A Look at Snoring Treatments

If your own efforts to stop snoring do not help, consult your physician or an otolaryngologist — or a doctor for the ear, nose, and throat. If you choose to try a dental appliance as a snoring treatment, you will need to see a dentist specializing in these devices. Some medical snoring treatments are continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral devices (including dental appliances and lower jaw positioners), and surgery.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure consists of sleeping with an air mask to maintain continuous air pressure in the throat. CPAP is a treatment for sleep apnea, as well as for snoring.

A wide range of dental appliances, oral devices, and lower jaw adjusters are available to alleviate snoring. Some people experience significant improvement with these oral appliances, which bring the lower jaw forward during sleep. Most of the products fit inside the mouth, but some products on the market are worn around the head and chin to adjust the position of the lower jaw.

As far as surgery goes, Thermal Ablation Palatoplasty (TAP) treats snoring and various types of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The types of TAP include: laser-assisted uvula palatoplasty (LAUP) and radiofrequency ablation (or “somnoplasty”). Laser-assisted uvula palatoplasty (LAUP) vaporizes the uvula and a portion of the palate with a laser in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia. LAUP effectively removes obstructions to the airway, which may be causing snoring or sleep apnea.

Laser-Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty has a higher success rate than Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty for sleep apnea (UPPP), but it requires a surgeon with expertise in laser procedures. Radiofrequency ablation, or somnoplasty, shrinks excess tissue in the upper airway with a needle electrode. For snoring, the soft palate and uvula are reduced. For Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the base of the tongue is reduced. For chronic nasal obstruction, nasal turbinates are reduced. Somnoplasty does not require general anesthesia.

According to many experts, while other snoring treatments may help in cases of milder snoring problems, for heavy snoring, surgically correcting obstructive conditions in the nose, pharynx, or uvula may be the only solution.

A Look at Pain Relief for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic disease that affects the musculoskeletal system. Symptoms vary widely among sufferers, but generally include muscle and joint aches, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches and tenderness in several of eighteen specific areas, or “trigger points” on the body. Fibromyalgia is often overlooked by sufferers as the inevitable result of a busy schedule and everyday stress. When patients do seek treatment, doctors often misdiagnose fibromyalgia as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, or another musculoskeletal condition. It affects women far more often than men, at a ratio of about ten to one. While some cases result from a specific trauma, more often the exact cause is unknown.

The first step to fibromyalgia pain relief is being properly diagnosed. The condition is not completely understood by the medical community, and there is no specific course of treatment. Most advice given to patients reads like a weight-loss program, recommending low-intensity exercise, drinking lots of water, and reducing mental and physical stresses such as those caused by saturated fats, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, meat and sugar.

Anti-depressants are often prescribed as part of the treatment, which elevate the mood of the patient. Muscle relaxants and sleep aids may also be recommended. Since fibromyalgia sufferers are often found to be low in manganese and magnesium, both of which help balance thyroid function, nutritional supplements may prove beneficial as well.

Physical therapy is another essential component for fibromyalgia pain relief, as it teaches patients methods of walking, stretching, and exercise that reduce muscle tension and fatigue. A physical therapist will also teach patients how to make use of ergonomic tools in their daily life, like padded chairs and special keyboards designed to minimize muscle strain.

Some patients choose to incorporate alternative treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy into their treatment. While the efficacy of these natural treatments has not been carefully studied and quantified, testimonials of fibromyalgia sufferers indicate that all of these alternative treatments may help alleviate symptoms of the disease. Whatever patients decide upon, it must be remembered that there is no simple cure for fibromyalgia, and a comprehensive plan that address mental and psychological symptoms and promotes healthy lifestyle habits is the most direct method of obtaining fibromyalgia pain relief.

A Look at Medical Billing Services

Medical billing services cover a wide range of activities but the main goal of any medical biller is to process physician super-bills (treatment description) and file claims with insurance companies to ensure that their clients are paid the proper amount in a timely fashion.

A typical medical billing business, working independently from a hospital or clinic, uses medical billing software to input clients’ new billing data and send it to the appropriate insurer, while also adhering to all the appropriate laws and standards. Medical billing services also include answering patient and insurance company questions and concerns, and follow-up in the case of overdue payments. Using the medical billing software at their disposal, medical billing companies often generate reports for their clients so they can see a cash flow analysis and discover what insurance contracts are making them money and which ones are not.

Medical billing services combine the skills of interpersonal communication, bookkeeping, office and computer skills, with basic medical knowledge to provide clients with an accurate and efficient method to be reimbursed for their services.

Other medical billing services can be to provide information to a client on how to more effectively manage their practice. Physicians and hospital/clinic staff often find themselves at odds with one another over billing issues, especially when it comes to how to process billing information. Medical billing businesses sometimes offer training to teach hospital and clinic employees how to more efficiently and correctly process claims and follow-up on collections.

A Look at Hair Drug Testing

Drug testing has become very common in both the workplace and schools within the last twenty years or so. Generally, urine testing is the most common form of drug screening. Many people are creative in their efforts to beat drug tests and have formulated many products to mask the appearance of drugs in the system. Products such as masking chemicals and even synthetic urine are widely available, and even the most severe cases of drug abuse may go undetected. Because of the ever-expanding market of products designed to help a drug user pass a screening, many employers are turning to hair follicle drug testing.

Although hair drug testing is significantly more expensive than urine, sweat or saliva testing, many employers consider the benefits to outweigh the costs. Employers are often pleased with the fact that hair follicle drug testing is less intrusive, is generally more sensitive to detecting drugs and can detect them up to twice as far back as other methods, and can show whether or not the employee has ceased to use drugs recently in an attempt to cover up usage. It is also more difficult to mask drugs in the system when using this type of test.

The hair follicle drug test requires taking a sample of the employee’s hair; usually just a small snippet of hair is taken and is considered less embarrassing than urine collection. A human resources employee or other official within the company can often perform the hair collection on-site. The sample is then sent to the laboratory for washing and testing. Labs generally wash the hair prior to testing in order to reduce the risk of picking up drug chemicals that may have come from external sources, rather than actually ingesting the substance.

Although most employers still rely on the urine analysis for detecting drugs among employees or prospective employees, others are recognizing the benefits of hair follicle drug testing. Most people are aware of various methods in which to beat the urine test; in some cases even resorting to purchasing urine from a “clean” friend. Hair drug testing is virtually unbeatable by current masking products. Although some products claim to mask the appearance of drugs in hair samples, most are based on false or inaccurate claims. Hair follicle drug testing has been proven to be more effective and less invasive than other alternatives.

A Look at Discount Stethoscopes

Stethoscopes are one of the most commonly used tools in the medical profession. Nearly every doctor, nurse, paramedic, and veterinarian uses a stethoscope throughout the course of a normal workday. Some doctors or hospitals choose to purchase their stethoscopes from discount sources. Shoppers can find nearly any type of stethoscope at discount prices. There are a number of ways to get discount stethoscopes. Many retailers sell older stethoscope models at low prices in order to make room for newer models. Many medical wholesalers sell large quantities of stethoscopes at discount prices. Often, it is possible to purchase stethoscopes directly from the manufacturers without paying the markup charged by retailers.

Stethoscopes can become out of date fairly quickly. With the recent advances in electronic stethoscope technology, there are always new features available. While many doctors want to have the newest and most advanced stethoscopes, many other doctors realize that older stethoscopes still work well. It is pretty common to find stethoscope dealers that sell older models at discounts in order to make room in their inventories for the newest models. For example, since electronic stethoscopes have gained in popularity, it is easy to find high-end acoustic stethoscopes for lower prices.

Medical wholesale companies supply hospitals and clinics with large quantities of stethoscopes at a discount. These sellers realize that they can make more money by selling a large number of discounted stethoscopes rather than selling fewer stethoscopes at a higher price.

Many stethoscope manufacturers sell their products directly to healthcare professionals. This allows buyers to avoid purchasing from retailers who mark up the prices to make more profit, and it lets stethoscope manufacturers build a word of mouth reputation for their products.

Discount stethoscopes are as reliable and accurate as more expensive models. There is no reason to think that discount stethoscopes are of lower quality than those purchased at full price.

A Look at Computer Desks for Children

Children’s use of the computer has increased tremendously. To meet the requirements of young users, manufacturers are re-designing computer desks. The main requirement of a child’s computer desk is the lower height. It should also be comfortable for the child to work on. The main aspect in designing special computer desks for children is ergonomics. Monitors should be at eye-level to reduce neck and eye strain. The keyboard and mouse should also be placed at the ideal height to make it more comfortable.

These days, computer desks are being designed in attractive colors and shapes to appeal to young users. The material used for the desk is important, as children are not usually careful about the cleanliness of the desk. Plastics or fiber is usually easier to clean than wood or glass. Cables and wires can be kept out of the way through discreet wiring systems for more safety and comfort.

Wider spaces, more space for keeping books, pencils or paper, more writing space, etc., make the desks more attractive to children. When fitted with additional drawers for books, they also help to keep the working space clean. Children’s computer desks can also be converted into tables for writing. Some computer tables are built to accommodate more than one kid; for instance, such furniture may accommodate a sibling or a friend as well. They can be made in different attractive colors to suit the rest of the room. Most modular computer tables can be disassembled and re-assembled somewhere else. They can also be moved from one place to another. As the child grows, they can be increased in height and width.

A Look at Cold Sore Treatments

Cold sores usually disappear without any type of medication in about a week to ten days. Many people choose to wait out their cold sores, just ignoring them until they go away. Others decide that ten days is too long to have a large, painful, embarrassing facial blemish near their mouth and seek out medicine or other treatments to make the cold sore easier to deal with. There are many different types of cold sore treatment available, from antiviral pills to over the counter and prescription creams. Many people also use conventional pain relievers like aspirin and acetaminophen as cold sore treatment.

People suffering their first cold sore outbreak are often recommended to take antiviral medications. These pills are only obtainable by prescription, so the cold sore sufferer must consult a doctor first. Cold sore medication such as acyclovir or famciclovir can provide pain relief and reduce the healing time of a cold sore. Antiviral medication is most effective if people start taking it when the cold sore first appears.

There are several types of creams used to treat cold sores. Creams containing docosanol are particularly useful. Docosanol is used to fight against the HSV-1 virus that causes cold sores and it can relive pain as well as help heal the cold sore sooner. Other types of cold sore treatment include creams designed to numb the area around the cold sore and moisturizer creams that help revitalize the skin around the cold sore. Lip balm can prevent the cold sore from cracking open.

Many conventional pain relief medicines like acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen are great cold sore treatments. These medicines treat the inflammation, providing pain relief. While there is no cure for cold sores, there are several types of cold sore treatment that make having a cold sore a shorter, more bearable experience.

A Look at Adult Cloth Diapers

Nearly 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with some form of incontinence, and so it is no wonder that many companies offer adult cloth diapers for relief. For most cases of the disorder, absorption options can be discrete and very effective. Adult cloth diapers are usually made from 100% cotton material that allows the skin to “breathe”, unlike traditional disposable adult incontinence diapers. You can usually find the cloth versions in both the traditional kind, which must be pinned, and others that are pull-on versions. In either case, when using adult cloth diapers, it will be necessary to also wear a plastic cover to avoid any leakage.

As you can imagine, both cloth and disposable diapers have their benefits as well as disadvantages. One of the strongest arguments in favor of adult cloth diapers is that they are washable, and therefore reusable. If you have a serious incontinence problem, the ability to reuse the diaper may save you hundreds of dollars a year. Once you have purchased the adult cloth diapers and the plastic cover-up pants (to prevent leakage), you can simply wash, dry and reuse them. With disposable diapers, you do not have the option of washing or reusing.

Another positive outcome of using adult cloth diapers, as opposed to using disposable diapers, is lessening the negative impact on the environment. Since we know that some 19 million people in the U.S. suffer from incontinence, the number of disposable adult diapers in our landfills is nearly inconceivable. Eco-friendly people often cite these statistics in their arguing the benefits of using non-disposable diapers.

Every incontinence sufferer will have his or her opinion on which is best. Disposable diapers can be much more convenient and accessible. At the same time, they are more expensive in the long run. Adult cloth diapers can be reused and you are only spending money once to buy your supplies. On the other hand, some people do not believe that they are as convenient and prefer the disposable alternative.

A Guide To Mesothelioma Doctors

Mesothelioma is not a common form of cancer; it is a very complicated disease that impacts the tissues of many organs in the human body, especially the heart, lungs and abdomen. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos dust and flakes; as such, its victims are generally people who work in asbestos-related industries like asbestos mining, building construction, shipyards and insulation factories. Because it is a rare disease, the availability of specialist doctors for Mesothelioma is limited.

Obviously, no matter how qualified, one doctor alone cannot treat the different aspects of this rare kind of cancerous disease. It should not be surprising that specialist doctors for mesothelioma patients are not commonly found in every city or in county hospitals.

A “mesothelioma doctor”, therefore, refers to a person who specializes specifically in mesothelioma and who participates either in the diagnosis or the treatment of this disease. Cancer by itself requires specialists in radiology, chemotherapy and surgery, as well as experts in other aspects of treatment. Usually, the first person you go to when the initial symptoms start appearing is your family physician, who refers you to the cancer specialist, even if the family physician himself has some expertise in this field.

It is obvious, therefore, that an interdisciplinary team of specialists treats those patients of mesothelioma. Some of these specialists include a pulmonologist who diagnoses and treats lung problems. Then there is a radiologist who conducts X-ray examination. A specialist is also required to interpret the MRI, CT scan, Ultrasound, etc. Treatment of mesothelioma also requires the services of an oncologist, who conducts chemotherapy and radiation therapy. A thoracic surgeon conducts surgery of the heart and lungs, while a pathologist examines the tissues taken after the biopsy and also conducts examination of the blood, stools, etc. in the laboratory. A specialist is also required for respiratory problems. Finally there is a doctor who coordinates all the aspects of the treatment, as well as specialist nurses, counselors and other paramedics. Professionally coordinated teamwork results in a successful treatment.

A Guide To Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnosis

The most critical form of mesothelioma is the malignant form. Known as malignant mesothelioma, the primary causal factor is asbestos infection. According to the US National Cancer Institute, “Malignant mesothelioma is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found in the sac lining the chest (the pleura), the lining of the abdominal cavity (the peritoneum) or the lining around the heart (the pericardium).”

Mesothelioma can be classified into three types – pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma refers to a cancer of the lining of the lung (pleura), peritoneal mesothelioma refers to a cancer of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum) lining, and pericardial mesothelioma is a cancer that occurs in the lining that surrounds the heart (pericardium). The subtypes of mesothelioma are of three basic types, one very aggressive, one least aggressive, and one lying between the two extremes.

Malignant mesothelioma can be diagnosed through several imaging techniques. These imaging techniques enable physicians to assess mesothelioma. Once mesothelioma is suspected, patients are advised to undergo several tests, like X-ray, Computed Tomography (CT) scan, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans, and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging. The physician may also like to undertake special mesothelioma tests like thoracoscopy, peritoneoscopy and biopsy.

Learning about the stage of mesothelioma is a critical factor that helps physicians to decide the treatment plan. If the cancer is confined to the pleura, mesothelioma is considered localized. If the cancer spreads beyond the pleura and to other parts of the body such as the lungs, abdominal cavity, lymph nodes and the chest wall, mesothelioma is considered to be in an advanced stage.

The oft used and the oldest system for determining the stages of mesothelioma is the Butchart System. The Butchart System is based on the extent of the primary tumor mass available in a patient. This system divides mesothelioma into four stages. The TNM system, a slightly advanced system over the Butchart System, determines staging through variables of tumor in mass and the spread, the lymph node involvement and metastasis. However, the latest system is known as the Brigham System, where staging is done as per the respectability and lymph node involvement. In spite of such modern techniques, a definitive diagnosis of mesothelioma still remains possible through fluid diagnosis and tissue biopsy.