Archive for February 6th, 2014

    Everything You Need to Know About LASIK Eye Treatments


    Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis.

    You’ve probably not familiar with that particular medical procedure (at least by name), but it’s almost a guarantee that you know what happens during it. Ever heard of LASIK laser eye surgery? That’s the long, complicated, medical-speak version of its name. Contrary to popular belief, though, medical professionals don’t just make up fancy names for procedures for the heck of it. Each term has its own specific definition in relation to its function, for example:

    • Laser-assisted: Utilizing state-of-the-art laser technologies
    • In situ: Latin for “in position,” refers to where the surgery takes

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    Understanding Vaccines and Why They’re Good for Children’s Health

    Pediatric office

    There’s a debate raging in the modern world of pediatric care, and it’s all over the future health of our children.

    Concerned parent groups have taken issue with vaccines and immunizations, claiming potential links to autism and other developmental problems in kids. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics all assert the safety and, most importantly, the effectiveness of getting children vaccinated when they’re still infants. So, who’s right?

    To answer that, we must first look at the numbers.

    1. A child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could have been prevented with a vaccine, UNICEF reports.
    2. The odds of a child developing a serious side effect from a vaccine are approximately one in a million.

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    Why Should You Go to Urgent Care?

    What is an urgent care facility

    Urgent care centers represent one of the highest growing segments in the medical care industry of the United States. For the most part, urgent care facilities can treat sprains and strains, fractures, upper respiratory illnesses, gastrointestinal conditions like food poisoning, lacerations, and concussions. Recently, however, urgent care centers have begun to offer services like x-rays and std testing.

    A 2012 study by the Rand Corporation found that about a fifth of all visits to hospital emergency rooms were unnecessary; nearly one in five people who went to the ER could have been treated at urgent care centers. Overall, those savings could have totaled $4.4 billion in health-care costs.

    On that note, the typical emergency department visit costs an average of $1,500 or more. Conversely,

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