The Basic Ins and Outs of Bandages From One Doctor’s Perspective
Jan22

The Basic Ins and Outs of Bandages From One Doctor’s Perspective

Most reasonable people understand the benefits and basics of treating cuts and lacerations quickly and efficiently. Not doing so can lead to infection and much more serious problems than if dealt with appropriately and immediately. Dr Chandan Kedawat, Sr., a consultant for Internal Medicine at the PSRI Hospital in New Delhi, recently spoke with the health and wellness site TheHealthSite.com and provided some basic advice on these simple, yet incredibly important home treatment products. Kedewat’s first bit of information deals with the fact that, contrary to popular belief, there are some options when it comes choosing bandages. While most are made with latex, some are made waterproof to protect areas that might come into contact with moisture. A cut on your hand is a perfect example of this. From washing your hands to cleaning dishes, there are a variety of reasons your hand might get wet in a day, so if your wound is in an area like that, investing in waterproof bandages might be your best option. Today, medical supply companies are even working on gel-type bandage that will release medication at certain intervals. The next issue Kedewat points out is the fact that many people wait too long to change or replace old bandages. His recommendation is to swap out the old for a new one once a day under normal conditions. If it is exposed to an abundance of dirt, dust, or water you might have to change it multiple times in the same day even. Finally, Kedewat advises that you get help with the application of the bandgage itself if your wound is in a tricky spot for you to get to. This will ensure the bandage will stay on more secure and better protect you from infection. Also, you’re going to want to first check the expiration date on your bandages to ensure their integrity. Even if the bandages are waterproof, put on correctly, and replaced regularly there’s still a good chance you could wind up suffering from skin irritation from bandage adhesive that’s use on them. This will result in a rash, known as contact dermatitis — something that affects up to 50% of people after prolonged exposure to adhesive. Having the right material on hand is a good start, but knowing some of these subtle intricacies is crucial to supporting speedy and safe...

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Coal Company Proposes Benefit Cuts for Employees, Asks for $12 Million in Bonuses for Top Executives
Jan21

Coal Company Proposes Benefit Cuts for Employees, Asks for $12 Million in Bonuses for Top Executives

A coal company is facing a firestorm of scrutiny following a proposal to hand out $11.9 million worth of bonuses to their top executives while cutting the life and medical insurance benefits of their lower-level employees. Alpha Natural Resources filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August of 2015. They filed a motion for the bonuses in December that asked for upwards of $14 million to be doled out as performance bonuses if the company meets certain goals for financial performance and safety. According to the Lexington Herald Leader, the members of the company who would be eligible for the bonuses are the members of senior management, including CEO Kevin Crutchfield. The company released a statement in regards to the proposal that outlined their reasoning for the bonuses. “Successfully navigating Alpha’s restructuring process has been and continues to be the primary focus of our senior management team and maintaining that strong leadership throughout this process is viewed as essential in the eyes of both the board and Alpha’s constituencies,” according to a statement from the company. “This proposal will only become effective upon a full vetting and approval by the court.” The company sent an email to its employees to notify them of their plans to cut many benefits they receive. Proposed changes include: Eliminating short-term disability insurance Eliminating an employee wellness program Revoking health benefits shortly after employment ends No longer matching 401k retirement program contributions Less paid vacation time Alpha stated that 4,500 employees would be affected. They hoped to induce the proposed changes at the end of 2015 but have to wait until the court rules on the matter. While Alpha Natural Resources chose to restructure their budget with the use of benefits cuts and bonus payouts, small businesses have to find a different approach when they’re in trouble. The use of cloud computing technology by small businesses is expected to double by 2020, which is exactly what smaller enterprises need to deal with budget crises and restructuring. Thankfully, there is federal oversight on such issues as they pertain to corporations like Alpha. According to the Casper Star Tribune, a government watchdog agency has stepped in and filed an objection to the proposal. The U.S. Trustee, a branch of the Justice Department, argues that the company can’t justify the large bonuses at a time when they are attempting to cut retiree benefits and have recorded steep losses. The U.S. Trustee agency is in place for cases such as these, in hopes they will deter large corporations from undercutting their...

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Experts Recommend Taking Advantage of More Health Benefits
Sep18

Experts Recommend Taking Advantage of More Health Benefits

With legislation like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring organizations to offer health benefits to all employees, it’s possible that many Americans have access to perks that they didn’t even know about. A recent story from Fox News stresses the importance of employees taking advantage of all available benefits offered. Wendy King, HUB International‘s director of health and performance, wants people to recognize the small steps involved in staying healthy, which includes using the benefits offered by your employer’s health insurance plans. “It’s a matter of using the right benefits for your life right now. It’s all about saving time, saving money, and improving your quality of life,” said King. King also emphasized preventative care, which can keep adults and children safe from any unpredictable medical events. She says, “Preventive care on the recommended schedule will help to save you money in the long run, and help you to really modify your risk factors over time.” She recommends that employees take advantage of the offered vaccines and screenings, for conditions like: Alcohol Misuse High Blood Pressure Depression Diabetes Hepatitis B or C Lung Cancer These preventative screenings can help to reduce the risk of a chronic illness or other health conditions. Employees can also look at their benefits for programs that can help them to lose weight, quit smoking, and more. Programs to help with tobacco cessation and weight loss can benefit both employees and employers, providing a healthy work environment and encouraging a healthier, more productive lifestyle. Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death in the country, so any steps taken by employers to help their staff quit benefits not only their business, but the community as well. King hopes to steer employees towards exploring their company’s benefit programs. Employees working for organization with over 50 employees automatically have health benefits available to take advantage...

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Researchers are Working to Find Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease in Order to Prolong or Even Prevent the Disorder
Sep15

Researchers are Working to Find Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease in Order to Prolong or Even Prevent the Disorder

The threat of Alzheimer’s disease has plagued the human population for decades. The lack of knowledge surrounding the root causes, as well as the absence of a cure, are enough to panic to anyone. Fortunately, The National Institute on Aging announced its intentions to donate a grant of $5.67 million over a span of five years to Michigan State University. The institute hopes a study will be able to pinpoint some early signs of Alzheimer’s disease — specifically in Hispanics and Latinos, who are especially prone to the degenerative disease. The overall goal is to use the information to delay and even prevent the onset of the disease. “Current thinking is it takes decades for Alzheimer’s disease to develop, so we are turning the clock back,” said Hector M. Gonzalez the principle investigator of the Study of Latinos. Because an estimated 5.1 million Americans may already have Alzheimer’s without knowing it, finding the early signals could be the answer to effective care. The project will study 7,000 adults between the ages of 50 to 80 years old from different parts of the country, searching for signs of cognitive impairment — a symptom they believe may be a marker for future onset of Alzheimer’s. However, the Denver Post announced that researchers at the National Institute of Health (NIH) may have found a link between midlife obesity and the development of Alzheimer’s. Their study showed evidence that an increased body mass index (BMI) may not only be a sign of the disease’s existence, but a sign of when it will manifest as well. The study consisted of 1,400 patients who had undergone annual cognitive testing over 14 years — 142 of which developed Alzheimer’s. The results showed that those with a BMI of 30 during their middle age developed the disease a year earlier than those with a BMI of 28. It is unclear whether or not slimming down during that stage of life will have any affect, but Dr. Madhav Thambisetty of NIH’s National Institute on Aging suggests “maintaining a healthy BMI at midlife is likely to have long-lasting positive effects.” The mix of studying cognitive abilities and physical elements of a person’s well-being may shine some light on the functions of this elusive disease. Even if not to cure or prevent it, prolonging the onset for even a few years may improve patients’ quality of...

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How U.S. Soccer is Planning to Revolutionize Youth Soccer
Sep08

How U.S. Soccer is Planning to Revolutionize Youth Soccer

In another move to foster long-term development among players, the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer) recently announced two major changes to its youth soccer standards and coaching regulations. According to an Aug. 24 MLSSoccer.com article, U.S. soccer will change its birth-year registration calendars from its current August-May format to a January-December format. Additionally, the federation will implement new coaching initiatives aimed at strengthening youth soccer players’ individual skill and ability, giving them more opportunity to improve. By switching the registration cut-off date from Aug. 1 to Jan. 1, America’s youth soccer teams will be more in line with international youth leagues. In a statement released by U.S. Soccer, U.S. Under-20 head coach Tab Ramos said this switch will help eliminate the relative-age effect, which favors players born earlier in the year with more physical maturity. “This new calendar makes things easier for everyone,” Ramos said. “If you’re born in a certain year, you belong in that certain age group. It also gets us on the same calendar with the rest of the world, so now it becomes easier to identify for U.S. National Teams and everything else when it comes to international soccer.” By mandating and standardizing small-sided game participation at the same time, youth soccer players will be able to develop heightened soccer intelligence and learn key skills to help improve their game without the presence of an age bias. Small-sided game participation will allow for practice between smaller groups of players for younger players, providing more individualized attention at an early age. The announced changes will undoubtedly impact the thousands of children and teens who play soccer today. Across the U.S., soccer is the second most popular youth sport, with 284,000 boys and 209,000 girls enrolled in high school soccer teams. “When you have young players in an 11v11 game, there are only so many involved in any one play at a time,” Ramos explained. “By taking numbers away and playing 4v4, 7v7, and 9v9, you are multiplying their chances on the ball, increasing their touches and making it overall more for them by making them an active participant at all times.” U.S. Soccer’s changes are scheduled to go into effect by August...

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No Injuries After Concrete Falls 20 Feet At Comerica Park Stadium
Sep08

No Injuries After Concrete Falls 20 Feet At Comerica Park Stadium

After the Detroit Tigers lost to the Rangers by 4 to 2 on Sunday, the stadium started to fall apart — literally. A piece of concrete fell onto one of the concourses at Comerica Park Stadium as the crowd was clearing out after a game. “No one was injured as the ballpark was pretty clear at the time,” says Ron Colangelo, vice president of communications for the Tigers. Colangelo heard about the incident when stadium operations discovered it on the 100-level concourse, the area behind the first base. “The area has been isolated and operations will look into what may have been the cause.” Bob Flynn, who was leaving the stadium at the time, spoke to Local 4 News in Detroit about the incident. He says the concrete fell at least 20 feet, and that workers acted quickly. The area is currently roped off. The Tigers have a history with the Comerica Park Stadium, originally built in 1997. The Tiger’s first season with the ballpark was in 2000. The team is expected to play a match against the Los Angeles Angels on August 25. Due to its durability, concrete is the single most widely used material in the world, and concrete that is properly maintained can last for decades. However, there are many reasons concrete may deteriorate. Concrete can be damaged by extreme heat or fire, salt or bacterial corrosion, and chemical damage from carbonation, chlorides, sulfates, or distilled water. The stadium is currently investigating what caused the concrete to fall, and if any repairs or renovations need to be made. The incident is not expected to affect the upcoming Tiger’s game, but the area will continue to be roped off for the time...

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