Welcome to the start of another great week! Just in time for infection prevention week, Wendy is back in another video blog to talk about some exciting new developments in urinary tract infection research. Scientists have reportedly created an experimental vaccine that can prevent catheter associated UTI's. This is an exciting development, so give the video a watch and don’t forget to leave us your comments or questions. See you next week.
Welcome back to another video blog. This week Wendy is back to discuss how the food we eat can have an effect on bladder health. There is some very surprising and interesting information in this weekly update, so be sure to give it a watch!
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Topics: Video Blogs
Welcome back to another video blog. This week Wendy is going to discuss customer service in the healthcare field and how patient satisfaction plays a major role in the doctor you choose. If you are not happy with your physician; talk about it, ask questions, and if you still don’t get the answers or service you are seeking than ask for a second opinion. Remember, you have a choice.
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Topics: Video Blogs
Today Wendy LaTorre is back in this week's video blog to discuss 6 ways technology can be used to improve caregiving. We know caregiving is no easy task; it can be both mentally and physically exhausting. However, with the use of emerging technologies, caregiving can be made more efficient and a less taboo subject. Check out the video below and find out how!
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Every so often, a technological innovation so out of the ordinary is unveiled, causing the entirety of the Google universe to back away from their keyboard and double-take. This is exactly what happened in February when President Obama announced that the U.S. government is “building Ironman.” For many years the military along with private-sector partners have been working towards making the tactical advantage cut straight from the pages of Marvel, a reality. In June, prototype designs were shown to military commanders for the first time.
Much has been speculated about the so called Ironman suit, but little is actually known among the public. Tony Stark references aside, what we do know (or think we know) is that in addition to teaming up with Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Boeing, the TALOS project and it’s 10 million dollar a year budget (the official name for the Ironman project, standing for Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit) now involves Underarmour and Nike in some capacity. The suit’s intended use is as a combat edge for troops, however, mystery surrounds its’ functionality.
The most pressing question the public has for the TALOS project is will it feature an artificial exoskeleton or will it be more of a light weight enhanced uniform?
Our guess is as good as the next, but some of the imagined specifics of the suit are straight out of a Sci-Fi movie. For a light-weight suit, it is assumed night vision and increased protection would be included. Interestingly, MIT is currently developing liquid armor said to be capable of keeping the wearer safer when under gunfire, by transforming from a liquid to a solid in milliseconds with the application of a magnetic field or electrical current.
Given the length of time the Military has been working towards developing robotic exoskeletons, it would not come as a shock if the suit incorporated this technology. Robotic exoskeletons have been of interest to the Military since the 1960’s when Neil Mizen developed the man amplifier. An artificial exoskeleton could potentially enable a solider to have the ability to carry a tremendous surplus of weight, as well as gain added mobility and agility. Navy Admiral William McRaven has said "That suit, if done correctly, will yield a revolutionary improvement in survivability and capability for special operators.”
The inclusion of a wearable computer, similar to Google Glass is widely considered a given. This tech would be incredibly advantageous to troops engaged in combat. Computers embedded in the suit could help a solider aim their weapon, increasing the ability to shoot around corners. Furthermore improved situational awareness, regulated body temperature, deliverable oxygen in the event of blood loss, are just a few of the reasons why this suit is so highly anticipated.
Todd Lovell, The Director of Technology at Raytheon believes Google Glass is just the tip of the iceberg, claiming that “25 years from now we may be to the point where sensors are in the skin and the person will become the processor.”
Although the military projects the TALOS project will be combat ready for troops engaged in “dangerous missions” by 2018, a history of technological delays makes this time estimate seem dubious.
Assumedly named after Talos, the mythological Greek character tasked with protecting Europa, VA Home Loan Centers hopes that the Tactial Assault Light Operator Suit similarly defends the lives of military service members.
Author: Noah PerkinsNoah, a San Diego local, transplanted from Boston currently works as the CMS for VA Home Loans Centers, a V.A. sponsored third party lender, striving to find veterans and active duty personnel affordable housing.
Topics: Interesting Articles
Welcome back to another weekly video blog! This week Wendy is going to discuss 5 common myths that can be debunked regarding urinary incontinence and bladder control. Find out what they are by watching the video below.
Have a question or comment? Let us know in the comment section. See you next week.
Topics: Video Blogs
And like that the summer of 2014 was over... there is always some smart-ass who will come along and say "Well, technically September twenty-whatever is the last day of summer." Shut up. I'm sitting here in a hoodie and sweats, I have been sleeping under a blanket, the windows are closed and it's 55 at night. Summer is OVER, suck it up. I don't mean to be a downer though, actually life is good! Settle in and enjoy the update...
As I mentioned in my last posting I have approved for an Electrical Stimulation Bicycle. Which I will take shipment of in the next 3-4 weeks. This is a big step and a huge leap forward in the physical therapy process. The way the bike works is fairly simple. A series of sticky pads with electrodes in them are placed on my quads, hamstrings and gluts. These electrodes are wired up to the bike itself which houses a sophisticated computer system. That system sends measured electronic impulses that cause the muscles in my legs to contract and "push" the pedals of the bike. The pedals resist like a normal bicycle. The benefits of this daily exercise are muscle growth, reduced bone loss, prevention of arthritis, improved circulation and more. I was driving all the way to New Jersey to do this once a week. Now I will be able to do this every day in my own home.
My gym regimen is still every other day and I must say I'm pretty impressed with my increased strength and muscle growth. If you are reading this and you have a spinal cord injury I can't stress enough how important it is for you to get out there and do something, anything. There are breakthroughs coming in science and we must keep the faith and be ready. Besides, even if we don't feel like it, it's doing good things and can prolong life and prevent complications later in life. So get some grip gloves, some free weights, join a gym, push yourself to new level and get yourself out of that defeatist mentality. Many of you have asked if I will be receiving a second stem cell treatment... the answer is as of yet unclear. There is a great deal happening in stem cell research, but also the field of bio-tech is opening some very exciting possibilities. The truth is that because the fundraising process is so intensive we want to be very strategic with the next type of treatment I receive so we are researching where the next most effective move will be. Stay tuned for more on that soon!
So what have I been doing with all this new-found strength and freedom?
As many of you know me know, my journey to health and personal growth has brought me to a place where I am extremely passionate about our current global attitude towards the food that we eat and how it is produced. So much so, that I have gradually been transitioning my career into that world. This summer I was blessed to complete my Permaculture Design Certification with renowned instructor Geoff Lawton of The Permaculture Research Institute in New South Wales, Australia. For those of you who don't know about Permaculture I highly recommend this brief article- What is Permaculture?
With this certification I can now assist farmers, ranchers, vintners, landscapers, home owners, horse properties, schools and municipalities implement ecologically sound systems that regenerate the landscape, clean up the groundwater, produce nutrient-dense food, conserve energy and heal the planet. I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting movement that stem cells, my therapy process and the support of so many loving people has made possible.
Together with my brother Ethan we have a newly-formed design service called L'Homme Vert Regenerative Agricultural Design. If you want to know what "L'Homme Vert" means and why we chose the name click on the link and read all about it! Feel free to spread the word and watch for our launch of our Facebook and Twitter pages.
One of the reasons I have chosen this as this month's topic is because there are many people with spinal cord injury who can work or are being discriminated against by employers. A cure for spinal cord injury can mean financial stability for many families. Thank you to so many of you who have helped me move forward!
I realize there are many readers with questions about living with a Spinal Cord Injury and my experiences that I may not have addressed on the blog. I am wanting to take on some new topics so if you have questions, suggestions or subjects you'd like my opinion on just write me here on the blog and we'll get the ball rolling! Till next time...
Thanks for reading.
Topics: Spinal Cord Injury with Caleb
Good afternoon everyone! In honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Wendy shares an interesting study about how patients choose their treatment for prostate cancer, and how their doctors influence their decisions. Give it a watch!
Have a comment or questions? Let us know below. Thanks for watching!
Topics: prostate cancer
Hello everyone. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and in honor of this month we have prepared an infographic to share with you that illustrates the link between prostate cancer and incontinence! Check it out below:
If you are interested in learning more about prostate cancer check out the Prostate Cancer Myths: Fact or Fiction Video. See you next time!
Hello friends and readers! Just the other day we received the new issue of PN magazine and as I was looking through it, I stumbled upon an article about the pros of taking probiotics. I’m sure some of you already take probiotics on a regular basis, but what you may not know is how beneficial they can be in helping to prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI).
Following spinal-cord injury (SCI) a person may often experience a neurogenic bladder, which requires catheterization or other urinary devices to help drain the bladder. This can introduce unwanted bacteria into the bladder that can lead to a urinary tract infection.
For those of you who live with SCI, UTI’s are a constant and lifelong threat. In fact a staggering 80% of individuals with SCI will develop bladder infections over their lifetime. As a result of these infections, a person is often put on antibiotics and in some cases they can be on these antibiotics for a long time.
However, there is a downside to this; prolonged and repeated use of antibiotics can actually increase the risk of UTIs by:
- Developing bacteria that are resistant to drugs, causing repeated infections.
- Destroying good bacteria in your gut, comprising your immune system.
- Destroying the protective shield of good bacteria that line your urethra. When antibiotics are used for long periods of time, this protective shield is stripped away or replaced by less effective organisms.
So how exactly could probiotics help prevent UTIs? For starters, “good” and “bad” bacteria live in our gastrointestinal, urinary, and respiratory tracts. Although it may seem odd, both kinds of bacteria are necessary to maintain optimal health. Probiotics contain “good” bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum, just to name a few. The probitoics help to restore and maintain the natural bacterial environment to make it hard for “bad” bacteria to cause infection.
Now just to make things clear, regularly taking probiotics will not completely prevent the reoccurrence of UTIs, but studies do show that it did seem to reduce the potential for reoccurrence. Since UTIs are the second most common infection in the body, prompt millions of hospital visits per year and cause billions of dollars in unnecessary healthcare costs annually; taking probiotics as a preventative measure sure wouldn’t hurt.
But they’re quite a few probiotics on the market, all claiming to be the latest and greatest. So here is what to look for when picking a probiotic:
- A minimum of eight billion active bacteria cultures.
- Should contain lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidus.
- If you have a bladder infection or want to prevent one it should contain lactobacillus rhamnosus and lactobacillus fermentum.
- Consider buying freeze-dried probiotics as they keep the flora dormant until it enters your body.
- Keep it stored in the fridge.
So did you find this post helpful, informative, or interesting? Let us know in the comment section below.
As always have a great week and we will see you next time!
Chan, A. (2011, April 15). Probiotics Could Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections. Retrieved September 10, 2014, from http://www.livescience.com/13747-good-bacteria-prevent-urinary-tract-infection.htmlJames, K., & Smith, J. (2014, September 1). The Pros of Probiotics. PN Mag, 22-23.
Topics: urinary tract infections