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We've passed the mid-way point in National Diabetes Month , which calls for awareness and education of diabetes to the general public and fostering a sense of community for all who have diabetes. Diabetes is affecting more and more people and their families and friends every year - to the tune of 23.6 million in the U.S. alone , hence this push for outreach and education are both necessary and noble. I hope that this sense of unified community begins from within the Diabetes Community itself, where I've found a fracture between those with Type 1 and those with Type 2. There have been times when I've been privy to comparisons, comments and banter (sometimes none to friendly) that have been tossed between the two D camps. The division between the two conditions can be likened to some of the other schisms that have occurred in cultures or religions, creating two distinct factions, like the Protestants v. the Catholics, or the Orange Irish v. the Green Irish, or Working Moms v. ...
Pain and disability can limit one's ability to live comfortably. Because a majority of time is spent in the home, adjusting the home environment can prove critical for improving quality of life. When a person cannot adapt to limitations easily, sometimes it is easier to adapt the environment to the person. This concept has been utilized successfully in the workplace in the form of workstation ergonomics. Fitting the chair, desk, and computer to a worker can drastically reduce the risk of repetitive use injuries. Taking this concept even further, home environment adjustments can be very important for gaining accessibility and living more comfortably. Here are some tips for improving your home environment with smart design.
Lever handles on doors and faucets can be easily operated with a push
Grab bars in the bathroom can make the area safer and easier to use
Toilet seat height at 19" can make it easier to get off the toilet
Raising the dishwasher to 42" can save everyone's b...
Anyone who has stubbed a big toe in the middle of the night knows how painful that big toe can be. Anyone who has tried to walk with a painful big toe knows how difficult a simple step can be. Any minor issues with a toe can be quite disabling because the toes are so important. Itchiness, numbness, burning, throbbing, and swelling; all of these problems can effect the first toe. However, no one really wants to go to the doctor for toe problems . And you may be able to avoid a trip to the doctor's office with some home remedies. Let's look at some home remedies for a sore big toe.
Problem #1: Throbbing, Swollen Toe: Any simple trauma like a bump in the night can cause a swollen, throbbing toe. With a little ice and rest, these minor sprains usually heal. If throbbing and swelling is not related to trauma, an ingrown toe nail might be a culprit. Home remedies for an ingrown, infected toe include: soaking the toe in Betadine Antiseptic Solution; applying topical antibiotics that ar...
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