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How to Choose a Primary Healthcare Provider and Why it Matters

How to Choose a Primary Healthcare Provider and Why it Matters

A primary healthcare provider is your first ‘stop’ to address any health concerns. Health is assessed, treatment is recommended and referrals are provided if necessary. Receiving quality primary healthcare is important. Whether the goal is to restore your health or manage an illness, you should choose the right primary healthcare provider. How to Choose A Primary Healthcare Provider Providers have unique approaches when it comes to treating patients, so you have to think about your needs. Some patients look for someone who is reassuring; others prefer a more direct approach. To get you started, find out if the provider: Is friendly or formal Treats patients as individuals Is certified to give quality care Is well-trained and experienced Is kind and treats patients with respect Has a conservative or aggressive approach Listens to patients and welcomes questions Has the appropriate training and background Knows when it’s time to refer patient ...

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What is the EUTCD and Why Does it Matter?

What is the EUTCD and Why Does it Matter?

The handling of human tissues and cells, in any capacity, requires strict regulation, especially if intended for human application. Therefore, it is crucial that certain standards of quality and safety are in place when it comes to: Donation and Procurement Testing and Processing Preservation and Storage Distribution and Import/export A world without these standards in place is almost unimaginable. ESPECIALLY with all the advancements in technology and continuous innovation in the medical sciences. INTRODUCING THE EUTCD The European Union Tissues and Cells Directives is a legal document that helps to keep the complicated world of human tissue and cell handling under control. It originates from the European Union’s public health programme and covers donation of all tissues and cells within EU, excluding blood and blood products. EUTCD Purpose: Set a common safety and quality standard for human tissues and cells across the European Union. EUTCD: Prevent threats to human health ...

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What’s Happening in the World of Healthcare?

What’s Happening in the World of Healthcare?

In the era of mass travel and mass media, the growing amount of frequent travellers and distribution of information is incredible. We are more aware than ever of world news, including the latest innovations and medical breakthroughs as well as threatening epidemics and pandemics. When dangerous diseases cross borders or oceans even more awareness should be created, but good news should be shared too. This blog post will give an overview of recent updates in the world of healthcare. THE THREATS Measles Outbreak in Europe: The virus continues to spread and take lives in Europe. In the past 12 months measles has led to 35 fatalities: 1 in Portugal, 1 in Germany, 2 in Italy and 31 in Romania. The people most at risk are those who: refuse to vaccinate, don't have access to vaccines and can’t benefit from vaccines due to underlying health conditions. “Every death or disability caused by this vaccine-preventable disease is an unacceptable tragedy,” says Dr Zsuzsanna Jaka ...

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What are 3D-Printed Ovaries and How Could they Help Females?

What are 3D-Printed Ovaries and How Could they Help Females?

A three-dimensional object is the result of additive processes. Essentially, successive layers of material are laid down (3D-printed) until the object has been completed. Recently, Northwestern University researchers used 3D-printing to create pieces of bioprosthetic ovaries for mice. The goal was to boost hormone production and restore fertility – and it worked. The ‘design’ or ‘skeleton of a regular ovary was referenced in the creation of the bioprosthetic ovary. The Significance of this Breakthrough Women are born with all their eggs which could mean cancer treatments leave them sterile. By restoring fertility and endocrine health with 3D-printed ovaries, there is a chance that this challenge can be overcome. So far, this technology has been used on young, infertile mice and with bioprosthetic ovaries they successfully gave birth. One day, humans could also benefit from this breakthrough treatment. The Scientists The new technology is a product of a collaboration betwe ...

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Re-energising Ageing Cells – The Next Big Thing

Re-energising Ageing Cells – The Next Big Thing

What if we told you that there’s a treatment, called AUGMENT℠, that would allow more mature females to have their eggs re-energised ? What does that even mean? Let’s start from the beginning... When it comes to female fertility, the ability to conceive starts decreasing at age 32. Then, from age 37 onwards, it gets even harder. Why is this? Well, as women age, their supply of eggs start to dwindle, but that’s not all. The remaining supply has a higher likelihood of featuring abnormal DNA which could affect the baby’s health. No parent wants that. Luckily, for many couples, most fertility challenges have solutions and the medical advances continue to surprise and offer hope. Doctors and scientists are always experimenting, researching and testing to enhance the chances of successful, safe pregnancies, especially in older women where the risks and challenges are even greater. In Vitro Fertilisation IVF is often the first step and other treatments build on that. Still, age plays a rol ...

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Why Monitoring Chronic Illnesses is Important and What You Can Do

Why Monitoring Chronic Illnesses is Important and What You Can Do

When a person is diagnosed with a chronic illness, it’s important to go for checkups and make lifestyle changes. Building a relationship with your doctor will help you stay as healthy as possible, for as long as possible, so that you can have the best quality of life while managing your condition. What is a Chronic Illness? Chronic illnesses or diseases are long-term medical conditions that often gradually progress with time in scope and/or severity. A few examples include: Cancer Asthma Arthritis Epilepsy HIV/AIDS Diabetes Osteoporosis Cystic fibrosis Heart Disease Crohn’s disease Multiple sclerosis Parkinson’s disease High blood pressure Alzheimer’s disease and dementia COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) / progressive lung diseases How Can You Stay as Healthy as Possible? 1. Do research You want to understand what is happening and why, so, first talk to your doctor about your condition. For more in-depth information, ask your doctor which sources you can ...

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Why Trust and High Standards are Important

Why Trust and High Standards are Important

Believing in someone and trusting in someone are different. The first is more temporary while the second is about real, long-term expectations. Trust is also about confidence in someone or something as well as reliance on integrity and ability. When it comes to assisted conception, specifically fertility treatments, patients deserve exceptional care and support from qualified professionals. They need to be treated in a place where standards are high, by people who value honesty and transparency. It’s important that all the necessary checks are done regularly and that systems are in place to manage efficiency and quality. After all, you can’t just trust anyone with your wellbeing and plans for your future. Bridge Clinic continues to work for and keep your trust by delivering service excellence, backed up by independent and authoritative third-party assessments. We do this by willingly making our data available so that success rates, births and other statistics related to service delivery can be ...

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Genetic Conditions that May Affect Your Sons and Daughters

Genetic Conditions that May Affect Your Sons and Daughters

It’s an age-old question that parents have had to face: would you rather have a boy or a girl? Most couples, especially those who have battled with infertility, would agree that, in the end, the gender of their child doesn’t really matter. Despite this, many individuals may harbour a secret wish (but not too serious) to parent one gender rather than the other, or in many cases, a healthy mix of the two. While much has changed over the past few decades, having a boy seems to be a general gender preference within the African setup, especially in families that already have a fair number of girls, or a firstborn daughter. There are many reasons for this, but continuation of the family name and having a man to watch over the next generation of the family are two oft-cited examples. PGD and Sex Discernment Although preimplantation sex discernment is considered controversial by many and in many countries the use thereof for gender selection (other than for medical reasons) is illegal, it has p ...

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8 Major Fertility Breakthroughs You Should Know About

8 Major Fertility Breakthroughs You Should Know About

The world has seen so many fertility breakthroughs in the last couple of decades. To think, babies have been conceived after using sperm that had been frozen for over 20 years; IVF treatments have resulted in the birth of over 5 million babies; ovarian tissue freezing can be performed; and even uterine transplantations. This article will cover eight major fertility breakthroughs you want to know about. Frozen Sperm, Eggs and Embryos Babies have been conceived and successfully born from frozen sperm, frozen embryos and frozen eggs. This once cutting-edge technology is a standard option today when it comes to fertility treatment and conception. Why it’s important: men can freeze sperm and women can preserve healthy eggs before undergoing chemotherapy; couples who go through the IVF process can store embryos for future use; eggs, sperm and embryos can be donated to assist couples who cannot conceive on their own. First birth from a frozen egg: 1986 First birth from frozen embryo: 1984  Oldest fro ...

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What You Should Know About IVF Mix-ups and Witnessing

What You Should Know About IVF Mix-ups and Witnessing

Most couples do not anticipate fertility challenges. It is something almost unimaginable that is only suspected after trying to conceive for a considerable period of time. However, with tests, at least answers can usually be provided and often successful treatment can be recommended. IVF as a Beacon of Hope IVF continues to deliver favourable results for couples who struggle to conceive, worldwide. It has become a beacon of hope for those who thought starting a family was no longer possible. In fact, to date it is estimated that far over 5 million babies have been born through IVF. IVF Risks As with any medical procedure, there are of course risks which include: Miscarriage Birth defects  Multiple births Ectopic pregnancy Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome Egg-retrieval procedure complications Premature delivery and low birth weight Stress: Use of IVF can be financially, physically and emotionally draining For many couples, the risks are worth the chance of having a healthy baby. They choo ...

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