3D Mammography Most Effective Technology Available For Breast Cancer Screening

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womanarmupThree-dimensional digital breast tomography, or 3D mammography, is the most effective technology available for early detection of breast cancer, said experts in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

“Mammography technology has been rapidly advancing since the 1990s. We have cut breast cancer deaths 30 percent as a result of early detection,” said Dr. Emily Sedgwick, director of breast imaging in the Smith Breast Center at Baylor, which is equipped with 3D mammography equipment. “3D mammography is the latest advance in the field and an option all women should be aware of.”

3D mammography has several advantages over two-dimensional mammography, Sedgwick said.

More accurate cancer detection

While 2D mammography would catch approximately four cancers in 1,000 women, 3D technology catches almost double that, Sedgwick said. “There are fewer false positives and an improved cancer detection rate,” she said.

“One of the biggest issues with 2D mammography is the ‘structure noise’ created by overlapping tissue in the breast,” said Sedgwick. “3D mammography reduces that noise to eliminate overlapping structures.”

She used the example of a view of a loaf of raisin bread. “2D is like looking at the outside of the loaf, it looks like raisin bread but you cannot be exactly sure,” said Sedgwick. “There might actually be walnuts in there, or both. 3D gives you an inside view of the bread so you can tell the difference between what might be a walnut or raisin or in the case of breast cancer, benign or malignant growths.

The result has been a significant improvement in detection of invasive cancers –approximately 40 to 53 percent, Sedgwick said. “For these types of faster growing breast cancers, early detection in critical.”

Additionally, the technology is better at detecting cancer in dense breast tissue.

More images in short period of time

Like 2D mammography, 3D takes images in an arc over the breast in a short duration of time (4 seconds), Sedgwick said. “Fifteen images are taken with 3D versus four in 2D.”

Reduced radiation dose

seniorwoman2While radiation exposure in mammography is not a significant risk, 3D mammography has reduced the radiation exposure rate by approximately 45 percent.

“The amount of radiation exposure endured during a 2D mammogram is equivalent to the amount in an airplane on a cross country flight, so this is not a major concern but we’re able to use less exposure with 3D technology.”

Reduction in the recall rate, or need for additional pictures, is also a factor, Sedgwick said.

“The use of 3D mammography is a win-win-win situation for women,” said Sedgwick.

The technology, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2014, is still new and therefore not all insurance companies are paying for it, Sedgwick said. “Hopefully in the next year more payers will come on board.”

Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield are among the groups currently paying for it.

All women should receive a screening mammogram annually beginning at age 40, Sedgwick said.

How Technology Has Helped Children To Live Healthier Lives

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kidsWhile the debate rages as to whether or not children spend too much time online, there are other less obvious facets of technology that have made a positive impact on our children’s health. With medical advances being made by the day, there are a number of ways in which technology can be utilized to assess and monitor the state of health in both adults and children. Before assuming that technology is damaging the upcoming generation, it’s time to take a look at just what those advances are that have helped our children live healthier lives.

Wearable Glucose Monitors

At some point in time, someone, somewhere came up with the idea to create a wearable device that continually monitors glucose levels in the blood without the need for those annoying finger pricks. They may be only an annoyance to adults, but many children find them painful. Wearable glucose monitors are the result of medical device engineering and technology working together to provide a better option for use with both adults and children.

As more and more techies work together with medical professionals, other types of wearables will be developed by companies such as DeviceLab that will enable data on a child’s health to be digitally uploaded to the health provider’s computer in real time. If the child has a life-threatening problem, it can be dealt with immediately, many times more quickly than an ambulance could arrive on scene.

Programs and Apps for Health Awareness

Kids today are getting cell phones at a younger and younger age. This could pose a problem if they were to use it inappropriately during school hours, but what about turning the tables by using that same phone to raise awareness on all things health. From teaching them about food groups and healthy foods to eat to providing educational games on anatomy or the ecology, kids can begin learning in an environment that stimulates their sense of wonder. After all, what kid isn’t fascinated by cell phones? If parents are going to provide them to children in grade school, they might as well download games and apps that will raise the child’s awareness of the world around them.

The World at Their Fingertips

Technology has literally brought the world to their fingertips…..

Technology has literally brought the world to their fingertips so kids today have access to a wealth of knowledge that their parents and grandparents weren’t privy to. Just as mobile devices and wearables can help to monitor and assess the state of our children’s health, so too can desktop computers be tied into a healthcare program for kids. There are so many ways in which a young mind can absorb knowledge if taught how to do so using technology as a tool.

Instead of lumping all technology together into something that is ruining the minds of our children, it is necessary to teach them how to use it wisely to enrich their lives and help them to live a healthier lifestyle. Like anything else in life, it isn’t that something is inherently bad but rather how you use it. Technology can be good and conversely, it can be bad. It’s all in how it is employed. So is technology ruining the minds of our kids? Maybe, but then again, maybe it is offering benefits we are only just beginning to understand.

– Article submitted by Carol Trehearn

Tips On Increasing The Resale Value Of A Home With Technology

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homeWhether you’re thinking of selling your home next month or next year, increasing the resale value of your house through home improvement projects is always a smart idea. Today, many home buyers aren’t looking for a home with a pool or a fancy deck; they are looking for enhanced home technology.

To help you understand how you can use smart technology to add value to your home, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) provides an overview on the most popular features on the market.

Security
According to a recent study conducted by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (BHGRE), 48 percent of American adults, ages 18-35, reported that a security system ranks highest on their list of desired smart home features. These high-tech alarms go beyond their intended job of protecting property; they also bring comfort and convenience to everyday life.

In addition to the capabilities of a traditional alarm system, a smart security system are connects to your wireless network and can send notifications about activity within your home to your smartphone or tablet. Another added feature is the ability to monitor and secure your home remotely. Simply log into your system via a mobile app or desktop browser to view live feed from your surveillance cameras, lock the front door, arm your system and much more.

Safety
Today’s advanced smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors do more than just beep incessantly when the batteries run out; they tell you when and where trouble is lurking in your home.

New technology in smoke and CO detectors can help your family escape your home quickly by calling out the location of the affected area long before conditions become life-threatening. Additionally, advanced life safety systems can give you peace of mind by allowing you to check in on the well-being of your family when you’re not home. Best of all, you can have your smart smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors monitored by a central station around the clock so that first responders are on the way at the first sign of trouble.

Lifestyle
Lifestyle enhancing features such as a smart thermostat can also pique the interest of buyers. These devices have the ability to learn your heating and cooling preferences and adjust the temperature without you lifting a finger. But convenience isn’t the only selling point. With an advanced thermostat, you can control the temperature of your home remotely and employ power conservation settings when your home is vacant, which can reduce your heating and cooling bill – cost savings that are universally appealing to buyers.

With the demand for home automation steadily rising and the cost continuing to drop, adding value to your home with technology is a no-brainer. Visit http://www.Alarm.org to learn more about smart homes and begin creating an investment that’s sure to pay off.

ABOUT ESA

Established in 1948, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at http://www.ESAweb.org.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

If Your Kids Are Awake, They’re Probably Online

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techkidsFrom Your Health Journal…..”Recently, I was interviewed for an article about children and sedentary lifestyle, and I remember an older article I quoted from the New York Times by Tamar Lewin about three years ago called If Your Kids Are Awake, They’re Probably Online. Although it is an older article, it was an excellent article to share with the community here, as I feel technology is one of the major culprits in the rise of childhood obesity. So many children spend almost 8 hours a day using some form of electronics, but to me, technology = sedentary lifestyle – and in my opinion, needs to be cut back significantly and replaced with physical activity. Habits start early in life, and so many young children are exposed to computers and video games at young ages, and carry these sedentary habits into adulthood. This, in combination with less physical activity and poor diet is hurting children on so many levels. Please visit the New York Times web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day with such devices, compared with less than six and a half hours five years ago, when the study was last conducted. And that does not count the hour and a half that youths spend texting, or the half-hour they talk on their cellphones.

And because so many of them are multitasking — say, surfing the Internet while listening to music — they pack on average nearly 11 hours of media content into that seven and a half hours.

“I feel like my days would be boring without it,” said Francisco Sepulveda, a 14-year-old Bronx eighth grader who uses his smart phone to surf the Web, watch videos, listen to music — and send or receive about 500 texts a day.

The study’s findings shocked its authors, who had concluded in 2005 that use could not possibly grow further, and confirmed the fears of many parents whose children are constantly tethered to media devices. It found, moreover, that heavy media use is associated with several negatives, including behavior problems and lower grades.

The third in a series, the study found that young people’s media consumption grew far more in the last five years than from 1999 to 2004, as sophisticated mobile technology like iPods and smart phones brought media access into teenagers’ pockets and beds.

Dr. Michael Rich, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston who directs the Center on Media and Child Health, said that with media use so ubiquitous, it was time to stop arguing over whether it was good or bad and accept it as part of children’s environment, “like the air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat.”

Contrary to popular wisdom, the heaviest media users reported spending a similar amount of time exercising as the light media users. Nonetheless, other studies have established a link between screen time and obesity.

While most of the young people in the study got good grades, 47 percent of the heaviest media users — those who consumed at least 16 hours a day — had mostly C’s or lower, compared with 23 percent of those who typically consumed media three hours a day or less. The heaviest media users were also more likely than the lightest users to report that they were bored or sad, or that they got into trouble, did not get along well with their parents and were not happy at school.

To read the complete article…..Click here

Tech Tools – Brandon M. Dennis

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Tech Tips From The Experts:

seoAlexa

Alexa rankings are questionable. For very popular websites, Alexa rankings tend to show similar results to Google Analytics data, which is far more trusted. However, for websites that have less traffic, Alexa results tend to be wildly different from your actual traffic. Having a great Alexa traffic score these days is really just vanity, as it doesn’t mean much. If you want to increase your score, you need to increase your website traffic–the actual eyeballs going to your site and staying for a few minutes. The best way to do this is to create and promote compelling content.

Page Rank

Page Rank means much less than it did a few years ago. It is more of a vanity thing, a ‘nice-to-have’, and doesn’t mean much in terms of how healthy your on-page SEO is. The best way to increase your page rank is to get backlinks. Make partnerships with local businesses and exchange links with them. Get written up by local newspapers and magazines, which can link to you. Start a blog on your website, and produce quality content that other people will link to. Write ‘guest blogs’ for other websites with tips and tricks from your profession, and include links back to your website.

Also, every link on your website dilutes your domain authority or page authority. Remove unnecessary links from your website, and attach all links that point to other websites with a rel=’nofollow’ attribute. This will instruct Google not to grant other websites some of your page or domain authority. Using this method may make other people angry with you, if they are counting on a link from you.

SEO

The most important thing for your SEO is to create compelling content. Write more than 500 words for each page, and make each article you write completely unique, written by you. No one knows your product better than you, so only you are qualified to write about it. Make sure everything you write is spell-checked and has as few grammatical mistakes as possible. Make sure the meta titles and descriptions are complete for every page, and include the keywords you are trying to rank for within them. Make sure to include those same keywords in the actual content on your web page–but don’t stuff keywords, or Google may penalize you.

– Brandon Dennis, the technical marketing manager for buuteeq.com

Tech Tools – Diana Barsan

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4 Ways To Get More Likes On Your Practice’s Facebook

By Diana Barsan

A Facebook company page for your practice builds strong and meaningful relationships with your patients. It makes you accessible and approachable to your current and potential patients and gives other businesses and potential patients the opportunity to get to “know” you in an informal setting. It will give your practice a “human face” that will help build empathy and trust. But to do that you need to build your audience and get as many “likes” as possible.

Here are a few ways to do it:

1. Share Original Content

facebookYou need to share valuable content for your patients; think about what interests and what challenges them. Stop selling and start engaging! This will generate more comments and likes in no time. But be patient, it is not a competition. It takes time to build trust and to get to know your audience.
Here are some examples of original content:

• Share pictures of your dedicated staff, thanking them for all their hard work

• Talk about a healthcare conference or study club you are attending

• Let your audience know what works best for your practice, share your experience, show how you solve problems in a creative way, establish yourself as an expert that can also connect with his/her patients

• Share an article that inspired you and explain how it’s affecting your practice

• Encourage opinion sharing, and request feedback

2. Suggest your practice Facebook Page to your friends

socialnetworkPeople you’ve recently become friends with on Facebook may not know that you have a page set up specifically for your practice. Although this is one of the most effective ways to build an audience, it’s important not to use it too often, because people will see it as spam advertising. My advice is to use it once every two months.

3. Email signature

Every email you send is an opportunity to link to your Facebook page and other social media tools that you use. Make sure you add a Facebook button to your email signature. For some help, check out the email signature tool “WiseStamp” for a creative way to link to your social profiles.

4. Check-ins

Encourage your patients to check-in and like your practice Facebook page while they are in your office. This is a fantastic way to boost your visibility and acquire new Facebook likes and feedback in an easy way. Sometimes offering a giveaway (everything from gum to a gift card) will help prod people into checking-in.

5. Share Photos

We live in a visual marketing world, and we have to admit that a picture attracts our attention more than plain blocks of text. The impact of photo sharing on generating Facebook engagement is tremendous. A recent study showed that photos on Facebook Pages received 53% more “likes” than the average post.

– For more examples on how to generate more “likeable” content, visit the Facebook page of Green Valley Kids!

Tech Tools – Jason Taic

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Many health and wellness web sites are always looking for ways to improve their Alexa ranking, Google ranking, social media skills, and SEO. The Tech Tools section of this web site will have basic tips from experts and non-experts alike who will share their successes with the audience of this blog. Hopefully, they will help anyone who has their own web site improve the sites popularity.

If you have a tip, use the contact link above to send it along.

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Simple Tips To Improve Your Alexa Rank, Google Page Rank, Social Media Skills, And SEO.

1. Actually register your site with Alexa, and provide a validated metrics code into your site. They normally provide the code for you and then you implement the code into the header.

In addition, Google Page Rank has to do a lot with the amount of traffic that you receive as well as other variables, but does take hints from Alexa, so by registering with Alexa you are not only helping out your site, but your Google Page Rank.

a. The reason to do this is because a site that actually verifies itself with Alexa will usually get better Alexa Rankings. This is not to say that you are going to jump to the top 10 websites in your country, but it will provide you a more accurate measurement of your traffic. In addition, Google Page Rank has to do a lot with the amount of traffic that you receive as well as other variables, but does take hints from Alexa, so by registering with Alexa you are not only helping out your site, but your Google Page Rank.

2. People talk about you needing back links to rank, and while that is true, your onsite SEO still helps you maintain your rankings, and sometimes gives you rankings to keywords you didn’t even think about.

a. Just a few simple things to consider is to keep your titles below 70 characters, and your descriptions at or below 156 characters. These two things will make your site easier to view in a Search Engine Rankings Page (SERP). In addition, make sure the images on your site have their “alt tags” set up, so that they can be indexed properly as well. By doing a few onsite things, you greatly increase the chances of your website going higher in the rankings.

Jason Taic, SEO Specialist, LGD Communications

Tech Tools – Alex Peerenboom

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Many health and wellness web sites are always looking for ways to improve their Alexa ranking, Google ranking, social media skills, and SEO. The Tech Tools section of this web site will have basic tips from experts and non-experts alike who will share their successes with the audience of this blog. Hopefully, they will help anyone who has their own web site improve the sites popularity.

If you have a tip, use the contact link above to send it along.

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Simple Tips To Improve Your Alexa Rank, Google Page Rank, Social Media Skills, And SEO.

1. Don’t base all of your success (and resulting strategies) solely on metrics like organic ranking, Alexa or PageRank. Having the #1 ranking and a PageRank of 10 doesn’t mean anything if nobody purchases your product or service (or completes whatever your goal is on your site). Set up free Google Analytics to measure how many visitors are coming to your site, watch how they behave, and see if they are converting as well. Plus, PageRank itself is tricky and misleading.

2. So then, if you’re focus & strategies aren’t based on things metrics like PageRank, what do you base it on? You should be focused on building your site (whether that’s blog posts, social media, etc) with the idea of creating the best possible content that will drive engaged, qualified traffic to your site. Blog posts, surveys, videos, images, and even giving out love to other websites online can all help.

– Alex Peerenboom, Account Executive at www.formicmedia.com, a search engine marketing agency specializing in search and social media marketing for a variety of clients.

Tech Tools – Michael Forgie

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Many health and wellness web sites are always looking for ways to improve their Alexa ranking, Google ranking, social media skills, and SEO. The Tech Tools section of this web site will have basic tips from experts and non-experts alike who will share their successes with the audience of this blog. Hopefully, they will help anyone who has their own web site improve the sites popularity.

If you have a tip, use the contact link above to send it along.

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Simple Tips To Improve Your Alexa Rank, Google Page Rank, Social Media Skills, And SEO.

My name is Michael Forgie and I work at PCG Digital Marketing. For SEO purposes a health and fitness website should become “influencer” in its field. Owners can do this by adding daily tips on their blog, promoting these on social media sites by following hashtags like #health #workout #loseweight #exercise and replying to the users, and even posting pictures of healthy meals with recipes attached to Pinterest and Facebook.

Tech Tools – Dan Hurley

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Many health and wellness web sites are always looking for ways to improve their Alexa ranking, Google ranking, social media skills, and SEO. The Tech Tools section of this web site will have basic tips from experts and non-experts alike who will share their successes with the audience of this blog. Hopefully, they will help anyone who has their own web site improve the sites popularity.

If you have a tip, use the contact link above to send it along.

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Simple Tips To Improve Your Alexa Rank, Google Page Rank, Social Media Skills, And SEO.

Unfortunately, it’s still too easy to game the flow of PageRank to even an undeserving domain using malicious, black-hat SEO tactics. Google is aware of this, and is constantly monitoring not only that the fact that you have PR, but what you did to earn it. The best way to validate your PR and perform seocompetitively in search engines is through the curation of high-quality and truly-earned citations to your great content (links, mentions, social chatter, etc), which demonstrate an understanding of your users and trust in your web property. PageRank, as a ranking metric created by Google, is unlikely to ever go away completely, but it’s no longer simply a means to an end.

Dan Hurley, Terakeet Corporation