Brain Dead

Needed: Universal Protocols for Diagnosing Brain Deaths

Right now in the United States there is no universal policy for diagnosing a death by being considered brain dead. In hospitals today brain deaths are judged on a wide spectrum. This is troublesome because sometimes brain dead patients may be hastily misdiagnosed, or it may take a long time to diagnose. When the protocol to diagnose brain death takes a long time it takes time away from organ donation.

In 2010 the American Academy of Neurology wrote a clear set of standards to act as the basis for distinguishing brain dead patients from those who may emerge from a coma that may mimic brain dead activity.

Hospitals surveyed from 2012 – 2015 had not adopted the guidelines. Only 36% of hospitals have a system in place for checking core body temperature before declaring a person brain dead (hypothermic patients often show all signs of being brain dead, but can recover once their bodies are warmed). 32% require tests to rule out toxic drug interactions that may mimic the loss of primitive reflexes in the body.

The scientists agree, but those in the field have to put it into practice.

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Tips To Help You Conceive

Trying to have a baby? Don’t give up!

Having a baby is already a hard and trying experience for mothers and fathers alike. If you are struggling to become pregnant it can take even more of a toll on your body and mind. Emotional stress is high, along with costs of prolonged treatments and pain endured during some procedures, but studies are suggesting not giving up too soon.

After analyzing data from hundreds of thousands of in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempts researchers found that women can increase their chances of having a live birth through 9 IVF cycles. Also, inclusion of the definition of a new cycle was expanded to include multiple attempts to transfer embryos in any given cycle. Currently many doctors are using outdated research that says percentage of live birth rates after four IVF cycles starts to decline.

Recent data saw that 30% of women had a live birth after their first IVF cycle, and the live birth rate was 20% for the next three cycles. After the first four cycles the live birth rate does decline in each additional cycle, BUT the cumulative odds of having a baby continued to rise through nine cycles.

The researchers found that women had a 69% chance of having a live birth by the end of nine IVF cycles.

Things that may also help:

  • Age: women under 40 who use their own eggs have a better chance at conceiving.
  • Acupuncture: Clinical observations suggest that the most effective fertility treatment involves acupuncture, herbal medicine, and traditional medicine. Acupuncture can help with decreasing stress & anxiety. It can help regulate menstruation, and create a balanced environment to conceive.
  • Chiropractic: Helps decrease stress on the mothers/fathers nervous system. Which is essential for reaching the body’s proper functional potential. Chiropractors are also trained to help with diet and lifestyle habits.
  • Diet: Creates the foundation for good health of the mother, and a good environment for embryos.
  • Natural Family Planning (NFP): Can help find the best days to try to conceive. You should have an ovulation calendar that applies to your body!

 

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REF:

LA Times “In Vitro study says to try, try again” – Karen Kaplan

http://americanpregnancy.org/infertility/acupuncture/

http://americanpregnancy.org/infertility/infertility-and-chiropractic-care/

Break Time!

Take a Break

Balancing time with work, family, friends, and other hobbies can leave you feeling overwhelmed. You try to put in more hours, waking up early and staying awake late to catch up, but you never seem to make any headway.

Research shows us that this may not be the most productive thing to do. Pushing oneself to work harder without breaks may be less productive then taking a break.

We don’t have endless resources for energy, cognition, and attention. Even taking a 60 second break can help give you time enough to replenish your energy stores in order to be more productive. Brains need rest in order to stay creative and focused on a task. Take a break to stretch, and think about the goals at hand. When we take a respite we can reevaluate what we are trying to accomplish.

How to recharge:

  • Go for a walk
  • Take time away from technology to relax and unplug
  • Take time to hydrate
  • Eat a proper lunch, or take time for a nutritious snack
  • Take a power nap
  • Get up & stretch
  • Meditate
  • Listen to an uplifting song
  • Read a book
  • Talk to a loved one
  • Exercise
  • See your chiropractor/acupuncturist
  • Do yoga

Start by adding breaks into your daily routine. It can be a 15-20 minute break twice a day or a 10-minute break every hour. We hold a lot of stress in our shoulders & neck when we are focused on working. Take time to recharge, refocus, and renew!

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Ref:

LA Times “Taking Breaks From Work Is Vital” – Joyce E.A. Russell