Health and Wellness

Dr. Eric Berg, the author of The Healthy Keto Plan, discusses preventative measures for Covid-19, including nutrition and vitamin supplements.

Medical Specialties

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Training programs in medical assisting take about 1 year to complete, and lead to a certificate or degree. Some community colleges offer 2-year programs that lead to an associate's degree, with classroom and labs in anatomy and medical terminology. Medical assistants also learn how to code both paper and electronic health records (EHRs) and how to record patient information. There may be additional months of on-the-job training to complete, depending on the medical facility.

Emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics care for the injured in a variety of emergency medical settings. People's lives depend on their quick reaction times and competent care. Programs in emergency medical technology (EMT Training) are offered by technical institutes, community colleges, and facilities that specialize in emergency care training. Programs at the EMT level include instruction in assessing patients' conditions, dealing with trauma and cardiac emergencies, clearing obstructed airways, and using field equipment. EMT courses include about 150 hours of specialized instruction, and clinical training can be in a hospital or ambulance setting. At the 'Advanced EMT' level, there are 400 hours of instruction, where candidates learn skills such as using complex airway devices, administering intravenous fluids, and giving some medications.

Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Phlebotomy programs are available from community colleges, vocational schools, or technical schools. These programs usually take less than 1 year to complete, including classes in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and laboratory work, and lead to a certificate or diploma. Further, phlebotomists must learn specific procedures on how to identify, label, and track blood samples. The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), National Healthcareer Association (NHA), the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), and the American Medical Technologists (AMT) offer Phlebotomy Technician certifications. The average annual salary for phlebotomists was $45,630 in May 2021, and employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent over the next 10 years.

High Metabolism

Consider increasing your intake of lean proteins such as salmon and other nutrient-rich sources. This may stimulate your metabolism, encouraging fat loss.

Vitamin B1

The levels of B vitamins are easily depleted in the blood, but are essential components of a healthy diet. This video investigates.

Parkinson's Disease

arkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder. Symptoms start gradually, and although tremors are common, the disorder also may cause stiffness or slowing of movement.

Uric Acid, Kidneys

Kidney stones are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside your kidneys due to improper diet, and lack of drinking sufficent water daily.

Cancer Screening

Selenia digital mammography incorporates revolutionary imaging technology that provides incredibly sharp breast images. The images appear on the technologist’s monitor in a matter of seconds. Because there is no waiting for film to be developed it significantly reduces the need for repeat exams. Digital images are easily stored and transferred, eliminating the dependency on one set of originals, which can be misfiled or otherwise lost in transit.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. If detected early enough, the five-year survival rate is 97%. To identify tumors and malignant masses as early as possible, the most accurate diagnosis must be obtained. Diagnostic and advanced imaging technology resources include:

3-Tesla (3T) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Color Doppler and 3D evaluation of ovarian masses
Computed Tomography High-Resolution (64-slice) Scanning
Digital Mammography with Computer-Aided Detection
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
Single-Proton Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)
Stereotactic Mammography
PET/CT Scanning
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanning

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI scanning provides detailed pictures of the body without ionizing radiation. During this procedure, the patient is placed within a large magnet and radio waves are passed through the body, providing information about that part of the body to the computer, which, in turn displays the image. Computer-generated images clearly show diseased tissue in the brain, spine, and joints. The GE Signa HDe 1.5 8-channel MRI system’s imaging technology delivers reliable high-definition images. The system has advantages over lower strength magnets in that it has the potential of quickly producing a series of well-defined images.

MRI technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images, whereas radiologic technologists perform diagnostic medical imaging using x-rays. Nuclear medicine technologists prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients. The radioactive dye cause abnormal areas of the body to appear stand out from unaffected areas in the images. An associate's degree is the minimum requirement for radiologic and MRI technologists. In addition, you may pursue a graduate certificate or bachelors degree. Training programs include both classroom study and clinical work. Courses include anatomy, pathology, patient care, radiation physics and protection, and image evaluation.

An X-Ray Scan utilizes a collimated X-ray beam to produce an image on film. Several different views are obtained of the body part being imaged. The films are passed on for review by a radiologist and your primary care physician. This is the oldest method of imaging, but is still the standard in general medical practice. The bone density unit utilizes a thin beam of x-ray that passes through the body and is picked up by a detector. This information is then compared to a database of bone density based on age and sex. It then graphs this information, to determine a patient's risk for osteoporosis. A Cat Scan utilizes a state-of-the-art GE Brightspeed 16 slice scanner. The CT scanner uses a narrow X-Ray beam to image thin slices of the anatomy and is sent to a computer for reconstruction of the body part being imaged. The computer is able to render different perspectives, such that the image may be viewed in various planes.

Radiologic Technology

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits programs in radiography. To become licensed, technologists must graduate from an accredited program, and pass a certifying exam. Certifications for radiologic technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Certifications for MRI technologists are available from the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT). Medical laboratory technologists typically need a bachelor's degree. Lab technicians, on the other hand, only need an associate's degree or a postsecondary certificate.

A medical laboratory science degree includes courses in biochemistry, biology, microbiology, math, and statistics. Coursework emphasizes laboratory skills, including safety procedures and lab management, while clinical instruction includes hands-on training in a hospital. After gaining work experience, or subject-specific certification, technologists and technicians may specialize in one of many areas of laboratory science, such as immunology, histotechnology, or clinical chemistry. Some colleges have bachelor's degree programs for medical laboratory technicians to become technologists (often referred to as MLT to MLS programs).

Healthcare Jobs

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses held about 724,500 jobs in 2017. The median annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $44,090 in May 2017. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,510, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $60,420. Most licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (LPNs and LVNs) work full time, although about 1 in 5 worked part time in 2017. Many work nights, weekends, and holidays, because medical care takes place at all hours. They may be required to work shifts of longer than 8 hours. Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (LPNs and LVNs) is projected to grow 12 percent over the next decade, faster than the average for all healthcare occupations.

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