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Healthcare is no game, although sometimes it feels like a big joke. With a million forms to fill out at the door and a five minute appointment with a healthcare provider (not necessarily a doctor), many consumers are left in the dark with no answers. Where is the information? Where is the education? Where is the "health" in healthcare? The answer to these questions eludes even the most astute consumer while the bottom-line watchers and ulitilization reviewers absolutely ruin the system. So, here is a pop quiz for you:
1. Where can patients, family-members, and health professionals connect?
2. Where does a vast amount of information about health exist?
3. Where can someone turn to for support?
4. Where can one get health questions answered?
5. What is going to put the "health" back into healthcare?
If you answered HealthCentral.com to all of these questions, you are absolutely correct. Now, maybe I am sounding a bit like a commercial. So to make my ...
I did not go to work today. I was in too much pain, and very lacking in sleep. I did keep my physical therapy appointment, though. I learned some things today that I wanted to share.
While I was sitting in the waiting room a young man sat down beside me. He was on crutches and soon began to tell me his story. According to this young man, he has been diagnosed with RA in his knees and hands. He said he also has OA. He has had two recent surgeries on one of his knees. I asked what rheumatologist he was seeing. To my amazement, he told me he was not seeing a rheumatologist. I then asked if he were taking anti-inflammatory medicine, prednisone, or a DMARD. He said no to all. I was, quite frankly, stunned. This young man is in the care of an orthopedic surgeon who practices in a well-known orthopedic group in a college town about an hour away. For whatever reason, this young man was not being referred to a rheumatologist...
Swallowing problems consist of any problem in which the normal movements associated with swallowing do not occur. Normal swallowing of food and liquid requires coordination of a large number of muscles in the mouth, throat (pharynx) and esophagus (the tube that leads from the pharynx into the stomach). As food is placed in the mouth, we close our lips to prevent drooling . Muscles of the tongue and jaw move around in the mouth for chewing. When chewing is finished, the food is collected into a ball by movements of the tongue. The swallow begins as the tongue pushes the food upward and backward towards the back of the mouth and the throat. As the tongue pushes the food or liquid toward the back of the mouth, the muscles in the pharynx begin to move to receive the food. The top of the windpipe (larynx) begins to lift, move forward, and close to keep food from going into the lungs. The soft part of the roof of the mouth (the soft palate) lifts to close off the entrance to the nose. As food pa...
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