Do You Want to Learn More About Caregiving?

Giving

Challenges in Caregiving: Giving Care, Taking Care, a caregiver training conference will be offered on Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Tukwila Community Center in Tukwila, Washington. The event is hosted by Aging and Disability Services Administration, Full Life Care and Pierce County Community Connections/Aging and Long Term Care along with the support of numerous community organizations. The conference is designed to provide current, practical skills and resources that community caregivers can use in their daily caregiving responsibilities. The conference is intended for:

• Family caregivers (spouses, adult children, parents of adults with disabilities, or other relatives)
• Home care workers and adult day services staff
• Adult family home or assisted living staff
• Social service or mental health professionals who work with family caregivers

The Early Registration fee (by May 15) for individual caregivers is $30. Scholarships are available for unpaid family caregivers. The Early Registration fee for agency-based caregivers is $50. Fees include workshops, lunch and resource exhibits. Registration forms will be available in April and space is limited – so don’t delay! For more information or to receive a full brochure and registration materials, please call 1-800-422-3263 or 360-725-2544.

~Professional Medical Corp.

New Mental Health Coverage

Obamacare Bumper StickerMental health has been on the minds’ of Americans in recent years, with the rise of gun violence and substance addiction, many are asking for a better solution to this epidemic.
In the beginning of this month President Obama pledged to strengthen our nation’s mental health systems by fixing Americans access to healthcare. Obama’s administration plans on preventing mental health issues by making counseling and addiction serves available to everyone. When the 2010 Affordable Care Act is fully implemented next year, millions of Americans stand to gain access to such care for the first time.
Opponents to Obamacare worry that the Affordable Care Act will be a serious strain on providers.  With the concern now on whether the providers and the delivery systems can take care of all of them, the debate over Obama’s initiative has many asking, what is really best for our patients?

For more information READ HERE

Are They Your Vaccinations?

Medical personnel and flu shotsThe flu season may finally be coming to an end in the U.S. and after an extreme season, compared to previous years, many are eager for it to conclude.

Getting vaccinated has become one of our best defenses against the illness, but a recent report put the vaccine’s effectiveness at 62 percent, and many American’s are not sold on getting the vaccination.

There is also a rising debate for whether the vaccine should be mandatory for hospitals and other high risk organization. Hospital administrators are grappling with whether to compel doctors, nurses and other medical staff to get vaccinated which as of now is not required.

The flu continues to hit older people hard, with more than 50 percent of hospitalizations involving adults 65 years and older. For hospital workers alone 60% get the shot, according to a report by the California Department of Public Health. The federal government has set a goal of 90% by 2020.

With an estimated 36,000 people dying from the flu and its complications in a typical season, the debate for vaccination isn’t going away anytime soon. One thing that president-elect of the California Medical Association, Richard Thorp, hopes is that “we all agree that you come to the hospital to get well, not to get sick.”

To read more please click HERE

~Professional Medical Corp.

Hold the Yolk Please

For many people eggs are a staple diet food. They have been praised for having all 9 essential amino acids and a high protein content. In addition they are great for eyes, contain lots of “good” fats, and are a good source of vitamin D.

But the topic of cholesterol has always come up with eggs and a new study from, the journal Atherosclerosis, reveals that an egg’s cholesterol is dangerous for people over the age of 40. The study reveals that egg yolks contributed to the artery-clogging LDL cholesterol and this makes egg consumption problematic over the age of 40 when there is a higher risk for heart disease.

The health implications of overconsumption of whole eggs has even been compared to the risks assoicated with smoking. The study evaluated artery health of patients who smoked and those who consumed whole eggs. The results are in and for those whose consumption of whole eggs was in the highest 20%, the narrowing of the carotid artery was on average about two-thirds that of the study’s heaviest smokers.

This study may have you asking, how much is too much cholesterol?

According to the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute, Americans should  limit their cholesterol intake to no more than 300 mg per day (an egg yolk has just over 200 mg), and eat no more than four whole eggs weekly.

This is good news for those who look forward to weekend egg breakfast with friends and family. And like so many things in life moderation is key!

Enjoy!

To read more of this article click HERE

~Professional Medical Corp

Colorful Kinesio Tape

If you have noticed more stripes and colors on athletes, chances are kinesio taping is to blame. The popularity of taping has grown in the last decade and the 2012 London Olympics have made it a household name. But how does this stuff work and is it affective?

Kinesio tape is a thin and pliable tape that is placed on areas of your body that can be prone to over extending, the tapes job is to pull on your skin to remind you NOT to over extend. Some trainers also use the tape as a tool to help improve balance in athletes and to prevent excessive extending. The taping has even been used on animals to help prevent injuries.

Research is still being done to determine the true effects of the tape, and whether it gives you a sense of stability and support or gives you a psychological edge. In the meantime kinesio taping gives us lots of pretty colors to look during sporting events and may have a bigger use in the future.

Read more about this topic HERE.

~Professional Medical Corp.

Olympian’s, Just Like Us?

The excitement was felt worldwide last night as the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games kicked off.

The athletes are ready for the greatest physical competition of their lives and this opening day is a result of a life time of work.  Daily training, diet, and mental preparation all play a role in whether they achieve gold.

Discovering Olympians’ diets or training secrets has always been a great American past time. Is it because we all have dreams of someday standing on a podium as the crowd shouts, “USA, USA”?

To fuel up like Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps keep in mind that he eats up to 12,000 calories a day. Some of his favorite foods include french toast, pancakes, eggs, pasta, and energy drinks!

While other athletes have different culinary choices, like tennis player Venus Williams, who chose a raw vegan diet plan to accompany her to the Olympics.

One thing is for sure, these athletes burn more calories than average people. But is it possible that eating like an Olympian will help you reach that gold medal? It’s possible, perhaps if you are burning 3,000 plus calories a day…like many Olympians.

So how many calories do they burn? Read more HERE to find out.

Enjoy the 2012 Summer Games!

~Professional Medical Corp.

Anti-Inflammatory…Cherries?

According to new findings at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland cherries have high anti-inflammatory compounds, the same as in aspirin.

These results suggest that tart cherries can someday be used as an alternative treatment for patients with osteoarthritis, exercise recovery, and dieting.

“The anti-inflammatory powers of tart cherries can make them a smart choice for healthy people too. In a number of studies, athletes who drank tart cherry juice before running a race or doing intensive strength exercises felt less pain afterward and bounced back faster than those who didn’t.”

Does this mean your doctor will prescribe a slice of cherry pie? Not likely. But cherries come in a variety of other forms to try from juices to dried. If you dare try a fresh tart cherry but be warned they do have quite a bite!

Read more about the power of cherries HERE

~Professional Medical Corp.