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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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A Brief History of Phlebotomy

Today, we know that phlebotomy is the practice of opening a vein by incision or puncture to remove blood or introduce fluid as therapeutic treatment or part of the diagnosis. Originally, around 2000 B.C., it was known as bloodletting.Bloodletting – the draining of blood from a patient – was thought to cure a vast array of ailments, ranging from the plague to acne.

Bloodletting in ancient times

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Spring Allergens: Nothing to Sneeze at

Spring Allergens: Nothing to Sneeze at

The grass is greening, flower buds are opening, and your allergies are awakening. It’s the season of spring, or the season of suffering for those who react adversely to the major allergens springing up this time of year.

What are allergies?

An allergy is a disproportionate reaction in the immune system to substances in the environment. These substances don’t cause a reaction in most people, but for the allergic, symptoms such as sneezing, headaches, breathing problems and runny noses are common. Spring allergies are caused by particular allergens unique to this season.

Pollen

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Ebola: Learn the Facts

History of the Disease

Ebola is a rare and deadly viral disease that originated in Africa around 1976. Named after the Ebola River, the virus first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks: one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo, which is located near the Ebola River.

The natural host of the Ebola virus is thought to be fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family. Ebola is introduced to the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals that include chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead in the rainforest.

Ebola then can spread from human to human through direct contact with blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people as well as contact with surfaces and materials contaminated with these fluids.

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Blood: Your Body's Fuel

If the human heart is the engine of our bodies, blood is the oxygenated fuel keeping everything moving, from our brain to our feet. This is why blood donation is a great way to honor the awareness of heart health during American Heart Month in February, because without its fuel, your heart can’t take you anywhere.

Blood Facts

1. Fact:One pint of donated blood equals three lives saved.

2. Fact: Sold on the open market, donated blood brings in $4.5 billion annually.

3. Fact: It would take 1,200,000 blood-sucking mosquitoes, each mosquito sucking once, to drain the average human body of its blood supply.

4. Fact: For each pint of donated blood there are 13 tests performed. 11 of these tests are for infectious diseases.

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Be Your Own Heart Hero

This February, Medtech is honoring American Heart Month with its “Heart Heroes” campaign that challenges you to be your own best heart health advocate. The American Heart Association sponsors American Hearth Month each February to promote awareness of cardiovascular disease. American Heart Month spotlights heart health, heart disease prevention and how to maintain a healthy heart for a healthy life. Click here to donate to the American Heart Association.

Cardiovascular disease: the bad guy

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