Five Ways Employers Can Support Employees with Endometriosis

March: Endometriosis Awareness Month

With March being Endometriosis Awareness Month, employers have an opportunity to improve their understanding of how the condition can affect their employees and how they can support them. With one in ten1 women and those assigned female at birth suffering with the condition, it affects many women and employers need to understand the impact and how they can support them.

Impact on the workplace

Employees who have endometriosis can find that the pain is debilitating, and it affects their ability to work. Support to increase understanding, and advice on managing symptoms, can be a great help. Peppy, the digital health app has put together five ways that employers can support employees with endometriosis.

Endometriosis can have a significant impact on a person’s life, including chronic pain, depression/isolation, an inability to conceive and difficulty in fulfilling work and social commitments2. However, with the right endometriosis treatment, many of these issues can be addressed, and the symptoms of endometriosis made more manageable.

Francesca Steyn, director of fertility and women’s health services at Peppy says: “As an employer, it’s useful to be in a position to support and educate employees, this needs to include having a good understanding of what employees are going through and putting yourself in a position to actively help.”

1. Flexible Working 

Employees who have endometriosis can benefit from flexibility in their working day: for doctor’s appointments, to get treatment or to have some downtime if needed. Giving the option of flexible working can be a real support, allowing employees to fulfil their duties at different times and/or the ability to work from home.

2. Job Security and Fertility Treatment

Endometriosis can cause complications in conceiving, but a good and clear maternity policy is vital. Mothers-to-be need to feel secure in their job security. Employers need to make sure maternity information is easily accessible and available from the point of hire. 

3. Have a Compassionate Workplace

It can feel alienating to live with a chronic condition, and employers may have no idea how many staff could be struggling silently.

Someone with endometriosis may not feel comfortable disclosing their diagnosis for fear that assumptions about their productivity might be made. It’s important to create an open and compassionate environment, with easily accessible and in-person support facilities. 

4. More Sanitation Awareness

Employers can go to extra lengths by openly offering sanitary products in bathrooms, and including posters and information on the back of toilet doors, for example. This instils in employees’ minds that the company is supportive and aware, and will encourage an open discourse. By doing so, employers promote a healthier mindset when approaching female wellbeing.

5. Encourage Medical Attention

There is a range of professional medical help that can support employees with endometriosis, and it’s important for employers to be aware of what’s available and to offer the most appropriate support to their staff, as well as encouraging them to utilise it.

Specialists can diagnose the condition and offer advice and support on areas such as fertility and managing pain and symptoms.

Steyn continued: “It mustn’t be underestimated how difficult it can be for employers themselves to know how to offer support, and we’ve found the assistance we can give to employers, educating them on the kind of medical support that’s available to employees with endometriosis has been hugely welcomed.” 

About Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition which can affect anyone born with a female reproductive system, in which the standardly-unbearable symptoms of periods can become chronic and debilitating; not discussed frequently enough and often misunderstood. It is a significantly difficult condition to live with, in which the body produces excess tissue that mimics that of the lining of the womb in areas that it would not – and should not – normally develop. 

Effective Human Resources Strategies for Managing Nurse Turnover

The healthcare industry workforce has experienced its fair share of trials over the past five years. Across the United States and around the world, countless healthcare professionals are still recovering from the significant stresses imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. And that’s only one facet of the large-scale increases in stress and difficulty that have plagued our healthcare workers in recent years. From increased regulatory pressures to poor working conditions to widespread burnout, nurses are leaving their careers in droves.

If you are an HR professional in a healthcare organization, this leaves you with a tough responsibility: reducing the turnover rates amongst your nursing teams. How do you manage to combat such significant, industry-wide problems? Thankfully, there are a number of strategies you can employ to reduce nursing turnover rates within your organization and help your nurses thrive in their roles. Here are some of the best ways to retain your nurses.

Protect Your Nurses Against Workplace Burnout

Though “burnout” is a buzzword commonly encountered in today’s corporate keynotes and workplace infographics, burnout is a relatively misunderstood concept. Burnout can be caused by a variety of factors. These can include demanding workloads, working overtime, inadequate compensation, poor management, insufficient congruence between organizational vision and individual responsibilities, negative workplace culture, or unsafe working conditions.

Burnout rates are high in the healthcare industry when compared to other economic sectors and are especially high for nurses. This is often because the average working conditions healthcare professionals experience often include unsustainable levels of stress and emotional difficulties, high demands, long hours, and unhealthy workplace cultures. These problems have caused countless nurses to leave their careers prematurely. Burnout can be a significant reason for your nursing turnover.

To combat burnout in your organization, it’s important to take an objective look at how your organization sizes up against the list of burnout causes above. Don’t just take your own perspective into account when performing this analysis. Ask your workforce about their experiences. Remember — when engaging with burnout and your nurses’ evaluations, perception is reality.

Create a Culture of Decision-Making Best Practice

One significant component of management that influences how employees regard their workplace is the way an organization makes decisions. Decision-making affects hiring and firing, policy, procedures, team formation and management, crisis reactions, strategy, long-term planning, workplace conditions, and just about every other aspect of the professional healthcare environment. Though evidence-based healthcare decision making is a vital part of healthcare provision, sound decision-making frameworks can often be abandoned when internal decisions about staffing, discipline, scheduling, team dynamics, and more are made within an organization.

A history of poor decision-making within a workplace can be one of the biggest contributors to poor culture and burnout amongst nurses. Have you received reports or complaints from your nurses about dictatorial physicians or nurse managers? Have you witnessed inconsistent actions being applied without a clear policy or guideline to make sure your staff members aren’t unfairly treated? Making sure that your organization has strong evidence-based decision-making frameworks in place when it comes to internal operations and staffing protocol can be an effective deterrent to nurse strife, frustration, and burnout.

Advocate for Fair Compensation for Your Nurses

Maintaining compensation structures in a way that satisfies everyone is one of the toughest elements of professional management and policy. However, being fairly compensated is one of the best deterrents to turnover caused by becoming dissatisfied and burnt out on the job. If your role allows you to have any influence over compensation packages and handling, it is important to recognize that making sure your employees are being fairly compensated has a huge effect on turnover rates.

For a variety of reasons, and often because many nurses are unionized, you may not have much say over compensation figures for your nursing staff. However, you can still play a proactive role in helping your nurses navigate their compensation structures.

The simplest way to have a positive influence on your nurses in this area is simply to listen to them and their feelings about their compensation. Even if you don’t have the power to change their pay, you have an ear to listen. Sometimes a sympathetic ear is the only thing someone needs to help improve their perception of the situation and diffuse some of their frustration.

Recognize That Different Approaches May Be Required for Different Nurses

Too often, HR professionals mistakenly assume that they should take a one-size-fits-all approach to working with employees in their organizations. This might cause them to respond the same way to similar circumstances or needs experienced by different individuals on their staff. However, this is an inferior approach for a few reasons. One of the most important of these reasons is this: People develop in different ways and at different rates.

There are a number of psychological and social models available to professionals today that help define this reality and characterize the various stages of human development. Various factors that exist both inside and outside of an individual’s control dictates how he or she progresses through these stages. Trauma can inhibit individuals from advancing into higher levels of development. A lack of role models or growth opportunities can also slow an individual’s journey through these stages.

In order to help interact with each of your nurses in ways appropriate for their personal development stage, it’s important to understand how development stages work and how to identify signs that indicate where an individual nurse might be on that scale. Developmental frameworks can offer important insights about how to cater your approaches, your language, and your interactions to best match what each nurse on your staff needs.

As you support and manage your nursing staff, remember that they are under immense and often prolonged pressure. They withstand difficult working conditions and perform important, demanding work. As you create more sustainable working conditions for your nurses, you and your organization will benefit from reduced turnover and stronger nurse retention.

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Deep Sleep: Why It’s So Important and How to Get More of It?

Deep sleep, also known as slow-wave sleep or stage 3 of non-REM sleep, is an important stage of the sleep cycle that provides many benefits to the body and brain. Many people do not reach that all important REM sleep stage, and if they do, it’s usually for an insufficient amount of time.  Not reaching deep sleep comes down to a number of internal and external reasons, yet this is worrying especially since research has found that we need a good amount of deep sleep to keep our immune system strong. The average adult needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep and spends 10-15% of it in deep sleep.

Here, Martin Seeley, Sleep Expert and CEO of MattressNextDay reveals the importance of deep sleep, and how you can help yourself reach it.

Below are the key benefits to getting enough deep sleep:

Physical restoration: During deep sleep, the body produces growth hormone, which helps repair and regenerate tissues, muscles, and bones. This is important for overall physical health and recovery from injury or illness.

Cognitive consolidation: Deep sleep is important for consolidating memories and learning new information. It helps the brain transfer information from short-term to long-term memory and strengthens neural connections, which improves cognitive function and performance.

Hormone regulation: Deep sleep helps regulate the body’s hormones, including those that control appetite, metabolism, and stress. Getting enough deep sleep can help prevent hormone imbalances and associated health problems.

Immune system support: Deep sleep is important for the immune system, as it helps produce cytokines, which are proteins that fight infection, inflammation, and stress.

Emotional regulation: Deep sleep plays a role in regulating emotions, mood, and behaviour. It helps reduce stress and anxiety, and promotes a more positive outlook on life.

How can I get a deeper sleep?

1. Stick to a consistent sleep schedule: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. This helps regulate your body’s internal clock and improve the quality of your sleep.

2. Create a relaxing bedtime routine: Develop a calming routine before bed to help your body and mind relax. This could include taking a warm bath, practising relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing, or reading a book.

3. Use lavender essential oil: Lavender has calming and soothing properties and can help promote relaxation and deep sleep. You can use lavender essential oil by diffusing it in your bedroom or adding a few drops to your bathwater.

4. Make your bedroom conducive to sleep: Keep your bedroom quiet, cool, and dark. Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillow, and use comfortable, breathable bedding.

5. Avoid caffeine and alcohol: Caffeine and alcohol can interfere with your sleep, so avoid drinking them in the evening.

6. Wear socks to bed: Wearing socks to bed can help warm up your feet, which can signal to your body that it’s time to sleep. This can help you fall asleep faster and experience deeper sleep.

7. Exercise regularly: Exercise during the day can help improve the quality of your sleep at night. However, it’s important to avoid strenuous exercise close to bedtime.

8. Try weighted blankets: Weighted blankets provide gentle pressure that can help promote relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety. This can help improve the quality of your sleep and increase the amount of deep sleep you get.

9. Sleep in a hammock: Research has shown that swaying in a hammock can help people fall asleep faster and experience deeper sleep. This may be due to the rhythmic movement that simulates being rocked to sleep.

10. Limit screen time before bed: The blue light emitted from electronic devices can interfere with your sleep. Try to avoid using devices for at least an hour before bed.

11. Practice sleep meditation: Sleep meditation involves focusing on your breath and relaxing your body to help calm your mind and fall asleep faster. There are many guided sleep meditations available online that can help you get started.

12. Manage stress: Stress can interfere with your sleep. Find ways to manage stress throughout the day, such as exercise, meditation, or talking with a friend or therapist.

It’s important to understand that while these methods may be helpful for some people, they may not work for everyone, it’s also important to prioritise good sleep habits.  If you’re having trouble sleeping, it’s important to talk to your GP.

Healthista Launches The Menopause Pack to Support Women with Trusted Information Using the Best Experts

Leading Health Platform Healthista introduces the ultimate Menopause Pack, a carefully curated accessible, insightful series of workshop content that intelligently addresses Menopausal symptoms by providing expert led solutions in a fun, easy to digest series. Each episode supports women through this often-challenging period. Expect to learn more about how to move to improve your mood, the

often-complicated issue of hormones and HRT as well as how food choices are crucial in managing and improving your menopausal symptoms. Each workshop provides trusted information and easy to implement ways to optimise mental, emotional, and physical health and wellbeing. Women can then take charge of their lives by utilising the Menopause pack, delivered to them by some of the best experts in their respective fields.

The series is led by media medic Dr Dawn Harper who specialises in Women’s Health. Together with Healthista they have curated a powerful team of 6 wellbeing experts including Dr Nitu Bajekal, senior consultant ob-gyn, lifestyle medicine physician; Emma Bardwell, specialist menopause nutritionist; Svava Sigbertsdottir future facing movement expert with an interest in how to train optimally from 40’s and beyond. The meticulously curated knowledge-based content allows women to be in control of their Menopause, accessing these first of a kind, thoughtful workshops that cover each element of the menopause.

Long-standing Dragon Touker Suleyman says about this new venture he created:

Women in their 40’s have a wealth of knowledge and experience at this stage of their lives and to lose them has a massively negative impact on business in multi-ways. If we cannot support these women in a range of ways then our businesses will suffer. This platform I hope will begin to support women and help keep them in the workplace so that they not only stay but grow and expand and fill their potential. This is good for women, their families and business”.

Snapshot When Menopause is not supported it not only costs women their happiness but also impacts heavily on the workplace. In the UK more than 14 million working days annually are impacted, which equals £1.88 billion in lost productivity, according to Health & Her research. The research also found that menopause causes 10% of women to leave the workforce, with one in four considering doing so. Due to the severity of their symptoms, 370,000 women between the ages of 50 and 64 have quit or have thought about quitting their jobs.

While this is a serious issue, menopausal women’s needs are being overlooked both in the workplace and by healthcare providers according to a 2022 study. Healhista’s new digital platform is here to move menopause from behind closed doors and bring it forward into the workplace and beyond. The digital wellness pack aims to empower and educate women through the transition which can be positive if the right tools are provided.

Share this ground-breaking online menopause platform with everyone you know to give them unrestricted access to medical knowledge, dietary guidance, physiological support, customised workouts, sexual wellness advice, and audio meditations, as well as a welcoming Facebook group community. Menopause has never been so good.

Meet the experts:

Dr Dawn Harper – NHS GP with over 30 years of experience, specialising in women’s health, media personality, TV presenter and author

Dr Nitu Bajekal – Senior consultant ob-gyn, with over 35 years of experience in women’s health, author, and board-certified lifestyle medicine physician

Emma Bardwell – Specialist menopause nutritionist, writer, and author of The Perimenopause Solution. She blends nutritional science; diet therapy and behaviour change alongside a generous helping of understanding to get peri/menopausal women what they need

Dal Banwait – Top positive psychology coach and founder of Happiologists

Samantha Evans – Intimate health and pleasure expert with a background in nursing. She is also co-owner of Jo Divine, an online sex toy company, and a features writer

Svava Sigbertsdottir – Leading personal trainer, yoga teacher, nutritionist, and creator of The Viking Method

Maude Hirst – Mind expert and meditation coach, yoga instructor, actress, writer, and founder of EnergyRise

What You Need To Know About Uterine Cancer

Uterine cancer is a common gynaecological condition and is a common type of cancer among females. Designated females at birth can be at risk of developing uterine cancer, particularly at a later age. However, it can also affect those in their 20s and 30s.

Detecting uterine cancer at an early stage requires knowledge of its risks and symptoms. Knowing when to undergo tests can help care for one’s reproductive health. That said, here’s what you need to know about uterine cancer.

1. What Are The Risk Factors?

There are various risk factors for developing uterine cancer. It can be one’s lifestyle, age, and other health problems. Knowing these circumstances may help reduce your risk of developing it.

  • Use Of Hair Straightening Products: A new study from the US National Institute of Health (NIH) discovered that one might develop uterine cancer from hair products, particularly chemical hair straighteners. These hair products may contain harmful chemicals that increase the risk of uterine cancer.
  • Taking Estrogen For Hormone Replacement: During menopause, some women take a hormone replacement. Taking estrogen without progesterone can throw off balance in the uterus.
  • Obesity: According to experts, 70% of uterine cancer cases are linked to obesity due to excessive estrogen production. A high body mass index (BMI) can put one at risk of uterine cancer.
  • Age: Females at 40 and older are at a higher risk of developing uterine cancer. However, other factors, like lifestyle and existing reproductive health problems, can also put younger ones at risk.
  • High Animal Fat Diet: Excessive consumption of animal fat may lead to a higher risk of different types of cancer.
  • Diabetes: While diabetes is often linked to obesity, health experts found it can be independently related to uterine cancer. Having Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) can increase one’s risk of uterine cancer by 62%.
  • Early Menstruation: Those who started their period under 12 may have increased uterine cancer risks. Having a longer menstruation span exposes the uterus to estrogen for longer.
  • Ovarian Diseases: Females with existing reproductive health issues like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are at a higher risk of developing uterine cancer. These conditions share common risk factors, like obesity, diabetes, and excessive estrogen exposure.
  • Family History: The risk of having uterine cancer can be higher if you have a family member or relative with the same condition.

These risk factors may also overlap with other health conditions. Therefore, it’s best to consult a health professional for an accurate diagnosis.

2. What Are Its Symptoms?

Most patients may only notice the symptoms of uterine cancer at the later stages. In most cases, these signs may also indicate other medical conditions. 

  • Bleeding Between Periods: Vaginal bleeding between your menstrual period can signify uterine cancer or other reproductive health issues.
  • Heavy Period After 40: Females at their menopausal stage are at higher risk of uterine cancer. One clear symptom is heavy bleeding. Experiencing heavy and prolonged periods at 40 can be a sign of uterine cancer or other health conditions.
  • Pain In The Lower Abdomen: Uterine cancer can cause lower abdominal pain and pressure in the pelvis, almost like menstrual cramps. The discomfort may also spread to the lower back and legs.
  • Vaginal Discharge Postmenopausal: Vaginal discharge during the postmenopausal stage can be a concern. Its color may range from white, pinkish, to brown, with a watery or thick consistency.

When you experience any of the following symptoms, consult your doctor immediately for tests and screening.

3. What Can You Do To Reduce Risks?

While developing uterine cancer is difficult to predict, there are ways to reduce your risks. 

  • Maintain A Healthy Weight: Since uterine cancer is linked to obesity, maintaining a healthy weight can reduce risks. You can also reduce your consumption of animal fat.
  • Stay Physically Active: One way to reduce your risk of uterine cancer is by maintaining a healthy weight. You can do simple exercises, like walking and jogging, to get your body moving.
  • Eat A Balanced Diet: Eating healthy and nutritious meals can help reduce your risk of uterine cancer. You may also try recipes that can help achieve and maintain hormonal balance.
  • Avoid Products With Harmful Chemicals: Exposure to harmful chemicals can cause cancer. Therefore, avoid products containing heavy metals and other dangerous substances.

Taking care of your overall health is critical to reducing several health risks.


Uterine cancer is curable with proper treatment, particularly at an early stage. Consult a health professional for an accurate diagnosis if you’re at risk or experiencing any symptoms.

Why A Nursing Home Is The Best Aging Care Facility

The need for quality long-term care becomes increasingly essential as people age. And nursing homes provide one of the most comprehensive types of aging care available today. Moreover, they are considerably more popular among the elderly who require daily assistance.

From 24/7 monitoring support to round-the-clock health services. Nursing homes offer a safe and secure environment where seniors receive specialized treatments from experienced caregivers. This article will discuss why choosing a nursing home is the best way to ensure your aging loved ones get the support they need while remaining as independent as possible.

  • Specialized Healthcare

As people age, they may face various medical and physical complications. And finding the best nursing home for them can be daunting. One crucial factor to consider when searching for the right nursing home is the facility’s level of specialized healthcare.

A quality home nursing facility must have trained medical professionals, certified nurses, and physical therapists. They should be able to provide comprehensive care that considers the needs of all their elderly patients. This is especially true in highly specialized and complex cases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, which families may struggle with.   

So, when looking for tips on finding good senior care, consider any facility offering specialized healthcare services. Doing so will ensure your loved one receives the best possible treatment and care.

  • Socialization

Nursing homes have a lot of benefits, and one of them is the social interaction their residents can have. Remember that mobility problems and cognitive deterioration might make maintaining friendships and family ties challenging. In addition, there will inevitably be occasions when their loved ones need to go to work or school, leaving seniors home alone.

A nursing home takes away this worry. It provides a safe and supportive environment full of other elderly individuals in the same situation. Residents can form new friendships with peers or partake in special events and activities centered around fun and social engagement. As a result, the aged individuals may no longer feel isolated or lonely.

  • Assistance with Day-to-Day Living

Nursing homes provide senior residents with the kind of care they may not be able to find at their homes. A high-quality aging care facility offers its residents a caring staff of nurses, nutritionally balanced meals, engaging activities, and prompt medical care. The elderly and their loved ones can both benefit from such a setup.

Seniors in nursing homes have access to various services, including running errands, bathing, dressing, taking medication, and other medical issues. Moreover, residents can have more privacy and independence than they would with family members providing care.

Also, nurses and caregivers keep a vigilant eye on patients’ health and offer personal care when needed. Nonetheless, the elderly care provided by nursing homes enables many people in their golden years to enjoy greater autonomy and safety.

  • Housekeeping Services

Housekeeping services are only one of the numerous ways nursing homes thrive over alternative options for senior care. Many seniors and their families who cannot manage their households find this support invaluable. It keeps their living space hygienic and safe without going through the hassle.

The home is cleaned and prepared to the highest standard possible, as provided by experienced workers. Consequently, residents may rest assured that they will return to a clean and orderly atmosphere every day. This convenience is essential when considering nursing homes as viable aging care facilities. And when paired with other benefits such as medical assistance and social engagement, nursing homes provide the perfect balance for elderly individuals to lodge comfortably in their twilight years.

  • Medical Care

Nursing homes provide 24/7 medical care for seniors with physical and mental health issues. With the help of experienced doctors, nurses, and other specialists, residents can manage depression and common problems associated with aging. This can include health issues, such as pulmonary diseases and chronic pain.

In addition, nursing homes offer regular physician checks and access to the necessary medication and tests, not to mention treatments needed to keep senior citizens healthy.

Typically, social workers are also available on-site. With their help, residents can communicate with family members and develop a sense of community within the home. Moreover, specific recreational activities and therapy sessions can assist residents in maintaining an active lifestyle tailored to the needs of the elderly.

A nursing home gives the highest level of safety compared to other aged care facilities. For seniors prone to wandering, disoriented, or requiring special aid or supervision, a decent nursing home can provide additional safeguards.   

Additionally, some nursing homes may also offer security surveillance and round-the-clock monitoring, providing families with invaluable peace of mind that their loved one is in good care.

Final Thoughts

A nursing home is an excellent option for elderly individuals since it provides competent staff to meet their needs 24/7 and several activities to improve physical and mental health. In addition to regular medical care, nutritious meals, and companionship, nursing homes also provide a feeling of community where patients can form connections and families can rest assured that their loved ones are receiving proper care. It’s vital to assess the nursing home’s suitability for your needs through research or in-person visits to ensure the highest level of care and peace of mind.

The Aesthetic Clinic That You Can Trust

Absolute Aesthetics specialises in treating lumps, bumps and skin lesions, excessive sweating, and laser-based therapies together with medical skincare in order to bring its patients the best results possible by focusing on an area of expertise. We speak to its Director, Victoria Whiteley, to find out more after its recent recognition in the Global Excellence Awards 2023.

Our physical appearance changes throughout the years, whether it is marks that show up out of nowhere, expression lines that are enhanced with the years or the loss of hair due to age or pregnancy. Any of this as well as many more, are things people find themselves battling against which leads them to consider reaching out to experts to help them with their concerns.

Often people know of individuals that have had negative experiences when seeking help with procedures of all kinds and it means they are scared to reach out for help. This is why it is important to research into the aesthetic industry to find a trustworthy aesthetician to support and guide you towards a result that you will be happy with.

The Director and Founder, Victoria Whiteley, is passionate about medicine and aesthetic which led her to open her own clinic, Absolute Aesthetics. It was established in 2008 and has two clinics in the UK, one located in Central London and another in Guildford, Surrey.

Making changes that will positively impact your confidence and wellbeing is at the heart of what Absolute Aesthetics aims to do by using non-surgical and surgical procedures for hair, body, face, and skin. The procedures have “research and scienced based evidence to support their efficacy”, highlights Victoria.

The practitioners at Absolute Aesthetics specialise in treating lumps, bumps and skin lesions, excessive sweating and laser-based therapies together with medical skincare. Some of this are facial injectables, laser hair removal, body contouring, sculpting treatments and rejuvenation.

Absolute Aesthetics focuses in providing medical led treatment through working alongside the doctors at The Whitely clinic. This ensures that the procedures are delivered safely, through research, development and in cooperation with regulatory bodies. Victoria, tells us, “Our team drives high standards of clinical safety, training and care.”

Its team are highly qualified and skilled aesthetic therapists, nurses and doctors that are able to ensure “patients get the best care and advice”, says Victoria. The aesthetic world is constantly evolving from new techniques to new treatments, in order to stay up to date with the changes its “clinical team has access to training and professional development through our leading industry partners”, adds Victoria.

Victoria directly specialises in removing skin lesions using Electro Surgery which is a procedure that uses small incisions and few stitches, and it leaves little to no scar at all. She keeps herself updated with the development of the research on this procedure as research shows evidence on how effective it is to remove lesions, even as complex as a cyst and xanthelasma. This helps Victoria stay updated with new findings to incorporate them into her practice to be able to support a range of patients.

Absolute Aesthetics prides themselves in providing safe procedures to people of all ages, from 20 to 60 and above to provide the best procedure available to tackle their individual concerns. This gives her patients peace of mind of knowing that they have access to a variety of services if they wished.

“Look and feel good by the decade.”

Victoria has developed a well-known reputation and takes great part in voicing her knowledge within the industry. She writes regular articles to the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing (JOAN), sits for the editorial board of PMFA Magazine, and speaks nationally and internationally at aesthetic conferences.

An example of when others in the industry look to Victoria for guidance, is in relation to an interest of hers, the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. PRT therapy treats hair loss both in women and men as it activates the hair follicles stimulating them to grow again. Victoria’s results on using the procedure on her patients have shown that it is also able to improve the appearance of thinning hair and bold patches. The success of her results was recognised by one of the major suppliers to the aesthetics industry which led her to be invited to be first PRP therapy UK trainer.

Victoria’s ongoing success within the industry is also highlighted in her ability to direct a team to overcome obstacles and being able to adapt to unexpected circumstances. Absolute Aesthetics was impacted by Covid-190 forcing her to rethink many aspects of the business. The pandemic meant they couldn’t carry out their services, putting the business on hold, during this time “it gave us the chance to re-evaluate the business, our service offering and how we reach out to patients”, shares Victoria.

Seeing the positive in the negative, allowed them to move forward in a new way. Victoria explains, “Part of this included reviewing our treatments, costing and re focus on the areas we specialise and excel in, resulting in us being a much stronger streamlined business.”

Acknowledging the changes of the world and their continuous success in tackling its patients concerns has helped the clinic gain the trust of its patients which means that now, in 2023, the team at Absolute Aesthetics are able to expand and provide its clients with new treatments.

It comes to no surprise that Absolute Aesthetics has now been recognised in the Global Excellence Awards 2023 and they are holders of the title of the Most Trusted Medical Aesthetic Clinic 2023 – Southern England. We look forward to continuing to see its growth and development for many more years as they care and support its patients.

For business enquiries, contact Victoria Whiteley from Absolute Aesthetics on their website –

Scientific Discovery at Your Fingertips

Scientific innovation through research is critical for helping us navigate the ever-changing world around us. Emerald Cloud Lab (ECL) is a centralized research laboratory facilitating remote experimentation from anywhere in the world. As research moves from the workbench to the internet, ECL is at the forefront of this transition, aiming to create a future generation of scientists who are not restricted by finances or location. Thanks to its contributions to life sciences, which will undoubtedly result in the acceleration of scientific discovery, ECL has won Most Comprehensive Life Science Research Lab, Western Europe, in the GHP Global Excellence Awards 2023.

Emerald Cloud Lab (ECL) defined the term “cloud laboratory” by becoming the first remotely operated research facility where scientists can run all their daily experimentation from anywhere in the world, using nothing more than their computer and an internet connection. This includes method design, material logistics, sample preparation, instrument operation, data acquisition, troubleshooting, waste disposal, and other tasks involved in experimentation. While many emerging businesses claim to be fully-fledged cloud laboratories, very few have the vast capabilities of ECL.

With more than 200 categories of instruments, the laboratory enables scientists to remotely run almost any experiment they want. Using the secure, user-friendly software interface, scientists can design their experiment without restriction. Samples can be as small or large as the user needs, ranging from microunits to litres and kilograms. When the experiment is sent to ECL, every detail of the process is recorded thoroughly, and results are delivered promptly. Enabling scientists to run multiple experiments at all hours without having to manage their own laboratory means they can spend more time analyzing their data and designing novel experiments.

With a particular focus on biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, ECL supports a wide range of different research disciplines, including analytical chemistry, structural biology, biochemistry, chemical biology, bioorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Soon, it will be able to add cell biology, organic chemistry, synthetic chemistry and medicinal chemistry to this list.

From the very beginning, scientists have been and continue to be the focus of ECL, its vision being to give scientists access to tools that enable better and faster research. This is what has allowed ECL to gain and maintain its leadership position, even as new cloud laboratories emerge into the field. ECL was founded by two scientists, Brian Frezza and DJ Kleinbaum. While running their first start-up, Emerald Therapeutics, their research plan was more expensive that its budget allowed, so they turned to automation for the solution. Working with a team of scientific developers, trained in coding, they were able to automate the majority of laboratory work and saved both time and money. Over time, the tools allowed scientists to step away from the laboratory entirely. Founded by two scientists who understand what it’s like to be restricted by budget, ECL’s goal is to prevent scientists from being held back by lack of access to tools and space, ultimately aiming to increase the diversity of scientists and allow more life-changing discoveries to be made.

As a result, ECL was established based on three core values, which it continues to prioritize every day. These are democratization, reproducible experimentation, and operational efficiency. The company aims to democratize scientific discovery by providing scientists worldwide with access to state-of-the-art facilities for a monthly subscription fee comparable to the cost of one piece of equipment. This makes experimentation accessible to those who do not have the funds to maintain a laboratory themselves.

To ensure that the results of experiments conducted in ECL are reproducible, each step is recorded and validated, and samples are photographed, measured, and stored. Experiment parameters are communicated directly from ECL’s unified software interface, the Command Center, to the laboratory’s instruments. Protocols must run the same way, every time, in order to ensure repeatability. In terms of operational efficiency, ECL separates experimental design and analysis from logistics, resulting in a 300% to 500% increase in efficiency for industry groups that now use ECL.

Thanks to the benefits of cloud laboratories, the way in which scientific research is conducted is changing. Carnegie Mellon University became inspired to develop its own cloud laboratory when it used ECL to continue its research throughout the most restrictive periods of the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, ECL has partnered with the university to build the first cloud laboratory in an academic setting using ECL software. The laboratory will allow researchers to conduct experiments online and, once completed, it will provide a platform for experimentation using artificial intelligence. Throughout the project, ECL will provide input on the design and construction of the facility, the installation of equipment, and the management and operation of the laboratory.

ECL sets itself apart from competitors by being the pre-eminent company of its kind, with thought leadership which continues to define what it means to be part of the industry. Its work with Carnegie Mellon University will shape the direction of how life sciences are conducted in academia and business, bringing forth a generation of scientists who are not restricted by physical location, finances, or the size of their operations. In this, we are likely to see innovations that may not have happened without cloud laboratories.

As cloud laboratories develop, the life science industry has become increasingly aware of the importance of advancements in biosecurity as new techniques and methods are carried out in research and development. Cloud laboratories offer increased biosecurity to protect access to research and the data produced. As ECL continues to increase the scale and breadth of its offering, its goal is to utilize technology to accelerate the rate of scientific advancements while ensuring that the level of security is maximised.

Demonstrating its high level of security, ECL controls who has access to the command center application for experiments in the cloud lab, which is tracked by unique user IDs for all customers on the system. ECL offers a higher level of security than a traditional laboratory by tracking and storing all details, including chemicals, consumables, actions, processes, and results. All experiment details are kept confidential, but the system continuously runs checks to ensure the laboratory is being used responsibly and that nothing dangerous or illegal takes place.

Moving forwards, ECL aims to demonstrate that security in laboratory experimentation is enhanced, not compromised, by the cloud. As the originator of the concept of cloud laboratories and leader in the industry, ECL defines the general traits and promotes the essential security characteristics of cloud laboratories.

Due to its ground-breaking technological achievements, Emerald Cloud Lab is 2023’s winner of Most Comprehensive Life Science Research Lab, Western Europe, in the GHP Global Excellence Awards. There is no doubt that the company has changed the lives of many scientists and will continue to do so, facilitating them in making life-changing discoveries through research.

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Expert Treatment of Varicose Veins

Venous surgery has come a long way since Professor Mark Whiteley first established his clinic in 2001 – as has the clinic itself. Now, The Whiteley Clinic is a world-renowned medical clinic specialising in the investigation, treatment, and research into venous disease. In light of it being crowned Best Varicose Veins Treatment Clinic 2023 – UK, we got in touch with Professor Whiteley himself to explore the progression of venous surgery as well as learn more about his cutting-edge clinic.

Although venous disease is often thought to be only varicose veins or telangiectasia (spider veins), the world of venous disease, or phlebology, has moved on. The industry now investigates and treats patients with many venous problems, all over the body, from the usual varicose veins and spider veins to pelvic congestion syndrome, venous leg ulcers, venous eczema, vulval varicose veins or varicocele (varicose veins around the testicles), and the new specialty of “aesthetic phlebology” – which is the treatment of bulging or green veins on the forehead, temples, around the eyes, hands, breasts, and feet.

The treatment of venous surgery is no longer hospital-based and performed under general anaesthetic with poor medium- and long-term results. Now it is based in the likes of The Whiteley Clinic with walk-in walk-out pinhole surgery performed under local anaesthetic and providing excellent medium- and long-term results. Having been brought about by huge amounts of research and development, this makes the investigations and treatments offered by The Whiteley Clinic unique in the UK, and this is the reason the clinic is recognised as amongst the leading few venous specialist clinics in the world.

The Whiteley Clinic is highly focused on using research to gives its patients the most up-to-date and effective treatment by following The Whiteley Protocol®. This audits the clinic’s results continuously through the College of Phlebology Venous Registry to prove that its results are as good as it claims. This protocol is constantly updated as new research is performed and proven.

Professor Whiteley states, “Our commitment to research and the speed at which we incorporate it into patient treatments makes our approach unique in the UK and probably the world.”

Although aesthetic clinics can deal with small blue and green veins on the face, breasts, and hands, many find it impossible to treat very large veins that are bulging or deep – And chances are they are not part of the College of Phlebology Venous Registry, meaning none of their doctors can honestly say whether they achieve good results or not in the long-term. Professor Whiteley says, “Patients are well advised to ensure that any doctor that they consult is part of the College of phlebology venous registry so that they know that their doctor’s results are being monitored and poor results cannot be hidden.”

The Whiteley Clinic’s research concentrates on those patients who cannot be cured in these traditional aesthetic clinics. It has developed a series of new techniques which have been presented internationally and published in peer-reviewed journals, with one case being patented as a new technique. As such, this is another area of venous surgery in which The Whiteley Clinic is recognised as a world-leading facility. 

Meanwhile, just like the rest of medicine, venous surgery is now personalised, but The Whiteley Clinic has been doing this for over 20 years. It has previously been thought that patients with varicose veins only have two veins that can be at fault (great saphenous vein and small saphenous vein). This has led to an idea that varicose vein treatments are “standard”. However, research has now shown that leg varicose veins come from any combination of one or more of 150 different veins in the legs and/or pelvis. As such, every patient has an individual pattern and The Whiteley Protocol® allows the clinic to identify each of these patterns, and produce a staged approach to any possible combination.

Although a fairly new area of medicine, The Whiteley Protocol® has indeed recognised the difference in venous patterns and it focuses on the personalisation of treatments to the individual’s reflux pattern. Professor Whiteley explains, “Because this is not widely understood, our treatments are very different from the normal varicose vein or leg ulcer treatments available in the UK. Whereas most doctors or clinics try to simplify treatments, we treat every individual part of the problem with the optimal results. This takes longer and requires three stages of treatment but ends up giving the lowest possible risk of recurrence and the best results for our patients.”

The Whiteley Clinic being recognised as a world-leading clinic has its perks, too, with it benefiting hugely from companies bringing to it the latest devices and techniques and allowing it to provide truly unique treatments to patients such as high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). A non-invasive treatment of varicose veins, ultrasound is beamed through the skin and focused onto the vein, thus destroying it. Professor Whiteley enthuses, “It is completely revolutionary and is the next step forward from pinhole surgery.”

He goes on to say, “While pinhole surgery still requires things to be inserted into the vein such as laser catheters, radiofrequency catheters, or chemicals, HIFU is directed from outside of the body, through the skin and heating by focusing the ultrasound precisely on the vein to be treated. The Whiteley Clinic is currently the leading centre in the world for HIFU treatment of varicose veins, and has the only machine in the UK.”

Also contributing to The Whiteley Clinic’s huge success within the industry is the leadership across the business, which is based on a team approach. The clinicians are led by world-leading experts in their areas, with current research and teaching portfolios ensuring they are respected not only within the clinic but also by the wider medical community. The financial team is led by a very experienced finance manager, the technical quality team by an excellent clinical quality nurse, and the management of the clinic by a very approachable and experienced clinic manager.

The Whitely Clinic has a very flat management structure and being a medical clinic, understands the importance of interpersonal relationships. Therefore, all of the managers and staff meet regularly so any potential problems can be shared and dealt with as soon as possible. All staff and patients remark on the “family feel” to the clinic, as everybody is clear on the objectives of providing the very best care and treatment to patients.

Ultimately, it is clear to see what makes The Whiteley Clinic such a respected, award-winning name within the industry. Many other clinics will claim to strive for excellence, but The Whiteley Clinic has a proven track record of doing so. And it is showing no signs of stopping any time soon. We are truly rooting for this clinic as it continues to research and develop and strive to be better than it has ever been before.

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GHP Magazine Announces the Winners of the 2023 Social Care Awards

United Kingdom, 2023 – GHP reveals the winners of this year’s Social Care Awards.

The Social Care industry is a mighty entity which enables individuals to live their lives to the full by giving them freedom and independence. It encourages each of them to thrive regardless of any challenges they may be facing on a daily basis. Not only does this industry aid those who are most vulnerable, but it ensures their loved ones get the support they need throughout such tough and trying times.

This awards programme celebrates the bold achievements of business and individuals on a global scale, making them notable forces within the world of physical, emotional, and social support.

Our Awards Coordinator, Holly Blackwood, commented on the success of this year’s awards programme: “It has been fantastic to host the Social Care Awards 2023, and I want to wish all of our winners a huge congratulations. Without them, none of us would be where we are today.”

GHP Magazine, as always, strives to acknowledge those that are making the world a better place, or indeed, the businesses that are taking significant steps forward, no matter how modest and small they might seem on the greater landscape. These little steps, to large leaps, each contribute to a better future for all of us, and we couldn’t be happier to present them to our global audience.

To find out more about the trailblazers in this realm, and discover what has led them to becoming who they are today, please visit to access our newest winner’s booklet.



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4 Common Injuries Causing Death In A Car Accident

Vehicular accidents occur when two or more vehicles collide with each other, pedestrians, or objects. Such accidents can cause property damage, injuries, and even death.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated six million car accidents occur in the United States every year, where about 2.6 million vehicle occupants sustain injuries. Furthermore, on average, 99 people die from car accidents each day. And that’s an alarming number.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, it’s crucial to seek immediate medical attention, then contact a car accident attorney in Houston or wherever you may be located. They can help you recover compensation for damages while you focus on recovering from your injuries.  

However, head-on collisions can be catastrophic, causing injuries that may prove to be fatal. Here are four common injuries from a car accident that might result in death:

1. Head Injury

Head injuries from a car crash may range from minor concussions to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A person’s head can suffer severe injuries if it hits the vehicle’s dashboard, steering wheel, or other objects with tremendous force.

Headaches, disorientation, dizziness, nausea, loss of consciousness, and seizures are some head injury symptoms. Untreated head injuries can result in severe brain damage or even death. That’s why getting immediate medical treatment is crucial after a car accident.

2. Chest Injury

Chest injuries are also common in car accidents and can be fatal. A person’s chest can be injured in a car collision if it slams against the steering wheel or dashboard. As a result of the impact, the chest wall, lungs, heart, or significant blood vessels can be damaged.

The following are examples of chest injuries that can cause death in a car accident:

  • Cardiac Contusion: This refers to a heart bruise or damage that can induce irregular heartbeats, low blood pressure, and cardiac arrest.
  • Rib Fracture: Fractured ribs can be excruciatingly painful and life-threatening if they puncture the lungs or other critical organs.
  • Aortic Rupture: An aortic rupture refers to a tear or hole through the three layers of the aorta, the primary blood vessel transporting blood from the heart to the rest of the body. If not treated immediately, this injury could be fatal.
  • Pneumothorax: Also known as a collapsed lung, pneumothorax occurs when air enters the gap between the lungs and the chest wall, causing the lung to give way. It can lead to respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, or death.

Chest trauma from a car accident requires quick medical intervention.

3. Spinal Cord Injury

Acute spinal cord injuries due to a car accident can cause paralysis or even death. These injuries occur when the spinal cord, a bundle of nerves that runs down the back, is bruised, partially torn, or completely torn due to the accident’s impact.

Listed below are examples of spinal cord injuries that are potentially fatal:

  • Paraplegia: Paralysis of the legs and lower body is known as paraplegia. Damage to the spinal cord in the lower back might cause it. Poor circulation can lead to blood clots, increasing the risk of life-threatening conditions like thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
  • Quadriplegia: The paralysis of both the arms and legs is called quadriplegia, also known as tetraplegia. Injuries to the neck’s spinal cord can result in this condition. This type of injury is usually fatal without emergency treatment.

Traumatic spinal cord injuries can cause irreversible loss of mobility and death.

4. Abdominal Injury

When the abdomen, which houses the stomach, intestines, liver, spleen, and other organs, is hit or crushed in a car collision, the resulting injuries can be fatal.

The following are abdominal injuries that can cause death in a car accident:

  • Spleen Rupture: The spleen is a small organ in the upper left side of the abdomen. A ruptured spleen can result in life-threatening internal bleeding.
  • Liver Laceration: The liver is a big organ on the right side of the stomach. A severe laceration to the liver can result in internal bleeding, which can be fatal.
  • Bowel Perforation: The bowel or intestine is the long, tubular organ in the abdomen. A hole or perforation in your bowel might cause septic shock and organ failure.

Any of the above injuries are life-threatening and should not be taken lightly.


Car accidents can result in head, chest, spinal, and abdominal injuries that may lead to death. The severity of these injuries can vary significantly depending on collision speed, environmental conditions, alcohol consumption, and various other factors.

If you’re involved in a car accident, seek medical treatment immediately, and report the accident to your insurance company and local law enforcement.

Everything You Need to Know About Keto Flu

The keto flu is a collection of symptoms that are your body’s natural response to carbohydrate restriction. This happens when your metabolism shifts from using carbohydrates to burning fat as your primary fuel source.

Symptoms of the keto flu include brain fog, headache, chills, sore throat, digestive issues, dizziness, and insomnia. Fortunately, these symptoms are temporary and will go away once your body adjusts to the keto diet. Your diet is the most important factor when it comes to avoiding the keto flu. The key is to ensure you’re getting enough fat, protein, and other nutrients in your diet so that your body can get the building blocks it needs to start functioning correctly.

It’s also important to drink plenty of water if you’re transitioning to a keto diet, as this helps keep your hydration levels up. Make sure to include foods that naturally contain electrolytes like potassium and magnesium in your meals.

If you want to know more about keto flu and how to deal with it, continue reading.

What Is Keto Flu?

During the first few weeks of a keto diet, some people experience flu-like symptoms. Often, these symptoms disappear on their own. But they can be frustrating and make you want to give up on a diet altogether.

There are a few reasons for the occurrence of flu-like symptoms in some people when they go low carb. These include a weakened immune system, not eating enough calories, and dehydration.

The keto diet removes many foods that are rich in refined sugar, including fruits, sweet potatoes, bread, rice, and starchy vegetables. This can result in sugar withdrawal which leads to irritability and other symptoms such as nausea, headaches, and fatigue.

Symptoms of Keto Flu

Keto flu, also known as keto induction, is a set of minor, short-term symptoms that people who try the keto diet experience. They may include nausea, fatigue, headaches, and mood swings.

Symptoms can last a few days or weeks, depending on the person, but they usually resolve once you adjust your diet. Here are some common symptoms of keto flu.

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Irritability
  • Muscle cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation

Main Causes of Keto Flu

Keto flu occurs as your body shifts to burning fat for energy. The main causes are hunger headaches from low blood sugar, sugar withdrawal that leads to sluggishness and tiredness, electrolyte deficiency, dehydration, and lack of fibre in the diet. These symptoms usually last for a week and diminish as your body adjusts to the new fuel source. To prevent dehydration, drink water frequently and use oral rehydration sachets. To avoid digestive issues, add fibre to your keto diet.

How to Get Rid of the Keto Flu?

Tips to Manage Keto Flu: Stay hydrated, avoid strenuous exercise, get enough sleep, replace electrolytes, eat enough fat. Symptoms are caused by dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and the body adjusting to burning fat. Replenish minerals like sodium and potassium and eat high-fat foods to speed up the adjustment process.

How Long Does Keto Flu Last?

The keto flu, or a state of low energy and brain fog, is one of the most common side effects of switching to a ketogenic diet. It typically begins within a day or two of cutting carbs from your diet and may last a few days to a month before disappearing completely.

If the keto flu persists after several weeks, it’s likely a sign your diet isn’t working for you and should be modified. In such cases, it is best to consult a doctor or a dietician.


When you start the keto diet, your body will go through a period of adjustment. This is because the ketogenic diet forces your body to shift its primary fuel source from glucose to ketones. The keto diet also eliminates many foods that contain essential electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and magnesium; because of this reason, many people experience symptoms of keto-flue like, nausea, weakness, headache, fatigue, diarrhoea, etc. In order to deal with these symptoms, you need to drink plenty of water, eat foods rich in healthy fats and protein, maintain electrolyte balance, etc. These tips can help you easily get rid of keto flu. You should also consult a doctor if your symptoms persist for longer.

Common Menopause Symptoms and How to Prevent or Treat Them

Menopause is part of the ageing process of women. The ovary eventually stops producing eggs as you get older. When you stop having monthly periods for a year and are not pregnant or don’t have any disease that causes this, you are in menopause. Women in their 40s or 50s may experience this, although the average age they get to this stage is 52. Menopause has various symptoms, and some can be uncomfortable. We listed some common symptoms and how to prevent or treat them.

Difficulty sleeping

Women who are in menopause may have trouble getting sleep. It’s actually not just them; older adults often develop difficulties in sleeping. Creating a sleep routine can help resolve this problem. Your body will get used to it if you go to bed at the same time every day. Making your bedroom more comfortable by keeping it dim or dark and setting the right temperature could also induce sleep. Avoid taking caffeine before bedtime, as it would keep you awake. Some people find that using CBD products helps them get to sleep better. CBD flower UK providers offer different flavours to choose from. CBD also potentially boosts metabolism, which is another possible benefit since menopause could also cause metabolism to slow down.

Mood swings

Hormonal changes could cause mood changes in menopausal women. They could easily get irritated, exhausted, and anxious. If unable to manage these negative emotions, it could lead to more serious problems, like depression. Consult your doctor if you have difficulty controlling your feelings and thoughts. You may also try various ways to make you feel calm, like meditation and breathing techniques. Doing things that you enjoy can also make you feel better.

Discomfort during sex

Hormonal changes could contribute to lower libido and vaginal dryness, making sex uncomfortable or painful. Vaginal lubricants and moisturisers are available over the counter. There’s no need for a prescription to get them. They help make the vagina moist or lubricated, thus making sex more comfortable.

Hot flashes

Hot flashes or night sweats are sudden feelings of heat on the upper body, causing sweats and the skin to redden. The symptom can be mild to some women, but they can be severe and uncomfortable to others. Your doctor may prescribe medications to treat hot flashes. However, some lifestyle changes could relieve this symptom and provide comfort, including avoiding caffeine, spicy foods, and alcohol, as they can worsen hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. Maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise and a balanced diet can also help as overweight women experience more frequent night sweats.

Urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leaking of urine, which could cause inconvenience and embarrassment. One way to prevent this is to avoid foods or drinks that could irritate the bladder’s lining, causing frequent and uncontrolled leaks. Pelvic floor exercise can also strengthen the pelvic muscles, helping control urine better.

The symptoms of menopause could last for years, but there are ways to relieve their discomfort. If it gets difficult to manage them, your doctor can help find the best treatment to make your life more comfortable.

Why Should You Consider Obtaining an Online Medical Degree

Obtaining an online medical degree is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are looking for ways to advance their careers without sacrificing their current obligations. With the rise of technology, it’s now possible to get a quality education from the comfort of your own home. 

Thanks to the Internet and modern technology, numerous online courses are now available to people from over the world. Should you decide to do so, you can attend an online nursing school, for example, and obtain the necessary certification that will help you find a better job or advance in your career. The main reason online courses became so popular is that they are much more convenient and easily accessible. 

People who are to busy with work or other obligations to go to actual school can attend online courses and exams at their own pace and when it suits them the most. Of course, some online schools and institutions offer more flexibility than the others, but arrangements can be made, always. With that in mind, here’s why you should consider obtaining an online medical degree. 

The benefits of obtaining an online medical degree

Obtaining an online medical degree can be a great way to further your career in the medical field. With an online degree, you can gain more opportunities for future employment or career advancement opportunities that yield additional benefits. 

You will also have the flexibility to study at your own pace and on your own schedule, allowing you to fit learning into your busy lifestyle. Also, many online programs offer lower tuition rates or at least allow you to pay for the course and certification in monthly instalments making them more affordable for those who may not have the financial means to pay everything in full and at once. 

Furthermore, with an online degree, you can gain access to specialized courses that are specifically designed for online students. This allows you to focus on specific areas of medicine that interest you most and become an expert in those fields. 

Common misconceptions about online medical degrees

One of the most common misconceptions about online medical degrees is that they are not as rigorous or comprehensive as traditional on-campus programs. This could not be further from the truth. Online medical degree programs are just as same as their on-campus counterparts, and in some cases, even more so. 

Another misconception is that online medical degrees are not respected by employers or other educational institutions. Again, this is not true at all. As a matter of fact, many employers recognize and value the quality of education provided by online medical degree programs

After all, the education program is the same but the medium is different. Moreover, many universities offer online programs for students who are unable to attend classes in person for  some reason. Finally, some people believe that online medical degrees do not provide students with hands-on experience in a clinical setting. 

While it’s true that some online programs may lack this component, there are plenty of accredited programs that offer clinical rotations and internships to give students real-world experience in a healthcare setting. Therefore, you’ll be able to get both the experience and the knowledge you need. 

Cost considerations when pursuing an online medical degree

When considering the cost of pursuing an online medical degree, it is important to factor in tuition fees, technology requirements such as a laptop or tablet, and any additional costs associated with the program. 

Tuition fees for online medical degrees vary depending on the institution offering the program. It is important to research different programs and compare their tuition fees before making a decision. Textbooks and other course materials are often included in the tuition fees so you don’t have to worry about that. 

Many institutions offer digital versions of textbooks that are available for free or a small fee depending on the institution itself and the way they operate. As for the technology requirements such as laptops or tablets and Internet access, that’s usually up to the students to provide for themselves but in most cases, people usually have that covered before they opt-in for online classes. 

Lastly, there may be additional costs associated with the program such as lab fees or software subscriptions that should be taken into consideration when calculating the total cost of your degree.

An online medical degree can offer a convenient way to advance your career in medicine while allowing you to maintain a flexible schedule and lifestyle. Traditional and online certification is pretty much the same, the only difference is the approach on how students are taught.

Predicting Your Risk of Developing Oral Cancer – Early Detection Tool Saves Lives

Proteocyte AI is a Canadian med-tech company that uses proteomics to individually assess cancer risk in vulnerable patients. The STRATICYTE test, which assigns a five-year oral cancer risk score to patients with oral pre-cancer (OPMD), has just become commercially available after years of development and research. It has been made possible by the Proteocyte team, a very experienced, diversified, balanced, and extremely driven group that includes oral surgeons, head and neck surgeons, otolaryngologists, medical pathologists, oral pathologists, and health research scientists.

Oral Cancer develops in hundreds of thousands of new patients globally each year. Unfortunately, the five-year survival rate of 50-60% has stood relatively unchanged over the past 50 years. The high mortality of this disease is due to late presentation for definitive and potentially curative treatment.  Only 25% of oral cancer patients present with early disease.

Cancer developing from the mucosal lining of the mouth and called Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OSCC) accounts for most oral cancer cases. Virtually all OSCCs develop from a pre-existing lesion called OPMD (Oral Potentially Malignant Disorder). There are a number of conditions comprising the WHO OPMD classification system, some with malignant transformation rates as high as 36%.

Identifying high risk patients and managing them appropriately should lead to diagnosis of OSCC at the earliest stages of micro-invasion, thus lowering the mortality and morbidity of this disease. Some cases of OSCC may in fact be prevented with aggressive management of high risk OPMD patients.

Clinical oral examination, even with the assistance of various dyes and lights, cannot reliably identify OSCC or OPMD high risk patients. Clinicians must biopsy suspicious lesions and have routine histopathology performed on the submitted tissue.

The “gold standard” for assessing risk of OPMD lesions that may undergo malignant transformation has been dysplasia grading. Dysplasia grading is a subjective microscopic opinion from the pathologist regarding how abnormal the biopsy tissue is. Dysplasia grading has poor reproducibility and poor cancer predictive ability, but it has governed OPMD patient management for decades.

For many years, there has been a world-wide search for a reliable biomarker that can be objectively quantified and analyzed in OMPD patients and be used to predict cancer risk. Most potential tests are still a long way away from actual clinical use.

Proteocyte AI now offers the STRATICYTE test for use in the management of OPMD patients, which has the backing of numerous key opinion leaders who have been waiting for years to have an accurate biomarker to assist with the care of these patients.

If a suspicious oral lesion is identified and biopsied by the surgeon, and a diagnosis of OPMD is rendered, unstained microscopic slides from the lab handling the original biopsy tissue are requested for STRATICYTE testing. STRATICYTE testing can be seamlessly incorporated into your practice as no additional biopsy is required. The slides are immunohistochemically stained for a cellular protein called S100A7 which is involved in cell replication and invasion in many cancers. The digitalized microscopic images are computer scanned and analyzed for S100A7 and cellular morphology and the results are compared with a large data base of patients followed for many years that have or have not gone on to develop OSCC. An individualized five-year oral risk is assigned to the patient as either low or elevated, directing appropriate surveillance.

High risk patients will be monitored and treated more aggressively. Clinicians and patients can now feel confident that their care is being guided by an advanced and truly objective test.

Ultimately, it comes as no surprise that Proteocyte AI has recently been recognized in the Global Excellence Awards 2023 with Best Innovative Prediction Platform, 2023 – Canada. As the company continues to develop new products to address oral cancer as well as other human cancers, we hope to continue making a positive impact on the lives of patients at risk for oral cancer, as well as increasing it’s reach to clinicians and patients globally, reducing the mortality, morbidity, and the financial burden of oral cancer.

The STRATICYTE test is now commercially available in Canada and the US through Patient Care Solutions Inc ([email protected]) or 1-833-5-PROTEO.

Proteocyte hopes to see this product available globally in the near future. The sensitivity and specificity performance of the STRATICYTE test is comparable to other cancer prediction tools such as Mammaprint and Endopredict.

For business enquiries, Contact Mark Hammar, Chief Executive Officer from Proteocyte AI via email Email – [email protected] or on their website – 

5 Foods and Beverages That You Didn’t Realize Contain Fluoride


Fluoride is an extremely important mineral for protecting the teeth from cavities. In fact, the ADA will only give their Seal of Acceptance to toothpastes that contain fluoride. But did you know that fluoride can also be found in many of the foods and beverages you regularly consume? Below are 5 surprising sources of fluoride that can potentially help you protect your smile.

1. Different Forms of Grapes

In almost every form, grapes are considered a good source of fluoride. Raisins in particular contain about 20 times as much fluoride as raw grapes and have one of the highest fluoride concentrations of any food. As such, you can do your smile a favor by enjoying grapes, raisins, grape juice, and wine throughout the day. Of course, when it comes to raisins and grape juice, you need to make sure there aren’t any added sugars that could offset the oral health benefits.

2. Fruits

Grapes aren’t the only kind of fruit that contains fluoride. You can also find the mineral in apples, strawberries, bananas, peaches, watermelons, and cherries. When you have the choice, you should always eat fruits while they’re fresh so that you can get the full benefits from the fluoride (and other important nutrients) that they contain.

3. Vegetables

Certain vegetables like spinach and potatoes are known to have high fluoride levels. Potatoes in particular are an excellent choice because they can be prepared in various ways. Think about how you can add more potatoes to your diet if you’re looking for ways to take better care of your smile while also enjoying your meals to the fullest.

4. Seafood

There are some kinds of seafood that contain fluoride, with shrimp and crab legs being particularly popular examples. Are you thinking of taking the entire family out for a fancy meal? Seafood can be a great-tasting option that can also benefit everyone’s smiles.

5. Tea and Coffee

For many people, tea and coffee are the main sources of fluoride in their diets. This is especially the case if the water used to brew these beverages has already been fluoridated. That being said, tea and coffee also have the potential to stain the teeth if you’re not careful. If you want to enjoy the benefits of tea and coffee while keeping your smile bright, you should brush and floss immediately after you’ve finished your beverage. Rinsing with water can also help.

Increasing your fluoride exposure can make a big difference for your teeth, and luckily there’s no shortage of foods and beverages that can help you accomplish this. Your dentist might have some additional suggestions for how you can increase your fluoride intake, so be sure to ask them during your next appointment.

What You Need to Know Before Starting a Nursing Program

Nursing is a noble profession that requires a great deal of dedication, hard work, and commitment. Before starting your nursing program journey, it’s important to be aware of the various requirements and expectations you’ll have to meet in order to become a successful nurse. To start with, you should be aware of the different types of nursing programs available today which include Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master’s Degree Nursing (MSN) and Doctorate Degree Nursing (DNP). Each one has its own set of requirements such as prerequisites courses or exams that need to be completed before enrollment into any particular program can take place. For instance, the prerequisite for gaining a direct entry masters of nursing might be different form that of a doctorate or bachelor’s degree. 

Are there any special requirements or certifications that must be obtained prior to starting a nursing program?

Before one can become a certified nurse, there are numerous special requirements and certifications that must be obtained. Depending on the state in which you live, these requirements may vary. Most states require prospective nurses to obtain a nursing license by passing the NCLEX-RN exam, for example. This exam is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and is designed to assess an individual’s knowledge and skills related to nursing practice. Additionally, many states also require applicants to hold CPR certification or have taken certain courses such as anatomy and physiology, biology, microbiology, nutrition and pharmacology prior to enrolling in a nursing program. Furthermore, most programs will also require incoming students to have completed some college-level coursework such as algebra, psychology or sociology. Finally, applicants must possess excellent communication skills as well as demonstrate empathy for patients in order for them to be accepted into a nursing program.

Financial aid options for nursing students

Nursing students who are in need of financial aid have a wide range of options available to them. From federal loans and grants to private scholarships, there are many ways for nursing students to fund their education. Nursing students may be eligible for a variety of federal loan and grant programs, including the Federal Pell Grant, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, PLUS Loan, and Perkins Loan. These programs offer low-interest loans with flexible repayment terms that can help cover tuition costs as well as other educational expenses such as books and supplies.

There are numerous organizations that offer private scholarships specifically for nursing students. These scholarships typically provide funding for tuition or other educational expenses such as books or supplies. Additionally, some employers may also offer scholarship opportunities for their employees’ dependents who are studying nursing. Students should research potential scholarship opportunities thoroughly before applying in order to ensure they meet all the eligibility requirements.

How long does it typically take to complete a nursing program?

Nursing programs typically take anywhere from 2-4 years to complete, depending on the type of program and how many courses are taken per semester. Generally, Associate’s degrees in nursing (ADN) take two years to finish, while Bachelor’s degrees (BSN) require four years. Additionally, some students may opt for accelerated or fast-track programs that can be completed in as little as 12 months. However, these types of programs are often more intense and require a greater commitment from the student. Furthermore, those who pursue higher levels of education such as a Master’s degree or Doctorate degree may need to spend up to 6-8 years completing their studies.

How to prepare for the rigors of nursing school

Nursing school can be a tough journey, and it’s important to prepare yourself for the rigors of the program. The first step is to understand the different types of nursing programs available and what type fits your needs best. Once you have chosen a program, make sure you know all the requirements for admission, such as prerequisites and other qualifications. It’s also important to familiarize yourself with the topics that will be covered in your classes, so that you can start reviewing relevant material ahead of time. Additionally, it’s helpful to develop good study habits like taking notes during lectures, reading textbooks thoroughly and studying regularly. Furthermore, take advantage of any resources offered by your school or local library that may help you in preparing for exams or completing assignments on time. Finally, don’t forget to take care of your physical health by eating right, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep – this will go a long way in helping you stay focused on your studies throughout nursing school.

The Benefits of Seeking Higher Medical Education

It´s no secret that medical professional are constantly looking to improve their knowledge and skills. After all, new technologies are constantly coming out and scientific breakthroughs create new treatments and new medicine that can help patients in more ways than one. Therefore, keeping up with all the new innovations is crucial for medical practitioners.

Not only that but higher education and proper certification paves the way for better job opportunities with higher salaries and more benefits. That´s why many doctors and nurses alike are constantly adding new diplomas to their portfolio. Nowadays, you can choose to attend one of the online ABSN second degree programs, for instance, and improve your nursing skills and knowledge.

The fact of the matter is that such education is now available online so it´s quite simple to alter your career path as you see fit and when you want it to. Since higher education is much more available and easily accessible, it would be a waste not to take the opportunity to reach greater heights.  With that in mind, let´s have a look at the few benefits of seeking higher medical education.

An overview of different academic paths to achieve a higher level of medical education

There are a variety of academic paths to achieve a higher level of medical education. For those interested in becoming a doctor, the traditional route is to attend an accredited four-year medical school and complete the required coursework and clinical rotations. After graduating from medical school, students must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) before they can practice medicine.

For those who wish to specialize in a particular field of medicine, such as paediatrics or surgery, additional training is required. This may include completing a residency program at an accredited hospital or clinic, followed by passing board certification exams for that specialty.

But as mentioned before, going to school is no longer the only option available to students or medical practitioners. With the evolution of modern technology, education is now available online or in a hybrid model that combines online courses and field practice depending on the field of medicine your interested in. Therefore, you can tailor your education to your needs and set your own pace for establishing your medical career.

Navigating the opportunities that come with a higher degree in medicine

A higher degree in medicine can open up a world of opportunities for those looking to advance their career. With the right qualifications, you can become a specialist in your field or even pursue research and teaching roles.

To make the most of these opportunities, it’s important to have an understanding of what is available and how to go about applying for them. You can start by researching the different types of higher degrees that are available in medicine, such as doctorates, advanced bachelor and master´s degrees. Consider which type would best suit your needs and interests, as well as any prerequisites that may be required.

Once you have identified the degree you wish to pursue, look into potential universities or institutions offering courses in this area. The key to obtaining higher education is in finding a model that suits you the most. If you´re already employed, for example, online courses may be more suited for your schedule. If not, traditional on-campus approach may be more interesting to pursue.

The financial benefits of pursuing a higher medical education

Pursuing a higher medical education can be a great financial investment too. After all, even medical professionals have bills to pay so it´s not just about helping other people. That said, with the right degree, you can open up many opportunities for yourself in the medical field.

For instance, having an advanced degree may qualify you for higher-paying positions or even promotions within your current job. Also, with a higher degree, you may have access to more specialized fields of medicine that offer greater earning potential.

Not only that but if you choose to pursue a career in teaching or research, having an advanced degree will give you more credibility and make it easier to secure grants and other funding sources for your projects.

Seeking higher medical education provides an individual with the opportunity to gain specialized knowledge and skills that can help them provide better patient care, as well as open new doors for employment opportunities. That´s why it´s always a good idea to consider perfecting your skill and your knowledge.

GHP Magazine Announces the Winners of the Commercial Cannabis Awards 2022

United Kingdom, 2023 – GHP Magazine has revealed the winners of the 2022 Commercial Cannabis programme.

In its third year, the Commercial Cannabis Awards programme goes above and beyond to cater to a larger and more diverse range of businesses and professionals that operate within this industry.

We aim to recognise, celebrate, and award businesses and individuals who have demonstrated originality and intelligence within the sphere. They utilise modern technology to develop and expand the uses of cannabis in a medical environment to improve the future of the industry, and the experiences of those who require its support.

GHP Magazine, as always, endeavours to recognise those that are innovating and improving their industries. From small steps to giant leaps, GHP identifies businesses and individuals that are altering the corporate landscape as we know it. This is why we continue to spotlight the work of such exceptional beings.

Our Awards Coordinator, Laura O’Carroll commented on the success of this year’s programme: “I am pleased to announce the winners within the Commercial Cannabis Awards 2022, and I am sure that we will see them flourish even further into the future.

To find out more about these leading lights and discover what has led them to becoming who they are today, please visit to access our winners supplement.



About GHP Magazine, a publication under AI Global Media

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About AI Global Media

Since 2010 AI Global Media ( has been committed to creating engaging B2B content that informs our readers and allows them to market their business to a global audience. We create content for and about firms across a range of industries.

Today, we have 14 unique brands, each of which serves a specific industry or region. Each brand covers the latest news in its sector and publishes a digital magazine and newsletter which is read by a global audience. Our flagship brand, Acquisition International, distributes a monthly digital magazine to a global circulation of 85,000, who are treated to a range of features and news pieces on the latest developments in the global corporate market.

Alongside this, we have a luxury-lifestyle magazine, LUXlife, which appeals to a range of high-net-worth individuals, offering them insight into the latest products, experiences, and innovations to ensure they can live the high-life to its fullest.

Boost your Self-Esteem by Challenging Self-Limiting Beliefs

When you are young, self-limiting beliefs can be instilled in your psyche, which you then carry throughout adulthood. Unfortunately, as a result, your happiness and self-esteem can be massively affected because of beliefs of a limiting nature taking hold in your mind.

When negative thoughts arise, it is important to face them head on and know how to manage them effectively. The three tips below aim to challenge self-limiting beliefs and in turn, give your self-confidence, self-esteem, and morale a real boost.

Find out what your self-limiting beliefs are

Your beliefs can really feel like the truth. This is because your exact moment in life has been guided by your own thoughts and beliefs about yourself and what you think you can and can’t do. Your belief structure is supported by your go-to filters. For example, you may say things like ‘This is what happens every time I try to…’ or ‘This always happens to me’.

Think about one thing that you would like to truly believe about yourself, without any doubts. What would it be? Your answer to the question will give you an insight into the self-limiting belief you would like to let go of.

The symptoms that your limiting belief causes are sometimes the only thing you will be able to see. Naming the symptoms is easy, as you will know how you feel every day because of the limiting belief you have. However, once you are able to identify the root cause of the symptoms – or the self-limiting belief – you will be able to start to challenge it and move forward.

Move away from your comfort zone

For many people, because their limiting belief weighs so heavy, it can feel like so permanent, that it can seem impossible to make a change to let go of it. This is something I know because when working with clients, there are some that just refuse to face the limiting belief as they fear change. Instead, they only choose to scratch the surface level. However, this is simply dealing with the symptoms and not the limiting belief that’s causing them. If your limiting belief feels like a permanent fixture in your mind, what does change mean for you?

Once you come to the realisation that there will be a level of temporary discomfort, change becomes easy. In order to be able to move away from what’s causing your lack of self-belief and self-esteem, you simply have to connect with the pain and embrace the feelings of unease that arise.

Maybe the things you have tried to help you change previously have felt too safe and familiar. The problem is that real change is hard to achieve from your comfort zone. You should feel a level of discomfort and lean into it wholeheartedly to achieve the outcome you want.

Interrupt your thoughts

When a negative thought pops up, if it is feasible, stop and physically move somewhere else. For example, if when you had the thought you were sitting on the sofa, stand up and move into another room.

Then, when negative and limiting talks begin, notice what happens. Being aware when your self-limiting belief is following its usual pattern, is what we call a ‘pattern interrupt’. Whereas before, your limiting belief ran from your conscious awareness, you are now aware of it, enabling you to stop the negative belief from running its usual script.


You will start to flourish and grow in many areas of your life, when you start challenging the self-limiting beliefs you have had for some time. It is only when you address your negative thought patterns that your self-confidence and self-esteem will improve.

About the author

Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland is a TedX international keynote speaker, coach and best-selling author of Knowing You. She is a neural coding expert, and the founder of Your Life Live it, and together with her team she works with thousands of clients around the globe to help them achieve lasting personal change.

Workout Wonders: How Physical Activity Improves Mental Wellness During Addiction Recovery

For anyone struggling with addiction, the idea of getting and staying sober can feel daunting. But there is hope!

Part of an effective recovery plan is incorporating healthy lifestyle habits, including regular physical activity. Exercise has been shown to improve mental wellness in several ways, from reducing stress and anxiety to improving sleep and mood.

If you’re ready to get started on your own journey to sobriety, read on for more information about how working out can help support your addiction recovery.

The link between physical activity and mental wellness

Exercise is an incredibly valuable tool for people going through addiction recovery. Evidence from recent studies has linked physical activity to both short-term and long-term improvements in mental wellness.

A powerful mood booster and stress reliever, regular exercise encourages people to build confidence as they regain control over their lives and make positive changes. As an added bonus, it can help build social connections too!

Exercise can be anything from a leisurely stroll around the block to a yoga session with friends. Its unique ability to provide empowerment should not be overlooked in anyone’s addiction recovery journey.

Benefits of exercise

Exercising regularly can have a positive effect on your mood, helping to reduce stress and even combat depression. It releases endorphins which generate feelings of happiness, relaxation, and satisfaction.

Regular exercise also improves sleep quality by providing the body with more energy during the day; this helps to regulate our circadian rhythm for a better night’s rest. Also, physical activity can improve self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as reduce feelings of anxiety and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Through regular physical activity, we can gain control over our bodies, proving to ourselves that we are capable of achieving goals and making positive changes in our lives. Physical activity helps to break down barriers, allowing us to build confidence in our ability to succeed.

Different types of exercises

When it comes to incorporating physical activity into a recovery plan, there are many types of exercise that can be beneficial. Aerobic exercises, such as running, swimming, or biking, help increase heart rate and breathing for better cardiovascular health.

Strength-training activities like weight lifting or bodyweight exercises help improve muscle tone and strength while also promoting mental wellness. Low-impact activities, such as yoga and tai chi, are also excellent options for those in recovery.

Tips on getting started with a workout routine

When starting a workout routine, it’s important to choose activities that you enjoy. Regular exercise should not be seen as a chore; instead, it should be something that you look forward to doing and find rewarding.

It’s also important to start off slow and ease into your routine. It’s best to begin with low-impact exercises and gradually increase intensity over time. Additionally, it’s advisable to find a support system or mentor who can help you stay motivated and accountable on your journey.

You could also scope out a gym that makes you feel comfortable and open, where the staff encourages you to achieve your goals.

Never forget how far you’ve come in your journey, and look forward to even more development towards completing your goals as you incorporate physical activity into your recovery plan.


Physical activity is a key component of an effective addiction recovery plan. Not only does it promote physical health, but also mental well-being. Exercise helps to improve self-confidence and self-esteem, reduces stress and depression, and encourages positive lifestyle changes.

Additionally, multivitamin supplements can help bridge any nutritional gaps so that you can focus on strengthening both your body and mind through regular physical activity.

With the right plan, supporting environment, and attitude, you can use exercise to benefit your full recovery. So why not get moving today?

Digital Therapeutics and Their Role in the Future

No one contests the benefits of digital therapy over standard methods in the present world, including direct patient access, lower treatment costs, better adherence to a healthy lifestyle, and a considerable improvement over conventional ways of treatment. In this post, we’ll attempt to demonstrate the value and necessity of employing digital therapy, as well as how it may be used to cure a variety of illnesses and contribute to the advancement of global medicine.

What is digital therapeutics and why is it needed

Utilizing software that has undergone clinical evaluation and is evidence-based, digital therapy (DTx) offers medical intervention to patients in order to treat, manage, and prevent a variety of diseases and disorders. The fact that digital treatments are evidence-based programming that has passed clinical examination is particularly significant in this definition.

Healthcare is now being rebuilt and improved as a result of the quick adoption of new technologies. The potential for digital therapeutics, along with other therapeutics, to improve patient outcomes has attracted the interest of large pharmaceutical companies, which have begun to invest in this area and enter into strategic partnerships with technology companies. Through these innovative developments, patients will be able to better assess their condition and take a more active part in treatment, which is not possible with traditional drug therapy alone. This, in turn, will reduce the burden on the healthcare system.

The use of digital therapy in the treatment of various diseases

The most well-liked are digital therapy programs that automate normal duties for people with chronic illnesses. Patients frequently grow weary of their regular routines and start skipping treatments or ceasing to exercise when necessary. Medication notifications from a Google calendar and patient journals with the ability to track numerous health indicators are two examples of how digital solutions are replacing analog methods. The approval procedure is still ongoing for another category of apps that analyzes patients’ data and offers lifestyle suggestions. However, successful instances already exist.

Application for diabetes management

BlueStar incorporates information from the patient’s lab and pharmacy visits, as well as information on their nutrition, activity level, sleep patterns, social interactions, and mental state. Clinical trials have demonstrated that BlueStar decreases hemoglobin A1c when used in conjunction with traditional treatment 2 to 4 times more effectively than diabetic drugs alone.

Diabetes Prevention Programs

WellDoc became the first FDA (Food and Drug Administration) app for managing diabetes. By closely tracking patients’ nutrition, weight, and physical activity and connecting them to their healthcare provider, this scientifically successful app can change treatment during symptom flare-ups and lower symptom frequency.

Biosensors It is a crucial part of wearable technology, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers. Patients with chronic conditions, who must constantly monitor numerous physiological indicators simultaneously for the operational control of particular biological markers, are particularly in need of them. These devices can contact an ambulance and provide patient data to a physician.


It has emerged as the market’s most well-liked application area for digital technology. In regions where the majority of the people reside outside of large cities, telemedicine has significantly decreased the burden and cost of healthcare while also increasing access to care.

Electronic document management

The processes used to digitize medical records simplify the delivery of healthcare services and speed up the transfer of healthcare information. They also take over the routine, allowing doctors to focus on treating patients. In addition, artificial intelligence algorithms are able to evaluate information from electronic medical records and make operational recommendations, such as notifications about the need for examinations or updating prescriptions for medicines.

Internet of Medical Things

IoMT has now made it possible to link devices and sensors into ecosystems. It transfers data in a structured format to cloud storage, which can be remotely accessed by multiple users at once. The number of studies conducted with the involvement of medical professionals, the cost of therapy, and the likelihood of medical error are reduced through a combination of constant monitoring of human physiological processes and timely tracking of significant changes. It is thanks to the Internet of Medical Things that smart therapeutic equipment such as insulin pumps and smart tablets are being used in therapy.

Medical image analysis

The analysis of medical images using computer vision algorithms, for example, in the detection of diseases from radiographs, computed tomography or mammograms, is another promising application of digital therapy. This improves the accuracy and speed of diagnosis.

Future of the digital therapeutics

In some aspects of health care, technology will never completely replace traditional medicines. Therefore, digital therapeutics will complement existing therapeutic methods, providing more favourable treatment outcomes. As DT evolves, new health technology assessment tactics will be required to study these interventions. Given the current scenario, it is reasonable to expect that a significant portion of the healthcare budget will go towards the creation and distribution of digital healthcare solutions, including DT tools and surveillance technologies. Therefore, it can be foreseen that in the near future, the need for such solutions will increase.

Can we expect rapid implementation of DTx solutions in real practice?

In essence, digital therapy solutions represent a paradigm shift in how we think about healthcare delivery. While we still believe that digital healthcare is a cultural transformation initiated but not driven by cutting-edge technology, DTx will have a huge impact on how doctors provide patient care.

The fact that the number of people using digital therapeutics worldwide is growing every year, according to statistics, leads us to conclude that the role of DTx will increase in many areas of medicine.. As such digital tools and programs gain more validation in clinical trials, they will be seen as viable alternatives for physicians to turn their use into routine practice.

Telehealth: How it’s Contributing to the Evolution of the Medical Industry

Technological advancement has led to the evolution of almost all healthcare sectors. For example, through telehealth, people could seek healthcare services during the pandemic when movement was limited due to the spread. And during this period, telemedicine gained traction in the medical sector.

Through telehealth, the healthcare sector can provide accessible and better services to patients. The technology enables people to access services such as video conferencing, remote patient monitoring, virtual visits, and health apps for their medical needs. So, what is telehealth, and how is it transforming the healthcare industry?

What is Telehealth?

Telehealth is a form of health care delivery that uses information and communication technologies (ICT) such as computers or mobile devices to provide health services such as diagnosis, treatment, education, and consultation remotely.

Many healthcare providers, such as Recovery Delivered, use telehealth to change their patients’ lives. These online providers connect with each other and their patients through health apps via video calls or text messages. This gives them more flexibility when it comes to providing quality care without having to be present at the same location as their patients physically.

What’s the Impact of Telehealth on the Healthcare Industry?

The impact of telemedicine on the healthcare industry has been immense, with its usage increasing exponentially after the pandemic. Here are some ways it has changed the medical sector.

Remote Monitoring

Telehealth allows medical providers to check patients’ health remotely through medical apps. For example, doctors and nurses can monitor a patient’s vital signs, like blood pressure, blood sugar, oxygen levels, and heart rate using wearable devices or apps connected directly to smartphones or tablets.

Patients must also record their progress and other relevant data, such as nutrition. Thus, providing doctors with up-to-date patient information can help inform diagnosis and treatment decisions.

Virtual Visits

Virtual visits allow patients and their doctors to connect from anywhere in the world. This eliminates the need for physical visits, saving time and money while providing patients greater care access.

Most often, your physician will ask you to fill out a form online so that they diagnose and provide the proper treatment. Virtual visits are suitable for psychological conditions, such as anxiety & depression, and colds, migraines, and skin conditions.

Collaboration Between Providers

Healthcare providers can collaborate more efficiently through telehealth by sharing patient data quickly and securely. This makes it easier for multiple doctors or specialists to work together on treatment plans without being at the exact location. In addition, it cuts down on movement from one department to the next, thus lowering patient wait times.

Patient Portal

A patient portal is a web-based application that allows patients to view their medical records, schedule doctor’s visits, fill prescriptions, review test results, pay bills and communicate with their doctor’s office from a phone or PC.

Patient portals are an excellent way for healthcare providers to improve communication between themselves and their patients while manually reducing paperwork associated with managing medical records. And the best part is that it’s safe and secure.

Personal Health Records

Electronic personal health records (EPR) enable patients to access their medical information from a web-enabled device and share it with their physician in real-time. This makes it easier for doctors to quickly assess a patient’s condition and provide the best treatment plan without waiting days or weeks for physical records to be delivered.

What are the Benefits of Telehealth?

There are many benefits associated with telehealth which include:

  • Reduced travel time
  • Improved access to healthcare
  • Lowers the cost of accessing healthcare
  • Less chance of missing appointments
  • Enhanced flexibility for patients and physicians
  • Increased data safety for patient and staff

Final Thoughts

Telehealth has revolutionized the medical industry by providing easy access to quality health services while reducing overall costs associated with accessing medical care. However, it is essential to consider its benefits and potential downsides when utilizing telemedicine to ensure patient safety and optimal outcomes.

Does Green Tea Help Fat Loss?


If you are trying to lose weight and you are wondering if green tea can help you, then you are in the right place. There are many benefits to drinking green tea, one of these benefits is the ability for you to lose fat.

What Is Green Tea?

Green tea is a drink that has been used for centuries in Asia. It is a healthy alternative to sugary drinks and contains antioxidants. These antioxidants are known as polyphenols. They include phenolic acids and flavonoids.

Polyphenols help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. They have also been shown to improve blood pressure. The catechins in green tea work in combination with caffeine to increase metabolism. This can be helpful in burning fat.

In addition to reducing the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, green tea may also help you lose weight. Studies have found that two or three cups of green tea each day can help you reduce your body weight and body fat. You can find this beverage in loose leaves and in tea bags. Adding mint or honey to your drink can also be beneficial.

The amount of weight loss that green tea can bring depends on the amount of caffeine you take and how much you exercise. However, you should never take too much caffeine. If you do, you may experience unwanted side effects.

One study found that green tea supplementation helped obese men and women shed 4.6% of their body weight. Another study showed that a moderately overweight group lost 2.2% of their body weight over a 12-week period.

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the main component in green tea that provides the thermogenic effect. EGCG has been shown to increase the rate of fat oxidation in the body. EGCG is also thought to have a direct influence on the sympathetic nervous system to stimulate lipolysis.

Caffeine is also a stimulant that can help you burn calories. It also has been shown to improve your performance during physical activities. Aside from the weight loss benefits, you can also lower your cholesterol. Some studies have linked caffeine to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Although green tea is good for you, it is not recommended to drink it without first eating a healthy meal. Besides, a large dose of caffeine can cause undesirable side effects.

If you are interested in drinking green tea, you can buy it in loose leaves. To get the most out of the beverage, use a tea infuser.

Green Tea For Fat Loss

If you are looking for an effective fat burner, look no further than green tea. The drink contains compounds that have been shown to boost the metabolism and help to burn fat. It may also reduce insulin resistance, a risk factor for diabetes and other diseases.

Green tea also helps to lower cholesterol. Studies have found that the antioxidants in the tea may improve heart health. In addition, the tea has been shown to increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation.

A 12-week study by the Obesity Society showed that participants who drank a daily cup of green tea were able to lose up to 10% of their body fat mass. However, the effects of the drink were most notable when paired with exercise. For this reason, experts recommend drinking the tea in the morning.

Some studies have shown that the caffeine contained in green tea has a thermogenic effect. During moderate-intensity exercise, the extract increased fat oxidation rates by 17-20 percent. These findings are similar to other studies that have been conducted with green tea.

Although the EGCG found in green tea is responsible for the drink’s most impressive health benefits, it is not yet known what its precise mechanism of action is. As the main antioxidant in tea, it can inhibit an enzyme that breaks down norepinephrine. This is believed to be one of the main factors in the tea’s fat-fighting capabilities.

Other benefits of drinking green tea include better digestion, reduced blood sugar levels and increased fat-burning hormones. Additionally, green tea can be a good replacement for other sugary drinks. To ensure a positive impact on weight loss, it is important to choose a pure tea rather than a supplement that contains artificial sweeteners and additives.

Caffeine is a stimulant that activates the nervous system. Its benefits for weight loss can range from helping you to get through your workout to helping you to feel more awake. Depending on your individual health and weight goals, you may want to consider reducing your dose.

While the science behind green tea’s fat-burning properties remains largely unknown, the beverage is certainly worthy of a look.

Other Green Tea Benefits

If you are looking for a way to boost your metabolism and lose weight, green tea can help. This beverage is filled with antioxidants and nutrients. It also contains caffeine and folate.

The main antioxidant in green tea, EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), blocks an enzyme that breaks down norepinephrine, an important fat-burning hormone. Studies have shown that people who drink a lot of green tea may be able to burn more belly fat.

Some studies have found that green tea can reduce cholesterol levels. Additionally, it is known to have some effects on blood pressure. However, large doses can cause some undesirable side effects.

Green tea has also been shown to reduce risk of cancer. Catechins, a type of polyphenol, have been found to prevent the growth of tumors. Other studies have looked at how green tea affects the microbiome. Changing the bacteria in the gut can have an effect on a person’s health.

Green tea can also reduce inflammation. Inflammation is associated with many serious diseases. And, while not all fat is visceral, it does pose a greater risk for developing diseases.

One study shows that green tea can increase metabolism and boost fat-burning hormones. Another suggests that it can help improve performance during exercise.

While a lot of green tea is calorie-free, some varieties are loaded with sugar. To get the most benefits from your drink, go with plain, minimally processed teas.

Green tea can also lower the risk of heart disease. Research shows that the polyphenols in green tea can positively impact a variety of heart-related factors.

Green tea can reduce muscle soreness. It can help with weight maintenance as well. But it can’t magically make you thinner. You need to eat right and get some exercise to lose excess fat.

There are a number of different types of green tea, including oolong, white, black, and green. Each has its own benefits.

As with most supplements, the potential risks with green tea should be considered. Those who are concerned should consult their physician before taking it.

Although some studies have suggested a link between green tea and fat loss, others haven’t. Unless you have the time and the money to invest in a clinical trial, your best bet is to start with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.

Side Effects Of Too Much Green Tea

Green tea is an antioxidant-rich beverage that has a number of health benefits, but it is also known to have some adverse side effects. If you are considering taking green tea supplements, you should first consult with your doctor.

Some studies suggest that the caffeine and tannins in green tea may have a negative impact on the body. They can affect the digestive tract and may increase stomach acid. This can lead to constipation and diarrhea.

In some cases, green tea extract has been linked to an increase in the amount of fat burned during exercise. However, more research is needed to determine the exact compounds behind this effect.

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has not regulated green tea extract. Therefore, there is a chance that you could suffer liver damage if you take it regularly. You should stop taking it if you experience any signs of liver damage.

The National Cancer Institute has also found that drinking green tea may not protect you from cancer. Nevertheless, it has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It is a powerful antioxidant, and can help prevent cardiovascular disease.

Studies have shown that consuming one to two cups of green tea per day can decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. However, you should avoid consuming green tea if you have a history of high blood pressure or if you are pregnant. A large amount of caffeine can cause adverse effects, and it can interfere with certain medications.

When you are trying to lose weight, it is important to understand the differences between subcutaneous fat and visceral fat. Visceral fat, or belly fat, is associated with inflammation and insulin resistance. Excessive levels of this kind of fat can raise your risk of heart disease, and it can contribute to type 2 diabetes.

Having excessive amounts of green tea can also affect your mood and sleep. Some people have reported that they sleep better when they drink it. On the other hand, others have found that consuming too much of it can lead to jitteriness and trouble sleeping.

How Are Oral Health and Heart Health Connected?


At a glance, it might seem like your mouth and your heart shouldn’t have anything to do with each other. However, the different parts of the body are linked in various ways; a problem in one area can lead to issues in another, even if it isn’t obvious. And thanks to recent research, we know that your oral health can have an impact on your heart health, particularly when it comes to gum disease.

What Is the Link Between Oral Health and Heart Health?

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people who are suffering from gum disease have nearly twice the risk for heart disease. This is likely due to the bacteria in your mouth that cause gum disease. When these bacteria enter your bloodstream, they can lead to inflammation and damage in your blood vessels. As a result, you’ll be more likely to suffer from clogged arteries and strokes.

Oral bacteria entering your bloodstream may also lead to infective endocarditis, which is an infection in the lining of the heart. This condition is very rare, but it can affect your valves and heart muscles, thus putting your life at risk.

What Can You Do If You Have Gum Disease?

Taking care of your mouth can help you minimize your risk of heart problems. One of the most important steps you can take is to have gum disease treated as quickly as possible. You may be suffering from gum disease if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • Gums that are red or swollen
  • Bleeding that frequently occurs when you brush or floss
  • Pain that occurs while chewing
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth

You may not necessarily notice all of these symptoms. In fact, in many cases your dentist will be the first one to notice signs of gum disease or other oral health problems; that’s part of the reason why you should schedule at least two checkups a year.

To treat gum disease, your dentist might need to perform a deep cleaning that consists of two steps: scaling and root planing. During the scaling step, harmful bacteria are removed from the gums. In many cases, this can be done with an ultrasonic cleaner that breaks up plaque and tartar deposits. The second step, root planing, involves smoothing out the roots of the teeth. Doing so lowers the chances of plaque accumulating in the future.

How Will You Know If You Have Heart Problems?

Even if you take proper care of your gums, you should still know the potential warning signs of heart disease so that you can act quickly to have it addressed. Chest pain, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, unexpected fatigue, lightheadedness, and sudden confusion can all indicate that there’s something wrong with your heart. Call your doctor if you have concerns about your heart health; they’ll let you know what steps need to be taken to make a proper diagnosis.

In short, when it comes to both oral health and heart health, it’s always best to take the initiative. As soon as you think you might be suffering from gum disease or that your heart might be at risk, you should consult with a professional. Doing so could help you protect your smile as well as the rest of your body.

Useful Tips for Choosing an Effective Anti-Snoring Device

If you’re among the millions of people who are looking for a way to end their snoring woes, then you may have been considering buying an anti-snoring device. The sheer number of products on the market can be overwhelming, so we’ve compiled some helpful tips to make sure you find the most effective and comfortable option for your unique needs. Read on to discover how to choose a top-notch anti-snoring device that will help quiet your nights and restore harmony in your home.

1. There are many different types of anti-snoring devices available on the market, making it difficult to choose the right one for you

Whether you’re looking for something comfortable, adjustable, or medically-proven to quiet the noise of snoring, there is sure to be an anti-snoring device on the market that meets your needs. Shopping around can be overwhelming and confusing, but with a little bit of research and knowledge, you will be able to find the perfect product for a peaceful night’s sleep. Investigating product reviews and recommendations from healthcare professionals can help inform your decision; after all, different snorers have different needs and a one-size-fits-all approach won’t always cut it!

2. Before purchasing an anti-snoring device, consult with your doctor to determine the cause of your snoring

If you’re suffering from chronic snoring, an anti-snoring device may help alleviate the problem. But before you purchase one, it’s important to determine the cause of your snoring. Consulting with your doctor is the best way to go about this – they can assess the severity of your snoring-related condition and provide advice on how to move forward. The health of your respiratory system should be taken seriously, and investing in a device that fits well with your individual needs will give you peace of mind that you’re doing everything possible to stay healthy.

3. Consider your budget and preferences when choosing an anti-snoring device

When you’re shopping for an anti-snoring device, you’ll want to make sure that it fits in with your budget and meets your personal needs and preferences. Perhaps you’d like something comfortable to wear or a device that offers noise-cancellation options. Maybe you’re looking for something adjustable or discrete to use at night? You may even want a product that doesn’t require batteries or electricity! Whatever the case may be, take some time to research all the available products and read online reviews from other customers to make sure that the anti-snoring device is the perfect fit for you.

4. Some devices are more effective than others, so do your research before making a purchase

If you or a loved one are looking for an anti-snoring device, make sure to do your research. There are many options out there and some prove more effective than others. While shopping, consider important features like noise reduction levels, filter life expectancy, and comfortability. A good anti-snoring device should address any underlying obstructions that could be causing the snoring and be low maintenance so you don’t have to worry about constant upkeep for results. Read reviews from trusted sources and be sure to ask questions if needed before making your purchase. After all, the last thing you want is a product that doesn’t deliver on expectations—or worse yet doesn’t even deliver at all!

5. If you’re not happy with your current anti-snoring device, try another one until you find one that works for you

One of the most frustrating realizations is discovering that your current anti-snoring device doesn’t work as well as you’d hoped. Don’t let this setback stop you from reaching your goal and finding a device that works for you! There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to finding the best anti-snoring device, so don’t be discouraged if you have to try out a few.

Snoring can be a frustrating and disruptive issue that affects not only your own sleep quality but also that of those around you. By taking the time to research and choose an effective anti-snoring device, you can improve your sleep and overall well-being. Whether you opt for a mandibular advancement device, nasal dilator, or tongue stabilizing device, make sure to select one that suits your specific needs and preferences. And if you’re looking for a trusted brand with proven results, consider SomnoMed’s oral appliances for snoring. With their advanced technology and comfortable design, they may just be the solution you’ve been searching for.

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease NAFLD-NASH- Disease Stages & Symptoms

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, also known as NAFLD, is a compound term for liver conditions that occur due to excessive fat in the liver. It is widely known that most liver diseases caused by fat are often found in people who consume excessive alcohol. However, this one happens to those who rarely drink alcohol or are teetotal.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease occurs in ranges of severity, from low-level cases of fat build-ups like Simple Fatty Liver to dangerous ones like NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) and cirrhosis. The severe conditions are where the liver cells get inflamed, damaged, and scarred.

This article details every stage of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, revealing possible symptoms (internal and external) and its treatment procedures.

Stages Of The Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease happens in four stages according to severity.

1. Simple Fatty Liver

This condition, otherwise called Steatosis, is where the liver cells take in more fat than they can accommodate. The liver tissue does not inflame or get damaged at this stage of excessive build-up.

Studies have shown that the Simple Fatty Liver does not pose any danger if treated early. You can quickly treat this condition by changing your lifestyle, as instructed by your medical expert. Some of the practices you may need to embark on include shedding some weight, adjusting your diet and consuming more healthy foods, and regular exercise.

It is important to note that if the Simple Fatty Liver is not treated, it can worsen into more severe stages like NASH. It can potentially damage the liver and cause more harm in extreme cases. Though NAFLD rarely shows symptoms in the early stage, there are a few signs of NASH you can look out for.

2. Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)

NASH is a condition where the liver cells store excess fat leading to inflammation and damage. Studies reveal that it is asymptomatic in its early periods. But it can worsen to cause severe problems like cirrhosis, fibrosis, and even liver failure. You can diagnose it through blood tests, imaging, or liver biopsy.

Just like Simple Fatty Liver disease, you can treat NASH disease by adjusting your lifestyle to more healthy living. These healthy activities include weight shedding, regular workouts, and a healthy diet. Aside from personal practices, you can handle NASH by treating other underlying illnesses like high cholesterol, as instructed by a medical expert.

3. Fibrosis

Fibrosis is a more severe stage of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease compared to Simple Fatty Liver disease and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. In fibrosis, the inflamed and damaged liver tissue becomes scarred. This scarring can significantly lessen the liver’s functional power and also lead to cirrhosis or cause it to fail. Most fibrosis symptoms do not show up in the early period. They, instead, become visible when the condition becomes severe.

While the diagnosis for fibrosis is usually performed with liver biopsy, its treatment procedures are similar to NASH. So, you would need to adjust to a healthier lifestyle. The aim is to slow down the disease’s spread or stop it from growing. You might also need to treat health conditions associated with this disease.

4. Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is the final stage of NAFLD. It is similar to fibrosis, where inflammation and damage cause scarring on the liver tissue. But in this case, the entire liver tissue has become scarred while still being inflamed and damaged. The liver can become impaired and suffer several complications.

Cirrhosis comes with symptoms like weakness, abdominal pain, and bleeding. Treatments for this condition also include physical exercise, diet changes, medication, and other lifestyle adjustments. However, liver transplants can be necessary in extreme cases.

Symptoms Of The Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

It is important to note that NAFLD hardly shows any symptoms in its early periods. So you might only know that you have the disease once you find it in a diagnosis meant to reveal another condition. Here are the symptoms you may experience in the advanced stages of NAFLD:

  • High-level fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Abdominal pains and uneasiness (especially in the top-right section)
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Jaundice

While medical tests and physical examinations can reveal NAFLD without symptoms, some of the possible symptoms include:

  • Swollen liver
  • Swollen spleen
  • Insulin resistance
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic disorders, etc.

It is important to note these symptoms will not always mean that you have NAFLD because they are also associated with other illnesses. You should always consult a medical practitioner for guidance.

Take Your Health Seriously

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is usually found in people who consume little alcohol and those who do not drink alcohol. The condition only shows its symptoms when severe, and most of its symptoms are similar to other liver diseases. While it has several stages according to severity, you can easily reverse them with a healthy lifestyle and the proper medications. It is important to take your health seriously, so if you have any concerns or symptoms, seek medical attention without delay.

What To Consider Before Getting A Tummy Tuck 

Take a look in the mirror. Do you like what you see in your abdomen area? Is there excess fat and loose skin? Considering the amount of exercise you’ve put in, seeing this can be discouraging. However, chin up! All hope isn’t lost. There’s a solution to the excess fat around your abdomen: a tummy tuck. 

A tummy tuck, medically known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to make the abdomen firmer and thinner. It involves the removal of excess fat and skin, resulting in a well-sculpted abdomen.  

As with any procedure, knowing what you’re getting yourself into is crucial. This article highlights what you need to consider before getting a tummy tuck. Read on! 

For a tummy tuck, you need to consider the following: 

Finding A Qualified Plastic Surgeon 

A plastic surgeon is a professional who performs tummy tucks. It’s important to know that you have access to a qualified surgeon, and the aim is to get quality results free of errors.  

The ideal way to get a qualified surgeon is to do due diligence beforehand. Additionally, ask to see the certifications and accreditations of the surgeon. This can help prove they are qualified to perform the procedure. 

Experience is the other key factor to check. The right surgeon has enough experience in performing a tummy tuck. The more years the surgeon has performed successful procedures, the better the chances of yours being a success. Ask to see a portfolio of their previous work or successful surgeries they have performed.

Searching for a qualified and reliable plastic surgeon can be a challenging and lengthy process. Therefore, consider getting some recommendations from friends, family, or your general doctor first. Doing so narrows down the search process.  

The Associated Risks 

Surgical procedures, including tummy tucks, always come with risks. Doctors advise that you understand the risks before undergoing surgery. Doing so ensures you know what you’re getting yourself into, and you won’t be caught off-guard by the after-effects of the procedure.

Understanding these risks also enables you to make a conscious decision about whether or not you want to get a tummy tuck.  

In this case, find out the risks associated with a tummy tuck. Your chosen plastic surgeon can provide you this information. Online research can also help. However, ensure you only use credible sources. Some of the risks associated with abdominoplasty are: 

  • Poor wound healing 
  • Fluid accumulation under the skin 
  • Tissue damage 
  • Scarring 
  • Blood clots 
  • Unsatisfactory results 

With these pieces of information, you can discuss potential risks with your plastic surgeon. The surgeon should be able to find ways to reduce risks, which can boost your confidence in the procedure. 

The Don’ts Of The Procedure 

Surgical procedures require ample preparation for them to be successful. Also, although they’re meant to work, there are good candidates for this procedure and those that should reconsider their decision. Knowing what to avoid will help you determine if you’re ready for the procedure.

A plastic surgeon is the right person to inform you of the don’ts of a tummy tuck during your consultation. Some of the don’ts of the procedure are: 

  • Don’t do a tummy tuck if you want to get pregnant in the future. 
  • Don’t get a tummy tuck if your body mass index exceeds 30.

With this information and with the help of your doctor, you can make adjustments in your lifestyle. Suppose you aren’t in your ideal weight range. Your doctor or a licensed nutritionist can devise a weight loss plan to get you where you need to be for a tummy tuck. 

The Cost

When planning to have a surgical procedure, it often boils down to cost. Will your budget allow for a tummy tuck? It’s best to consider the procedure’s short-term and long-term impact on your finances. Short-term costs touch on the procedure itself, while long-term costs touch on aftercare.  

In this case, you must understand the factors that impact the cost of a tummy tuck first. One thing to consider is the extent of the surgery to be performed based on the state of your abdomen. The more work there is to do, the more expensive it will be. 

The other factor depends on the surgeon you hire. Different surgeons may have different pricing for a tummy tuck, which often goes down to experience, quality, and reputation.  

Since the focus is quality and affordability, compare the costs of various surgeons and inquire about health insurance coverage and discounts. 


A tummy tuck might be the holy grail you need to boost your body image and get the perfect abs you’ve always wanted. If you’re considering this procedure, the above information has stated the importance of learning everything about it. 

There are various things to consider before getting a tummy tuck. Use the insights herein as a guide as you contemplate undergoing abdominoplasty.   

Brain Injury: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Brain injuries are extremely serious events, that can have lifelong impacts for those unfortunate enough to suffer them. According to Headway, a leading UK head injury charity, there are over 350,000 hospital admissions each year as a result of head and brain injuries – but what causes them, and how do they present?

Types and Causes of Brain Injury

Brain injuries can take a variety of shapes, and occur from a wide variety of causes. The sheer range of possibility with regard to brain injury also makes for broad range of symptoms, which we will touch upon shortly. The most commonly-understood form of brain injury is Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI. This describes any brain injury that occurs as a result of physical trauma to the head or neck.

In a majority of cases, this takes the form of a closed head injury, wherein a force interacts with the head and brain without penetrating the skull. A fall might see the head striking the pavement, while a car accident might cause the head to jerk forward and back. Here, the brain injury occurs due to momentum; the brain conserves momentum and collides with the walls of the skull, or twists and contorts against its own fibrous connections.

There are also Acquired Brain Injuries (ABIs) – a term that describes injuries experienced as a result of non-traumatic events. A stroke is a form of ABI, where a blood clot or blockage starves part of the brain of oxygen. Meningitis is an infection and inflammation of intracranial membranes, that can cause swelling and pressure on the brain – leading to injury.

Symptoms of Brain Injury

The brain is a hugely complex organ, containing billions upon billions of connections that enable almost every bodily function and process. As such, symptoms of brain injury can present in any number of ways – though there are some symptoms that are much more common than others.

For example, stroke victims typically display symptoms in accordance with the FAST mnemonic: Facial droop, Arm weakness and Speech issues, which indicate Time to enlist medical assistance. Traumatic brain injuries are a little more difficult to diagnose, with mild injuries resulting in dizziness and headaches as well as some potential temporary issues with memory. Serious injuries can have short- and long-term impacts, from issues with speech, coordination and memory to complete shifts in personality.

Treatments and Recovery

Treatments for brain injury depend very much on the nature of the brain injury itself. Surgery is often required to relieve swelling and staunch bleeding, while longer-term physical and mental therapies help to restore connections lost or severed as a result of the action.

As such, recovery can be a long, non-linear process – as well as costly. Where a brain injury was not the fault of the victim, brain injury solicitors are a useful resource for next steps and potential compensation. A successful civil case can also mean closure for the victim, forming a vital part of emotional recovery.

Health Guide: Useful Information About Lefort Colpocleisis Procedure

Even though many people are quick to disregard modern technology, many do not see the greater picture of that. The reason why we are able to live comfortably the way we live is because of the many medical breakthroughs. If it were not for science and scientists that understood medical problems at a molecular level, we would still be struggling with many diseases.  Thus, it is impossible to throw away modern life without throwing away medical accomplishments.

One very important procedure we developed is the Lefort Colpocleisis procedure. A lot of people may have not heard about it, and it may be better not to be in a situation where you need such knowledge. Women suffer from a wide range of unique problems due to their gender and the messed up biology behind it. From being more prone to autoimmune diseases to more problems because women’s physiology is more sophisticated, it is important to understand the basics.

Uterovaginal collapse

In order to understand the Lefort Colpocleisis procedure, it is important to understand uterovaginal collapse first. The most common type of pelvic organ prolapse is uterovaginal collapse, although other organs can also collapse. This collapse occurs when the surrounding muscles of the uterus tear down and cause the uterus to slip down to the vagina.

All of our organs are held together in their place by either skeletal muscles or smooth muscles. Smooth muscles are the ones that our bodies move on their own, we do not move them voluntarily. These muscles do not last forever and the ones around the uterus are especially vulnerable. They undergo a lot of stress during childbirth and they hold a much heavier load than the muscles in males. 


The most common cause of uterovaginal collapse is the accumulation of stress from vaginal births. These muscles hold up in young women, but a lot of women, around 1 in 9, are bound to suffer from this by the age of 80. These muscles also face strain from constipation and heavy lifting, which are also the main causes.

Women did not have enough time to evolve these muscles to birth children with big heads. The female anatomy suffers greatly from this problem and every woman knows how painful vaginal births are. Heavy lifting is also a problem for women because muscle growth depends on testosterone. 


If you are feeling or seeing a bugle from your vagina, this could be a serious indication of this problem. This bulge is not something that appears and leaves, it stays there and you can feel it. This and other types of pelvic prolapses cause problems with the bladder and urinating. Bowel movements also become uncomfortable and you may need to press the area to move them.

You will also feel like vaginal tissue is always in touch with something, like cloth. Pressure in the back area is also a common symptom regarding these kinds of prolapses. The discomfort and sometimes throbbing pain also occur depending on the severity of the prolapse.

The procedure

Lefort Colpocleisis may sound like a complicated procedure for such a problem, but it is not. It is not an easy procedure, nor is it one that women want to do unless it is their last option. However, these surgeries have a 90 to 95% success rate and always help out with discomfort. This surgery requires the uterus and other organs to be pushed back into their original position.

This is done manually and when organs are in place, a mesh made from biocompatible materials is put to hold everything. The surgery does not last long and the recovery time is just one overnight stay in the hospital. After the Lefort Colpocleisis procedure is done, the chances of problems coming back are slim. There are only risks regarding urinary infections, but these infections can be treated with no problems.

When to do it?

The reason why women may avoid this surgery is that the vagina is closed after this procedure. There is no reversal and the vagina must stay closed so the organs and the mesh can stay there. Even though older women tend to leave sexual life behind, many still enjoy and maintain an active sexual life.

In this regard, this can be a problem that women must face before making the final decision. When the pain becomes unbearable and other symptoms become more problematic, sacrifices must be made. This is why some women feel regret after the procedure because of how tough this decision is.


This procedure can be avoided with care before you get older, but some women may still be more prone to prolapses. Even though the C-section is a viable option for childbirth, it should not be used as an alternative if it is not threatening in other regards. Vaginal births are very important for the proper development of the baby and they can’t be performed multiple times without risks.

It is best to avoid heavy lifting and encourage other generally healthy habits to avoid these prolapses. Smoking is a big risk factor concerning uterovaginal prolapse and a lack of oestrogen is also a potential problem. It is important to consult with a doctor if you have lower oestrogen levels, especially after menopause when the risks become higher.

Managing Diabetes with High Phenolic Olive Oil

Whether you have just been diagnosed with diabetes or you have had it for a while, you may be thinking about what you can do to help better manage your overall health and improve the risks of going too high or low throughout the day and night. Medications can have side effects and more a widespread impact on physical and mental well being, so it may feel like time to consider some more natural alternatives.

Diabetes at a glance

There are two types of diabetes, Type 1 refers to those who suffer from an autoimmune disease that sees the individual’s immune system attacking the cells of the pancreas, limiting insulin production. It is an extremely serious condition and those diagnosed will need to utilise an outside source of insulin, typically in the form of injections, to survive. With a Type 2 diagnosis, the individual’s body struggles to direct insulin to the correct areas of the body and can result in resistance or impact insulin production. This is typically not characterised by disease, but by environmental and genetic factors. In either instance, there are serious potential health risks if the condition is left untreated or poorly maintained.

Correct management of diabetes via a healthy lifestyle

As diabetes is a chronic medical condition and there is no cure, the best approach is going to be managing your overall lifestyle to minimise the impact on your health. This can include eating healthier, losing weight, avoiding emotional stressors and getting enough sleep. One of the biggest things you can do is reduce your carb intake to ensure blood sugar levels stay within a healthy range. There is also another solution for managing diabetes, with olive oil – and this is becoming more and more popular as the benefits become better known. It can be worthwhile to select extra virgin olive oil, as this has even more advantageous ingredients that can help the body fight the detrimental effects of this disease.

Can extra virgin olive oil be a worthwhile addition to diabetic diets?

As it contains a host of natural, worthwhile ingredients, olive oil will actually make a great addition to any diet, not just for those managing diabetes. With just 119 calories, 0 carbohydrates or protein, 13 grams of fat and vitamins E and K in one teaspoon of standard olive oil, extra virgin also contains the added benefits of minerals, monounsaturated fats,  oleic acid and phenolic compounds that work to minimise cell damage to fight heart disease, cancer and of course diabetes. In general, studies suggest that it can help to lower blood glucose and even minimise cholesterol levels which can contribute to the health risks of this illness when left untreated.

How to consume more extra virgin olive oil?

The great news is that adding it to your diet can have a worthwhile impact and is simple to do, so it can be low effort to start enjoying the health benefits right away.

For example, you can use it as a salad dressing (or make your own vinaigrette), substitute it for butter or regular cooking oil when baking, or even use it to shallow fry or roast foods. It can even replace the oil you currently use for deep frying too, with little change in cooking times or flavour. Two surprising ways to eat more olive oil are to use it on tuna instead of mayonnaise or on jacket potatoes instead of butter and cheese.

For an even easier way to add it to your diet, why not try using it as a finishing oil and swirl it into creamy soups (like tomato or root vegetable), mix it into hummus, use it as as a dipping oil for warm, fresh bread, or mix into savoury grain bowls at breakfast. Some people like to infuse their extra virgin olive oil when using it in this way, so consider adding garlic, rosemary, chili peppers, or lemon peel to the bottle and let it do its magic.

Be sure to select one with high phenolic compounds for maximum benefits for diabetes, don’t exceed 2 tablespoons a day and always store it in a cool, dark place to minimise loss of nutrients. Consult your doctor or healthcare provider before making changes to your diet.

Making the right selection

Olive oil brands that are high in phenolic compounds and prioritise nothing but 100% natural extra virgin olive oil will be the best choice for those who want to get the most out of their diet and minimise the health risks associated with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Look out for a reputable seller with credentials when buying online, to ensure that you’re buying the product you really want.

Preventing Fentanyl Addiction in the United States: What’s Being Done

The opioid crisis in the United States has recently taken a more dangerous turn, as fentanyl has become more widely available and more people are becoming addicted to it. Fentanyl is a dangerous synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times stronger than morphine, and it is increasingly finding its way into the US black market. The United States government is taking decisive action to reduce the availability of fentanyl and its use in the country so that fewer people have the opportunity to become addicted to it.

The first step the US government is taking is to limit the supply of fentanyl into the country. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is targeting the sources of fentanyl and seizing large shipments before they have the opportunity to enter the country. This has proven to be an effective method of reducing the availability of the drug and stopping it from entering the US market.

The US government is also taking measures to reduce the availability of the drug at the local level. The DEA is working with local law enforcement to identify and disrupt drug-trafficking networks that are supplying fentanyl to the country. This is a difficult task, as fentanyl is often mixed with other drugs, making it hard to trace and target.

Education is of course key to in terms of limiting the number of people who turn to it in the first place. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is providing educational resources to help people understand the dangers of fentanyl addiction, as well as providing resources that can help those who are already addicted to the drug. SAMHSA is also providing grants to organizations that are providing treatment and recovery services for those who are struggling with addiction, helping them go through opiate withdrawal and taking the right steps for a successful recovery.

Finally, the US government is using stricter enforcement of fentanyl-related laws. Law enforcement has been increasing their efforts to prosecute those who are caught trafficking in fentanyl, as well as those who are caught in possession of the drug. These efforts have helped to disrupt the availability of fentanyl in the United States, as well as to discourage its use.

These moves have come a little too late, but the impact of them are now starting to be seen. The next 12 months are absolutely vital in quelling the fentanyl crisis in the country, and it will be interesting to see what further steps the government and states take in order to combat it.

The Top 5 Natural Sleep Supplements to Help You Sleep Better

Finding the right sleep aid supplements for you can be a bit of a minefield. How do you know what will work? And what shouldn’t you trust? Natural sleep supplements work in a variety of ways to help improve the quality of your sleep, and some natural sleep aids not only help you drift off but also help you to enjoy a deeper sleep. Sleep supplements can come in many forms; teas, tablets and essential oils, below Sleep Expert, Martin Seeley from MattressNextDay shares the top 5 best selling natural sleep aids. Why not give them a try today.

1. Lavender

Lavender is a plant that has been used for centuries for its calming and relaxing properties. There is evidence to suggest that lavender may be helpful in improving sleep quality and duration, and there are a few ways in which it may have this effect. It Promotes relaxation, reduces insomnia symptoms, regulates the nervous system and reduces pain and discomfort, all of which help to promote a peaceful sleep. Inhaling the beautiful scent of  lavender can instantly make you sleepy. Lavender essential oils contain chemical components like Linalool, Linalyl Acetate and Camphor, which relieve anxiety and act as sedatives. Lavender oil is incredibly versatile – use it in a diffuser, rub it into your skin, or spray a lavender mist onto your pillow. You can also hang a pouch of dried lavender near your head when you sleep, or keep it with your linen to make your bedding smell gorgeous – the options are endless!

2. Magnesium

Studies have found that magnesium can help your body create the naturally occurring chemical Melatonin, which regulates your sleep-wake cycle. Lowering blood pressure and having anti-inflammatory properties, magnesium helps you stay in a deep, restful sleep, as well as helping you drift off quicker. Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, or seeds, nuts and even dark chocolate have high levels of magnesium. However, if you’re not getting enough magnesium in your diet, you can easily find magnesium supplements on the high street and at many health food stores.

3. Valerian

Valerian root has been used in Traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Scientists say Valerian helps increase the levels of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, which helps decrease levels of anxiety and produces a calming effect. Valerian root extract also contains antioxidants such as hesperidin and linarin, which have sleep-enhancing properties. Valerian root can be made into tea, essential oil drops or capsules for easier consumption. The Sleepeezee Ortho Bespoke mattress range also uses the Valerian flower to produce a calming aroma, helping you drift off to sleep.

4. Passionflower

Passionflower is a plant that has been traditionally used as a natural remedy for various health conditions, including insomnia and other sleep disorders. The plant contains a variety of active compounds, such as flavonoids and alkaloids, which are believed to have sedative and anxiolytic effects that can help promote relaxation and improve sleep quality. Similarly to chamomile, passion flower can be made into a tea, passionflower tea can soothe your stomach and ease anxiety, helping you fall into a relaxing slumber. Research suggests that not only does passionflower help you get to sleep, but also improves the overall quality of your sleep. Add some dried passion flower to boiling water to make a delicious tea just before bedtime.

5. Sea Moss

Sea Moss, also known as Irish moss, is a type of red algae that is often consumed in the form of a supplement or added to foods. While there is limited scientific research on the effects of sea moss on sleep, there are some ways in which it may potentially help improve sleep quality.

One potential way that seamoss may help improve sleep is through its mineral content. Sea Moss is a rich source of minerals such as magnesium, which is known to help promote relaxation and reduce stress. Adequate levels of magnesium are important for proper nervous system function, and a deficiency in magnesium can lead to difficulty sleeping. Consuming sea moss may help to increase magnesium levels in the body, which may in turn help promote better sleep.

Sea Moss also contains high levels of tryptophan, an amino acid that is used by the body to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and sleep. Consuming foods or supplements that contain tryptophan can potentially help to increase serotonin levels in the body, leading to better sleep.

The Resurgence of the US Fitness Industry: How Health and Wellness is Becoming a Priority for Americans

The US fitness industry is experiencing a historic resurgence. As health and wellness become more of a focus for Americans, more individuals are willing to invest in their physical wellbeing.

Due to this surge in gyms and fitness centres across America, the industry continues to expand. Unfortunately, several factors are impeding its recovery process.

How Health and Wellness is Becoming a Priority for Americans

Health and wellness is a holistic concept that encompasses all aspects of someone’s life – social, emotional, physical, occupational, spiritual. The purpose is to promote health by addressing these dimensions at every turn – from diet to exercise – regardless of age or ability level.

Millennials place greater value on health and wellness than other generations, with 46 percent purchasing wellness items compared to 28 percent among other generations.

Black consumers are the most vocal when it comes to wellness products and services, with 47-55% wanting more available compared to 35-39% among Asian Americans and 30-35% among White consumers.

Personalization is becoming a growing trend among many consumers, with 49 percent of millennials and 37 percent of Gen Z expressing a strong preference for products or services that utilize their personal data. Companies are exploring various methods to personalize their offerings, such as quiz-based personalization or biomarker-based targeting.

The COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic has had a substantial impact on the US fitness industry. It reduced revenues, closed clubs and studios, required gym owners to fund renovations and equipment purchases, as well as taking trainers’ jobs away.

Furthermore, many who used to exercise at a gym were forced outdoors or do it from home without access to a facility. This transition proved challenging for some and made it harder for them to stay motivated and dedicated throughout the process.

However, an increasing number of consumers are returning to their health and fitness clubs. According to a June survey by IHRSA, nearly 50% of fitness consumers plan to return within six months.

Though the COVID-19 Pandemic has passed, fitness industry still faces numerous obstacles. Clubs and studios must contend with regulatory burdens as well as expenses to abide by regulations. To address these issues, NHFA is encouraging club and studio operators to reach out to Congress in support of the GYMS Act; which would offer financial relief for fitness businesses.

Digital Fitness Options

The US fitness industry’s resurgence offers business owners not only a chance to regain pre-pandemic membership losses but also to reinvent its value proposition. To do this, fitness business owners must identify a customer segment that closely mirrors their current customer demographic and tailor their value propositions accordingly.

Digital technologies, such as apps and fitness-oriented devices, AI, and online gyms have revolutionized the traditional brick-and-mortar gym business model. As a result, many gym owners have reshaped their businesses to meet the demands of this rapidly transforming fitness industry.

Fitness clubs across the US have adopted business models that provide on-demand workout classes and video streaming. This convenient approach gives consumers access to a wide variety of exercise classes and trainers, making it one of the most sought-after trends in the US fitness industry.

The Hybrid Business Model

A hybrid business model is an amalgam of traditional and digital elements within a company. This setup can improve the efficiency of certain processes like sales, marketing, and customer service while saving businesses both time and money.

In the fitness industry, hybrid models offer both onsite training at a gym or studio and remote workouts for members. This is an efficient way to keep members motivated and help them fit fitness into their busy lives.

Clubs have the unique opportunity to build a new community of people who may not be able to visit your physical location. By allowing them to join live streaming or on-demand classes from anywhere, you can extend your brand’s reach and turn your studio into an international platform for exercisers around the world.

In today’s health and wellness sector, diversifying revenue sources is critical for survival. By adopting the hybrid model, businesses will have the chance to build a digitally adept, innovative community that can drive transformation in this growing industry.

How Long Does It Take For Your Body To Produce Antibodies After An Infection?

We all have experienced the symptoms of infection before, but few of us understand what our bodies are doing when we become ill. Have you ever wondered how long it takes for the body to produce antibodies after an infection? The purpose of this article is to discuss how antibodies function in our bodies and the timeframe for their production following an infection.

The human body is an extremely complex system, with each part working in harmony to keep us healthy. When we are infected with a virus or bacterium, our immune system responds to protect us. As part of this response, antibodies are produced to neutralize and eradicate the pathogens that invade our bodies.

Since many factors influence how quickly and effectively your immune system responds after an infection, it can be difficult to know exactly how long it takes for your body to produce these antibodies. The purpose of this article is to explain how antibodies are produced after you are infected and what happens within your body during an infection.

Antibodies: What Are They?

The body’s immune system relies heavily on antibodies to fight off infection and disease. Now that we know what antibodies are, let’s review the different types of antibodies it produces.

The two main types of antibodies are known as IgM and IgG. IgM antibodies are produced first and serve to provide strong initial defence against an infection or foreign invader. This response is often seen within the first week after infection. In contrast, IgG antibodies take longer to form, but they last longer in the body. These long-lasting immunities help us avoid reinfections or further exposures to intruders we’ve already encountered.

In addition to the two primary varieties, there are isotypes which can be divided into classes like IgA, IgD, and IgE. Each of these antibodies serves a unique purpose in safeguarding against certain pathogens. For instance, some isotypes might specialize in a certain virus while others may be aimed at bacteria or parasites. Being aware of which type of antibody you have can aid with determining how quickly immunity will form when infected.

We can gain insight into how long it takes our bodies to mount an effective defence against infections and diseases by understanding how these antibodies differ and what role they play in the development of immunity.

Antibody testing

To understand how long it takes for your body to produce antibodies after an infection, testing for antibodies is important. We can gain a better understanding of what’s happening inside our bodies by testing for antibodies, which are proteins that help us fight off foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria.

Different types of tests can be used to measure antibody levels in the body. ELISA is a common technique that assesses the amount of antibodies in a sample. Western blotting applies proteins to detect specified antibodies, while PCR amplifies DNA or RNA so that particular antibodies can be discerned.

It’s important to note that not all tests provide accurate results; so you should work with healthcare professionals who are experienced in performing these kinds of tests and interpreting the results. You can ensure that you are taking steps towards optimal health and wellbeing if you get an accurate diagnosis. With the right knowledge and resources, you can make informed decisions about how to proceed with treatment and recovery.

Antibody Formation Symptoms

When it comes to understanding how long it takes for antibodies to develop after an infection, the symptoms of antibody formation are an important consideration. When our bodies detect foreign substances, they produce antibodies to fight infections. You can better understand how long it may take for antibodies to form by knowing the signs that your body is producing them.

Temperature rises are quite frequently the first indication that antibodies are beginning to form. A fever is often a tell-tale sign that your body is struggling to fight off an infection. Other symptoms such as energy loss, joint soreness, headaches, or just feeling generally unwell, may continue until the infection has been made harmless or until your body gets used to the presence of a foreign material.

Changes in appetite or digestion may also indicate that your body is producing antibodies. When your immune system is fighting off an infection, it requires extra energy, so you may feel hungrier or suffer from indigestion or nausea more often than usual. You may also experience swollen lymph nodes as white blood cells attack invading pathogens to produce antibodies against them, resulting in swollen lymph nodes.

No matter what symptoms you experience after an infection, remember that everyone responds differently and at different speeds. It is best to consult with your doctor to determine whether antibodies have formed. If left untreated, some infections can lead to serious health complications down the line, so always check in with your healthcare provider if you suspect any kind of illness or infection.

In summary, it is critical to comprehend the span of time necessary for the body to create antibodies after an infection. There are numerous ways to support your immune system and lower the risk of getting infected, which can decrease the time required for antibody production. Vaccinating yourself against infections is also highly advantageous since it eliminates the need for antibody production altogether. Additionally, being alert for signs of contamination and taking prompt measures to treat them could aid in reducing the amount of time needed for antibody production. Bearing these steps in mind can ensure that your body will be capable of producing antibodies efficiently and effectively when necessary.

Unlocking the Benefits of a Psilocybin Retreat: Exploring the Positive Effects

Looking to improve your mental health? Psilocybin retreats could be the answer. Studies have shown that psilocybin can have positive effects on mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. If you’re considering a psilocybin retreat, read on to learn more about the potential benefits.


Psilocybin retreats are an increasingly popular way to take advantage of the beneficial effects of the active ingredient found in certain types of mushrooms. Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound that has been used for spiritual and religious purposes for centuries and has more recently been explored for its therapeutic applications.

Research studies have found that psilocybin can help reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addiction. It has also been shown to produce a range of positive psychological effects, such as inner peace, increased self-awareness, and improved insight into oneself and one’s life circumstances.

What To Expect

At a psilocybin retreat, participants are given carefully measured doses of the psychedelic compound in a safe and controlled environment with experienced facilitators to guide them through their journey. Along with providing guidance during the sessions, facilitators can provide pre- and post-session support to ensure safety and security throughout the experience. People attending a retreat will often stay in comfortable lodgings for several days so they can receive proper preparation for their journey before embarking on it.

During a psilocybin retreat, participants may be encouraged to explore their creative potential by engaging in activities such as art therapy or music therapy. These activities can be beneficial in allowing people to express themselves and gain insight into their internal thought processes while under the influence of psilocybin. In addition, research suggests that meditation can further enhance the positive psychological effects experienced during a session.


The potential benefits of attending a psilocybin retreat include enhanced self-understanding and awareness, improved mental health conditions such as reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety, increased feelings of connection with others and nature, and greater creativity and insight into oneself and one’s life circumstances.

Afterward, many people report feeling better equipped with new perspectives on themselves and their lives; able to approach difficult emotions without fear; reconnected with previously suppressed aspects of themselves; or even having had profound spiritual experiences that shaped how they view life in general.

How Does Psilocybin Help With Depression?

Most medications used to treat mental health conditions are assumed to function by shifting the brain’s chemical makeup. While psychedelics have a similar impact, studies have shown that the quality of the psychedelic experience is equally crucial to its antidepressant effect.

The “mystical experience” is the unique event that indicates the potency of antidepressant effects. A loss of identity occurs under such a condition. As a form of therapy for depression, this described condition of ego-dissolution is particularly potent.


Psilocybin retreats are becoming increasingly popular as a way to explore the therapeutic potential of psychedelic compounds. The safe and controlled environment provided by such retreats, combined with experienced facilitators to guide participants through their journey, can help individuals gain insight into themselves, gain new perspectives on life, reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, and even experience profound spiritual connections.

If you’re interested in learning more about how a psilocybin retreat could benefit you personally, or if you’d like to take the plunge and attend one yourself, contact Beckley Retreats psilocybin retreat to find out more.

How Facelift Helps to Restore Natural Face Appearance

A facelift is intended to restore the youthful features of your face. It can correct sagging skin in both areas, which may contribute to jowls.

This surgical procedure is ideal for people whose facial and neck skin has started to sag but still have some elasticity.

A Fresh Start

A facelift procedure is a safe and effective way to reverse aging by treating skin laxity that causes sagging, loose or jowl-like facial features. The surgeon repositions facial muscles and tightens skin around your jawline, giving you back a youthful appearance as well as increased confidence.

A standard facelift is a surgical procedure that can take anywhere from two to six hours, depending on how much of the face needs treatment. The incision lines are well concealed and the end result is an entirely natural looking facelift.

The surgeon may also perform facial fat grafting to restore volume lost due to aging.

Facelift scars are well hidden within the hairline and around your ears, making them appear almost undetectable. However, healing of the incisions will take time before you notice a difference in appearance; typically, two to three weeks after having your facelift, you should begin feeling normal again.

A New You

A facelift is designed to restore you to your youthful self without looking overly plastic. It can combat signs of aging on the face and neck, such as jowls, skin laxity and wrinkles, without creating an unnaturally plastic look.

Facelift surgery is a safe and reliable surgical solution to address these concerns. The ideal candidate for a facelift typically ranges in age from 40 to 70 years old in good physical condition.

After your custom facelift, you may experience some swelling and bruising around the affected areas. This is normal and should dissipate over the course of several weeks.

Your surgeon may suggest taking ice, taking anti-inflammatories and receiving gentle massage to reduce discomfort. Additionally, avoid direct sun exposure in order to avoid discoloration of skin.

After one week, swelling and bruising typically start to subside. By then, most patients feel well enough to return to work; however, it’s still wise to avoid heavy or strenuous activities as this could slow down healing.

A New Beginning

Facelift procedures help restore natural facial features and are an ideal choice for those who want to look their best. Not only does it reduce facial aging concerns, but they also give you a refreshed, more youthful appearance that will boost your self-esteem.

This surgical procedure can be completed as an outpatient and does not necessitate a hospital stay. Tiny incisions are made around your hairline as well as along the natural contour of your ears and neck to create small incisions for comfort.

Once healed, incision lines become virtually undetectable to outside observers. They usually blend seamlessly into your hairline and the contour of your face for a natural-looking result that looks smooth and unnoticeable.

Though a facelift does cause some swelling, the recovery period is relatively quick and painless. Your incisions will be covered with an antibiotic ointment, and it’s recommended that you change the dressing two times daily for optimal hygiene.

A New Look

Facelift surgery helps to restore a more youthful facial appearance by combatting common signs of aging. By tightening facial tissues and removing or repositioning excess skin, facelift surgery can effectively counteract gravity, sun damage, heredity, smoking, and more by creating an even skin tone.

Traditional facelift surgery involves making incisions along the hairline and behind the ears to reach deeper layers of facial muscles and skin. The surgeon may redistribute fat around neck areas, lift and redistribute deep-layered tissue, then red rape skin over newly defined contours.

When the surgeon makes incisions, he takes great care to conceal them within the hairline and along the ear. This allows him to achieve excellent results and minimize visible scar tissue. The facelift procedure helps to restore natural face appearance while minimizing the appearance of scars.

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip Your Next Dental Visit

Have you ever experienced the embarrassment and discomfort of missing a tooth? A dental bridge can restore your smile and boost your self-esteem.

To maximize the life of your bridge, be sure to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings. Additionally, brush twice daily and floss daily in order to keep your teeth healthy and prevent tooth decay. Learn everything you need to know about tooth bridges from your dentist during your next appointment.

1. Prevent Tooth Decay

By skipping your dental visit, you are not only putting your teeth at risk but also missing out on an opportunity to detect oral diseases in their early stages.

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria converting sugars into acids that damage teeth and may even lead to tooth loss. You can prevent it by avoiding certain foods and drinks, brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, and flossing daily.

Bacteria and acid present in plaque eat away at your tooth’s enamel, the hard outer layer. They then reach the softer, less resistant dentin beneath.

2. Prevent Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a serious oral health issue that can lead to bad breath and pain in addition to tooth loss.

Maintaining regular dental visits twice annually is essential for keeping your mouth and teeth healthy. Dentists and hygienists can detect early signs of gum disease before they worsen.

Brushing and flossing regularly are effective tools for preventing plaque build up. Additionally, drink plenty of water to keep your mouth hydrated.

Gum disease is a serious issue that can be worsened by medications, age, smoking and certain illnesses. If you smoke, it is recommended that you stop immediately and get on with your life.

Other preventive measures for gum disease include eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, drinking water, and taking vitamin C supplements to strengthen your immunity. Vitamin C helps stop gums from bleeding or swelling – an issue common in gum disease.

3. Prevent Tooth Loss

Regular visits to the dentist are one of the most essential steps you can take for your oral health. They help guard against tooth decay, gum disease and jaw pain by helping keep you on top of things.

Your dentist will also offer guidance on how to best take care of your teeth and mouth at home, helping you maintain good oral hygiene for a lifetime.

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums can give you a major boost of self-esteem, as well as improve your quality of life. Furthermore, having healthy teeth and gums may even help protect against serious medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

4. Prevent Jaw Pain

If you’re experiencing jaw pain, it’s wise to schedule an appointment with your dentist right away. Doing so could help avoid further issues.

Your dentist will perform a comprehensive cleaning and exam, as well as take X-rays to detect cavities or other dental issues.

They may suggest wearing a mouth guard if you grind your teeth or clench your jaw during the day. These habits can be extremely uncomfortable and lead to serious health risks.

In addition to a healthy diet, your doctor may suggest stress reduction therapy and biofeedback. These techniques can help alleviate stress and ease pain.

5. Prevent TMJ

Maintaining regular dental visits is an integral part of maintaining good overall health. Getting regular care helps protect you against tooth decay, gum disease, loss of teeth, jaw pain and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder).

Left untreated, these problems may progress into more serious difficulties that are costly and painful to remedy.

TMJ disorders are caused by the temporomandibular joint, located in the lower jaw and acting like a sliding hinge that connects your skull to your jaw bone.

TMJ disorder is characterized by pain and sensitivity in the jaw, face, and neck that may or may not be associated with teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism). Additionally, it can cause headaches or migraines as well as prevent you from sleeping soundly at night.

Visiting your dentist regularly is one of the best reasons to visit your dentist. Your dentist will be able to identify any signs or symptoms of TMJ disorder and provide professional care and advice to help you prevent and manage the condition.

Plant Based Diet for Heart Health: 5 Essential Tips

It’s no secret that what we eat profoundly affects our overall health, including our hearts’ health. Unfortunately, the typical Western diet heavy on processed foods, saturated fats, and refined sugars is doing us no favours regarding heart health. On the other hand, researchers agree that a plant-based diet can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.

Tip 1: Go for Whole, Nutrient-Dense Foods

First and foremost, remember that eating healthily is all about motivation. If you’re looking for inspiration to incorporate these whole, nutrient-dense foods into your diet, a moodboard can be a helpful tool. The best part about it? You can easily find moodboard template free of charge, so you don’t have to be a graphic designer and spend hours just to get started.

So what are the go-to nutrition-packed foods to eat in the first place? Leafy greens, of course! Vegetables like spinach and kale are packed with vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like iron and calcium. These nutrients have been shown to help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and improve overall heart health. 

Tip 2: Prioritize Plant-Based Protein Sources

Protein is essential for our overall health, as it helps build and repair tissues and supports the production of vital enzymes and hormones. Regarding heart health and a plant-based diet, prioritize high-quality protein sources that are nutrient-dense and low in saturated fats.

Fortunately, there are plenty of palatable and nutritious protein sources. Tofu, tempeh, beans, and legumes are all excellent choices for those looking to support their heart health. 

For example, black beans help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease, while tempeh is a good source of protein and probiotics that can support a healthy gut microbiome. Tofu is another popular protein source rich in calcium, iron, and magnesium.

Tip 3: Incorporate Healthy Fats into Your Diet

Remember that not all fats are created equal. While it’s true that saturated and trans fats can increase the risk of heart disease, healthy fats from sources like avocados, nuts, and seeds can be instrumental for our cardiovascular system.

Use some smashed avocado as a sandwich spread, or add walnuts to your morning oatmeal for a dose of healthy fats. You can also snack on a handful of almonds or pumpkin seeds for a satisfying and nutrient-rich snack.

It’s important to note that while healthy fats are beneficial for heart health, they are still high in calories and should be consumed in moderation as part of a well-balanced diet. 

Tip 4: Avoid Processed and High-Fat Foods to Support Heart Health

Processed and high-fat foods are debilitating and greatly contribute to heart disease. These foods often contain extremely high levels of saturated fats and empty calories, which can lead to rapid weight gain, high cholesterol, and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

To reduce your consumption of such foods, start by reading food labels and staying away from foods high in saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and sodium. Instead, opt for more nutritious snacks like air-popped popcorn, fresh fruits and vegetables, or flavoured seltzer instead of soda to satisfy your cravings. 

Tip 5: Address Nutrient Deficiencies to Support Heart Health 

While a plant-based diet can offer many health benefits, be mindful of potential nutrient deficiencies. Some nutrients essential for heart health, such as vitamin B12, iron, and calcium, can be harder to obtain from a strictly meatless diet.

Vitamin B12 is necessary for forming red blood cells and proper nerve function. It is primarily found in animal products, so those on a meat-free diet may need to supplement with vitamin B12 or consume fortified foods such as plant-based milk, cereals, and nutritional yeast.

Iron is essential for carrying oxygen to the body’s cells, and plant-based sources of iron are less easily absorbed than those from animal products. Increase absorption by consuming iron-rich foods with vitamin C sources, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Plant-based iron sources include leafy greens, beans, lentils, tofu, and fortified cereals.

Calcium is vital for building and maintaining strong bones and also plays a role in heart health. While dairy products are a rich source of calcium, there are many plant-based sources of this nutrient, including leafy greens, almonds, and fortified plant-based milk.

Wrapping Up

In a nutshell, a plant-based diet can do wonders for your heart health. Say goodbye to the greasy burgers and hello to the nutrient-packed goodness of leafy greens, protein-packed beans and legumes, and heart-healthy fats from avocados and nuts. Cut back on the processed junk and give your taste buds a twist. Wait no longer! Let’s get cracking on some deliciousness and give your heart some love!

Health and Safety in the Workplace: 5 Simple Steps to Success

Production halted at Barry Callebaut, the largest chocolate factory in the world, after the discovery of salmonella bacteria. This comes just months following 70 children had fallen ill due to eating the contaminated chocolate, including those under the age of five.

This has sent shockwaves across the country, encouraging business owners to reconsider the health and safety of their workplaces.

In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), employers are obligated to protect the welfare of all employees and customers while on their premises. This involves everything from controlling dangerous substances to providing personal protective equipment (PPE).

The importance of health and safety is unparalleled. To ensure your business has adequate health and safety, follow these five simple steps to success.

Make sure your business has a health and safety officer

First and foremost, every business owner should have a designated health and safety officer. Depending on the size of your business, you may be able to appoint an existing member of staff to be responsible for maintaining health and safety standards.

On the other hand, if your business operates within a high-risk sector, such as construction and demolition, it may be appropriate to employ someone as a full-time health and safety officer. They will be equipped with the knowledge to ensure everything is working according to plan.

Always conduct a risk assessment of your workplace

To create a health and safety framework, business owners must first conduct a risk assessment. This will help you identify and implement control over any hazards that may result in the injury, illness, or death of those in your workplace.

There are methodological steps to take while conducting a risk assessment. The first step is to identify the hazards, combing through all of the activities unique to your business. Then you can evaluate whether these are capable of causing harm. All of these findings should be recorded before cultivating an appropriate health and safety policy.

Take the initiative and create a health and safety policy

Once you have completed a risk assessment, you need to create a plan that considers your findings and complies with health and safety regulations. To write a competent policy, make sure that you state your intent, any required responsibilities, and consequential arrangements.

This plan will then be shared with your employees, ensuring that everyone working within your business is aware of their responsibility to uphold these standards.

Every member of staff should be trained to follow these rules

It is the responsibility of employers to appropriately train members of staff. Everyone working on your premises should be aware of any hazards they might face, the measures in place to tackle these, and how to act in case of an emergency.

If your business operates commercial slush machines, for example, your workforce should be trained to regularly and adequately clean these each shift. This will reduce the risk of hazardous bacteria causing harm to your customers. 

Remember to insure your business

In the instance that someone has come into harm while working on your premises, they might be able to claim compensation. It is therefore important to insure your business. In the UK, employer liability insurance must cover at least £5 million and come from an authorised insurer.

If your business is not insured in accordance with UK law, you may be fined up to £2500 every day. You may also be fined £1000 if you do not display an EL certificate or ensure it is available during inspections. 

There are different circumstances to be aware of. You are not obliged to procure insurance if you employ a family member or someone based in another country. So make sure you do your research beforehand.

These are five simple steps to ensure your business has adequate health and safety measures. The process can take time, but it is worth every measure to make sure welfare is prioritised in your workplace.

6 Reasons To Take Great Care Of Your Teeth

by Alex Belsey

Having good teeth is essential for maintaining overall health and wellbeing. Not only do good teeth allow us to chew and digest food properly, but they also contribute to our social and psychological wellbeing.

In this article, we will explore 6 of the main health benefits of having good teeth and how they can improve our overall quality of life.

Prevent Oral Health Issues

Good oral hygiene is essential for preventing common oral health issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly can help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

This is vital, as gum disease and tooth decay can cause inflammation – which may lead to other health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. So by maintaining good oral hygiene, you can reduce the risk of developing these serious health issues.

Improve Digestion

Good teeth play a crucial role in the digestive process; when you chew your food, your teeth break it down into smaller pieces, making it easier for your stomach to digest.

If you have missing or broken teeth, it can be difficult to chew your food properly, which can lead to digestive issues such as acid reflux, bloating, and constipation. But by having good teeth, you can ensure that you are able to chew your food properly and avoid these digestive issues.

Boost Confidence

Sparkling, healthy teeth can also contribute to your social and psychological wellbeing.

When you have a well-maintained and attractive set of teeth, you are more likely to smile and feel confident in social situations. This can help you make a better first impression, build stronger relationships, and even advance in your career.

Conversely, if you have missing or broken teeth, you may feel self-conscious and avoid social situations, which can negatively impact your mental health.

Reduce Headaches And Jaw Pain

If you have misaligned teeth, it can lead to headaches, jaw pain, and even neck pain. This is because misaligned teeth can put pressure on the jaw joint, causing discomfort and pain.

By making sure you maintain good teeth and by correcting any misalignment issues, you can cut your chances of developing these types of chronic pain.

Reduce The Risk Of Infection

Poor oral hygiene can also lead to bacterial infections, which can be dangerous if left untreated.

Bacterial infections in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body, leading to more serious health issues such as pneumonia, endocarditis, and sepsis. But having healthy teeth will help you to prevent this!

Improve Sleep Quality

If you suffer from sleep apnea, it may be related to the health of your teeth.

Sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes blocked during sleep, leading to interrupted breathing and snoring; this can be caused by misaligned teeth or a narrow jaw, which can put pressure on the airway.

These factors mean that maintaining good teeth and correcting any misalignment issues can help you to improve your sleep quality and reduce the risk of developing sleep apnea.

Healthy Teeth Mean A Healthy Mind And Body!

Overall, having healthy teeth is a vital part of maintaining good overall wellbeing. By ensuring that you practice good oral hygiene, seek prompt treatment for any dental issues, and correct any misalignment issues, you can reduce the risk of developing serious health issues and improve your overall quality of life.

Plus, the amount of money you’ll save over the course of your life by not having to pay for expensive dental work is sure to make you feel better too!

So then, remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, use mouthwash, and visit your dentist regularly to ensure that your teeth remain healthy and strong.

Can the NHS Learn From Google About the Follies of Cutting Middle Management?

Much has been said about the role of middle managers in the NHS – some view them as a financial burden, whereas others see them as a key tool for unlocking the efficiency of the service. A new study on middle managers published in the Journal of Management Studies suggests that we should underestimate the role they play at our peril.

In 2002, Google launched Project Oxygen, which worked on the hypothesis that managers are at best a necessary evil, and at worst a useless layer of bureaucracy. The early work of Project Oxygen included a radical experiment – a move to a flat organisation without any managers.

The experiment was a disaster, lasting only a few months as the search giant found employees were left without direction and guidance on their most basic questions and needs. Nowadays, the company employs over 30,000 managers, although there have been recent talks of layoffs again.

As the NHS has struggled for efficiency in recent years, many have begun to ask similar questions about the usefulness of middle managers in the organisation. But are they really a good target for creating a more lean, efficient NHS, or would cutting their numbers result in ever-growing chaos?

Coordination through structure, strategic goals or middle managers?

We know that coordination matters. A study of over 250 companies found that teams are three times more likely to miss performance commitments because of coordination breakdowns with other teams than because of coordination issues within their own team. The main mechanisms for creating coordination described in academic literature are: (1) relying on the formal hierarchical structure, (2) having middle managers span the boundaries between teams to ‘bust silos,’ and (3) creating a shared understanding of common strategic goals.

So, which coordination mechanism should organisations choose to get interdependent teams to work together effectively?

The importance of boundary spanning 

A new study published in the Journal of Management Studies takes an integrative perspective to this question. Rather than looking at the three coordination mechanisms in isolation, it aims to understand when and how they work together.

The paper theorises that organisational structure can be a valuable coordination mechanism. In fact, in agreement with those that question the need for middle managers, it argues that when teams are part of the same division, this structural coordination is a sufficient means to foster collaboration between teams. Being part of the same division ensures both the sharing of local knowledge and perspectives, as well as shared understanding of local objectives. Here, middle manager boundary spanning and shared understanding of strategic goals do not add value.

However, there are many instances where teams do not share division membership and still very much need to collaborate. Then, the paper suggests, a shared understanding of strategic goals and boundary spanning by middle managers come into play because they can substitute for structural coordination.

In fact, in agreement with those that champion the need for middle managers, the paper argues that middle managers’ boundary spanning is a critical coordination mechanism for teams from different divisions. Here middle managers can ensure that both local and distal knowledge and perspectives are shared. Moreover, they can negotiate potentially conflicting interests and manage interactions across division boundaries in aid of collaboration between teams.

Furthermore, the shared understanding of strategic goals can also substitute for structural coordination because it offers common ground, facilitates communication and ensures that teams work together in line with the organisation’s strategy. Lastly, the paper argues that middle manager boundary spanning strengthens the positive influence of a shared understanding of strategic goals; the active engagement of middle managers in ‘busting the silos’ between teams can help translate an understanding of shared distal, strategic objectives into collaborative action.

So, do organisations need middle managers?

To put their thinking to the test and gain a more thorough understanding of the topic, the authors of the paper collected data from a large service organisation from Western Europe. Using their organisational chart, they mapped out the formal hierarchical structure. In addition, they not only surveyed all middle managers about their boundary spanning activities, but also surveyed all their employees to determine the shared understanding of strategic goals, as well as all supervisors to determine how effectively different interdependent teams were working together.

The results confirmed their theorising. They show that –no– to ensure teams from the same division work together effectively, there is no added value from middle managers’ boundary spanning. However, the results also show that –yes– to ensure teams from different divisions work together effectively, middle managers’ boundary spanning is an important coordination mechanism that improves collaboration. Additionally, the results confirm that middle managers’ boundary spanning further strengthens the positive influence of shared understanding of strategic goals in aiding teams to work together effectively.

What does this mean for organisations and managers?

The implications of this research are relevant, first, to organisations and managers who want to ensure their teams work together effectively. With the knowledge that middle managers’ boundary spanning is most critical for teams from different divisions, organisations can ensure their boundary spanning training not only develops managers’ understanding of how to engage in boundary spanning, but also of when to do so. This is helpful to middle managers not only because boundary spanning is a taxing activity, but also because these managers have multiple strategic roles that require attention. To make such boundary spanning efforts even more effective, organisations would ideally also invest in building a shared understanding of strategic goals.

Second, this research is relevant to scholars and practitioners who question the need for middle managers, especially to those considering boundaryless organisational structures and eradicating middle manager ranks. The findings suggest that eradicating middle managers may be especially harmful to boundaryless organisations. Since boundaryless organisations offer very limited possibility for structural coordination, they greatly increase the need for both middle manager boundary spanning and shared strategic goals as substituting coordination mechanisms. Indeed, former boundaryless companies like Google and Github have (re-)introduced middle managers and Google now even identifies ‘collaboration with other teams’ as one of the critical skills for their managers.

How Plastic Surgery Can Help You Gain Confidence in Yourself

Giving birth to a tiny human is a miracle in itself. And we are told to love our bodies, but pregnancy and childbirth change a woman’s body significantly. Some are lucky enough to possess genes that allow them to snap back to their original bodies with no tummy or extra weight.

However, most are left with an extended belly and excess weight. And this takes a toll on their self-confidence as they no longer fit into their previous clothes.

And with the emergency of cosmetic surgery, more women are taking the initiative to take better care of themselves by going for a mommy makeover. Let’s understand what a mommy makeover is and how it improves your confidence.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a customized set of surgical procedures tailored explicitly toward postpartum women who want to regain their youthful figure after childbirth.

It typically involves some combination of breast augmentation, breast enhancement, tummy tuck, liposuction, facial rejuvenation, and other body contouring techniques depending on each patient’s individual needs and desired outcome.

These treatments aim to provide patients with long-lasting results that can enhance how they look and feel about themselves, both physically and emotionally.

5 Ways a Mommy Makeover Enhances Your Confidence?

Having a mommy makeover can do wonders for restoring self-confidence in moms by helping them reclaim the body they had before having children. After childbirth, many mothers struggle with feelings of dissatisfaction towards their bodies as they are often left feeling stretched or saggy in certain areas.

The mommy makeover can help correct these issues and give moms back their pre-pregnancy figures so they can feel proud of their appearance.

Restores Your Body to an Even Better Shape

One of the most significant benefits of a mommy makeover is that it helps restore your figure to its original shape and enhances it for an even better result.

The mommy makeover can provide patients with results beyond just restoring through breast augmentation and lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, and fat transfer. Instead, it gives them a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing look than ever before.

Allows You to Wear Your Best Outfits

A mommy makeover will allow you to wear clothes confidently and proudly without worrying about any unsightly bulges or lumps from pregnancy weight gain. With your new figure, you’ll be able to fit into all those stylish outfits you couldn’t wear while pregnant or after childbirth.

And with the help of your doctor, you can also choose to enhance certain areas of your body, such as lifting sagging breasts, tightening up loose skin around the stomach, and fat transfer to enhance your butt.

Makes You Feel Better About Yourself

The surgery does not just leave you looking better on the outside; it also makes you feel better on the inside. With a boost in confidence after seeing the surgery results, many mothers feel more empowered and motivated to take on new endeavors that they might have been too self-conscious to pursue.

Better Sex Life

After a mommy makeover, many mothers experience an improved sex life due to increased confidence and newfound feelings of attractiveness. This could be especially beneficial for couples who may have seen a decrease in sexual activity following childbirth due to either partner feeling insecure about their appearance or lack of energy from raising children.

It’s a Form of Self-care

After childbirth, many mothers tend to neglect themselves to take care of the kids and family. And this can take a toll not only on their physical appearance but also mental health. So, having a mommy makeover is not only about enhancing one’s physical appearance; it also serves as a form of self-care and personal investment.

This type of surgery should never be seen as an act of vanity but rather an empowering decision that allows moms to take care of themselves so they can be the best versions of themselves for their loved ones.

Final Thoughts

Being a mother is hard enough, and added pressure of body shaming women for not losing weight after childbirth can become a challenge that significantly impacts their mental health.

Thankfully, many options are available today, such as mommy makeovers that allow women to reclaim their pre-pregnancy figures while feeling more empowered and confident than ever before.

How To Design A Healthy And Sustainable Weight Loss Journey For 2023

People who are obese or overweight are at greater risk of developing serious health conditions. These include diabetes, stroke, heart disease, hypertension, osteoarthritis, and other chronic problems.

Being obese is unhealthy because it puts more pressure on the heart. This can increase cholesterol and blood pressure, leading to cardiovascular disease. One of the best ways to prevent being obese and developing other health complications is to lose extra pounds.

Start your journey by developing a healthy and sustainable weight-loss program. Focus on components essential to losing weight. This includes exercise and a meal plan rich in vital nutrients that could help with weight loss.

In this post, you’ll learn how to design a healthy weight-loss program. Follow the steps below to create a journey designed to meet your needs, lifestyle, and goals.

1. Set Realistic Goals

Setting realistic goals is essential to effective weight loss. But first, what does the term ‘realistic’ mean? Realistic goals are achievable goals within a specific amount of time.

For instance, losing 1-2 pounds per week is a realistic goal. Generally, you need to burn 500-1000 calories a week to lose 1-2 pounds per week, which you can achieve through regular exercise and a reduced-calorie diet.

A realistic weight-loss goal depends on your weight. Losing 5% of your current body weight is considered doable, at least for a starting goal. If you weigh 200 pounds, you need to lose at least 10 pounds per week. Losing even as little as 5% of your current body weight is enough to reduce the risk of developing chronic health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

When you set a goal, consider the process and outcome goals. Process goals are more important than outcome goals because your lifestyle is crucial to weight loss.

2. Customize A Weight-Loss Diet Plan

Diet plays a vital role in your weight-loss journey. An effective weight-loss diet plan should focus on essential nutrients that may help you lose weight. These include the following:

Magnesium helps regulate and normalize metabolism, helping you lose weight over time. It also reduces insulin resistance, which aids the body in breaking down glucose molecules. This helps prevent fatigue, weight gain, and other health complications.

Foods highest in magnesium include whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. You can also take magnesium supplements but talk to your doctor first to avoid possible complications.

Vitamin D, or calciferol, is an essential fat-soluble nutrient with a wide range of health benefits, including stronger bones and an immune system. Aside from that, it could also support weight loss. It helps prevent weight gain and aids in reducing body fat.

Foods rich in vitamin D include salmon, trout, milk, beef liver, fortified juices, tuna, cod liver oil, and sardines. You can also boost your vitamin D levels by increasing your exposure to sunlight. Your body uses UV as a precursor in producing vitamin D naturally.

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid, helps boost the immune system and prevent disease. It may not help reduce weight, but as an antioxidant, it helps protect your cells and ensures a healthy and sustainable weight-loss journey.

Vitamin C also helps people who are trying to lose extra pounds by preventing inflammation and the formation of free radicals. Free radicals can cause hormonal problems and insulin resistance, which promotes weight gain.

  • Carotenoids

Carotenoids refer to biologically active compounds, such as lutein, lycopene, and beta-carotene. Experts believe that an increased carotenoid intake can reduce body mass index, leading to lower body weight.

This is probably due to the nature of carotenoids being an antioxidant. Like vitamin C, carotenoids can help reduce inflammation associated with weight loss. This prevents insulin resistance and hormonal imbalances, promoting weight loss.

Carotenoids can be found in sweet potatoes, carrots, red bell pepper, mango, pumpkin, and cantaloupe.

Iron enables hemoglobin, which is an essential component in red blood cells, to transport oxygen throughout the body. This promotes energy metabolism, encourages weight loss, and lowers body mass index.

Healthy sources of iron include dark chocolate, lentils, beef, kidney beans, chickpeas, white beans, fortified products, and tofu. If you’re sensitive to any of these sources, consider taking iron supplements and vitamins. But consult a doctor first to prevent health complications.

In addition to these essential nutrients, here are some weight-loss diet tips you might need to consider:

  • Reduce added sugar intake as much as possible.
  • Choose low-fat food products.
  • Always pick whole grains over refined grains.
  • Consume healthy fats, such as olive oil, avocado, nuts, nut oils, nut butter, and vegetable oils, in moderation.

By following these tips, you can achieve a safe and healthy weight-loss diet program.

3. Set Time For Exercise

Exercising is an effective way to shed extra pounds. It also offers a wide range of health benefits, such as strengthening bones, improving mood, promoting a healthy heart, regulating blood sugar levels, and lowering the risk of chronic disease.

Below are some of the best exercises worth including in your weight-loss journey:

Walking is a great way to lose weight—and for many reasons, such as:

  • It doesn’t require special equipment.
  • It doesn’t overwhelm the body.
  • It’s easy and convenient—even people who aren’t physically active can do it.
  • It can be done anytime, anywhere.
  • It’s a low-impact exercise—it won’t put a strain on your joints.

A thirty-minute moderate walk can help burn 175 calories. Try to walk at least 3-4 times per week, and increase the frequency and duration of your walks from time to time.

Jogging is more intense than walking. A 30-minute jog can help an average person burn around 280 calories. If you want more intense exercise, consider running, which can burn 360 calories every 30-minute run.

What’s great about jogging is that it helps burn visceral fat. This type of fat is unhealthy because it covers essential body organs, increasing the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

To get started, try to jog or run for 20-30 minutes at least three times per week. Make sure to take a break whenever necessary. Gradually increase the frequency and duration from time to time.

  • Weight Training

Weight training is another popular option for people who are trying to shed extra pounds. A 30-minute weight training can burn around 105 calories. In addition, it promotes muscle growth and builds strength, which can improve resting metabolic rate or the amount of calories your body can burn at rest.

Examples of weight training exercises include push-ups, sit-ups, triceps dips, squats, and burpees. Start with three sets with 8-10 repetitions 3-4 times a week. Gradually raise the frequency and intensity from time to time.

  • High-Intensity Interval Training

High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, refers to intense short-term exercises with recovery periods in between. Usually, one session lasts 10-30 minutes and burns more calories than walking, jogging, running, and weight training.

On top of that, a 2022 study found that HIIT was effective in burning visceral fat, or the type of fat linked to various chronic diseases.

Swimming is a great way to lose extra pounds. A 30-minute swim can help an average person burn around 210 calories; however, it depends on the stroke performed. Experts believe breaststroke and butterfly strokes can burn more calories than freestyle and backstroke.

Aside from reducing weight, swimming can improve body flexibility, lower cholesterol levels, and optimize blood triglycerides. Plus, it’s a low-impact exercise, making it ideal for people with joint-related injuries or pain.

Other exercises you may consider include yoga, Pilates, and cycling. Like swimming, HIIT, and jogging, these exercises can help burn calories and offer a range of health benefits. They can also help improve overall strength, reduce back pain, relieve stress, and lower the risk of chronic diseases.

4. Optimize The Quality Of Your Sleep

When it comes to losing weight, sleep is just as important as exercise and diet. Unfortunately, people these days aren’t getting enough hours of sleep, let alone quality sleep.

If you can’t lose weight despite a diet and regular exercise, poor sleep quality might be the one to blame. Here are the reasons why getting quality sleep is essential in your weight-loss journey:

  • It Helps Decrease Appetite

Getting enough sleep helps regulate moderate appetite. People who sleep at least seven hours per night have a lower calorie intake and decreased appetite. Furthermore, lack of sleep increases food cravings, fat and sugar intake, portion sizes, and hunger.

  • It Promotes Better Food Choices

Getting enough sleep helps improve brain function. This makes it easier for you to choose healthy food over guilty pleasures. Lack of sleep encourages an individual to consume foods high in sugar, fat, and calories to recompense the lack of energy.

  • It Prevents Late-Night Snacking

Going to bed earlier may help you prevent eating snacks late at night. Staying up longer creates a time gap for eating, especially several hours after dinner. This may result in weight gain and decreased fat oxidation. If you’re having difficulties avoiding late-night snacking, consider a small portion of protein-rich snacks like Greek yogurt.

Here are some helpful tips to achieve better sleep quality:

  • Create a sleep schedule. Choose a sleeping and waking-up time and stick to it as much as possible to reoptimize your internal body clock.
  • Create a comfortable sleeping environment. Make your bedroom cold (but not too cold), dark, quiet, and clutter-free.
  • Remove electronic devices from your bedroom. Blue-light exposure reduces melatonin production, making it hard to sleep at night.
  • Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages at night. These beverages can boost your energy, preventing you from falling asleep at the right time.
  • Reduce daytime naps. Taking plenty of naps can make it hard to fall asleep at night. One 30-minute nap is enough to energize yourself throughout the day.

If you still find it difficult to sleep despite the tips above, consider visiting a doctor or a sleep specialist to diagnose your condition. You might be suffering from sleep apnea or insomnia.

5. Track Your Progress

Have you ever spent months of strict diet and exercise only to watch the scale get stuck on the same number? If you do, maybe it’s time to track your progress. Here are the parameters you need to track:

  • Body measurements. These include the upper arms, waist, hips, and legs.
  • Photos. Take photos and compare your before and after shots to see if there are differences)
  • Body fat percentage. Your local gym might be able to help you with this using their high-tech scanning systems—if they have one.
  • Weight. Compare your first weight measurement to see your weight loss progress.

Bathroom scales might be misleading at some point, especially if they’re too old and overused. If you have a 5-kg sack of flour, try to weigh it first and check if you can get the same number. Otherwise, buy a new one or visit your local gym or healthcare center for a more precise scale.

6. Look For Ways To Motivate Yourself

The process of losing weight is no easy undertaking. It can be stressful, overwhelming, and taxing at some point. This is why it’s important to find ways to keep yourself motivated throughout your weight-loss journey.

List down everything that matters the most to you, whether it’s a vacation or a hangout with friends. Then, look for a way to fit them into your schedule, especially when temptation strikes. For example, you may post an encouraging note on your fridge or pantry door. 

Also, choose people who can help lift your spirit when you’re down without shaming, embarrassing, or invalidating your emotions. Ideally, look for someone who can listen to your feelings and share common practices toward a healthy lifestyle—joining a support group might be a great option.

Final Thoughts

Maintaining a healthy weight is essential to your overall health. It helps reduce the risk of developing various health problems.

To design a healthy and sustainable weight-loss program, you need to include essential components, such as exercise, a positive mentality, and a balanced diet. But before you start, visit your doctor to find out if you have health complications you need to address immediately. This can help prevent potential problems that may arise during the weight-loss journey.

3 Tips on How to Choose the Right Plastic Surgeon for Your Needs

Plastic surgery can be life-changing and hugely positive, but it’s also an area with its fair share of horror stories and disasters attached to it.

That’s why you need to be careful about which plastic surgeon you work with to transform your body. Here are some must-follow tips on choosing a qualified professional in this field.

Find a Plastic Surgeon Who is Dedicated to Using Proven and Safe Procedures

When selecting a plastic surgeon, it’s important to make sure they are properly trained, qualified, and up to speed with the safest and most reliable procedures. After all, you don’t want any surprises when it comes to your results!

To ensure safety and satisfaction with the procedure, look for a doctor who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This certification shows that the physician has met certain standards in terms of education and training in their field. It also indicates that they have performed successful surgeries before.

Additionally, ask about specific techniques or equipment used during surgery—the more up-to-date tools at their disposal will help increase accuracy while minimizing risks associated with potential complications.

Getting a local double board-certified plastic surgeon specialist who ticks all these boxes, such as one offering plastic surgery in Asheville, NC, will give you peace of mind from your first consultation.

Understand What to Ask During the Consultation

Speaking of your initial interaction with a prospective plastic surgeon, you do have some responsibilities in handling the consultation effectively. It’s essential to understand what questions to ask during the consultation.

This is part of making sure you always feel comfortable and confident in your choice of the doctor before having a procedure done. So, start by asking about their credentials—how long have they been practicing? Are they board-certified? Do they specialize in any particular techniques or procedures that may be beneficial for your needs?

Also, make sure to discuss potential risks associated with surgery, as well as how these can be minimized through careful planning and preparation on behalf of both yourself and the doctor.

Additionally, inquire about post-operative care plans, like whether is there an aftercare plan available if complications arise or additional treatments are needed down the line. Taking these aspects into consideration will help ensure that you make an informed decision.

Read Patient Reviews and Testimonials to Get an Accurate Picture of the Results

You don’t just have to trust the word of any surgeon you’re weighing up when it comes to their skills and the results they can get for patients.

In fact, feedback left by people they’ve served in the past is useful in giving you a better idea of what they can do, and whether the surgeon is reputable or not. In healthcare, good customer service matters, so don’t settle for second best.

There are a few things to look out for when reading reviews and testimonials. For instance, do they have many positive outcomes from their work? Do patients report feeling comfortable with them during consultations? Are there any areas that could be improved upon according to customer feedback?

To further put your mind at ease, consider looking at before-and-after photos on the practice’s website—this can provide reassurance that your desired outcome is attainable.

Don’t forget about word-of-mouth recommendations too! Ask others who may have had similar procedures done for advice; this kind of research can give valuable insight into which plastic surgeons are worth considering and why.

The Bottom Line

The search for the right plastic surgeon is not something you can rush. Accept that it will take a bit of time to find the perfect person to do the work, and you’ll be much more satisfied in the long run.

Most Innovative Dental Practice Management Software – Canada

Borne from humble beginnings, Consult-PRO has transformed into a global thought leader, with education, art, innovation, and community at the foundation of its extraordinary success. The company strives to be continually ahead of the curve in innovative software development, with a mission of providing best-in-class software for the dental industry. In light of this cutting-edge software being recognised within the Oral Health and Dentistry Awards 2022, we learn more.

It was in 1999 that Consult-PRO changed the dental industry with the introduction of videos for dental procedures and coined the statement “increasing case acceptance” way before YouTube. This came with the company’s founder, Dr Boris Pulec, a dentist in Toronto, Canada who had observed that his patients were in need of more visual depictions of their treatment options, including the benefits and risks, as well as what would likely happen to their oral health if they didn’t choose to go ahead with treatment.

This ground-breaking software is a patient education product which provides over 500 videos and 900 presentations for dental offices to explain dental treatment as well as consequences of non-treatment and dental concepts. This technology motivates patients to accept treatment, as well as enhances their appreciation for receiving the high-quality care that is available to them.

So, how exactly did this software become a reality? With a background in painting and sculpting, Dr Pulec was inspired to utilise cutting-edge animation technology to bridge his passion for art and design and his clinical knowledge to craft a patient-friendly learning tool that empowers and educates them, as well as improves the consultation experience. Dr Pulec was ahead of his time with his vision and with the help of a private technical and development team, Consult-PRO was created and initially available on CD-ROM.

Dr Pulec’s company, Consult-PRO started off headquartered in the back of his dental office and soon expanded into its own three-storey building. Now, it is a full scale cloud and web service with a user base of thousands of clinics, dental schools, and hygiene colleges in over 128 countries and 20 languages. It also boasts global partnerships with the likes of Oral-B, Crest, Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene, University of Toronto, and University of Salford.

With over 22 years’ experience in dental software development, Consult-PRO’s focus is on using the latest ever-changing digital technology features as well as integrating them into the dental industry.

 “We distinguish ourselves by always being ahead with digital innovation specifically for the dental industry,” states Dr Pulec.

Consult-PRO isn’t the only software that the company has available, either, with it offering several other solutions to make the lives of its clients and their patients easier.

Time Tracker is a software specifically for tracking dental staff working hours, as well as allowing easy payroll management.

Consult-Pro TV (SpTV) is a software connected to the waiting room TV which demonstrates the Consult-PRO content as well as custom content by individual customer dental offices.

CLOUDENT is a full dental practice management software for any dental office using cloud technology. It has many features including image management hard tissue charting voice activated periodontal charting, a paperless record of care, scheduling, patient engagement, as well as features like FORM-PRO which isn’t available on any other dental management software.

CLOUDENT DSO combines the power of Consult-PRO and CLOUDENT with additional features that are specific to dental office groups. It enables easier management of hundreds of offices with the same platform, and was particularly useful during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Pulec comments, “COVID-19 taught us that we can consult with patients remotely and we have incorporated this into the software. Patients can now log in to the office software and the dentist or treatment coordinator can consult with them online.”

He continues, “Currently, there are management companies that are buying offices and thus making large dental office groups. We are aware of this worldwide trend and are adding features to our software to meet the needs of these organisations.”

CLOUDENT EDU is CLOUDENT with additional features for a dental educational environment such as dental colleges and dental hygiene colleges. It can handle hundreds of users with the same platform.

EDULINK is a dental student management software that works with CLOUDENT EDU.

Together, the software can manage an entire dental college environment from clinical to didactic to student financial requirements.

Although Consult-PRO observed 2022 as a year where dental offices mostly went back to the same type of care they were providing before the pandemic, it knows that customers and patients still expect efficiency and convenience. Dr Pulec says, “We grew in making the software interact with the patients more through their smartphones to increase office efficiency and convenience the patients.”

There is no denying how Dr Pulec is the driving force behind the company’s innovations – and he is excited to keep developing cutting-edge solutions. He has the experience and a rare combination of qualifications and experience that allow him to keep improving the software for the better. He believes it is also important to be “always engaging with the dental user to keep improving the product”.

So, what are the thoughts of professionals who use Consult-PRO software products? The verdict is that they can’t rate them highly enough, viewing them as an essential part of their service offering.

Surgical, cosmetic and prosthetic dentist, Dr Alex Karol comments, “I have been impressed with the digital animation library available by Consult-PRO to educate my patients. Today, we now have ability to email movies as well as offer a weblink to further enhance patient understanding and acceptance of our treatment plans. Well done, Consult-PRO!”

Programme director at Toronto College of Hygiene and Auxiliaries, Lila McIndoe says, “It has made the delivery of our curriculum more effective and has informed communication between administrators, faculty, students, and our clients.”

Periodontist/prosthodontist, Dr David Garber states, “Consult-PRO is the best patient education software available today.”

Having been a dentist himself for over 38 years, Dr Pulec has also been the dean of the largest dental hygiene college in North America for 20 years. He has held the diplomate status in the International Congress of Oral Implantology since 1996 and performs surgical dental services in the Greater Toronto Area including all aspects of dental implant treatment including bone grafting, implant placement, and prosthetic rehabilitation. He has surgically placed and restored more than 20,000 implants and close to 1,000 sinus grafts.

Dr Pulec ultimately sees the globalisation of dentistry as a wonderful thing, welcoming the opportunity to assist dentists and patients around the world by sharing his dental knowledge. By providing the most up-to-date dental techniques and 3D animated technology in each country’s specific language, Consult-PRO is contributing to the development of a common global dental knowledge and pushing the boundaries of dental software.

Now, Dr Pulec and the Consult-PRO team are keenly looking towards the future with exciting plans to increase patient engagement, including an interactive patient portal. Dr Pulec says, “We are currently testing the product and should be releasing it in Q2 of this year. This will change the industry again.” Indeed, Consult-PRO continues to stand true to its mission of “Every quarter, our software is better than the quarter before”.

For business enquiries, contact Dr Boris Pulec fromDHC Software / Consult-PRO via email – [email protected] or on their website –

The Parent’s Survival Guide To GP And Hospital Waiting Rooms For Children

Visiting the GP surgery or hospital with a child can be a bit of an ordeal. Many patients in the UK are spending increased amounts of time in waiting rooms and keeping children entertained and calm throughout can be a challenge.

If you’ve got a private health insurance plan, you can likely rely on shorter waiting times, but when accessing care through the NHS the waits are often longer. Winter is well known as the time of year when common illnesses are spreading fast and pressures on the NHS are at their highest. Thus, waiting rooms can be busier than ever, leading to more delays in seeing a doctor, nurse, or healthcare professional.

In November 2022, only 68.9% of patients were seen within four hours according to NHS England. This is down from 81.4% in November 2019 and well below the NHS standard of seeing 95% of patients within four hours – a target that hasn’t been met since July 2015. Across the UK waiting times can vary even more, with 56.9% of patients seen within 4 hours in Scotland. Many children struggle to sit still on the best of days, and the room can be an overwhelming place where they’re surrounded by strangers, noise and movement.

There are, however, many things you can do to keep your baby, toddler or child entertained and calm. Here we’ll discuss how to prepare for time spent in the waiting room.

1. Keep all necessary supplies on hand

Before heading out for a GP or hospital appointment, try and make sure to have a bag packed and prepared with all the essentials you might need while waiting. Along with changing supplies for babies and young toddlers, here are some things to remember:

  • Wipes and tissues
  • A cold compress to help ease symptoms of fever
  • Sick bags in case they’re unwell
  • Medication if appropriate
  • A change of clothes in case of accidents
  • A phone charger (for you or your child’s device)

Don’t forget to also pack water and some snacks – the last thing you need is a frustrated youngster who is also hungry. 

2. Talk to your child beforehand

If they are old enough to understand, it’s best to prepare your child before heading to an appointment by explaining to them what will happen.

This can include explaining what the waiting room may look like, who’s going to be there, how they’ll have to sign into reception before taking a seat, and how there might be some toys for them to play with.

You may also decide to talk about the treatment itself. For example, if they are going for an injection, tell them that it will feel like a little pinch. If you’ve got teddies and a toy doctor’s kit at home, you could use it to help demonstrate what the doctor or nurse will do, like listen to their heart or take blood pressure. Use your judgement to decide how much detail you go into, based on how much your child will understand or how much they tend to get scared. If they are worried, it’s important to validate their feelings and say it’s okay to feel a little nervous before seeing a doctor. Another top tip is to take a teddy to the appointment itself and ask the doctor or nurse to give it a little checkup too.

Sitting in the waiting room can be much less of a stress for you and your child if they feel like they know what’s going to happen.

3. Get used to the space

After you’ve arrived in the waiting room and checked in at reception, if possible and within reason, take your child for a little tour around the waiting room.

Let them explore and make a note of where everything is and try to answer any questions they have about who all the people are or what everyone is doing. Show them where they’re going to be going when their name is called. Getting used to the space and having some familiarity with the waiting room makes it much less of a scary place to be.

4. Distract

Most waiting rooms will come equipped with a selection of children’s toys, but it’s a good idea to bring a few of your own as well to keep kids entertained and distracted from any worries or boredom.

Try bringing some books to read with your child or easy activities that don’t require much space or equipment, like colouring or activity books. Sometimes, a screen can also help you both get through the time in the waiting room.  They can sit quietly and watch their favourite shows or play games. A favourite toy, teddy, or blanket can also provide much-needed comfort.

For children with sensory needs, the waiting room can be even more stressful and there might not be much you can do to control the environment or lessen the amount of stimulation. In that case, sensory or fidget toys or headphones to listen to music can help keep them calm.

5. Look after yourself too

As a parent dealing with waiting rooms and appointments for babies and children, you’ve probably felt stressed, worried, or anxious at some point. That fear and anxiety can easily pass to your child, so it’s important to do your best to try and appear calm and in control of the situation.

Staying hydrated, bringing a pen and paper to jot down any important notes, and having a plan for how you’re going to get to and from the appointment are great ways to alleviate stress. You may find breathing exercises a helpful way to stay calm.

Even with the right planning, some things will not go according to plan. Your child may decide that they don’t want to read their book or play with their toy. There may be an emergency which means you need to wait longer than usual. Being prepared beforehand by following these tips means that the time you do spend waiting is as calm and stress-free as possible.

GHP Magazine Announces the Winners of the 2022 Oral Health and Dentistry Awards

United Kingdom, 2023 – GHP has unveiled the winners of the Oral Health and Dentistry Awards.

In its sixth year, the Oral Health and Dentistry Awards have returned to showcase an excellent selection of businesses that are truly transforming the way we see ourselves. From manufacturers to suppliers, businesses, and individuals, this programme highlights their glowing performance in this essential sphere.

Oral health and dentistry is more than simply reactive to problems, it is a proactive force with which to transmogrify our appearance, boost our confidence, and maintain peace of mind. Here we celebrate our winners’ successes as they continue to pick up speed, and recognition, in the industry.

Our Awards Coordinator, Laura O’Carroll, commented on the success of this year’s awards programme. She said, “It has been a pleasure to host the Oral Health and Dentistry Awards 2022, and I look forward to seeing what they do next. Congratulations.”

GHP Magazine, as always, endeavours to recognise those that are going above and beyond, or indeed, the businesses that are taking significant steps forward, no matter how modest and small they might seem on the greater landscape. That’s why we launched our awards programme, and why we continue to illuminate the work of outstanding companies and individuals.

To find out more about the trailblazers in this realm, and discover what has led them to becoming who they are today, please visit to access our newest winner’s booklet.



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Smart Finance Key to Enable Projected Medical Technology Growth

  • Pressure is mounting for healthcare organizations to accelerate adoption of digital and AI-driven technologies – proven to deliver significant benefits to delivery of care, patient outcomes, and operational costs
  • To illustrate the breadth of the challenge, a new Insight Paper from Siemens Financial Services (SFS) estimates the market size and the projected growth rate for several key medical technologies including diagnostic imaging, smart hospital conversion, laboratory automation and telemedicine.
  • However, the significant levels of investment required cannot typically be afforded through available healthcare capital budgets
  • Given the projected market growth and urgent need for investment, the paper finds that specialist smart finance will play a crucial role in enabling the development and digitalization of healthcare systems all round the world.

Siemens Financial Services (SFS) has launched a new Insight Paper highlighting the pressing need for investment in key medical technologies that will enable the digitalization of global healthcare systems.

The paper, entitled Digital Transformation in Healthcare, explores the many areas where digital and AI-driven technologies can tangibly improve clinical efficiency, patient outcomes and cost optimization. Its applications range from replacing or upgrading ageing equipment to enhance diagnostics and throughput, to digitalizing infrastructure/buildings technology in the face of rising energy costs and emissions targets.

However, the research finds that given the myriad of pressures facing the sector – including pandemic backlogs and stretched budgets–current levels of funding will be insufficient to support the transformation. Private sector finance will be required to meet the investment challenges ahead in the face of rapid market growth to 2030.

The value of medical technologies’ markets is expected to continue to grow in the period 2022 to 2030. Among the fastest growing areas are Al in Diagnostics (32.5% CAGR), Telemedicine (22.9%), and Smart Hospitals (19.3%). The value of Telemedicine, for example is predicted to achieve 392.2bn USD from 75.3bn USD. Likewise, Smart Hospitals are estimated to reach a value of 239.6bn USD from their current 58.6bn market share.

Whatever the technology and its anticipated growth, each presents an investment challenge requiring smart private sector finance – whether coping with replacement/renewals or to take advantage of the rapid growth of novel technologies, or both. 

The report evidences the enabling power of smart finance for healthcare technology vendors and healthcare providers alike, providing an affordable and financially sustainable approach to acquiring digital and AI-driven technology. It outlines three main areas where smart finance makes investment possible, detailing the range of solutions and their benefits. These are:

  1. equipment and technology replacement and upgrade
  2. new technology acquisition
  3. smarter building transformation

“Healthcare organizations are well aware of the benefits of digital adoption but many face real hurdles to investment in practice,” explains Chris Wilkinson, Siemens Financial Services, UK. “Smart finance can make acquiring technology cash-flow friendly, overcome limitation of constrained capital budgets and help providers achieve the best possible care and outcomes for patients.”

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How To Choose The Right Teeth Replacement Option

Living with missing teeth can be challenging. Eating and speech might become an issue, not to mention the emotional toll of low self-esteem.

Do you need teeth replacement services? From dental implants, bridges, and dentures, there are many options to restore your smile. How do you pick the right one?

Here’s a guide to assist you:

Identify The Available Options

As the introduction has stated, you can adopt many treatment procedures for teeth replacement. It’s important to know these options in detail for better decision-making.

The primary teeth replacement options are dental implants, bridges, and dentures. Dental implants entail inserting a titanium screw into your gum. The dentist will then place a crown over the screw, a replica of natural teeth.

On the other hand, dental bridges are installed like implants but are ideal for molars and premolars. Dentists will use either removable or fixed dentures to replace all or some of the missing teeth. Removable dentures only require you to fit them in your mouth, whereas fixed dentures require implants for installation.

Be sure to learn more about each option. Put more focus on the merits and demerits of each. Choose the option whose pros outweigh the cons.

Also, look at the procedure for each option. Suppose you opt for all on 4 implants. What steps will the dentist take to execute the treatment? It determines the length of the procedure, which you should compare with the amount of time in your hands. If you only get an off that lasts only an afternoon from work, choose a procedure that will allow you to return to work as soon as possible.

Look At Costs

As you seek any procedure, it’s important to look at costs. You don’t want to spend a fortune on these dental services. The aim is affordability.

Each of the treatment options costs differently. The differences arise from the technology in use, ease of installation, resources needed for the procedure, and the facility where you’ll seek teeth replacement services.

It’d help to compare the prices of each option and choose the one you can afford. For instance, dental implants will cost you between £2000 and £2500, with dentures costing between £500 and £2000.

With this insight, work with your budget to find out what’s affordable. A budget details the amount you’re willing and able to spend on the procedure. Ensure the cost of your chosen procedure falls within your budget. Please factor in both short- and long-term costs. Short-term costs touch on installation, while long-term ones touch on maintenance.

As part of affordability, health insurance comes into play. Inquire if your insurance provider covers teeth replacement services. Assume they cover dental implants and dentures. If you want cheaper services, it’s best to choose either of the two options instead of dental bridges. You’ll pay the full price with dental bridges, making the service more expensive.

Go For A Consultation

Although information is widely available online, it’s important to go for a consultation to get more insight into teeth replacement options. You’ll be getting information from experts in the field. They have more credible insight than online sources regarding oral health.

The dentist will assess your teeth during the consultation and advise you on the best teeth replacement solution. They’ll also inform you of the risks involved with each procedure. From this, you’ll weigh the risks and decide your preferred option.

It’d help to consult several dentists and weigh the information you get. It’ll add to your insight, prompting better decision-making. Consider seeking referrals from friends and family who’ve sought such procedures on the dentists to consult. You don’t want to visit dentists blindly. It’ll consume a lot of time.

Consider Your Preferences

Even as you look at the technicalities of each tooth replacement, it’s important to consider your satisfaction and comfort. Remember, you’ll be using your chosen teeth replacement solution for a long time. Hence, you want to confirm your choice.

It helps to envision how each solution will look on you, considering the final appearance might differ, depending on your mouth structure.

Consider asking for a portfolio from the dentists you visit for the consultations. It’ll show the before and after pictures of each solution. Be sure to settle for the teeth replacement option whose appearance you love.


You’re likely to experience dental issues. You could fall and break your tooth, or it can come out in the process. You might have removed a permanent tooth, leaving a gap in other instances. 

The discussion above has established the existence of teeth replacement services to remedy lost teeth. It further guides in choosing the best option for your teeth issues. It’ll be an added advantage to implement the insight.

An Overview Of The Clinical Data Reporting Process

Clinical data management is critical to any successful healthcare and research organisation. It ensures accurate and timely information, compliance requirements and good practices to support patient care and measurement of outcomes.

Clinical data reporting is part of the data management process. It includes collecting, organising, analysing, presenting and disseminating the clinical information gathered from various sources during the clinical research.

This article discusses a brief overview of how the clinical data reporting process works.

Regulations And Compliance In Clinical Data Reporting

Healthcare organisations must meet many regulatory requirements to report their clinical data accurately and securely. Meeting regulatory requirements and compliance allows for reusable data and supports data-driven decision-making.

Some of the compliance measures that cover the reporting process include the following criteria:

1. Ethical Guidelines

Healthcare organisations must follow ethical guidelines when handling and reporting data. The guidelines include the declaration of Helsinki. This declaration sets out the ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects. In addition, clinical studies must also adhere to the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines, which provide a framework for the development, registration and post-approval of pharmaceuticals.

The ethical guidelines are governed by seven main principles:

  1. Social and clinical value
  2. Informed consent
  3. Independent review
  4. Scientific validity
  5. Fair subject selections
  6. Respect for potential and enrolled subjects
  7. Favourable risk-benefit ratio.

The researchers must inform each subject about the risks associated with participating in a clinical trial and any potential benefits.

2. Data Collection And Analysis Guidelines

The initial step in clinical data management is the gathering and arrangement of data. This step is crucial as it guarantees precision and comprehensiveness.

The Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) offers data collection and analysis guidelines. The Standard Data Tabulation Model (SDTM) is the most used model, which provides a uniform method to manage and present clinical data, facilitating interoperability and access to information.

Additionally, the CDISC provides the Clinical Data Acquisition Standards harmonisation (CDASH) standard, outlining how clinical data should be gathered and reported. Using CDASH-compliant data collection tools makes collecting and reporting clinical data more efficient.

3. Food And Drug Administration (FDA) Regulations

The FDA is responsible for reviewing and approving new drugs and medical devices in the United States. The FDA has regulations to ensure the safety and efficiency of medicines after clinical trials. They include the following:

  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP): GCP is a set of ethical and scientific quality standards for the design, conduct, and reporting of clinical trials. It ensures that the data collected during a clinical trial is reliable, accurate and high quality.
  • Electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD): The FDA requires submission of clinical data in electronic format using the eCTD format to the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) for easier access and standardisation during review and approval of new treatments.

All these guidelines and regulations guide healthcare organisations in efficiently managing, collecting, analysing and reporting clinical data.

4. Clinical Data Reporting Steps

The clinical data reporting process includes the following five steps:

  • Step 1: Review Requirements For Clinical Reporting

Before collecting data, healthcare organisations should review the requirements for clinical reporting. This includes understanding the applicable regulations and guidelines, as well as defining a clear goal of the report.

  • Step 2: Complete Results Modules

The results modules are the documents that contain all the data collected during a clinical trial. The healthcare organisation should provide accurate and complete information to guarantee that regulatory agencies will accept the data. The form can be accessed through federal sites like You can also check the site for all the guidelines required to complete the modules.

  • Step 3: Upload Supplemental Documents

Supplemental documents should also be uploaded, such as the investigator’s brochure, full study protocol, informed consent document, and protocol synopsis. These documents provide additional information about the clinical trial. They’re necessary to ensure that the data is accurate and complete.

  • Step 4: Submit Data To Regulatory Agencies

The healthcare organisation should submit all the completed modules and supplemental documents to the relevant regulatory agencies. The FDA has specific requirements for submission, and failing to comply can result in unnecessary delays in approving drugs or medical devices.

  • Step 5: Review Data Submitted And Resolve Issues

Finally, healthcare organisations should review the data submitted and ensure that they’ve resolved all issues before submitting it to regulatory agencies. Resolving these issues is crucial to ensure that the data the researchers presented is accurate and complete.


The clinical data reporting process helps healthcare organisations meet all regulations and guidelines for collecting and submitting clinical trial data. These steps help healthcare organisations ensure that the researchers conduct the clinical trials efficiently, ethically and safely and that regulatory agencies accept the data they collected.

5 Tips to Lose Weight, According to Science

Do you want to lose weight but are afraid to take to most of the information on the internet about weight loss? It’s true that consuming the best meal replacement shakes for weight loss can work remarkably well. But there’s also nothing wrong with learning and using the five tips to lose weight, according to science.

This article highlights the five science-backed tips to lose weight without endangering your overall health.

Top 5 tips to lose weight as proven by science

Follow these tips, and you will complete your weight loss in much better shape than you started:

Eat more fibre

When soluble fibre absorbs water, it forms a gel that helps slow down the digestion of the food you consume. This keeps you feeling fuller for longer and effectively kills off hunger cravings. Moreover, fibre also helps control blood glucose in the human body. In other words, you end up reducing your calorie intake.

Fibre is a part of plant foods that the human body cannot digest. But it makes sense to consume fibre-rich foods, and your digestive system will thank you.

Examples of fibre-rich foods are:

  • Vegetables
  • Legumes such as lentils and beans
  • Whole grains
  • Fruits

Blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries are also excellent sources of insoluble and soluble nutrient-rich fibres. These foods help protect against chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc. These plant foods also offer several other health benefits because they are antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Other rich sources of fibre include:

  • Tree nuts
  • Non-starchy vegetables
  • Lentils
  • Seeds, etc.

Minimize or eliminate sugar intake

Cutting back on sugar is an excellent way of minimizing the build up of fat in your body. You will find sugar in most beverages and ultra-processed foods. Even fruit juices are not sugar-free. Sugar is also present in high-fat foods like ice cream and candy and those high in carbs such as pasta and bread.

You can lower sugar intake by replacing all sugary beverages with plain drinking water. For example, avoid fruit drinks and soda since they are loaded with sugar. By replacing the calories in one sweetened beverage daily with water, you save hundreds of calories every week.

Get quality sleep every night

Many people interested in losing weight should not take getting high-quality sleep for granted. Getting quality sleep every night is critical to wellness and health. Sleep is crucial in brain function, immune health, and more. 

In addition, numerous scientific studies reveal that lack of sleep increases cortisol production, which boosts your body’s fat storage. Another study even showed that those who slept for at least 5 hours or less every night had more fat in their bodies than individuals who caught some Z’s for 7 hours or more every night.

Furthermore, if you don’t have enough sleep, your body increases the production of the appetite hormone called ghrelin. When this happens, you will start craving sugary foods and eventually eat more than you should to quell your hunger. 

When this cycle repeats daily, you will start gaining weight as you consume sugary foods, and your body stores excess calories as fat.

Manage stress

When stressed, the human body produces – and increases – cortisol production. Cortisol is the dreaded stress hormone that significantly increases visceral fat in the human body. Too much cortisol pushes your body to start storing fat in your midsection and soon increases deeper visceral fat.

Therefore, ensure you don’t allow chronic stress to take over your health and life. Instead, engage in mind-body activities like meditation and yoga, taking hot baths, or going for nature walks to reduce stress levels.

Focus on physical activities that work the large muscle groups in your body

Another aspect of taming fat involves physical activities. Performing workouts that work for every large muscle group – like your lower body – offers the most benefits. This is because large muscles burn more fat and calories and affect those hormones that regulate blood sugar and weight control.

Therefore, focus on deadlifts, squats, cycling, or running, which are dynamic exercises you should consider. Exercises also reduce inflammation in the human body and boost insulin sensitivity.

Focusing on a healthy lifestyle is crucial in helping you lose excess weight. Therefore, take these five tips to heart, apply them to your daily life, and you will start noticing visible and health-beneficial changes in your body.

Self-Care Tips for Dealing with Prenatal Anxiety and Depression

Pregnancy, and the thought of bringing a child into this world evokes a range of emotions: from enthralling excitement to moments of fear. And guess what? All of these are normal!

Often, mums-to-be will experience anxiety about their baby and feelings of inadequacy about parenthood while pregnant. While these are thoughts shared by many, they can often become more severe and lead to prenatal depression. Research suggests that about 7% of pregnant women experience depression during pregnancy.

It can push you to greater worry, unhealthy eating habits, and poor prenatal care. That’s why it’s important to seek treatment early-on and avoid the development of postpartum depression.

UK baby brand Nuby shares top tips for coping with prenatal anxiety and depression to help you find your inner peace and balance.

Take your time

As the time for your baby to join your family approaches, the anxiety about your preparedness increases. You want to have everything ready for when your new arrival enters your home and you spend endless time planning every single detail.

But the truth is, you don’t have to get everything done all at once. As long as you have your newborn essentials sorted, the rest can wait. You will find that once your baby is here, you won’t have time to worry about having the latest baby gadget on the market or having not read that one parenting book.

Focus on what’s important – your prenatal care – and let go of the idea that you need to have everything done today!

Ensure adequate sleep

We can’t stress enough just how important adequate sleep is during pregnancy, especially if you’re suffering from prenatal anxiety or depression. Lack of sufficient sleep can worsen your depression symptoms, and it has a direct effect on your mood too. Sleep disruptions affect the function of the neurotransmitter serotonin and can contribute to the development of depression.

A good rest during pregnancy will prepare you for labour and for many sleepless nights after your baby is born, so make the most of it while you can.

Turn your sleep routine into a ritual you’re looking forward to. A pregnancy pillow can make your sleep more comfortable, while a soothing bath and a massage from your partner can help you drift off to sleep faster. And don’t shy away from taking daytime naps when you need them!

Practise mindfulness

Anxiety is nothing more but a projection of negative thought patterns that are playing with our mind, emotions, and behaviour. To calm our mind, we need to calm our worries.

Mindfulness comes to rescue to enlighten the path of calm, joy, and alignment.

Research by Leonardo Lucena shows that pregnant women suffering from pre-natal anxiety or depression had signs of improvement due to mindfulness and emotional regulation.

Mindfulness can take many forms: from breathing techniques to meditation. It helps us recognise our negative thought patterns and replace them with more positive ones, thus calming our mind.

It has a positive effect on your baby too. Mindfulness meditation has the potential to decrease the production of the stress hormone (cortisol) and increase the production of the pleasure hormone (endorphins). Endorphins have a pain-relieving effect and through the connection with the placenta, they can calm the baby and reassure it of it’s safe, thus helping with childbirth.

Stay physically active

Contrary to what some people might think, staying physically active while pregnant is recommended by the NHS. Of course, it’s best to consult yourself with your healthcare practitioner beforehand, but generally, mild exercises are safe to perform.

Pregnancy yoga, for example, fuses flexibility with breathing techniques and mindfulness to help you calm your mind and restore your prana. Prenatal yoga can not only reduce symptoms of stress and depression, but it can also increase blood flow, which is healthy for your baby, and also improve your labour experience.

Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet will promote both yours and your baby’s health and will help you alleviate some of the depression symptoms. There is a strong link between diet and depression. Poor diet can cause depression and vice versa – depression can lead to unhealthy eating habits.

It all comes down to the neurochemicals in our brain, such as serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Neurochemicals are produced by the body through the foods we consume, and low levels of them can lead to depression.

A healthy diet for prenatal depression comprises of protein, complex carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. The NHS recommends eating lots of fruits, vegetables, fish, beans, and eggs during pregnancy.

If you’re struck by the pregnancy blues leading to depression, there is nothing to worry about. Pregnancy and childbirth are quite emotional events, and you’re allowed to have all sorts of feelings. If your feelings of anxiety and depression are more than just passing moments, it’s recommended that you seek advice from your doctor or midwife. The important thing is to take care of yourself and your baby, and everything will work out just fine!

4 Practical Ways To Deal With Domestic Abuse

In the UK, approximately 1 in 5 adults aged 16 years old or older have experienced domestic abuse after turning 16. That’s 10.4 million people. Domestic abuse is a huge problem in the UK, and can affect both men and women.

The Government defines domestic abuse as ‘any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been in a relationship,’ or ‘between family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.’

In this piece, specialist domestic abuse solicitors Beecham Peacock explore four practical ways that you can support somebody dealing with domestic abuse.

Key Findings:

  • 1 in 5 adults aged 16 years old or older have experienced domestic abuse.
  • The number of domestic abuse-related crimes recorded by police in England and Wales increased by 7.7% in 2022.
  • The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) domestic abuse-related charging rate in England and Wales increased for the first time in four years to 72.7% in the year ending March 2022.
  • The National Domestic Abuse Helpline delivered 50,791 support sessions through phone call or live chat in the year ending March 2022.
  • The police recorded 1.5m domestic abuse-related incidents and crimes in England and Wales in the year ending March 2022.

Signs Of Domestic Violence And Abuse

Physical marks and other telltale indications of domestic violence may be simple to spot. Others might be things you can conveniently explain or overlook.

Someone who is being physically abused may have regular bruises or physical injuries associated with being choked, punched, or knocked down — and they are likely to have a weak or inconsistent explanation for these injuries.

Domestic abuse can have a significant emotional impact and leave victims feeling hopeless, helpless, or depressed. People who have experienced domestic violence may come to believe that they will always be under the abuser’s control, or be constantly on edge to the point where they can never truly relax.

If you begin to notice a negative change in a friends’ behaviour, as well as a growing number of unexplained injuries, it is possible they may be dealing with domestic abuse.

Dealing with Domestic Abuse

  1. Start a conversation

If you have noticed some of the above signs in friends – such as hiding bruises with clothes or a reluctance to talk about where their injuries have come from – they may be a victim of domestic abuse. If this is the case, they are likely to find talking about it difficult.

It might be worth initiating a conversation and explaining your concern, along with reassurance that you would be discreet with any information you share. Allow the conversation to develop at a comfortable pace rather than attempting to force the other person to open up.

If the individual does want to speak, pay attention to what they have to say without passing judgement, giving suggestions, or making judgements. If you pay close attention, the person will probably tell you exactly what they need. Just give the speaker a chance to finish their sentence.

  1. Validate the victim’s feelings

Victims of domestic abuse can often feel conflicted about their partner or abuser and their situation. These feelings are often a combination of guilt, despair, love and fear.

It’s important that you validate their feelings by letting them know that these conflicts are normal. However, it’s also crucial to stress that using violence or emotional abuse is unacceptable and that living in constant fear is not normal.

In some cases, victims may not realise that their circumstances are not normal because they have no other models for relationships and have gradually become accustomed to the cycle. Regardless, it’s important that the person in question feels your support and validation – often these feelings can empower domestic abuse survivors to take action, in spite of their fear.

  1. Offer informed support

Help the victim find support and resources. Look up telephone numbers for shelters and social services or explore legal options or support groups – it can be helpful for a survivor of domestic abuse to know they aren’t alone.

Women can call The Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge on 0808 2000 247 for free at any time, day or night. The staff will offer confidential, non-judgemental information and support. Men can call Men’s Advice Line on 0808 8010 327 or visit the webchat at Men’s Advice Line for non-judgemental information and support. Specialist emotional and practical support is available from Galop on 0800 999 5428 for LGBT+ survivors of domestic violence.

You’ll also want to help them get information on any laws regarding protective orders/restraining orders and child custody information. Ultimately, the decision to bring legal proceedings against an abuser lies with the survivor. Depending on the nature of each case and the victim’s preferred outcome, there are various different routes to explore. If the case goes to court, the victim may be expected to give evidence against an abuser. Specialist legal teams can coach victims through this process, but please be aware this can be difficult, both mentally and emotionally. If a case goes to trial, the abuser could face a prison sentence, and could also be subject to a restraining order – which could help give peace of mind for safety.

If the victim has received an injury as a result of crime or violence, they may be entitled to receive compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

For many people, the associated costs are a barrier to pursuing and receiving the proper help and support from solicitors. However, subject to a means assessment, victims could be entitled to receive legal aid to help pay fees.

  1. A Safety Plan

Assist the victim in developing a safety plan that can be used if there is further violence or if they decide to escape the circumstance. Making a plan may help them visualise the steps that are necessary to break the system of abuse. In many cases, this preparation is as much mental as physical – often domestic abuse survivors cannot even fathom the thought of leaving, for their own safety.

The decision to leave and seek support must be made by the victim of domestic abuse, even though it may be your natural instinct to “rescue” someone you care about from abuse. The first step for you, however, is awareness. By regularly checking in with your family and friends and learning the signs of domestic abuse, you could help prevent further harm, and even save a life.

Could Innovation in the Med Dev Support Better Care Pathways for a Burnt-out Workforce?

The risk of burnout in the medical space is now at its highest since it was first tracked in 2018. Over 42,400 NHS staff voluntarily quit their jobs in quarter two of last year. Those in the NHS will know that the intensified pressures and responsibilities make many workers feel they are physically at breaking point.

A recent survey by the UK Medical Defence Union has found that 44% regularly feel “exhausted in the morning at the thought of another day at work”. Side effects of sleep deprivation reported by doctors include poor concentration (64%), decision-making difficulties (40%) and mental health problems (30%).

Such symptoms are inevitably harmful, as these side effects can cause potentially substandard patient care. Ultimately, navigating burnout’s role in driving compromised patient safety can be difficult to tackle, given the deep-rooted political and resource factors that have exacerbated struggles from the pandemic and before.

However, medical device experts Owen Mumford have shared insights on data surrounding burnout-induced substandard care and how medical device innovation can potentially play a role in alleviating pressures on NHS staff.

Burnout’s proven effect on patient safety

The consequences of burnout are at their worst in acute healthcare environments, including emergency departments and intensive care units, with patients tending to be at their most vulnerable in places where burned-out healthcare professionals are twice as likely as their peers to be involved in patient safety incidents.

If we can’t decrease burnout, we must enhance safety

The effects of burnout in the medical profession, such as tiredness and low morale, are not going away in the short term, especially as the pandemic lingers. Access to safer sharps is an important factor in decreasing the amount of needlestick injuries and ensuring as simple as possible processes for already stretched healthcare professionals.

A hybrid model of care

Even though this is starting to be slowly incorporated into specific healthcare settings across the UK, a more sophisticated online system capable of in-person and virtual consultation (i.e., follow-ups) or administrator systems can establish whether the patient needs a physical presence. For example, non-urgent speciality follow-scheduling automation system can group virtual visits onto a specific day – streamlining workflow. This opportunity would allow GPs to vary their schedules and use a quiet home setting that may help prevent burnout.

More efficient medical equipment can begin to ease pressures

The RCN report prescribes access to safer sharps as an essential contributor, and medical device manufacturers are responsible for creating safe and practical devices that support healthcare professionals and patients, particularly during this period of burnout.

Tracey Sainsbury, Group Product Manager at Owen Mumford,says, “As a leading manufacturer of medical devices for blood sampling, point-of-care testing, and medicine administration, we believe that innovation has a vital role to play in keeping both practitioners and patients as safe as possible. Fresh ideas, new materials and thoughtful design can help to minimise mishaps, especially in stressful circumstances. They can also help to deliver better clinical experiences and promote sustainability across the healthcare sector.

We do not pretend we can solve the burnout problem in medicine. Still, we can help alleviate some of the pressure with solutions designed to protect healthcare professionals and improve clinical experiences to allow them to provide the best possible patient care.”

Will the NHS Become Privatised?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the NHS is currently going through a crisis and should it continue, it could collapse completely. Last year, there were roughly 43,000 visits to major hospitals and 23,000 to minor ones which shows just how many people are accessing free health care in the UK which is why it’s so important that it stays afloat and keeps up with demand.

The recent troubles are an accumulation of many factors including government failures like a lack of funding and low salaries as well as a general increase in patients needing care due to the ageing population of the UK. These were issues predicted by many experts and industry leaders for some time.

With so many issues, the threat of a fully privatised NHS is very much on the horizon which, given the current cost of living crisis, would be a catastrophe for the majority of the UK population. To find out why this NHS have been struggling so much and the gradual privatisation of its service, we’ve prepared a handy guide filled with all the questions you may have. Read on to learn more about this very pressing issue.

NHS strikes

It is said that members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will strike on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February.

The decision to strike on the 6th of February is so that it will coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Robert Francis inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which shed a spotlight on the impact of nurse shortages on patient care as well as excess deaths.

On top of this, members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) of 30 different NHS services – which is one in seven – will also be staging strikes.

The NHS staff are currently striking because they feel as though they are underpaid for their services. These strikes have left hospitals without the necessary staff which may leave patients without the support needed to get back to full health.

These strikes may breach the medical provider’s duty of care to the patients which means if you’re one of the affected patients, and you have received negligent treatment which can have a massive impact on your life, then you may be able to bring a medical negligence claim against the NHS.

The gradual privatisation of the NHS

Talk of the NHS going private is not new and much of the NHS has become private in recent years. Examples of the areas that are now private include dentistry, opticians and even pharmacies. This now means people have to pay for basic necessities that were once free and in some cases, people will not be able to get these essential items which may impact their well-being dramatically.

The worry for leaders of the opposition party, labour, is that the government’s failings may lead to healthcare services like walk-in centres and ambulances becoming private. This would have a major impact on much of the UK population and will inevitably lead to fewer diagnoses for various illnesses.

The Most in-Demand Healthcare Jobs in the UK

Unquestionably, it has been a challenging couple of years for the healthcare industry as the country faced the largest public health crisis in living memory.

In response, the industry has swelled. During the last 12 months for instance, new analysis shows that recruitment appears high on the agenda with a 37% increase in the number of people hired by the sector in 2022.

Recruitment software company Occupop has crunched the numbers from key job application channels such as Indeed, Careers Page and LinkedIn, and has also found a 36% increase in the number of job applications in the industry.

The healthcare sector has assumed high priority in the public’s job-hunting collective consciousness. But what are the most in-demand healthcare jobs in the UK and what do these entail? We explore the subject further.

Healthcare Assistants

With an impressive 59% of applicants, healthcare assistant roles made up the bulk of job searches. Healthcare assistants (HCAs) are often an entry-level health job which doesn’t require a degree in a specific field. Despite this, HCA roles offer candidates the chance to acquire some good patient-facing experience and can work in a variety of healthcare settings from A&E to outpatients and maternity wards.

Healthcare Administrator

Not all healthcare applicants however will work in medical roles. For instance, 14% of jobseekers sought admin jobs. Again, in most cases, no formal qualifications are needed, although excellent communication and organisation skills will be preferred. Healthcare admins can work across hospitals, clinics, general practices and trust headquarters and will support medical colleagues by arranging appointments, creating patient documents and updating records.

Nursing and Midwifery

Nursing and midwifery roles also witnessed a spike with a 7% increase and offer candidates a life-changing, rewarding career. This rise could be explained with a nationwide drive by government to recruit more nurses with tens of thousands of vacancies across the country in recent years. Nursing offers a range of roles and responsibilities with areas of work spanning clinical, critical care, mental health and midwifery to name but a few.

Social Care Worker

1.54 million people are currently employed by the social care sector and this is expected to rise with a 7% increase in demand. As more older people live longer, the need for care increases which can explain the rise, in addition to younger disabled people living longer than ever before. Social care workers provide practical and emotional support to a wide range of people and can assist with tasks to enhance their quality of life.  

Allied Health Professionals

Allied Health professionals also made a demonstrable rise with a 5% increase. Allied Health is a broad term used to describe a range of medical professionals who are not doctors or nurses but still perform specialist tasks. Often these can be in distinct areas who work alongside multi-disciplinary doctors. Professions can include roles such as chiropractors, dietitians, osteopaths, pharmacists and radiographers.  

Elsewhere in the survey, the month with the most applications was revealed to be July, demonstrating a summertime spike in job-hunting, while March was the month with the most hires as firms look to increase their headcount ahead of the new financial year.

Jobs search engine Indeed proved the most lucrative source of hires attracting 40% of applicants while Careers Page received 29%, LinkedIn 11% and Facebook 7%.

One thing that is for certain, health is wealth for UK job seekers.

When Less Is More… It’s Not the Number of CBD Milligrams, but the Kind and Quality That Matter.

Imbue Botanics have spent time researching a variety of types of CBD and have found the following results…

‘I had a call the other day from a customer who had been using our tincture until a family member convinced him that “it was about the milligrams” and had him switch to a 3000 mg tincture. The reason he called? The 3000 mg tincture wasn’t working and was making him “feel sick”.’

Like so many products on the market today, this high milligram tincture wasn’t full spectrum whole plant like Imbue. It was ISOLATE!

For those not familiar with the term, much of the CBD in the market today is in the form of what we call ISOLATE, which is a purified, powdered form without the other cannabinoids or terpenes. This isolate is then mixed with carrier oils, etc., to formulate products. And it’s not that they are all bad, or don’t work at all, they just don’t work anywhere near as well. They’re cheaper to make, and easier to hype by convincing people that “more must be better.”

For those of you who’ve followed Imbue Botanicals from the very start, you know how passionate we are about using the terms “whole plant” and “full spectrum” to describe our products. Everything we make, everything we sell can be defined by those terms. And it’s not by accident. And they aren’t just clever catch phrases we use to market our products. Rather, they are a reference to a very important concept with respect to cannabinoids and CBD. For some time now, researchers and practitioners have believed that a more unrefined extract taken from the plant itself provided more benefits due to what’s called the entourage effect.

First described in 1998 by Israeli scientists Shimon Ben-Shabat and Raphael Mechoulam, the entourage effect supposes that the multiple cannabinoids and terpenes found within Cannabis Sativa actually work in unison and harmony to produce a better outcome than if they were employed solo. In other words, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” when it comes to cannabis.

A presentation given at the International Cannabinoid Research Society Symposium in Montreal in 2017, seems to leave little room for doubt that this is the case. Dr. Fabricio A. Pamplona, Scientific Director of Entourage Phytolab in Sao Paulo, Brazil compared studies of epileptic patients between 2013-2016 that had used either CBD rich extracts or a purified CBD isolate. What he found was that CBD isolates showed a 43% efficacy in reducing seizures, while CBD rich extracts almost doubled this at 78%. He also discovered that almost 3 times the amount of purified CBD isolate was needed for seizure reduction compared with CBD rich extracts, and that herbal CBD had less than half the amount of reported side effects compared to its isolated alternative. Like I said, CBD isolates just don’t work as well!

But it’s not just companies like Imbue that are raising the alarm over isolate. I ran across this the other day from a well-known physician and expert in the cannabis space:

My Biggest Concern…Very concentrated isolate preparations are sold in local markets for every conceivable medical condition. I despise seeing these “profit only” efforts.

I stand by my belief that whole-plant CBD is incomparable, unparalleled, and clearly the far superior medicament. I am very concerned that as higher and higher doses of distillates/isolates are used, we will begin seeing more drug interactions. If this happens, what sort of risk does this pose for the future of medical cannabis?

When the dust settles, I want to be on the side of the “smelly cannabis plants.” I want to be on the side of “whole plant medicine.” If you love the plant as I do, please don’t isolate it. Use the whole plant. – Allan Frankel, MD

So that’s why we make our product using whole plant, full spectrum extract from the aerial parts of organically-grown hemp plants. But we don’t stop there. We extract using our proprietary low-temperature, low-pressure technique that preserves the cannabinoids and terpenes in a way other processing methods don’t. We formulate them for the most effective levels of CBD. And what we end up with isn’t run-of-the-mill CBD; we end up with the finest CBD products available. And if you’re using them, we think you’ll agree.

9 Tips You Need to Get Pregnant

Getting pregnant is an exciting time, but it can also be a stressful one. It may take time to conceive, and there are no guarantees. But primarily, preparing for this huge change in your life and realizing it is a joy that no amount of money can buy.

The joys of getting pregnant are a unique experience that can bring immense joy and happiness to a family. Many women view pregnancy as a time full of growth and change, and while it can be challenging, it is also incredibly rewarding.

From tracking your ovulation cycle to avoiding alcohol and smoking, these tips can help make your journey to conception successful.

1. Track Your Ovulation Cycle

Knowing when ovulating is key to getting pregnant. Using a fertility monitor or tracking your body’s signs of ovulation can help you determine when the best time to conceive.

2. Have Regular Intercourse

Timing is important for conception, and having regular intercourse two to three times a week can help you increase your chances of getting pregnant.

3. Eat Healthy Foods

Eating nutrient-rich foods is important for your reproductive health and can help you conceive. Load up on fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, and limit your intake of processed and junk foods.

4. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking

Both alcohol and smoking can affect fertility and increase the risk of miscarriage. Avoiding these substances entirely is the best way to increase your chances of conceiving.

5. Get Regular Exercise

Being active can help regulate your menstrual cycle and improve your fertility. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day and focus on activities that are low impact, such as walking, swimming, and yoga.

6. Get Enough Rest

Resting and getting enough sleep can help your reproductive system function better, so try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night.

7. Take Supplements

Taking supplements like folic acid and omega-3 fatty acids can help improve fertility and increase your chances of getting pregnant. Talk to your doctor about the proper dosage and type of supplements for you.

8. Reduce Stress

Stress can affect your fertility, so it’s important to manage stress in healthy ways. Practicing relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation can help reduce stress and improve your chances of conceiving.

9. Visit Your Doctor

If you’ve been trying to conceive for more than a year without success, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor. They can help you identify any underlying issues and help you find solutions.

Key Takeaway

When it comes to getting pregnant, knowing when to take a pregnancy test can be an important part of the process. Generally, it’s best to wait until your period is a few days late before taking a test. This will ensure that the test is more accurate. However, you may want to take a test earlier if you have irregular periods. If you’re still unsure, it’s best to contact your doctor for advice.

If you are planning to become pregnant, it is important to take good care of your health. Make sure to eat a balanced and nutritious diet, get regular physical activity, and take any vitamins or supplements prescribed by your doctor. Maintaining regular gynaecological check-ups and screenings is essential to ensure your reproductive health is in good shape. Finally, talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns about your health and fertility.

Getting pregnant is a process, and it can take time. However, following these tips can help you increase your chances of success. Remember to be patient and take care of yourself during this exciting time.

How Getting into Blue Spaces can Improve your Well-Being

From seas to rivers, canals and even fountains, a blue space is defined as any place where you are close to an area of water.

We tend to hear a lot about green spaces and how they can benefit our well-being – but what about blue spaces? There’s growing evidence and ongoing research discovering the lesser-known but powerful benefits of what’s known as blue therapy. For example, one recent study concluded that people who had grown up having spent time around blue spaces reposted better mental health as adults. In fact, being around blue spaces may be even more beneficial than green spaces.

 So, let’s take a dip into what makes blue spaces so good for our well-being.

1. Water quietens your mind

If you’ve ever felt soothed by the gentle crashing of waves or the trickle of a stream, it could be because the sound of water is an example of what’s known as pink noise. You’ve probably heard of white noise before, and pink noise can have a similar effect.

The main difference is that pink noise has a lower pitch than white noise, so it’s less of a static sound and more of a steady background hum. It’s sometimes known as ‘ambient noise’, which can include a lot of natural sounds such as water. The lower frequencies filter out higher-pitched sounds, and as such, pink noise is said to have a much more relaxing effect. Just imagine the low rumbles of waves crashing against the shore.

The repetitive dips and swirls of flowing water can also be quite meditative to watch, whether you’re at the beach, taking a break next to a gently moving river, or sitting by the edge of a fountain.

2. It lifts your mood

In part because of the soothing effect of water, being in a blue space can help to lift your mood and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Physically being in the water can have an even greater benefit than observing it alone. It can cause our bodies to go into a more relaxed state where our heart rate slows down, and our blood pressure lowers.

The colour blue itself is also known for being a colour that helps you to unwind and feel calm. So even if you only get a chance to sit and watch the water, you can still experience the peace and stillness that it brings. Being battered by wind and rain, however, is not quite as relaxing, and seas can be especially rough during the winter months. If you’re planning on venturing to the coastline, remember to wrap up and carry a windproof umbrella to keep you sheltered from any gales.

3. Water can encourage exercise

Standing in front of a body of water, it can be pretty tempting to dip your toes in. It’s true that water facilitates lots of different kinds of exercise and activities, which can have a huge positive impact on your well-being. Exercise encourages the release of feel-good hormones, which elevates your mood – not to mention the benefit it has on your physical health, which can reduce your risk of developing certain health conditions.

Swimming, sailing, paddleboarding – or even surfing and diving if you’re feeling more adventurous – can give you all the benefits of exercising while you’re also soaking up the calming, rejuvenating effect of water.

4. Builds your connection to the environment

Spending quality time around natural sources of water can also help to build your connection to the natural environment. Quality time is not just about being near water, it’s about appreciating the blue space and paying attention to the sights and sounds.

Deepening this connection has been shown to have a positive impact on your well-being, as well as building your respect for the natural world. All the benefits mentioned so far in this article can depend on the quality of the blue space. A murky canal or a beach covered in litter probably won’t have the same calming effect as crystal clear waters and sandy beaches.

You’ll find many local initiatives to get involved with that aim to revive some of the UK’s blue spaces. They’re not only great for supporting blue spaces but also give you a chance to meet new people.

We’re lucky to live on an island such as the UK, where we’re literally surrounded by vastly different blue spaces. From the tranquil lochs in Scotland and the rugged coasts of Northern Ireland to the surfing paradise that is Cornwall’s beaches. Even in land-locked towns and cities, you’ll probably be able to find an urban blue space – whether that’s a canal, fountain, or swimming pool.

You’re never too far away from the relaxing power of blue spaces. So, once in a while, remember to take some time away from your usual hectic lifestyle to find peace and calm and let the water work its magic on you.

Top Strategies and Techniques for Successful Weight Loss

Many of us could lose a pound or two, and it bothers us that we couldn’t. Some people seem to be fit and healthy with no effort, but it seems like an insurmountable challenge for those struggling to lose a few pounds. This is especially true if we have some issues that have to do with genetics – a double chin, perhaps, or those pesky love handles or flabby arms. You’ve probably done it before – a fad diet that seems to work only for a short time, and then you return to your former state. They say it’s not about dieting per se – it’s about changing your lifestyle. And there are a few strategies and techniques to help you along. What are those? Here are the top strategies and techniques for successful weight loss.

Eat more slowly and learn to enjoy your food

The first strategy you can employ is to eat more slowly and enjoy your food’s taste, flavour, and texture.
When you eat, you have to savour every bite of food – chew slowly and deliberately, and only go for foods you really like. Then once you have chewed up all the food, swallow slowly as well. This is a good technique because we only feel full after about 20 minutes of eating – so when you eat your food slowly, you’ll feel full before you know it.

Also, you should enjoy what you eat. Try out new foods – in other words, be adventurous. Perhaps there’s a new vegetable or fruit you haven’t tried yet. Maybe there’s a new recipe that you’d like to try, too. Add different spices and herbs to your meals. Don’t be afraid to experiment with food – there is an endless variety of ingredients worth trying at least once! Finally, when you eat, do it with pleasure – turn off the television, get off your phone, and focus on the food you are eating. If you do this, eating will be more pleasurable, and you’ll have a better relationship with food overall.

Try weight-lifting

Yes, we all know how important cardio exercise is to our bodies – and it’s crucial to do it as often as you can, about two to three times a week. If you’ve had fat-dissolving injections (such as Aqualyx), it’s even more important for you to maintain your body weight and keep those fat cells from returning! This is where lifting weights come in, too. Make it a point to lift weights about two to three times a week; you can start with moderate weights and then gradually shift to heavier weights. When you do two to three sets (with 10 – 15 repetitions), you can enhance your muscle mass and develop more toned abs, arms, glutes, and so on. When your body has more muscles, it is more than likely that the food you consume will be converted into fuel instead of fat.

Don’t forget to get enough sleep

We’re sure you’ve heard this before, but we can’t stress it enough – get more than enough sleep. When you don’t sleep enough, you will have increased levels of ghrelin – the hormone that dictates hunger. And worse, you will have higher levels of leptin – the hormone responsible for weight gain. Have you ever noticed that you tend to crave sweet and salty foods when you lack sleep? This is the culprit, and it’s
critical to have balanced, healthy hormones if you want to lose weight – and keep it off.

The Importance of Accessibility and Accommodations for Disabled Workers

Accessibility means making sure not only people with disabilities but everyone can access the workplace and every other facility equally. Ability is not only restricted to physical restraints and it goes beyond that. Globally, every 1 in 7 people has some form of disability. One can even acquire a disability in the later parts of life due to an accident, illness, tragedy, trauma, natural disaster, shock, or other innumerable reasons. This just tells us that disability is not as rare as it seems. Well, if you have not met as many people with disabilities, there may be certain barriers between them that keep them away.

People with disabilities are always treated differently. This makes them feel unfair and undeserving of whatever they get. Even at workplaces or any other places outdoors, instead of treating them differently, we must make sure they are treated equally and right. atWork Australia provides equal opportunity to people with disabilities and instead of treating them differently, they are treated based on the skills they possess and the value they create for themselves.

Importance of Accessibility and Accommodation for Disabled Workers

Developing accessibility and accommodation for everyone equally gives you the chance to work with people with different styles, attitudes, ideologies, and ways of working. As an employer, it opens the doors for you to access and retain astonishing talent that gets ignored because of some baseless physical deformity that you have no control over. When talking about accessibility, it’s not only limited to accessibility in the workplace, but convenience, structure, communication, technology, and accommodation.

Adapting to Changes

If you haven’t yet considered making changes and making your workplace disabled-friendly, then the idea of suddenly changing everything will put you and your whole office in a situation where you might find it difficult to steer your way out of. You will have no idea of how the reactions will be, and along with it, how to handle them as well. It is very important to fully equip and prepare yourself with a basic understanding of why the changes are necessary. Also, initially during the changes take place or even before that, this idea may seem like a drastic change but you can be worry-free about it and as it goes on, then you will realize it is not much of a change.

People with disabilities must never be looked down upon and always be given equal opportunity to put themselves in the front along with the rest of the workforce. They must be given the respect they deserve just like any other individual and their work should be appreciated and valued for what it is. Discrimination, gossiping, making them feel excluded, and undermining them upsets them and they lose confidence. Tolerance, accommodation, and friendly spirits must be the priority. Here are some proven ways that will help you bridge the gap as an employer and create a healthy workplace for the disabled and differently-abled people working in your office.

Equal Opportunity Policy

Set a guideline that has a stringent set of do’s and don’ts and makes sure every employee knows it, remembers every policy, and abides by them. It will act as a guideline and prevent any unruliness or biased behaviour with any of your employees.

Train your Staff

Your staff is the major part of your office and they will be the people who are going to interact the most with disabled people in your workplace. Make sure you train your staff to be sensitive but respectful of them. You can even partner up with any organization that trains people on how to make a safe space and treat differently-abled people the way they want to and make them feel understood and respected.

Create a Safe Working Environment

It is easier for people with disabilities to fall vulnerable and become prey to an unsafe or unfavourable working space. Create accessible places for people to move around, keep the aisles clear, and have ramps at the entrances for wheelchairs to get in with ease.


Creating an accessible workplace will have a long-term impact on your workplace. The changes will be hassle-free and require minimum planning. The only problem will be the attitude towards them. Taking care of them is the only thing that will require some patience and hard work but once done, there is nothing else you need to do to create a safe environment for disabled people.

Knee Repair Without Surgery?

Knee pain can drastically deteriorate your quality of life, making it difficult to do basic activities, such as walking or standing comfortably. As a result, many opt for knee surgery as the first solution to treat this pain.

Unfortunately, surgical knee repair can be expensive and cause various complications, including infection and prolonged recovery.

The good news is that you can find other knee repair options that don’t involve going under the knife. Below are some non-surgical solutions you may want to consider if you are struggling with knee pain.

Stem Cell Transplantation

Stem cells are unique cells in the body that can develop into other types of cells, including those found in the musculoskeletal system. After a knee injury, these cells may be damaged, leading to reduced mobility and function.

However, through stem cell transplantation, a doctor can help you regain mobility and eliminate joint pain. This non-surgical knee repair procedure involves harvesting stem cells from another body part and reinjecting them into the affected joint. This not only slows down inflammation but also helps to heal the damaged tissues in your knee.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

PRP treatment utilises your body’s platelets to help reduce inflammation and improve the function of your injured knee joints. During this therapy, your doctor will draw a sample of your blood from the arm and place it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from other blood components.

The collected platelets will then be injected into the affected knee area.

Depending on your condition, you may undergo between 1 to 2 PRP treatments. These sessions are usually 6 to 8 weeks apart. After this period, you should start to feel improvement in your pain and regain normal joint movement.

Physical Therapy

When you have knee pain, you tend to avoid using the affected leg as much as possible. This is known as compensation, and it tends to weaken your knee joints over time, causing pain and stiffness.

Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles around your painful joints and correct your posture. Your physical therapist may recommend a specific exercise program to restore a normal range of motion and promote overall muscle strength and flexibility.

Joint Fluid Therapy

Also known as viscosupplementation, this non-surgical knee repair procedure treats osteoarthritis of the knee. It helps relieve pain and improve flexibility by lubricating and cushioning the affected joint.

During a joint fluid injection, a healthcare professional will give you a series of injections directly into the joint. These injections contain hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that helps promote smooth joint movement and ease the pain.


Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have been using acupuncture to treat many conditions for thousands of years. Today, healthcare providers use this technique as a complementary treatment for many musculoskeletal disorders, including knee pain.

Acupuncture entails the insertion of tiny needles into specific points of the body, known as meridians, to relieve tension, boost blood flow, and encourage natural healing. Several studies have shown that this ancient therapy can effectively improve the quality of life for patients with chronic pain conditions, such as arthritis.


A knee brace is a device that provides support and compression to the knee joint. Doctors commonly use it to treat joint pain resulting from ligament injuries and repetitive stress injuries.

Typically made from plastic or neoprene, knee braces are designed to relieve pressure on the kneecap and surrounding tissues. They also help to increase mobility and improve your gait.

The Bottomline

It is possible to recover from knee pain without surgery using any of the above methods. The best thing about these non-invasive knee repair procedures is that they result in less pain and a relatively shorter recovery period. Better still, there is little chance that these treatments may lead to more health complications.

Experts Explain How Dance Can Improve Your Mental Health

Did you know that dancing lowers the risk of developing dementia and other mental illnesses by as much as 76%. White matter deteriorates with age, but research shows that dancing is a great way to slow this process.

The worlds leading dancewear retailer BLOCH has collaborated with industry professionals to share the top ways dancing can positively affect mental health. With dancing being such a fun and widely accessible activity, we’ve worked with health experts to show the how the benefits are sure to motivate you to try and get moving on your favourite songs a bit more often.

1. Dancing is a foundation for mindfulness

Christine Nowicki, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and former ballet dancer, describes dancing as a great way to practice mindfulness. “Dance is an immersive training in body awareness. Dancers know exactly how to check in and notice where their bodies are in space, what their posture is like, where they are holding tension, where they are collapsed…the list goes on. This is a huge asset when it comes to learning mindfulness.” The awareness of thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations is often practiced within meditation tactics, which further highlights the impacts of dance on mental wellbeing. 

2. It’s a mood-booster activity

Studies over the years have proved that dancing not only reduces stress and helps with self-esteem but also significantly improves one’s mood. Raven Gibbs, psychotherapist and professional dancer comments: “When you dance, the brain also begins to release dopamine and endorphins. The release of dopamine is a natural mood boost while the release of endorphins helps to relieve feelings of pain and distress, which helps you to relax. Releasing endorphins also helps us as humans to feel closer to and bond with others. This support helps to reduce feelings of worthlessness which further works to increase the quality of life”.

3. Dancing allows you to focus and escape

Many dancers would say that dancing makes them escape reality. However, that might also be true of the increased focus and attention a dance routine implies. Colleen Wenner, Clinical Director explains: “As you practice and master different steps and routines, your memory, focus, and attention improve. Pattern recognition skills also increase when you learn new dances and help you concentrate better. Dance is ultimately about the joy of movement and you’ll find your life becomes more fulfilling when you’re able to only focus on the present moment but also move your body in ways that make you feel happy”.

4. It provides a sense of togetherness

Particularly if you decide to join dance classes or simply dance with your friends at a party, dancing often promotes a sense of community and togetherness. Dr. Harold Hong, a board-certified psychiatrist at New Waters Recovery says: “Even if just for a few hours, social dances like jazz help reduce isolation and loneliness, two major risk factors for mental illnesses”.

5. The dance endorphins improve your sleep

Physical activity has well-documented mental health benefits, and dance is a great way to get moving. As a result of the endorphins released when dancing, your heart rate increases. After the practice you feel tired and relaxed, which ultimately improves your sleep quality as well. 

6. Dancing is an unapologetic way of self-expression

Finally, dancing provides an outlet for self-expression! When people suffer from mental health problems, they often have a wide range of emotions they don’t know how to articulate or let out. Having a non-verbal language to channel your emotions and experiences into can be extremely liberating. There are some things words can’t express quite so well, but dance can often help with that. 

VR and Jazzercise: Five Fitness trends to Watch Out For in 2023

  • Jazzercise is set to make a comeback in 2023
  • Dance experts reveal five fitness trends to look out for in 2023, including virtual reality workouts

Jazzercise is expected to be make a comeback as one of the biggest fitness crazes of 2023, with searches for the dance party workout up a massive 238% in 2022.

Other fitness trends that are experiencing a surge in interest are Pilates, barre and even VR fitness.

Dance experts at BLOCH have highlighted five workouts that are set to be huge in 2023.


Experiencing record of levels of interest in the UK, Jazzercise looks like it will be making a big comeback in 2023.

First invented in 1969 in Illinois by student, Judi Sheppard Missett, it blends jazz dance, Pilates, kickboxing, resistance training and yoga in fast-paced, energetic routines that are designed to improve endurance, strength and flexibility.


Search interest for Pilates peaked in 2022, the highest search interest since 2010, almost doubling since the start of the year (up 92%). First invented by German personal trainer, Joseph Pilates, in the early 20th century, it is now practiced all over the world.

VR fitness

Currently taking off across the US, with search interest increasing by a whopping 317% in 2022, virtual reality workouts could take off in 2023.

A very new age way to get fit, users with a virtual reality headset, such as the Meta Quest 2, can download various fitness apps to play games and do workouts from the comfort of their own home.


Brits searching for Barre fitness has gone up by 134% in 2022, showing this low impact, strengthening workout is growing in popularity.

Barre workouts are a blend of yoga, Pilates, and ballet, with many health and wellbeing benefits, such as increased strength, balance and posture, as well as helping to alleviate stress.


Whilst Zumba isn’t a new trend, it is experiencing a significant peak in search interest in the UK, up by 200% in 2022.

This dance workout involves cardio and Latin inspired dance, having been founded in 2001 by Colombian dancer and choreographer, Beto Pérez. By 2019, it had 15 million weekly participants across 180 countries, which could well go up in 2023.

Cathy Radovan, COO at BLOCH, commented:

‘”Over the last year, we’ve seen a huge increase in adults looking for different ways to stay healthy. It’s great to see dance fitness, such as Jazzercise, experiencing such a big interest across the UK. You don’t need to be an expert to get started with dance fitness; it’s simply about moving your body and having fun – all while getting fit!”

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Why You Should Ditch the Digital for a Detox Escape

Deciding to ditch the digital world for a while and reconnect with nature is a great way to detox yourself from the stress of everyday life. Whether you are looking to run into the Alps or swim in the ocean, leaving your devices behind can be the best thing for your well-being.

With most of us using multiple devices daily and nearly 70% of people still working while on holiday, it is more important than ever to put down your devices and step away from your screens.

Here, we will explore the benefits of a digital detox and ways you can achieve this.

Benefits of a digital detox


Detoxing yourself from digital technology won’t only help you reconnect with friends and family, but it can also help you reconnect with nature and yourself. By spending time away from social media, emails, and other daily life stressors, you can begin to prioritize your own mental and physical well-being.

Sleep better

Staying away from technology can also help improve your sleeping pattern and quality of sleep. Blue light, which you are exposed to through your phone, can disrupt your sleep and affect your melatonin production. And this is not only from using your technology before bed; exposure to it throughout the day can produce the same effect.

Improve mental health

Reducing your screen time can also help boost your mental health. It is no secret that social media can negatively influence mental well-being; from the stress of appearing perfect to comparing yourself to others, it is manipulating emotions to maintain engagement. Removing yourself from constant engagement can benefit you mentally and physically as you remove the negative impacts driven by technology.

Increase attention

A digital detox can also benefit your attention span, making it easier to concentrate on tasks. Devices are increasingly made for efficiency and speed, dragging our attention spans and patience with them. By removing yourself from technology, you can concentrate for extended periods and have a sharper focus and attention to detail. This will not only improve your quality of life and relaxation, as you notice more in your immediate vicinity, but you might also benefit from a better quality of work when you return from your holidays.

How to achieve a digital detox

Try new hobbies and activities

A digital detox doesn’t mean boredom. You can use this time to experiment with new activities and hobbies, whether painting, mushroom foraging, or learning a new language. Alongside the increased attention span, you might find it easier to enjoy new hobbies and learn new skills.

Explore nature

With no need for signal or Wi-Fi, you can explore even more remote areas you might not have considered before. Using this time to explore nature can help your mindfulness and connection with your emotions. Spending time in nature can help reduce ruminations, making you less stressed and more likely to find calmness during your time off than if you were to spend the time indoors.

Gather with friends and family

Use this time away from your technology to reconnect with friends and family. Rather than receiving updates on their lives and celebrating through social media, make sure to group your nearest and dearest for a technology-free occasion. This could be at your home or, if the temptation of technology is too much, out in nature, such as at the beach or in the woods.

Organise a day without your phones, and make sure you plan thoroughly. You may want to buy some meat and gas for BBQs to host a fantastic meal at a campsite, or you could spend the day hiking through your nearest nature reserve with only a map and written directions.

Go on a digital detox holiday

And if you feel a self-imposed digital detox might be too challenging to start with, plenty of locations can help. Finding a digital detox hotel or spa retreat can encourage you to step away from the screens and focus more on yourself. These locations often have a variety of activities, too, helping you learn new foods and cultures without needing your phone.

Give yourself time to “switch off” and remove yourself from the digital landscape. Instead, find yourself exploring nature, reconnecting with friends, and finding new hobbies. By embracing a digital detox, you can learn more about yourself, reset your mindset away from the stressors of work and daily life, and improve your mental and physical well-being in time to return to work. Whether you enjoy BBQs on a beach with friends to reflect on memories or you try your hand at bird watching in the Algarve, by leaving your devices behind, you can begin to experience life more.

Why We Need To Talk About Uncomfortable Health Topics

It’s not always easy to talk about what’s bothering you but keeping it bottled up is always going to end in grief, particularly when it’s a health issue that has you worried. Talking about uncomfortable health issues, whether physical or mental, is painful but essential because it not only provides the sufferer with potential help but removes the stigma around them.

If you’re suffering from something then chances are someone around you will have or will know someone else who has suffered. In fact, it’s probably a lot more common than you’d think. For example, more than half of all men will need treatment for erectile dysfunction at some point in their life so if you’re worried about talking to your friends about it, it’s more than likely they’ve struggled with it too.

Of course, it’s not something you should be too cavalier about but with the right guidance, to the right people and in the right environment, sometimes talking about it can feel like lifting a weight off your chest. With that in mind, here are a few ways you might want to broach the subject.

Vent to a friend

Sometimes you just need to let it all out. Speaking to your friends about a health problem can help you to feel like you’re not so alone and friends are going to be less overly invested in your problems than your family. You could also perhaps find a more relaxed time to discuss it. Maybe when you’re sharing a few beers at the pub or on the way home from work on a Friday when everyone is feeling relaxed and open. Just try to only share with friends that you know and trust. Not the office blabbermouth.

Talk to your family

If you are very close to your family and have a healthy relationship with them, it’s best to be open with them about what you’re going through. If you’re suffering from something such as alcohol dependency, for example, a strong support system can be vital to your recovery.

Bring it up with your partner

It could be an issue that affects your other half too and they may not have noticed how it is affecting your life or may not have even realised you’ve noticed. If they have noticed, they might even feel as though you’re not comfortable sharing with them. So always keep them in the loop, if you can and you feel safe with them.

Speak to a health professional

Whether it’s a doctor, a therapist or even a nutritionist, a health professional could be able to prescribe something to help with the problem. Or to provide you with a note for your work if you need time off. They will also be able to provide legitimate and considered health advice regarding how best to proceed and will do so in a completely professional and non-judgmental capacity.

If you do decide to talk to a doctor. Make sure you’re prepared.

Make a list of things you need to talk about beforehand, so you don’t forget.

Have an appointment with a doctor of the same sex if that makes you feel better.

Be specific and to the point, they deal with this daily, remember.

Tell them you feel nervous, and they will probably make it easier for you. They are only human, after all.

Exercises That help You Stay Calm

When you’re under pressure, do you find it hard to stay calm? Our life can be overwrought, with deadlines looming and essential tasks waiting for us. This can lead to nervy and anxious moments.

Relaxation techniques can be used to take a break from the hectic world around us and help us reconnect with our inner selves. Many exercises can be performed to relax the muscles, including breathing, meditation, and yoga.

They can also include visualisation, aromatherapy, and music and art therapy. Each exercise has its own unique benefits, and many of these techniques can be done quickly and easily, making them an excellent way to stay calm and relaxed.

Here are six exercises that can help you stay calm and centered.

1. Deep Breathing Exercises

Deep breathing exercises can be used to help relax the body and mind. You can perform a deep breathing exercise by lying on the ground or sitting quietly in a comfortable space. Close your eyes if you’re comfortable doing so, and take slow, deep breaths by focusing on the sensation of air entering and leaving your body.

Inhale deeply through your nose for 4-7 seconds, hold it for a few moments, then exhale slowly through the mouth. Observe how each breath feels as you take it several times.

2. Swimming

Swimming and other types of exercises in the water can help improve relaxation. In addition, participating in activities like swimming, yoga, aerobics pool classes, or doing a floating exercise can be very helpful for managing stress levels.

Being submerged in water stimulates the body’s parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response) to reduce stress hormones and anxiety. Additionally, being in the water encourages using all major muscle groups, which can help improve mood.

3. Dancing

The act of dancing is an excellent method of reducing stress and anxiety, as well as staying calm. Endorphins are naturally released during dancing and help reduce stress and improve focus.

Cardio exercises are essential for improving dancing skills and increasing heart rate and blood flow. Although most cardio exercise doesn’t require heavy equipment, but some do. If you need gear for cardio exercise, check out reliable online stores such as Cardioonline.

4. Meditation

Meditation is an ancient practice that is known to help reduce stress. Meditation involves focusing your attention on your feelings and the present moment. This type of mindfulness practice can help with symptoms such as anxiety, depression, irritability, and restlessness.

You can practice meditation in a variety of ways, such as breathing exercises, walking meditation, and guided meditation. Regular practice can help you stay calm during stressful times, and practices such as yoga and tai chi also combine meditation techniques with physical activities to further reduce stress levels.

5. Walking

Walking is great for when you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Walking involves being mindful of your body and aware of where you are as you move. This type of exercise can be performed indoors as well as outdoors.

When walking, take notice of the sensations in your feet and your legs as you move. Maintain a steady pace and concentrate on each step. Avoid getting stuck in perfectionism, and let yourself enjoy the process.

6. Stretch Your Muscles and Limbs

The benefits of stretching include reducing stress and relaxing tense muscles. Take a few deep breaths before beginning, and find a comfortable position.

Start by rolling your neck and shoulders, then move down your arms flexing your wrists as far as you can, and stretch out each of your fingers.

Next, slowly bring one of your legs up and hold it in place for 10 seconds before slowly releasing it. Repeat this with the other leg, then complete the exercise by twisting your torso and reaching up toward the sky.


Exercise in almost any form can help you both physically and mentally. From deep breathing and physical exercise to improved listening skills and boxing, plenty of exercises are available to help you stay calm and find better ways to manage your stress.

How to Improve Your Fertility in 2023

You may be finding it harder than planned to get pregnant or want to ensure you have the best chance of getting pregnant.

Changes to your lifestyle could help you to boost your fertility. TFP Fertility Group, one of the leading IVF and fertility specialists with clinics across the UK and Europe, offer some key information about the kind of changes you should consider.

A healthy lifestyle

At TFP Fertility, we understand that everyone is unique and therefore so is their fertility.

There could be many reasons why it’s taking you longer than you thought to get pregnant, but there are a number of things you can do to help things along and make sure you’re giving yourself the best chance.

Ensuring your lifestyle is as healthy as possible before starting a family will help you mentally as well as physically.

Take care of yourself by eating well, exercising regularly, taking some key supplements, and addressing unhealthy habits.

If you’re concerned about your lifestyle and the impact on your fertility, a fertility assessment with TFP Fertility UK could be a good first step to help you identify ways to increase your chances of getting pregnant.

In the assessment, as well tests to accurately measure your fertility and a consultation about your options, the team can give you advice on nutrition, exercise, and managing stress, all of which can have an impact on fertility.

Factors affecting fertility


What you eat may affect your fertility. Ideally you should include a variety of fresh, healthy foods in your diet, and avoid highly processed or sugary food.

Here’s a list of good foods to include in your diet:

  • Wholegrain high fibre foods such as bread with seeds, brown rice, and pasta
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Lentils and beans as these have antioxidant properties which protect against oxidative stress, which can be harmful to eggs and sperm
  • Unsaturated fats such as avocados, nuts, oily fish, and seeds
  • Full fat dairy such as milk or yoghurt can help to improve egg quality


Vitamins and supplements

There are some key vitamins that may help increase fertility. You can buy these over the counter at chemists, supermarkets, and health stores.

  • Folic acid (women)

The advice is to take a 400mg supplement of folic acid every day before you get pregnant and every day afterwards, up until you’re 12 weeks pregnant. This reduces the risk of developmental abnormalities.

  • Well-woman or well-man supplements

Including antioxidants, Omega 3, zinc, and selenium. This is particularly important in cases of low sperm production.

Weight and BMI

Being overweight or underweight, and having a correspondingly high or low BMI (body mass index), can impact your fertility.

BMI is a measure of height vs weight to identify if your weight is in a healthy range.

A higher BMI can have an impact on hormonal imbalances, pregnancy risks, and the number of drugs required for fertility treatments in women.

In men, a higher BMI can affect the quality and quantity of your sperm.

If your fertility treatment is NHS-funded, your BMI must be no more than 30.

You can find out your BMI by using the NHS BMI calculator.


As well as the obvious health benefits, regular moderate exercise can help boost fertility through improved enzyme activity.

Male fertility can be improved by avoiding intense exercise, tight underwear, and other potential sources of excessive heat such as saunas or hot baths.

If you take any supplements as part of your exercise regime, ask your GP for advice about the impact these may have on your fertility.


If you smoke, it’s very likely it will take you longer to get pregnant.

Cigarette smoke contains toxins, including cadmium and cotinine, that can reduce sperm quality and AMH levels, so impacting egg production.

Smoking can also cause increased sperm DNA damage, as well as reduced fertilisation and development potential, which leads to lower pregnancy rates.

Female fertility should start to improve three months after quitting smoking.

There’s limited evidence to date but, as with smoking, vaping is also thought to have a negative impact on fertility.


It’s better not to drink alcohol at all if you’re trying to conceive. Alcohol can reduce your fertility in many ways, in particular the way it affects hormonal balance in both men and women.

In women, oestrogen levels are altered which can have a negative impact on ovulation, and also on number of eggs, or ovarian reserve.

In men, alcohol can reduce testosterone, affecting the quality and quantity of sperm.

On a positive note, improvements can be seen soon after reducing your alcohol intake.


Excessive consumption of caffeine has been linked to low birth weight and a higher risk of miscarriage.

And research has shown that too much caffeine may negatively affect male fertility, possibly due to sperm DNA damage.

Guidance can vary but the consensus is that you should aim to limit your caffeine intake to no more than 200mg of caffeine a day, which is equivalent to two cups of coffee.

As well as coffee and tea, caffeine can also be found in energy drinks, chocolate, and cola.


Some medications can impact your fertility and are not suitable to take if you’re trying to get pregnant.

If you regularly take prescription or over-the-counter medication, check with your pharmacist or GP.


There’s no proven evidence that stress and anxiety can impact fertility, but they may affect some of the lifestyle factors that do.

For example, if you’re stressed you may find it harder to eat healthily or exercise regularly.

It’s therefore important to focus on your overall physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Talking to friends and family about your thoughts and feelings may help.

Our fertility counsellors are also available to support you at any stage or reach out to a support network such as Fertility Network UK.

Here to support you

We understand that changing your lifestyle can be challenging, but once you have made the decision to start your fertility journey with TFP Fertility, we will be here to support you with advice about diet, supplements, and managing your weight.

If you’ve got any questions or would like to book an appointment at your local TFP Fertility clinic, please contact us.

The Unhealthiness of Health Apps: Could they be Intensifying Our Health Issues?

Most people would agree that leading a healthy lifestyle is essential. However, recent technological advances have made some experts concerned that our increasingly deskbound lifestyles intensify our health issues. In particular, they point to the rise in popularity of health apps as one of the main culprits.

There are now health apps for everything from tracking our steps to monitoring our diets. And while these apps can certainly help promote healthy habits, some experts believe they may be doing more harm than good.

Westfield Health – a leading healthcare company in the UK; looks at the main ways health apps could potentially be leading to unintended consequences in terms of health and sheds light on what could be done in this regard:

Worsening sleep patterns

Some evidence suggests that sleep apps could worsen our sleep by causing anxiety and insomnia. Additionally, a study found that participants who used sleep apps had more difficulty falling asleep than those who did not. It is not entirely clear why sleep apps might make our sleep worse. One possibility is that the apps are not accurately tracking our sleep. Additionally, the apps may be causing us to worry about our rest, making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.

If you are using a sleep app and are not happy with your sleep, it might be worth trying to sleep without it for a few nights. If you find that your sleep improves without the app, the app is likely to be the culprit.

The Yo-yo effect

Health apps often focus on short-term goals rather than long-term health – this can lead to a yo-yo effect, where people become obsessed with reaching their daily step goal or eating a certain number of calories but then quickly fall off the wagon when they don’t meet their target.

The resulting situation can be extremely frustrating and even discourage people from being active or eating healthy. After all, if they do not see results immediately, why bother?

Stress induced by health apps

Fitness apps are putting too much pressure on people by constantly reminding them of their fitness goals and how far they have to go to reach them, which can be discouraging and cause people to give up on their fitness goals altogether. Additionally, fitness apps often compare people’s progress to others, making them feel like they are not good enough and damaging their self-esteem.

Most fitness apps are designed to be used by people already in good shape – an average person is likely to find it challenging to meet the app’s expectations, thus leading to feelings of frustration and failure.

According to the Digital Health Generation survey, young people report feeling “anxiety and terror” from fitness-oriented apps.

So, what’s the solution?

While there’s no easy answer, people should focus on developing healthy habits rather than fixating on numbers which means making minor changes to your lifestyle that you can stick with over the long term.

For example, rather than setting a goal to walk 10,000 steps every day, try aiming to walk for 30 minutes every day. Or, instead of stressing over every calorie you eat, focus on eating more fruits and vegetables.

Making such changes may not seem like much, but they can significantly impact your overall health. And, perhaps more importantly, they’re much more likely to stick than any fad diet or quick-fix solution.

It is essential to research before downloading any health app and consult with your doctor or healthcare providers available through your health cover; if you have any questions or concerns.

How Joining a Social Club Can Improve Your Mental Health

As women, we tend to prioritise our mental health. Indulging in self-care practices that boost our well-being and empower us has become a necessity.

One practice that is gaining popularity amongst ladies of all ages is joining a social club. From dog-walking and wine-tasting groups to book and fitness clubs, there are countless opportunities to bond with like-minded people while improving your well-being.

Here is how to find your tribe amongst the hustle and bustle of everyday life and boost your mental health.

The benefits of social interactions

The benefits of social clubs for our well-being go much beyond the social component. They are like a wellness shot for our entire system.

Being part of a group can provide a sense of belonging, support, and purpose, all of which can improve our mental health. It can weather out feelings of loneliness and isolation, which contribute to the development of depression.

Somehow, one-on-one connections in a pleasant environment have become a luxury nowadays. In a world where we often feel disconnected from each other, being either engrossed in work or distracting ourselves with technology, finding a way to connect with like-minded people is a must.

Engaging with people in a social setting helps us feel young, loved, and involved, thus improving our life satisfaction and contributing to longevity.

But the benefits of social interactions go beyond mental health. Our physical health can be massively improved too. A recent study found that older people who participated weekly in social activities reduced their risk of developing a chronic condition by 8% compared to no participation, and minimised the risk of developing two or more chronic conditions by 22%.

Attending these clubs also allows you to try new things, learn new skills, improve physical health, and meet new people. They are a reason to get out of your routine, dress in your favourite attire and bring your best self to the forefront of social interactions.

The book clubs’ craze

There are many social clubs you can join, and it’s important to find activities that align with your interests and values.

In 1996, Oprah Winfrey established her book club. She pioneered elucidating a sense of community and belonging amongst women who like to read and connect on a deeper level, empowering them to be modern-day bookworms.

“Over the course of my lifetime, books have helped me know that I’m not alone, even when I’m at my loneliest,” said Oprah Winfrey.

But she is not the only celebrity who is connecting women through their love for reading. Book clubs have become the epitome of female empowerment, with stars such as Reese Witherspoon, Emma Roberts, and Sarah Jessica Parker having book clubs that attract hundreds of members.

Whether they’re celebrity-led or hosted in your local bookstore, book clubs serve as a nudge for women to read new releases on Goodreads, share their thoughtful opinions with other book lovers, and spruce conversations around current and deeper topics.

Other social clubs to try

Social clubs not only provide a sense of community and connection but are also a doorway to engaging in other self-care practices that complement the social component and boost well-being. For the lady of today, a skincare and hair routine, along with choosing a desirable outfit, is an essential part of social events that can act as a self-esteem booster.

Joining a wellness or fitness club, for example, would encourage you to wear fashionable trainers and activewear that make you feel even better in your body and accentuate your progress. A wine-tasting club can inspire you to put on a red dress and heeled women’s boots in black while joining a fashion club can bring out your inner fashion diva.

Joining social clubs can motivate us to become our best versions and gain confidence in our bodies, style, intelligence, and social skills.

So, what are you waiting for? If your local wine and draw club or dog-walking group is calling upon you, gift yourself the chance to connect with like-minded people and do something nice for yourself.

Not only will you improve your mental health, but you’ll also have fun and potentially make some new friends in the process. Your mental health (and your wardrobe) will thank you.

How to Improve Your Therapy Practice’s Billing Processes

Discover how you can better run your therapy practice to be financially successful by reading our guide regarding the importance of therapy billing services.

Understanding the Importance of Therapy Billing Services

Working as a therapist is extremely rewarding, even though it can be very challenging. You listen to people talk about their worries, anxieties, traumas, and other issues.

Even if you are able to compartmentalize, you may find it hard to cope with the demands of such a job. Another issue that private therapists face is having to deal with billing their patients, which is where ABA billing can be of assistance.

When you are working as part of a larger network, you can outsource such work to your support staff. Even though you may hire one staff for your practice, they will not be taking care of everything, so you will have to do a lot of the work yourself.

If you are unsure how to handle billing for therapy services, you may want to learn more about how to do this. You can get outside help to ensure that you are taking care of billing for your patients in the correct way.

Obtaining Prior Authorizations

A significant issue in the United States when you run a therapy business is that your patients will need prior authorizations. If they have an insurance policy covering specialist appointments, you should not have too many issues with the process, but it can still be challenging.

Oftentimes you have to work with the Primary Care Provider of the patient, as their office will have to initiate a referral and then assist with the prior authorization forms and related processes. Such paperwork can take a lot of time to complete, and you may sometimes have to appeal if a patient is denied during the initial claim.

Documentation Problems

One of the more common issues that therapists face is that when they handle billing and other paperwork, documentation errors occur. If you are a therapist, your specialty is in that field. You are not likely to have an extensive financial or accounting background.

The smallest mistakes made in medical billing forms can result in serious issues for patients, as miscoding could result in the patient being overcharged for specific services. Such errors may even be minimal, but they can still cause a lot of harm to a patient’s financial situation, which could lead to them going elsewhere for therapy in the future.

Trust the Professionals

There is a temptation for small businesses to try and keep as many aspects of their operation in-house as possible. Your intent may be to keep your costs minimal, but applying such a concept to billing and insurance is not always the best idea.

Medical billing is a complex field, while insurance claims are even more challenging. Allowing a company with professional expertise like ABA Billing to take charge of these matters for your practice may be the best way forward.

Such professionals have flexible packages that may work best for your business. The cost of hiring a full-time professional to take care of these matters may not be in your budget, but hiring an outside firm at a set fee is a lot more reasonable.

The pros can handle tasks including benefit and authorization management, claims management, agency consultation and staff training, and network participation management. If you are unsure about what insurances to accept, how to enrol with those plans, and how to ensure your patients can successfully submit claims to their insurer for your services, then hiring an outside company to handle that work is the best course of action.

Focus on Your Patients and Therapy Sessions

Running a private therapy clinic is a very challenging endeavour. Whether you are the only therapist at your practice, or you are partnering with one or two other therapists, you are still not operating with the same resources as a hospital network.

Rather than attempting to complete all the business-related tasks yourselves, outsourcing certain work is a more prudent course of action. The professionals can take care of billing and claims management, while the therapists devote their energies to providing patients with the absolute best care during their sessions.

Such a small business, which leverages the available resources, is likely to thrive in the long term.

Why Knowing Your Family Medical History is Important

We all know that traits can get passed down in families. Freckles, curly hair, brown eyes – some shared characteristics between family members are plain to see. However, there are also things that cannot be seen: a faulty gene, a heightened risk of heart disease, or a greater susceptibility to depression.

Knowing the medical history of your family can help to reveal these risks. Here, with some insights from Jonjo Hancock-Fell at Westfield Health, we’ll explore eight of the most common conditions that can run in families, what the likelihood is of them being passed on, and what to do if you know about a condition that is present in your family.


1. Cancer

According to Cancer Research UK, between 5-10% of diagnosed cancers are linked to an inherited fault in your genes. Some are more likely than others to be caused by genetic factors, including breast cancer and bowel cancer.

5-10% might seem low, but it is reason enough to be aware of any cancer in your family and consider getting regular tests. If more than one family member on the same side has developed cancer, or you are concerned about your risk, speak to a GP or specialist.

2. Diabetes

Although genetics cannot solely determine whether you’ll develop diabetes, it does play a big role in both Type 1 and Type 2. In fact, if both parents have diabetes, it can increase the child’s likelihood of getting it by 30% for Type 1 and 75% for Type 2.

If left untreated, diabetes can get progressively worse, and it’s important to get it diagnosed early so you can learn how to manage and live with the disease. This can include lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet, regular exercise and insulin injections.

3. Cardiovascular conditions

These are often grouped under the umbrella term ‘Inherited Cardiac Conditions’ (ICC) and can include familial cardiomyopathies, familial arrhythmias, Marfan syndrome, and Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS). ICCs are caused by a genetic mutation, of which there is a 50% chance of passing it down to your children, even if you never develop an inherited condition yourself.

It can be difficult to diagnose an ICC, but if someone in your family has one, you may be advised to undergo tests such as an ECG or echocardiogram.

4. Parkinson’s disease

Research is still discovering the exact causes of Parkinson’s, but genetics is thought to be responsible for about 10-15% of all cases. Some evidence also suggests that environmental factors, such as being exposed to pollution or chemicals, can contribute.

If multiple people in your family have Parkinson’s, then you will be at a heightened risk, but overall, it can be a complex combination of factors. You may carry the gene that causes Parkinson’s but never develop the disease.


5. Sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease affects the haemoglobin found in red blood cells. Cells will develop in an unusual shape, which causes problems, including painful episodes, anaemia, and an increased risk of infections.

This is a recessive condition, meaning that in order to inherit it, both parents must be carriers of the gene. If both parents have the sickle cell trait, there is a 25% chance that their child will have the disease and a 50% chance that they will pass on the trait, according to the Sickle Cell Society.


6. Dementia

Many people who have someone in their family affected by dementia worry that they will inherit or pass it on. However, most types of dementia have little or no genetic link. For example, less than one in every 100 cases of Alzheimer’s disease is inherited. Some kinds of dementia can be hereditary, although it remains rare and is usually affected by other conditions passed on, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Rarer kinds, such as frontotemporal dementia (FTD) or Huntington’s disease, can run in families.

7. Huntington’s disease

Around 1 in 10,000 people in the UK have Huntington’s disease, a type of dementia caused by a gene defect that damages the brain over time.

If someone in your family has Huntington’s disease, there’s a 50% chance that their children will develop it. It’s very rare to get the disease if there is no history of it in your family.

Though symptoms of the disease can be managed with treatment and support, there is no cure for Huntington’s. If there is a history of it in your family and if you’re planning a pregnancy, it’s advised that you speak to your GP for advice.

8. Mental illness

Mental illnesses can be distressing for both the sufferer and their loved ones, and thus it can be a big worry that an illness could be passed on.

While research is ongoing, it’s so far thought that mental illnesses are caused by four main factors: genetics, biology, environment, and psychological factors. Some illnesses are more likely to run in families than others, such as autism, bipolar disorder, ADHD, depression, and schizophrenia. The extent of the link between genetics and mental illness is still largely unknown. However, if you have a close relative, like a parent or sibling, who suffers from a mental illness, then you have a higher risk of getting it yourself.

How to gather your family’s medical history

You’ll be unable to access medical records without consent, but even starting conversations with family members can help. The British Society for Genetic Medicine suggests some questions you can ask:

  • Do you have any concerns about any illnesses that seem to run on your or your partner’s side of the family?
  • Does anyone have a major physical or mental health problem?
  • Has anyone in the family needed hospital treatment for a serious illness?
  • How old were they when they were diagnosed?

Questions such as these can help you paint a picture of your family’s medical history. You can also build a pedigree, which is a more systematic approach to building an extensive map of medical history.

What should you do if a condition runs in the family?

Early detection of a disease or condition is one of the main ways you can improve your outcomes. Even for conditions that cannot be cured or treated, knowing early on can allow you to make decisions about your future or make changes that will help you in the long term.

Identifying the exact risk of developing a condition can be difficult, but a specialist or genetic counsellor can help you understand your risk, which you can access through the NHS. If you need surgery and your condition is covered, private medical cover may offer a faster route to treatment.  

How to reduce your risk

When it comes to reducing your risk of getting a condition that runs in your family, it can be entirely dependent on the condition. You can’t change your genes, but you can make lifestyle changes that may help. For example, having a healthy diet, staying hydrated, and getting the right amount of exercise can reduce the risk of diabetes or some ICCs.

It can be scary facing the possibility of a genetic condition for you or your children. However, knowing your family’s medical history is the first step in becoming empowered to take control of your health.

What Are The Health Benefits of Cannabis? 

In recent years, you may have noticed the growing popularity of cannabis, with regulations regarding its possession and consumption becoming more lenient in some countries. Alongside this, the cannabis industry continues to thrive, with production increasing over time.

The steady rise of cannabis’s popularity is a result of the effort of several groups to push for its legalization for recreational and medical use. Cannabis enthusiasts use it for its relaxing properties, with some forms giving a euphoric high. Meanwhile, evidence suggests promising possibilities for the therapeutic use of cannabis.

Types Of Cannabis

The cannabis plant has two main types: sativa and indica. Sativa is believed to have an energizing effect, while indica is known for its relaxing effect. The third category is hybrid, a combination of the two types.

There are various kinds of cannabis products and different ways of consuming or using them. The dried cannabis flower is often ground and smoked using a pipe or vaporizer. Cannabis edibles refer to food like gummies and beverages like tea, which contain cannabis extracts. Cannabis topicals are creams or balms that can be applied to the skin. If you wish to learn more about other cannabis products, you may check out Stiiizy stores.

Potential Medical Benefits Of Cannabis

There’s mounting evidence supporting the health benefits of cannabis. These include the following:

1. It Can Help Reduce Symptoms Of Anxiety, Depression, And PTSD

Cannabis shows promise in managing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Cannabis consumption is often associated with happiness, euphoria, and calmness. The right type and dose of cannabis can help you relax and ease stress and feelings of worry.

Research studies are ongoing to investigate how cannabis can benefit people with other mental health disorders.

2. It Can Help Treat Insomnia

Since cannabis can help make you feel relaxed and even sleepy, it’s no wonder that many people regard it as a possible treatment for insomnia. It’s reportedly beneficial in improving sleep quality by helping you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Getting restorative sleep enables you to recover from the previous day’s exhaustion. It can also improve your mood and energy levels and balance your hormones.

3. It Can Help Prevent And Treat Gastrointestinal Issues

Cannabis shows promising results in preventing or treating gastrointestinal (GI) issues. Some of the GI disorders that cannabis may help treat are Chron’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Cannabis is believed to be effective in reducing inflammation in the gut, thus helping it heal. Furthermore, it can also help relieve other gastrointestinal symptoms, such as poor appetite and nausea.

4. It Can Provide Pain Relief

Cannabis is also potentially beneficial as a pain reliever. So, if you suffer from pain due to a malignant disease, you may consider using cannabis for pain relief to improve the quality of your life.

Cannabis can help relieve pain by reducing inflammation, interacting with neurotransmitters, and increasing the activity of your endocannabinoid system. Thus, many people use cannabis to alleviate pain from spasms and tissue or nerve injury.

5. It Can Help Lessen Inflammation

Another reason why you might consider using cannabis is if you wish to reduce inflammation. This can be especially helpful if you’re suffering from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, and multiple sclerosis.

Preclinical studies show that cannabis may reduce pro-inflammatory cytokine levels. Given this, you may try cannabis if you’re looking to manage an inflammatory illness.

6. It Can Aid In Addiction Recovery

Another potential medical benefit of cannabis is that it can help with alcohol and drug addiction recovery. It is believed that cannabis can prevent relapse by improving impulse control and reducing stress-induced cravings and anxiety. So, if you’re hoping to quit drinking or drug use, you may consider consuming cannabis under the supervision of an addiction specialist.

However, more research and clinical testing should be conducted to establish the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in addiction withdrawal.

Final Thoughts

An increasing number of states in the U.S. and other countries have legalized the recreational and medical use of cannabis. As a result, cannabis products have become available in various forms, from dried flowers and concentrates to edibles and topicals.

There’s growing interest in the medical use of cannabis as studies suggest that it can help reduce symptoms of mental health disorders and alleviate pain, inflammation, and gastrointestinal conditions. It’s also reportedly beneficial in managing insomnia.

However, following the recommended dose is critical to get the most out of cannabis’s therapeutic benefits.

Doctor writing on prescription blank and bottle with medical cannabis on table close up

How We Can Support Men’s Mental Health in 2023

Key findings:

  • Mental health in the UK has reached another crisis point.
  • The cost-of-living crisis is worsening the public’s mental health, and people from poorer backgrounds are 2x more likely to suffer from depression as a result.
  • Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45, and socio-economic status plays a role too – poorer men are more likely to die by suicide.
  • The pressure to be traditionally “masculine”, feelings of embarrassment and the stigma of men experiencing mental health issues are the main factors stopping men seeking help.
  • Celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, who spoke about his struggles while filming The Son, have begun to remove some of the stigma around talking about your mental health.
  • Men can support one another and reduce this stigma by regularly checking in with their friends – Roman Kemp’s documentary Our Silent Emergency advocates for asking if they’re OK not once, but twice.
  • Confiding in loved ones, whether it be friends, family or partners, can help men to feel more comfortable opening up and seeking help.
  • If men feel uncomfortable speaking to their GP, they can self-refer to mental health services anonymously.
  • Many NHS services can be delivered digitally and remotely, reducing the pressure of speaking to someone face-to-face and verbally.

Mental health is at crisis point in the UK.

Even pre-pandemic, the country faced a mental health crisis, and COVID-19 only deepened it. Now, the cost-of-living crisis risks tipping the state of mental health in the UK over the edge, with poorer people twice as likely to experience depression as a result of rising costs.

We know that men and women experience mental health differently too. While women are more likely to experience mental health conditions, the consequences can be deadlier for men – suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 45, and those from a lower socio-economic background are more likely to die by suicide. Neither of these situations are OK.

Supporting your mates’ mental health can be as easy as keeping an eye on them; supporting your own mental health can be a bit harder, but opening your mouth to chat about your problems will help take that weight off. Here, men’s streetwear brand King Apparel discusses what can be done to support men’s mental health in 2023.

Seeing other men speak out

One of the contributors to the state of men’s mental health is that we’re less likely to seek help than our female counterparts. The pressure of being masculine encourages men to keep a “stiff upper lip”, even though it’s proven that this can make these problems worse. 29% of men who haven’t sought help for their mental health feel “too embarrassed”; a further 20% cited the “negative stigma” around it.

If your role models or the blokes in your life aren’t talking about mental health, it can feel difficult to be the one to bring it up. But more famous faces than ever are opening up about their struggles. Wolverine star and all-round entertainer Hugh Jackman recently spoke about suffering with his mental health during the filming of his new movie, The Son.

The actor said: “I certainly realised how vulnerable I was” and talked about his experiences of grief and anxiety on set. He hopes that by being open about his own struggles, he can encourage more “urgently needed” conversations around men’s mental health.

The more that prominent figures like Hugh Jackman that speak out about their own mental health conditions, the more it can become a normalised conversation in our everyday lives. Roman Kemp has followed up his eye-opening 2021 documentary, Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency, with a book around mental health titled Are You Really OK? to keep these conversations at the forefront of society.

Famous faces from the spectrum of music, TV, sport and film have spoken out about mental health, helping to tap into different generations of men. Tyrone Mings spoke of struggling with his mental health during the rearranged Euro 2020 tournament, while Jesse Lingard opened up about turning to alcohol to cope during a period on the sidelines.

Stormzy challenged stereotypes in rap by speaking openly about his mental health. His 2017 interview was seen as a breakthrough for black men who are underserved by mental health services but overrepresented in psychiatric detentions. His comments were followed by Dave’s seminal album, Psychodrama, which bridges important topics from mental health to identity politics.

Keep an eye on those around you

One of the most powerful tips to come out of Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency was to ask your friends if they’re OK not once, but twice. It’s easy to respond to “are you OK?” with “yeah, fine” – but it’s only when you’re asked again that you might feel comfortable opening up.

The Capital DJ spoke to young men around the UK, who recalled devastating stories about theirs and their friends’ struggles with mental health. One group of teenagers lost a friend to suicide when he was only 15.

In a world where men are still wrongly expected to be stoic and emotionless, taking the first step in opening up can be the biggest challenge. Make sure you’re checking in on your friends regularly. Knowing that you have a listening ear is invaluable when talking about mental health for the first time.

Charities and campaigns have been releasing valuable resources to help you do this. Movember launched Movember Conversations, an online tool that can help people practise asking their loved ones about their mental health. Laid out in a chat format, the tool can help people ask about mental health for the first time or encourage closed-off friends to open up. Meanwhile, the Men’s Health Forum launched its Man MOT campaign in Men’s Health Week 2022, encouraging us to check in on our mental and physical health and to be Men MOT Champions by encouraging our mates to open up.

Speak to your loved ones

Whether or not you’re aware of it, you’ll know someone living with a mental health condition. Speaking to the people you feel most comfortable confiding in is the first step for many. If it’s not a conversation you feel comfortable having in your circle of friends, consider talking to family members or partners.

Sometimes, all it takes is for one person to open up to understand how many others are feeling the same way. But we know it’s not as easy as just saying the words out of the blue. Use TV, music or some other media to start the conversation if that feels more comfortable.

If you’re not sure where to start, first try to identify the emotions you’re feeling. Is it sadness? Despair? Loneliness? Understanding the specific emotions you’re experiencing can help you to start the conversation. Think about what you want from it too – are you looking for advice, or just a listening ear? Considering these elements will make the conversation feel like less of a hurdle.

Seeking medical help when it feels difficult

There are a lot of factors that contribute to high suicide rates amongst men. The societal expectations of masculinity are a major factor, and so is the fact that fewer men seek help from their doctors for mental health struggles. Only a third of mental health referrals are made for men. This stems from men holding more negative views of therapy and counselling than women, relationship breakdowns and a higher tendency for men to turn to alcohol.

There are ways to seek help in a more private setting if talking to loved ones or doctors doesn’t feel like a step you can take right now. Most NHS practices in the UK allow people to refer themselves for mental health and psychological therapies online, which removes the step of having to verbally explain your struggles to your GP. This removes the perceived stigma of speaking to a doctor.

Virtual therapies

An online referral is all well and good, but what if the idea of speaking to someone in counselling feels daunting? While talking therapies are proven to dramatically improve the lives of those with mental health conditions, there are alternatives if you don’t feel ready to talk openly yet.

The NHS offers a self-serve mental health tool, known as self-guided help. This online tool allows you to understand why you feel this way and provides guidance and tutorials on how you can improve your mental health.

iCBT is another option that gives you access to a real-life therapist. You can conduct sessions virtually from the comfort of your own home, and your therapist can assign you exercises that will improve your mental health condition. They can then review your progress, and you’ll have access to their guidance through messaging. CBT is proven to help people manage the symptoms of mental health conditions; multiple studies show that over half of people who take this type of talking therapy recover or better manage their conditions. iCBT offers a way to take this effective treatment without the pressures of talking in person.

The state of men’s mental health in the UK is worrying, and without proper attention and support, it’s only going to get worse. There’s still a stigma attached to men experiencing, and seeking help for, mental health conditions, and that must be tackled. Prominent celebrities raising awareness of their own issues is essential to breaking down this barrier, but there are things you can do to help yourself and your friends. Let’s make 2023 the year we finally improve the state of men’s mental health.

Why January is One of the Worst Months for Accidents

With 2023 looking sombre for the UK health sector, it’s especially more important than ever to be prudent on the roads. Driving can be a stressful experience at any time of the year, but there are some months that are particularly challenging. In particular, January, and winter for that matter, stands out as one of the worst months to get behind the wheel.

With NHS appointments and emergencies to contend with, roads become busier, and car accidents can happen more often. That’s why it’s important for drivers to consider car gap insurance as well as comprehensive policies so that if an accident does occur, they are covered for all costs. Let’s look at why January is such a difficult month for driving.

Next month, more NHS employees will participate in two additional strikes by nurses in England and Wales as their dispute with the government over wages continues.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) announced that nurses will strike at 73 trusts in England on February 6 and 7, escalating the current round of industrial action. The two days of strikes in Wales will also include participation from about 12 health boards and organisations. While discussions are ongoing, the RCN will not participate in any strikes in Scotland or Northern Ireland at this time.

Why January is not a Good Month for Driving

One of the main reasons why January is considered one of the worst months to drive in a year is the fact that people tend to take on more journeys than usual during this period. After all, with Christmas and New Year just past, many people will be travelling for various reasons – whether it’s visiting family or starting off with their resolutions early. This means that roads become much busier than usual, and the chances of an accident occurring increase significantly. On top of that, you have to contend with darker days and generally worst weather. Snowy and icy conditions make the roads extremely dangerous to drive on, and January is a notorious month for producing these types of driving conditions.

Other Factors to Remember                

It’s also important to remember that during this period, road conditions can be especially bad due to colder weather, such as ice or snow making surfaces slippery or hard-packed snow causing dangerous visibility issues. This month alone has already seen its fair share of accidents and with the NHS under growing pressure, there are unfortunately higher likelihoods that emergency respondents may not be able to arrive at the scene of a crash as quickly as normal.

All in all, when it comes down to driving during this period, safety should always come first! Be sure you plan ahead before setting off on any journeys, and ensure you have car gap insurance just in case anything goes wrong along the way! By following these guidelines, you shouldn’t have any problems – but above all else, remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times as well as follow driving guidelines.

How Massages Can Improve Your Health?

A good massage parlour can help you relax, de-stress and feel rejuvenated. It can also help improve your circulation, flexibility and range of motion. If you suffer from chronic pain, a massage may provide some relief. When choosing a massage parlour, look for one that offers a variety of services and has experienced therapists. Keep reading to know about the various benefits of a good massage shop

When You Get a Massage, Your Body Releases Hormones That Block Pain Signals

After a long day, there’s nothing more indulgent than a massage. Whether you go to a massage shop you find on moongchigo or have someone come in to treat you, your body is sure to thank you. Not only will your muscles feel relaxed and relieved of any knots or tension they may be carrying, but the massage itself can reduce stress levels as your body releases endorphins which are hormones that block pain signals from the brain.

Enjoy every minute of that massage, for not only will it bring temporary relief, but also a longer-term benefit to your overall wellbeing.

Massages Can Help Improve Circulation by Increasing Blood Flow to Muscles

There is nothing more therapeutic and luxurious than a massage. Not only does it help to relax the body, massage therapy also increases blood flow to certain areas of the body, resulting in improved circulation. From luxury massage shop retreats to at-home massage chairs and tools, massage therapy allows one to reap the benefits of increased blood circulation in the comfort of an individual or communal setting.

The stimulation that massage therapy provides muscles can not only enhance movement and motivation but can be used as an integral part of physical rehabilitation for those recovering from an illness or injury. Massage therapy has proven results as a way to improve circulation on both physical and mental levels — providing relief through improved oxygenation of tissues and helping reduce stress throughout the body.

Massages Can Also Help to Reduce Stress and Anxiety Levels

Massages have been utilized for centuries as a way of relieving stress, tension and anxiety. Not only do they help reduce muscle tension, but recent studies suggest that massages can positively impact the production of hormones in the body, thereby leading to decreased levels of stress and anxiety.

This is due to the fact that massage encourages relaxation and the release of “happy hormones” like serotonin and endorphins. Taking some time out for a massage can be invaluable for reducing stress, improving sleep and even boosting overall health.

If You Suffer From Headaches or Migraines, Regular Massages Can Help

Getting regular massages can provide natural, safe and effective relief from the pain and stress of headaches or migraines. Massage has long been recognized to reduce tension and improve circulation, which helps bring oxygen to muscle fibres, allowing them to relax.

Additionally, massage can help calm the nerves that trigger pam associated with headaches such as those caused by migraines. If you suffer from headaches or migraines, incorporate massage into your healthcare regimen. You may be surprised at how quickly your pain dissipates!


If you’re looking for a way to reduce stress, pain, and tension in your body, then getting a massage is a great option! Massages can help improve circulation, release endorphins, and reduce stress and anxiety levels. If you suffer from headaches or migraines, regular massages can also help to reduce their frequency and intensity of them. When choosing a massage shop, make sure to find one with trained and experienced masseuses who know how to give a great massage that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

How To Lose Fat Efficiently: 3 Things You Must Know

Many people dress weight loss up as this overly complicated thing. People seem to believe that they need to carefully plan every single meal out. They need to hire a personal trainer to devise an exercise regime. Weight loss isn’t complicated. It is slow, but it isn’t complicated.

On this page, we are going to tell you the three things that you need to be doing to lose fat efficiently. We just want to show that weight loss can be easy as long as you are armed with the right tools. 

Weight Loss Isn’t a Fast Process

Right off the bat, we want to point out that weight loss isn’t going to be a fast process. It doesn’t even come close to being a quick process. Proper weight loss takes time.

We know that there are guides out there that claim that you can lose weight blisteringly fast. You can, to an extent. However, you will not be losing weight in the right way. You may lose weight quickly, but you will be doing so in a way that is detrimental to your health. Eventually, that weight will come back and you will have lost time.

Proper weight loss should shave off around 1-3 lbs per week, depending on how heavy you are when you start. 

1. Creating a Caloric Deficit

People have written epic tomes on the ‘secret to weight loss’. They claim that they have the ultimate trick to hitting your weight loss goals. Guess what? We can sum up the secret of weight loss in a single sentence:

Burn more calories than you consume.

It really is as simple as that. If you are burning off more calories than you consume, then you will lose weight. You could stuff your face with double chocolate chip muffins every single day and, as long as you burn off all of those calories, you will lose weight. Although, as you will see later, it may not be wise to feast upon those double chocolate chip muffins frequently!

Everything you do burns calories. Right now you are burning calories. You may just be sitting down, but your internal organs are whirring away. Your brain needs energy. Your muscles need energy. You don’t have to move and you will burn off calories.

When you are losing weight, we suggest that you look up what your base calorie requirement is. This is something that will be different depending on your sex, age, weight, and height. If you consume fewer calories than this, then you will shed those excess pounds. 

2. Getting Enough Exercise

As we said, you are going to be burning calories just by sitting there not really doing anything. You could lose weight without leaving your home. Although, this is going to be quite tricky. You would really have to plan your diet well, and the weight loss isn’t necessarily going to be that fast. This is where exercise comes in.

Daily exercise will speed up your calorie burn. Cardiovascular exercise (e.g. running, swimming, and cycling) will burn off more calories than strength training. However, ideally, you will want to do a bit of both.

Cardiovascular exercise will improve your overall fitness levels. You will be burning off calories quickly while boosting your heart health. Just 30 minutes per day can really help.

Strength training will boost your muscle mass. If you aren’t strength training when you lose weight, then you will likely lose muscle mass. This isn’t a great look. Strength training can help to bulk you up and prevent loose skin (although, you likely will have some loose skin due to the weight loss).

Remember, exercise burns calories. 

In the previous section, we said that you would need to look up your base calorie requirement. This is how many calories you burn just by existing. You will then add the calories that you burn from exercise to this. Your goal, once again, is to consume fewer calories than this. That leads us neatly to the last section. 

3. Nutrition and Supplement Intake

You can’t lose weight by starving yourself. It isn’t healthy. We know that some people do it, but it really isn’t a great long-term method. Most people that lose weight by starving themselves don’t do it in a safe way. Almost everybody will put the weight that they lost back on.

By now, you should already know that losing weight is about consuming fewer calories than you burn. In theory, you could eat anything that you like and lose weight, assuming that you stick to this rule. However, that also isn’t healthy. Your body needs nutrients. This means ensuring that you have a balanced diet.

Get healthy foods into your diet (lots of fruit, vegetables, and lean meats). Not only will you feel better, but you will be consuming far fewer calories.

We also suggest that you look into the idea of nutritional supplements. Many of them have been designed to make weight loss a little bit easier. They can also add a few extra nutrients to your diet which, of course, means that you have to think less about your overall diet. You can just focus on burning off calories.

Remember, if you are going to go down the supplement route, you should always take the time to choose the right supplements. Choose something that reviews well. One of our favourite brands is Huge Supplements, as they’re known to put a lot of effort into formulating their supplements, especially fat burners.

Final Thoughts 

There you have it. Losing fat efficiently isn’t hard. Consume fewer calories than you burn and you are well on your way toward getting the body that you want.

We suggest that you grab some quality weight loss supplements to make your weight loss journey a little bit easier.

Mental Health Retreat Florida: What Is It And How Can It Help You?

When it comes to managing stress and anxiety, there are a variety of tools and resources that can be used. One such tool is a mental health retreat—structured programs that offer participants therapeutic services and leisure activities, all intending to help them improve their emotional well-being.

These retreats are led by qualified medical professionals trained in dealing with problems associated with mental health. Designed to provide holistic solutions, they’re an effective way for individuals to reduce their stress levels and improve their overall emotional state.

What Is A Mental Health Retreat?

A mental health retreat can provide an invaluable source of support and guidance for anyone struggling with mental health issues. Such retreats offer a refuge in which individuals can take time away from day-to-day life, surrounded by people who understand their struggles and are committed to helping them achieve an improved level of mental health.

A mental health retreat Florida individuals can sign up for is ideal for detoxifying the body and mind from everyday stressors. While health retreats can be as simple as taking a day off and relaxing to some individuals, it can be getting away from everyday life for some days to others.

Types Of Mental Health Retreats

There are two types of mental health retreats: medically supervised and recreational. Medically supervised retreats allow you to escape daily stressors and seek refuge in a calm setting. While in this retreat, mental health practitioners personalize your treatment depending on whatever might be troubling you.

On the other hand, recreational retreats involve unwinding for several days in resorts. There, you might concentrate more on spa treatments and massages to help you calm down and relax. You might also engage in biking, meditation, hiking, and yoga. Unlike medically supervised retreats, recreational retreats don’t include a mental health treatment plan.

How Can A Mental Health Retreat Help You?

There are many ways mental health retreats can help you. For example, these retreats help you take small breaks from everyday life to focus on your well-being.

It’s vital to note that every day comes with a fair share of stressors. Every stressor has an impact on your mental well-being. Therefore, taking a break now and then is important to ensure your mental health is stable.

Here are some ways a mental health retreat can help you:

Enables You To Start Afresh

When living your daily life, it’s almost impossible to become a new you. You’re used to your routine, and altering it might be challenging. However, you can become a new person during a mental health retreat and develop a new identity. Here, you can set a new, healthy routine, do away with things you’re used to, and participate in new activities.

Helps You Concentrate On Healing

Mental health retreats provide you with enough time to concentrate on your healing. During the time you spend in a retreat, you don’t need to worry about anything besides your recovery. Whether you’re dealing with work-related stress, depression, anxiety, or substance abuse, a mental health retreat provides you with an opportunity to be away from everything as you determine how to turn around your life for a better you.

Gives You Much-Needed Support

Suppose you’re experiencing mental health issues. In that case, a medically supervised mental health retreat might be ideal for you. You’ll get all the support you need from professionals there through therapy. A mental health practitioner might also prescribe a particular diet to ensure you get better. Lastly, you might engage with people who have similar goals, making the retreat enjoyable and worthwhile.

Helps Change Relationship Patterns

If you maintain a toxic relationship, your general lifestyle is bound to experience challenges. Fortunately, mental health retreats help you assess relationships and determine where to make changes. You can decide which relationships are worth keeping and which aren’t. You also figure out how you want other people to treat you to avoid being in toxic relationships, which can harm your physical and mental well-being.

During these mental health retreats, an individual can reap substantial mental, physical, and emotional benefits to help them on their journey of recovery from mental distress.


Mental health is an important but often overlooked aspect of overall well-being. In recent years, more and more individuals are turning to mental health retreats as a way to find holistic solutions for reducing stress and anxiety in their lives. These retreats, supervised by qualified medical professionals, can play an active role in helping individuals better manage their mental health journey.

Benefits of Health Insurance Premium Calculator for Senior Citizens

Senior citizens are now becoming more digital and mobile application friendly than ever before. Before, they found it challenging to figure out how much a health insurance premium would be. But with the help of a health insurance premium calculator, things are now much more convenient. It is a tool that you can find online on insurance websites. Age and pre-existing conditions impact the cost of senior health insurance, and your premium will increase as you age. After retirement, it becomes more challenging for older adults to pay for their continued medical care. A health insurance plan, however, provides individuals with a safety net and enables them to access effective medical treatment while maintaining their dignity.

Health Insurance Premium Calculator Benefits

It’s no longer difficult to figure out the premium for your health insurance plan. You may make use of an online calculator for health insurance premiums. The following advantages:

  • Gives you a sense of the potential cost of premium medical insurance.
  • Helpful for budgeting your monthly spending.
  • To make an informed decision, compare the computed premium to other health insurance policies.
  • It is easy and convenient to get a free quote with a premium amount.
  • Available online 24*7.

How Can You Use the Health Insurance Policy Premium Calculator of Care Health Insurance?

Below mentioned are the steps to calculate the premium within in few minutes.

Visit the website of Care Health Insurance.

Click on the “Health Insurance” button on the website’s homepage.

Click on the “Get Quote Instantly” button.

Fill in all the required details, such as, mobile number, email address, first name, last name, and the number of insured members.

Click on “I agree to the terms and conditions” and the “Next” button to get the premium amount.

Factors Affecting Health Insurance Premium

The following variables influence the cost of health insurance:

Age: The most important factor impacting your health insurance premium is age. Your insurance premium starts to rise as you age. It implies that you will have to pay a larger price if you require health insurance.

Pre-Existing Disease: Your premium may change if you have a medical history or a pre-existing condition.

BMI: Your BMI is determined by dividing your weight by your height. If you are unwell, you might have several illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart problems, etc. Your premium is, therefore, more expensive.

Smoking and Tobacco: Consumption of cigarettes and tobacco also raises the cost of your medical insurance.


A health insurance premium calculator estimates your expenditures for medical insurance. It demonstrates how to get health insurance that provides the best protection without placing an undue financial strain on you after retirement. Care Health Insurance offers unparalleled mediclaim policies for senior citizens. It is made especially for older people. You may determine its premium online and choose it based on your medical requirements. It allows you to lead a healthy and comfortable retirement while paying for your medical needs.


How Technology is Helping People with Brain Injuries

Among the most serious kinds of injury that human beings are capable of suffering involve the brain. A severe blow to the head, or a gradual degradation over the years, can have a marked impact on a person’s quality of life.

What is it like to live with a brain injury?

The extent of a brain injury can vary considerably. It’s therefore difficult to speak about one definitive experience of such a thing. Brain injuries can be either traumatic or non-traumatic – with the former being caused by a blow (the physical trauma) to the head, and the latter being caused by events like strokes. Problems regulating emotions, dizziness, memory loss, and problems concentrating can all result.

Brain injury claims can help to provide financial compensation when there’s blame to be attributed. But more recently, there are ways of managing the symptoms of a brain injury through technology.

How can technology help?

Special computer hardware and software

Just a few years ago, something like a voice assistant or useful speech recognition software might have been unthinkable. While such things can make life convenient for most people, for some, it can be truly
transformative. The same applies, to a lesser extent, to the convenient quality-of-life features found in many computer and smartphone operating systems. For example, you might find ways to enlarge text to make reading easier.

Regular reminders, set using a voice-activated assistant, can help to add structure to the lives of people who are suffering from memory-related issues.

Education and work aids

Of course, not all technologies need be digital ones. In many cases, simple physical tools, and adapted versions of more common tools, can make a big difference to children and adults in the classroom. Page turners, book holders, and larger pencils might all make it easy to participate, both at work and school.

Lighter wheelchairs

Physical activity is highly correlated with quality of life, especially later in life. If you want to be healthy and happy into old age, in other words, you need to exercise. In most cases, this means finding an activity you enjoy and making a commitment to pursue it.

If you’re suffering from the long-term effects of a brain injury, then this might not be so easy. In most cases, patients are wheelchair-bound, which can present a big obstacle to participating in team sports like badminton and tennis. The development of more affordable, lightweight wheelchairs is therefore a significant boon.

Bespoke modifications

One of the problems with managing brain injuries is that everyone has slightly different symptoms. This means that there’s special value in small devices which are tailored to the needs of an individual. If you have the use of only one hand, for example, you might rely on cabinet-mounted can openers and other devices in the kitchen.

5 Ways Vaping CBD Can Help With Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common ailments people suffer from today. Whether it’s due to an injury or illness, chronic back pain can be debilitating and often leads to a decrease in quality of life. Fortunately, there are treatments available that can provide relief and even help to manage the condition.

One such treatment is CBD, or cannabidiol, which is derived from the cannabis plant. While CBD can be taken in various forms, such as capsules and tinctures, vaping CBD has become increasingly popular in recent years. This method of delivery is fast-acting and allows you to get the benefits of CBD quickly and conveniently.

From reducing inflammation to providing pain relief, vaping CBD can be an effective way to manage and treat back pain. Below, we’ll discuss some of the ways it can help you. Read on to learn why you should head to Vapekit or similar shop and get your own vaping device!

Vaping CBD May Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is a state of heightened immune system activity that can be caused by a variety of factors, such as infection, injury, or illness. It’s a natural response to keep the body healthy, but in some cases, it can become chronic and lead to pain and discomfort. It’s also a common cause of back pain, as inflammation of the muscles and joints can lead to stiffness, tenderness, and a decreased range of motion.

CBD has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties and may be able to reduce inflammation in the body. Vaping CBD is a fast-acting method of delivery that allows it to enter your bloodstream quickly and start to work its anti-inflammatory magic.

Vaping CBD May Improve Sleep Quality

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for general health and well-being, as well as for managing chronic pain. Unfortunately, back pain can make it difficult to get the sleep you need, which can further worsen your condition.

CBD has been shown to have a calming effect on the body, which can help to reduce stress and anxiety, both of which can make it challenging to get a full night’s rest. Administering CBD through vaping will bring quicker results, as cannabidiol will enter your bloodstream in just a few minutes.

Vaping CBD May Provide Pain Relief

CBD is known for its pain-relieving properties and can be a great way to manage both acute and chronic pain. It works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which influences how we experience pain. By stimulating the endocannabinoid system, CBD can help to reduce the intensity and frequency of pain.

Whether you’re struggling with pain due to a sedentary lifestyle, injury, or illness, vaping CBD may be able to provide relief. As with inflammation, vaping CBD is fast-acting, often bringing the effects you need in no more than a few minutes.

Vaping CBD May Help With Muscle Relaxation

Muscle tension is another common cause of back pain. When your muscles are tense, they can put pressure on the spine and nerves, leading to stiffness and discomfort. Vaping CBD may be able to help by promoting muscle relaxation.

It works by activating certain receptors in the body that regulate muscle tension and soreness. By stimulating these receptors, CBD helps to reduce muscle spasms and improve overall relaxation. And all you need to do is take a few puffs of your favourite CBD vape oil.

Vaping CBD May Help Manage Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety can be major contributors to back pain, as they can cause muscles to tense up and lead to inflammation. If left unchecked, it can worsen your condition and make it difficult to manage the pain.

CBD has been found to have a calming, relaxing effect on the body, which can help to reduce stress and anxiety. Vaping it is a fast and convenient way to get the relief you need in no time.


Vaping CBD has become a popular way to manage back pain. It is fast-acting and allows you to get the relief you need quickly and conveniently.

CBD has been found to have anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, muscle-relaxing, and stress-reducing properties, all of which can help to reduce back pain and improve quality of life.

What Are the Benefits of Radiotherapy?

Several treatment options are available for cancer, and choosing the appropriate option depends on various factors. Some factors include cancer type, stage and grade, and if the cancer cells are localised or metastasised throughout the body. When radiotherapy is recommended, patients have various benefits.

Who Should Undergo Radiotherapy?

In radiation therapy, a high concentration of energy kills cancer cells without destroying healthy cells. A radiation oncologist will prescribe the ideal radiation treatment for a patient after considering several factors. For instance, they will recommend treatment based on the tumour size. Your overall health condition and medical treatment also determine the type of radiotherapy. This can be used as a sole cancer treatment for shrinking tumours and killing cancer cells in the area.

Radiation therapy can also be used as an adjuvant cancer treatment in combination with other forms of treatment. For instance, a cancer patient with a tumour may undergo surgery to remove or shrink the mass and radiotherapy is used to kill the remaining cancer cells. You can have chemotherapy and radiotherapy simultaneously or in succession. Radiation therapy is also used in palliative care to keep you comfortable. For instance, it can shrink tumours that are too risky to operate on and are causing excruciating pain. A tumour growing near the throat can prevent a patient from eating or drinking and isn’t operable. You can get more information on this blog on radiotherapy.

How Does the Radiotherapy Procedure Work?

The type of radiotherapy determines the procedure for the treatment. For instance, external beam radiation therapy involves using linear acceleration to deliver high energy to cancer cells. In the treatment, a patient receives low doses of radiation over a specified period. The patient will likely undergo the treatment five days a week with two days break for cell recovery. Before the treatment, the oncologist takes CT or MRI scans to determine the positions of the cancer cells.

With internal radiation therapy, the oncologist will implant radioactive sources near the tumour or into the body cavity. The radiation is contained in seeds injected into the body through catheters. The seeds give off radiation energy that will kill the cancer cells.

What Are the Advantages of Radiotherapy?

Some of the benefits of radiotherapy treatment include the following:

• It can shrink or cure early-stage cancer: Some cancers are shrunk with radiation before surgery since the radiation energy can kill the cancer cells. Using radiotherapy also kills any cancer cells reducing the chances of cancer recurring.

• Stops cancer cells in their tracks: The main challenge in cancer treatment is that cells spread to unaffected body parts. Upon diagnosis, some cancer cells may have already spread throughout the body. When you use radiotherapy in cancer treatment, you prevent the cells from spreading.

• Treats advanced symptoms: When the cancer stage is advanced, and you cannot cure it, radiotherapy can reduce the pain. For instance, radiation can shrink tumours that cause bowel blockages, breathing difficulty, and pain. While radiation can treat recurring cancer, you may not treat the same parts with radiotherapy for a second time.

• Outpatient treatment: Unlike other cancer therapies, radiation can be an outpatient treatment. That means you can maintain your daily routine and don’t have to stay in the hospital overnight.

When treating cancers or tumours using radiotherapy, you need to be aware of the possible risks and complications. For instance, you can be radioactive in internal radiotherapy treatment and have to be isolated. However, the advantage of radiation treatment improves your quality of life.

GHP Magazine Announces the Winners of the 2022 Technology Awards

GHP Magazine Announces the Winners of the 2022 Technology Awards

United Kingdom, 2023 – GHP has unveiled the winners of the Technology Awards.

In today’s world, technology has become the very backbone of our progression. It is the sweeping notion of connection and innovation, elevating and enriching our lives. Within the healthcare sphere, technology is absolutely invaluable.

From lifechanging analysis and imaging software to medical education offerings, and even trailblazing at-home medical devices, our Technology Awards 2022 programme covers a wide variety of businesses which impact the global health and pharmaceutical industry on a daily basis.

Our Awards Coordinator, Stephanie Tooby, commented on the stunning success of this year’s awards programme. She said, “The technology that we see in the healthcare industry completely alters our perception of modernization, whilst having the most positive effect on our health. I am extremely pleased to present this year’s selection of businesses which improve our quality of life. I want to wish them a sincere congratulations and all the best for the future.”

GHP Magazine, as always, endeavours to recognise those that are going above and beyond, or indeed, the businesses that are taking significant steps forward, no matter how modest and small they might seem on the greater landscape. That’s why we launched our awards programme, and why we continue to illuminate the work of outstanding companies and individuals.

To find out more about the trailblazers in this realm, and discover what has led them to becoming who they are today, please visit to access our newest winner’s booklet.



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How Visiting the Office Can Benefit Your Employee’s Mental Health

Remote working has become the norm, with many jobs advertising this as a benefit. However, what about the benefits of working from the office? While the flexibility of working from home can be attractive to your employees from the outset, it can often have pitfalls further in. From the lack of socialising to simply struggling with online tech support, there are many reasons your employees might actually prefer and benefit from working in the office.

Here, we will explore the benefits of working in the office and how you can support fully remote workers in replicating these benefits from their home offices.

Better work-life balance

By encouraging your staff to work in the office or even take up a hybrid working opportunity, they will be better able to maintain structured routines. 40% of people claim to struggle with unplugging from work when working from home, and 48% find they work longer hours when remote working. This can increase the likelihood of burnout.

Building a company culture that prioritises mindfulness, self-care, and clocking off could help employees become accustomed to leaving their work behind when the hours are up.

Encouraging staff to finish work and to leave emails unchecked after closing time can help them maintain a healthy routine. Office hours offer structure to employees. However, how do you encourage remote workers to relax? Making sure deadlines are scheduled to avoid overnight stress could be an answer. You might also consider encouraging or even offering remote memberships for an individual office space. This can give your employees the flexibility and freedom of remaining out of the office while still having a separate location to work from.

Social aspects

Encouraging in-office working can also have good socialising benefits for your employees. In fact, 81% of young employees claim to feel isolated if they don’t have time to work in the office. Making sure your employees have the social aspect of work is important for their happiness.

This also encourages better collaborations, both within and between teams. As employees will be working face-to-face, questions which might previously have been unanswered can now be shared quickly. Likewise, employees who may not have been asked previously might be able to contribute now, offering new insights into problems.

To offer fully remote workers the same benefit, consider breakout zoom rooms which encourage employees from across teams to brainstorm ideas or ask questions openly. In order to achieve the networking benefits, you might hold online events. These might not be work-focused but rather a chance for your employees to meet one another and connect.

Less stress

Working in the office can help decrease stress in some employees, such as the worry of covering bills. As utilities are set to increase, with the price cap of £2,500 set to end in April 2023, many employees might be wondering how they will cover these costs. Working from home increases electricity usage, so coming into the office can save on utility bills during the working week.

It can also help solve technical problems. Being able to visit the IT department in person, with the equipment, can make diagnosis and solution easier. Rather than having employees explain the issue, which might cause stress, especially if they aren’t technologically savvy.

For remote employees, consider offering bursaries to cover bill costs which occur due to their working hours. You may also put in place technology training to increase their understanding of the equipment, making it easier for them to communicate any technical problems to your IT department. Training on stress relieving techniques, such as meditation and breathing training, might also help reduce the worries and stress of your remote workers.


Having your employees come into the office means you can better monitor their physical and mental health. Remote working can often tell you miss key signs of burnout, such as chronic fatigue. By encouraging employees to come into the office, you will be able to better understand the emotional state of your staff through your conversations.

When caring for your remote employee’s mental well-being, you might want to set in place regular one-to-one meetings to assess levels of happiness, stress, and other emotional states. Having an open dialogue with your employees on their levels of work could better see you spotting potential well-being issues. You might also consider offering counselling and support services.

Caring for your employee’s emotional well-being is important for the success of your business. Burnout can negatively impact employee productivity, as well as increase levels of depression and anxiety. Making sure your staff are cared for not only benefits the employees but can also benefit your workload. Being in the office can have many mental health benefits, from increased social exposure to decreased stress. However, where being in the office is not possible, it is important that you can offer some of the same benefits to your remote workers.

How To Cancel Health Insurance After Death

One of the unpleasant realities many bereaved people are unprepared for is that death comes with a lot of admin. The deceased person’s accounts and responsibilities do not go away once they have died. On the contrary, they get passed on to their nearest relative (or the person they have specified as executor of their estate).

Some matters can be taken care of long after the person has died. Others, however, need to be taken care of fairly quickly. Many accounts that the deceased paid for on a monthly basis will continue to be paid if you do not make the necessary cancellations.

Health insurance is one such example. Your loved one’s health insurance will continue to be billed until it is cancelled.

You don’t want to be left in the dark during this troubling time. As such, here is what you need to know about cancelling health insurance after your loved one’s death.

Get multiple copies of the death certificate

Your loved one’s death certificate is going to be an incredibly important document in the months and years to come. This will serve as proof to any provider that your loved one has in fact passed away. It will facilitate the cancellation of accounts, as well as the payouts of any benefits.

You’ll need multiple copies of the death certificate to be made. You can organize this directly with the funeral director, who can sign many of them at a time. It is recommended that you get between 24 to 36 death certificates.

Call the health insurance provider

Your loved one’s death certificate is the most important document to have on hand, but you may need other documents as well. You will also need to fill out some paperwork. In order to find the exact requirements, you need to call the health insurance provider. Each provider may have different forms to fill out and may require different documents.

For dependents

If the deceased person has dependents on their health insurance plan, you will need to get health insurance for each individual. You can seek out private providers if you have a preference. Alternatively, you can go to the government health insurance marketplace to find ACA plans for which you are eligible.

ACA plans have enrolment periods which apply to most people. In other words, you can’t just apply at any time. It usually runs from 1 November to the middle of January. However, there are exceptions known as qualifying life events (QLEs). Your loved one’s death is a QLE.

This QLE gives you the chance to enrol for the following 60 days. If you do not apply for new health insurance during the 60 days after your loved one’s death, you will need to wait for the next open enrolment period.

Cancelling other insurance plans

Health insurance is not the only plan you will need to cancel for your loved one. Rather, you will need to cancel each and every insurance plan they own. With things like car and home insurance, the inheritor will have to transfer the insurance to their name or apply for new policies.

What about life insurance? If your loved one had term life insurance, it should pay out after their death. When you provide the insurer with the death certificate and any other documentation they require, they will pay out the claim and cancel the policy in the process.

You may need to do some more research regarding your loved one’s estate to determine if they had any other types of insurance, including unemployment insurance, pet insurance, and disability insurance.

This should help you with some of the admin that follows in the wake of your loved one’s death. Remember that the death certificate is going to be extremely important, and you should get as many as you need made.

Identifying the Causes of Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence is a common and often embarrassing type of urinary incontinence that can affect people of any age. However, it is particularly predominant in older adults, especially women who have recently given birth. Stress incontinence occurs when physical exertion or activity puts pressure on your bladder, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or doing heavy lifting.

There are many potential causes for stress incontinence, but some are more common than others. Let’s
dive into the primary causes and what you can do about them.

Pregnancy and childbirth 

It should come as no surprise to find a link between incontinence and stress during pregnancy and childbirth. During these stages, many changes happen in the body that can affect the pelvic floor muscles, leading to weakened muscles and an increased risk of stress incontinence. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to reduce your risk of experiencing stress incontinence during pregnancy. For instance, doing Kegel exercises regularly throughout pregnancy can help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles in preparation for delivery.


Carrying excess weight puts additional strain on the body, which increases pressure on your bladder and thus increases your risk of experiencing stress incontinence. Maintaining a healthy weight is extremely important to reduce your chances of developing stress incontinence. It’s also important to note that losing weight too quickly through crash dieting or extreme workouts may increase your risk because it weakens your abdominal muscles too rapidly. A slow-and-steady approach is best for achieving a healthy weight safely and reducing your risk of developing stress incontinence.


Undergoing is another common cause of stress incontinence due to damage sustained during surgery or nerve damage from the anaesthesia used during surgery. While this procedure may be necessary in some cases due to medical complications such as cancer or fibroids, it’s important for women considering this procedure to understand the risks associated with it so they can make an informed decision about their treatment options. If you decide that a hysterectomy is right for you, there are measures you can take before and after surgery that will help minimise its effects on your pelvic floor muscles, such as doing regular Kegel exercises before surgery and receiving physical therapy after surgery.

Uterine prolapse

Uterine prolapse occurs when pelvic floor muscles weaken or stretch from childbirth or menopause. This weakening can cause the uterus to drop down into the vagina, which then puts pressure on the bladder leading to urinary leakage. Treatments for uterine prolapse often involve lifestyle changes such as exercise, weight loss, Kegel exercises, etc. Still, more severe cases may require surgery to correct the prolapse and  reduce symptoms associated with stress incontinence.


No matter what caused it, living with stress incontinence doesn’t have to be part of life forever. With proper diagnosis and treatment options available today, you don’t have to suffer in silence anymore. With the treatments available now more than ever before, there’s never been an easier time for people suffering from stress incontinence to find relief from their symptoms.  

Best Practices for Sponsors: Navigating Complexities in Global Payment Operations

Author: Catalina Diesner-Limban, Director, Clinical Trial Payments, EMEA, IQVIA Technologies

Managing clinic trial payments is a complex process that encompasses unique challenges specific to individual countries and regions. The use of software alone is not enough to ensure reliable, timely and equitable site payments. Deploying a successful global payment program demands a deep understanding of the differences between frameworks and locations, and a sustainable approach to resolving them. For sponsors and contract research organizations (CROs) operating in a multi-country environment, embracing this diversity is key to successfully implementing a payment solution.

Challenges in Global Clinic Trial Payments

Implementing payment solutions in EMEA, APAC and LATAM differs from the processes used in North America. This is not unexpected due to the diversity of the countries involved, but it does give rise to several challenges. The primary issues facing sponsors and CROs in these regions are:

1. Variable Local Tax Law

Tax regulations differ between regional conventions and country-specific regulations. Most are not set in stone and frequent changes in the laws occur. A volatile political situation could cause local laws to change overnight, impacting tax law, civil codes and internal practices such as invoice submission and payment timelines. Sponsors and CROs must keep pace with the amendments and adapt their processes to meet them.

Best Practices to Address this Challenge

Navigating and remaining compliant with regulations across multiple countries requires a well-established technology and knowledge network. Sponsors and CROs can benefit from using local tax specialists, particularly during the trial start-up phase, to establish appropriate contracting models and invoicing instructions compliant with local tax regulations.

2. Contractual Diversity

Extensive diversity exists in some locations regarding contract management. Individual countries’ laws dictate CTA templates. Sponsors, CROs and individual sites can insist on using their own contracting model. Local law and practices overwrite standard contract terms and agreements, giving rise to variations such as dispute terms and timelines for raising invoices.

Trial sites’ internal regulations demand flexibility. Complex contract language regarding the inclusion criteria of subjects during screening and randomization (SF ratio) can cause misunderstandings and site dissatisfaction. ​Differences may also exist between the local, regional or central contracting model and cash disbursement options such as local offices or the central bank.

Best Practices to Address this Challenge

Payment systems must remain flexible and agile enough to provide streamlined service, regardless of contract terms. Often, sponsors and CROs can make small changes in the contract language that result in considerable improvements in the payments process.

3. Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

Understanding local business practices and the history behind them is important. While a particular practice may be feasible in theory, it may not necessarily be widely adopted in a region or country. Managing these aspects of diversity across more than 90 countries and nearly 40 different languages require a well-versed team. Dealing with this level of diversity, sponsors of clinical trials must anticipate frequent changes and amplify their adaptability.

Issues such as domestic cooperation, wars and civil wars, changes in governmental structures, the fraud rate and currency controls also impact the disbursement situation. In addition to the differences in tax structures, regulatory environments, languages and time zones, some EU countries are less “business-friendly,” which requires adjustment by sponsors. 

Best Practices to Address this Challenge

Sponsors and CROs must seek solutions tailored to organizational needs that mesh with established regional practices. They should actively listen to site teams and aim to speak the same language. They must be able to adapt quickly to changes, automate tasks created by local variances and design tailored solutions.

4. Historical Approaches to Payments

Sponsors and CROs often find clinical sites historically have several different groups involved in a payment process, even if they are not rooted in the payments department. The sites depend on clinical research associate (CRA)/clinical trial associate (CTA) involvement to manage payments.

Best Practices to Address this Challenge

Eliminating the administrative burden of invoicing and tracking payments from clinical site staff and CRAs​ requires sponsors to ensure all operations can be completed within the payments group. Implementing a gradual transition process to exclude the local clinical team from the payment process enables site staff to trust in the speed and responsiveness of the payments process. This approach frees the clinical team to focus on activities supporting the medical site team.

5. Complex Payment Scenarios

Many countries adopt complex payment frameworks, especially those in the regions mentioned above. These include having multiple payees accompanied by a variable distribution of payments. For example, a site could operate on a fixed percentage of budget split, a split between study team members’ payments, performance-based payments for work completed, self-billing or several other alternatives.

Best Practices to Address this Challenge

Sponsors and CROs must retain the flexibility to provide services in any payment model they encounter, however unusual it is. Stakeholders must implement a technological solution that includes features such as a streamlined workflow system and automated proforma invoicing notifications. A transparent, self-service payments portal and a subject accrual log help sites monitor payment activity, and site invoice recipients are notified in their preferred language when payments are released.

6. Communication Challenges

Due to language and cultural disparities, communication between sponsors, sites, and project teams is complex. Each additional country and language increase the number of stakeholders and the complexity exponentially. This amplifies the need for high-touch communications to enable sponsors and CROs to respond successfully to issues and inquiries. These variances in regional and country requirements create a dynamic environment for CROs aiming to provide tailored solutions in multiple locations and languages.

Best Practices to Address this Challenge

Each trial site needs a dedicated team to respond to queries in local languages. Automated welcome emails and step-by-step payment process instructions help bridge the gap. Proactive outreach anticipates common questions, while customized research drives responses for unique circumstances and supports effective communication.

Navigating a Dynamic Environment

Deploying a successful global program for paying clinical research sites is an achievable and worthwhile goal. However, it demands a deep understanding of the geographical differences in frameworks and motivations. It also requires a robust technological solution containing features aimed at streamlining the workflow and helping sites manage payments. Embracing diversity is critical for sponsors and CROs to implement best practices and effectively navigate their global payment operations.

How is Technology Making the Pharmaceutical Sector More Efficient?

The pharmaceutical sector is an essential part of the healthcare industry and it is constantly evolving and adapting in order to be able to serve its patients better. One of the ways in which it has been able to do so is by making use of technology in to become more efficient. 

Some of the most notable ways in which technology has helped the pharmaceutical sector are by: 

  • Allowing for more accurate and better ways of data collection which is helping in research and development, as well as clinical trials. 
  • Helping create more personalised medications using 3D printing technology and similar technologies. 
  • Making it possible to track drugs throughout the entire supply chain, from manufacture down to delivery, ensuring drug safety and efficacy.
  • Making it easier for patients to order and receive their medication through the online pharmacy system without having to visit the pharmacy in person.
  • Allowing for faster and easier communication between healthcare teams; for example between doctors and pharmacists. 

Technology will continue to play a very important role in the advancement of the pharmaceutical sector and there are many more exciting innovations yet to come.

How Blockchain is Helping Secure the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

The pharmaceutical supply chain is a complex process that involves many different players, from manufacturers to distributors to pharmacies. And because of the numerous components involved, it’s also vulnerable to fraud and counterfeiting. That’s where blockchain comes in. Blockchain is a distributed database that allows all participants in the supply chain to see every transaction that has taken place. This transparency makes it much more difficult for counterfeit drugs to enter the supply chain, as they would be easily detected. In addition, blockchain can also help to track the movement of drugs throughout the supply chain, making it easier to recall drugs in the event of a problem. This is a very important safety feature, as it can help prevent unsafe drugs from reaching the public.

How Wearable Devices are Helping Patients Adhere to Medication Regimens

In the past, patients had to rely on their memory to take their prescribed medication. But with the advent of wearable devices, patients can now receive reminders to take their medication at the right time. These devices can also track a patient’s progress and send alerts to their caregivers if they are not taking their medication as prescribed. This is especially helpful for patients with chronic conditions who need to take multiple medications each day. With wearable devices, these patients ensure they are taking all their medication on time as prescribed. This can help improve their health and quality of life.

How Virtual Reality is Helping Pharma Companies Train Doctors

In the past few years, we’ve seen a lot of advancements in the field of Virtual Reality (VR). And while this technology was initially designed for gaming and entertainment, it is now being used in a variety of different industries, including healthcare. VR is proving to be a valuable tool for pharma companies who are looking to train doctors on new drugs and treatments. With VR, doctors and pharmacists can be placed in realistic simulated environments where they can learn about the effects of a new drug or treatment before a drug is actually prescribed to patients. This allows for a more hands-on learning experience that can help these professionals better understand how a new drug or treatment works. Additionally, VR can be used to train pharmacists on drug the drug design and manufacturing. By placing them in realistic simulations, they can get a better understanding of all the processes and conditions involved in producing pharmaceutical products. This type of training can help reduce errors and improve safety in healthcare.

Melatonin Deficiencies and Their Causes

Insomnia and other sleeping disorders are steadily on the rise, a very alarming statistic that experts around the world are trying to combat. One of the leading causes of these sleeping disorders is related to the hormone melatonin.

Melatonin is a hormone that induces sleep, and its deficiency can be correlated to a wide array of sleeping issues. In this article, we will examine why melatonin is necessary, the causes of melatonin deficiency, and their possible remedies.

Why Is Melatonin Important?

Melatonin controls a person’s circadian rhythm: their sleep/wake cycle. Proper secretion of the hormone ensures high-quality sleep and makes one feel more active when awake. Consequently, not having enough melatonin can have adverse effects such as:

1.    Insomnia

A lack of melatonin prevents you from experiencing the sensation of sleepiness, making people have trouble sleeping or simply unable to sleep.

2.    Circadian Rhythm Disorders

Usually, a person’s circadian rhythm is designed in such a way that they feel tired at night and awake during the day. A circadian rhythm disorder is a significant deviation from this cycle: instead of being tired at night, you might find yourself most tired in the morning or the middle of the day while feeling most active after midnight.

3.    Depression and Other Mental Illnesses

There has been a lot of debate over whether inadequate sleep causes mental illness or the other way around. The varies on a case-to-case basis, but the lack of sleep can always be attributed to melatonin deficiencies. It may compromise a person’s overall quality of life, exacerbating mental illnesses such as anxiety and major depressive disorder.

4.    Lowered Immunity

A lack of sleep caused by a melatonin deficiency also compromises your immunity. Not only does it make diseases such as the common cold more intense, but it also increases the recovery time.

Causes and Remedies of Melatonin Deficiency

Here are some reasons for this hormone deficiency and what to do about it.

1.    Eating Habits

High carbohydrate diets can inhibit melatonin production significantly. Due to sudden blood sugar spikes and drops, your regular melatonin production gets subdued. Taking too much caffeine can also interfere with melatonin production.

2.    Exposure to Blue Light

One of the most harmful things for melatonin production is excessive exposure to blue light. Humans evolved to stay awake while the sun was out and sleep after the sun sets. However, light, especially higher-frequency blue light, fools our minds into thinking that the sun never actually sets. This instinctively keeps us awake for longer and prevents us from secreting melatonin at the right time or in adequate amounts.

Try limiting the use of devices with screens an hour or two before bed. If that is not possible due to the nature of your job or routine, you could use glasses with blue-cut lenses that reduce the intensity of blue light entering your eyes. Companies like ICU Eyewear stock them. Many report better sleep and less eye fatigue using these glasses. However, though this solution is effective, it is not as perfect as limiting the use of devices before bed.

3.    Aging

A key factor behind melatonin deficiencies is age. Older people secrete less melatonin than their younger counterparts. On the other hand, teenagers experiencing puberty need more sleep and also experience a delay in their circadian rhythms, preferring to stay up later than most adults.

Although it is challenging to fix melatonin deficiencies caused by aging, limiting your exposure to blue light and fixing up your diet, as highlighted above, can still go a long way in ensuring that the quality of your sleep is not compromised.

Melatonin Supplements as a Remedy

A lot of affected people combat sleeplessness and insomnia using melatonin supplements. Many find them to be an effective remedy and see their sleep partially or fully fixing improving. However, some individuals experience side effects from melatonin supplements, such as nausea, dizziness, and even vivid nightmares. It is also very easy to take too much and abuse melatonin supplements. If you’re suffering from sleeplessness, consult your healthcare practitioner to see if these supplements can help you.


Sleeping disorders are becoming more commonplace and need to be taken more seriously. More often than not, the root of the problem is related to the melatonin not being produced. In a world where people are lauded for pulling all-nighters and burning the midnight oil, let us aim for a world that prioritizes rest and well-being.

Latest Technologies Redefining the Beauty and Skincare Industry

The beauty and skincare industry has seen rapid changes over the last decade or so, with technological advancements making it easier than ever for people to access top-of-the-line products. From innovative advances in cosmetics and facial treatments that seek to make you look your best – to app-based products and services that keep your skin looking flawless 24/7 – technology is kicking up a serious storm when it comes to redefining how we view beauty care.

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at some of the technologies revolutionising this billion-dollar market, exploring everything from its impact on makeup trends to virtual consultations designed to enhance user experiences within the space. So buckle up folks as we get ready for an informational journey into what will be driving growth in one of our favourite industries forward!

Introduce the latest technologies in skincare and their benefits

Skincare technology is advancing rapidly, with novel treatments and products being developed every day. One of the most exciting technologies emerging on the market is biotechnology-based skincare. This is a form of skincare that harnesses proteins, peptides, and other natural substances to protect, repair, and soothe skin. The resulting products nourish the skin with intense hydration and antioxidant protection—all without irritation or inflammation. Other notable advancements in skincare technology include light therapy devices such as LED masks and micro needling devices that can penetrate deep into the skin’s layers to promote collagen production. Ultimately, advances in skincare technology are paving the way for brighter, healthier-looking skin free of wrinkles, sun damage, and other signs of aging.

Discuss how these technologies are changing the beauty industry for the better

The beauty industry is evolving rapidly with the introduction of new technologies. Computers, virtual software, and augmented reality have allowed the beauty industry to thrive in ways that weren’t previously possible. Now, customers are able to quickly try on products virtually, allowing them to determine what looks best on their skin and facial features before committing to a purchase. Additionally, makeup artists and beauty professionals can use 3D mapping technology for precision when it comes to creating customised looks for individual clients. Overall, this new wave of technology in the beauty industry has enabled more efficient production lines and improved customer experiences from enhanced convenience and product knowledge.

Offer advice on how to choose the right technology for your needs

When it comes to technology in the beauty and skincare industry, finding the right fit can be a challenge. There is no one-size-fits-all solution and each business will have different needs. To give yourself the best chance of choosing the technology that meets all of your requirements, it is important to take the time to research. Analyse industry trends, ask for recommendations from peers who are already using similar technology and make sure to understand any potential contracts associated with adopting a particular product. This homework could save you not only money but also time, in having to backtrack or switch over later on. Ultimately, when selecting new tech, remember that while it’s important to stay current with industry developments, your decision should be based on what works best for your business.

Encourage readers to try out these technologies for themselves and see the difference they make

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The beauty and skincare industry is ever-changing, with new technologies constantly emerging. From at-home facial devices to customise makeup shades, these latest innovations are redefining how we approach beauty. And as we become more reliant on technology in our everyday lives, it’s likely that even more high-tech solutions will enter the market in the future. So keep an eye out for what’s next – you might be surprised by what turns up.

Shopping For Personal Care Products Online? 5 Tips And Tricks

Personal care products are crucial for maintaining your daily hygiene and beauty routine. With the convenience of online shopping, it’s easier than ever to stock up on your favourite products from your home. However, with the vast selection of online beauty products, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. 

That’s why it’s crucial to have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve to help you navigate the online shopping world for personal care products. And buying from reputable online stores such as Wizard Pharmacy Online can be helpful in filling up your stash. This article will provide you with seven essential tips and tricks to help you confidently shop for personal care products online.   

1. Know Your Skin Type And Concerns

Your skin type refers to the natural oil production of your skin, which can be classified as oily, dry, combination, or sensitive. Your skin concerns refer to any specific issues you may have, such as acne, aging, sensitivity, or dark spots.

To determine your skin type, try the ‘barefaced test.’ Cleanse your face and go about your usual morning routine without applying any products. After about an hour, take a look at your skin. You likely have oily skin if your skin feels oily and looks shiny. You likely have dry skin if your skin feels tight and looks dry. If you have oily areas, such as your forehead, nose, and chin, and dry regions, such as your cheeks, you likely have combination skin. You likely have sensitive skin if your skin is easily irritated and prone to redness.

Knowing your skin type and concerns can help you choose products that are suitable for your skin. For example, if you have oily skin, you may want to look for oil-free products labeled as “non-comedogenic,” as these are less likely to clog pores and cause acne. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to look for products labeled as “hypoallergenic” or “fragrance-free,” as these are less likely to irritate your skin.

It’s also a good idea to keep track of any changes in your skin over time, as your skin type and concerns can change due to factors such as age, hormones, and environmental conditions. By staying in tune with your skin’s needs, you can choose the best products to keep your skin healthy and happy.

2. Read Reviews

Reviews from other customers can provide valuable insights into the effectiveness and quality of a product. They can help you understand how well a product works for others and whether it may be a good fit for you. When reading reviews, pay attention to both positive and negative reviews.

Positive reviews can give you an idea of what people like about the product, while negative reviews can help you identify any potential issues or concerns. Remember that everyone’s skin is different, so what works for one person may not work for another.

It’s also important to consider the context of the review – for example, if someone is reviewing a product specifically designed for acne and they don’t have acne, their review may not be as relevant.

3. Look For Ingredients Lists

When reviewing the ingredients list, pay attention to any ingredients you may be allergic to or trying to avoid. For example, if you have sensitive skin, avoid products with fragrances or alcohol. If you’re trying to avoid certain chemicals, such as sulfates or parabens, you can look for products that are labeled as “sulfate-free” or “paraben-free.”

By reviewing the ingredients list, you can make sure the product does not contain any ingredients that may be harmful or irritating to your skin.

4. Compare Prices

It’s always a good idea to compare prices from different retailers to ensure you’re getting the best deal. Remember that the cheapest option may not always be the best; you might have saved a little but with consequences on your skin. So, consider cost and effectiveness when making your decision.

5. Look For Promotions And Discounts

 Keep an eye out for promotions and discounts from online retailers. Signing up for newsletters or following retailers on social media can help you stay up-to-date on sales and special offers.


Shopping for personal care products online can be a convenient and cost-effective way to stock up on your favourite items. Following these seven tips and tricks, you can shop confidently and buy the best products for your needs and budget. With some research and careful consideration, you can find the perfect personal care products to keep you feeling clean, fresh, and beautiful.

Ways to Combat Skin Aging

Skin aging is a natural process where skin cells decay and die away leaving us with wrinkles and other side effects. However, skin aging is a symptom and it doesn’t necessarily have to do anything with age. As a matter of fact, exposure to natural elements, bad habits and often hereditary factors can cause your skin to age faster than it normally would.

In most cases, such condition can be mended either by a change of habit or use of skincare products and even Profhilo treatments, for instance, to help rejuvenate and hydrate the skin and give it a fresh makeover.

That being said, some people dread akin aging to the point where they’ll resort to more drastic measures like plastic surgery by which point aged skin is the least of their problems. So with that in mind, here are some ways to combat skin aging and prevent premature wrinkles everyone is so afraid of.

Healthy eating habits to combat aging skin

Eating healthy is one of the best ways to combat aging skin. Eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help keep your skin looking young and vibrant. Moreover, it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This helps flush out toxins from your body and keeps your skin cells hydrated.

Eating foods rich in antioxidants like blueberries, dark chocolate, and green tea can also help protect against free radical damage that can cause wrinkles and other signs of aging. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon are also beneficial for keeping skin looking youthful as they help reduce inflammation which can lead to premature aging. Finally, limiting processed foods high in sugar and saturated fats will help keep your skin looking its best as these types of foods can contribute to inflammation and breakouts.

Does sun exposure speed up the process of skin aging?

Yes, sun exposure can speed up the process of skin aging. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can cause premature wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems. UV radiation is also linked to an increased risk of developing certain types of skin cancer.

Nowadays, direct exposure to sunlight, especially during the hot summer days is especially risky as climate change has made sunlight much more inhospitable towards our skin than what it was a few decades ago. Therefore, when you’re out and about in the daylight, be wary of how much you expose your skin to direct sunlight.

Is it possible to reverse the effects of skin aging?

Once your skin starts to develop symptoms of aging, it’s impossible to reverse it. However, you can minimize the symptoms and maintain a healthy and younger look for your skin with proper treatments or products.

By that time, you’ll have to continuously rely on treatments or products because these methods only slow down the inevitable aging of skin, they do not prevent or reverse it. Everyone grows old eventually and there’s no cure for the mortality of our bodies yet.

To conclude, make sure to practice good skincare habits such as cleansing and moisturizing daily, wearing sunscreen and eating a healthy diet to help keep your skin looking youthful.

Stop the Snooze: Four Benefits of Morning Exercise and How to Establish a Healthy Routine

There is no denying that exercising works wonders for our wellbeing. Going for a jog, lifting a couple of weights or enjoying a yoga class are all activities that can actively help keep our fitness levels and brain health in check. Not only that, but regular exercise can also spur you to consume better food options and make healthier choices, such as cutting down on fried foods and eating less red meat. In short, it has an array of precious advantages.

This said, exercise sessions can be easy to skip or postpone. From busy work schedules to other impeding daily commitments, you may often find it difficult to carve out some time for a dose of much-needed physical activity. This is why you should consider embracing morning workouts more frequently.

With a wide range of health benefits, exercising in the morning can kickstart your day in a positive, wholesome fashion. Here, with some insights from Jonjo Hancock-Fell, at private health cover provider: Westfield Health, we uncover some of the most prominent perks, while offering some tips on how to get into a healthy morning routine.

1. Boosts mood and energy

Exercise has the powerful ability to tackle sentiments of stress and boost your morale. In fact, physical activity induces your brain to release more endorphins, which are feel-good hormones that will get your day started on a mental high. What’s more, waking up bright and early to stay healthy can offer a sense of accomplishment from the outset, putting a genuine smile on your face for the rest of day.

Morning exercise also has the capacity to enhance your energy levels, inhibiting feelings of lethargy and sleepiness. It has been found that, by taking part in regular physical activities, inactive people with persistent fatigue can decrease sentiments of tiredness by as much as 65%. Hence, working out in the morning will provide you with the perfect dose of energy to brave your daily duties.

2. Helps you focus on the day ahead

Do you struggle to stay alert during the day? Morning exercise could nip the problem in the bud. According to research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, morning workouts have the ability to maximise your decision-making processes, visual learning, and attention span.

Furthermore, exercising before you leave the house for your daily commitments will stimulate blood flow and keep you focused. Physical activity in the morning paired with occasional breaks throughout the day will help you to concentrate and stay productive.

3. Limited distractions

There is no hiding that distractions or an unexpected change of plans can disrupt your exercise schedules. Also, as your day goes by, you may find that your to-do list is too extensive, and realise that you do not have time to fit in some all-important physical activity.

Mornings, instead, are the perfect time of day to carry out your fitness sessions with fewer interruptions. Not only will you be able to work out before you start ticking off daily tasks from your agenda, but you are also less likely to be disturbed by emails, text messages, or phone calls.

4. Improves sleep

In need of a good night’s rest? Early exercise sessions can work magic on your sleep patterns. In fact, it has been demonstrated that adults enjoy a better night’s sleep if they work out at 7 o’clock in the morning.  

People who exercise in the morning tend to take less time to fall asleep, experience fewer awakenings during the night and benefit from more hours of deep sleep. Why? One of the reasons may be that early-morning light exposure could increase your levels of melatonin in the evenings. Melatonin is a hormone that informs your body that it is night-time, so it helps you both relax and feel sleepy.

Tips for morning workouts

Early workouts go a long way in enhancing both your physical and mental wellbeing, therefore benefitting your personal health on the whole.

If you want to give morning workouts a go but don’t know how to start, here are a few tips to find some all-important motivation:

  • Establish a consistent wake-up time – First things first, you may want to consider waking up at the same time (almost) every morning. Keeping your wake-up calls consistent will get your body acclimatised to the new routine, and early awakenings will soon become a natural practice. This way, you will be ready to embrace your morning workouts with confidence and determination.
  • Make realistic plans that work for you – When planning your physical activities, make sure to set out realistic targets and ambitions. Do you feel comfortable going for a half-hour jog in the park? Or would you rather focus on lighter exercises? From practising samba steps to warming up your core with sit-ups, there are many short workouts that can get your day off to a splendid start.
  • Leave your training outfit next to your bed – This is a simple, effective way to streamline your morning and encourage you to nurture your body. If your running shoes are sitting beside your bed, how can you say no to an early, feel-good dose of activity? In fact, keeping your training clothes in sight serves as a visual reminder to get exercising.
  • Find an exercise companion – Do you struggle to find the motivation to get your muscles working first thing in the morning? According to researchers at the University of Aberdeen, finding an exercise buddy can increase the amount of exercise you do. Why? Firstly, they can offer you the emotional support you need to get going. Secondly, morning workouts give you the opportunity to have a chat and a catch-up and can also expand your social circles. What’s not to like?

This said, it is important to remember that there are things that exercise cannot aid, including physical problems that require medical intervention. In this case, health cash plans can help you cover some of the costs of essential healthcare, including physiotherapy, allowing you to recover with some much-needed peace of mind. 

From boosting your mood and energy levels to enhancing your sleep and concentration, early workouts bring an array of wellbeing benefits. Not only that, but they allow you to stay in shape in cooler conditions and with fewer distractions. By following a few, simple steps, you can swiftly get into a healthy routine and energise for the day ahead.

A Global First: Researchers Identify Approximately 100,000 New Types of Viruses Previously Unknown to Science

This is a ninefold increase in the amount of RNA viruses known until now

The researchers succeeded in identifying new viruses, even specifying which organisms they are likely to attack. Their discovery is expected to help advance the development of repellents for bacteria, fungi and agricultural pests.

A groundbreaking Tel Aviv University study has discovered about 100,000 new types of previously unknown viruses – a ninefold increase in the amount of RNA viruses known to science until now. These viruses were discovered in global environmental data from soil samples, oceans, lakes, and a variety of other ecosystems. The researchers believe that their discovery may help in the development of anti-microbial drugs and in protecting against agriculturally harmful fungi and parasites.

The study was led by doctoral student Uri Neri under the guidance of Prof. Uri Gophna of the Shmunis School of Biomedicine and Cancer Research in the Wise Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University. The research was conducted in collaboration with the US-based research bodies NIH and JGI, as well as the Pasteur Institute in France. The research was published in the prestigious journal Cell, and comprised data collected by more than a hundred scientists around the world.

Viruses are genetic parasites, meaning they must infect a living cell in order to replicate their genetic information, produce new viruses, and complete their infection cycle. Some viruses are disease-causing agents that can cause harm to humans (such as the coronavirus), but the vast majority of viruses do not harm us and infect bacterial cells – some of them even live inside our bodies without us even being aware of it.

Uri Neri says that the study used new computational technologies to mine genetic information collected from thousands of different sampling points around the world (oceans, soil, sewage, geysers, etc.). The researchers developed a sophisticated computational tool that distinguishes between the genetic material of RNA viruses and that of the hosts and used it to analyze the big data. The discovery allowed the researchers to reconstruct how the viruses underwent diverse acclimation processes throughout their evolutionary development in order to adapt to different hosts.

In analyzing their findings, the researchers were able to identify viruses suspected of infecting various pathogenic microorganisms, thus opening up the possibility of using viruses to control them. Prof. Gophna: “The system we developed makes it possible to perform in-depth evolutionary analyses and to understand how the various RNA viruses have developed throughout evolutionary history. One of the key questions in microbiology is how and why viruses transfer genes between them. We identified a number of cases in which such gene exchanges enabled viruses to infect new organisms. Furthermore, compared to DNA viruses, the diversity and roles of RNA viruses in microbial ecosystems are not well understood. In our study, we found that RNA viruses are not unusual in the evolutionary landscape and, in fact, that in some aspects they are not that different from DNA viruses. This opens the door for future research, and for a better understanding of how viruses can be harnessed for use in medicine and agriculture.”

Regrowing Frog Limbs: What Does This Mean For Humankind?

Did you know that salamanders are able to regrow limbs? They can do so thanks to blastema cells, which allow for the almost instant mass formation of stem cells. It’s a relatively unique and fascinating trait!

Thanks to research by the Allen Discovery Centre at Tufts University, frogs are now able to mirror this regenerative function. Not only will this help our beloved amphibians, but it could also work towards developing treatment for humans that have lost limbs.

ABGI, a leading provider of support for R&D tax credits, has explored this innovative research breakthrough and its potential to improve healthcare.

How is science transforming the natural biology of frogs?

Science is transforming nature one frog at a time. To make this a reality, a scientist amputated and treated 115 adult African claw frogs with multiple drugs designed to ease inflammation, halt collagen production (in turn avoiding scarring) and encourage the growth of nerve fibres, blood vessels and muscle.

The drugs were then placed into a wearable dome called a BioDome, which was sealed over the frog’s stump for 24 hours. The regeneration process then began after the removal of the BioDome.

The regeneration process doesn’t happen overnight. It took the amputated frogs 18 months to regrow their legs. This may seem like a long time, but when you consider that this included a bone structure and internal tissue that resembled the original frogs’ anatomies, it’s a reasonable timeframe. Even though the legs did not regrow impeccably – for example, there were no bones in the toes – the frogs were able to use them when swimming and moving.

How are regenerative drugs beneficial to humans?

Even a brief exposure to the treatment can trigger limb regeneration in frogs, which has led scientist Nirosha Murugan to believe that that “other animals may have dormant regenerative capabilities that can be triggered into action”, possibly including humans.

Just like frogs, humans and most other mammals have little to no regenerative abilities. We can regrow tissue to close a wound, for example, suggesting that our bodies have some innate knowledge on how to regenerate flesh. But there is a big difference between tissue regrowth and bone structure reproduction.

However, with the development of the BioDome, there may be hope for humans yet. If both frogs and humans share similar abilities to develop scar tissue when cut, it is possible that BioDome would have a similar effect when tested on humans.

In fact, Michael Levin, director of the Allen Discovery Centre at Tufts University, has commented that they will be testing the treatment on mammals next: “It’s a strategy focused on triggering dormant, inherent anatomical patterning programmes, not micromanaging complex growth, since adult animals still have the information needed to make their body structures.”

We have a long way to go before regenerative medicine may be tested on humans. Nevertheless, the discovery that the BioDome enables frogs to regrow almost complete limbs is a huge leap for science. In time, people that lose limbs as a result of health conditions, such as diabetes and cancer, could be given the chance to reclaim their independence alongside prosthetics.

The Ultimate Guide To Finding The Right Dermatologist For You

Choosing a dermatologist requires the same thorough and careful selection as you would when finding a doctor for your other health concerns. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and requires precise care. No matter what issues you have with it, it deserves to receive attention from someone who’s trained to solve them.

Dermatologists can help you gain back that confidence that you’ve lost due to skin problems. Whether you have acne, wrinkles, visible pores, pigmentation, or any more complex issues, they will ensure you receive solutions that are sustainable, fit for your budget, and, above all, effective. But how do you find the right one for you?

This brief guide will show all the steps you need to take to find the ideal dermatologist for your needs.

1. Read Patient Reviews 

Before you even book an appointment with a dermatologist, you must first learn what other people think of them and their services. A clinic website is one of the best places to start looking. But you should also look up patient reviews from third-party websites if you want unbiased and more transparent opinions. Read customer testimonials on their Google business listing, too.

While you’re at it, take time to check for pricing so you can think about your budget if ever you choose to visit them. 

Also, don’t forget to visit their social media pages. Check how the doctor’s management team deals with patients’ inquiries, concerns, and questions. See if they’re professional, friendly, and accommodating. You may join discussion groups and forums and ask other patients about their experiences. It won’t hurt to get referrals from others who may have the same skin concerns as you. 

2. Assess Your Dermatology Needs 

There’s a good chance you have a dermatology concern that your preferred dermatologist cannot help you with. So, assess what kind of skin issue you have. Whether you have acne breakouts, dry skin, or sun-damaged skin, it pays to know who is best equipped to deal with them. Doing so will narrow down your dermatologist choices, making it easier to select who is the perfect fit.

There are three types of dermatologists. The first one focuses on medical care, so they’re the right choice if you want to treat issues like acne or rosacea. They provide non-extensive solutions for maladies and make your skin healthier.

The next type focuses on fixing skin issues with surgery. Whether minor or major, they perform operations to remove potentially serious growths on your skin. Visit them to deal with melanomas, cysts, and so on. 

Finally, if your skin concern is purely aesthetic, such as getting rid of pigments and fine lines or making your face look more refined and sculpted, a cosmetic dermatologist should be right for you.

All in all, the best dermatologist for you is one whose specialty closely aligns with your needs. If you’re unsure about what type of dermatologist to seek help from, you can ask your family doctor for advice; usually, they also have their own referrals.

3. Ensure Their Expertise In Your Field 

After assessing your dermatology needs, you now have a category to specifically sort through the available list of dermatologists in the field. For instance, you can check out the list of trusted experts in cosmetic dermatology. You can see what skills and expertise they have and what kind of services or treatments they usually provide.

Check if the dermatologist has treated skin problems similar to yours in the past by looking through their website, landing page, testimonials, portfolio, and customer reviews.

4. Consider Personal Referrals 

As mentioned, your primary care doctor can refer you to dermatologists because they usually have a solid network of fellow doctors from different fields. Aside from that, you can try asking your close family and friends. Chances are they’ve worked with a dermatologist before. 

Seek their personal recommendations. Talk about the skin issues you want to treat so they may refer you to a dermatologist who can deal with them. Ask for their contact information if they have them. Then, give them a call to ask about their clinic location, operating hours, and procedures for reservation. 

5. Check Their Credentials 

Finally, you need to check the dermatologist’s credentials. Check their educational backgrounds, certifications, and affiliated networks or organizations. It’s more likely that a dermatologist with extensive training and experience can provide you with various treatment options depending on your skin problem. After all, you’ll be entrusting them with your body, so it’s crucial to know they can provide the treatment you seek.

Board certification is a big thing you should look for. You can also verify if that dermatologist has been sued for malpractice or was the subject of litigation.

Start Your Search Today

No matter your skin concerns, there’s always a professional ready to help you with them. It’s a matter of finding which ones can give you the solutions you need. By doing careful research and considering these steps, you can narrow down your choices and find the ideal dermatologist to work with.

The Journey to Your Happy Place: Creating Equilibrium in Your Life

Do you ever just want to escape reality and go to a place where you feel safe, happy, and loved?

We all have that special memory of the past that we like to come back to, or a meditation corner we have created to help us recentre and take some weight off our shoulders.

Happy places are a great way to find balance in a busy world. Here are a few suggestions on how to create or access yours.

The happiest countries in the world

Going to a happy place can literally mean packing your backpack and jetting off to one of the happiest destinations in the world.

The 2021 World Happiness Report has determined the world’s happiest countries, and the headliner is Finland. It is followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.

What makes these countries rank the highest is neighbourhood support, social benefits, and a feeling of security amongst a united community. In Denmark, for example, people are notoriously known for paying the highest tax. Yet they see it as an investment in their quality of life because the tax goes towards supporting free healthcare, education, and unemployment benefits.

Immersing yourself in the community these countries provide will charge you up with some good vibes, which you can then spread back home. Whether you’re going for a weekend or a long-haul holiday, it will definitely be a fresh restart.

Join a community

If you’re longing for that community feeling and social interactions to help you recharge your batteries, you can recreate your happy place at home. Just take some inspiration from the community-centred Nordic countries and apply it to your personal social life.

Perhaps you want to join a dance group, a book club, or a Friday night mums’ gathering. Whatever your interests and hobbies are, you are sure to find like-minded people.

A great way to take your friendships to the next level is by organising weekly or monthly gatherings around a certain topic. For example, you can get together and share three good things that happened to you and discuss them, or even do a moon ritual and connect with nature’s divine cycles.

Even indulging in regular shopping therapy and visiting your favourite stores can boost your happiness. There is nothing better than a girl-to-girl confidence boost, and the compliments you get on a pair of pink sandals will do wonders for your mood.

Instilling that sacred feeling of togetherness and love will make you long for more of those special moments. This is your happy place.

Imagine your happy place

What if you aren’t always able to visit a happy place physically? Then you can create one mentally.

We’re bestowed with such vast imagination that we can envision any world that we wish. Flicking through images of love, happiness, and beauty, we can easily transcend ourselves to where we feel happy and serene.

Alternatively, we can dive into the well of our memories and treat our bodies and minds to a journey across our cherished past. Thinking about feel-good moments increases our serotonin levels – the happiness hormone known as the mediator for well-being. By boosting this vital neurotransmitter, we’re not only uplifting our mood but are also taking care of our physical health, and mainly the digestive system.

Create a safe space

Whether you’re travelling through your memories, discovering new mental worlds, or simply surrendering to the peace and quiet, having a safe space where you can practise this is essential.

Find a corner in your home where you can set the scene. Place cushions and blankets on the floor, light up some candles or incense and ensure you are not disturbed.

You can also incorporate painting, writing, singing, and dancing into the process and unleash your creativity to maximise the results.

This is your ‘me time’, so make it special.

Whenever you feel down or simply need a serotonin boost, travelling to your happy place can be a great fix. Whether you’re visiting an actual place that emits happiness or going into your imagination, the springs of joy are always available for you. Yet the happiest place of all is within yourself – being comfortable with who you are and nurturing it – is your key to a long life!

Mental Health and Air Quality: Are They Linked?

Studies have found that poor air quality not only has detrimental effects on our physical health, but also on our mental well-being.

If untreated, being exposed to high levels of air pollution could result in spiralling cases of varying mental health disorders, and it may seem as though this is out of our control.

However, with efforts to reduce air pollution in areas with poor air quality, and individual efforts to monitor air quality in workplaces and households, combatting rising air pollution levels could result in drastic improvements to our mental health.

The link between mental health and air quality

“Mental health is an increasingly discussed topic, and our society is shaping into one that is becoming more aware and reactive to it,” says Dr Chunli Cao, Managing Director of Healthy Air Technology and Fellow of CIBSE, who has worked towards creating ground-breaking solutions in the sector.

“This means exploring different avenues that can affect our mental health is crucial, and air quality is one of them,” she adds.

Studies have shown that being exposed to higher levels of harmful particles like Particulate Matter (PM2.5) and Nitrogen Oxide (NO2) can result in a range of mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

The risks attached to poor air quality can be as severe as to have led to an increase in hospital cases, with mental conditions so poor that the amount of suicides has increased.

Pollutants can enter the body and impact our nervous system, damaging our DNA cells, whilst also entering through our olfactory system into our brain tissue, causing long-term brain damage. In doing so, they can affect how we process emotions, and over time the particles can harm the limbic system – which is the part of the brain that controls our emotional and behavioural responses.

Making the necessary changes to protect our mental health would have various benefits, and even just a small reduction with just one pollutant could save the NHS millions a year.

How poor air quality can affect mental development in children

The mental health risks for children can be severe if they are exposed to high levels of air pollution, and according to the World Health Organisation, 93% of children breathe polluted air that is hazardous to their health.

At such a young age, our brains and our behaviour are still developing, and poor air quality, particularly high levels of PM2.5, can greatly damage this development.

If there is continued exposure throughout childhood, there’s a risk of long-lasting effects to brain activity. This can result in anxiety, depression, and attention disorders.

Adolescents can also suffer from mental health disorders, with studies finding that young people living in relatively high levels of ozone led to an increase in depression, with feelings of loneliness, sadness, and self-hate.

Researchers have also discovered that young people who live in areas of higher pollution are three to four times more likely to develop depression by the age of 18.

Therefore, without tackling the root of the problem, the brain’s processes will weaken over time, leading to permanent mental health problems.

How to protect our mental health from poor air quality

“We must put measures in place to improve air quality, specifically by reducing air pollution in areas with high levels of pollutants,” states Chunli.

We can look at tackling the problem on a wider scale first, preventing the increase of air pollution through targeting traffic levels and encouraging alternative transport, working collectively as well as needing the council to contribute time and resources.

With years of expertise in air cleansing solutions, Chunli also advocates for monitoring indoor air quality in order to protect our mental health.

She comments: “Individuals and businesses can invest in air purifiers to monitor the air they breathe the majority of their day, both at home and in workplaces.

“This would ensure children are being protected, too, and that our mental health is being made more of a priority through taking preventative and reactive measures in areas that we have control over.”

The Ethical Experts in Hair Rejuvenation

Skipton-based hair transplant consultancy, Juvida Clinics, is changing the face of hair loss prevention and hair transplantation in the UK. Patients no longer need to travel abroad to access state-of-the-art technology as Juvida Clinics provides free face-to-face consultations with potential clients up and down the country. Intent on protecting the interests of every client, the company has earned itself a reputation for integrity and trust. Juvida Clinics is awarded Most Rejuvenating Hair Transplant Clinic – UK.

Hair loss can have a far-reaching impact. Those affected may experience a loss of confidence and gain self-consciousness, negative self-image, and even depression. Sadly, the vast majority of hair loss happens as a direct result of genes we inherit from our parents, so some of us are fortunate to keep a full head of hair into our 60s and beyond, and others are not so fortunate with their hair.

Another factor linked to premature hair loss is stress. The difficulties we encounter mentally sometimes manifest themselves physically. This is also seen in those experiencing shock. Of course, there are lots of other reasons we may lose our hair including immune disorders, vitamin deficiencies, use of steroids, low iron count, and under-active thyroid. That’s why, in many cases, the first advice a Juvida clinician offers is to speak with your GP – as understanding what causes hair loss is essential in understanding how to tackle the problem.

Since 2015, Juvida Clinics has been helping clients to understand why they are losing their hair, and then striving to find the perfect solution for each case. The company ethos is simply to be ethical and have the client’s best interests at the forefront of everything it does. Initial consultations are free and the company doesn’t use pressure sales techniques.

Offering a range of options, Juvida works with each client to educate and inform them of the available solutions. Carried out by expert surgeons and nurses, the cutting-edge treatments are all backed by scientific evidence. Juvida even provides free access to a mental health nurse when clients are in need of help or advice in this area.

So what treatments are on offer at Juvida?

In some cases a transplant is unnecessary. The team educate clients on how to prevent further hair loss and may suggest alternative treatments. But, in some cases, hair is restored without the need for surgical intervention. One client, Philip Dehany from That Stagey Blog, underwent a series of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments. This, combined with the use of Dense Hair Club’s Thicker, Fuller Hair products has led to him having a full head of hair in less than 6 months!

Philip was thrilled. He had been planning to travel to Turkey and pay for a full hair transplant which would have cost much more. PRP treatment has its roots in maxillofacial surgery and sports medicine. It is now used in many areas of medicine to promote wound healing, tissue, and hair rejuvenation.

At Juvida, clients undergoing PRP have a blood sample taken. Plasma harvested from the sample is then injected into the client’s scalp. Treatments are given in blocks of three months – one treatment per month.

But what happens when a hair transplant is required?

Juvida employs the most common hair transplant surgery technique: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Units of hair follicles – containing between 1 and 4 follicles – are transplanted from an area on the client’s scalp known as the permanent zone. This is an area where healthy follicles are plentiful. Small holes (or incisions) are then made in the area receiving the hair and the follicles are re-inserted. This technique allows the transplanted hair to continue to grow in the new location.

Investing in the very latest technology, Juvida has enlisted the help of a robot named ARTAS to help with the process. Developed to make the FUE process faster and more effective, ARTAS uses algorithms to identify the most suitable follicles to harvest. This reduces treatment times and produces high-quality, longer-lasting grafts. The follicles are then inserted by a technician.

Juvida is one of a very small number of clinics offering this service in the UK.

Of course there are limits to the amount of hair that can be transplanted. And that’s one of the reasons that Juvida also offers Semi-Permanent Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP). This non-surgical procedure is like an ultra-fine tattoo. Filling in areas where hair has been lost with natural hair colour can disguise the area and make it much less noticeable.

SMP is also used to cover scars and other imperfections on the head. Clients receive two treatments over the course of two weeks to insert the ink into the dermal layer of the skin. After two months they return to the clinic for checks and touch-ups. The effects fade naturally, lasting for around two years.

As part of its commitment to its clients, Juvida also offers interest-free monthly payment options with no hidden fees.

On receiving the award, company director, Mohammed Ahmed says, “This award and others we have received are a testament to the incredible results our doctors achieve on a daily basis. Our aim is to not only restore our client’s hair but their confidence too. Our team is dedicated to making each customer journey a success. We’re with you through every step of your life-changing transformation, from consultation to aftercare.”

For business enquiries, contact Mohammed Ahmed from Juvida Clinics Ltd on their website –