Now that the Affordable Care Act open enrollment is over, do you have remorse over how much you are paying for your health insurance? Many people experience this as they jumped into the ACA market place because they didn’t know there were other options available to them. However, there are options with no “open enrollment period” where you can be insured the next day. And did you know that you can cancel your ACA plan at anytime… you are not tied into an annual contract. Now that the individual mandate tax is no longer enforced, the door is open for choosing health insurance options that fit more into your family’s needs and budget. What if you could save $200, $300, $400 or more a month with a zero or low deductible? Just think of the possibilities… saving more for retirement, saving for college, purchasing a home or a second home, a new car, investing in personal development, being able to retire earlier. Health insurance is very important to protect you against financial devastation as it still is the number one reason for bankruptcy. However, you don’t have to settle for premiums that equate to a house payment. There are options and the InsuranceExperts.team can help you explore those options while being a resource for cost savings on medical services.
Cataract surgery is a common procedure – but do you really know what cataracts are? They occur when the lens in your eye becomes cloudyand impairs your vision. Chances are, if you live long enough to become a senior citizen, you’ll have the need for cataract surgery.
Here’s the good news…
Traditionally lenses with cataracts are removed and replaced by a clear lens to correct/improve vision. Significant changes in technology now make the procedure more effective and safer. While some surgeons still use a scalpel to make the incision, more often, a laser integrated with 3D imaging is used for better precision. The pulsating beam softens the defective lens and makes it easier to remove. Easier removal makes the whole procedure safer.
Intraoperative wavefront aberrometry is another advance that allows surgeons to choose the best lens power for individual patients. Doctors may also be able to correct astigmatisms which are imperfections in the shape of the cornea. Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce this – just know you have a better chance of getting the best vision possible with it.
Finally, there’s the possibility of developing eye drops to prevent or even reverse cataracts – but they are still in the experimental stage. What’s important is how cataract surgery continues to get easier and safer for everyone who needs it.
One thing scientists have learned after years of study is that cancer isn’t just one disease. While a lot more research needs to be done, scientists have made great strides. One area of focus is our immune systems. Another is genetics.
Our immune systems work to protect us from foreign bodies that can hurt us. We just need to be able to identify these to fight them. We now know that cancer can sometimes hide which prevents our immune system from finding the cancerous cells. New immunotherapy techniques help our immune systems attack the cancer by 1) Preventing the cancer from hiding and 2) Boosting our immune response against cancer.
Genomics is the study of changes to the genes in your DNA. It’s giving doctors important clues about how your cancer will act and with this knowledge, they can make the best determination for treatment. It works by looking for changes called mutations in certain cancer genes. Once found, doctors can better diagnose the cancer, predict the outcome and decide on the best drug or treatment. They can also monitor how well the treatment is working.
These new developments mean faster identification and diagnoses to help treat cancers more quickly and easily which often leads to a cure.
Previously overshadowed by more commonly known diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) has finally hit the spotlight. HPV is actually a group of over 200 related viruses. More than 40 of these are spread through direct sexual contact and cause genital warts. Even more concerning is how they can cause certain types of cancer – like cervical, vaginal, penile and anal. And that’s just the short list.
Vaccines have been developed to prevent infection with certain types of HPV. The FDA has approved three vaccines – Gardasil, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix. Currently only – Gardasil 9 is available for use in the US. Unfortunately, there’s no information about additional vaccines being added at this time.
The CDC recommends all children aged 11 or 12 years should get two HPV shots 6 to 12 months apart. It also recommends vaccinating young women through age 26 and young men through age 21. Although it’s not a cure-all, it does go a long way to protect young people from infection while they’re young – and preventing even more painful consequences later in their lives.
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