Promising Findings that Eliminate Adult Onset Diabetes

Some new and exciting research has been done recently by researchers at Indiana University. Others involved in the research include the German Research Center for Environmental Health. These two groups combined have been able to cure lab mice of adult onset diabetes, obesity, and all abnormalities that occur with lipid balance with improved glucose sensitivity. Other benefits of their treatment include enhanced caloric burning and also a lower appetite. The specific treatment is a new peptide that is a molecular integration of the hormones designed to target the gastrointestinal system. The peptide combines two important hormones in the endocrine system GIP and als GLS-1. It also now includes glucagon in the treatment which is what has drastically improved the results. These hormones have proven to lower the lab rats’ blood sugar levels and also reduce their fat levels to a level that is far better than any previously created treatment. It seems as though these three hormones have a synergistic affect on the body.
Part of the success comes from the three hormones placed in a single molecule. As a result several metabolic factors are affects at the same time. Areas that are primarily targeted with this treatment include the brain, liver, fat, and pancreas. During the trials the researchers found they were able to reduce the body fat in the rats by about 30%. This is significantly more than when the researchers had attempted using the treatment without the glucagon add on. The great thing about this specific molecule is it can perform the actions of three hormones. While the GLP-1 and the GIP primarily work towards improving the action of insulin and lowering blood sugar levels, GLP-1 is well known for reducing hunger, and glucagon also helps improve the long term rate at which calories are burned.
It is also important to note that clinical trials with humans has already begun. This is good news for a large percentage of people in the United States because we have the second highest rate of obesity out of all the nations. Because of our high rate of obesity in the USA we also have a high level of the older population that have adult onset diabetes. Once the body has been programmed to maintain a certain weight it can be very difficult to lose weight even with proper diet and exercise. This new treatment brings hope to those who have failed at losing weight on their own. As a paramedic EMT I constantly take care of patients with adult onset diabetes. Most people don’t realize how detrimental obesity and adult onset diabetes can be to their health. The large majority of the people I have to perform the skills learned in ACLS certification and BLS certification are those that are overweight and many of which have adult onset diabetes. As technology improves we will see increased treatments that can help individuals manage their health issues and overcome specific factors that can dramatically cut down their life-span. This is just one of many diet and glucose regulating treatments on the horizon that will dramatically impact the general health of the American nation.

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Longer LIfespan Linked to Sense of Purpose

Several prestigious universities have performed a research study that has now linked the sense of well-bing and purpose to result in a longer lifespan. While testing in the past has proven benefits of those who have a positive outlook on life at advanced ages, now researchers can definitively say that there is a link between improved physical function and that of subliminal positive messaging. The study included over nine thousand individuals. Each with an age of 65 or older. Each individual was then divided into a group that labeled them as having a higher or lower level of well-being. After the subject group was created the researches then looked at the group approximately 8 years later to determine their overall health and physical function.

To determine which well-being group each individual belonged the researchers used questionnaires and then put the individuals into a broad set along with those that relatively matched on the same criteria. Ultimately the groups were made into 4 large subsets of individuals ranking their overall well-being. Each group had to be adjusted for other influencing factors from current physical health, sex, lifestyle habits, along with many others. Each member was measured on three different groups or types of well being. One of these being “eudemonic well-being,” which is the sense of value one adds to society and life around them. Another of these is “hedonic well-being” which is a sense of ambiguous happiness or ambiguous negative feelings and thoughts. The final one they measured was “evaluative well-being” which is the level of satisfaction one has with what they have in life. The findings were actually quite astonishing to the researchers showing that those with a higher sense of well-being lived an average of two whole years longer than those that suffered from a lower level of purpose and well being. The final statistics showed that after the 8 years out of those with the lower level of well-being 29 percent of them had already died while in the group of those with the higher level of purpose and well-being had only 9 percent of their group die.

The statistics of the percentage of people who have high levels of life satisfaction and well-being is quite different among cultures and countries. Those in English speaking countries tend to have the highest level of sense of well-being in their later years compared to most other countries. Those in Russia tend to have some of the lowest levels of a sense of well-being in their advanced years. Something to study next would be why each culture or country may have these differences and how we may learn from some cultures to help improve the sense of well-being of those who live in a country and culture where many individuals of advanced age aren’t happy or satisfied with their life. One of the simple answers to this is about involvement in the world around you. Those with advanced age that stay more involved with friend groups, social circles, or activities generally have a much higher level of well-being compared to those that are isolated. Here in the United States many people of advanced age have both the wealth and access to the infrastructure to make that happen. Hopefully these studies will lead to government involvement in helping to provide the resources in other countries to those who are of advanced age. In the long run it may actually reduce the cost burden of taking care of the sick geriatric population if they are kept in better mental health and stimulated socially.

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ACLS As One Of The Main Emergency Medical Training Programs

Due to the increase in the baby boomer population and the age of patients there in an increase in the demand of healthcare providers and specifically healthcare providers that are trained in emergency services that know how and when to act during the occurrence of a heart attack or stroke. Healthcare providers having a knowledge of how to act in the event of a critical situation that is life threatening is imperative. When I was first interested in learning about emergency medical training I looked at various programs that were currently available in my area. Through a little bit of research I was able to find a program that met my needs and that I was comfortable would prepare me for what was to come in my future career. A few of the certifications of the courses and certifications I realized were required for every scholastic program was that of Advanced Cardiac Life Support or ACLS, and Basic Life Support or BLS. Some of the programs also required that I take Pediatric Advanced Life Support or PALS certification. I wasn’t too familiar with these classes so I did a little more research and found that I could take the majority of them online. Live classes were also available but the online courses seemed more convenient. ACLS online took me about two hours to complete and since it is the more advanced out of ACLS and BLS I was able to get both provider cards with taking a single exam. I also took the PALS certification online course but since I had already earned the BLS certification with the ACLS certification course I didn’t receive a BLS certification provider card when I finished the third course. When I enrolled in my Emergency Medical Transport program I began to realize I was already ahead of the other students in my knowledge because I took those three certification programs prior to enrollment. Other students had planned to take the courses while attending the program which I think was a big mistake. Now they had to deal with the pressures of the course work and they had to give up their valuable time to learn ACLS, PALS, and BLS certification at the same time. I already felt overloaded with what I had to learn from the program. I actually had many of the EMTs with which I was training make mention of how I seemed more advanced in my knowledge compared to many of the other students in my program. This surprised me because besides my past experience of my father being an ER doctor I didn’t have any previous training in the emergency medicine field. Some of the other students had even worked in the hospital setting before so I felt pretty good about where I was compared to the rest of the student group. So all this being said one of the best pieces of advice I can give to someone looking to become an EMT and begin training is to take their ACLS online, PALS certification, and BLS certification online courses well in advance to beginning their studies. It may be a little difficult at first but it will pay big dividends and make things easier in the long run.

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How to Become an Emergency Medical Technician

While becoming an emergency medical technician (EMT) isn’t necessary an easy task, the process can be simplified if you know what you’re doing. You never want to go into an education blind. An education requires time and money so spending your money in the right places is extremely important when choosing a career path. I decided to become an EMT almost 10 years ago and fortunately I had a lot of people that had gone through the process to coach me along the way. My dad is an Emergency Room doctor so he worked with several firefighter EMTs that were able to give me good advice when I was thinking about following in their footsteps. 1) Find Someone Who Has Already Become an EMT This is one of the smartest things you can do when deciding on an education and probably my single best piece of advice. I can give you all the tips in the world but there are certain nuggets of knowledge about schools and other jobs in your area that are known to the EMTs in your area. Most EMTs I have known are extremely friendly and supportive of anyone that wants to follow in their footsteps. Many of them made mistakes along the way when going through their scholastic and practical training. Because of this they can help you avoid certain pitfalls or mistakes that they or their friends made in the past. 2) Shadow an EMT in Your Area Before you go through the long and tedious effort to become educated and licensed as an EMT you should first know if it is even something that you would enjoy doing. Managing patient’s in a live situation verses watching a television series based on emergency scenarios in a hospital are very different. Also, when applying for EMT schools they will notice if you have any past experience shadowing. Many schools even require you to shadow an EMT a few times before they will accept you. 3) Build a List of Schools and Requirements You need to educate yourself regarding the different EMT schools in your area. Also, once you have these schools listed it is even more important that you list their requirements for entry into their programs. Sometimes different schools have different requirements. If three out of four schools have similar requirements regarding classes than you know where you can most efficiently use your time when completing pre-requisites. You may want to disregard a school that has several required courses that are not required by other schools. 4) Contact the Schools Contacting the schools before you begin the pre-requisites is also extremely important. You will want to know what the average GPA was for the previously accepted class. You will also want to find out what they view as most important in a candidate. Just by making a couple phone calls you can greatly improve your understanding of what you need to do to become an EMT. 5) Earn your ACLS, PALS, and BLS certification before entering into any program. ACLS online renewal is one of the easiest ways to complete this. Generally you can take your ACLS online renewal course in under an hour. PALS certification and BLS certification can also usually be earned in under an hour online. If you do these courses in a live classroom they will take several days to complete. While the online courses don’t have a hands on skills test I honestly don’t believe that the skills of resuscitation are learned in a 5 minute demo. It takes real life experience over and over again while being surrounded with other professionals to become proficient in CPR.



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Undergoing Emergency Medical Training

Welcome back to the World Scout League. I want to start this article by letting you know how I came across the importance of Advanced Cardiac Life Support training and how it is related to emergency medical training. Most people when preparing to become an EMT don’t realize what certifications are required to practice in the field. There are many licenses one needs in order to be able to practice in the field of medicine, even at the level of an EMT. I grew up watching my father who was a doctor that worked in the Emergency Room at the local hospital. He helped me become aware of much of what happened in the field of emergency medicine and in some ways I even considered myself a “half doctor” by the time I started college. Though I didn’t want to become a doctor I still had interest in the field of emergency medicine like my dad. I was always fascinated with the field of medical science and the new advanced solutions constantly being discovered for today’s medical problems. I came across Advanced Cardiac Life Support or ACLS as they call it when I decided on becoming an EMT. Becoming ACLS certified is a requirement of all EMTs and so it was a must that I familiarize myself with the course prior to joining EMT school.

What is the course description for emergency medical technicians?

Before jumping into the decision of becoming an emergency medical technician you should know the details of what’s involved in the training and expectations of those in the career. Here I’ll try and walk you through what will be expected of you during the didactic and clinical portions of your training. There are basically three categories involved in the training. These categories amount to 120 hours which includes didactic and practical knowledge while also performing interventions in the field. Much of the time you’ll be following real EMTs out into the field for hands-on experience. Besides this there are also rigorous training sessions that include made up scenarios and testing. You will be required to take call along side other EMTs and expect to be called into the field at any time of the day or night depending on the demands of the job. While this is the practical portion of the training don’t forget that the didactic portion is just as rigorous. During this time you’ll be taking several classes that teach you how the body works, interventions associated with emergency medicine, and how those interventions work to save a patient in distress. Before starting the didactic courses I always recommend that students take ACLS online certification, BLS certification, and PALS certification to be prepared and have an edge above the other students.

What happens during the ambulance ride to the hospital or clinic?

What are the candidates suppose to do?

During the transportation of a patient the EMTs are the primary care takers of the patient and the ones making the decisions necessary to keeping the patient alive. This can be extremely stressful so those thinking they want to go into this particular job need to think about whether or not they will be comfortable carrying that amount of responsibility. The EMT may be required to start IVs, administer medications, perform airway management, provider cardiopulmonary resuscitations which is also known as CPR, intubate the patient, provide neck stabilization, along with many other tasks. As a student or candidate preparing to become an EMT you may be asked to perform any number of these tasks in real life situations. By doing so is the only way you will actually become proficient in your responsibilities. As mentioned before I truly do want each of you to be aware of what is going to be expected of you and how to be best prepared before starting your scholastic program. Start by reading my free online guide about how to obtain emergency medical training and sign up for ACLS online, PALS certification, and BLS certification online. Feel free to ask me any questions. I’m always here to help the next generation of students.

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How To Keep The Weight Off

The most substantial problem in the treatment of obesity is sustaining the weight loss of the individual. Because the body and the person’s mind becomes familiar with maintaining a specific weight, the body is actually working towards maintaining the individual at an obese level. Some individuals have it even worse with genetic, epigenetic, and neuro-hormonal action that make it even more difficult to lose the weight and keep it off. As a result some physicians are turning to an approach of weight loss that centers on both physiological and behavioral psychological therapies. Physicians that specialize in weight loss have also been looking at creating more individualized weight loss programs. They are looking to overcome the gap of both basic and the clinical sciences to better target on individuals specific weight gaining issues. People tend to respond to weight control therapies differently. Some individuals lose large amounts of weight, some only lose a small portion of weight, and even others gain weight with some of the therapies. As a result it has become overwhelmingly clear that weight loss therapies need to be specialized for the individual, monitored, and the techniques that show the most positive results need to be maintained. There needs to be more than just an understanding of biology when it comes to weight loss. The behavioral sciences is an integral part of the weight loss process. Recognizing and understanding the strengths of a specific patient is key in finding and building a successful weight loss program. Currently a group called NIH is attempting to fully identify all the barriers that prevent patient’s from actualizing weight loss. Reviewing a patient’s results and making changes to the weight management plan accordingly is imperative for success. The current popular diets on the market have shown to fail time and time again for the vast majority of individuals. It is a common misconception that the obese do not care about their weight or their appearance. The general population needs to recognize that the obese are extremely aware of their weight and can even be hypersensitive to changes in their appearance. This however is not a reflection of their eating habits. There are often psychological and biological factors that prevent the gap between their hypersensitivity to their weight and their dietary behaviors from connecting. As a result attempts to lose weight are often short lived, inefficient, or lack the motivation to complete. Currently there is no magic pill that helps dramatically with weight loss without side effects. The best results come when people have their behavior analyzed along with their body chemistry so they can reshape the way they think. Without that the obese are likely to fall back into previous habits and dietary habits.

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5k Charitable Run for Bitcoins

This year here at the World Scout League Commission (WSLC) we will be holding our first annual international run for bitcoins as a way to raise charitable donations. As the WSLC we have come to recognize our influence within the healthcare community and we hope to use that influence to increase funding for much needed healthcare research. The vast majority of the funds raised will go towards age related illness research. This includes research that primarily focuses on the number one illnesses that kill humans today, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. The donations will be divided up and given to specific research projects that we believe have the highest potential in eliminating these illnesses. The run will be a distance of 5 kilometers and begin in the park of Pinar del Río in barrio Manila in the city Medellin, Colombia. It will end at Lineal Ciudad del Rio Park in the district of Ciudad del Río in the city of Medellin, Colombia.We originally chose Medellin, Colombia because it has some of the best weather in the world and has increasingly become one of the most popular tourist destinations of South America. Medellin has also developed a high level of modern conveniences in relation to other cities and countries in the region so those who come for just a short visit will feel right at home. The run is not a race, but an activity to bring people together that want to contribute in the effort to fight the most significant diseases of our time. The date of the run will be March 29, 2015. Registration will begin at 2:00pm and the run will initiate at 3:30pm. The registration fee will the the number of bitcoins that is the equivalent of 20 USD. Other bitcoin donations will be accepted and are encouraged. In later years we hope to add other locations to the charitable project. We also hope to add other activities to the bitcoin run and evolve the project into bitcoin game activities so even those who are not able to run will be able to participate.   Date: March 29, 2015 Registration Time: 2:00pm Run Time: 3:30pm For online donations or registration please contact us: HERE

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The Life of Anti-Cancer Drugs

From the time anti-cancer drugs are publicized to when they are actually deliverable products to the masses is quite a long one. Most people are not familiar with this process and what these drugs must face before being delivered to market. Many of these drugs actually never make it past clinical trials. The process is long and requires the attention and investment of many types of professionals from regulating agencies, research and developers, healthcare workers, buyers, and also patients. These are just some of the people involved in bring a new anti-cancer drug to market. Regulatory approval is not an easy thing to obtain in the medical industry. There are a series of trials that first must be run to evaluate the efficacy and risk of each new medication that is presented. Animal trials must first be performed. These animal trials often start with rats and move up to pigs and other primates. Once these drugs show to be relatively safe and have promise in eliminating cancer they can then be performed on a very small human population that are closely monitored and evaluated. For a drug to prove to be safe enough for regular human use commonly takes up to seven years of research, development, and clinical trials. Drug companies spend billions of dollars in the development of new drugs to bring them to market. Once the drug proves successful and is approved for human use on large scale it now must be brought to the attention of practicing physicians so they begin to use the medicine in practice. The process to have a drug completely implemented into practice by physicians efficiently and successfully usually takes about three years once the drug is finally approved. Unfortunately this delay in the creation of a drug and it’s availability is primarily for the safety of those who could possibly use it. Some people who might actually be able to take advantage of some of these drugs and live are denied the privilege because the drug hasn’t gone through the appropriate testing and approval. Some people even go to the extreme to travel to distant countries that don’t have the same tight regulations like the United States to obtain specific drugs and treatments that won’t be made legal in the USA until several years later. Those that suffer from a life-threatening illness such as advanced or late stage cancer find that this option is a viable option because they don’t have much to lose. Many of the healthcare providers I work with often talk about their patient’s that have used foreign medical aid to help in the even of life threatening illness. My ACLS online certified friends and I each make an effort to save the lives of those in the end stages of life but we have limits to what we are capable and legally allowed to do. Recognizing what your healthcare needs are and making the appropriate sacrifices to get the best treatment available is crucial in your survival. Being familiar with the drug approval process can help you make a more informed decision regarding the health of you and your loved one.

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Why Is Emergency Medical Training So Important?

One of the most important things to recognize is there are more than just doctors and nurses that play their specific roles in saving lives in the medical industry. There is so much going on behind and in front of the scenes than what most people even see when dealing with a sick loved one. I realized this early on since my father was an Emergency Room physician and worked with people across the entire spectrum in the medical industry. You have to think; where do the IVs come from? Who produces the drugs that are administered? How is it that the syringes end up in the hand of skilled providers? These are just some of the many questions you can ask yourself to start realizing just how large and involved the medical industry can be. This also gives you a perspective of why medical services are so expensive. Receiving medical care is more than just having three to five trained professionals at your side 24/7. It is having an entire industry of professionals that work at different capacities always being attentive of your needs. When I realized this and knew that I wanted to get involved in the medical industry I started looking at what job seemed to fit me best. I didn’t want to be a doctor like my dad but I did like the intense nature of the emergency room and the excitement it had to offer. After spending quite a bit of time looking at what was available I finally decided on becoming an Emergency Medical Transporter or an EMT.

Can you enroll in emergency medical training course? Are you eligible?

When deciding on a career you should always find out if your circumstances meet the needs of entering the program. I have many friends who made poor decisions in the past and as a result limited their options when it came to choosing a career path. For example, it can be very hard to become a healthcare provider if you have a history of a DUI. I hate to bring this up in my blog but it really is important to think about these things when it comes to choosing a career path. If you have a relatively clean police record usually you can enroll in emergency medical training without too much difficulty. The other thing to consider is your past grades. You may be required to take a few college courses before you enroll in the course. Making sure you have all the requisites before entering the program is essential.

Job description of an emergency medical transporter

An EMT has the responsibility of intercepting, assessing, and initiating treatment of patients that are experiencing life threatening health events out in the field. Their job is critical to the ultimate survival of a patient beyond anything that is performed by a medical doctor or a nurse hours later in the hospital. Knowing this you should be prepared to handle the responsibility and stress associated with taking this job. This is why EMTs are trained in ACLS, PALS, and BLS certification. Reviewing ACLS online certification on a regular basis is also helpful for providers who want to keep their skills sharp and keep current on the newest findings and research.

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