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Hyperglycemia vs. Hypoglycemia: What You Need to Know

The rate of diabetes in the United States increased nearly 167% between 1980 and 2011. The reality of American obesity and the diabetes epidemic is here. Now, more than ever, it is important to educate ourselves on the causes of diabetes and find a solution so that the incidence of diabetes does not increase in the future.

Common diabetes symptoms include:

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Heart-Healthy Meal Tips

We’ve all heard the famous phrase “you are what you eat.” But did you know that your heart health tomorrow can depend on what you eat today?

Here are some tips on making every meal a heart-healthy meal:

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Self-Diagnosis: A Modern Epidemic

The Internet has become a nearly omniscient resource, providing advice and information in specialized areas like health, once the near-exclusive jurisdiction of physicians and other medical professionals. The online search has produced a phenomenon known as cyberchondria, turning the common cold into West Nile virus in a single click of a mouse, potentially compromising the ability of the medical community to effectively treat patients.

Cyberchondria is defined as the “unfounded escalation of concerns about common symptomatology, based on the review of search results and literature on the Web.”  

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The Language of Medical Coders

Without accurate medical coding, patient records can potentially be lost in translation. To protect this information, there are medical codes used by medical coders to not only maintain, but effectively communicate this information between all parties involved in the medical process.

There are three primary medical billing and coding “languages,” or sets, medical coders use. These are:

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Same or Same Difference? Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)

Just like any other profession, the nursing field uses a variety of titles to differentiate between staff, job responsibilities and levels of employment. Whether it’s Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), if you’re new to the nursing profession, these titles can get a little confusing. Today, we’re going to clarify the difference between Licensed Vocational Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses. It’s a question we hear a lot.

What do they do?

These caregivers work on the front lines of healthcare and have the opportunity to interact with patients on a daily basis. LPNs and LVNs are responsible for providing basic client care under the direction of doctors and RNs. Their job responsibilities may include:

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Are you on LinkedIn? You Should Be

Social media continues to grow and evolve, and it looks like it’s here to stay. Through a variety of social media websites and applications, we’re able to connect with friends, family, acquaintances and even potential employers.

Launched in 2003, LinkedIn has become an outlet for students and graduates to promote their education, skill set and themselves overall. Thirty million students and recent graduates currently are on LinkedIn, and they are also the site’s fastest-growing demographic.

Here are more facts about the growing power of LinkedIn:

·         There are more than 238 million LinkedIn users worldwide in over 200 countries and territories. That's more than twice the population of Mexico.

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Tattoos: Skin Deep is Deeper than You Think

The tattoo is one of the most universal forms of artistic expression, and was used by ancient Polynesians to communicate a person’s rank as well as their ancestry. In modern culture, tattooing has increasingly identified with the medical and healthcare community, as those who practice it are required to follow higher safety and medical standards and regulations.

Unlike modern tattooing methods, primitive tattoo artists used natural materials like animal bone and wood to “hammer” ink color into the skin. These days, artists use a tattoo machine that injects ink into the skin’s dermis, the layer of tissue beneath the skin’s surface. Though this damage to the tissue heals over time, the ink seeps into lower layers of the skin as the cells created in response to the damaged skin absorb this ink where it can remain permanently suspended.

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Resume Writing Guide

A person’s resume can be considered a personal marketing brochure, and the goal is to sell yourself. What information must be included? What can you leave out? How long should a resume be? What should the layout look like? All of these details are important, so listed below are guidelines on how to write a resume potential employers will notice.

Resume length: A resume should be concise, with a two-page maximum length, but one page is preferred. Depending on experience, a one-page resume should be used if you have less than 10 years of experience or if you’re pursuing a radical career change and previous experience is not relevant to your new career goal. Consider a two-page resume if you have 10 or more years of experience or if your field requires technical skills, a list of certifications and the like that can validate your technical knowledge.   

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Medical Terminology - Pronunciation Guide

When you see a medical term, you may be confused as to what the word means or the pronunciation. This infograph will help you to better understand some of the basic medical terms.

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5 Tips for Utilizing Social Media

The era of social media is here, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Here is some proof: 92% of companies use platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for recruitment, while 45% of Fortune 500 firms include links to social media on their career page sections.

LinkedIn leads the way and is favored by 93% of companies; Facebook comes in second, favored by 66% of companies; and finally Twitter, favored by 54 %. With this information, it’s safe to say that social recruitment is working in today’s job market.

So what is your social media footprint? Here are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to job searching and your presence on social media.

Let people know you’re looking.

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