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A recent study have been conducted at McGill University in Canada claiming that one-in-three prescriptions that are written are not filled. Researchers studied 15,000 patients in between 2006 and 2009 and explain that it could be do to high healthcare costs, as well as personal embarrassment regarding the nature of their treatment.

The study shows that most of the prescriptions that were not being filled were high-priced or that the patients copay was very high for that drug. The problem with patients not filling their prescriptions is that judgment can be altered with the doctors if they assume the medicine simply isn’t working for their patient. This study portrays the exact target that My Covered Drugs is pursuing. Instead of refusing to take the medicine prescribed to you, find out if there is an alternative for you that is covered more by your health insurance plan.

Please read further on this study CBC News and we encourage you to use our website to find the right drugs for you, whether it be physically or monetarily.

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MyGenesRx, through testing genes that affect your response to medicines, provides personalized pharmacogenetic testing and enabling participatory medicine.

DNA is the blueprint for our individuality. Differences in these genes make us who we are, and how our individual biology determines our response to medicines.

Pharmacogenetics, the science of how genes affect responses to many commonly prescribed medicines, allows us to proactively participate in our treatment and may help your physician make treatment decisions. To you it means a once in a lifetime test which may help determine a medication choice at a dose that’s right for you.

MyGenesRx provides the most comprehensive pharmacogenetic report offering in our sector. Our P3: Personalized Pharmacogenetic Profile reports allow healthcare customers to understand their response to medicines ranging from pain to psychiatric to cancer to cardiovascular medications. Having your own P3 enables you to participate in your medical management, by understanding YOUR personal genetics and how your individual biology determines your responses to medicines.

 

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According to HealthDay.com, scientists have built artificial muscles that mainly consist of fishing line and sewing thread. This development is a huge deal for helping disabled people, as well as the future of robotics. According to the researchers, these mechanisms can lift up to 100 times more weight and produce 100 times more mechanical power.

In the journal, Science, researchers claim that this mechanism can produce the same amount of mechanical power as a jet engine. Researchers believe that this development can vastly improve the use of robots used in the medical profession for surgery, and even lead to sensors on a robot hand directing the information back to the human brain. Almost as if the hand is real.

It’s obvious that science is becoming more and more dependent on robots, which can be a little frightening in you’ve ever seen iRobot.

According to Google’s director of engineering, Ray Kurzweil, robots will be smarter than humans by 2029. With products such as Siri and Google’s self driving cars, this prediction does not seem so abstract. With advancements such as the artificial muscles, one can easily infer that they are becoming more and more a apart of our lives.

Please read more about artificial muscles at HealthDay.com and we also suggest you learn more about Kurzweil’s predictions at Independent.co.uk. His past predictions include his 1990 prediction that a computer will be able to beat a human chess champion by 1998. This prediction became true in 1997 when IBM’s Deep Blue vs Gary Kasparov.

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology has recently developed a revolutionary new technology that will dramatically assist disaster relief efforts and support more efficient patient care. In disasters, communication is usually the first thing to go. To combat this, they have created a device called eTriage.

First off, Triage is a tiered system given to patients to rank the urgency of their medical needs. For example, Green is given to minor injuries, Amber and Red more more serious conditions, and Black to signify patient is beyond medical attention available. eTriage uses this same method, however, has developed it to be more intricate. eTriage features a GPS device that can track where the patient is and sends signals to medics relaying their medical information. All of the data can be tracked in real-time via devices such as tablets, phones, etc. This enables the medics to immediately respond to patient needs during a catastrophe. Fraunhofer scientist, Erion Elmasllari, states that “With our eTriage system, a severely injured person categorized as red is reported within no more than 30 seconds and can be evacuated immediately. With the conventional paper tag method, it often takes up to 30 minutes before the victim is evacuated.”

This digital wristband is a fascinating new medical technology that will dramatically increase patient care in times that it is needed the most. We encourage you to read the complete article on Yahoo! and to read further into other technological advances by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology.

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Being sick is one of the most uncomfortable feelings someone can have and occurs pretty frequently. The only way to prevent these is to make sure you take certain measures to decrease the enormous amount of germs that surround us. The sources of these illnesses are more common than you think and are almost unavoidable. Here are 6 places you encounter on a daily basis that are home to the most germs.

1. The Office. The most dangerous place for germs in your office is actually your very own desk. According to researchers at the University of Arizona, Office desks are home to hundreds of times more bacteria per square inch than do the toilet seats in your office. Make sure you wipe down your desk, phone, computer and keyboard with disinfectant at least once a day. This will do more than you think. The second most dangerous place in the office is the break room’s refrigerator. According to American Dietetic Association, 44% of office refrigerators are cleaned on a monthly basis, and 22 percent are cleaned only once a year. Spills or leaks turn into a tropical honeymoon getaway for bacteria that can become infected before lunch time. I hope you wash your hands before and after you eat, if not, this may be a good time to start.

2. Public Restrooms. No shocker here. Studies at the University of Colorado found that at least 19 groups of bacteria, including Staph, are found in public restrooms. Despite what you may think, the sink is the most dangerous due to its usual dampness that allows bacteria to thrive. The second most dangerous place in a bathroom for bacteria is the hand dryer. A study in the Journal of Applied Microbiology discovered that drying your hands under a traditional dryer can propel the amount of bacteria on your skin by up to 45 percent. It may not be the most environmentally sound idea but using paper towels to dry off your hands will help you stay healthy.

3. The Bank. According to studies at the University of Michigan, 95% of people wash their hands improperly. A study at the University of Arizona found that each button on an ATM carries an average of 1,200 germs. These include germs for E. coli, cold, and the flu. The second most bacteria infected part of the bank is cash. It may be a good idea to keep some sanitizer in your car because, according to scientists at Oxford University, each bill contains an average of 26,000 bacteria

4. The Grocery Store. Shopping carts are the most bacteria infected source in a grocery store, not only from other shoppers and kids, but the food can could possible leak onto the cart. To be more specific, raw meat. A good tip to prevent this is to wrap packages of meat in a plastic bag before putting them into your cart. Another danger that is not quite environmentally sound is the use of reusable shopping bags. Although you are doing positive things for the environment it’s very possible that you’re toting around bacteria to and from the store. According to studies at the University of Arizona, 90% of people do no wash their reusable bags regularly. These studies found coliform and E. coli bacteria in almost every bag they sampled. If you aren’t going to wash your bags, at least have designated bags for meat and vegetables to avoid cross-contamination.

5. Hotels. God bless the housekeeping staff but they can only do so much. The two most dangerous places in a hotel room for bacteria is the TV remote and light switches, according to studies at the University of Houston. The next dangerous home to bacteria is the maid’s cleaning cart. These carts carry a massive amount of bacteria. On top of that these carts enter multiple rooms and can carry the bacteria with them. A tip here is if you are only staying a couple days, put out the Do Not Disturb and wipe down the room yourself.

6. The Gym. As you can imagine, the gym is a big source of bacteria being transferred from one individual to the other. According to One study in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 63% of gym equipment contains cold-virus bacteria. Overall, an average 73% of weight equipment and 51% of aerobic equipment are contaminated inside of a gym. Another scary statistic is that disinfecting the equipment twice a day does nothing to decrease contamination Itss suggested that you take matters into your own hands and use sanitizer in between sets.

It is clear that all of these places are a huge part of our lives. However, these places do not need to be the source of our downfall, as well as our peers. It will be beneficial to not only yourself, but to others as well to sanitize your hands regularly. This will prevent everyone from getting sick and passing bacteria from one place to another. We recommend you read more into this article, as well as the countless others at Men’s Health.

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As each day passes, we become more and more reliable to our computers, phones, tablets, etc. However, excessive use of these devices can cause literal pain to your eyes. According to the American Optometric Association, 70-75% of employees who mainly work on a computer have reported eye and vision problems to their physician. Common problems related to digital eye strain are redness, eye pain, watering, headaches, double vision, and loss of focus. Don’t worry, there are several tips to help combat these common symptoms in the workplace and improve daily activity.

First, Take A Break. It is essential in almost every activity in the day that you take a break. This allows the body to recollect itself and prepare itself for further activity. 15 minute breaks and focusing on a single object in the room will help relax your muscle that helps you focus.

Another is Palming. Palming entails closing your eyes, covering over them with the center of your hand, taking deep breaths, and relaxing your eyes. This is a key technique to eye meditation. Doing this and relaxing your shoulders and neck can help boost your body for long durations using a computer. If you can convince someone to give you a quick massage, it will help reduce the stress on your eyes and body. Be careful with this though, no body wants to be the office creep.

Blink, Blink a lot. When you perform long activities on a computer your blinking decreases dramatically. By blinking every 10-15 seconds, your cornea is coated with oxygen and nutrients. Tears will also sharpen your vision. So maybe sneak off and get a quick cry in. We won’t judge.

Keep Your Monitor Brightness High. Despite what I first thought, keeping your monitor bright is good for your eyes. This allows your pupil to constrict and increase your focus. Keeping a steady brightness from your device will prevent your eyes from constantly adapting to surroundings, and will increase the amount of time your eyes will comfortably operate.

Increase the Light in the Room. Whether you are on your device or watching TV, make sure the room is well lit. Staring at a screen in dark rooms will cause your eyes to strain.

These tips and others listed from this CNN Article will help improve your day in the office, as well as once you get off. We encourage you to read the CNN article listed above to find more tips to reduce eye strain.

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Dyslexia, or Developmental Reading Disorder, is defined by the National Library of Medicine as “a reading disability that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols.” It “occurs when there is a problem in areas of the brain that help interpret language. It is not caused by vision problems. The disorder is a specific information processing problem. It does not interfere with one’s ability to think or to understand complex ideas. Most people with DRD (Dyslexia) have normal intelligence. Many have above-average intelligence. DRD (Dyslexia) may appear with developmental writing disorder and developmental arithmetic disorder. The condition often runs in families.”  Read more »

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Money Talks, and apparently it can talk people into losing weight. A study which will be presented today during the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting has tied financial incentive to weight loss success. The study’s co-authors, Dr. Donald Hensrud and Dr. Steven Driver of the Mayo Clinic, formed a group of 100 obese individuals (defined as having a BMI between 30-39) and divided them into four weight loss groups. The members of two groups were given simple financial incentives for meeting monthly goals- $20 per month awarded for meeting goals, or a $20 penalty paid into a larger bonus pool each month during which goals were missed. The other two groups were not given any financial incentives or penalties.  Read more »

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