Seven Things Everyone Should Know About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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didyouknow?The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation dispels common myths about sudden cardiac arrest and urges the public to learn CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators during the first week of June, National CPR-AED Awareness Week.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting about 326,200 people of all ages outside hospitals every day. Dave Goldberg, CEO of Survey Monkey and husband of Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, was one of its recent victims.

During this week alone, about 6,250 unsuspecting victims will suffer SCA, most of them (70%) at home. Their hearts will unexpectedly stop beating and blood will no longer flow to the brain and throughout the body. They will collapse, breathe abnormally or not at all, and may appear to be having seizures. In essence, they will be dead—and they will stay this way unless bystanders work to restore their heartbeats by starting CPR and defibrillation immediately.

Unfortunately, only one-third of SCA victims receives CPR from bystanders and fewer than five percent are treated with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before EMS arrives at the scene. But for every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, the chances of survival decrease by 7-10%. As a result, only 11 percent of victims typically survive. Yet survival rates could double or triple if more people knew what to do when SCA strikes. In fact, as many as 30,000 additional lives could be saved each year.

Why don’t more people know and use these fundamental lifesaving skills? For one thing, not enough schools include CPR-AED instruction as a requirement for high school graduation. In addition, seven common myths may be barriers to bystander action, according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, which counters with the following facts.

Myth No. 1: SCA is rare. Fact: The number of people who die from SCA each day is equivalent to the number who would die if two jet planes crashed every single day killing nearly everyone on board.

Myth: No. 2: SCA is the same as a heart attack. Fact: Heart attack is like a plumbing problem. When people have heart attacks, they are awake and their hearts are beating. SCA is like an electrical problem. When people have SCA, they are not awake and their hearts are not beating. Heart attacks can lead to SCA, but there are many other causes, usually related to heart rhythm disorders.

Myth No. 3: SCA only happens to the elderly. Fact: SCA happens to people of all ages, including more than 6,000 people under the age of 18 each year.

Myth No. 4: SCA only happens to people with a history of heart problems. Fact: SCA is often the first indication of a heart problem.

Myth No. 5: Victims are better off waiting for professional help to arrive. Fact: Time is of the essence. Immediate bystander intervention can mean the difference between life and death.

Myth No. 6: Only trained personnel are allowed to use AEDs. Fact: Despite antiquated signage that sometimes accompanies the devices, AEDs may be used effectively by anyone who can follow visual and voice prompts.

Myth No. 7: AEDs can hurt people by shocking them inappropriately. Fact: SCA victims are dead. Rescuer actions can only help. AEDs are safe and effective and will not shock the heart unless shocks are needed to restore a healthy heartbeat.

Given the facts and the tremendous opportunity to save so many more lives, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges the public to seek CPR and AED training during National CPR-AED Awareness Week. “Our growing national survivor network is a testament to the fact that immediate CPR and defibrillation really does save lives,” said Mary Newman, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation president. “Since most cardiac arrests occur in the home, taking a few minutes now to learn CPR and how to use an AED could mean the difference between life and death for a loved one.”

Here’s what to do when SCA strikes:

1. Call 9-1-1 and follow dispatcher instructions.

2. Start CPR. Press hard and fast on the center of the chest at a rate of 100 beats per minute (e.g., to the tune of “Tears on My Guitar” by Taylor Swift).

3. Use the nearest AED as quickly as possible.

For information on training resources or to join the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network, visit For information on the AED Readiness Project, click here. To support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, click here.

About the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a national community benefit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and saving lives. Programs include educational campaigns for secondary schools and colleges and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network, an online community that provides peer support and opportunities for survivors and family members to participate in awareness, advocacy, and research initiatives.

5 Important Things To Know About TLIF

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doctorWhen it comes to spinal fusion surgeries, all types are definitely not alike. Case in point: TLIF surgery – a minimally invasive way to fuse together painful vertebrae so they heal into a single, solid bone – entails its own unique approach and purpose, helping many chronic back pain sufferers find lasting relief, according to Praveen Kadimcherla, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Atlantic Spine Center.

TLIF is just one of several forms of minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery, also known as MIS fusion. But the terminology surrounding this surgery, how it’s done and what benefits it offers can seem confusing to those with spine problems that aren’t effectively treated with more conservative measures such as medication, rest or physical therapy, Dr. Kadimcherla says.

“While MIS fusion surgery has been commonplace since the 1990s, TLIF is among the most innovative newer approaches to back surgery available today for lower back pain,” adds Dr. Kadimcherla, who completed two spinal surgery fellowships and is a published author on spine disorders and treatment. Dr. Kadimcherla explains 5 points that are important to understand about TLIF:

What is TLIF?

TLIF is short for oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion, offering both a name and a description of its technique. “It’s the angle taken when the surgeon gains access to the spine from a posterolateral view, which is the approach taken through a patient’s back and just to the side of the vertebrae,” Dr. Kadimcherla notes.

Who undergoes TLIF surgery?

This type of surgery, which stops vertebral bones in the spine from painfully “grinding” together, is typically advised for patients coping with ongoing lower back pain from a wide range of causes, including:

* Bulging discs

* Degenerative disc disease, a chain of events in the discs that occurs naturally as we age

* Disc tears – a painful crack or tear in the outer shell of a disc when it begins to toughen or dry up

* Failed back surgery, which occurs for a variety of reasons such as inaccurate diagnosis or improper healing

* Facet joint syndrome, which is degeneration and arthritic changes occurring in facet joints between vertebrae commonly caused by aging and wear-and-tear

* Foraminal stenosis, a narrowing of the spaces between vertebrae due to displaced bone or soft tissue

How is TLIF performed?

Like other MIS fusion procedures, TLIF is done with special tools known as tubular retractors, which are placed into a tiny incision and through soft tissues to the designated spot on the spine. But unlike other types of MIS fusion, TLIF surgery is approached through the patient’s back just to the side of the vertebrae. Since such a small incision is used, the surgeon doesn’t have to move, remove or alter major muscles, normal bone structures, or nerve bundles. At the area needing repair, the surgeon implants material such as a bone graft that maintains proper spacing of the vertebrae as the bones grow together. The entire procedure typically takes about 90 minutes or less.

What is recovery from TLIF like?

Because TLIF is both minimally invasive and minimally disruptive to tissues surrounding the spine, the procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis and recovery is swift. “Many patients are able to get up, walk around and return home within a few hours after surgery,” Dr. Kadimcherla says. “After the initial recovery, many patients benefit from a course of physical therapy to help their back muscles become stronger and more flexible.”

What are the advantages of TLIF?

The benefits of TLIF are compelling, Dr. Kadimcherla says, including minimal blood loss during surgery and a lower risk of needing a blood transfusion during this technique compared with traditional “open” spinal fusion surgery using a much longer incision. Additionally, TLIF patients typically need less pain medication after surgery.

“Many TLIF patients resume their normal recreational activities within weeks – not months or longer – because this procedure is so kind to surrounding tissues,” Dr. Kadimcherla says. “It offers remarkable results.”

– Atlantic Spine Center is a nationally recognized leader for endoscopic spine surgery with several locations in NJ and NYC., Praveen Kadimcherla, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon at Atlantic Spine Center.

Videos Provide Helpful Information About Childhood Obesity

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obesityLearn about childhood obesity causes, trends and prevention from Mercy Health expert. Mercy Health published a video last week about childhood obesity.

Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) – a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky – has devoted the sixth of its monthly Mercy Health: Helping You Be Well videos to childhood obesity issues. Experts say one in three youngsters is overweight or obese.

In a concise video on Mercy Health’s YouTube channel, a Mercy Health expert addresses these childhood obesity-related questions:

* Why is childhood obesity worse now than when we were kids?

* How can we get kids to eat better?

* Should I cut out sweets altogether?

* Won’t most kids just outgrow it?

* What can we do as parents to prevent childhood obesity?

An infographic with childhood obesity facts is available at Mercy Health is also sharing helpful information throughout the month on its social media channels.

Mercy Health: Helping You Be Well, which spotlights key health issues and tips for healthy living, debuted in December. The videos feature Mercy Health physician experts who are committed to making lives better – mind, body and spirit.

About Mercy Health

Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) is the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest health systems in the United States, employing more than 32,000 employees in Ohio and Kentucky. With $6 billion in assets, Mercy Health operates about 450 health facilities, including 23 hospitals, eight senior living communities, five hospice programs and seven home health agencies. Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) consistently rates Mercy Health among the nation’s top health systems for clinical quality and efficiency. In keeping with its mission, Mercy Health providesabout $1 million per day in community benefit services. Mercy Health’s bonds are rated AA- by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, and A1 by Moody’s. Mercy Health also partners with HealthSpan which provides health maintenance organization and insurance coverage. Mercy Health is a founding member of Health Innovations Ohio, which focuses on providing health services that result in higher quality, better health and greater value. For more information, visit or connect with Mercy Health on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter (@LivingMercyHlth).

Tall Tale About A Short Giraffe

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booksAuthor Urbano Salvati’s “tall” tale demonstrates the importance of exercise in a fun way.

What’s more important to a giraffe than to have a long, beautiful neck? The extra height of their necks allows giraffes to easily reach up and eat leaves and fruit from tall trees.

One can only imagine what will happen when the young giraffe “Jerome, the Short-Necked Giraffe” doesn’t listen to his mother and refuses to do his neck-stretching exercises. He ends up with a short neck! The book demonstrates the importance of exercise for youngsters in a fun way.

This “tall” tale takes place in the grassland savannas of Africa, where wild animals roam and giraffes must be tall enough to eat dinner. Jerome, the Short-Necked Giraffe is the main character, but whoever heard of a short-necked giraffe?

“This delightful children’s book teaches an important lesson in a way that will be interesting for young readers. We are thrilled to announce its release,” said Robert Fletcher, CEO of Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency.

Watch the video at:

About the Author: Born in Italy, Urbano Salvati now resides in Las Vegas. Having worked as a chef and culinary educator for 40 years, he now delights young readers with his creative storytelling. He believes true happiness comes from love and from good food. “There is a certain magic about children’s stories that I have always loved. I have always dreamed of beautifully written prose that will elicit in readers all of the best that our heart can produce.”

Jerome the Short-Necked Giraffe (ISBN: 978-1-63135-585-1) is now available for $13.95 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website: or at or

Wholesalers: This book is distributed by Ingram Books and other wholesale distributors. Contact your representative with the ISBN for purchase. Wholesale purchase for retailers, universities, libraries, and other organizations is also available through the publisher; please email bookorder(at)sbpra(dot)net.

When Preparing For “Back To School,” Don’t Forget About Healthy After-School Snacks

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groupkidsPreparing a child’s lunch is an important part of the back-to-school routine, but experts at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital say that thinking about healthy after-school snacks is also important to consider.

“Having one-to-two healthy snacks in addition to three meals a day is what is typically recommended for school-aged kids,” said Dr. Teresia O’Connor, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor and pediatrician at Texas Children’s. “If you’re eating three healthy meals a day, then the snacks should be small, and parents should think of it as an opportunity to get good, healthy nutrition into their child.”

O’Connor recommends picking foods that will help children get the energy they need for the rest of the afternoon while also offering snacks that will help them meet daily nutritional goals. For example, it is recommended that children get at least five fruits and vegetables per day, so a way to achieve this is to offer fruit and vegetable snacks.

“Many kids come home after school having had an early lunch and are pretty hungry, so picking snack foods that will help them feel full, but not over full or stuffed is important. That way they are not ravenous by the time dinner comes around, but hungry enough to eat a healthy meal” said O’Connor.

O’Connor suggests incorporating proteins and whole grains for satiety and also combining fruits and vegetables with proteins and whole grains. See her recommendations here.

What to avoid

She notes that snacks to keep to a minimum are those with added or excess sugar, such as candy, cookies; as well as fried foods, such as chips. These snacks should be the exception, not the rule.

“Everything can be eaten in moderation, but those kinds of foods are the ‘every now and then’ types of food and not the ‘go-to every day’ as an afternoon snack,” she said.

Snacks can be important

O’Connor emphasizes the importance of giving children a healthy snack to be sure they are able to focus on their homework and have the energy to engage in playtime or sports. However, make sure that the snack is healthy and has good nutrients in it instead of a high-calorie snack that does not have many nutrients but adds a lot of fat and sugar.

Timing of snacks

What time children have a snack varies on what your family schedule is like. Snacks should not be eaten less than an hour before dinner, because children may then not be as hungry for dinner. A healthy snack allows them to avoid being extremely hungry for dinner and eating too fast or more than they need.

“Snacks provide that balance so that you go into dinner feeling a little bit hungry but not ravenous,” said O’Connor.

After-school care

If kids are in an after-school program, check to see if the program offers snacks and talk to program leaders to see if they are healthy. If the snacks are not healthy, talk to the program coordinator to see if you can pack something small and healthy for your child.

After-school sports

boysoccerIf children are involved in after school sports, it can be important for them to have a snack before they spend an hour or two in physical activity after the school day.

“Proteins and whole grains are going to stay with them a lot longer than a candy bar. The kind of nutrients you get from proteins and whole grains give you energy for a much longer sustained time than processed simple sugars,” said O’Connor.

Healthy drinks

It is also important to think about what your kids are drinking – be sure they are not taking in empty calories and excess sugars from their drinks. Try to avoid sodas, sports drinks and fruit drinks.

Instead, try to incorporate a glass of water or a glass of skim milk.

“I find that a lot of kids don’t get adequate hydration during the day,” said O’Connor. “Try getting your kids used to drinking a glass of water when they get home to make sure they’re keeping their bodies hydrated.”

Older children

Many middle school and high school students arrive home before their parents, and O’Connor says parents should be sure they are creating an environment where these teens are more likely to pick healthy snacks rather than unhealthy snacks. This means making sure foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain crackers and low-fat yogurt without a lot of sugar are available to them and making sure that the pantry is not full of potato chips, candies and cookies.

“Think ahead of time about how you are setting up your pantry and refrigerator and make the environment at home a healthy one,” she said.

Set the example

There are a few things that parents can do to help their kids make healthier choices. The first is getting them involved in helping you pick healthy snacks at the grocery store – they are more likely to eat the foods if they are able to choose themselves. Also, parents should act as role models for healthy eating. If parents come home and have a glass of water and fruits and vegetables, their children are more likely to follow this.

O’Connor also notes that in some cultures, the after-school meal is the main dinner and says that this still fits into a healthy diet as long as there are still only three meals and one-to-two snacks a day.

– Submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine

12 Fun Facts About Dentistry

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By Dr. A. Fakhimi

malesmileDid you know that every person has a unique set of teeth that is all their own, just like a fingerprint? Tongue prints are also unique for every individual, even among identical twins. However, that is only one of several awesome facts you should know about the field of cosmetic dentistry. Whether you are curious about the history of dental tools or cosmetic dentistry procedures, dentistry has a well established past that shows the value of its importance for healthcare. Check out a dozen of the most interesting facts about the dental industry.

History of Dental Tools

• In 1498 the Chinese began to manufacturer toothbrushes containing bristles. These bristles came from the bristles of horses, hogs and badgers. However, it wasn’t until 1938 that the first toothbrush was made commercially and distributed to toothy individuals worldwide.

• The first mouth rinse was most likely concocted by the ancient Gauls during Roman days. They are documented to have swished urine around in their mouth rinse as a tooth whitener.

• In 373 A.D. the first toothpaste formula was created. It was discovered etched into a dusty sheet of papyrus that was hidden in a Viennese museum basement. However, it took Colgate until 1873 to create commercialized toothpaste.

• Prior to commercially prepared toothpaste, people took rough items, such as burnt cow hooves or crushed eggshell, and used these as abrasives to clean teeth.

• The earliest toothbrushes were individual’s fingers or twigs from plants, such as Neem twigs that have high antibacterial properties.

Off-the-Wall Tidbits

• Certain foods help you to keep your pearly whites up to par. For example, eating a nibble of cheese, particularly hard cheeses including aged cheddar, after a meal will help clean your choppers.

• The cap on your toothpaste tube harbors all sorts of harmful bacteria. It’s best to leave the toothpaste cap off between brushings.

• A dentist named Dr. Alfred Southwick invented the electric chair.

Famous Faces of Dentistry

• That famous Brit who yelled the most famous words of the American Revolution, Paul Revere, was a dentist, as well as a copper plate engraver and silversmith.

• In one of the most famous portraits of American artists, a dentist is portrayed as a farmer holding a pitchfork. This painting, by Grant Wood, is titled “American Gothic.”

• The first woman to graduate from professional dentistry school was Lucy Hobbs Taylor. In 1866 she received a degree as Doctor of Dental Surgery.

• Zane Grey, best known for writing westerns with titles including “Riders of the Purple Sage” and “The Heritage of the Desert,” got his professional start as a dentist.

Visiting your dentist on a regular basis can ensure that you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. By going on a regular dental schedule, you can prevent many dental issues, such as tooth decay and plaque buildup. Save money in the long term by maintaining regular dental checkups, and you’ll appreciate the peace of mind afforded to you by your dentist.

– Dr. Fakhimi specializes in cosmetic dentistry procedures in San Diego, California. He graduated From University of Nevada with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and attended one of the top ranked dental schools in the country, Tufts University of Dental Medicine in Boston where he excelled in his class and received his Doctorate degree in 1997.

Facts About Muscle Gain And Weight Loss – Part 2

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By Johnny Hart

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

saladplate9. Eat 5-6 small meals/snacks during the day. The simplest way to accomplish this would be to eat a moderate breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a compact snack between breakfast and lunch, lunch and dinner, after which a compact snack in the evening. You should condition your system to enjoy every 3 to three 1/couple of hours. You should not restrict calories a lot of, this can decrease metabolic process and absolutely stop progress dead in the tracks.

10. You should develop a synergy between proper nutrition, moderate aerobics, and intense, brief weight-training. The resolution to weight-loss lie within almost all these. That is why diets, Dieters, Jenny Craig, as well as other programs will not be long-term successful. Several of such elements is missing.

11. Small, steady steps will bring about progression, that may bring about results, that will increase motivation, that could again increase results, which often will bring about long-term change.

12. For the very best results with muscle building and fat-loss, five days weekly, thirty minutes a day is most appropriate. A lot more than five days so you risk overtraining. Below five days and you might avoid seeing optimal muscle development results.

13. You need to incorporate resistance weight-training into your unwanted weight-loss efforts. Fat is metabolized by muscle, muscle literally will use-up more calories simply to maintain itself. Increased lean body mass helps your whole body to hurry up its metabolism (again, increased metabolism being the main element to weight-loss.

14. An excessive amount aerobic activity are going to be counterproductive on your muscle mass building efforts. 2-three days per week, 20-a half-hour each session is optimal. Again, more just isn’t better, better is more preferable.

15. Diets fail to work, so never try and diet. Diets certainly are a flawed method which create to much pain (pain/pleasure-unpleasure principle). You’ll be able to diet for just a shorter time, even so the real and mental cravings come, leading someone to binge and eat a lot more than you should have.

16. Select one day every week and cheat. Eat anything you like, and that i mean anything, but merely turn it into a moderate amount. Then be strict with the other 6 days weekly.

17. At last, one of the most effective and easy way to gain muscle and loss weight is by using different kinds of supplements available in markets. Supplements like Clenbuterol and Sustanon help effectively in gaining muscle and losing weight properly.

– Johnny Hart is a professional health blogger. He started his proficiency by practicing on his self. He has written extensively in the areas of fitness, health and get ideas on weight loss by use of clenbuterol, diet tips, muscle mass and much more! He would like to go out at beach and fond of traveling, sports etc.

Facts About Muscle Gain And Weight Loss – Part 1

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By Johnny Hart

weightlossballtextThe concept of you exploring gym, busting your buttocks off sculpting a fresh body, and learn that have you been working your system of burning fat.So I have discovered lots of muscle mass building facts and fitness observations.I need to to express one of the most important ones along with you, in this post.

1. To be able to follow your fitness routine with the long haul, you have to identify the “why” behind what you are doing. Uncover, specifically, what you wish to switch and the reasons you would like to change. Take advantage of this being your thrust.

2. You will must associate pleasure with all your anaerobic exercise routine and pain without requiring investing your fitness routine. Humans naturally do stuff are pleasurable and get away from issues that create pain.

3. We have been after long-term, permanent results, so there won’t be any quick fixes and gimmicks. We will develop a life-style change which will be simple settle for. No calorie counting or points, simply make better choices and healthier, moderate portions.

4. Always think quality over quantity. Therefore more exercising is not better on the subject of muscle development, better is way better. The majority of people I are exposed to work excessive and eat weak hands.

5. The important thing to permanent fat-loss is usually to speed your metabolism. Once this is achieved, weight-loss becomes permanent.

6. The main technique of altering your body needs time to work. Dedicate yourself to a minimum of 90 days to literally transform one’s body. Chances are you’ll see some results until then, but ninety days really you will need to view achievement.

7. Through the first couple of weeks of an anaerobic exercise program, you’ll recognize that your scale weight either doesn’t change or it could range in price up a tad.
Toss the scale out your window, doesn’t necessarily separate fat and muscle, then when you first of all obtain a dose of muscle from the beginning, the size weight is going up. Which is a a valuable thing. With time the dimensions weight Lowers.

8. You will need to eat often and moderate comes down to increase your metabolism. When you eat often, your whole body utilizes and in time breaks down the food often, bringing about less stored unwanted fat.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Johnny Hart is a professional health blogger. He started his proficiency by practicing on his self. He has written extensively in the areas of fitness, health and get ideas on weight loss by use of clenbuterol, diet tips, muscle mass and much more! He would like to go out at beach and fond of traveling, sports etc.

New Book About Divorce Recovery For You And Your Children Published Today

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familyvectorBeyond Marital Conflict: The ground breaking Divorce Recovery for You and Your Children will be published today. It is written by author and psychotherapist Bob Livingstone. He has been specializing in divorce recovery for over twenty five years.

This is what readers are saying about this trailblazing book:

“A must read for anyone going through a divorce and has children”-Chad

“Bob Livingstone’s book stands out for his compassionate insight into how high conflict divorce impacts the children, parents and child’s therapists”-S Kman

“The way in which parents and children can move past such a significant event could not have been written more eloquently. Highly recommended read!”-Feven

This is a book for those who are divorced and have no intention of reuniting with ex-spouses. Beyond Marital Conflict: Divorce Recovery for You and Your Children teaches how to move forward after the breakup. The book describes and dissects high conflict divorce and offers concrete solutions that you can implement immediately.

The benefits you will obtain here are: having a closer relationship with your children, having an improved, less warring relationship with your ex, lowering the stress in your life and being able to have a stronger bond with those you love.

You are asked to take a focused look at your role in the conflict and what positive changes you could make to improve the life of your children and yourself. The devastating breakup is assessed from the parent’s perspective and the origins of parental pain are discussed. Transforming this pain to a healing place for your family is also highlighted.

The angst that your children experience on a daily basis and the dysfunctional behavior they exhibit are explored as well. Strategies to truly move them out of the middle of the conflict between you and your ex-partner are talked about.

You will hear about the experience of a therapist working with families like yours and hopefully you will gain more insight into your issues. The author invites you to take perhaps the most important journey in your life.

Bob Livingstone LCSW

What You Need To Know About Laser Skin Tightening

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seniorwoman2It happens to all of us as we get older. We look in the mirror and see the bags, wrinkles, and loose skin changing the face that was once so easily recognizable to us. In a desperate attempt to continue to look as young as we feel, we start looking for remedies: moisturizers to smooth out wrinkles; morning creams that claim to get rid of the bags under our eyes; specialized lotions that tighten the skin over time.

The problem with turning to these remedies is that few of them are truly effective. Since 2010, more and more people have turned to laser skin tightening treatments to help do away with the problem. Like any medical treatment, it is important to know what you are getting yourself into in terms of your long-term health.

Before turning to laser skin tightening treatments, it is important to educate yourself on the following:

• What is laser skin tightening?

• Can I get the treatment?

• How do I find a doctor?

• How is the treatment done?

• Does it require multiple treatments?

• What is the recovery period?

• How long does the treatment last?

• What are the risks and side effects?

What is laser skin tightening?

As people age, they lose elasticity in the skin, which causes fine lines and wrinkles. Laser skin tightening is a non-invasive alternative to having a complete face lift. The treatments are designed to stimulate collagen growth to create smoother skin and a more youthful appearance. There is very little down-time with this treatment, which is part of what makes it so popular.

Can I get the treatment?

Typically, the ideal age for laser skin tightening is between 30 to 60 years of age. Patients with major health issues are advised against the procedure because of potential risks involved with the treatment for skin tightening vs. the treatments that the health issues may require. The treatment is also ideal for patients who are only looking to resolve small problems. If there is a lot of sagging, you may be advised to consider the treatment with a face lift, or just to do the face life procedure to gain the best results.

The only way to be sure if you are a good candidate for the treatment is to schedule a consultation, be honest about your health and your goals, and let the experts decide.

How do I find a doctor?

doctorThere are facilities all over the US that are approved to complete the procedure. When looking for a doctor, make sure that they are using treatments that are FDA approved. The office should have no problem providing you with the information, and if they refuse it is a pretty good sign to look elsewhere. During your consultation, ask the doctor for references from previous patients, and ask to see a portfolio of before and after photos. These should give you a good gauge of his/her work.

How is the treatment done?

Infrared laser and radio-frequencies (RF) are emitted from a device that looks akin to a vacuum head against the skin. There is no suction involved. Instead, the skin is treated with the infrared and RF waves, which is designed to stimulate collagen growth that tightens the skin. Patients tend to experience a warm sensation on the skin where the treatment is applied, and in some cases there is minor discomfort, much like a rubber-band snapping lightly against the skin as it tightens.

Since the treatment is non-invasive, no anesthesia is required. There is only minor discomfort, which only lasts for a few minutes after the procedure is complete. The treatment itself takes between 30-60 minutes depending on individual treatment needs.

Does it require multiple treatments?

Not necessarily. Depending on the level of treatment required, you may need more than one treatment. Generally, only those who have more lines and sagging in the skin require more than one treatment to complete the skin tightening process.

What is the recovery period?

Since the treatment is non-invasive, recovery is generally very quick. Patients are out the door the same day they walk in. The doctor will give you a home treatment that is generally necessary for 2-5 days after the treatment. This regimen includes applying specialized SPF lotions to the skin to prevent the sun from damaging the collagen cells before they get a chance to fully recover. Results can take anyway from 3 to 6 months to come to complete fruition.

How long does the treatment last?

The length of effective time for the treatment after the procedure is complete depends on the individual. Exposure to the sun changes the lasting effects by individual and intensity of the original treatment. Typically, patients will return every 6 to 12 months for follow-up procedures that are not as extensive as the initial treatment.

What are the risks and side effects?

The treatment is FDA approved, and there are no significant risks involved. Some patients report minor side effects, such as redness and swelling of the skin, but these only last for a few days after the procedure. In rare cases, patients may experience mild pigment discoloration, bruising, or blisters.

– Submitted by Katherine Smith