Health Tips Blog

Medcor hosts “Wellness Wednesdays” with the assistance of the Medcor Health app and Health Tips blog. To subscribe, download the free Medcor Health app (be sure to say “yes” to receiving notifications). Every Wednesday, you will receive an evidence-based article about the latest research in health and wellness.

Moving Patients from Bed to Wheelchair

Jun 21, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

Patient safety is often the main concern when moving patients from bed. But remember not to lift at the expense of your own back. This transfer often requires the patient’s help, so clear communication is essential. If the patient can’t help much, you’ll need two…

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When a Patient Falls

Jun 7, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

Once the momentum has started, it’s almost impossible to stop a patient from falling. By trying to do so, you can injure your back. Instead, guide the patient to the ground; then get help to move the patient back to a bed or stretcher. Guiding…

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Your Heart’s Electrical System

May 31, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

The heartbeat is the rhythmic contraction of the heart muscle’s 4 chambers. The heart muscle has a special system that creates and sends electrical signals to activate these 4 chambers. First, a signal generated in the right upper chamber of the heart tells the 2…

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The Middle Ear

May 24, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

The middle ear is an air-filled chamber that lies behind the eardrum. Pressure in the middle ear changes to match air pressure outside of the eardrum. When inside and outside pressures are balanced, the eardrum is flexible and normal hearing is more likely. Problems happen…

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Anatomy of the Inner Ear

May 10, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

There are two parts of the inner ear. One part (hearing canal) is for hearing. The other part (balance canal) is for balance. The canals are filled with a fluid called endolymph. The level of this fluid is maintained by a small organ called the endolymphatic sac….

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Anatomy of the Ear

May 3, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

The ear is a complex and delicate organ. It collects sound waves so you can hear the world around you. The ear also has a second function—it helps you keep your balance. Your ear can be divided into 3 parts. The outer ear and middle…

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Healthy Kidneys

Apr 26, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

Healthy kidneys clean the blood. Two normal kidneys can filter wastes and excess fluid from hundreds of pints of blood each day. This helps maintain the chemical balance the body needs to stay healthy and alive. The kidneys also carry out many other vital functions….

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Kidney Problems

Apr 19, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

The kidneys may fail from reduced blood supply, damaged blood vessels or filtering units (nephrons), or a blocked urinary tract. Illnesses that affect the entire body, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, are the most common cause of kidney damage. Illnesses that harm the…

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How Your Lungs Work

Apr 12, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

The lungs’ job is to get air into and out of the body. Inside the lungs, air travels through a network of branching airways (tubes) made of stretchy tissue. Each airway is wrapped with bands of muscle that help control the width of the tube….

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Understanding Wisdom Teeth

Apr 5, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

Wisdom teeth are very much like your other permanent teeth. The main difference is that they are the last to develop and grow in (when you’re “older and wiser”). Most people have 4 wisdom teeth, 1 in each corner of the mouth. Some people naturally lack…

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The Role of the Thyroid Gland

Mar 29, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

The thyroid is a gland in the neck, just below the voicebox. It is an endocrine gland. Endocrine glands make hormones. These are chemicals that carry messages through the bloodstream to other parts of the body. The thyroid gland makes thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland…

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Understanding Healthy Teeth and Gums

Mar 15, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

When you look at your mouth in the mirror, you can see hard white teeth surrounded by soft gums. What you likely can’t see is a sticky coating of bacteria and other substances on your teeth and gums. This coating, called plaque, can harm your mouth…

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Exercise: The Rewards of Fitness

Mar 1, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

Do you need to be convinced that exercise is a good idea? Exercise and fitness offer you all kinds of rewards. Think about your goals. Can exercise help you achieve some of them? A stronger and happier you Even before you see the difference, you…

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Treating Syncope: Prevention

Feb 22, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

If you have been told that your fainting is not caused by a heart problem, you can help prevent fainting. And you can learn to respond to your body’s warning signs. For your safety and the safety of others, limit your driving as instructed. Do…

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Treating Syncope: Helping Your Heart

Feb 15, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

If heart trouble caused your fainting, treatment may improve blood flow, stop syncope, and help prevent further heart problems. Your healthcare provider can explain the benefits and risks of each treatment. Pacemaker or ICD These devices can help speed up or slow down your heartbeat….

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Causes of Syncope

Feb 8, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

Syncope (fainting) has many causes. Sometimes it is not serious. In other cases, syncope is a sign of a heart problem. But treatment can help. When syncope is not serious Your healthcare provider may call your problem vasovagal syncope, reflex syncope, or orthostatic hypotension. These…

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Diagnosing Heart Valve Problems

Feb 1, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

To diagnose a heart valve problem, your doctor will first ask you questions about your family and medical history. Certain tests may be done such as ultrasound and other imaging tests. These help diagnose your heart valve problem and rule out any other disease you…

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