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Can Your Religion Influence Your Treatment?

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More than anything else, people who pray, pray for good health. But are religion and spirituality relevant to treatment? If so, do they have a positive or negative effect?

More than anything else, people who pray, pray for good health. But are religion and spirituality relevant to treatment? If so, do they have a positive or negative effect?

A recent study published in the November 2009 issue of the journal Social Problems suggested that religion can be both a bridge and a barrier when it comes to medical treatment. (source)

According to the study, for every case where religion was a barrier (i.e. religious belief prevented consent for a proven treatment), there was another instance where it was a bridge – for example, a case where the family of a terminally-ill child could suggest answers where medicine couldn’t.

Another study, this one by Zogby International, suggested that born-again Christians were 14% less likely to get the H1N1 vaccination than people who did not identify themselves as such. (source)

Can religion make you healthy?

So does being religious help or hinder your health?

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Pharmacy Clinics: The Expanding Role of the Pharmacy

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Listening to my radio on the way to the grocery store, I heard an advertisement for flu shots being given at one of the local pharmacy clinics. The ad talked about the importance of getting the seasonal flu shot and described who should get the H1N1 flu shot. The hours were listed, and a special point was made of how the shots, and clinic, were available every day. At first I thought how convenient it would be not to have to make a doctor’s appointment and be able to go in on the weekend. Then I started wondering about how my regular doctor would get records from this clinic and who would be providing the shots, or any medical advice, were I to go in for another reason.

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9 Must Have iPhone Apps for Healthcare Workers

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The days of Star Trek’s medical tricorder coming into reality are years-past: In many respects, you can pick up such a device at any mobile phone retailer…

The days of Star Trek’s medical tricorder coming into reality are years-past: In many respects, you can pick up such a device at any mobile phone retailer…

Just download the following programs to your iPhone (or, in many cases, your Palm or Blackberry) and you’ve got a powerful, well-rounded digital-utility-belt for fighting any number of health conditions…

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Future Effects of Nanotech on Health Care

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Industry journals estimate that in the medical world alone, there are more than 150 nanotech-based drugs and delivery systems in development. So what will (or could) nano-scale constructions mean for health-care in the next few years?

One of the first popular mentions of nanotechnology was the 1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Evolution” in which self-aware, nano-scale robots take over the Enterprise.

 

Though nothing on such a grand scale is lurking around today, nanotechnology – on a rudimentary level – is on the verge of coming into wide use.

Industry journals estimate that in the medical world alone, there are more than 150 nanotech-based drugs and delivery systems in development.

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Advantages of Electronic Medical Records

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The need for electronic medical reporting is one of the few things that Republicans and Democrats largely agree on, but putting the theory into practice may prove to be more difficult than anticipated, and it remains to be seen whether the system will deliver as expected.

Billions of dollars have been set aside for the migration of medical records to digital form, and the big software vendors are scrambling to collect their piece of the pie.

Under the stimulus act enacted by the government in February, hospitals can apply for several million dollars to implement tech programs over the next five years, and individual physicians can get up to $44,000. If powerful monetary incentives are not enough, the payment is offset by a penalty for medical businesses that fail to comply by 2015; they will receive a cut in Medicare reimbursement. It’s easy to imagine scenarios where electronic record keeping would prevent mistakes and provide convenience. Continue reading “Advantages of Electronic Medical Records”

So You Want to Be a Small Town Pharmacist?

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If you want to be a small town pharmacist, there are a few things you must consider first.

If you want to be a small town pharmacist, there are a few things you must realize. First, you must be a people person, as there will be lots of personal interaction required of you. Second, you need to be willing to give limited medical advice. Finally, you need to be prepared for what the new environment will mean for your down time as well. Be sure to take all of these things into consideration before accepting a position at a small town pharmacy.

 

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