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No Detours With Medical Coding

A flu is not simply a flu to many a medical practitioner. Similarly, descriptions for bodily parts may differ as much as flavors of vanilla offered in an ice cream store. To enforce a semblance of standardization, medical coding is introduced into the health care industry. All medically trained personnel irrespective of location are expected to toe the line and adhere to the bible of medical terms. In as much as confusion created from incorrect naming of diagnoses and procedures, it is timely to bring irregularities to a halt. By doing so, it is hopeful to bring down the statistics of lawsuits and insurance claims brought about by an incorrect identification.

This process of tagging a string of alphabets and numbers to a medical analysis or procedure came about due to arising differences of professionals being training in various regions. Having being established with an educational background and its set of terms, some opt to work abroad for the sake of contributing to lesser developed societies. Knowledge enhancement and career advancement are but a few of the many reasons for health care practitioners to work in places other than home. Utilizing a form of medical coding recognized at an international level assured medical standards are the same all over. Simply put, scanning of a head infers to the brain as well as one cannot avoid the other.

Coding also contributes to a clinical database used for research and monitoring purposes. A certain code which displays a certain trend is certainly worth further study. If environmental or artificial reasons are cause and reason affecting the health of the population, steps can be taken to stem continual outbreak. Sharing of information is made much easier as medical professionals all over rely on medical coding to denote a medical analysis or procedure instead of descriptive terms as they may differ according to region and training.

Eye Health Care: Eyes And Their Health Secrets

Just by looking at our eyes and assessing how they feel we can learn a lot, not only about the health of our eyes, but our overall health, too.

Medically trained professionals, however, are able to ascertain a great many health conditions from specific examination of different parts of the eye. This is one reason why it is important to have regular eye checkups.

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a common disease of the eyelids. Inflammation and soreness occurs because of dry eyes and so both the eye and the inner eyelids are not receiving the lubrication they require. Though over the counter eye drops may be of help, a visit to the optician or doctor would be wise.

Bloodshot Eyes

Small blood veins showing across the whites of the eye can be an indication of being in a draft/draught. If the condition lasts for more than a week and includes pain or discharge in any way, then a doctor should be consulted as antibiotics may be required. Bloodshot eyes may also be symptomatic of hypertension or diabetes, so check with your doctor or medical advisor if you have bloodshot eyes for more than a few days.

Bulging

Although some people are born with eyes that tend to protrude more than the average, eyes that begin to bulge should be taken as a warning sign as the bulging may indicate thyroid problems or a tumour. Bulging may occur in either or both eyes.

Cloudy Vision

Cloudy vision is an indication of something being amiss with the lens of the eye. Known as cataracts, this can be a sign of glaucoma and, left untreated, can even result in blindness. The condition may be relieved by an operation. Again, consult your optician or doctor if you suffer from cloudy vision.

Double vision

Although humorously put down to an over indulgence of alcohol, double vision can be due to a variety of conditions including medication allergies. It can also, much more seriously, be a sign of a brain tumour, cataract, nerve or thyroid issue. Some people get double vision as a result of a stroke or glaucoma. It is advisable to see your doctor or eye specialist as soon as possible if double vision is experienced.

Dry Eyes

Sometimes the eyes do not produce enough tears. When this happens, your eyes can feel really dry, sore and itchy. Your doctor or optician will usually prescribe eye drops which will help alleviate the symptoms. Above all, no matter how dry or itchy, resist the temptation to rub your eyes.

Floaters

It is normal to be aware of small spots or cell like structures floating across the field of vision. They are a normal part of the functioning of the eye due to protein particles. Concerns are raised if there is a sudden increase in numbers which could indicate possible retinal detachment or tear. If this is the case, visit your doctor or medical advisor promptly.

Iridology

Iridology is a complementary practice of diagnosing illnesses or disease within the human body by the study of the iris. Although not accepted by many scientists, practitioners claim that the results are sound and that they have proof of this. They claim that iridologists can read the colours, texture, lines, marks and brightness of the iris to ascertain if particular bodily organs are functioning correctly as well as noting any inflammation. This is based upon each part of the body having a corresponding section within the iris.

Styes (hordeolum)

This irritating and often painful condition can be treated with creams or ointments. If the stye does not respond to this treatment then other conditions, such as cancer of the eye lid, may have to be considered. Once again, if you have a stye that persists, then it really is wise to visit your doctor or medical advisor.

Watering

Watering of the eyes, also known as tearing, may be an indication that there is infection within the eye which requires medical attention or it can be a symptom of corneal problems.

Yellow tinged whites

Whites of the eye (sclera) showing a yellowish tinge can be an indication that there is disease within the liver. Jaundice (icterus) is a well known illness shown by yellowing whites and a sallow / yellowish tinge to the skin. Hepatitis also shows by yellowing of the eyes. If you have this yellowish tinge, visit your doctor as soon as possible.

By paying attention to what your eyes are trying to tell you, you can remain fit and healthy throughout your life’s journey.

Our Health Care System Crisis

The political struggle continues over the health care system and what will finally evolve after congregational action. The house voted to repeal the healthcare reform bill and to start all over on initiatives that will target the problems in the healthcare industry with fiscally responsible actions. The senate so far has held the party line and supports the current law. Many states are challenging the constitutionality of the law and the mandate for everyone to purchase health care insurance. The constitutionality of this law will probably be decided in the supreme court.

No matter what happens in this next round of political shenanigans it is still your health that is on the line. The new system will not help you from getting sick, only you can control your own wellness.

With the great controversy raging in the nation over what direction our health care system is going to take it is critical that we as individuals begin taking responsibility for our own wellness. If we don’t take personal responsibility for our own health we may end up relying on a government or private system that can not or will not be able to support our specific problems.

The current direction of our congressional leaders is to mandate that 20-30 million people who do not currently have health insurance must by law have health insurance or face a fine. Legislation mandates that insurance companies must make health insurance available to those individuals. There is currently a projected shortage of doctors and the addition of 20-30 million more people will surely result in rationing of care. Some states that have implemented such legislation, such as Massachusetts, are already experiencing unusually long waits to get an appointment with a doctor.

As a nation we are in terrible health. Our youth are facing a medical crisis today that often did not appear until middle age. Those in middle age are suffering from chronic degenerative diseases that our parents did not have until the later stages in life. Our elderly population suffers from those same degenerative diseases including macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Why are we having an epidemic of obesity, onset (type 2) diabetes and degenerative diseases? Why can’t we do a better job of preventing disease instead of just treating it once it is discovered?

What can we do proactively to ensure that we are doing the very best we can for our bodies? Has the medical community provided us with the all the facts we need to know? What is the real story on how our bodies function and is there anything we can do to ensure they have the capability to fight and win the war against degenerative diseases?

Our health care system is under attack and may not be able to provide for us when we really need it. For too long we have depended on the health care system to tell us through early detection what is ailing us. What that really means is that until we show symptoms of a disease the medical community has not been trained to help us. Often that discovery comes too late and we end up in the health care system being treated with solutions designed to cure or mask our disease or to keep us alive while we suffer the ravages of the disease. Wouldn’t it be easier to look for solutions to keep us healthy in the first place? Real preventative medicine would focus on preventing disease not just discovering it, what a novel concept to reduce the strain on our health care system, help people not get sick. Emerging medical science has discovered the intricacies of our bodies’ immune system and reports that keeping the immune system strong and healthy significantly reduces our risk of illness.

I believe that through proper investigation and study we can find ways to remain healthy longer. Educating the average person on what the emerging science is finding out about the intricacies of our bodies will reap great rewards, not only for our health care costs but for the individual as well. I am going to dedicate my efforts in researching the medical literature to make a case for preventive health care. We must learn how to optimize our health, the quality of the rest of our lives depend upon it!

Look for my next article where I will look at some science based recommendations for beginning your own preventive health care regiment. Visit my blog for information on preventive medicine and the latest health studies.