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Your Microbial Self: What Does Your Gut Tell You?

When most people think of bacteria within your body, what comes to their mind are these nasty unfriendly creatures that cause certain diseases and make them sick. However, that is true only to a certain extent and does not apply to all species of bacteria. Research has actually determined that there are trillions of beneficial bacteria inside our body that help us in performing life-sustaining functions at all times. These good bacteria indeed make up our internal ecosystem that we call the ‘microbiome’. The microbiome inhabits everything from our skin and genitals, to our mouths and eyes, and a vast majority of them reside in our intestines and are known as our ‘gut microbiota’. The total number of genes represented by our microbiome likely exceeds the number of our human genes by at least two orders of magnitude! Appropriately so, we are but an amalgamation of our human selves and our ‘microbial selves’. These diverse organisms in our microbiome govern nearly every function in the human body. Traditionally, it was thought that the gut microbiota effects are limited to the host’s digestive tract but more recent research has proven that the effects of the microbiome on our health are far-reaching, hence making it vital for our survival. You can think of the microbiome as an intricate web that connects to virtually all processes in our body. The current scientific...

Five Careers For Health Degree Graduates

One of the main problems that students often tend to face after they complete their degree and/or certification is the big question of, “Where do I go from here?”. Must health degree graduates go to medical school or are there alternatives? It might have once felt like getting a health degree meant building the foundation of your career but now that you’ve done it, you start to understand how lost you truly are. Don’t be discouraged, there’s a lot that you can do with your health degree which most people are not necessarily aware of. Opening the doors to great opportunities One thing is for sure, your health degree can never go to waste. Here are a few ways you can make sure to enhance your health career: #1: Health Coach Health coach is allows you to have a one-on-one setting with your clients and lay out a plan to promote a healthier lifestyle. This plan is often related to their current health requirements and as their health counselor, your main responsibilities will majorly be: – Educate and promote health maintenance – Guide lifestyle changes such as diet, smoking cessation, mental health management, etc. – Counsel the client on health management – Develop health seminars These are only a few responsibilities place on you. Remember, before opting for this field, research the type of certification you want since health...

5 Destinations for Your Medical Internship Abroad

As a medical student nearing the final year, there is a bucket list of things to do to complete the program. And one of the most important requirement is a medical internship abroad or at home. Are you interested in serving poor people who rarely receives medical treatment? Are you willing to work in an unfamiliar environment? Are you willing to work in a medical facility with substandard condition? If your answer is yes to any of these questions you are cut out for medical internships abroad. This is a brilliant way of sharing your gift of cure to people who don’t have access to reliable healthcare services. Make sure you do it for the right reasons. Internship in a foreign country is extremely rewarding. It will be a great opportunity to make a difference in other people’s lives and it will also completely change your world forever. Hera are 5 destination spots where your medical expertise will be put to good use. India India is one of the most dazzling countries in the world with many forms of development in the past few years. Social issues like poverty, illiteracy, poor sanitation and healthcare facilities have to be addressed in order to provide a better life to the people. With a population of about 1.3 billion the drawbacks outweigh its gains making it one of the poorest countries in...

Your Guide as a Medical Student Next Summer

It can be tough to decide what you want to do as a medical student next summer. For me, the natural choice has always been research internships, for a few different reasons. First, I like that you get paid to work and that you get to experience what it’s like to be in graduate school. I also genuinely like research and find that the lab is a very fulfilling place to be (even when everything goes wrong). So, I have always done research. But this summer I am contemplating a few different options and the struggle to decide is very real! There are many considerations whenever deciding how to spend your time as a pre-medical or medical student. There are important considerations and not-so-important considerations. It can be challenging to decide what is important, both to you and to your future, and what is not important. This upcoming summer will be my last one while in undergraduate and last one before applying and interviewing (hopefully) for medical school. Here is my thought process for deciding what to do when there are too many wonderful options out there for students to choose! The important decisions are those that revolve around your own satisfaction and happiness. Will you be happy with the day-to-day expectations that your plans involve? Are you doing this for yourself or for someone else? If you received nothing out...

Never Say These Eight Things To Nurses

Nurses may be seen as saints, but they can still get pushed over the edge when one too many ridiculous statements come their way. Here are eight comments that can trigger a nurse’s involuntary face-slapping reflex: 8. “Nursing is easy. Some nurses work three days a week!” Anyone who says this has never worked three 12-hour night shifts and picked up an extra shift in between. 7. “Which doctor do you assist?” Nurses work for and with others; they are not simply handmaidens to physicians. 6. “Why didn’t you become a doctor?” As if becoming a nurse is somehow “settling for less” or aiming too low. 5. “This isn’t like on TV.” You’re right; if this was TV, you’d be dashing, 6’2”, not in a hospital gown, and taking me in your arms right now. 4. “Are you going to give that stethoscope back to the doctor?” Not even going there. 3. “Do you only date doctors?” Nurses are usually only attracted to Dr. Scholls. 2. “What happened to nurse so-and-so?” Believe it or not, nurses do go home eventually. 1. “Hey nurse.” While we do take pride in our profession, we also have names; I am not a servant, a waitress, or an otherwise objectified minion. Originally syndicated from Nurse.org with...

Top Five Graduate Degree Careers and Jobs

If you are wondering what you should ‘get a masters in’ by going back to school, you may want to consider one of the 5 fastest growing careers that require a graduate degree. All five choices represent occupations with the most projected growth between 2016-26 as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), where the typical entry-level education is a master’s degree.i Earning a master’s degree is a big commitment. First, you likely want to make sure it’s worth the investment – of time, money and energy. In addition to considering your interest, it could be important to look towards your future career. Why not match your strengths with some solid data about job growth and salary potential? You could explore topics you love while preparing to pursue a potentially dynamic career path in the future. What Are the 5 Fastest Growing Careers That Require a Graduate Degree? The fastest growing careers that require a graduate degree are: (1) Physician Assistant – PA, (2) Nurse Practitioner – NP, (3) Statistician, (4) Mathematician, (5) Genetic Counselor. ii Just what does it mean to be in this category? Fastest Growing Careers That Require a Graduate Degree Courtesy of gradschools.com   Employment Outlook for the Fastest Growing Careers With a Graduate Degree (2016-2026) The number one factor in determining the top 5 fastest growing careers requiring a graduate degree is the employment outlook from 2016-2026. This is a...

The Pros and Cons of Having Dyslexia

Dyslexia can be described as a general term for disorders that hinder one’s ability to read and interpret words, pictures, and other visuals. While this condition can’t be cured, there are  treatment options available for those diagnosed with dyslexia and can be identified easily at an early age. Did you know that 10% of the population in the UK suffer from the disorder? Over 700 million people worldwide suffer from the disorder. Dyslexia brings along many unexpected boons, such as high creativity and superior thought processing, and can easily be overcome with the right specialist, attention, tutoring, therapy, and other treatment options. Famous figures such as Steven Spielberg and Albert Einstein suffered from the disease, so it is definitely possible to become a successful person even with the disorder. Researchers are working day-to-day looking for ways at a better quality of life for dyslexics. For example, the BBC reports that a new typeface – Dyslexie – helps dyslexics read, by tweaking some of the characters. There are even applications such as Snaptype and Mental Note developed for individuals with visual impairments. How does dyslexia affect the human person? How can dyslexic individuals challenge themselves to overcome its impairments? Here is an infographic by Wooden Toy Shop detailing its challenges and gifts, and how to learn and succeed despite its setbacks. The Challenges and Gifts of Dyslexia by Wooden Toy...