Medical Apps on prescription?

Posted on May 12, 2015 by Ronny Garcia

Health Apps are flooding the market; you might have tried one for personal fitness, diet or an allergy warning for pollen forecast. But what is your experience with Medical Apps?

Are they really getting patients more involved? We are talking about mobile apps that support patients on medical matters – for example to detect possible illnesses at early stages, to help people live a health-improving lifestyle or to facilitate a chronic disease patient’s life. This includes diagnosis apps or for instance apps for diabetes patients which record data like blood sugar levels or blood pressure, and monitor personal diet and physical exercise which can later be shared with the doctor. These apps also remind patients in a preventative way to check their blood sugar levels and take medicine.

Following a survey of 1500 physicians in the United States, 37% have already prescribed a mobile medical app to their patients. In addition, in the UK the NHS already tries to get patients more involved by encouraging apps – and this use also results in reduced visits to doctors. However the majority of doctors remain unconvinced and would not prescribe apps because of lack of regulatory oversight and non-existing longitudinal data of apps' effectiveness. They are also aware of the likely overwhelming amount of data patients would submit. However, tendencies clearly show that more and more patients are “self-tracking” and would like to access their patient files electronically. Almost half of the over 60 year olds regularly use the internet, of which one in three record blood pressure and weight (38%), one in six people log physical exercise (15%)  and one out of 10 document their symptoms (9%). Patients seem to be ready to use medical apps but until now they come with risks. Authoritative regulations and controls are not yet in place and most apps do not comply with approved standards for medical devices such as the CE mark. Further, issues regarding liability and remuneration impede online communication between patients and doctors.  

Nevertheless, a lot of apps are useful especially when they relate to prevention aspects - for example regarding vaccination. Though it is recommended to be aware of data security and to be sure which data is shared with whom. Evaluations and recommendations by independent third parties who assess the range of benefits and restrictions of each app should help choosing the right app for you. In the end it’s all about you: be involved and active regarding your health – all the better if an app can help you in doing so!

Sources : 

http://www.prlog.org/12286663-quantiamd-poll-finds-physicians-are-split-on-use-of-medical-apps-and-42-believe-more-regulation.html

http://www.ibusiness.de/aktuell/db/278848jg.html

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Athlete's Foot: How To Prevent It

Posted on February 11, 2015 by Ronny Garcia

 

We're sure you've heard about athlete's foot, right? Could be because you've had it yourself or simply because it is a very common infection and you just simply seem to know it. Here are some news for you: potentially everyone is exposed to this infection.

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. Symptoms of athlete's foot can vary from mild to severe and include peeling, cracking, and scaling on the bottoms of the feet and between the toes; itching or burning; and a slight odor.

There are three types of athlete's foot:

·      Toe web (interdigital) infection usually occurs between the fourth and fifth toes.
·      Moccasin-type infection affects the sole or heel.
·      Vesicular infection (blisters) usually occurs on the skin of the instep but may also develop between the toes, on the heel, or on the sole or top of the foot.

Some people are more susceptible than others to athlete's foot. Athlete's foot is treated with anti-fungal medicines, which are available in topical form (applied directly to the skin) or as pills. The condition tends to recur, even after successful treatment.
Even if everyone is at risk of getting infected, there are many things you can do to prevent it. Here at Suecos® we really care about your health and we've broken this down to a couple of points:

·      Reduce foot perspiration by using talcum powder on your feet.
·      Wash your feet thoroughly every day, particularly between your toes.
·      Avoid wearing tight-fitting footwear, particularly during the summer.
·      Do not put on socks, tights or stockings before your feet are completely dry.
·      Change your socks, stockings or tights regularly.
·      If possible, wear pool slippers or anti-bacterial shoes, just like our clogs at Suecos®.
·      Alternating footwear can help ensure that you wear dry shoes at all times.
·      Avoid borrowing shoes to lower the risk of spreading the infection.
·      Wash your towels and bedding frequently.

It's easy to comply with these simple steps to ensure you're going to be healthy, from head to toe!

Do you have a home remedy to prevent this type of infection? Tell us!


 

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Walking is good for our bodies...

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Ronny Garcia


... and also helps us to strengthen our memory.
A study by Professor Kirk I. Erickson of the University of Pittsburgh of about 300 seniors assures us that walking long distances helps reduce brain atrophy in patients with Alzheimer's disease in its early stages.
The hippocampus region of the brain tends to shrink slightly with age, but thanks to regular exercise cerebral gray matter tends to shrink less.
Research conducted between 1998 and 2008 confirmed in 2004 that patients who walked around 10km a week had better cognitive abilities and reduced chances of developing Alzheimer's disease by up to 50%.
We suggest a few tips to start walking long distances:
- Stretch the spine sideways and backwards with the head aligned with your spine.
- When walking, swing your arms in order to keep the pace of the movement.
- Supports the heel first and then the rest of the foot to make contact with the ground.
- Always carry a bottle of water to hydrate.
- Use safe and comfortable shoes to avoid slipping.
Alzheimer's currently affects 26 million people so a preventive cure as walking can help us in the future to avoid this evil.

Announcing USA Introduction of the Suecos® Brand of Professional Shoes

Posted on September 21, 2014 by Ronny Garcia

We are pleased to announce that the Suecos® Brand of Professional Shoes have arrived in the USA!

Suecos® a very popular brand of professional shoes in over 30 countries in Europe, The Middle East, and The Far East  are now available in the USA.

Suecos® was founded in 2006 by two Swedes and the company is based in Barcelona, Spain. 

Suecos® is a professional footwear brand developed with the modern professional in mind.  Our vision at Suecos® is to bring our customers the best range of professional EVA footwear in the market.  Our company takes great pride in designing footwear that emphasizes the anatomy of the feet to give the back and joint astounding pain relief.  Attention to quality, function, and design is paramount in everything we do.

Ask your favorite retail uniform or shoe store if they carry the Suecos® brand.  Try a pair  of Suecos® on and you will a Suecos® become a believer and fan.  

To celebrate Suecos® launch in the USA we are offering a 10% to 20% discount off selected products.   Sale prices are marked on the web site...... Suecos.com

This offer is for a limited time only and subject to availability of product.  Purchase your Suecos® now as quantities are limited!

Contact us at salesusa@suecos.com!

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