health

Trauma Surgery: What You Should Know

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No one wants to consider the fact that they may one day need a trauma surgeon, but if the worst were to happen it is good to know there are trained professionals ready to do what it takes to save your life, limb or both. Do you know what classifies as trauma surgery? Did you know trauma surgeons perform many non-emergency, non-trauma related surgeries? There are probably a lot of things you did not know about trauma surgery and the people who perform them.

Education

Educational requirements for a trauma surgeon begin with a bachelorís degree in a specialized field related to medicine, such as biology or pre-med. Next on the list is four years of medical school, but they are still not ready to be a licensed trauma surgeon, further requirements include:

– Doctor of Medicine degree
– Clinical Clerkship- 2 years
– General Surgery Residence- 3 years or more
– Certifications- General Surgery Qualifying, General Surgery Certification, Surgical Critical Care = Board Certification as a Trauma Surgeon
– Fellowship- One to two year program where surgeons obtain supplemental training on trauma and critical care. This gives them the experience required to perform organ transplants and high-risk procedures.

Surgeries

No two traumas are identical and many times a patient will present with damage to more than one major organ or body part. Trauma surgery may require the expertise of a neurosurgeon, cardiothoracic or orthopedic surgeon. This is one reason trauma surgeons are thoroughly trained in all aspects of surgery. Some will specialize in the above mentioned fields, but can still perform routine procedures as well.

Responsibilities

skin surgeryYou may only see a trauma surgeon once, or a mere handful of times, but that does not mean they are in their office sipping lattes. A resident trauma surgeon has a host of responsibilities, and it is definitely not a 9-5 job.

A day in the life of a trauma surgeon could never be considered typical, but generally speaking, it could go something like this:

– 7:00 am- make contact with the night shift to get a briefing on the happenings of the night before. Current patient conditions and any new admits.
– 8:00 am- trauma unit rounds. Checking on patientís current conditions and progress as well as any future treatment options.
– 10:00 am- ICU rounds, same as above
– 11:00-12:00 pm- scheduled surgeries
– The days progress during and after surgery will be dependent upon many factors including the difficulty of surgery, complications and after care. Generally, trauma surgery doctorís shift ends 12 hours after it began, but can stretch into 16 hours or more.

Final Thoughts

It is easy to assume the life of a trauma surgery doctor is filled with fancy cars, big houses and long vacations, but when you understand the educational requirements and the complexities of a ìtypicalî day, you get another picture entirely. The dedication and work ethic of these men and women is astounding on so many levels.

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fashion, lifestyle

Express Yourself With Bangles

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Bangles are first made popular in South Asia. It is one of the earliest jewellery forms which have been around for thousands of years. Bangles are still worn everywhere by women from South Asian countries such as India, Bangladesh or Pakistan, and also by some men. Today, it has also become more and more popular in other countries such as the US, UK or Australia, and is one of the popular gift options for women.

be you banglesBangles originally have strong religious and cultural meanings attached to them. There are different types of bangle bracelets, such as solid bangle, hinged bangle, expanding bangle or beads bangles. Solid bangle is still the most popular one, featuring a rigid circular band. Bangles can be made out of different kind of materials such as wooden, glass, plastic and various kinds of metals. Single, gold and jade bangles are particularly popular as jewelries worn by women on their wrist and also for some children.

You can now also express yourself by wearing different types of bangles with different messages based on your personality. Be You Bangles in Australia for example sells many different kinds of bangles with positive affirmation engraved on them with a laser text. It aims to encourage, empower and inspire women to find the positive spirit in their daily life by wearing the bangle that best represents them, which they can easily glance at throughout the day.

The important thing in choosing a bangle is to make sure you choose the right size that fits your wrist. If it is too small or too big it can potentially hurt you or make you feel uncomfortable. Make sure you choose the right size and right style, and you should be on your way to expressing yourself with a simple, elegant and versatile jewellery known as the bangle bracelet.

health, lifestyle

What is a Heavy Metal Detox?

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You might or might not have heard of heavy metal detox. What is a heavy metal detox? Believe it or not, we are actually exposed to heavy metal in a daily basis whether we realise it or not. You have probaly learned from school that heavy metal such as mercury or lead is a metal with environmental concerns that can also cause harm to our bodies. Our body has an amazing immune system that protects the body so that we can live our life without feeling disturbed of the heavy metal exposure to our skin and internal organs.

heavy metal detoxWhere does this heavy metal exposure come from? It can come from many sources such as the silver amalgam filling in our teeth, pollution, smoking, living near a landfill etc. Other types of heavy metal include iron, cadmium, thallium, bismuth and arsenic. These heavy metals can potentially cause illness or even death if the poisoning is severe. So how do we go about coping with this heavy metal poisoning? Enter the heavy metal detox program.

Although not that poopular, heavy metal detox can actually be quite important to our health. This is because heavy metals can destroy important substances in our body such as the proteins, cell receptors, enzyms or hormones. Sulfur is normally used for heavy metal detoxification as it can bind mercury and can be excreted from our body. You can find sulfur in food like garlic and onion. Glutathione is other type of acid that can bind lead and can also be excreted from our body. You can find glutathione in many fresh fruits and vegetables and some organic food. Milk thistle can also help with detox, in particular helping with liver disease. Regularly having a sauna is another way to help with detoxification process.

It is also important to maintain a healthy diet together with the heavy metal detox program. The digestive system is very important in the heavy metal detox process.

career, travel

Travelling for a good cause by volunteering work overseas

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If you love travelling and also passionate about changing the world to be a better place, then I have good news for you. All around the world millions of travelling volunteers are working for a good cause in many places everyday especially in the poor and developing countries. Whether it is helping with disaster recovery, improving community welfare, or educating children, there are just so many volunteering opportunities to suit every interests and skills. Volunteering work overseas is really a unique opportunity to reach out to those who are in need and a chance to make this world a better place.

How do you get involved in this kind of volunteering work? There are actually many organisations in Australia and worldwide that provide this kind of opportunity. One of them is Letzlive based in Gold Coast Australia who offers volunteering work overseas opportunities in countries such as India, Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, Gambia, Nepal, Panama, China and Indonesia. You can also ask your local community or social organisations as they also sometimes have similar opportunities to travel and work overseas voluntarily. Another option is to contact the humanitarian organisations in the countries you are interested to visit. They will be able to direct you to the right people to talk to in your local area.

india orphanageWhy do people choose to go abroad and help with this kind of volunteering work although they do not get paid? In fact, sometimes there are risks involved with unfamiliar culture, language, people or even the food. I have heard of quite a number of food poisoning incidents happened to few people while they were travelling or volunteering overseas. Yet people still choose to do this to help their more disadvantaged brothers and sisters in the other parts of the world. I believe every human being was born with desire to do good and to help out other people in need, so they choose to give something back to the world. There are also a number of advantages of volunteering overseas.

Firstly, travelling as a volunteer is different to travelling as a tourist. You get to see and experience the country you are visiting in a different perspective. Normally you will stay with one of the host families in the destination country who will give you guidance about the local culture and local people during your stay. Another advantage is, like any other work opportunity, you will improve your skills and experience in the fields you are helping with. Some of the fields which normally require volunteering works include health/medical, youth and children education, animal welfare and community development.

indonesia schoolThe other advantage not many people are aware of is,  volunteering work actually looks good on your CV or your resume. Most employers appreciate people who care about other people and willing to do something about it without expecting something in return. But the most important thing is not to do this just to add to your CV, the cause of the travel the should remain the main reason why you choose to do this.

Once you make a decision to get involved, do not forget to get prepared for the trip. Make sure you read about the country you will be visiting and have some proper knowledge about their culture. You also need to equip yourself with the policies of the volunteering organisation you are travelling with and about the work you will be doing. And last but not least, enjoy the trip! Believe it or not, involving in volunteering work overseas will probably change your life more than it changes the lives of the people you will be helping.

health, lifestyle

Benefits of Detox Slimming Tea

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Consuming slimming tea is one of the popular ways to help with weight loss. Not just because of the desired effect, but drinking tea has also become a lifestyle for some people. In Britain for example, drinking tea is no longer just a delicate cultural expression, it is actually drunk quite often during the day. China is also literally the biggest tea consumer in the world, with tea served with meals all throughout the day.

detox slimming teaWhen it was discovered that certain types of tea can actually help with losing weight, it was quickly accepted and tea is gaining even more popularity for people who had not drink much tea before. This includes the Pu-Erh tea, white tea, and the most popular of all, the Green tea. Many have claimed that green tea is probably one of the best slimming tea products in the market, mainly due to its fat burning capability.

Some tea also have detoxing effect, eg. some herbal tea have been used to help with internal cleansing and eliminating excess fluids from the body. Detox is a good way to maintain a good and balanced health, and it is also known to help with slimming process. These combined benefits of detox slimming tea are what makes it popular. There are a number of good detox slimming tea available to buy online, one such example is MySlimTea Detox Slimming Tea.

The important thing to remember is, just by drinking detox slimming tea alone would not make you lose weight straightaway. You also need to watch your diet and your lifestyle, eg. have enough sleep and exercise, and not taking much fatty food or food with lots of sugar. However, combined with good diet and exercise, the detox slimming tea can be a good and enjoyable companion to help with the weight loss program.

health

Can Mirena cause weight gain?

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weight gainOne of the common discussions about Mirena is whether it can cause weight gain, and if yes what can we do about it. Mirena is a type of contraception method which works based on the hormonal IUD. An IUD (Intrauterine device) is a plastic device inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy from occurring. It is normally a T-shape, copper wrapped device which contains and releases hormones into the uterus. The hormone released by Mirena is called levonorgestrel which is a type of the progestin hormone. The device works by killing the sperm and making the mucus around the cervix area thick and sticky, and hence preventing the fertilisation to occur. It also affects the uterus lining which is the area where an egg normally would grow.

There have been many reported side effects of Mirena treatment including pain in certain areas of the body, menstrual cramping, irregular bleeding, and also weight gain. Whether Mirena weight gain is really caused by the IUD treatment or not is still a debate. Some sources have stated that hormonal IUD does not cause the weight gain, on the other hand there are a number of women who have undergone Mirena treatment complaining of the weight gain that they have experienced. It is hard to say whether the weight gain is caused by other factors during the Mirena treatment, or it is indeed caused by Mirena. However, hormonal changes in the body do sometimes affect many other functions of the body, although different person reacts differently to each hormonal changes they experience.

Whether caused by Mirena or not, there is a recommended way to cope with the weight gain during Mirena treatment. A healthy diet and balanced lifestyle is highly recommended in general, even for people not undergoing Mirena treatment. Try to exercise regularly and watch your diet intake everyday by eating healthy.

health, lifestyle

Birth Control Side Effects

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Birth control, or also known as contraception, is a deliberate use of artificial methods or techniques to prevent pregnancy. There are many methods of birth control for both male and female. In this article we will look at some of the most popular birth control methods and their side effects.

birth controlThe most common birth control in use is probably a condom, which is a rubber sheath worn by male to prevent a conception to occur. It is widely available in any pharmacies or drug store and even from the supermarkets. The most common side effect associated with the use of a condom is allergy, since it is generally made of latex. Although there are now alternatives to latex, it is important to make sure that it would not cause any problems on your skin or your partner’s skin.

The other popular birth control method is the contraceptive pills. These pills, also known as “the pill”, contain synthetic hormones which prevents ovulation in female and hence preventing the pregnancy. The pills need to be consumed regularly, and missing an intake can result in a risk of getting pregnant. There are some side effects from taking the pills, although in general they are not that serious. This may include but not limited to weight gain, bleeding or spotting in a small amount, nausea, and sometimes it can also cause mood changes. Talk to your doctor immediately if you experience a more serious side effect in using of the pills.

The other popular contraceptive method is the IUD (intrauterine device) such as Mirena coil, which prevents fertilised ovum from implanting in the uterus. This is also a hormonal method similar to the pills, although it works differently as the hormone is released in the uterus directly. Some of the known Mirena side effects include bleeding (light to heavy), depression, weight gain and long-term energy loss.

property, real estate

Why Roof Restoration Is Important

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For some people, roof is the most important part of their house as it covers and protects the whole building. It also defines the type of the building or even the beauty of it. Sadly, some people overlook the importance of treatment of their roof until it leaks or some other issues have happened. The truth is, you will find that the roof will start to lose its colour and shape after few years, and even starting to decay. Hence it is important to have a roof restoration plan and budget in place.

roof restorationRoof restoration is not just about restoring the colour and look of your roof. In fact, this is secondary compared to the main importance of roof restoration which is to maintain and protect your roof from decay as it is ageing. Roof restoration is however not cheap and is also quite complex. Although it may be tempting to do it yourself to save on cost, it is highly recommended that you engage the service of a professional and licensed roof restorer to help you with this task.

What does roof restoration entail? In general, roof restoration includes replacing the broken tiles of the roof. Damaged furnishings are also replaced, and after every repair has been checked the whole surface is then cleansed using high pressured water through a pipe. It may or may not include roof painting, which is a separate treatment of the roof.

Where can you find someone who is licensed and experienced to help you with your roof restoration? Probably the best way is to ask around, talk to your friends and families who have had their roof restored before. Or you can also do some research on Google yourself. For example, if you live in Melbourne you can search for roof restoration Melbourne and it should return a list of roof restoration companies which you can contact.

business

Lean Six Sigma Benefits For Your Business

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In the recent years we have heard more and more about the “lean” concept implementation, such as lean manufacturing, lean enterprise, or lean startup. This is a practice based on the principles of value creation for customers with minimal wastes and processes. It focuses on adding value and reducing everything else, as value is what a customer would pay for. Six Sigma as we know is a set of tools and techniques used for process improvement, originally introduced by Motorola and made popular by the giant corporation General Electric.

lean six sigmaLean Six Sigma is a concept combining the “lean” principles with “six sigma”, resulting in a concept that eliminates the waste which are unnecessary in a business process. The eight kinds of waste addressed by Lean Six Sigma are commonly abbreviated as DOWNTIME. The Lean Six Sigma concept was originally introduced in 2002 and is rapidly gaining popularity. Today, hundreds if not thousands of companies are using lean six sigma to improve their productivity and business result, including globally renowned companies such as 3M, Amazon, Boeing, Dell and General Electric. What are the Lean Six Sigma benefits and how can you implement them in your business?

The main benefit of Lean six sigma is it does not only eliminate defects, but also improving efficiency and speeding up the business process by reducing waste caused by non-value added steps in a business process. There are certain tools and techniques that can be used to implement Lean Six Sigma. The best way to learn more about this is to talk to a specialist in Lean Six Sigma training and implementation. There are many companies providing this service and you can easily find them in your local area business directories or from Internet research. Or the better way is to talk to other organisations who have trained and implemented Lean Six Sigma successfully in their business.

business, technology

How to hire a web design company

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web designIt is no longer a question whether a business should have a website or not in today’s advanced world of information. If you own a business but do not have a website, then you are missing out on a huge potential of finding new leads and growth opportunities. The question is no longer “should I have a website” but rather “how do I get a website for my business”. This article will teach you just how to hire a web design company in a right way.

The best way to find a right web designer for your business is to ask around. Ask your families, friends or other acquaintances if they know and have used any good web designer. Make sure they really have completed a project with the web design company and if they are satisfied with the result. You can also do your research on Google easily to look at the portfolios of the web design companies you are interested to contact. Sometimes just by looking at their portfolios you would be able to get a good feeling of whether they are a company you would want to work together with. But of course this is not enough, you need to initiate a contact and talk to the web designers themselves.

What are the questions you need to ask when you meet them face-to-face? It is totally up to you, but you would want to know about their experience and their work ethic. Make them talk about their work and achievements and what make them proud. Are they really passionate in designing a beautiful and functional website, or are they doing it just for the sake of the money. How long have they been around, and are there any references from past customers. What is their turnaround time, ie. how long do they need to complete your project. It is actually not too hard to find a good web designer, for example if you live in Melbourne you can contact iiWeb.

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