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There is an age old adage that we all grew up hearing that tells us that “Laughter is the best medicine.” While we know that laughter makes us feel better and relieves a great deal of stress at times when we need it the most, it has come to light in recent years that there is scientific proof that laughter is healing and a ‘natural’ medicine for many ills that we face.

What Medical Authorities Have to Say about Laughter

According to the National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, there has to date been insufficient studies on the exact reasons why laughter promotes better health but it has been widely observed in clinical setting after clinical setting. In fact, the benefits of laughter have been so widely accepted that there are even laughter clubs being set up around the nation to promote healing. Yoga laughter is a big one at the moment that is trending, but the one thing that is warned about is self-proclaimed gurus who advise against traditional and alternative medicines which have actual biological effects on the body.

Alternative Medications Now Recognized by the AMA and FDA

At the moment, cannabis has been legalized in some form in 28 states plus the District of Columbia. That is more than half the nation and many of those states have ‘medical marijuana’ laws. There is something uplifting about cannabis and many scientists and medical researchers feel that it is the THC content that is a form of stimulant that creates a happy, sometimes euphoric feeling. There is still much conjecture and a good deal of research as to why marijuana makes you laugh, but the one thing that is for certain, it really does make the majority of users happy enough to break out into boisterous laughter.

What Norman Cousins Wrote 30+ Years Ago

It has been more than three decades since Norman Cousins wrote his now famous article that was published in the esteemed New England Journal of Medicine. In the article, he spoke of being given a hopeless diagnosis and so he ordered funny movies and comedies to be brought into his hospital room. He laughed so long and hard that there was a surprising healing effect and doctors were actually amazed at his progress. Was it laughter? Nothing else changed in his treatment so that is the only conclusion which could be drawn based on his state of health before and after that prolonged period of comedic relief.

Living a healthy lifestyle is a big part of what keeps many disease-free over the course of their lifetimes, but a big part of a healthy lifestyle is a reduction in stress. Laughter has been proven to relieve the symptoms of stress in our bodies, reducing blood pressure, slowing erratic heartbeats and causing us to breathe slower and steadier. Whether or not it can be scientifically proven beyond a shadow of a doubt at this point in time, there is a healing power of laughter which is worth more than gold.

The healthcare system is continually evolving and it’s the significant changes that are set to occur which shape the trends for the year ahead.  In order for healthcare specialists and institutions to manage the course and direction of the change, it’s important for them to be proactive by watching and evaluating the future trends and integrating them into their planning.  Here is a look ahead to some of the significant marketing trends for healthcare in 2017:

1. Creating Smarter Content

The internet is one of the most important components in any marketing plan especially the healthcare industry.  An increasing number of patients are turning to the internet to search for information about illnesses, prescriptions, and the best healthcare facilities available.  With increased competition to gain patients attention it’s paramount that website content is interesting, authoritative and share-worthy.

A large part of the healthcare system is also reliant on students wanting to pursue a career in nursing.  This means that content marketing for online MSN administration courses and other similar programs needs to be on top form in order to attract the attention of potential students.

2. New Marketing Platforms

Everyone in marketing understands the importance of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter but what is growing in popularity is the use of social messaging apps like Messenger and Whatsapp.  These convenient apps are evolving into multi-purpose platforms which allow for real-time patient conversations and bring about new marketing possibilities.

The general public is becoming increasingly impervious to old-style advertising methods which have led to the development of more sophisticated marketing delivery systems.  Contemporary marketing methods are becoming more personalized with the idea of identifying user interests and delivering relevant content on a one-to-one basis.

3. Live Video

With the evolving development of internet and mobile technology, the popularity of using live videos is spreading throughout the web.  Video has a far stronger audience appeal than text so it’s imperative that healthcare marketing harnesses this by providing live streaming video on websites and social media platforms.

With the constant changes to the healthcare system it’s important that the industry is getting new students on board within various specialty areas.  Using live video as an educational tool will broaden the study options for students on RN to MSN online programs and is more likely to pique potential students’ interest in working in the healthcare sector.

4. Patients are Informed Consumers

Patients are now much more likely to research and browse all of the medical and health information that is available to them before making any decisions which means the marketing battle starts long before the patient sets foot inside the hospital doors.  Today’s patients look into treatment options themselves and consider provider selection criteria before making an informed decision so the aim of healthcare marketing now is to provide all of the information possible and focus on maintaining provider recommendations.

The main point to remember with future healthcare trends is that the importance lies in providing one-to-one conversations with the patients and using contemporary marketing techniques to focus on them as individuals.

Liposuction surgeries can be either minor or major, depending on the issue you want handled. In particular, the part of your body that you want to be dealt with and the amount of fat you want removed. Whatever the circumstance you are facing, you should make sure you are prepared for the kind of surgery you are going to undergo.

This is a delicate procedure, and you should not leave all the responsibility for its success to the doctors and the state of the art technologies they use. You are to take care of your own body and this kind of impact cannot be successful without your facilitation. Even the most sophisticated surgical methods will not be effective if you do not prepare for them.

Your doctor or surgeon should give you instructions on what you should do to prepare for this procedure; you should also be briefed on the kind of treatment you will go through after the surgery is done so that your body can heal. Here are some of the preparation tips that could help:

  • Work on losing weight- Undergoing this procedure does not mean that you won’t have to work to lose weight ever again; you should be close to your ideal weight before you go for the operation. No matter how much skill is put in the surgery, you can actually erase the results after a couple of months if you are not working to maintain your new weight.
  • Stop smoking – This is a habit that can cause complications in liposuction procedures. Smoking deprives your body tissues oxygen, and this can result in the healing process taking longer than expected.

It can also cause other harmful effects like tissue death and excessive scarring. It would be to your benefit, if you quit smoking permanently, but you can as well stop way before the operation and begin again at the end of the healing process.

  • Change your medication- You may be taking other medicines as you prepare for this surgery, make sure your doctor is aware of the other prescriptions you are on so that you can be advised on what you should adjust. There are drugs that inhibit or cause too much blood clotting and they should be avoided during this period.

Drugs that could also affect the anesthesia during the surgery should also be removed from your prescription before the surgery. Take note that this does not mean you should stop taking all your medication; you must consult your doctor first before making any changes in this area.

To make this procedure successful and have you satisfied with the outcome, you should be ready to make the necessary adjustments as you are guided by your doctor. Certainly, your wish is to have the best results possible form this process, this can be made a reality if you follow the guidelines and take the medication you are expected to beforehand. Go for your liposuction operation expecting success.



As you’re reading this, millions of people around the world are in urgent need of a blood transfusion.  A timely donation of the correct blood type can literally prove the difference between life and death for a patient, and what many people don’t realize is that blood donation is a very brief and simple process which can have life-saving consequences.

Just one unit of blood can give three people a renewed chance at life, while the entire donation process takes less than an hour from entering to leaving the clinic. In other words, giving up one unit and one hour of your life to donate blood can prevent three other people from dying. If you knew it was that easy, would you not be willing to give blood?

Shockingly, nine out of 10 people who are medically suitable to give blood aren’t doing so. Would they see it differently if a friend or family member urgently required a donation? Those who do give blood often speak of feeling satisfied afterwards, knowing that their small sacrifice could make the world of difference to another person.

This infographic from Union Quay Medical Centre ( maps out the key details of blood transfusion, including a step-by-step guide to the process and the compatibility of blood types. It also lists the situations where a person would not be eligible to give blood – for instance, anyone who has had a tattoo or piercing, or who has been to a foreign country, in recent months is advised not to donate.

If you have decided to give blood, firstly well done! Secondly, keep in mind that there’s more to it than turning up at the clinic and letting the medics take a blood sample. Avoid strenuous activity and alcohol consumption for at least a day after giving blood. If you feel dizzy or light-headed, take a rest. You deserve it after doing something which could save another human’s life.