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Interactive: The Four Lobes of the Brain

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As part of National EMS Week, May 17-23, 2015, Medtech encourages you to get smart about the brain and its many capabilities. Just roll your cursor over each of the four lobes of the cerebrum to learn more about how each part contributes to your overall portrait of health.

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EMTs by the Numbers

National EMS Week is May 17 - 23, 2015 this year, and strives to bring Emergency Medical Service personnel into the spotlight to be recognized for their incredible contribution to society. In honor of this week, we have collected facts about the impact Emergency Medical Technician's have on our every day lives in one place.

Visit the EMS Strong website to learn more about this year's campaign, and use the hashtag #EMSStrong to join the conversation across the internet!

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Debunking 5 Common Dental Myths

With so much information out there regarding dental health, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. This article will explore a few of the most common dental myths people encounter, then offer real tips to help you keep your teeth healthy year after year.  

Myth #1: A sensitive tooth means you have a cavity

Do your teeth feel sensitive after eating a scoop of ice cream or downing a delicious brownie? Don’t assume that the sensitivity is related to tooth decay. It’s common for people’s teeth to respond to temperatures and sweets differently.

Advice: If you suffer from sensitive teeth, try brushing with a lighter touch. Also, look for toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth. If pain becomes intense and persistent, however, it may be a sign of tooth decay. In that case, it might be smart to schedule an appointment with your dentist. 

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What Is a “Modern Nurse?”

When you think of the “modern nurse,” what comes to mind? Is it a man or a woman? Is he or she wearing scrubs or lab coat? Does the modern nurse work in a hospital, a university or an extended care facility? Do they work a set schedule or are they always on call?

The truth is that modern nurses could be any of those things.  They’re women and men. Some are researchers. Some are scientists. Some work in emergency rooms. Some work in nursing homes. Others work in academia. To give you a better idea, we’re going to look a few real people who are shining examples of “modern nurses” in today’s world.

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Your Kidneys: King of all Filters

Your kidneys play a crucial role in keeping us healthy. Located underneath the rib cage and connected to the bladder, kidneys are like the human body’s very own water filter. Instead of simply filtering bacteria out of water, however, kidneys filter our blood, playing two major roles: They keep our blood clean and generate urine to rid the body of waste.

 

The filtering process, explained

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Celebrate Medical Lab Professionals Week – April 19 to April 25

As consumers of health care, chances are slim that any of us make it cleanly through the system without interacting with some of the skilled employees who work diligently as medical lab professionals.  As part of a well-oiled machine, these professionals keep the cogs moving – frequently behind the scenes – providing the quality control and data needed to contribute to patients’ overall medical portraits.

Join us in honoring these professionals the week of April 19-25, 2015, for the good work they do for all of us.

Who are medical lab professionals and what do they do?

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Alcohol's Effect on the Liver

Drinking with friends after work or on the weekends has become such a regular social practice we often don’t think twice about it. Anyone who has ever had a little too much to drink one night knows the dangers of binge drinking: waking up with light and noise sensitivity, a pounding headache and an unsettled stomach. But what about the dangers we can’t immediately see or feel? And what about the dangers of drinking regularly, even if it isn’t binge drinking? Every sip of alcohol has a negative effect on the liver with lifelong consequences.

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The Three Types of Muscle In Your Body

Muscles allow us to do some incredible things. From running a marathon to dribbling a basketball to chewing your food, muscles are a part of it all. When most of us think of muscles, we tend to think about the ones we can see – skeletal muscles like biceps, hamstrings and abdominals – the kinds of muscles that are attached to our bones. But it turns out that there are other types of muscles as well – and they’re just as important. 

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about your muscles, keep reading as we explore all three types.

First up, cardiac muscles …

Cardiac muscles

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Common Muscle Injuries: What You Should Know

Muscles are a crucial part of the human body, which is why even a small injury can seriously hamper your ability to function. This article will explore a few different types of common muscle injuries and help you learn ways to prevent them in the future.  

Muscle pulls and tears

Muscles are composed of thousands of thin strands called fibers. Fibers facilitate movement and allow flexibility, but because they’re so thin, they’re also relatively fragile. Like a rubber band, a muscle can be pulled and stretched – but stretch it past a certain point, and it can break or tear.

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Health Information Management: A Critical Part of Health Care

From March 22-28, a spotlight will shine on the unsung heroes of healthcare during Health Information Professionals Week. This week celebrates health information management professionals who leverage the most current technology to maintain, organize and secure important patient data and other medical information across the healthcare industry.

What does it mean to be a health information technology manager?

Health information management professionals work in a variety of job settings, serving as an intersection between clinical, operational and administrative functions. They impact every phase of the patient care process – from admissions to diagnosis and treatment through healthcare information management. Common health information management career roles include:

·       Director

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