Monday, October 7, 2013
No matter how Obama spins it, ObamaCare should really be called The Unaffordable Health Care Act, as people learn more about the details of this fiasco will come to realize. Many of those trying to sign up are beginning to suffer from sticker shock - which evidently is not covered - as they learn what their monthly premiums will be. And a surprising number of Americans - mostly Obama supporters - are shocked to find out that it is not FREE! Which is a common misconception!
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops from cells of the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body. Mesothelioma is most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos. The most common places in the body for mesothelioma is the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall other places are in the lining of the abdominal cavity and the sac that surrounds the heart. Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked in jobs where they inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers, or were exposed to airborne asbestos dust and fibers in other ways. Washing clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos can expose someone to developing mesothelioma. Unlike lung cancer, there seems to be no association between mesothelioma and tobacco smoking. Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness of breath, chest wall pain, and unexplained weight loss. The diagnosis can be by chest X-ray and CT scan but confirmation normally requires a biopsy (removing a sample of the suspicious tissue). A thoracoscopy (inserting a tube with a camera into the chest) can be used to obtain the biopsy material, Despite treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or sometimes surgery, mesothelioma carries a poor prognosis. Research about screening tests for the early detection of mesothelioma is ongoing.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Finding a dentist for you and your family can be a daunting task – especially if you are new to an area! The purpose of this posting is to help you locate a dentist that will best meet your particular needs. Unless you or a family member is currently being treated by specialist, you will first want to find a family dentist. Family dentists, also known as general dentists, concentrate on diagnosis and treatment of dental problems for all family members. They perform the more common type of dental procedures including cleaning, whitening, fillings, crowns, bridges and extractions. Family dentistry is not considered one of the specialized types of dentistry described below. When selecting any dentist, be sure to determine if they accept your particular insurance plan. If you do not have dental insurance be sure to inquire about payments options and discounts they may offer to uninsured patients. Also, be sure to check if the dentist is offering anything special for new patients such as free initial exam and x-rays. These specials can save you hundreds of dollars! Orthodontists are dentists that specialize in preventing and treating teeth and facial irregularities, such as a "bad bite," jaw alignment and more. Treatment involves design, application and control of corrective "devices" such as braces, retainers, etc. to achieve proper facial balance and occlusion (bite). Endodontists are dentists that specialize in diseases of the tissue, blood vessels, and nerves inside the tooth. The most common endodontic treatment is called a "root canal," the removal of infected tissue and refilling of the nerve canal inside the tooth. Endodontists are also experienced at finding the cause of oral and facial pain that is difficult to diagnose. Oral surgeons are dentists that specialize in the surgical treatment of diseases, injuries and deformities of the mouth, teeth, gums and jaws. Oral surgeons treat problems caused by wisdom teeth, facial injuries, and jaw disorders, and are skilled in reconstructive and dental implant surgery. Periodontitis are dentists that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of the gum and bone that hold teeth in place. Periodontitis are experts at recognizing such gum disorders as gingivitis, an infection of the gums, and the more destructive gum disease known as periodontitis. Some of the more common treatments a periodontics might provide include: cleaning and scaling teeth to remove harmful substances called plaque and tartar; prescribing medicines like antibiotics and special mouthwashes; and for more severe dental problems, oral surgery. Prosthodontists are dentists that specialize in restoring and maintaining oral function, health, comfort and appearance by replacing teeth and gum tissue with artificial substitutes (sometimes called false teeth). Prosthodontists can fit patients with such prosthetic devices as single or multiple tooth replacement implants, crowns and bridges, partial dentures and complete dentures. Pedodontists are dentists that specialize in the treatment of children. They perform the same dental procedures as family dentists, but are also trained in dealing with children’s special dentals needs because their teeth are still growing and their mouth developing.