Five reasons you need antimicrobial membrane keypads for medical devices

Aug 29, 2014
Five reasons you need antimicrobial membrane keypads for medical devices

 

Like many other types of machines, medical devices often come equipped with keypads so that the data required for their operations may be entered into them. For instance, keypads attached to hospital beds can be used to maneuver them and to weigh patients. There are several types of keypads and nowhere is the choice more important than in the field of medicine. Membrane keypads – the kind that have their keys embedded into the surface – are the absolute best kind for the purpose; five reasons for this will be outlined below.


Go the extra mile

Aug 28, 2014
Go the extra mile

Perhaps you know someone who has a disability and you want to do all you can to provide support. Whatever the reason behind your desires, there are some things you can do in order to truly lend a hand and give someone a leg up. This can either mean you get directly involved with an organization or a group of people, or it can mean you go the extra mile and actually get trained in a particular field. The truth is that no matter what avenue you choose helping anyone will never be a waste of your time.


It’s not about the Ice

Aug 27, 2014
It's not about the Ice

 

Welcome to the ice age! No not the one over a billion years ago. I am talking about the one that is going on every single day and night in every corner of America. The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has been the social media darling that is sweeping the nation. Since the end of last week, the ALS Association had received $22.9 million in “Ice Bucket” donations. It seems to almost double every week.


Stop before Work-Related Stress Becomes a Health Issue

Aug 26, 2014
Stop before Work-Related Stress Becomes a Health Issue

The nature of how work is done has changed radically over the years. It is a far more competitive and cutthroat world today than ever before. Long hours, inadequate rest and constant pressure to perform can take a huge toll on the mental health of anyone.


How to Prevent Dehydration and Injury in Summer Sports

Aug 25, 2014
How to Prevent Dehydration and Injury in Summer Sports

Staying hydrated and keeping fluids in the body during hot months and while participating in active sports is essential to avoid heat stroke and other potential illnesses or serious conditions. Knowing how to prevent hydration and injury in any summer sports you are participating in is a way for you to ensure you are staying safe and healthy regardless of you level of physical activity and the time of year you are spending outdoors.


How Parkinson’s Disease Can Change One’s Life

Aug 21, 2014
How Parkinson's Disease Can Change One's Life

 

Parkinson’s Disease is a neuro-degenerative disease that affects one’s motor skills at first, but can eventually lead to other mental issues as well as a side affect of this disease. Parkinson’s Disease is caused by the lack of dopamine produced by the neurons in the substantia negra section of the brain. Dopamine is a chemical responsible for relaying messages between the substantia negra section of the brain to others in order to regulate movements and other motor skills needed on a daily basis. Over time, an individual with Parkinson’s Diseases looses the ability to make smooth, coordinated movements because many of the neurons that produce dopamine are damaged, and not enough dopamine is produced by the substantia negra for normal body movements to occur.


Use As Directed: How to Reduce Potential Side Effects

Aug 20, 2014
Use As Directed: How to Reduce Potential Side Effects

Today, there really is pretty much a pill to cure most of what can ail you. Advances in pharmacological science have led to a dramatic increase in the number of prescription drugs available on the marketplace. This increase in availability has allowed people with previously unmanageable conditions to see an improved quality of life. Diseases that used to negatively impact one’s life, or perhaps even cut one’s life short, can now be managed or even treated thanks to sophisticated new pharmaceutical drugs.


Depression And Sport

Aug 19, 2014
Depression And Sport

Robin Williams’ recent suicide has brought the topic of depression and mental health once again into the public sphere. Like Williams, many other comedians, both past and present, have suffered from depression and psychological demons. Indeed, while they appear bright and invincible onstage, behind closed doors many of these professional funnymen often struggle with self-loathing and the tragic spiral of self-destruction.

Depression – one of the world’s most prevalent mental illnesses – is also common amongst elite sportsmen and women, as well as college athletes.

Over the last two decades there have been numerous top-level athletes who have publically disclosed their difficult struggles with depression, including the Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, GB Olympic middle distance runner Kelly Holmes, and England batsmen Jonathan Trott. As these recent high-profile examples illustrate, there is still a great deal unknown about how – and why – mental illness affects elite level athletes. Although there have been numerous studies on depression, the way it affects sporting stars remains worryingly unaddressed. Moreover, this phenomenon is almost at odds with the received opinion, via numerous studies, that sport, going to the gym and keeping fit is the perfect way to combat – and prevent – depression, anxiety and stress. So, the question remains: why is this issue so common?

Though this topic has not been thoroughly addressed in literature, there are some avenues which we can begin to explore. Firstly, there is the nature of competitive sport itself to consider. In addition to the distress caused by the intense theatre of sport, which is often exacerbated by public scrutiny, the significance of numerous career milestones – and with it identity – is undoubtedly a cause of anxiety. For example, retirement, promotion, demotion, injury, relocation – all of these issues have the ability to enhance stress rather than relieve it. Indeed, the last example, relocation, has been cited as a cause of angst and depression for many elite athletes.

Although the general perception of professional sportspeople is that they stay in luxury accommodations in some of the finest cities of the world, living from paycheck to paycheck, the reality is often quite different. Despite impressive five-star accommodation, being away from family and friends – especially children – for long periods of time can put a professional sportsman or woman under an extreme mental strain.

Finally, remember that although we like to put them on a pedestal, our sporting heroes are actually humans, just like the rest of us, and humans experience depression. As a consequence, these elite level athletes should be treated as human beings, and not as invincible sporting heroes.

By exploring some of these issues, I hope that we can begin to address this topic with the attention it deserves, and that, with support, more elite level athletes can confidently come forward with their inner demons and take their first steps on the road to recovery.

Have you experienced a link between depression and sport?

Do you have any thoughts or comments on the issues that I’ve touched upon?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

 

Do you have any thoughts or comments on the issues that I’ve touched upon?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

NCHPAD articles and directory information:

http://www.nchpad.org/878/4993/Physical~Activity~for~People~Seeking~Relief~from~Anxiety~and~Depression

http://www.nchpad.org/606/2558/Food~and~Your~Mood~~Nutrition~and~Mental~Health

http://www.nchpad.org/Directories/Organizations/1987/Alabama~Department~of~Mental~Health

http://www.nchpad.org/Directories/Organizations/2391/Parkinson~s~Disease~Foundation~~Inc~

 


Brain Injury 101

Aug 18, 2014
Brain Injury 101

 

1.7 million cases of traumatic brain injury occur each year in America and require hospitalization. In all cases, damage to the brain can cause changes of consciousness that may be short-term or longer lasting. Many patients stricken with TBI suffer with reduced levels of functioning in multiple areas of life. Despite the severity of its consequences and the frequency of its occurrence, traumatic brain injury is still widely misunderstood. Below is a deeper look at brain injury.


Sudden Disability

Aug 14, 2014
Sudden Disability

Disabilities caused by an injury or sudden illness such as a stroke, an accident, or complications from surgery can be extremely difficult to endure. For example, pineal tumors are located deep within the brain and can cause a host of serious issues, including visual impairments, memory problems, and seizures. If the tumor grows large enough, it can even be life-threatening.