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Combatting Seasonal Affective Disorder With Massage Therapy

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Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is recognized as a major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns. One in five Americans are impacted by seasonal change, and that number is even higher in states such as Utah and Nevada. A less severe form of seasonal mood disorder, commonly referred to as the winter blues, impacts an even larger portion of the American public and may be aggravated by the change to Daylight Savings Time. In this article, we will be looking at the causes of SAD and how massage therapy represents a viable treatment for this common depressive disorder What causes SAD?..

What Are Some of the Best Career Options for Military Spouses?

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If you are the spouse of an Active Duty Service Member, you may be eligible for up to $4,000 of Financial Assistance from the Department of Defense. This scholarship grant encourages spouses of military personnel to pursue education, training, licenses, certificates, and degrees leading to employment in so-called “Portable Career Fields.”   This means that, even if you have to move every few years due to the military lifestyle, you can pursue your own career without having to worry about the financial burden of going back to college. In this article, we will be looking at what career and study..

What Happens When CPR Fails?

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Receiving training in CPR put you in the unenviable position that, while CPR certainly saves lives, you might be called upon to perform it, and it might not work. The reality is that, outside of the movies, CPR does not work every time. In fact, on its own CPR only works around 2% of the time, mostly because it is not designed to be used in isolation. So What Happens When it Doesn’t Work?   If you are trained in CPR then there is a very real possibility that you might be involved in something similar to the following example:..

Budgeting Your Title IV Funding

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It might not be the most exciting thing about going to college, but sorting out your budget needs to be one of the first things you do. Having enough money will make or break your time at college and making a proper budget for your federal aim money can stop you from running into financial difficulties later. Every decent financial plan has three stages:   1. Look at how much cash you'll have coming in. 2. Work out how much money you'll have going out. 3. Then subtract your outgoings from your income and divide it by the number of..

What Is Your ESL Learning Style?

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Every student has their own unique learning style and finding out what yours is can help you with your English studies. Once you understand how you learn, it is easier to set up your work environment and studying techniques to reflect that, allowing you to get the best out of your ESL lessons.   Where not everyone has a learning style that fits into an easy category, below are five general learning styles that cover most students. If you see one that you obviously fit into, you can use the learning tips we’ve included to help you make the most..

Can You Be a Freelance Paralegal?

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As a freelance paralegal, you are able to be your own boss and provide your paralegal services to clients on an as”needed basis.” Because you are not an employee of the client, there is usually a fixed term that this work would occur over, anywhere from a few days to a number of months. Who Hires Freelance Paralegals A law firm or attorney might hire a freelance paralegal to work for them when they have more work than they can handle by themselves. This particular arrangement works out well for both the client and the paralegal, as the client will..

How Technology Is Revolutionising the Courtroom

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TV shows like CSI or Law and Order are often criticized for their depictions of technologies that are not in wide use by law enforcement or the judicial system or are just plain made up. However, just like any sector, technological advancements are having a major effect on the US justice system and how cases are assembled and tried in court.   In this article, we will be looking at some of those technologies and the impact they are having in the courtroom. Gathering the Evidence The traditional suite of technologies associated with evidence collection is something most people are..

Writing Your Own Mock Exam

Students Writing Your Own Mock Exam

Creating your own mock exam can give you a good idea of what it will be like on the day of the actual exam and how much you can expect to write in a specific time frame. It can help to develop your exam-essay writing skills by taking on past exam questions and writing out the complete answers within a set time. Creating Your Mock Exam Most courses will allows you access to previous exam papers that you can base your mock exam on. Try approaching your instructor and explaining to him or her that you want to write your..

Why Train as a Medical Assistant Now?

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Training as a medical assistant (MA) at Northwest allows you to join a career path filled with personal satisfaction and genuine opportunities for you to make a positive impact on other people’s lives. That being said, making big career changes can be a risk, especially if you have a family to support, so if you are thinking about training as a medical assistant, we’ve put together some excellent reasons why now is the best time to take that big step. Excellent Job Prospects The healthcare industry in the US is booming, and as it grows there are more and more..

Why Phlebotomy is a Great Starting Point for a Medical Career

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Phlebotomy is a great starting career for those who want to enter into a career in the medical field to become a nurse, electrocardiogram (EKG) technician, medical assistant, and more.   One of the benefits of a role as a Phlebotomist is the number of options available when it comes to advancing your career. Generally, these options include taking up a management or supervisory position or becoming a donor phlebotomy technician. You can also study for a phlebotomy specialist certification to qualify as a collections phlebotomy specialist, registered phlebotomy specialist or patient service technician specialist. Initial Training Getting your phlebotomy..