How to recognize signs of elder abuse

It’s a top priority for most adults to ensure that a parent or elderly loved one is well looked after by an accountable caregiver. Yet, multiple studies estimate that more than 1 in 10 seniors in the United States have experienced elder abuse.

Elder abuse can occur in nursing homes, retirement homes, in private homes, and elsewhere. No matter where it occurs, it should be taken seriously.

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Before you commit: Two things to consider when choosing a doctor

Finding a good doctor can be an exercise in patience — no pun intended. Numerous websites tout reviews of doctors or include patient testimonials, but these sites rarely give you a full picture of a medical practice or individual.

In fact, two of the most useful factors to look for while researching physicians rarely show up at all:

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How to use Emergency SOS on iPhone

How to use Emergency SOS on iPhoneIn emergency situations, it is comforting to know that help is just a phone call away. Now, it’s easier than ever for many smartphone users to do this.

A new feature on iPhone, part of the iOS 11 update, allows users to easily and discreetly contact emergency services.

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Apple making it easier to access medical records

The process of gathering medical records can be overwhelming, to say the least. It brings to mind piles of paperwork and significant time spent gathering information from clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, and medical providers.

Fortunately, advances in technology are making this process more streamlined – and much easier for consumers.

A recent technological advancement on Apple’s Health app allows consumers to keep their health records and data all in one place – on their phones.

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What you need to know about arbitration agreements at nursing homes

Placing a loved one in a nursing home is never an easy decision, but family members may feel relieved knowing that their loved one is safe and secure.

Unfortunately, bad things can happen to residents in nursing homes. Abuse, neglect or sexual assault of residents is, sadly, not uncommon.

Worse, in some nursing homes, the legal rights of victims may be limited because of something they signed in the admissions contract.

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Firefighters and cancer: What precautions should be taken?

Firefighters have dangerous jobs – in more ways than one.

Researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that firefighters have a higher-than-average risk of developing cancer.

A total of 30,000 firefighters were involved in the study. Researchers found that firefighters were more likely to be diagnosed with respiratory, digestive and urinary system cancers. They were also found to be twice as likely to develop mesothelioma than the general population, most likely due to exposure to asbestos in firefighting.

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Social Security Disability application tips

ssd sosMany people who are disabled and unable to work rely on Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Those individuals had to go through the SSD application process, which can be discouraging, to say the least. The vast majority of initial claims are denied. In fact, only 34 percent of initial claims are approved.

If the applicant chooses to pursue an appeal, that process can take a long time to complete – months or even years. And there are no guarantees that the claim will be approved at the reconsideration stage.

So what can applicants do to increase their chances of success?

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Prevention and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide detector

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. When present in the atmosphere, carbon monoxide can cause flu-like symptoms and lead to death. Every year in the United States, approximately 430 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is especially a concern in winter months. Dangerous gases can build up when generators, furnaces, and wood burning stoves are used – and even when a car is warming in the garage.  Continue reading “Prevention and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning”

Radiation from medical imaging: Just how dangerous is it?    

radiationAdvances in medical technology are sometimes a double-edged sword. A prime example? Medical scans that use radiation to peer into human bodies.

X-rays aren’t the only culprit. In fact, far greater doses of radiation are involved in CT scans, PET scans, fluoroscopy and nuclear medicine studies (though these doses are still considered low when compared to high levels of exposure from events such as Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Chernobyl.) This ionizing radiation damages human DNA and disrupts normal cell functioning.

It has long been thought that even extremely low levels of radiation increase your lifetime risk of cancer. However, a growing body of research casts doubt on this assumption – with far-reaching implications for medical imaging. Continue reading “Radiation from medical imaging: Just how dangerous is it?    “

3 of the biggest medical hazards patients will face in 2018

medical hazardsAs patients, we expect our health care systems to function smoothly and safely. Our nation’s clinics, hospitals and health care facilities should offer high levels of care as well as advanced treatments and technologies. Yet that doesn’t always happen.

The ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care, publishes annual reports on the biggest threats to patient health and safety. Its 2018 report identifies risks to watch out for in the new year. Some of them might surprise you. Continue reading “3 of the biggest medical hazards patients will face in 2018”