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Hispanic Influence on the Medical Industry

As we prepare to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, listed below are some of the notable contributions Hispanics have made to the medical industry.

Carlos Juan Finlay

Hispanic-Cuban physician and scientist recognized as a pioneer in the research of yellow fever.

Severo Ochoa de Albornoz

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Nine Reasons to Get Back in the Classroom

Are you thinking about going back to school? Continuing your education can change your life and help you prepare for a brighter future. It’s never too late. Here are nine reasons that can help confirm going back to school is the right decision.  

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Test Your Heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women, taking about 600,000 lives each year. That is a scary statistic.

So what can we do about it? Eat a heart-healthy diet; don’t smoke or use tobacco; exercise for 30 minutes most days of the week; maintain a healthy weight; get enough sleep ; and get regular health screenings, like an electrocardiogram. Let’s start there.

Frist, what is an electrocardiogram?

An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. About once a second, certain cells in your heart generate an electrical signal that runs from the top of the heart to the bottom. This electrical activity is translated into line tracings on a paper, illustrating the spikes and dips (waves) of heart activity.

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Heartbeat Disorders: Know the Warning Signs

Ever feel like your heart is racing? Or like it just skipped a beat? Sometimes these can be signs of a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia). Here are some warning signs to look for in your own heartbeat.

What is an arrhythmia?

A heart rhythm disorder, also called an arrhythmia (or dysrhythmia), occurs when an abnormal heart function causes the heart to beat faster or slower than usual, skip a beat, or beat irregularly. How problematic can arrhythmia can be to a patient depends on the type of abnormality itself.

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Heart Attack Prevention Tips

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Here are the top four lifestyle changes suggested to help prevent a heart attack in women and men:

Avoid tobacco
Although it is now common knowledge, it should be reiterated that smoking is very harmful. Not only does it increase your chance of developing lung cancer, but it will also cause serious damage to your heart. When you smoke a cigarette, you inhale carbon monoxide instead of oxygen. Thus, you are preventing your heart from getting the one thing it needs to function properly. According to the CDC, about 20% of all deaths from heart disease in the U.S. are directly related to cigarette smoking.

Exercise regularly

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Enough About the Politics: What Does Obamacare Mean for You?

Ever since November 2009, one piece of legislation has dominated almost every conversation about healthcare in America: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. As members of the medical community, however, it is crucial that we understand not only the basics of the new law, but also what the new law means for nurses and others in healthcare support occupations.

Signed into law on March 23, 2010, Obamacare represents the largest change in the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. Here are some Obamacare facts that you need to know:

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Benefits of Two-Year Associate Degree Programs

For many, a two-year Associate degree program offers advantages over a traditional four-year program.  Choosing the right college is vital to help avoid the debt (and difficulties repaying it) that so many students experience. With a national student debt topping $1 trillion dollars, more students are now considering an Associate degree to save money and avoid large student loans.

Here are some benefits of earning a two-year degree:

1. Eliminates unnecessary classes
A two-year program can eliminate coursework that is unrelated to the degree the student hopes to earn.   

2. Focuses on job skills

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Overcoming the Fear of Shots

Nobody likes shots, but we all have to get them. It’s not uncommon to be afraid of shots either. Here are some tips to help you or someone you know conquer the fear of the needle.

What to do on the day of the shot

Keep a positive attitude.Thinking about the needle will only stress you out. Instead, try reminding yourself about the long-term health benefits that greatly outweigh the momentary discomfort of the shot.

Tell your doctor if you’re anxious.Letting your doctor know about any fear or anxiety you might have will allow him or her to walk you through the process. The doctor can help keep you relaxed and put things in perspective.

Consider applying an anesthetic.If you’re afraid of the pain from the needle, ask your doctor about using an aesthetic beforehand to help numb the area of the shot and dull the pain.

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Preparing for the TEAS

Everything you need to know for the first step to nursing school.

If you've considered applying for nursing school, you've probably heard about the TEAS. While people seem to be more familiar with the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN examinations, the TEAS is a common preadmission test used by many nursing programs. TEAS, which stands for Test of Essential Academic Skills, is administered through Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Nursing Education. The test is a basic aptitude test designed to identify students who would succeed in nursing school and who have the ability to think like a nurse. While all examinations can seem a bit daunting, it's important to remember that it's another step to figuring out if nursing school truly is for you.

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