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Over the last century alone, healthcare has made incredible leaps. We’ve made progressions and advancements that humans a few hundred years ago would have deemed science fiction, yet here we are. Of course, the product of the modern age is that, the more medicines and healthcare procedures we have as a safety net, the harder we push ourselves as a race. The explosion of new treatments and medical “fixes” for all manner of ailments means that we often take less care of ourselves, given our demanding and hectic lifestyles, because there’s always a way to solve any problem.

Still, there is seemingly no end to the ways in which healthcare has altered and continues to alter the landscape of the modern world. If you’re unsure as to just what things have changed since the days before you were born, and you wanted any sort of proof that your health is precious and should not be taken for granted, then here are some of the wonderful privileges we have today in the world of health and medicine which might just make you think.

Businesses and governments are far more safety-conscious.

If you’d worked in a factory a couple of centuries ago, you’d have been hard pressed to find your human resources person. You’d have been hard pressed to find any sort of union or representative, in fact, who could have made sure that your health and safety concerns were addressed. If you were injured in a manual job such as that, then it was a bad day to be you.

We currently live in an era, thankfully, where people are treated like people. Our health and safety matters to organisations and public bodies, and authoritative figures (whether those are politicians or our bosses) can be held accountable for not adhering to regulations or protecting us from hazards either in the workplace or out on the streets. It’s now a vital part of business that employees are operating in a safety working environment, whereby hazards are addressed, all workers are trained to an optimal standard, and the tools you use on the job are designed to optimise efficiency and protective use. Whether you’re a manual labourer or a guy in an office cubicle, your right to basic health and safety seems undeniable, but society did not always operate in this way.

There is better access to healthcare.

Whilst many in the world still have little access to healthcare or clean water, the tide is slowly but surely changing. Many people in many countries, who may not have had access to any form of healthcare in the past, are now thankfully offered a lifeline. With certain countries offering public healthcare, the poor are no longer being excluded from medical care, because healthcare is now viewed as a right, rather than a privilege for the wealthy.

There are even companies which are dedicated to flying out to the location of injured patients and taking them to safety, such as airevacinternational.com. Whilst there is still much progression to come in the future, if we are to live in a world whereby every last person can access healthcare, there have been steps in the right direction with the coming of this modern, technologically-advanced era.

Life expectancy has improved.

Finally, life expectancy on average has massively increased. This is the product of everything I’ve discussed so far. People are living longer because medicine is better, technology has improved and the environment in which we live is cleaner; disease doesn’t run rampant any longer.

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The Major Players In The Vaping Game

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Vaping is big business, with health officials all over the world encouraging smokers to put down their cigarettes in favour of e-cigs. Vaping is commonly marketed as a healthier alternative to smoking, so you may think that major tobacco companies are threatened by the ever-growing popularity of e-cigarettes. This would make sense unless you did a little digging online and discovered that many of the vaping game’s major players are actually leading tobacco companies. Research suggests that some of the best-selling vaping brands, including Blu and 10 Motives are owned by tobacco companies, many of which belong to the market monopolists, Big Tobacco. This infographic provides information about the parent companies that are profiting from vaping, and as you can see, some of the tobacco giants are heavily involved. Although 80 percent of brands were found to belong to independent firms, nine of the best-selling vaping brands belong to companies or subsidiaries of Big Tobacco (British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International, Imperial Brands plc and Philip Morris International), Huabao International Holdings and Stada Arzneimittel. Five brands belonged to parent companies that were not associated with tobacco. It’s often assumed that buying e-cigarettes takes money out of the pockets of tobacco giants, but this infographic raises an interesting point. With the market buoyant, it looks as though many of the major players in the tobacco game are also set to profit from e-cig sales. With this useful infographic, you can learn more about who is playing and winning and vaping game.


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The future of medicine: nanobots

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The advances in technology have managed to change the world and the way we live today, and the studies and research in the field of medicine and technology with the use of nanobots represents a new field that opens the future to treatments that can extend, by far, the life expectancy of humans. The use of nanotechnology in the medicinal field has been put to practice for a few years now, with many pharmaceutical and medicinal labs using nanofibers and electrospinning equipment to introduce new techniques in the development of medicinal advances.

Scientists and researchers at the University of Cambridge are working to bring medicine to a new stage, that is, to bring the benefits of technological advancement to the patient with the use of Nanobots, which “navigate” our body and can even repair internal damage, prevent organ malfunction and serve as patches to stabilize our cellular function.

Nanotechnology brings together sciences such as physics, biology, chemistry, engineering and social sciences to understand, manipulate and exploit the physical characteristics of matter at the nanoscale.

The use of nanotechnology with which Cambridge scientists currently work represents a 50-year breakthrough in the field of medicine, which will enable us to live longer and have more effective treatments in the near future, for example, to destroy cancerous immune cells through nanotechnology or nanobots.

According to the progress made by the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences, nanobots patrol our body to detect serious damage and repair small heart attacks, and leave no evidence of the event, or develop and use biological scissors, which are capable of cutting or deleting defective genes.

Following the new opening of the new academy of the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences, it is being achieved that these advances of science and technology applied to medicine, and supported by the research of teachers and doctors, are being directed to a new form of treatments “Of the future”, in the present, and in a way to achieve to change the quality of life of human beings.

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Dealing With The More Sensitive Side To Health Issues

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It’s an unfortunate fact of life, but we can all find ourselves under the weather from time to time. Sometimes these illnesses can’t be helped, and there nothing too serious at all. But sometimes, you can also find yourself dealing with some more serious illness, some that even come with sensitivities. And then, you can find yourself faced with an entirely different kettle of fish. So what are you supposed to do? If you’ve never dealt with a lot of illness in life, then you may need a bit of advice. Read on for information on how to deal with sensitive illness issues.

Speaking Up

Being sick is one thing, being able to avoid it is another. It’s tough to be able to fall ill and know that you may not have had to suffer in the first place. This can often be the case when your job causes your health issues. But, it’s important that you speak up. Even if you may not feel like you can, it’s important that you raise the issue with your employer. Speaking up can often seem scary, especially if you feel like you don’t want to make a fuss. But, you need to make it known that you’ve been made ill, take action, and find a solution if you can.

Getting Cover

Then, you may want to think about protecting your health too. When you’re self-employed, own your own business, or aren’t covered for sickness at work, you may suffer should you fall ill and not be able to work. This is where critical illness cover comes in. It’s easy to think that this is something that the financial services industry wants to sell you. But, should you be ill for a long time and be unable to work, the payments would be a blessed release.

Getting Treatment

Treatment is something that we all need for healthcare issues. But sometimes, your treatment options aren’t as traditional as others. And that can make you a little self-conscious about seeking help. This is particularly the case when you’re suffering from a mental illness. The stigma around mental health can make talking to someone feel shameful. But that’s not the case. You should do some research into different doctors to find a professional that you’ll be comfortable speaking to. Because seeking help and getting treatment is the most important thing.

Getting Support

At the same time, you may also want to get support with health and illness related issues when you’re struggling to cope alone. Many professionals can help here. From a wrongful death lawyer to a home healthcare nurse, depending on your circumstances. Sometimes, the issue might be sensitive, but if getting support makes things better, do it.

Dealing With Grief

And finally, if you find yourself at the end of a healthcare journey, particularly with a loved one, you may be suffering deeply with grief. It can be an awful experience to have to go through. But the important thing is that you do something about coping with grief so that you can continue on with the rest of your life in the best way possible.

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