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Do I Need a Check-Up? 3 Reasons Why Employers Use Workplace Medical Testing

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When we think of jobs requiring a medical exam, we tend to imagine soldiers and police officers — both physically-demanding jobs that call for a high degree of fitness. But these aren’t the only positions where employers use workplace medical testing to assess the health of their workers. Read on to learn three reasons why your employer might ask for a medical test, and go to https://www.drivercheck.ca/ for workplace medical testing in Canada.

Workplace Medical Testing to Assess Fitness

Not all jobs require workers to be in peak physical shape, but many do entail fast reflexes and good coordination. When these positions put safety on the line, employers often test workers for medical fitness before and during employment.

In Canada, for example, the Civil Aviation Medicine Branch of Transport Canada appoints and employs doctors who check aviation personnel (like pilots) for medical conditions. In Ontario, all commercial truck drivers must pass a basic medical and vision test in order to prove they are fit to operate motor vehicles safely. The American Department of Transportation imposes similar standards.

While not a strict requirement, many construction firms opt to test labourers who will be working in safety-sensitive roles such as equipment operators and working at heights.

Hearing Test

If you’ve ever worked in a factory or a workshop with heavy machinery, you have probably worn ear protection during the course of your work. Long-term exposure to noise can cause hearing loss, and employers are required to take measures to control noise in order to protect their workers.

To make sure noise control measures are working as intended, employers use workplace medical testing to check your hearing at different points in time. A decline in hearing could indicate problems that need to be addressed.

Respiratory Testing

Air quality is a serious concern in many workplaces, especially those where employees work with lab animals, glues or resins, latex, spray paint, or are exposed to dust. Exposure to airborne particles can lead to serious illness and lung disease.

To detect early signs of respiratory issues in the workplace, employers may employ respiratory testing to assess employees’ lung function. This may include pulmonary function testing and chest x-rays to detect potential lung issues at the early stages.

Go to https://www.drivercheck.ca/ for workplace medical testing, including hearing and respiratory testing.

Written by Brittany

April 18th, 2018 at 10:10 pm

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What Does a Podiatrist Do?

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Medical science has made incredible strides in the past few decades and there is now a specialist for virtually every condition. Having trouble with your feet, ankles or associated structures? Make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Podiatrists are specialists for foot problems. They assess, diagnose, and treat conditions involving your feet. A family doctor can handle basic issues in this area, but podiatrists have particular qualifications that go beyond your average general practitioner. Foot issues are particularly common (and can be quite dangerous) for diabetics.

Reasons you might want to see a podiatrist include:

  • persistent foot pain
  • bunions
  • ingrown toenails
  • neuromas
  • problems caused by high heels and flipflops
  • correcting a hammertoe
  • musculoskeletal problems
  • corns
  • calluses
  • fungal infections

At your first appointment, the podiatrist will ask you to describe your condition and how it might be preventing you from doing a regular day-to-day function. He or she will then thoroughly examine your feet and perform tests. The goal is identify the cause of the problem you’re experiencing and the best treatment plan for you.

They will then initiate treatment. Depending on the severity of the issue, you might need to return for more appointments. You can also learn about a change in your footwear and/or activities can help to prevent such an issue from occuring again.

Are you having trouble with your feet? If so, try to see a podiatrist as soon as possible as this is likely the first sign of a potentially serious problem. The longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to cure the issue.

The podiatrist can also give you valuable tips such as buy your shoes at the end of the day (everyone’s feet swell at the end of the day, so the shoe you choose will be nice and loose in the morning and a comfy fit by evening).

Written by Brittany

February 6th, 2018 at 11:46 pm

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Opinions And Ideas About Steel Machining

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Steel fabrication is a complicated process. There are different types of steel alloys that are described in the market and they’re different in composition and nature. Therefore, when you’re talking about the steel fabrication, you’re actually thinking about a range of options. Often, the austenitic stainless steel is regarded as the best option because it has the higher work harden rate and therefore, it can be really useful. Also, this alloy has less sulphur and other non metallic elements that thereby, this is ideal option to be employed in the corrosive atmosphere.

However, one of the problems associated with the austenitic steel is that it isn’t suitable for machines. Well, there are free machine versions of this alloy available in the market. But, there are some problems with these versions. First of all, these versions have higher amount of sulphur in them. Therefore, they just become more corrosive. Also, the high amount of sulphur makes these versions difficult to be used in tight radius situations.

So, what does that mean?

Anyways, a welcome alternative has come out of late. This is called the improved machinability. The version includes the 304 and 316 Grades. The good thing with this version is that it’s manufactured by proprietary steel melting technologies. There is enough chip breaking features that improve the machinability of the steel considerably, as a result. At the same time, they retain the good qualifications of the austenitic steel. Therefore, you can still weld these alloys, and they’re considerably corrosion resistant. This version is initiated in the market with different names. However, they have 20% better machine speed which is still a considerable improvement.

The next important point is the difficulty of machining the alloy. Generally, the austenitic stainless steel is a problem for the majority of operators. In fact, the difficulty of using machine on this type has given rise to the grade 303 which is a free machine version. Well, there are plenty of similar options for the martensitic and Ferritic steels as well. In most of the cases, these machine free versions include manganese sulphide. They act as the chip breakers and thereby improve the outcome of using machines on them.

However, one must note in this respect, that the free machine grades have low corrosion resistance when in relation to the other versions. This is because these versions include non metallic elements in them and therefore, these alloys should never be used in corrosive environment like marine exposure. Also, the free machine grades have high level of sulphur that reduces the ductility of the alloy. So, you cannot bend them around a tight radius. They also become very difficult to weld. So, they shouldn’t be chosen for welded fabrication as well.

Anyways, machining the stainless steel is very important in the case of achieving the type of effect that you want to include in your fabrication. So, there are several techniques that the professionals must follow to make sure that the machining produces something strong, useful and aesthetically pleasing. For that, they generally follow a number of the rules.

CNC Machine shop: The CNC milling department has state of the art technology. It can machine any machinable material like stainless steel, carbon steels, alloy steels, delrin, G10, polycarbonate and nylon, ABS, and the likes. CNC machining uses only the best software program and high-end equipment.

The most important factor which they are required to check out is that the means that they’re using is firm and in working condition. They shouldn’t create vibration and the tip of the machine should be sharp. The operators is required to ensure that the blades are sharpened as soon as the sign of blunt edges are identified. Grinded wheels too, should be carefully maintained. Ideally, the professionals should use large tools as that will dissipate the heat. The tool shouldn’t keep on rubbing the work and constant feeds must be provided.

Written by Jayne

June 23rd, 2015 at 5:44 am

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Why do We Need Vitamin A?

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Vitamin a is the first vitamin that was found by the doctors and that’s why it is named with the first letter of the alphabet. It is really important for the skin, hair, teeth, bones and good sight. Without enough vitamin A human organism is prone to infections.

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Carrots are full with vitamin A

This vitamin is one of the most active antioxidants and it helps for protection of the skin from the harmful sun rays. It is really important for healing acne and small wrinkles. It is known that vitamin A helps from some types of cancer and it lowers the level of blood cholesterol also it reduces the risk of heart diseases.

Symptoms if you lack Vitamin A

For our luck, people import enough vitamin A through the food. But, there are people who lack vitamin A this people probably suffer from cancer, tuberculosis, pneumonia, chronic diseases of the kidneys and prostate diseases.

Some of the symptoms for deficit of vitamin A are:

Prone to virus infections
Night blindness
Hair loss
Loss of appetite
Bone problems

Recommended daily need of vitamin A

Kids (less than 3 years) – 300 µg
Kids (4-8 years) – 400 µg
Kids (9 – 13 years) – 600 µg
Teenagers (14-18 years) – 900µg
Adults (19 and more) 900µg
Pregnant women – 750 µg

Food rich with vitamin A

Vitamin a can be found in many types of food:

Food rich with vitamin A is liver, eggs, milk and milk products, tuna fish, dark green and yellow vegetables, carrot, melon, potatoes and many other foods.

Written by Georgina

October 5th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

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Benefits of sleeping early

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Every day and every night I plan to go to bed early. But it is very difficult to force myself to bed. We all know that going to bed early and waking up early has many health benefits. But as life has gotten tougher and we have become busy with our day to day activities, we often neglect the importance of proper night sleep.

Here are a few health benefits of sleeping early  that would encourage you to actually go to bed early.

Do you know that when you go to bed late, your body may have a high BP and your risks and chances of having a heart diseases increases? Your heart would stay healthy if you get enough sleep.

Not only does a proper night’s sleep keep you fresh all day but it also helps relieve stress at many levels and make you more attentive, and keeps and makes you feel more active.

Good night sleep improves your thought processes and also improves you memory.

Proper early sleep works to improve your body’s routine cycle and helps in protecting and preventing you from different life threatening diseases caused by stress.

When you sleep early, you’ll wake up early and it is quite obvious that you get time for yourself. In this extra time, you can eat your breakfast which is very important for proper health. You will also find time for jogging and exercise.

Proper sleep will make you more creative, your capabilities would be increased and you will do things more nicely.

Sleeping for eight to ten hours help you maintain your metabolic rate and also your weight.

 

Written by Jayne

August 19th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Purple Boysenberries

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Boysenberries are actually very popular berries and are not found in every grocery store, but finding these purple berries is worth it. These are sweet, tasty and have amazing health benefits that you may not even know about. Look at the following facts about Boysenberries.

A cup of frozen boysenberries contains the following in the following amount:

Calories 66

Protein 1.45 grams

Fiber 7 grams

Minerals in boysenberries:

Following is a list of minerals that are found in boysenberries while some are present in very low amount:

Potassium – 183 mg

Phosphorus – 36 mg

Magnesium – 21 mg

Calcium – 36 mg

Sodium – 1 mg

Iron – 1.12 mg

Selenium 0.3 mcg

Manganese – 0.722 mg

Copper – 0.106 mg

Zinc – 0.29 mg

Also contains small amounts of other minerals.

Vitamins in boysenberries:

Following is a list of vitamins that are found while some are present in very low amount:

Vitamin A – 88 IU

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.07 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.049 mg

Niacin – 1.012 mg

Folate – 83 mcg

Pantothenic Acid – 0.33 mg

Vitamin B6 – 0.074 mg

Vitamin C – 4.1 mg

Vitamin E – 1.15 mg

Vitamin K – 10.3 mcg

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Health benefits of boysenberries:

These are rich in fiber content. Fibers help in not only digestion and prevent you from constipation, but also in keeping clear your vessels.

They are enriched with folate and vitamin B. Both of which are necessary for the process involved in the synthesis of energy and also blood cells.

These are also rich in vitamin E which is very important for the body.

Written by Jayne

July 29th, 2013 at 10:20 am

Morning sickness

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What is it??

During the first trimester of the pregnancy, a woman experiences episodes of nausea and vomiting which are collectively known as morning sickness. It may also be known as emesis gravidarum.

What is the cause?

the causes include:

  • High estrogen levels
  • Low blood sugar
  • Increased progesterone levels in the blood (may cause gastroesophageal reflux)
  • stress
  • Increased levels of HCG (hormone) which may stimulate estrogen release
  • Increased bilirubin levels
  • Increased sensitivity to odors

 

It is absolutely normal to have morning sickness and it causes no harm to the mother or baby unless too severe. No metabolic derangements are seen.

Most of the people call this condition as the first sign of pregnancy.

What will you experience?

Most of the women report that they are unable to enjoy sensory stimuli related to vision, taste, smell and touch.

A morning sickness may present at any time of day and not only specifically morning.

A few women may lose pounds and become dehydrated.

The condition usually improves as the pregnancy progresses.

Living with:

No medical is required treatment is required if the condition is normal.

What should be done:

  • Smaller meals should be taken
  • Weak tea and biscuits to kill cravings
  • Drink loads of water (up to 6-8 glasses per day)
  • Eat when hungry only
  • Do not skip meals and don’t keep yourself starving
  • Ginger tea or a lemonade may be a good as drinks

 

Morning sickness is considered to be a kind of defense mechanism, which protects the fetus against any toxins that have been ingested by the mother.

Written by Marta

July 21st, 2013 at 7:27 am

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Sickle cell anemia

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What is sickle cell anemia??

Normal red blood cells have a biconcave shape that guarantees their pliability. The human body has blood vessels of different diameters; and the pliability with a biconcave shape of an RBC, makes it easy for them to pass through the narrowest vessels (like capillaries with a diameter less than an RBC itself) easily.

Sickle cell disease is a disease of RBCs that gives them the shape of a sickle. This debilitating genetic disease renders the sufferer with RBCs of crescent shape that lose their flexibility and become sticky and stiff.

Usually, even the affected people carry normal RBCs in their blood. As the normal oxygen concentration of the body falls due to certain reasons (e.g moving towards high altitude), the blood cells lose their normal shape and resemble a crescent.

So why do RBCs acquire a crescent shape? It’s because they have a defective hemoglobin which in low levels of oxygen forms solid chains in RBC that resemble a crescent with poor oxygen carrying and circulating ability.

The disease comes when both the parents give their defective genes to the offspring. One defective gene will only give what’s called a “sickle cell trait”

Signs and symptoms:

–         Anemia (with associated symptoms)

–         Delayed growth

–         Vision problems

–         Enlarged spleen

–         Frequent infections

–         Severe sudden abdominal pain

–         Pallor

–         Hand and feet swelling

–         Headaches

–         Shortness of breadth

The sickle cells block blood vessels and cause decreased blood flow which means damage, to the organ.

Treatment:

Mainly, oxygen therapy.

Hydroxyurea- a drug that stimulates production of fetal hemoglobin prevents sickling.

Pain killers and antibiotics.

A bone marrow transplant may also work.

Written by Marta

July 21st, 2013 at 7:03 am

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Anorexia Alert

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Teenagers especially girls are always very conscious about their weight and shape which is why, eating disorders are quite common among them. Statistics show a very high rate of occurrence of anorexia nervosa, which is a mental eating disorder in juvenile women.

How is anorexia represented?

Anorexia shows the following manifestations:

Extreme loss of weight

Severe loss of appetite

Imagine a girl with anorexia. You will see a very lean person who has lost considerable amount of weight but still considers herself overweight. She is in a self-starvation state an because of this, the body has started using her body fat as a source of energy.

Just like this girl who is suffering from anorexia, anorexia patients show the following symptoms:

•              Many pounds of weight is lost

•              The patient fails to maintain the weight that is ideal for them

•              The patient is afraid of gaining weight

•              The patient becomes weak and very lean

•              The patient assumes themselves as overweight and becomes sad on this thought

•              They become sadder and feel bad about themselves because the way they look affects how they feel.

How anorexia nervosa affects the body?

Think of your body getting no nutrient from diet because you are not eating as much as you should. What will happen? The body has to get energy and nutrient from somewhere and so it starts breaking down your fat stores. So in this energy saving mode, the normal functions of the body are hampered. That person comes with:

Slow pulse rate

Low Blood Pressure

Loss of muscles

Weak bones

Getting easily fatigued

Showing weakness

Dehydrated

If you see any person around you with this eating disorder, you should report this to a doctor immediately.

 

Written by Marta

July 8th, 2013 at 6:38 am

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Tips on hepatitis B

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The signs and symptoms of hepatitis B could range from mild to severe depending on the severity of the disease and the time of exposure or infection by the hepatitis virus. These symptoms could appear in about a couple of months after exposure to the infection. These are some of the signs and symptoms of hepatitis B virus;

Abdominal pain; this is usually one of the accompanying signs and symptom of the disease and the pain intensity could from mild to severe abdominal pain.

Dark urine; the urine color usually gets darker in the course of the infection which, is one of the signs and symptoms of the disease.

Loss of appetite; anorexia is another symptom as a result of hepatitis B infection.

Nausea and vomiting; Nausea is another accompanying symptom that could be accompanied by vomiting.

Generalized body weakness and fatigue; as a result of this infection, the human body becomes very weak and malaise would follow.

Jaundice; at severe cases your skin gets yellow and the whites of your eyes get yellow as well.

Sometimes you will never see any visible symptoms and could only be detected via some blood tests.

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Conclusion;

Chronic hepatitis is a progressive disease that could cause hardening of the liver cirrhosis and if not treated liver cancer could occur. So it is very important for one to know and be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of the same such that early detection and interventions could be facilitated.

 

 

 

Written by Greg

April 19th, 2013 at 6:08 am

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It’s Picnic Time!

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Summer is just about here and families are beginning to head outdoors for sports, hiking, swimming and of course, picnics! Whether it’s a simple family picnic at the park or a romantic event for two there is something magical about finding that perfect spot underneath a shady tree, spreading out the blanket and enjoying a meal outside with a nice cool breeze, the sounds of children playing and your bare feet in the grass.

Enjoy the outdoors this summer safely by making sure that your picnic foods are kept cold and properly stored. Food left out, particularly foods containing mayonnaise can spoil quickly, resulting in food poisoning, which is no fun at all. When bringing home leftovers be aware that if the ice you kept your food cold with is melted, the food should not be eaten and should be thrown away.

Make sure you pack sunscreen and a first aid kit if you are going to be trekking anywhere and possibly insect repellent. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and remember to keep any fruit juices cold and out of the sun. Better yet, freeze them; they will stay cold longer and help keep other foods chilled.

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Avoid sticky, messy foods if possible, they attract bees and create more cleanup. Opt for low-mess finger foods and sweets that won’t melt or go bad quickly. Opt for lightweight cutlery and containers, especially if you have to hike to where you are going. While picnic baskets look nice they are bulky and heavy, try using insulated totes that can fold up after you are done with them. Don’t bring too much food; you don’t want to have to carry it back!

With a little planning and imagination, you can enjoy the perfect outdoor feast, creating fond summer memories for you and your family.

Written by Georgina

April 17th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

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When should your Baby begin eating solid foods?

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One question I hear a lot of new parents ask is when they should start feeding their baby solid foods. There seems to be conflicting information depending on what generation you are posing that question too. My Mother insists that I had to start eating solid foods by the time I was two months old because the bottle was not enough for me. I had similar advice from other Moms in that age group, that solid foods should start being introduced at two to four months old or the baby would be hungry and not get enough calories.

On the opposite end of the spectrum were Moms that insisted a baby has no need for solid foods until at least nine months of age and that it should be put off for as long as possible, and that starting solids too early could cause obesity and food allergies. Talk about confusing! Of course I asked my pediatrician for the answer and was told that four to six months is a reasonable time to introduce solid foods to a baby. Some babies are ready for food earlier than others.

If your baby is showing interest in what you are eating and is able to take a bite without pushing the food out with his or her toungue and has doubled birthweight then it is probably time to start solid food.

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Written by Georgina

April 16th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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