Author:Science Care

Home Health Care Agencies Explained

Home health care agencies often get lumped together with home care agencies, but they are two distinct types of service. Home health care agencies provide “medical care” while home care agencies provide “non-medical care”. Although, some home health care agencies provide non-medical care as an additional service offering.READ MORE

Coroner

What is a Coroner and What Do They Do?

People often confuse coroners with Medical Examiners. Although they are associated with the same line of work, there are key differences. A Medical Examiner is a licensed forensic pathologist (Medical Doctor) specializing in the investigation of violent, unexpected, suspicious or unattended deaths. A coroner on the other hand, is an elected or appointed public official whose primary duty is to determine and certify cause of death. READ MORE

Migraine Headache

What is a Migraine and How are They Treated?

For those of you who have experienced migraine headaches, you know how painful they can be. People often confuse migraines with regular headaches, so it’s important to know the symptoms and the differences as treatment options will vary.

Regular headaches can range from mild to severe and are generally caused by factors like dehydration, stress, anxiety, sinus problems or muscle strain. Other more serious headaches may be the result of other medical problems. READ MORE

What Causes Bone Spurs?

Before we get into the specific causes of bone spurs, let’s first take a look at what bone spurs are. Bone spurs are outgrowths of bone which are most often found in and around joints. A bone spur is essentially “extra bone” growth which has formed on top of normal bone. Bone spurs typically occur in areas of the body such as the knees, feet, hips, spine, shoulders and hands.READ MORE

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is estimated that approximately 1.3 million Americans suffer from this condition. People are often surprised to learn that Rheumatoid arthritis is actually is caused by the body’s own immune system attacking healthy joint tissue, resulting in chronic inflammation of numerous joints throughout the body. READ MORE

What is a Pacemaker?

A pacemaker is a small medical device which gets placed into the chest or abdomen of people with abnormal heart rhythms. The pacemaker uses electrical pulses to help control the heart rate, allowing the heart to beat with more regularly and pump blood throughout the body. Pacemakers are generally placed under the skin in the chest, just under the collarbone, and are hooked up to the heart with tiny wires. Pacemakers run on batteries and are designed to work only when needed (heartbeat is too slow, too fast or irregular). Each battery should last five to eight years or longer. READ MORE

What is a Death Certificate and why do you need one?

A death certificate is an official document issued by the government, which declares cause of death, location of death, time of death and some other personal information about the deceased.

There are several reasons why you may need to obtain a death certificate. Most often it’s to serve as proof for legal purposes. These reasons may include accessing pension benefits, claiming life insurance, settling estates, getting married (if a widow or widower needs to prove that their previous partner has passed), or arranging for a funeral. Government officials may need the death certificate to review the cause of death during investigations to determine if foul-play occurred. Public health officials use death certificates to compile data on various statistics, including leading causes of death. Public health policies depend heavily on the mortality data from death certificates because they are the only source of information about the causes of death and illnesses preceding death. READ MORE