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?

religion_healthcare_faith_spiritual_soliantMore 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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What Does a Pharmacy Technician Do?

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Have you ever thought about becoming a pharmacy technician? If so, how did you find out about this career field?

I love my local pharmacy; I even like the big chain pharmacy for some things. One thing I’ve recently learned is that not all of the people behind the pharmacy counter are pharmacists. Heck, not even most of them, apparently.

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In the pharmacy I frequent, there are usually two pharmacy technicians and one pharmacist there at the same time. During slower hours, there may only be one technician, but there is at least one at all times. I had previously assumed that there was the pharmacist, who put the medications in the bottles, and the other people who stocked shelves or worked as cashiers. It’s amazing the kinds of misconceptions you can have, and how completely wrong they can be.

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Differences in Rural vs Urban Healthcare

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While 20% of Americans live in rural areas, only 9% of America’s doctors practice there. Oddly enough though, patients of urban physicians often have longer wait-times.

soliant_rural_vs_urban_healthcareSo which medical environment is better? Rural or urban?

Though there’s an urge to discover whether people in cities or the countryside have it better when it comes to access to medical professionals, statistical differences between states and the way people in both areas use healthcare make a definitive winner-loser comparison impossible.

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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…

iphone_apps_medical_doctors_soliantThe 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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16 Reasons Why Every Medical Professional Should Volunteer

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Some medical professionals volunteer because it feels good to make others feel good. Some do it to expand their horizons. But not enough people do it. Why should you volunteer?

Some do it because it feels good to make others feel good. Some do it to expand their horizons. But not enough people do it. Why should you volunteer?

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Meet Amazing People (Who Share Your Passion)

Health Volunteers Overseas sends qualified professionals across the globe to train local health care providers in anesthesia, dentistry, dermatology, hand surgery, hematology, internal medicine, nursing education, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopedics, oncology, pediatrics, physical therapy and wound care.

“Other volunteers from many different nations and backgrounds are such an encouraging sign of hope for humanity.” Notes one volunteer in Cambodia.

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