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Prevention and Shortage: Is It Time to Panic?

Telic Thoughts - Wed, 2020-03-11 18:24

Recently, we’ve been bombarded with stories in the news about the epidemic flu season. Other concerning news headlines include the Coronavirus. This virus has come out of nowhere and within a matter of weeks, it has managed to take the lives of over 1,000 people. As a result of this epidemic, there has been a shortage in China of surgical masks. This begs the question, do we panic now or do we wait until more people fall victim to this mysterious disease?

Surgical masks are useful in preventing the spread of many airborne diseases. They provide respiratory protection and prevent the transmission of infectious diseases from person to person. Many healthcare workers wear them as part of their daily routine while performing their jobs, along with the use of other wholesale medical supplies. With that said, how can we implement an alternative solution to the shortage of surgical masks?

The flu epidemic

Currently, we are in the flu season. It’s not clear if we are in a full epidemic, but there are many government agencies who are on high alert. They are also warning the public of a possible epidemic and providing steps for individuals to take for preventative measures. To date, the CDC has estimated this flu season could possibly be one of the worst with an estimated 22 million diagnosed and 12,000 deaths so far. Due to this epidemic, public health officials are encouraging everyone to get the flu shot. The effects of the flu can have a devastating impact on one’s health. It can cause respiratory problems which can severely inhibit one’s ability to properly breathe. This epidemic coupled with the situation in China has caused many to panic.

The Corona fear factor

Over the past few weeks, there have been multiple news stories about individuals who have contracted the Coronavirus. There have also been unsettling stories of individuals being quarantined as a result of this virus. The efforts that the American and Chinese governments are implementing to try and contain this virus have caused an inconvenience and have been devastating to many individuals. As the death toll rises, individuals have continued to take extra precautionary measures to prevent the spread of this disease. The fact that this disease started in China and has quickly spread to individuals here in the United States has been unsettling for both nations. Experts are working diligently to find a way to stop the spread of this disease.

Masks being used for prevention

When you turn on the news, you see individuals in China wearing surgical masks. The idea of normal everyday citizens walking around wearing surgical masks is a news headline that stops you cold in your tracks. You take a look at these individuals and you sympathize with them. You are thankful that this epidemic hasn’t reached us here in the United States like it has in China. There are some who beg to differ with this statement. The Coronavirus has reached individuals of multiple nationalities in multiple countries. Are surgical masks the short-term answer in preventing the continued spread of this disease? Regardless, individuals are beginning to take the welfare of their health into their own hands by implementing this strategy as a means to protect themselves and their families.

Other preventive measures

The CDC has recently reported that there is currently no vaccine to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus disease. They have, however, issued a list of preventive measures individuals can use to avoid the spreading of the disease. Some of these preventive measures include:

  • Avoiding close contact with people you know are sick

  • Avoid contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth

  • Stay home if you are sick

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

  • Disinfect regularly

While these measures have not been proven to be completely effective against the Coronavirus, they are reasonable measures that can help reduce the spread of this mysterious disease.

The sight of American and Chinese citizens wearing surgical masks is an alarming one. The media has consistently covered the news stories about the worldwide spread of the Coronavirus disease. In addition, there have been local news stories pertaining to flu outbreaks within local cities. Are we moving towards a society that will require surgical masks as the norm? If so, will we be prepared?

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Can You Improve Your Medical Office?

Telic Thoughts - Tue, 2020-02-04 19:57

Running a doctor’s office is something you may have dreamed about for years.

Now that this has come to fruition, are there steps you can take to improve your office?

From the treatments you offer patients to the staff you hired and more review where you may be able to improve.

So, where might you begin?

Always Make Your Patients Priority Number One

In looking at how to improve your medical office, think about the following areas:

1. Services offered – Whether a family physician or you focus on one specific area, make sure you are the best. Are you doing all you can to provide first-rate services to the folks walking through your door? If the answer is no, this needs to change in a hurry. Many patients have options when it comes to finding a physician they trust and like. As such, you could lose some patients over time if you are not careful. By keeping the patients you have, you stand a good chance of keeping your medical practice around.

2. Protecting you – What good are you to patients if you’re not around often or altogether for a long period of time? What would you do if you suffered a serious injury or came down with a major illness? Do you have protection in place to get you through the tough times? With the best disability insurance for physicians, you take a step in the right direction. Such insurance will give you the protection you need and keep you from falling into a major hole. It also provides you with some peace of mind as you look to get back on your feet and do what you love.

3. Learning each day – No matter how many years a physician, you never stop learning. As a result, always be looking to learn more about the area or areas of medicine you practice. Doing so gives you the opportunity to better help your patients as time moves along. One of the ways to learn more is by attending networking events with other physicians. The opportunity to talk about new techniques and how to best treat patients in general is key. From conferences to trade shows and more, get out there when you have the opportunity to do so.

4. Staff is key – Whether you have a small office or a fair number of people working under you, their efforts are key. That said make sure you do your best to hire the right people for the right jobs. It goes without saying that patients not happy with staff they have to deal with may look to go elsewhere.

As you look for ways to improve your medical office, some of them might be right under your nose.

So, are you doing all you can to have the best medical office in town?

If there are more things you can do, take the steps now to implement them.

Remember, you do not want to look back with regrets one day on what could have been for your medical office.

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How Physical Health Can Affect Your Mental Wellbeing

Telic Thoughts - Sat, 2020-02-01 22:22

Taking care of your mental health at work can be done in a multitude of different ways, including stress management and counselling. But, something which is often overlooked is our physical health and the effect which this can have on our mental wellbeing. Workplace wellbeing is actually more achievable than people believe, particularly if it is approached in a holistic manner.

Our physical symptoms and injuries can influence our mental wellbeing, affecting how we feel, what we do and what we think. It also means that our thoughts and feelings can have a direct effect on our bodies and the way we physically feel. Understanding this link is important when it comes to managing the symptoms of physical illness and allows us to find preventative measures when taking care of ourselves.

Physical movement

Whether it’s taking a brisk walk during your lunch hour, choosing to cycle or walk to work or joining the gym, all forms of physical movement have shown to be an almost fail-safe method when it comes to boosting mental health.

Exercise leads the brain to produce more serotonin, but it also leads to other benefits such as good posture, strength and weight loss, which can all bring its own set of positive effects on your mood and wellbeing.

Some workplaces do offer exercise incentives, such as free gym memberships and cycle to work schemes, but encouraging exercise doesn’t have to be another expense for the business and can be something simple as encouraging employees to go on a walk during their lunch.

Nutrition

Research has long shown that what we eat has an effect on both our physical and mental health. But, with so much research available about what we should or shouldn’t eat, and which is often conflicting, reaching your peak health through diet can be a long, expensive and time-consuming effort.

There are some changes you can make around your workplace if you want to make healthier choices. Having fresh fruit in easy access, rather than sweets and pastries, will provide you with more energy until lunchtime or the end of the day. You could also add supplements and vitamins into your daily diet if you feel you may be lacking. High strength magnesium supplements have a whole host of benefits which you will notice day-to-day, as do probiotic capsules.

Many of us depend on high sugar of caffeinated drinks in order to stay focused during the day, but by taking a few minutes in between tasks provides a much better reset for your brain than an energy drink or coffee.

Smoking

The intake of nicotine reduces the natural production of the chemical dopamine, which gives our bodies that feel-good emotion. But, as smoking is highly addictive and is considered a personal choice, taking drastic actions against it may lead to resentment.

Getting to understand the effects that nicotine can have on mental help can help those who want to quit to better understand why they feel the way they do when they smoke and how it feels to quit. If you have support whilst trying to quit smoking, then statistically you are much more likely to stick with it.

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WAYS TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR VAPE PEN FOR AN AMAZING VAPING EXPERIENCE

Telic Thoughts - Sun, 2019-12-01 16:43

In the 21st century,customization is one of the ways people use to express their enthusiasm of something.Cars, cups, Christmas cards, clothing, and now vape pens, are some of the customizable products we have.

Whether you are a newbie at or are considered a pro by the vaping community due to the massive amounts of time you have spent vaping, one thing is certain, at one point of the other, you have been interested in ways in which you could personalize your vaping experience.

Gone are the days when cigarette was the only option when you longed for a dose of nicotine. Vaping is an upgrade from conventional cigarettes as they offer an amazing vaping experience to say the least.

Vape pens offer various highlights. For instance, they have higher volumes of smoke and adjustable nicotine levels. They also have thousands of flavors to choose from andcome in different shapes, colors, and sizes. However, make sure you buy only high quality vaping materials so ensure they serve you for longer.

With the variety of vape pens in the market, comes the luxury of customization.

In this article, I am going to look at the various ways you could customize yourvape pen.

  • Customizing to reflect your personality and style

The vape pen has different parts; The housing, mouthpiece, battery,atomizer, and cartomizer. All of these components can be customized to suit your preference.

Various companies that offer a wide selection of accessories for your electronic cigarette have sprung up. This allows vaping enthusiasts topersonalize their vape pensto achieve a unique and distinct style.

You could change the color of any of the above components. The batteries alone come in an array of attractive colors. Some mouthpieces come in eye-catching patterns as well as different shapes.

These simple adjustments not only change the overall look of the vape pen but also give you a different vaping experience. With such options, you can easily create a vape pen that is tailor-made to suit your preferences.

  • Customizing on the vape juice flavors

The conventional cigarette offers smokers onlytwo flavors; tobacco and menthol.

On the other hand, vaping allows you to experience an array of flavors; something traditional cigarette smokers know nothing about.

You could also create your own flavor. For example, you could buy the strawberry and mint flavor to come up with a flavor like no other.

E-liquid is a mixture of propylene glycol (a food preservative) and glycerin (a sweetener and food preservative). The E-liquid is then blended with specially designed flavors. These flavors are what give the vapor its distinct taste.

There is also an option of adding the amount of nicotine you desire. Nicotine concentration ranges from 0% to 3.6% depending on your preference.

When creating your own custom blend, you have the power to mix the flavor you want. However, it is advised that you mix up to 3 flavors.

Beginners are also not left behind. Some vapor-selling storesoffer their clients vapor tasting experience where they experience the different flavors as well as learn how to mix.

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Eye Evolution: A Closer Look

In a previous article I described how theories of innovation provide insight into the limits of natural selection. Brian Miller
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A Son Realizes the Irrepressible Truth

I had just witnessed in action what Douglas Axe describes in his book Undeniable as the design intuition. Howard Glicksman
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With Fresh Funding, ENCODE Team Continues Demolition of "Junk DNA" Myth

NIH just funded five centers to explore what the "dark matter genome" (the non-protein-coding part) is doing. Evolution News & Views
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Happy Darwin Day! German Natural History Museum Is Our 2017 Censor of the Year

The often-heard assertion that a scientific "consensus" exists in favor of orthodox Darwinian theory is true only on the surface. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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With Darwin Day Coming Tomorrow, Here's Tom Bethell on Darwin's Deception

Many pastors, priests, and rabbis, have been captivated by the idea that they can have their cake and eat it too. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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"Revolutionary" Michael Behe Tours Florida

At the University of South Florida, the discussion period was "fantastic," and the time allotted had to be extended. Evolution News & Views
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The Truth about Soviet Science and Darwinian Evolution Isn't as Darwinists Would Like Us to Believe

As often happens, Darwinists have things exactly upside-down. Jonathan Wells http://www.discovery.org/p/41
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German Paleontologist Günter Bechly Joins the Center for Science & Culture as a New Senior Fellow

A dismissive attitude to intelligent design cannot survive a sustained encounter with the best science and scholarship from the ID community. Evolution News & Views
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Is There a Limit to the Number of a Designer's Creative Acts?

"A Whiter Shade" is, in a real sense, a descendant of Bach's BWV 156, similar to an untold number of other songs that have borrowed from Bach. Walter Myers III
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In the Public Interest? ProPublica Misrepresents Intelligent Design and Discovery Institute Policy

Critical analysis does not entail any discussion of religion. Sarah Chaffee
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With Darwin Day Approaching, It's Time for a Look Back at Evolution and American History

Darwin Day is coming up -- February 12, aka Academic Freedom Day. Yes, that means we'll be introducing you to a new Censor of the Year. Evolution News & Views
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In Mouse and Human Embryo Development, Critical Transition Points Beyond Neo-Darwinism

On ID the Future, CSC Senior Fellow Ann Gauger discusses a recent paper in the journal Cell. Evolution News & Views
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Incremental Versus Radical Innovation: A Response to Josh Swamidass on Evolution and Cancer

Dr. Swamidass is an Assistant Professor of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine at Washington University, and a frequent critic of intelligent design. Brian Miller
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The Curious Romance of Darwinism and Creationism -- And Why Intelligent Design Must Be Silenced

In his new book, Tom Bethell cites a telling lecture by origin-of-life researcher Nita Sahai. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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Journalist Tom Bethell Puts to Rest the "I'm Not a Scientist" Dodge

My wife was complaining to me today that I don't podcast enough. Hah! Here's a new episode of ID the Future. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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Fact Check: No, the Texas Board of Education Has Not Authorized "Creationism" in Its Science Standards

The Texas Board of Education met this past week to discuss the streamlining of its science standards, greeted by much news attention. Sarah Chaffee
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