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Tips for Selecting the Appropriate Pelvic Pain Expert

You need to understand that handling pelvic pain is not that easy as you may think. Whenever you have issues with pelvic pain, you will need to consult a pelvic pain specialist so they will assist you in this condition. Some individuals have gone through professional training so they will be able to help patients who have issues with pelvic pain. You will find out that a pelvic pain doctor will not rush in their services so they will learn your illness so they will know how they will start helping you out. Visit a pelvic pain professional who has been dealing with patients suffering from pelvic pain for a long time because they have more knowledge in these skills. This article will show you the ways you can find a pelvic pain professional.

You need to look for a pelvic pain expert who will let you make payments for their services through your insurance services. You must enquire about the insurance firm this pelvic pain professional is registered to. You will get to pay with your insurance coverage if you select an insurance expert who has been registered to the insurance agency that you are also registered to. You will realize that some insurance firms do not permit their clients to pay with their insurance agencies since they might not be linked to any insurance company. Make sure you look for a pelvic pain professional who will charge you charges that you are convenient with if you do not have insurance coverage. You will realize that various pelvic pain professionals may offer you various costs for their services. However, insurance coverage can assist you to save a lot of money. You need to have an idea of the services that your insurance firm can offer you because some of these companies may not assist you through the treatment of some conditions.

Search for a pelvic pain specialist who has been approved by the authority. You need to understand that every individual who handled medical conditions has to be allowed to do so by the law of where you come from. However, these pelvic pain doctors need to be accredited after they have pursued the required medical course. Make sure you select the pelvic pain professional who will not argue when you request to see their credibility documents.

Look for other people who have had pelvic pain treatment and ask them for recommendations. You will have to seek more information from them about the specialist they visited. Ensure you reach out to this pelvic pain professional you have been recommended so you will get to plan how you will meet up with them.

Make sure you pick a pelvic pain professional who is not far from where you are.

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WHO lists urgent health challenges for the next decade

WHO lists urgent health challenges for the next decade

The World Health Organisation has listed the urgent health challenges that must be tackled globally within the next decade.

This was contained in the global health challenges released on Monday, in collaboration with its experts globally, and signed by the WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The list contains 13 global concerns as follow:

Healthcare Equality

“Persistent and growing” socioeconomic gaps that result in major discrepancies in the quality of people’s health is also an urgent challenge. There is not only an 18-year difference in life expectancy between rich and poor countries but also a marked gap within countries and even within cities, the WHO notes.

The WHO is working with its partners to improve child and maternal care, nutrition, gender equality, mental health, and access to adequate water and sanitation. The WHO has called on countries to allocate 1% more of their gross domestic product to primary healthcare, to give more people access to the quality essential services they need.

Expanding Access to Medicines

About one-third of the world’s people lack access to medicines, vaccines, diagnostic tools, and other essential health products. Low access to quality health products threatens health and lives and contributes to drug resistance.

The WHO is working with countries to expand access to medicines, fight substandard and falsified medical products, enhance the capacity of low-income countries to assure the quality of medical products throughout the supply chain, and improve access to diagnosis and treatment for noncommunicable diseases, including diabetes.

Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, and sexually transmitted infections will take the lives of an estimated four million people in 2020, most of them poor.

Meanwhile, vaccine-preventable diseases continue to kill, including measles, which took 140,000 lives in 2019. Polio is also once again a concern, with 156 cases of wild poliovirus last year, the most since 2014. There’s an urgent need for greater political will and increased funding for essential health services and strengthening routine immunization, the WHO says.

Preparing for Epidemics

A pandemic of a new, highly infectious, airborne virus — most likely a strain of influenza — to which most people lack immunity is inevitable, according to the WHO. And vector-borne diseases like dengue, malaria, Zika, chikungunya, and yellow fever are spreading as mosquito populations move into new areas, fanned by climate change, the WHO says.

“Countries invest heavily in protecting their people from terrorist attacks, but not against the attack of a virus, which could be far more deadly, and far more damaging economically and socially. A pandemic could bring economies and nations to their knees,” Ghebreyesus said.

The WHO is working to advise countries on evidence-based investments to strengthen health systems and infrastructure to keep populations safe when health emergencies strike.

Dangerous Products

Lack of food, unsafe food, and unhealthy diets are to blame for nearly one third of the global disease burden. The WHO is working with countries to develop evidence-based public policies, investments, and private sector reforms to reshape food systems, and provide healthy and sustainable diets. Last year, the food industry committed to eliminating trans fat by 2023, but more is needed.

The WHO also cites mounting health risks of electronic cigarettes. The agency is working with countries to build political commitment and capacity to strengthen implementation of evidence-based tobacco-control policies.

Investing in People Who Defend Our Health

Another challenge is the global shortage of healthcare workers. The world will need 18 million more healthcare workers by 2030, mostly in low- and middle-income countries, including nine million nurses and midwives.

To prompt action and encourage investment in education, skills, and jobs, the World Health Assembly has designated 2020 the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. The WHO and its partners will issue a comprehensive State of the World’s Nursing report on World Health Day in April and is working with countries to stimulate new investment to train health workers and pay them decent salaries.

Keeping Teens Safe

More than one million adolescents aged 10 to 19 years die every year. The chief causes are road accidents, HIV, suicide, lower respiratory infections, and interpersonal violence. Harmful use of alcohol, tobacco and drug use, lack of physical activity, unprotected sex, and previous exposure to child maltreatment all increase the risks for these causes of death.

In 2020, the WHO will issue new guidance for policymakers, health practitioners, and educators designed to promote adolescents’ mental health and prevent the use of drugs, alcohol, self-harm, and interpersonal violence as well as provide young people with information on preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, contraception, and care during pregnancy and childbirth.

Earning Public Trust

Public health is compromised by the uncontrolled dissemination of misinformation in social media, as well as through an erosion of trust in public institutions. The antivaccination movement has been a significant factor in the rise of deaths in preventable diseases, the WHO says.

The WHO is working with countries to strengthen primary healthcare so people can access effective and affordable services easily, from people they know and trust, in their own communities. The agency is working with popular social media platforms to ensure their users receive reliable information about vaccines and other health issues.

Harnessing New Technologies

New technologies such as genome editing and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing the ability to prevent, diagnose, and treat many diseases, but raise new questions and challenges for monitoring and regulation.

In 2019, the WHO set up new advisory committees for human genome editing and digital health, bringing together the world’s leading experts to review evidence and provide guidance. The WHO is also working to help countries plan, adopt, and benefit from new tools that provide clinical and public health solutions, while supporting better regulation of their development and use.

Antimicrobial Resistance

The rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a persistent and urgent challenge that threatens to send modern medicine back decades to the pre-antibiotic era. The WHO is working with national and international authorities in the environment, agriculture, and animal sectors to reduce the threat of AMR by addressing its root causes, while advocating for research and development into new antibiotics.

Clean Water, Sanitation, Hygiene

About one in four health facilities globally lack basic water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services that are critical to a functioning health system. The lack of these basics in health facilities leads to poor-quality care and an increased chance of infection for patients and health workers.

The WHO and its partners are working with 35 low- and middle-income countries to improve WASH services in their health facilities. The global goal is for all countries to have included WASH services in plans, budgets, and implementation efforts by 2023, and by 2030 all healthcare facilities globally should have basic WASH services.

“With the deadline for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals quickly approaching, the United Nations General Assembly has underscored that the next 10 years must be the ‘decade of action,’” Tedros said.

“This means advocating for national funding to address gaps in health systems and health infrastructure, as well as providing support to the most vulnerable countries. Investing now will save lives — and money — later. The cost of doing nothing is one we cannot afford.” he said.

“Governments, communities, and international agencies must work together to achieve these critical goals. There are no shortcuts to a healthier world. 2030 is fast approaching, and we must hold our leaders accountable for their commitments,” Tedros added.

Delivering health in conflict and crisis

In 2019, most disease outbreaks requiring the highest level of WHO response occurred in countries with protracted conflict. We also saw the continuation of a disturbing trend in which health workers and facilities are targeted. WHO recorded 978 attacks on health care in 11 countries last year, with 193 deaths. At the same time, conflict is forcing record numbers of people out of their own homes, leaving tens of millions of people with little access to health care, sometimes for years.

Last year WHO responded to 58 emergencies in 50 countries. We deploy mobile medical teams, improve disease detection and warning systems, conduct vaccination campaigns, distribute medicines and train health workers. WHO is working to save lives and prevent suffering by working with countries and partners to strengthen health systems, improve preparedness and expand the availability of long-term contingency financing for complex health emergencies.

But health is only part of the equation. Ultimately, we need political solutions to resolve protracted conflicts, stop neglecting the weakest health systems, and protect health care workers and facilities from attacks.

Elevating health in the climate debate

The climate crisis is a health crisis. Air pollution kills an estimated 7 million people every year, while climate change causes more extreme weather events, exacerbates malnutrition and fuels the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria. The same emissions that cause global warming are responsible for more than one-quarter of deaths from heart attack, stroke, lung cancer and chronic respiratory disease. Leaders in both the public and private sectors must work together to clean up our air and mitigate the health impacts of climate change.

In 2019, over 80 cities in more than 50 countries committed to WHO’s air quality guidelines, agreeing to align their air pollution and climate policies. This year, WHO will work towards developing a set of policy options for governments to prevent or reduce the health risks of air pollution.

(Source: WHO)

Basic guidelines to having a baby

Basic guidelines to having a baby

The top six environmental toxins to avoid are the following:

Pesticides: They are found in non-organic fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy and unfiltered tap water

Formaldehyde: This can be found in air fresheners, deodorants, floor polish, upholstery cleaners

Bisphenols: These are found in plastic containers and they can leach into food and water.

Organic solvents: These petroleum-based liquids are found in household products, electronics, car repair, health care, photography, agriculture, printing, construction and cosmetics, as well as dry-cleaning chemicals, paint fumes and many more. Occasional exposure to one or the other toxic chemical is not of concern. What is of concern is accumulation of these chemicals over a long period.

Don’t drink unfiltered tap water. Our waterways are constantly being polluted by industrial waste and byproducts, pharmaceutical drugs, pesticides, herbicides and commercial cleaning products.

Heavy metals are the most common of the repro-toxins reaching our water supply through industrial waste, jet fuel exhaust residue and a variety of other sources. Pharmaceutical drugs are commonly found in tap water. Because the drugs do not metabolize fully, small quantities are excreted via feces and urine and flushed away. Minute quantities of chemotherapy drugs, contraceptive pills, antidepressants, anxiolitics, anabolic steroids, HRT (hormone replacement therapy), heart drugs etc. have been found in tap water.

Use a dual filtration system. Buy a dual filtration water system that filters particles smaller than 1 micron (this will filter out the drugs and heavy metals). Use the filter in your shower and your kitchen.

 Aim to eat an optimal fertility diet

In the first trimester of pregnancy your growing embryo will increase 20 million times. In the first eight weeks, your baby’s organs, hands, fingers, legs, feet, head, eyes, nose, ears etc. are being constructed. To ensure the best possible foundations are laid down during this phase, you want to make sure there are plenty of building blocks in the form of the right nutrients in the right combinations.

 What does a fertility diet contain?

An optimal fertility diet is about what to avoid as much as it is about what to include. A fertility diet should be as fresh as possible and organic wherever possible. Key elements are: good quality protein sources (favor vegetable sources of protein) and good fats.

 What should you eat?

Organic meat in small quantities, game, small deep-sea fish like sardines and red snapper, organic legumes home cooked (not canned).

Whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables that are better steamed not raw, very small amount of fruits and not after 4pm in the evening, organic where possible.

Increase your consumption of good fats and avoid dangerous fats. Good fats include monounsaturated fats in olive oil, polyunsaturated fats in oily fish and nuts and midchain fatty acids found in coconut oil.

For cooking use clarified butter (ghee) or coconut butter (without flavor) as they do not become unstable when heated.

For non-heated oil requirements (salads etc) use cold pressed olive oil, flaxseed oil and nut oils.

Avoid dangerous fats

Did you know – consuming trans fats hidden in foods such as; doughnuts, biscuits, lollies, candy, chocolate, chips, pies, fries, take away and thousands of other foods may increase your risk of infertility by as much as 70 percent? Scientists from the Harvard University School of Public Health advise women wanting to get pregnant to avoid all trans fats.

Minimise animal-derived oestrogen

Dairy products account, on the average, for 60-70 percent of oestrogen consumed. We usually associate dairy and drinking milk with calcium, and never think about what else we may be consuming along with the calcium (and dairy, by the way is not the best source of calcium). Here is a list of hormones that have been found in cows’ milk:

Prolactin, Somatostatin, Melatonin, Oxytocin, Growth hormone, Luteinizing releasing hormone, Thyroid stimulating hormone, Estrogens, Progesterone, Insulin, Corticosteroids and many more

Do you think an excess consumption of all these hormones could disrupt your own hormonal balance? You bet! Consumption of milk has been linked to certain cases of male infertility. Excess oestrogen and pesticide exposure has been linked to PCOS and Endometriosis.

Avoid the two most common allergens

The link between food intolerances and anti-sperm antibodies is now well established. Studies have found that women with multiple allergies and food intolerances were more likely to miscarry. An overactive immune system is more likely to attack its own body cells.

From an immunological point of view an embryo and sperm cell are foreign bodies. But Mother Nature was clever; she programmed our immune systems to distinguish between an everyday invader and a sperm cell or embryo.

A normal and healthy immune response to an embryo or sperm cell is orchestrated by Th2 cytokines. They suppress your killer cells (that’s what they are called) to leave the embryo unharmed. Because of this protection many pregnant women are poor wound healers and can come down really badly with a cold or flu. Your natural protection has been suppressed so that your baby can develop properly.

An abnormal immune response to the implantation of the fertilized egg is orchestrated by Th1 cytokines. Rather than suppressing your killer cells they stimulate their activity. This can lead to defects and the loss of the fetus. The two most widely spread food intolerances are gluten and dairy. I recommend all my patients have an IgG immunoglobulin test done to check if you are dairy and gluten intolerant. But since most people have some level of allergy to gluten and/or dairy, it’s advisable to avoid gluten and dairy altogether during the preconception and pregnancy period.

Have an STD check

Most people believe both they and their partner are STD free. However there are some STD’s which can be asymptomatic, meaning that you may not be aware you have them, as there are no obvious symptoms. One such STD is a Chlamydia infection. In men, a Chlamydia infection can lead to sperm abnormalities, including sperm antibodies. In women, it can lead to scarring, blocked tubes and miscarriage. In women vaginal discharge that have fishy odor or offensive odor indicate a degree of STD.

A study found 60 per cent of asymptomatic male partners of infected females attending a fertility clinic were found to be infected with Chlamydia. Most STD’s are easy to treat, so it pays for both partners to have an STD check. There is no point in only one partner going for a test as the other partner can re-infect them again.

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Top Factors to Consider When Choosing the Best Interior Design Services for Your Home

Your home is one of the best places for you to display your personality and sense of style by incorporating everything that you love. Your home should be comfortable and appealing because this is where you offload and relax after a day of hard work. You also need to incorporate aspects of functionality so that you can quickly get around and have what you need conveniently available. You can find it beneficial to hire interior designers to design the interior of your home for you so that you can achieve maximum comfort, personalization, and functionality. However, you will have to get the right interior designer so that you can get maximum satisfaction from their services. Learn what you should consider when choosing the right interior designer for your home in this article.

The expertise of a specific interior designer is a crucial element of concern. You need to be sure that you are getting a designer who has the required skills to offer interior design services that meet and exceed your expectations. One way to determine the expertise of an interior designer is by asking to see photos of some of the services they have delivered for other clients before. Looking at the work they have done can help you gauge their level of skill. You can also consider the level of experience that they have in offering expert interior design services. Be sure to settle on an interior designer who will provide high-quality services you to excellent skills.

You have to consider the variety of services that you can get from an interior designer. You will need different services to have the proper home decor in place and maintain it as time goes by. It is essential to opt for a company that will offer a range of services from giving ideas to implementing them and maintaining the interior decor in your home. You need a company that will provide different services for every season so that your home can be in shape at every season of the year. You will have your home always at its best condition when you find an interior designer that not only gets the interior decor in place in your home but also helps maintain it. An interior designer can also help you enjoy beautiful and functional space in your home by advising you and giving you information on what you should do to keep it intact.

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