There are over 20.4 million Americans who practice yoga today, which is more than a 29% increase since the figures were analysed for a 2008 study. If you’ve enjoyed the benefits of yoga, you may have got to the stage where you’re thinking that perhaps it’s time to take things one step further.
It’s time to proudly show off the benefits of massage therapy & bodywork and celebrate what you do! From July 13-19, 2014, along with many individual massage therapists, we’re going to be supporting ‘EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week’. This is a time when we can all give back to our communities whilst spreading the word that massage therapy is for ‘every body’.
When you think about it, blood is pretty awesome. We all know that it’s essential for respiration and transporting oxygen around our bodies, but of course it does much more than that. It also helps carry away metabolic waste and plays a significant role in fighting infections. What’s more, blood also acts as a communications channel for our hormonal messenger system. Read our blog post and learn more about the amazing substance coursing through your veins right now and find out what the 'Royal Disease' is ...
They say that practice makes perfect and surgeons are always aiming to perfect their technique.
One way for surgeons, orthopedists and medical engineers to practice surgical procedures is by using artificial bone. However, it is vital that such bones resemble the real thing as closely as possible, so the professional has a realistic experience when working with them.
One in six of the 1.1 million people in the United States living with HIV are unaware that they are infected!
Prevention efforts have helped to keep the rate of new infections down. Fewer people are dying from HIV and AIDS related illnesses and actually living much longer. However, there is a worry that the opportunity for new infections to increase may arise. This is mainly due to the number of people who are unaware that they have become infected with HIV.
Whether from a stroke, brain injury or tumours, if certain parts of the brain are damaged your ability to communicate will be impaired. Aphasia is a neurological disorder that reduces the ability to speak, read and/or write. The damage to these areas in your brain also affects your language processing skills, so that your ability to comprehend can also be a problem.
Compared with people who continue to smoke, quitters tend to live longer:*
At about 30, you gain almost ten years of life expectancy.
At about 40, you gain nine years of life expectancy.
At about 50, you gain six years of life expectancy.
At about 60, you gain three years of life expectancy.
After the onset of life-threatening disease, there is a rapid benefit if you quit: people who stop smoking after having a heart attack reduce their chances of having another one by 50%.
This is why every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners mark World No Tobacco Day. They aim to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and campaign for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
When it comes to acupuncture, safety and the quality of the patient experience are paramount; one significant factor is the quality of the needles used, especially now that single-use disposable needles are the norm.
Any Orthopaedic Surgeon or Orthopedist will tell you that it requires skill, dedication and many years of education to perfect the surgery and treatments that are needed to correct broken, diseased or deformed bones. Practicing complex techniques is important. Student Surgeons need to learn from mistakes but in an environment where patient care isn’t compromised and long term side effects from medical errors are only confined to the classroom.
3B Scientific® ORTHObones have been designed to offer entirely realistic human bone for surgeons, orthopedists and medical engineers. They offer an opportunity to practice new techniques to perfection and regularly test their ability to carry out common procedures.
Limbs are amazing and complex things, especially in terms of the way our brain communicates with them. Unlike some animals, we humans can’t simply regrow a limb if we lose it. What’s more, our body’s control systems can become seriously confused. Take the phenomenon of phantom limb pain, which is often experienced by amputees.
People who have lost a limb frequently have some sensation that the limb is still there and a majority of amputees will also experience phantom limb pain, which can manifest itself as an insatiable itch or a stabbing or niggling pain. Although the exact cause is unknown, current thinking is that nerves in the severed limb continue to communicate with the brain, which interprets the mismatch as pain and discomfort.
Now, doctors have devised a new treatment using computer-generated augmented reality. This allows the patient to see and move a virtual arm controlled by their stump. Electric signals, from the muscles in the amputated limb, communicate with the computer, enabling movement in real time. The treatment has alleviated phantom limb pain for amputees after several weeks of the new therapy.
Max Ortiz Catalan, who has pioneered the new treatment, explains what he thinks is going on: "The motor areas in the brain, needed for movement of the amputated arm, are reactivated and the patient obtains visual feedback that tricks the brain into believing there is an arm executing such motor commands. He experiences himself as a whole, with the amputated arm back in place."
Mr McGregor's calf was attached to his arm to keep the limb alive (Credit: BBC News)
Reattaching severed limbs
Meanwhile, there have been several recent instances of surgeons being able to keep a limb alive by reattaching it to another part of the body in order to maintain blood flow. Last August, in an operation that is thought to be the first of its kind, surgeons in the UK removed a large aggressive tumour that had spread from a man’s pelvis into his thigh. In a complex single operation, they then rebuilt his body using leg muscles and tissue they had removed and attached to his arm to keep alive. The 18-hour operation, on Ian McGregor, involved taking his calf, attaching it to his arm and then using it to repair the site of the operation.
Doctors in China have also saved a man's severed hand by grafting it to his ankle, according to reports. The man lost his right hand in an accident at work but could not have it immediately reattached because of damage to his arm. Instead, the hand was kept alive by stitching it to the patient’s left ankle and connecting to the blood supply from arteries in the leg. A month later, surgeons were able to remove the hand and replant it back on his arm.
Unfortunately, replantations are not always successful. Some patients may later opt for amputation because of side-effects, such as pain and stiffness.