Hoarding Disorder and the DSM V

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Hoarding disorder is the name of a psychiatric condition that produces symptoms such as the compulsive urge to acquire unusually large amounts of possessions and an inability to voluntarily get rid of those possessions, even when they have no practical usefulness or monetary value. Until recently, mental health guidelines in the United States viewed hoarding as a specific form of … Read More

Impact of Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring Systems: A Review of Case Studies

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It is universally acknowledged that adequate hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to prevent transmission of infections. There have been many strategies developed to help improve hand hygiene compliance. The most effective of such strategies include monitoring hand hygiene behaviors and implementing performance-based interventions. This Whitepaper reviews both the clinical and financial impact to the facility by: … Read More

Misconceptions About Vaccinations

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With all the information available on vaccines, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Here’s the truth behind some of the most common misconceptions about vaccines. Do vaccines cause autism? No. Scientists have studied this for years, in large groups of children, and have found no evidence that there is any link between vaccines and autism. There is … Read More

How do you Prevent #measles?

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It’s simple: Get vaccinated. You get two doses of the MMR vaccine. Children usually get the first dose when they are 12 months old, and a second before kindergarten. On its web site, the CDC calls the vaccine “very effective” and states that “one dose is about 93% effective at preventing measles and two doses about 97% effective.” Before the … Read More

What are the Symptoms of Measles?

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What are the first symptoms, and how quickly do they usually show up? People usually get a fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes first. Within a few days, a red rash starts on the face and can spread to the rest of the body. If you notice those signs, tell your doctor right away. What are the possible complications? … Read More

What is Measles?

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Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. It can have life-threatening complications. The CDC calls it the “most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses.” It spreads easily, but the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine can prevent it. The CDC recommends that all children, and some adults, get the MMR vaccine. The U.S. declared measles eliminated from the nation in 2000, … Read More

#PTSD Prevention

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Those most at risk for developing PTSD are the survivors of trauma, of course. The next most vulnerable are the rescue workers and volunteers at disasters, untrained in psychological techniques. They are seeing and smelling and feeling vivid, unimaginable horrors and fearing for their lives working in unstable structures. Firefighters and police officers, doctors, nurses, and EMTs may have more … Read More

When to Seek Medical Care for #PTSD

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Most people bounce back from traumatic events such as car crashes or assaults. Short-term, most of us would experience some of these symptoms of PTSD. But if any symptoms last more than a month and affect job performance or the ability to function in day-to-day life, consult a licensed mental health professional. Similar symptoms that begin immediately after a traumatic … Read More

What Causes #PTSD?

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Causes of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder When you are afraid, your body activates the “fight or flight” response — a reference to our caveman ancestors facing a tiger. In reaction, your body releases adrenaline, which is responsible for increasing blood pressure and heart rate and increasing glucose to muscles (to allow you to run away quickly in the face of immediate … Read More

What is #PTSD?

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What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is among only a few mental illnesses that are triggered by a disturbing outside event, unlike other psychiatric disorders such as clinical depression. Many Americans experience individual traumatic events ranging from car and airplane accidents to sexual assault and domestic violence. Other experiences, including those associated with natural disasters, … Read More