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Medicare vs. Medicaid: Which is which?

Medicare and Medicaid are two of the largest government programs in the United States. Combined, these programs serve over 100 million Americans (Census.gov). However, despite their similar names, these two programs use different methods to serve the needs of different populations.

What is Medicare?

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Alexander Fleming's Impact on Modern Medicine

No conversation about modern medicine is complete without including Sir Alexander Fleming and his contributions to disease treatment. Along with notable scientists and physicians Edward Jenner, Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch, Fleming discovered one of the most powerful antibiotics in penicillin, and he did it accidentally.

Penicillin: An Accidental Discovery
As a research scientist and professor, Alexander Fleming was simply experimenting with antiseptics, bacteria and other options that might heal infections. Fleming and others had found that soldiers during World War I had suffered even more because their surface wounds had not been properly cleaned and disinfected, and he was hoping to find other medicines that would help.

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Tips for Staying Safe During the Summer’s Heat

Ahhhh, summer. We’ve waited a long time, haven’t we? Before you head to the beach or ballpark, be sure to keep these tips in mind to help protect yourself from the sting of the sun’s harsh rays and the heat of a long, hot summer.

Stay in the shade. When you’re outside, seek the shade. It won’t be possible all the time, but take a tip from the animals; the shade’s the place to be when the thermometer starts to rise.

Wear sunscreen. Apply sunscreen with a high SPF about 15-30 minutes before heading outside. If you do end up with a sunburn, aloe vera gel can help calm the skin, while ibuprofen or aspirin can help reduce the pain. Of course, stay out of the sun when you’re sunburned, too.

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Frostbite and Heatstroke: How Dangerous Weather Can Affect You

Frostbite and heatstroke seem to be as different as health conditions come, but they result from surprisingly similar risk factors. The first thing to know about these conditions is that a thermometer can’t save you from them on its own. Yes, heatstroke and frostbite occur at temperature extremes, but the temperature problem can be more extensive than what a thermometer will tell you. In hot weather, the key outside factors are humidity and sudden warming. The former drains moisture from your body, while the latter can overwhelm it before it adjusts. In potential frostbite conditions, the cold weather is often complemented by high winds that decrease the perceived temperature. Both temperature-related conditions are also exacerbated, as many things are, by alcohol and other drug consumption. By inhibiting the body’s ability to regulate itself and to function normally, drugs increase your risk in dangerous weather.

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Men's Health: The Basics

June 15-21, 2015, is
National Men’s Health Week

and Medtech would like to bring awareness to the risks men encounter throughout their adult life.

Here are some tips for taking care of yourself and when to see your doctor.

 

General for all adult males:

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See your dentist every year for cleaning.

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See your doctor every 2 years for a wellness check.

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The Serious Side of Sleepwalking

Have a habit of sleepwalking at night? While it may seem like a trivial issue limited to children, it can be a potentially serious sleep disorder if it happens frequently, especially in adults. Read on to find out more.

What is sleepwalking?

Sleepwalking is usually considered to be the performance of commonly wakeful activities, such as walking, while asleep. In more scientific terms, sleepwalking is known as somnambulism or noctambulism. It is a disorder within the parasomnia family, which refers to a range of abnormal or unusual sleep behaviors.

Isolated or occasional incidents of sleepwalking aren’t usually cause for concern. While individuals might have experienced sleepwalking during childhood, people often outgrow it by adulthood. However, if sleepwalking incidents are frequent, especially in adults, it could be indicative of an underlying sleep disorder or mental health condition.

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Plan Ahead to Travel Safely

Many dream of traveling the world, but these travels come with their fair share of nightmares. Foreign foods, bad drinking water and unknown diseases plague the thoughts of those who plan to travel internationally. Traveling domestically poses threats to health as well. The key to safe traveling is effective planning.

Although there can be much uncertainty associated with international travel, pretrip planning can significantly reduce health risks. First, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) websites for country-specific information regarding vaccinations. Many countries require vaccination documentation prior to entry, and some require even further medical examinations, so be sure to stay up-to-date on this information.

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Which is it? Gluten Sensitivity or Celiac Disease

Though both conditions are linked to gluten being present in foods, “gluten sensitivity” or “non-celiac gluten sensitivity” (as it’s officially called) can be confused with celiac disease because of shared symptoms. However, there are many differences between celiac disease and NCGS.

How are they the same?

Intestinal symptoms such as bloating, pain and fatigue can affect sufferers of either NCGS or celiac disease. In both conditions, the lining of the intestine becomes irritated, triggering these overlapping symptoms.

What are the differences?

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Diving Deep into Sleep Apnea

Anyone who’s shared a camping tent or a dorm room can agree that snoring is a nuisance. Without a doubt, the affliction is both embarrassing and disruptive. Occasionally though, a snore that interrupts a good night of rest may also be an indicator of a deeper problem: sleep apnea. Individuals with this condition suffer from irregular breathing patterns during rest. In severe cases, a sufferer of sleep apnea may wake up hundreds of times during the night. If you have concerns about your sleep patterns or feel tired throughout the day, you may want to familiarize yourself with this common disorder.

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The American Red Cross Through the Years

Since its founding in 1881, the American Red Cross has sought out and helped thousands of people enduring terrible tragedies, from personal tragedies like house fires to natural disasters affecting entire communities. Its volunteers and staffers are often the first to arrive at the scene of a new disaster, providing medical aid and basic necessities to survivors. In addition to its work in the United States, the American Red Cross also works across the globe with other humanitarian groups to aid people struck by major natural disasters.

A Brief History

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