else does our gut flora do?

  • Helps metabolize food, vitamins, and ions like magnesium and calcium
  • Helps absorb and break down undigested carbohydrates. Since we cannot digest certain fibers, starches, and sugars, these little guys can help us get these out of our systems, frequently resulting in flatulence.
  • Keep other, less friendly microbes from colonizing our guts. When potentially harmful yeast or bacteria tries to settle into the intestines, the gut flora prevents them from growing through competitive exclusion. This is known as the “barrier effect.” Just think of your gut flora as the army that protects your digestive tract from invaders!

That’s just a short list; the gut flora also plays a role in preventing tooth decay, creating B12, regulating our mood, and so much more. Interestingly, we’ve also recently learned that the gut flora also has an impact on the development of our brain, and how we react to various things. An international team of researchers found in 2011 that the gut flora have a direct influence over our levels of anxiety, and can even impact how active we are in our daily lives.

Learn about the digestive tract with this detailed poster.

Learn about the digestive tract with this detailed poster.

Obviously, our gut flora is very important to our health. While scientists have found that individuals can survive without it, they are subject to many more infections. How can we best take care of our tiny friends? Research seems to encourage less meat, dairy, and high fat foods for gut health. Studies have indicated that the structure of gut flora can alter very quickly with diet changes, and that a diet with a more moderate intake of meats and cheeses and more fiber can help keep gut flora happy and healthy. Fibers such as beans, bananas, and oats can be especially beneficial, as can root vegetables and nuts. Eating healthy fermented foods, like yogurt and sauerkraut, can also help gut flora flourish.

Curious about your own gut flora? For a fee, the American Gut Project will take several samples, from your skin, mouth, and feces, and break down your microbial makeup.

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How the anatomy model would help in physical therapy

Shoulder Joint Anatomy Model With RotatorThe most common medical diagnosis for shoulder problems are rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome, tendinitis, bursitis and adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) [1]. Proper physical therapy could help you recovery quickly with less pain and get back to normal life. Recently, Mariah Carey recovered from the shoulder injury through three month’s physical therapy. Shawnna Shula, the Fife High School volleyball coach, also got relieved from the shoulder surgery after intense physical therapy. Also, there is a new approach for shoulder replacement, which would not cut the subscapularis – a rotator cuff tendon in the front of the shoulder – and reflected to allow exposure to the joint as a typical shoulder replacement [2]. This technology would save time, eliminates risk of subscapularis insufficiency and let patients quickly return to do sports. This shoulder joint model shows the musculature of the rotator cuff, which could be detached for a clearer understanding of the shoulder joint.

Shoulder disorders are very common in individuals of all ages. The shoulder is vulnerable to injury because of frequently mobility in different directions.  It could become worse and worse when most of people choose to endure the pain. Most of people start to pay attention only until it become serious. Do you still suffer from the shoulder injuries? Do you feel pain when trying to lift something? Is the pain influence your work and mood? If so, let us help you understand your condition!Anatomy And Injuries Of The Shoulder Anatomical Chart

The more you understand the structure of muscles and joints, the better you could receive from the proper treatment. The knowledge could help you continue the treatment by yourself and actively cooperate with the doctors for treatment. This chart would give you a wealth of information of the functional anatomy of the shoulder. Fitness exercise could strength the shoulder muscles. But Remember warm up the muscles – Five to ten minutes activities, such as jogging or walking could prevent you from hurting the muscles.

 

[1] “Physical Therapists provide relief from your shoulder dysfunction” Newspapers. http://bit.ly/17yu8DS

[2] “New approach for shoulder replacement” Newspapers. http://bit.ly/15OTwba