What Is A Vaccine Anyway?


In a few months, the flu season will be upon us. And for those of you who opt to get the flu vaccine, ever wonder where the vaccine comes from?   According the Center for Disease Control, there are three types of vaccine manufacturing processes. Don’t be too alarmed, they sound worse than they really are and remember you cannot get the flu from the vaccine. More on this later.   The first type of vaccine is derived from an egg based process. The vaccine virus is grown in eggs and then injected into fertilized hen’s eggs. The virus is..

Chair Massage in the Workplace


Many of the benefits of chair massage are similar to the benefits of getting a full body massage at a spa, but in the comfort and convenience of a workplace. Onsite massage eliminates the need to travel to a massage clinic or spa, and is a fraction of the cost. Plus chair massage makes massage therapy accessible to those within an organization who are uncomfortable getting undressed and would otherwise never experience massage without it.   Chair massage is typically performed in 15-20 minutes time frames where the recipient is fully clothed and the Massage Therapist is utilizing techniques such..

On The Road To Success in Dental Assisting


What makes an effective dental assistant? Have you ever wondered why some excel at their work and others bounce from practice to practice and feel unfulfilled? What’s the difference between what I call a “$5 dental assistant,” and someone who is valued in the practice? ” What do the 3 habits look like when applied to dental assisting?   Be Proactive: As Dental Assistants, we work as part of a team, but we work for someone else. It is very easy to fall into the trap of feeling as if we have no control over our work and, in turn,..

When Do Drug Clinical Trials Cross The Line Of Ethical Behavior?


Clinical trials for new medications is a valuable tool to test the effects on humans. The most important thing in this matter is whether or not it is harmful to humans. That being said, this comes at a cost. Do these trials cause more harm than is needed? Are they being properly supervised? Is the proper medical care available if something goes wrong?   Clinical trials are simply the act of giving someone a drug and seeing what the effects are. Does it do what it is intended for? What are the negative effects? People are recruited and stay for..

Can You Personally Change A Patient’s Experience At The Doctor’s Office?


I recently went to a doctor’s office and had a rather lack luster experience when checking in. When I approached the front desk there was another patient checking in so I stood back, waiting to be called. Shortly I saw a hand come out of the window and a flat voice say “Over here.”   I walked up to the window and said “Hi” and was greeted with “Patient’s name?”   I gave the name and once again the hand came out of the window for the ID cards in mine. Cards taken and a clipboard emerged with attached paper..

What Exactly Is a Shiatsu Massage?


Shiatsu comes from the Japanese word shi meaning finger and atsu meaning pressure. It is characterized by the systematic application of pressure with the fingers, thumbs, palms, elbows, forearms, knees and feet on specific points (tsubos), and areas (meridians) on the body.   Unlike acupressure, Shiatsu uses not only the main acupuncture points located on a meridian, but also the spaces in between those points. It does not use typical massage mediums such as oils or creams, and as such can be done through clothing. Shiatsu is traditionally practiced on the floor on a thin futon.   The sustained application..

Find a Dental Assistant Job


A Dental Assistant enjoys a career that is not only interesting but fulfilling because of the hands-on work and interaction with patients. Dental Assistants are often called the backbone of dental offices, with duties such as assisting dentists during procedures, helping patients before, during and after their dental work, performing basic office duties and teaching patients about maintaining oral health.   Another plus in the dental assistant field is that the profession is stable and strong with expected growth over the next several years offering competitive salaries. For those interested in a dental assistant career, preparation with training and the..