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If you are someone who has previously suffered from foot, hip, knee and lower back pain then orthotics may be the optimum solution for your welfare needs. Once you have gone to the doctor and have been advised that you need to wear them to better align your body then you will find that you not only suffer from less pain but also have improved stability and less pressure put on areas where previously too much pressure was applied.

While orthotics are generally very easy to get used to, it is still important that you take the necessary steps to making them more comfortable and worn in. Rushing your feet into a new position is not recommended for the best long term benefits. Here are some of our top tips to make sure you get along with your orthotics as efficiently as possible, regardless of whether you have plantar fasciitis insoles or another variety:

Wearing in period

Your podiatrist should advise you on the optimum length of time that you should be wearing your orthotics to ensure that your body gets used to them. It is generally recommended that you wear your orthotics for one hour per day which should increase by an hour each day after that. This means that after 7 days you should be able to wear your orthotics for 7 hours.

Sporting activities and orthotics

It is typically advised that you refrain from sports until you are able to wear your orthotics comfortably on a day to day basis. Once you have completed your first review, you can then continue to look towards getting back to playing sports. Once you are able to wear your orthotics for an entire day for a week and are comfortable in doing so, then this is generally a good indication that you can play sports.

Cleaning

It is recommended that your orthotics are cleaned with soap and warm water and dried completely before being worn again. Keeping your orthotics clean will allow you to get the best wear out of them and prevent them from getting smelly.

Socks

The saying goes that your orthotics are only as good as the shoes you wear them with so be sure to wear comfortable shoes that are not too low cut to make the most of their power. Similarly it is advised that you wear socks, particularly when breaking them in so that your feet are both as comfortable as possible.

Aches

In the rarest of cases aches might be felt in the initial period of you starting to wear them and this is essentially your body telling you that they are working as they are causing your body to work in a new and better way! Initial discomfort is normal but should it persist, you will be recommended to see your podiatrist. In the meantime, consider pain killers and grinning and bearing it!

Blisters

While orthotic blisters are rare, they can occur but the great thing is there are ways in which you can prevent them. Be sure to speak to your podiatrist if you are seeing blisters emerge so that they can be best managed.

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Preparing for the end of someone’s life; be it our own or a loved one’s, is possibly the hardest thing we will have to do. Aside from decisions you have to make, you may need to draw up different documents, and discuss your or your loved one’s final wishes. Final arrangement also need to be discussed, like whether or not you wish to be buried, interred in a mausoleum, or cremated and then turned ashes into a living memorial diamond.

No one knows when death will come and break the calm and happy life.

However, it does get easier when you are willing to start the process long before the time ever comes. This gives you plenty of time to decide on the available courses of action instead of when the actual time comes, making it easier on the loved ones left behind. They will know what the final wishes were, have all the documents in order, and there shouldn’t be any surprise decisions to make because all the final arrangements have already been made.

Final Decisions

When it comes to final decisions, it’s safe to say that not all situations can be accounted for, but having had some prior conversation should make those decisions more bearable. Almost everything can be planned for and this listing is not meant to be all inclusive.

Here a few things you need to discuss with your loved ones to prepare yourself for end of life.

Health Care

While no one expects to pass on while in a hospital or nursing home, it would be prudent to find out what the protocol is for them in your area. While they are prepared to handle such events, knowing what will happen, helps you make appropriate arrangements in the event that you disagree with something.

Use of Hospice

This option is a god send for some, and a burden for others. While those whom work in the hospice industry are typically trained to help and aid both the family and those whom are terminal, it forces mindsets that can be quite hard to swallow. Again, being prepared for what should be done in these instances goes a long way.

Medical Procedure

Confer with loved ones what your beliefs are for medical help. While not quite the same as what health care protocols involve, make sure loved ones know and understand if and why there is a DNR in place, or how long to wait and under what circumstances they are to pull the plug on life support.

Important Documents

There are a number of different documents that should be accessible when the worst starts to happen. Documents like a living will, medical information release, and power of attorney, will prove quite useful. Provided that each set of documents is kept up to date, there shouldn’t be much in the way of added stress.

Each country will more than likely have their own version of the following documents, and this listing is not exhaustive to the number of documents you can have, or should. Please consult your doctor and lawyer long before you ever have to worry about this situation.

Living Wills

Living wills are legally binding and speak on your behalf for your end of life care. They do so when you are unable to do so for yourself. They also minimize confusion or added stress on your loved ones by pointing out what your final medical wishes are, such as a DNR or DNI orders. If you talk with your doctor about your wishes, they can draw up your DNR and DNI orders and have them in your medical file for you without the need for a living will.

Medical Information Release

Due to the nature of medical care, it is important that you have a legally binding release of information or you may find yourself unable to get information. This can extend to medical insurance policies; so it would be wise to have one should the need arise. A legally binding release of medical information allows those designated by you to receive information about your condition and prognosis as well as deal with the insurance company if needed.

Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is quite important and it will allow a person you designate to operate on your behalf when you are unable to do so; for a great many things. While a general power of attorney form encompasses a very broad range of things, you can also be quite specific in who can do what where, and how.

Final Wishes

These are more of a personal nature, and should be discussed at length with your family. In most countries, it may be customary to hold a funeral and a wake, but it may not be quite what you want. Things to consider for your final wishes include how you want your remains handled, specific instructions for the family, and how you would like to be remembered, such as turning your cremated remains into an ever-lasting diamond.

Turning ashes into diamonds and setting it on memorial jewellery become new trends to commemorate a beloved.

Your religious beliefs and life beliefs will play a large portion of this, and can only be carried out if your family knows about it. Otherwise, you will be left with what they think is best at the time. Most family members will gladly follow your last wishes if they know them, so be candid with them and what it is that you would like done when the time comes. Then, they can be assured that what they are doing will make you happy in the afterlife.

Final Arrangements

Almost all of your final arrangements will be cost intensive. You may want to be buried in the back yard under your favorite tree with your favorite book; but there may be laws in place that would prohibit such actions. There are also many laws in place about the spreading of ashes. Please research your area’s laws on the matter before making a final decision.

Cremation

Probably the second most opted form of final rest, cremation reduces the need to purchase a plot at a graveyard or within a mausoleum. Ashes can be kept and quietly displayed at home, or used for living memorials for the remainder of the family. Turning ashes into memorial diamonds can provide loved ones with a unique and special way of keeping someone they’ve lost close by.

Burial

Typical burial is quite possibly the most common form of a final resting place. However, along with the costs of conducting a funeral, you will need to weigh in the cost of a casket and burial plot. Often, a burial plot can be purchased years in advance, but bear in mind that you must read the fine print for the grounds you wish to be laid to rest in.

Entombment

If you feel that being in a graveyard is not to your liking, you can also look into being interred at a mausoleum. While you will still have to purchase a plot, it offers a more accessible way for your family to visit over a grave.

Graveyard – another home to return.

Final Thoughts

Being prepared means knowing what to do in any given situation. Preparing for a loved one’s or your own demise is never at the top of our priority list. But, it is far easier to prepare for long in advance before we may ever enter that typical stage of our lives.

The final decisions one must make are hardest to make when you are not able to. Hospitals and nursing homes may have their own protocols that they must follow to be within legal limits. Hospice services may not always be an option, as they can be costly and lengthy while we struggle to retain life. We may or may not want specific medical procedures carried out on us or our loved ones, so it must be discussed at length.

Have as much documentation readily available when the time comes for your loved ones. This way, they will be able to administer your wishes as you wish. Do not get caught in a position where you are unable to legally know what your medical status is, or deal with other agencies like the insurance company or bank.

Your final wishes and final arrangements should be discussed long before you get to that bridge. There are many options that are available, such as memorial diamonds made from ashes of your loved ones that can be added alongside the customary burials or cremations. Remember that the more prepared you and your loved ones are, the more likely it is that your wishes will be respected and carried out.

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It’s estimated over 95% of people worldwide have some form of health problem. From both mental and physical illness, it’s almost guaranteed you or someone you know will be affected by some form of health concern at least once during your lifetime.

However, whilst the majority of health problems are relatively minor and can be easily managed with the right care and medication, there are plenty that are considered to be major crises. For example, it’s estimated over 1.6 million people in the US alone were diagnosed with cancer last year, with almost half of them expected to die from the disease.

Whilst many cases of cancer (and other major health concerns) are diagnosed early, there are millions of cases in which it comes completely out of the blue. Without warning, your life could be catapulted into a state of health crisis, and it can be extremely difficult to handle it if you’re not prepared.

So, if you’ve suddenly received a major health diagnosis or simply want to learn some coping mechanisms to be prepared for anything that may arise in the future, here are some top tips to handle serious health problems and stay as positive as possible!

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Realize you’re not alone

When faced with a sudden health diagnosis that has the potential to turn your life upside down, it’s very easy to feel isolated and alone, thinking absolutely no one in the entire world will understand what you’re going through.

Whilst every individual case will be different, it’s crucial to remember that there will be thousands, if not millions, of people worldwide going through the same health crisis as you, and it’s likely they’ll be a great support system to help you cope.

Getting online is a great way to connect with other like-minded people in a similar situation to you. Not only will you get to speak to others who really understand what you’re experiencing, you’ll also likely receive tips and methods to help manage your disease or condition in the most appropriate way. In fact, you may even make some new friends which is a definite bonus!

To emphasize the power and support online groups can provide, take a look at these breast cancer stories written by real people simply to share their experience with others.

Keep a journal

Whilst this may not immediately come to mind as a coping mechanism, writing a journal whilst going through a health crisis is a simple yet extremely effective method of tracking your thoughts and emotions.

In addition to physical symptoms, health problems will inevitably have an effect on your emotions too. So, in order to cope with them and understand exactly how you’re processing the diagnosis, keeping a daily journal will significantly help you come to terms with how you’re feeling both physically and mentally.

It’s also a great way to keep track of your symptoms too, vital for detailing the progress of your disease and monitoring how your body is responding to any treatments you may be receiving.

Take care of yourself

A health crisis will often involve multiple trips to the hospital for tests and examination. Whilst this is crucial for the management of virtually any health problem, it’s important to take yourself away from the hospital mindset and have some ‘me time’.

If at any point you feel things are getting too overwhelming and intense on the medical side, arranging something like a spa day is ideal for winding down and giving your body and mind some much-needed TLC. But, if this isn’t possible, simply having a bubble bath with candles and relaxing music is a simple way to pamper yourself whilst keeping close to home and your loved ones.

Stay positive

After receiving a life-changing diagnosis, it’s completely natural to feel like your life may be coming to an end. Whilst it’s normal to feel this way, this kind of negativity won’t help in the long-run.

Staying upbeat and keeping a positive mindset is often much easier said than done. But, if you sit back and appreciate everything you’ve done in your life and the little every-day things we so often take for granted, gratitude will follow and you’ll soon find your initial negativity melting away and being replaced by wanting to enjoy your life to the full whilst you still can.

Handling a major health crisis is tough, and anyone who thinks otherwise is probably kidding themselves. But, whilst it will be challenging, there’s no reason you can’t manage and handle it with positivity and continue to love both your life and yourself.

Melissa Sakow is the Communications Director at SHARE Cancer Support, a non-profit organization founded in 1976 that is dedicated to building a network and community for women affected by breast and ovarian cancer.

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Recent figures show that only one third of workers who experienced a mental health problem in the last five years felt well-supported by their managers. Line managers routinely overestimate how well their workplace supports staff’s mental health and wellbeing, and less than a fifth of workers with mental health issues said they actually received the kind of support that would help them to remain in work.

But why is this happening? Well, there’s a perception that those with mental health problems won’t be able to cope with workloads and the stresses and strains of the workday, which stops people discussing their health issues with anyone at work. There’s also an erroneous belief that those who suffer with mental health issues are simply using it as an excuse to get off work. There’s also a fear of the gossip, pressure and bad-treatment from colleagues who see an employee with mental health issues as being ‘deadwood’ to a company, all of which culminate to add to the stigma surrounding mental health.

So what can employers do?

One thing employers could do to de-stigmatise mental health issues in the workplace is to enable employees to remain in work with adjustments to their role. This is already a requirement under health and safety law, with employers being subject to a general obligation to take reasonable care for the health and safety of employees in the workplace, which means they have a duty towards people who may have mental health issues.

Employers also have a legal duty not to discriminate because of a person’s disability (and in some cases, mental health issues can constitute a disability). However, it’s clear that there needs to be more flexibility than the law currently has the power to enforce, such as making an alteration to responsibilities where appropriate, or an adjustment to contracted hours or place of work. Both these solutions could go some way to closing the gap between duty and what happens in reality.

And, while there’s no magic software solution or technological shortcut to improving a culture of understanding mental health or tackling mental health issues directly, investing in the right infrastructure could free up HR professionals to innovate and focus their attention to other things, including mental health. Employers ought to start investing in HR services on a larger scale, including the use of software to automate processes, as this could ensure HR professionals have time and capacity to focus their attention on matters as pressing as mental health.

In addition, employers could reduce stigma around mental health by encouraging their employees to prioritise their own mental wellbeing, which means offering more sick days at full pay, preventing burn-out and achieving a healthy work-life balance. This might require better resourcing, a review to the number of sick days issued to staff, and a company culture of taking lunch breaks and leaving the office on time: a pipe dream for many, perhaps, but a major step towards looking after the mental health of all employees.

Open communication is also required, as a lack of communication and understanding is perhaps the largest source of stigma around mental health in the workplace. This might mean holding learning lunches on the subject, organising training from external agencies, making support from mental health professionals available or even subsidising treatment such as counselling services.

Furthermore, much of the stigma around mental health in the workplace could be reduced by enabling mangers to help others. This will require training managers so that they feel confident supporting their team, recognising mental health issues and knowing how to communicate confidently about them. Chris O’Sullivan, head of workplace mental health at the Mental Health Foundation even suggests encouraging those who have relevant experience to use it to support others.

For example, he suggests that it might be valuable for managers to share their lived-experience of dealing with mental health issues. Whether or not this is a solution to de-stigmatising mental health depends on a manager’s willingness to share their experience, (and there certainly shouldn’t be any pressure placed on managers to do so), as respect for their privacy and facilitating the separation of their personal life from their work life is key. Managers should only be encouraged to share their personal experiences if they are genuinely willing to do so.

Finally, employers need to work on the gap between policies regarding mental health and the actual everyday experiences of employees. Can a business truly be said to be aware, understanding and accommodating of mental health issues if their staff are routinely overworked, stressed, under-resourced or over-burdened? Is their sufficient provision for sick days, and would a mental health issue be challenged, sneered at or simply not accepted if someone called in sick for depression, anxiety or a similar mental health issue? 

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It has been a year on since the Brexit vote and there are still lots of questions circulating as to what will be affected after Britain leaves the EU. A query that is on the minds of British travelers is regarding where the EHIC stands. For those who don’t know, The European Health Insurance Card is a medical card which can be used in the EU. It entitles you to medical cover while on your travels without the worry of paying any extra costs. If a particular country receives free treatment, then you will also get this benefit. Should anything go wrong while you are abroad, owning an EHIC will reduce a lot of stress and worry. According to the Department of Health, over 27 million people possess one of these cards.

So, is there a definite answer as to whether the EHIC will be valid for British Citizens once we are out of the EU? As of current, it still remains valid after the triggering of Article 50. A lot of speculation has risen as to whether it will be axed in 2019.  No matter what Britain may face from leaving the EU, it is a smart idea to hold an EHIC for any upcoming travels you have planned. This is free to do and can be an absolute life saver on your travels.

Considering non-EU countries such as Switzerland are still valid in the EHIC scheme, there is hope that Britain will be able to take the same route. Officials from the UK Government state “The EU should be keen to keep Britain on-board the EHIC scheme, as we return billions in health costs and funding to the European Union”. This is a very valid point, but it can be argued that once we are out of the EU, we shouldn’t receive any of it’s benefits

Another factor that may persuade Britain to remain in the EHIC scheme is tourism. Being removed from the EHIC scheme creates the risk of a decline in British travelers due the large up-front costs involved if they become injured. This will have a direct effect on popular tourist destinations that rely on British tourists to remain a healthy economy. British tourists will find themselves encouraged to go to non-EU destinations or even stay at home. Health insurance can be expensive and the loss of an EHIC card will create many financial strains.

When the future of EHIC was questioned earlier in the year, the Brexit secretary hinted that it may be cut. One of the major factors in deciding whether the EHIC will remain available to British citizens is whether there is a separation from the EEA. If Britain cuts ties with the EEA, the EHIC will become nonexistent. However, until negotiations are actually finalized, no one will know where the EHIC will stand when Britain leave the EU.

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If you need help making corporate, product, strategic or any other critical decision, you might find yourself turning to a life sciences consulting firm. However, it’s hard to know what to look for. Whether you’re a financial sponsor, or working on behalf of a healthcare service, academic institute or global pharmaceutical company, here are some questions to ask yourself when looking for a consulting firm to work with.

What ‘kind’ of firm do you want to work with?

The approach and attitude of life science consulting firms vary from company to company. So, be clear about what it is you value when you’re choosing one to work with. For instance, a traditional pharmaceutical strategy consulting firm might offer the level of professionalism, calibre, reputation and intellectual rigour that your organisation requires.

However, a more modern firm may comprise of lots of independent specialist consultants with deep-domain industry experience, as opposed to a traditional one that seems to be more ‘academic’. That said, do take the time to look for consulting firms who fuse to the two together. Alacrita, for example, is a life sciences consulting firm that combines traditional pharmaceutical strategy consulting with independent specialist consultants in order to offer their clients the best of both worlds: something your organisation might benefit from.

How senior do you need the team to be?

There’s no doubt that some of the brightest and most brilliant minds in the industry are young ones. However, when you’re working with a consulting firm, it’s understandable to want to work with people who have amassed a number of year’s worth of experience. For that reason, consider whether or not you want to be working with a firm that assigns you entry-level consultants. You may feel more comfortable working with seniors that have at least 15 year’s industry or consulting experience, as opposed to individuals who are straight out of university.

Who have they worked with?

Once you have a good idea of how the firm’s approach and the team you could be working with, it’s worth finding out who their previous and existing clients are. Explore their website to find out who they work with, and ask for contact details so you can speak to a current client for an honest review of the consulting firm’s services. Ask questions about where the firm operates too: being able to demonstrate local expertise in a market that’s relevant to your business (as opposed to simply demonstrating experience within Europe, for instance) may make them a much stronger choice over another firm you’re considering.  

What are their capabilities?

A high quality life sciences consulting firm will have deep expertise in many fields. They should be able to provide you with support in numerous specialisms, such as pharmaceutical product development, market access and pricing, right the way through to licenses and deal-making. Make enquiries into what they can offer your business in particular, letting them know what your current challenges are – the right firm may be able to assist with more than you’re imagining.

What have they achieved?

Finally, take the time to find out what the consulting firm has achieved lately. A firm with lots to talk about will undoubtedly be updating their blog or news section of their site to share recent case studies. Look for case studies relating to commercialisation, product development and business development (any life science firm that knows how to market themselves will always update their case study page), as this will show you what their scope of work is, what level of expertise they’re able to offer, and what success looks like to them.

You’ll need to do lots of research to ensure you’re making the best use of the money you’re investing in the services of a consulting firm. It’s important to understand what constitutes value (as a quick-fix with the wrong firm may not bring about long-term value and profitability), and you should feel confident that the consulting firm you ultimately choose have a strong reputation.

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Addiction is grindingly hard on friends, family and those suffering from addiction themselves. Here are four things you can do to help those suffering from addiction to face their demons and get the help they so desperately need.

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Hear

To help those suffering from addiction, hear their call for help in the first place. Many times we would simply rather put up blinders, behaving as though this addiction isn’t even real, doesn’t exist, or isn’t our problem.

If the person who could benefit from rehab is a close friend or family member, her or his addictive behavior is just as much your problem as hers or his. Get your friend or family member to open up to you; begin a dialogue that starts with you listening. No judgments; just get the addicted person to begin talking to you. Hear what she or he has to say.

Empathize

Have empathy for the addict’s plight. Even if the situation is completely of his or her own doing, judgments and blame have no place in the road to recovery. Open dialogue, empathy, and candor are the best ways to establish trust with your loved one seeking the shelter of rehab.

Even if the addiction is “manageable” at point you intervene, the addict must begin the journey to recovery as soon as possible.  Perhaps the biggest key to success in rehab is early intervention.

Respond

Be responsive. Helping someone get into rehab and being successful at it takes hard work. You need to be the point of contact for this person; if she or he is slipping, then chances are the addict does not have a very firm footing in place. But even with loved ones nearby, you may be the pivotal person to marshal them all together so that the addict who needs the help and support is sure to get it when it is needed.

Overdrive

Get the addict checked into the right facility. Beachway Therapy Center is one of the best facilities in Florida. Even if you’re traveling a distance, make sure your friend or loved one is in the right place where he or she can get the right help.

You can learn more about what their rehab center can offer here. By taking your rehab efforts into overdrive at the very end you may avoid the very real possibility of seeing the addict slide backwards. No one wants to wonder “what if” after it’s already too late.

Do your homework. Partner with other friends who all have one goal in common; getting your friend, family member or loved one the help needed as rapidly as possible. Just because a challenge is difficult doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile. If you need to speak with someone about getting help for a loved one, don’t delay! Time’s a fleeting mistress for us all.

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Health care is naturally becoming a really big concern for people as aging starts to bring in the negative aspects. There are more ailments that develop so more money is going to be spent when visiting the healthcare professionals and buying medication. The skin requires support through professional services from clinics like Silver Mirror and basically all costs tend to be higher. The bottom line with aging is that health-related expenses are going to be a huge part of the retirement budget. With this in mind, here are some things that need to always be known about how to control these costs

Allow Needed Funds To Deal With Health Care Costs

You will need to develop a proper retirement income strategy. As you do this it is important to be sure that you will have enough money that is set aside for expenses associated with health. That is completely your responsibility. Official estimates highlight that a regular couple (66 years old) has to use most of the social security benefits for health care expenses as retirement comes. Unfortunately, most people will have to mainly rely on individual savings so that medical expenses can be covered.

A really good idea is to set up an HAS (health savings account) as soon as possible. You want to do this during working years. The accounts are designed to help you build savings that are going to be used to pay for medical expenses necessary as you work. However, if there are some funds that remain, they will be applied to the health expenses you require as you age. This even includes long term care health insurance. Be sure that you take a look at absolutely all the accounts that you can set up and that your retirement income strategy will include most of the budget dedicated to health related expenses.

Be Careful With Your Health

The very best way to be sure that health care costs are kept under strict control is to plan for everything in advance. This does imply that you need to focus on your health. Maintaining a lifestyle that is as healthy as possible is going to be the difference. You can always make some small changes like prioritizing sleep and starting to eat right. As you do this the possibility that you will need to deal with medical issues is going to go down. It is really important that you are physically active early in life and that you keep doing this as you age.

In the event that you are already retired, you can be tempted to think that not much can be done. This is especially the case when you have some mobility issues. The truth is there is always some sort of exercising routine that can be started. Just look at what would work in your case. Working with a personal trainer that is specialized in helping older people is highly recommended. This is going to help you to reduce retirement costs as your health improves.

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If you have family or friends who are wheelchair users, then you understand the importance of your home and car being adapted to accommodate their needs. Vehicle and buildings that are not welcoming for wheelchair users and those how have mobility problems can really negatively impact on their everyday lives. It is important that you are able to make the necessary changes needed to ensure that those with disabilities feel comfortable both in their own cards and in other people’s cars too. While making the necessary changes to transform your car into a wheelchair accessible vehicle for those most in need you will find that the investment is very much worthwhile in the long run.

Hand controls

Should someone find it difficult to use standard car pedals for acceleration or braking, it is possible to introduce hand controls in the form of a push/pull device. This allows you to control the speed of your car with your hands. There are various hand controls available out there and they tend to offer the same sort of service across multiple car models.

Electronic accelerators

Those with limited mobility in their legs could find it beneficial to have different electronic accelerators installed to assist them with speed control of an automobile. From a trigger accelerator where you can pull with your finger to accelerate or push away to activate the break to a ghost ring accelerator that is fitted behind the steering wheel and allows you to control the speed with side to side finger movements, there is an option out there for everyone.

Steering aids

Another modification that could come in handy for those looking to make their car more accessible for wheelchair users is a steering aid. This helps if you have difficulty holding onto or turning the steering wheel and offers multiple ways in which you can gain a better control of the car.

Remote controls

Remote control devices are ideal if you are looking to make activating certain car controls that much more easy. From indicators to headlights and so on, remote controls will make operating a car that much more easy. These can also incorporate to accommodate the steering wheel too so that all steering and car operations can be done at once.

Those who use wheelchairs should be able to rely on a method of transportation that accommodates them easily. Cars and vans that offer enough space for wheelchairs have changed greatly in recent years and new features have been introduced that offer maximum comfort and ease of access for those who need it most. Keep an eye out for vehicles that are tested to high standards should you choose to buy a vehicle that already comes pre-altered for wheelchair users. From those that offer lightweight ramps to those that have maximum interior accommodation for wheelchairs to be strapped into place while the automobile is in motion, there are numerous expert companies out there that will be able to help you find the best solution for your needs.

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One of the prime concerns in almost every household is altered blood pressure. Every person craves for a sheer normality in blood pressure, but it is not always the case. As they age, more and more alterations and complications in the blood pressure levels emerges. It can go down resulting in low blood pressure or can also go up to a high level. Although there are no medications prescribed for treating low blood pressure, there are prescribed medicines for treating high blood pressure.

The effects of changes in blood pressure are rapid; sudden changes results in initial conditions like dizziness, nausea, lack of energy to extreme cases like heart attacks. Therefore it is extremely important to keep a constant and strict vigilance on the levels of blood pressure all the time. Gone are the days when you have to rush to the doctor every time you need to check your blood pressure levels. Now you can directly monitor these levels by technologically enhanced equipment from home. These blood pressure monitors are highly efficient and accurate in measuring and depicting the current health status of the body. To choose the best blood pressure monitor for you, you need to consider the following points:

Ensure that your monitor is working properly

One of the most important parts of the entire blood pressure monitor system is the monitor itself. You should look into the validation documents concerning the working of the monitor. It should have the ‘clinically validated’ status granted by the concerned authorities of the country. Such a badge will ensure that the machine has gone through a series of tests and validation procedures and have passed and gained trust from doctors all around the world.

Check whether you have the right cuff size

Another important aspect of every blood pressure monitor system is the cuff that is adjusted around your upper arm. You should ensure that the cuff fits properly onto your arm. If the cuff does not fit properly, it will give faulty readings. The cuff should be adjustable for all arm sizes. You should measure the diameter of your arm and then look into the details of the product to ensure that the cuff fits onto your arm.

The concern over budget

One of the important concerns regarding the purchase of any product is the price of it. Blood pressure monitors also vary in price depending on the features and the validation procedures. You can opt for such extra features like the built-in memory. However, you can cut down on the expenditure by only restricting yourself to the basic needs and features.

Proper calibration of the monitor

An important consideration for any medical device is its calibration. You need to check whether your blood pressure monitor is calibrated or not. Moreover, you need to get it calibrated at least for once in every two years. Look into the procedure of calibration and how easily you can go about it.

These are some of the important considerations that you have to take while choosing the best blood pressure monitor for you. following this set of advice will certainly land you with the best monitor system to check your blood pressure efficiently.

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Plastic surgery is not a new practice. It has been around for more than 2000 years, with historical medical documents attesting its presence in various areas from around the globe. Although the majority of interventions are related to repairing and reconstructing tissues that were damaged by accidents or diseases, in the past decades there has been an emerging trend focusing on aesthetic plastic surgery.

With the use of aesthetic plastic surgery, both men and women can choose to transform certain parts of their body that they feel are not aesthetically pleasing enough. Although there are slight differences between trends when it comes to age, social status, and location, the biggest differences come when we analyze the gender of the patients, source: Denverliposuction.com blog.

Trends Among Female Populations

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation has become the 2nd most popular surgical procedure. More than 320k women chose to augment their breasts over the course of last year.

In terms of procedure, 305k women opted for implants while 18k women opted for fat transfers from a different part of the body.

Out of all the conducted breast implants, 85% were done with silicone gel while the remaining 15% were done with saline implants. Given the malleability of silicone gel, women were given the choice between shaped implants and round implants. Only 12% of all women chose to have a specific shape for their new breast implants.

Overall, the breast augmentation procedure has seen a 7% rise from the previous year.

A higher increase in popularity, although with a considerably smaller number of patients, is held by breast lifts. With a 12% increase and 148,967 patients, breast lifts have, for the first time in aesthetic plastic surgery history, secured a place in the top 5 surgical procedures.

Thanks to medical advancements, women looking to change the size of their breasts have access to breast implant explanation. 38,071 women chose to either upgrade or downsize their already-implanted breasts.

Trends Among Male Populations

The number of men who opt for aesthetic plastic surgery is on the rise thanks to the decrease in social stigma. Hundreds of thousands of men have opted for at least one form of plastic surgery in the past year.

According to data published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, male breast reduction procedures are up by 26%. In numbers, 30,464 men opted for this procedure, as a form of treatment for the effects of gynecomastia.

An increasing trend has been observed in nonsurgical skin tightening procedures as well, with 47,329 men choosing to trim off some of the fat from areas of their body. Most the procedures were against jowls fat, submental fat, and waist fat (“love handles”). Thanks to the increasing number of male patients, nonsurgical skin tightening procedures have gained the number 5 spot on the top aesthetic plastic surgery procedures list.

Similar to previous years, liposuction continues to reign at the number 1 spot when it comes to aesthetic plastic surgery among male populations. Maintaining this position is widely attributed to the larger variety of surgical procedures, coupled with the decreased downtime and increased number of less-invasive maneuvers.

Another top spot is held by injectable procedures. Almost 600 thousand men opted for a type of injectable procedure. The most popular procedure was Botulinum Toxin injections, which accounted for 438,513 of the total number of procedures. The rest of the men, 159,052 to be specific, chose to inject hyaluronic acid in the past year.

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When it comes to health care in the work place, there are some differences between the UK and America. In the UK for example there is statutory sick pay incase employees need it when they fall unwell however in the U.S there is no guarantee for any sick pay.

The infographic below highlights some of the differences between working in the UK and the U.S including the perks and benefits! Take a look to see the main differences between the two…


Work Culture UK vs USA

Provided by Foothold America

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