There are several things to be aware of to guard yourself against DNA Testing Fraud. The two red flag words are free and Medicare. Scammers have been known to use telemarketing phone calls, health fair booths or even go door to door. They will tell you that the test is “free to you” and that Medicare will cover it. Medicare recently sent out an email to their patrons cautioning against such fraud.
The fraudulent testers use various things to lend themselves credibility. Guard your Medicare number just as vigilantly as you do your Social Security number and any other private or identifying information. Any of that information can be used not only for billing fraud but also for identity theft.
Scammers will also use something that seems harmless or even helpful, like using genetic testing to determine a propensity for cancer or other diseases. Especially when there may be a family history, individuals have real concerns that scammers use to gain a sense of trust.
The only truly safe form of genetic testing is the kind that is ordered by your personal doctor. Testing labs are prohibited by law from performing any type of DNA testing unless ordered by a Physician. That particular Physician should know you personally and have knowledge of your medical history. Lab results should then be gone over with your attending physician. Never give a cheek swab of your DNA to anyone outside of your doctor’s office.
With any online DNA testing, be sure to read Privacy Policies extensively. In many cases, you can request your DNA sample to be destroyed after testing has been completed. But even so, some are required by law to keep DNA information on file. Your safest bet is to steer clear of any at-home DNA testing.
Some may surmise that DNA testing fraud doesn’t really hurt anyone directly. After all, Medicare is a large company and they clearly have plenty of money to cover these fraudulent DNA tests. Unfortunately, that money is coming straight out of the taxpayers’ pockets. Over time these large payouts to DNA scamming companies can create an increase in our taxes and a decrease in approved coverage.
If you suspect Medicare fraud, contact the federal Office of Inspector General hotline at 1-800-HHS-TIPS
January is Cervical Health Awareness month to raise awareness about HPV vaccination and prevent cervical cancer. Currently, 13,000 women in America have cervical cancer. Millions more have the HPV virus, which is the most common cause of cervical cancer. The critical thing to note this month is that deaths due to cervical cancer are preventable.
Human Papillomavirus Infection, commonly referred to as HPV, is a prevalent virus. Nearly 80 million people in the United States are infected. This virus can be spread through sexual activity. Since many who are infected never exhibit any symptoms, it can be easily spread without realizing. This is why regular exams are so important.
Mild cases of HPV can produce genital warts, while extreme cases can lead to Cervical Cancer. There is no treatment available for HPV, which is why the vaccine is so important. Prevention is possible.
Doctors recommend that both boys and girls receive the HPV vaccine beginning at age 11 or 12. Receiving the vaccine at such an early age ensures a better and stronger immune response. Usually, only 2 doses are necessary for children under age 15. In adulthood, it may take up to 3 doses of the vaccine to achieve the same result. Individuals can receive the vaccine through age 45.
Beginning at age 21, women should receive a pap screening every year. Women over 30 should receive both a pap test and HPV test regularly. Most insurance plans cover cervical cancer screenings, so all preventative care should come at no additional cost to the patient. This makes it even easier to prevent Cervical Cancer.
Regular cervical screenings can detect any abnormal changes in cells before they become cancerous. So even though there is no treatment, prevention is very simple. It’s simple because all it takes is to keep up with your regular well check-ups.
Help us spread the word and promote awareness about Cervical Cancer prevention. The tragedy of deaths by Cervical Cancer can be prevented with regular screenings and follow up care. Visit our Wellness Observance Calendar for resources and information to help us spread awareness.
Red light therapy is a safe, natural way to speed up the healing process for burns, wounds, surgery incisions, and scars, as shown in numerous peer-reviewed clinical studies. Patients recovering from injuries and medical procedures have experienced much less pain and inflammation, with faster healing results, when using red light treatments.
How Red Light Heals Skin Wounds and Diminishes Scars
If you’re not familiar with red light therapy, this article gives a good overview of what it is and how it works. The short version is this: red light therapy is natural, non-invasive, and drug-free. A device like INFĒRA delivers safe, concentrated wavelengths of therapeutic natural light to your skin and cells, where it reduces oxidative stress and stimulates cellular energy production (adenosine triphosphate, or ATP). That helps your body power itself, regenerate & heal faster, and reduce pain & inflammation. The inflammation reduction is central to red light’s therapeutic healing effects. After injuries and operations, inflammation and swelling is common, and creates pain, reduces activity, and slows the healing process. Red light therapy has been shown in numerous trials to reduce acute and chronic inflammation.
Healing Wounds, Cuts, and Incisions with Red Light
Red light therapy has a strong clinical record on healing wounds, cuts, and incisions, and for helping patients recover from surgery faster, with less pain and inflammation.
A 2018 review examined numerous controlled trials on red light and wound healing. Researchers determined that, across trials and studies, red light therapy significantly increased tensile strength and wound contraction, for faster, more effective healing results across the body. 
Faster, Less Painful Recovery from Surgery with Red Light Therapy.
Red Light Therapy for Healing Post-Surgery Incisions
Recovering from invasive surgeries, especially in places like your sternum and chest, is a major source of pain and debilitation for millions of people each year. Prescription pain and NSAID inflammation medications have a mixed record at best, with lots of risks and side effects.
Fortunately, clinical results show how red light therapy is a safe and effective natural pain and strain reliever, especially in a post-surgery recovery environment, when faster healing means less additional health risk and loss of activity.
Red Light Therapy Improves the Appearance of Scars
With many skin injuries—whether burns or cuts or surgical scars—there is a lasting (and usually unwelcome) blemish. Scientists have conducted studies looking at the effects of red light on reducing the appearance of scars.
Red Light Therapy Improves the Healing of Burns.
In numerous studies and trials, red light therapy treatments have proven to be a natural boost to the burn healing and recovery process. Taken as a whole, the results show much faster healing, with less pain, inflammation, and oxidative stress. Plus better cosmetic recovery results, and all without drugs or chemicals, or noted side effects.
It’s time to pay attention to your skin. National Healthy Skin Month each November is sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. You may not realize it, but your skin reveals a lot about your overall health. This month makes you aware of what it takes to keep your skin healthy as well as understanding how to treat and prevent common skin problems. National Healthy Skin Month stresses how to correctly use sunscreen and offers helpful tips on how to check your skin periodically to prevent skin cancer.
How to Observe National Healthy Skin Month
Put your feet up and manage your stress. Stress makes your skin break out and can make skin conditions like psoriasis much worse. Get your rest — between seven and nine hours a day. Exercise in the fresh air from time to time and breathe.
Sometimes the simplest actions give you the greatest benefits. Hydrating your entire body by drinking eight glasses of water daily is another cool way to moisturize your precious skin. Add lemons and other fruit to make your daily drinks even more refreshing. If plain water is boring, try adding cucumbers as well. Water clears out the dangerous toxins that hurt your skin.
Since November is National Healthy Skin Month, winter is an especially good time to check yourself carefully for spots with unusual shapes or colors that might indicate skin cancer. Look for moles that seem to appear. People with darker complexions aren't exempt from skin cancer. Although skin irregularities are not often apparent on darker skin, people of ethnic backgrounds tend to die more often from skin cancer.
Why National Healthy Skin Month is Important
At some point in our lives, we all have trouble with our skin. National Healthy Skin Month lets us review the common problems and some of the treatments. For example, eight out of 10 Americans suffer with acne at some point in their lives. Acne is a skin disorder that causes pimples to form blackheads or whiteheads from clogged passageways between your oil glands and your skin’s pores. Other skin problems include eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.
Skin cancer, the most common form of cancer, affects almost 20 percent of the population. For this reason, the American Academy of Dermatology remains committed to informing the public about the danger skin cancer presents. The two most common forms of skin cancer are squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. However, the majority of skin cancer-related deaths are due to melanoma.
Sunscreen is a powerful weapon against skin cancer. Without sunscreen, those pesky ultraviolet rays can do irreparable damage to your skin. Apply your sunscreen even during the winter months. It's recommended that you use an SPF 30 daily in any kind of weather.
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