Future of Healthcare

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Are you worried that you have allergies, but know that a doctor’s visit, testing and follow-up will be too costly and time consuming?  Instead you suffer with the sniffling and sneezing, hoping that it’s just a seasonal thing. Or maybe you’re concerned about exposure to STDs, but want a discreet and less expensive way to get peace of mind.  Perhaps, you’re in need of a pregnancy test or a complete female health checkup. Maybe, you want to check on that fatigue, or the effect your stressful job has been having on your body.

Busy Americans are finding new ways to be frugal, but at the same time there is more emphasis than ever on preventive medicine. However, people also know that it can be costly to do all the testing necessary to properly diagnose health issues before they become serious problems.

The SmartGlobalHealth.org estimates that by 2030, the number of people with Diabetes (currently more than 180 million worldwide) will double to 366 million. Cancer incidence increased globally between 1990 and 2000 and is projected to increase further by 50%, to more than 15 million new cancer patients by 2025.

Traditional lab testing can be a very time consuming and costly process (source: debt.org) It requires a visit to a doctor, the doctor ordering specific tests, patients then taking those orders to a lab facility to be completed, and then patients scheduling another follow-up visit with their doctor to get the lab results.

Personalabs provides consumers with an improved, alternative way to get those results, while saving money and time.

Personalabs management service allows patients to go their website (Personalabs.com), find the test they are interested in (more than 300 tests available), place their order and Personalabs will send them a doctor’s order within 60 seconds.  Questions or concerns? No problem. There are Customer Care Specialists standing-by to help.

Personalabs has doctors registered in 50 states. You print the confirmation order and take that to one of the 1,700 lab facilities located nationwide. The lab takes your sample (whether it’s blood, urine, stool or semen) and you can leave knowing that you’ve completed your part and Personalabs has you covered the rest of the way!  The lab tests your sample and within 24-48 hours (some tests are more extensive and may take up to 7-10 days), you will receive an e-mail advising that your results are ready. You then sign into our secure Personalabs Patient Portal to view your results.

Benefits of using Personalabs:

  • If you require discretion, Personalabs offers a 100% confidential service-Your results are sent to your private account, viewable only by you.
  • If you need results quickly-You can place your order using a computer, mobile device (iPad, tablet or cell phone) or by calling to place your order with one of our Customer Care Specialists. You can visit the lab immediately and your results become available to you directly.
  • If you have little time-There is no waiting time, you do not need to book an appointment as they are not necessary.  You just go to one of the lab testing centers with your confirmation order and get tested.
  • If you need to get the results to your doctor-Personalabs offers a service whereby you can share your results directly with your doctor, if you wish.
  • Using this service as part of your regular healthcare-Don’t wait for small issues to turn into big issues.  Take an active role in managing your healthcare.

Personalabs accepts all major credit cards, PayPal (including Buy Now, Pay Later), Amazon Checkout, FSA cards and all pre-paid gift cards.

Personalabs currently does not accept any form of health insurance as their blood test prices are the lowest available on the market. Personalabs saves you money and is cheaper than the actual premium you would pay to your insurance provider.  They do, however, offer the ability to provide you with an insurance admissible receipt. You can use that to claim back funds from your insurance company.

What are you waiting for? Take an active role in your healthcare. Get the blood tests you need and results quickly for much less than traditional testing.

 

 

This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.

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Popularity of Laser Hair Treatment

Since its first introduction to the commercial market in the mid 1990’s the science of laser hair removal has continued make new developments and improvements. At first this procedure was very expensive and out of reach for most people. Now, however, this is not the case and Laser Hair Removal Clinics have become common place and affordable, but not cheap. The individual must weigh the benefits of laser hair removal to the cost. It is not complicated to understand how this technology works so as to make a better informed decision on whether or not it is something you might want to invest in.

Basically it is a specific wave length and pulse width or duration of light ranging from visible to infrared measured in nanometers. The hair follicle is the focal point of the beam and is destroyed from growing hair. But, hair follicles have several different life cycles and the laser treatment must be repeated a few times to complete the process. Professional dermatologists now recognize laser hair removal as a legitimate practice. It remains unregulated by the Federal Government in the United States but some individual States Require differing degrees of certification.

In Canada, laser hair removal in Brampton, Ontario is of a high quality professionalism, due in part to the regions notoriety in the field of Life Sciences. Other Country’s allow only PhD’s to perform laser hair removal. Even home laser hair removal products are available on the commercial market. There have been no serious or detrimental side effects for the overwhelming majority of laser hair removal patients. It may, therefore be considered a safe alternative to permanent hair removal.

When you consider that shaving products and hair removal creams, ointments, sprays, and waxes constitute an estimated $ 1.8 Billion dollar a year industry in the U.S alone, it becomes clear why Laser Hair Removal Clinics are growing in popularity. For woman especially, the psychological effects of unwanted facial hair can be devastating and the motivation to try anything that might work is evident in these financial figures. The social pressure through media advertising being put on woman is an abomination and underhanded method to sell beauty products that don’t even work most of the time. With laser hair removal, you know it is going to work and that it is permanent, and that it is safe.

If you decide to go with laser treatment, the odds are in your favor that you will not be disappointed. What it can do for your self esteem and confidence is hard to measure at any price. Please, stay away from ineffective snake oil promises and find yourself a professional laser hair removal specialist. You will not regret it and it will enhance the quality of your life.

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7 Surprising Causes of Back Pain

If you have back pain, you know that it affects every area of your life. No matter what you do, you cannot get rid of this pain. However, sometimes the answer is right in front of your face. Many people find that simply changing their mattress is enough to alleviate their back pain so that they wake up every day feeling refreshed and pain-free.

There are many mattress options and the type you need ultimately depends on you and the type of back pain that you experience. However, a memory foam mattress is typically ideal for all causes.

Look at the following infographic to learn more about what may be causing your back pain so that you can make changes and start feeling better.

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Courtesy of: MemoryFoamMattressGuide.org

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Remaining Ageless

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It’s a fact of life-with aging comes wrinkles. They start as tiny lines and before you know it you have frown lines; those common horizontal lines that form above your nose and between your eyebrows. You may still feel 22, but your face is saying differently.

You can regain that youthful look and minimize frown lines without injections or pain with Dermaflage. It’s a Silicone filler that conceals frown lines. Clinically and dermatologist tested, Dermaflage was invented by a special effect makeup professional and is used by TV and movie stars. It’s non-irritating and hypo-allergenic and guaranteed to match your skin tone.

Dermaflage is waterproof and one application lasts 36 hours. And it’s easy to apply. Anyone who has used makeup can apply Dermaflage; it may take a little bit of practice, but so does putting on any cosmetic product. It’s a three step process: apply the primer, put on the silicone filler, apply the tiny pad that looks like real skin and hold in place for just 1 minute. That’s it.

Suddenly, the frown lines are concealed and you are ready to show off that youthful glow you have on the inside to the outside world.

Check out Dermaflage.com for more information and save 15% off starter kids with code: blog15 (valid through 5/31/15).

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Multiple Studies Conclude Hobbies Enrich Your Life, Improve Productivity, and Improve Your Brainpower

Adults need hobbies which allow them to disconnect from their daily job, and experience things they wouldn’t otherwise experience. Hobbies offer adults an opportunity to meet new people, avoid boredom, and learn something new. More importantly, hobbies build character, relieve stress, and encourage a higher self-esteem.
Two Types of Hobbies: Active and Stationary
Active hobbies require you to move (or go somewhere); while, stationary hobbies require that you sit or stand for a period of time.   Active hobbies include physical activities, such as tennis, rowing, and travel. Active hobbies also include less physical activities, such as gardening, photography, and art.   To a hobby to be considered active, your body should be in motion for a period of time.
Stationary hobbies require little movement, and that you sit or stand for a period of time. Most people enjoy a few different stationary hobbies, such as word games and crossword puzzles. There’s also a social aspect to stationary hobbies, such as playing card games (pinochle, bridge, hearts, etc.) with friends.   Word games, such as Scrabble and Words with Friends, stimulate your brain and broaden your vocabulary. Author Marcel Danesi, Ph.D. is of the opinion that puzzle games are “beneficial to brain activity,” according to a piece he wrote for Psychology Today. Crossword puzzles offer similar benefits.

Creative Hobbies Enrich Your Life
According to a study titled “Benefiting from Creative Activity: The positive relationships between creative activity, recovery experiences, and performance-related outcomes,” conducted by The British Psychological Society, people who pursue hobbies (particularly creative hobbies) are more productive at work.
If you’re looking to improve your life, try one of these ultra-creative hobbies on for size:
Learn to Play Music
Learning to play an instrument is fun, exciting, and you’ll improve yourself in so many ways. Some benefits include: improved cognitive performance, increased memory capacity, enhanced coordination, and stress relief. Plus, this hobby helps you relax. Playing music can be as calming and soothing as listening to music.
The Internet is incredibly useful to burgeoning musicians. If you’re just starting out with a new guitar (or any instrument really), or you want to take some vocal lessons, you can do so online. Online tutorial sites, such as www.lessonrating.com, offer the one-on-one experience of working with a teacher, but the classroom is virtual, so you never have to leave home.
Capture Your Point of View
Photography is an amazing hobby, where your lens captures the world in new and interesting ways. Moreover, photographers are stimulated by learning the technical aspects, including the different styles and uses of cameras.
Editing photos takes creativity to the next level, and once edited photographers are welcome to share their photographs online. Who knows? One or more of your pictures may earn you some extra money.
Dance Your Way to Happiness
Multiple studies have concluded that dancing improves a dancer’s brainpower. “Few activities stimulate as wide a variety of brain systems as dancing does,” Daniel Amen, MD told Women’s Health Magazine. “Dancing requires everything from coordination and organization to planning and judgement.”
“Art Makes You Smart”
According to a NY Times piece, titled “Art Makes You Smart,” it’s reported that an artistic hobby can increase test scores and generate social responsibility. A study was conducted, and some students were chosen “by lottery” to visit a museum. Those students “demonstrated stronger critical thinking skills, displayed higher levels of social tolerance, exhibited greater historical empathy, and developed a taste for art museums and cultural institutions.”
So, paint, travel, learn music, or do any of the artistic things you’ve considered doing over the years. These hobbies can only benefit you, so they’re worthy endeavors.

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Spring Cleaning

Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Medicine Cabinet:

· DISPOSE OF THE DUDS: Check the dates on your medications and dispose of any that have expired, as well as any leftover medications for which the cycle was not completed (i.e. antibiotics). Don’t just toss old meds in the trash, though – talk to your pharmacist about safe disposal or check with your local fire and police stations, as they often have medication drives.

· MONITOR YOUR LIQUIDS: Children’s medications in liquid form and some cough syrups that are sugar-based tend to expire more quickly than other medications once they’re opened – often before the package expiration date. If you notice that the liquid has started to separate, it’s a good idea to go ahead and replace it with a new bottle.

· EPI CHECK: If you have any Epi Pens, make sure they are up to date as they also tend to expire more quickly than other medications.

· KEEP IT DRY: Humidity and moisture can cause medicine to deteriorate, which can alter the efficacy of certain drugs. Instead of the bathroom cabinet, consider storing your medicine someplace that is cool and dry.

· WATCH THE KIDS: Wherever you store your medicine, make sure that it is safely out of reach of children.

 

 

****DISCLAIMER:  These tips were provided by Sam’s Club pharmacists.

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Boost Energy and Trim Your Waist With These Simple At-Home Exercises

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Less than five percent of adults meet the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity a day, and more than 80 percent of youth don’t meet the physical activity guidelines, according to President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Oftentimes people don’t want to pay for expensive gym memberships, but they also don’t realize they can perform simple exercise routines at home.

A good place to start is Pinterest. Search “home workouts” and you’ll find a wide range of exercise routines to fit your comfort and interests. Here are a few of our favorites.

Morning Workout

If you don’t have much time in the day for working out, carve out 20 minutes in the morning to stretch and do the following six moves to tone your waist, and boost energy and confidence.

  • 80 jumping jacks
  • 20 pushups
  • 40 sit ups
  • 20 lunges (per leg)
  • 60 seconds wall sit

If you’re a beginner or haven’t worked out in awhile, cut reps by half. Also, allow 90 seconds between each set of exercises if you decide to do several sets.

Daily Yoga Poses

Relax your mind, build core strength and find your center with an easy seven-pose yoga routine. Yoga lengthens and strengthens your body giving you flat abs and toned muscles. If you’re new to yoga, visit allwomenstalk.com for complete instructions and images for the following poses.

First, find a quiet place in your home that is disturbance-free to roll out your mat and find your breath. Perform the routine three times.

  • Boat Pose
  • Downward Facing Dog with knee to nose
  • Plank Pose
  • Side Plank (each side)
  • Scale Pose
  • Crow Pose
  • Handstand

These poses require strong abs so you might have to work your way up to Crow Pose and handstand.

If you prefer easier poses, try these:

  • Table Pose
  • Downward Dog
  • Crescent Pose
  • Chair Pose
  • Upward Dog
  • Happy Baby
  • Child’s Pose

Water Routine

Water provides continuous gentle resistance for people who must avoid high impact exercise. Try these moves recommended by Livestrong.com for better flexibility, increased strength and fat loss.

  • Jog or march for 3 minutes
  • 10-15 jumping jacks
  • 10 reps of wall lunges (each side)
  • 10-15 reps wall leg to arm raises
  • 5-15 reps wall knee lifts and abdominal twists

Don’t forget to warm up by stretching before you begin your water routine. When you get comfortable working out in the water, incorporate Aquajogger kits to enhance strength training.

Kettlebell Workout

Working out with a kettlebell offers more fat fighting and body toning benefits than you might think. A 20-minute kettlebell routine can beat 30 minutes on the treadmill due to the cardio and strength training benefits, according to The American Council on Exercise (ACE). Do this workout routine three times a week with 8-15 pound weights (women) or 15-25 pound weights (men).

  • Kettlebell deadlifts
  • Kettlebell single-arm swings
  • Turkish half get-ups
  • Kettlebell push-ups
  • Kettlebell single arm rows
  • Kettlebell walking lunges
  • Kettlebell shoulder presses
  • Kettlebell halos

For complete instructions, check out this guide from ACE.

A mix of cardio and strength training will have you looking swimsuit ready in no time. Pair a daily workout with healthy eating to maximize results. Be true to yourself and set a good example for your kids by getting active today.

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