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MRI Providers: Watch for Patients with Metal Face Masks & Magnetic Eyelashes

Technologists are well-aware of the possibility of metal burns from MRI machines. Due to the components of an MRI, all metal must be removed prior to patients entering Zone III, the space before entering the scanner room. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to wear face masks in public indoor areas, including medical procedures. Also, of recent fashion trends, women have become more prone to use magnetic eyelashes, a beauty product that is easier to apply and remove. Both have resulted in MRI patient injuries.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement warning health care providers that patients might be injured if they wear face masks with metal parts during a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam. These small metal parts are usually found within the nose area or throughout the mask fabric. Nose clips, wires, ultrafine particles, or antimicrobial coating (silver or copper) can become hot and burn MRI patients.

This note of caution comes as a patient received burns from donning a face mask during an MRI. “The FDA is reminding patients and providers that patients should not wear any metal during an MRI,” according to the statement issued.

The Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics issued a report explaining how magnetic eyelashes are unsafe in an MRI; some lashes can rapidly become moving projectiles. False eyelashes are placed onto magnetic eyeliner (applied to eyelids) or discreetly clamp around natural eyelashes. Patients might forget to mention the eyelashes and MRI technicians might not notice them.

All medical providers should screen patients for MRI safety. Tiny metallic objects within face masks or fake eyelashes can easily slide past an initial assessment. If patients experience burns while wearing face masks, providers are encouraged to report the incident to the FDA. Gathered reports help the FDA improve patient safety.

For more information regarding the FDA’s warning, read the full report. The complete journal article pertaining to magnetic eyelashes can be found here.

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UV-C Light Sanitizes COVID-19

Broader interest in disinfectant applications has been sparked by the COVID-19 global pandemic. One sanitation method, germicidal ultraviolet light (GUV), is effective for disinfecting areas, including killing viruses and bacteria. However, a major drawback of this technique is that it is harmful to human health. Thus, GUV use is limited in occupied spaces.

Researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center released a study that found UV-C to be effective against influenza and seasonal coronaviruses present in airborne droplets. According to the research, continuous exposure would kill 90 percent of airborne viruses in about eight minutes. In 11 minutes, 95 percent of airborne viruses would die, 99 percent in 16 minutes, and 99.9% would be eradicated in 25 minutes. This new technology has recently been commercialized by Ushio Inc., Tokyo, and is emerging in the North American lighting market through Atlanta-based Acuity Brands.

Filtered far-UV-C cannot reach or damage living cells in the body (within recommended limits) as it does not penetrate the eye’s tear layer or the skin’s outer dead-cell layer. Real-world effectiveness was not measured in the study, so further research is needed. Nevertheless, the promising results suggest filtered far-UV-C has the potential to disinfect occupied spaces as well.

Ideally, areas with high social interaction levels (restaurants, offices, classrooms, public bathrooms, sports venues, public transit, retail, gyms, healthcare areas, etc.) would benefit from the new technology. Permanent pathogen mitigation has a bright future with UV light.

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How to Find Your House Plans

Older houses usually do not come ready with detailed blueprints like younger, newer homes generally do. Modern builds regularly have the plans that are foundationally important for home renovations or improvements readily available. Predating the early 1900s, builders seldomly drew up detailed specifications, which can be found in contemporary blueprints. Methods passed down by word-of-mouth was typically how house construction was accomplished in the past. Written manuals often referred to something along the lines of “build the usual way.”

Blueprints
An indispensable resource for remodeling and restoration work is that these plans solve all home mysteries and give a tangible roadmap for repairs. You can attempt to track down your home’s original blueprints by:

  • Consulting local inspectors, assessors, and other building officials
  • Visiting neighbors who have similar home structures
  • Contacting your real estate sales agents
  • Reviewing local archives such as plan books at the historical society
  • Examining neighborhood fire insurance maps
  • Researching local archived newspapers with old real estate advertisements for similar homes

Town Hall
Building inspectors or assessor’s offices usually know something about the buildings in your area. Permits are typically filed in the building inspector’s office, along with floor plans and elevation drawings. These can be helpful to learn about modifications made to your home within the past 20 years. Fire insurance maps in the United States date back to the 1870s. These documents are also located within City Hall and, at the very least, can indicate the original construction material used for your home. Three-dimensional drawings are typically included as well, which can be compared to Google Maps for real-time use. 

Realtors
If your home was manufactured within the past 50 years, your real estate office might be able to help you locate construction details. They are often familiar with local developers and housing styles in the region.

Neighbors
The familiar houses in your area might have been designed by the same person/developer as your home. Oftentimes they were constructed as mirror images, with minor differences in finishes.

Archives
Countless communities throughout the United States maintain archives with old photographs, building plans, and maps. They are generally not well-organized or maintained; however, they typically exist within either the library, museum, or historical society. Rarely, a town historian can facilitate your search. Local newspapers, farm journals, and women’s magazines can be examined for homes of a similar type. 

Online
While local municipalities might be your best bet, online resources such as NETR (Nationwide Environmental Title Research, LLC.) have public records available for view via their databases. Thousands of people are looking for house plans; forums such as Old House Web can help you in your search.

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MRI Providers: Watch for Patients with Metal Face Masks & Magnetic Eyelashes

Technologists are well-aware of the possibility of metal burns from MRI machines. Due to the components of an MRI, all metal must be removed prior to patients entering Zone III, the space before entering the scanner room. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to wear face masks in public indoor areas, including medical procedures. Also, of recent fashion trends, women have become more prone to use magnetic eyelashes, a beauty product that is easier to apply and remove. Both have resulted in MRI patient injuries.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement warning health care providers that patients might be injured if they wear face masks with metal parts during a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam. These small metal parts are usually found within the nose area or throughout the mask fabric. Nose clips, wires, ultrafine particles, or antimicrobial coating (silver or copper) can become hot and burn MRI patients.

This note of caution comes as a patient received burns from donning a face mask during an MRI. “The FDA is reminding patients and providers that patients should not wear any metal during an MRI,” according to the statement issued.

The Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics issued a report explaining how magnetic eyelashes are unsafe in an MRI; some lashes can rapidly become moving projectiles. False eyelashes are placed onto magnetic eyeliner (applied to eyelids) or discreetly clamp around natural eyelashes. Patients might forget to mention the eyelashes and MRI technicians might not notice them.

All medical providers should screen patients for MRI safety. Tiny metallic objects within face masks or fake eyelashes can easily slide past an initial assessment. If patients experience burns while wearing face masks, providers are encouraged to report the incident to the FDA. Gathered reports help the FDA improve patient safety.

For more information regarding the FDA’s warning, read the full report. The complete journal article pertaining to magnetic eyelashes can be found here.

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Tips to Avoid Winter Sports Injuries

Chilly weather means the start of winter sports for many athletes. While most people generally associate sports injuries with warmer months, realistically, they can happen any time. It is essential to understand what to do if you find yourself in a situation that might result in bodily harm.

Sledding
For many of us, this pastime seems harmless; however, the dangers of sledding are linked to running into objects at high speeds or falling off the sled. Concussions and broken bones are common results of these accidents.

  • Wear a helmet
  • Ensure your path is totally clear
  • Face forward in a seated position; do not glide down the hill head-first
  • Sled during the day or in well-lit areas at night
  • For extra protection and warmth, pile on layers of clothing

Skiing & Snowboarding
Zipping down a hill at lightning-fast speeds with little to no protection can be an accident waiting to happen. Many body parts are at risk of injury while skiing or snowboarding.

  • Learn the proper form and technique before you take to the slopes
  • Fit your gear adequately and wear a helmet
  • Choose ski runs that are appropriate for your ability
  • Stay hydrated and take frequent breaks if you are tired
  • Stretch before hitting the slopes
  • Avoid using your arms to break your fall

Ice Skating
Enjoyed by figure skaters and hobbyists alike, ankle sprains, fractures, wrist and hand injuries, along with ACL tears are frequently found on the rink.

  • Ensure your skates fit properly
  • Stretch before skirting across the ice
  • Pay attention to your balance and maintain correct posture
  • Avoid performing tricks unless you have been adequately trained
  • Watch for ice chips, cracks, and other hazards
  • Protect your hands and wrists by keeping them near your body when falling
  • Wear a helmet as a learning beginner

Ice Hockey
This sport often involves collisions with other players, pucks, sticks, boards, plexiglass, and more. Injuries resulting from ice hockey include sprains, tears, strains, fractures, dislocations, concussions, muscle pulls, broken teeth, spine injuries, and muscle pulls. The list of damages done to your body can be extensive, so it is imperative to take the proper precautions.

  • Wear all protective equipment, making sure none of it is damaged
  • Master basic ice skating skills (forward, backward, quick stop, etc.)
  • Stretch and warm up before play
  • Stay hydrated and ensure you are in good physical condition
  • Know where to look: understand the rules of ice hockey
  • Treat injuries as soon as possible
  • Before a collision, avoid leading with your head or arms

Winter sports injuries can be preventable despite being fairly common. Follow safety guidelines to prevent getting hurt while still having fun.

If your hands or wrists have been injured during a sporting event, contact the specialists at MI Hand & Wrist today for a full evaluation and treatment plan.

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Prepping 101: Your Survival Guide

Whether you are just starting or a seasoned prepper, sifting through all the information available can be overwhelming. There are thousands of websites online dedicated to the subject; knowing which source to trust might be confusing. Our guide will help steer you through the possibilities and solutions every prepper needs to know.

Planning
Prepping is different for everyone, as there are various unique factors, problems, and disasters to ready yourself for. These vary depending on geographical location, job security/financial standing, human-made vs. natural disasters, etc. To truly be prepared for anything, start by figuring out which threats are likely to affect you and how you will handle each one accordingly. Check out historical data from past disasters that have impacted your area, analyze crime rates, and take your personal threats into account, which might include economic problems, medical setbacks, and family members who might require extra care. A customized emergency preparedness plan is always a good idea; ensure it is drafted by you, not some generic person from a far-off land who isn’t familiar with your surroundings or situation. Create a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis to kick off your prepping journey.

Training
Prepping means nothing without proper training. Your ability to survive a natural disaster is based on two simple things: planning and training. Without real-world preparedness, you won’t survive a disaster of any kind. Sporadic preparedness drills should be as realistic as possible. Turn off your power supply, for example, to simulate an outage. Make sure your group has a thorough understanding of the plan and evacuation routes. Practice your communication plan without using a cell phone. These drills will help you test your plan in a mock scenario.

Confining
A well-stocked rural retreat is ideal for those who can swing it. During long-term disasters, these oasis areas are perfect for preppers. Living a self-sufficient lifestyle within a dwelling that doesn’t run on public utilities is the goal. The government is typically not involved in any way, which is what preppers generally refer to as “going off the grid.” There are many ways to power off-grid houses, such as propane, solar panels, and batteries. A growing challenge is locating rural land to build on. Many factors should be considered when searching for property, such as whether the soil is rich and fertile, nearby water and other natural resources, and local zoning laws.

Working
In the event that your emergency preparedness plan needs to take effect, how will you make money? Cut expenses, start a business, or use your land to generate income. Initially, it might be challenging to drum up some creative ideas, but once you do, you will be able to sustain your lifestyle.  

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Three Ways to Save on Medicare Expenses

Medicare expenses can pile up. If you need assistance paying for health or prescription costs, check out these three resources that might help cover your expenditures:

Medicare Savings Programs: There are four savings programs run by every state. They can help you pay for your premiums and other expenses. To see whether you qualify, contact your state Medicaid program.

Extra Help: Those with limited revenue or resources can qualify for Extra Help for Part D drug costs. If you have applied for Medicaid or one of the Medicare Savings Programs, Extra Help will automatically be enacted for drug costs. You can apply for free online through the US Social Security Administration.

Medicaid: A joint federal and state program that is tailored to help those with limited income and resources, aiding with medical costs. Medicaid offers benefits not typically covered by Medicare, such as nursing home and personal care services. Every state has its own guidelines.

The most efficient way to save money is to choose the right health and drug coverage. The Medicare Plan Finder compares Medicare coverage options. You can also reduce your Medicare premiums by enrolling on time, reporting changes in income, and shopping around for plans.

To learn more about Medicare costs and lower them with help from professionals, contact Senior Health Medicare today. Our experts are ready to assist you with all your Medicare questions, concerns, and needs.

Senior Health Medicare is a superior resource for Medicare guidance, information, and ongoing client support. Selecting a Medicare plan is not a flippant decision. It requires annual revisiting and re-evaluating in order for the client to stay in the most cost-effective coverage. Senior Health Medicare is here to serve as your resource through all the years to come. Contact us today at 888-404-5049 or visit us on the web at www.seniorhealthmedicare.com.

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Who is Eligible for Medicare?

Medicare has been around for 55 years, providing health insurance to Americans 65 and older as well as those with disabilities. The process of qualifying for the program is not automatic. Read more to find out whether you are eligible.

People 65 or older

  • If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident for at least five years and
  • You are receiving Social Security or railroad retirement benefits or have worked long enough to be eligible but have not yet collected
  • You or your spouse is a government employee/retiree who has not paid into Social Security but paid Medicare payroll taxes while employed

People 64 and younger

  • If you have been entitled to Social Security disability benefits for at least 24 months (inconsecutive is okay) or
  • You receive a disability pension from the Railroad Retirement Board and meet specific rules or
  • You have Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), which qualifies you immediately or
  • You have permanent kidney failure (regular dialysis or a kidney transplant), and you or your spouse has paid Social Security taxes for a period determined by your age

Other ways
If you are a legal U.S. citizen or have been a resident for at least five years, you can receive full Medicare benefits at age 65 or older. You have to buy into them by:

  • Paying premiums for Part A: hospital insurance. The amount you have to pay depends on how long you have worked; the more work, the higher your credit amount. The credits are based on your income and the amount of time it takes to earn a credit change every year. In 2020, one work credit was earned for every $1,410 in earnings, a maximum of four credits per year. The maximum premium is paid ($458 in 2020) if you accrued less than 30 work credits. If you have 30 to 39 credits, you pay less. If you gain 40 credits and continue working, you will no longer pay these premiums.
  • Paying consistent monthly premiums as other Part B enrollees: doctor visits and other outpatient services. In 2020, the amount totals $144.60 for those with an income of $87,000 or less. Those filing a joint tax return with $174,000 in revenue or less also have the same total amount. Rates increase for those with higher incomes.
  • Paying the same monthly premium for Part D: prescription drug coverage.

To enroll in Part B, you do not have to register in Part A. If you buy Part A, you must also enroll in Part B. Part D can be purchased if you are enrolled in either Part A or B. You cannot enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan or buy a Medigap supplemental insurance policy unless you are enrolled in both Parts A and B.

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CDC Investigates Whether COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness Is Decreased by PFAS Exposure

A letter addressed to Michigan State Representative Dan Kildee from Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stated the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is “assessing the intersection between PFAS exposure and COVID-19” by investigating whether exposure to these “forever chemicals” affects potential effectiveness and duration of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Healthcare workers and first responders are first under the CDC study. ATSDR will measure PFAS levels in participants to determine a link between PFAS in their blood and the likelihood of contracting COVID-19. The connection of PFAS levels and antibody response to the coronavirus will give insight into the impact of PFAS levels and the potential duration of vaccine protection.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl fluorinated substances called PFAS are dubbed “Forever Chemicals” due to the chemical bonds that hold the compounds together (about 5,000 substances) which never break down in the environment. For many reasons (including factory and facility discharge), PFAS have been found in drinking water throughout the United States. Over 1,400 communities in 49 states have detected PFAS in their drinking water, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). This equates to roughly 110 million Americans drinking PFAS-contaminated water. PFAS can be found everywhere; they are in hundreds of products such as food-delivery containers and papers, nonstick cookware, stain-resistant clothing, carpets, furniture, fireproof items, clothes, cosmetics, personal care products, and so much more. Tiny doses of PFAS are linked to cancer, reproductive and immune system damage, weight gain, and a plethora of other diseases. It is estimated that PFAS are found in the blood of 99.9 percent of all human beings on earth, including newborn babies.

Some populations are at risk of being exposed to higher levels of PFAS than others, such as firefighters, military personnel, and communities with PFAS-contaminated drinking water or factories nearby. According to an analysis by the EWG, every organ is affected by PFAS exposure, but the immune system is especially vulnerable. Studies have shown a weaker response to tetanus and diphtheria vaccinations in adults.

Dr. Philippe Grandjean led the study on PFAS exposure and its relation to a diminished response to tetanus and diphtheria vaccinations. Recently, an article he wrote in The Guardian expressed fears regarding the possibility for people with high levels of PFAS to experience similar reactions to a COVID-19 vaccine. Grandjean said, “People with high exposure to PFAS have non-protective and very low antibody levels after four vaccinations for diptheria and tetanus. So if a vaccine for COVID-19 is similar, the PFAS will likely inhibit the response from a vaccine. But it is unknown at this stage.”

To learn more, read the full report from EWG. For an in-depth chemical analysis of your drinking water or to purchase a filter, contact the experts at Reynolds Water today.

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Early Detection of Parkinson’s Disease Possible from an Eye Exam

Artificial Intelligence (AI) machine learning technology in addition to a simple eye exam could detect early signs of Parkinson’s disease, according to research presented by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

A progressive disease of the central nervous system, Parkinson’s affects millions of people across the world. Tremors, muscle stiffness, and impaired balance are generally key markers of the disease. Once these symptoms are present, patients are already experiencing significant disease progression. Parkinson’s disease also affects the microscopic blood vessels in the retina. These markers provide an opportunity for AI to inspect images of the eyes for signs of the disease meticulously.

In a study by the University of Florida, researchers enabled an AI machine to analyze photographs of the back of the eye in two patients with Parkinson’s disease and two control participants. The AI was a type of Support Vector Machine (SVM) that has been around since 1989.

The SVM AI was able to classify Parkinson’s disease based on the blood vessels in the retina. Smaller blood vessels showed that changes in brain physiology can be detected in the eye. This novel discovery varies from the more traditional approach of diagnosing Parkinson’s disease.

With an overall goal to catch Parkinson’s disease cases sooner in its progression, researchers believe the new AI technology will help them better understand the disease on the path to finding a cure or slow its progression.

Moreover, other diseases that affect brain structure, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis, could be identified in the future.

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