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The Danger of Prescription Opioids

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Every day in America 91 people die of an opioid overdose, meaning opioids have overtaken car accidents as one of the most common causes of death in the US. The opioid crisis sweeping the US also has a price tag that goes beyond this staggering cost in human lives, opioid misuse costs the U.S. $78 billion annually in healthcare, law enforcement and lost productivity.   Given the huge costs involved, the question of what opioids are, how they can be misused and what can be done to prevent that misuse is some of the most important question facing America today...


How to Become a Virtual Assistant

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Working from home as a freelance contractor is a rapid growth market in the US as more and more people are drawn to the freedom of working for themselves. One of the jobs that has recently made the transition to this new digital working environment is that of the administrative assistant.   The transition makes sense, as most of a modern administrative assistant’s work is done digitally using email, phone and bespoke software that can be installed on any computer. So, if you are looking to turn your administrative qualifications into a career you can carry on from the comfort..


How Advancing Technology Is Keeping Us Healthier

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One of the most exciting things about working in the medical sector, be that medicine, dentistry, or pharmacology, is the pace at which technology is adding new tools that healthcare provider can use to treat their patients. Over the past one hundred years, we have moved from treating wounds with sulfur and managing deadly influenza outbreaks in the mainland US to 3D printing replacement limbs and inventing wireless wearable technology that can map our healthcare needs in real time. In this article, we will be looking at recent technological additions that are helping to shape and improve the field of..


How to Become a Paramedic/EMT

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Saving lives is something that anyone can learn to do at any point, which is exactly why we here at Northwest offer free CPR classes to our students. However, for some, the act of saving a life becomes a calling, leading them to train as some of our most valued first responders, paramedics and emergency medical technician (EMT). If a career saving the lives of other appeals to you, here is a short guide to becoming a paramedic or EMT. Paramedic/EMT: What Is the Difference? The terms paramedic and EMT are used fairly interchangeably, but the reality is that they are tow..


A Day in the Life of a Legal Administrative Assistant

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Legal administrative assistants play a vital role in our modern legal system, providing essential administrative support to lawyers and paralegals. However, the terminology around the job role can sometimes make identifying exactly what the job role contains a little tricky.   The legal administrative assistant is often confused with the “legal assistant” which the American Bar Associate lists as another term for Paralegal. To make things clearer, we’ve put together a short guide on the responsibilities and duties that make up a day in the life of a legal administrative assistant. What is a Legal Administrative Assistant? The American Bar..


A Brief History of Massage Therapy

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Massage therapy has, rightly, gained traction in the medical community recently as research show sit can have a beneficial effect on patients suffering from a range of maladies, from cancer to depression.   However, as a species, we have been employing massage therapy for over 400 thousand years, with our ancestors using it to treat many of the same things we treat today. The first written records of massage being used for medical and treatment purposes were written by some of the world’s oldest civilizations, the Egyptians and the Chinese. So, to get a better idea of how our ancestors..


A Brief History of Exams

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Did you know that written examinations didn’t become part of the western educational system until the late 16th century? It’s true. They actually originated in China! Millions of Americans every day take exams, assuming they have always been a key part of our schooling system, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Medieval Universities The western educations tradition, as best exemplified by the university system in the middle ages, looked quite different from the exam and coursework system we know today. That system was actually adapted from the Greek and Roman model, which emphasized debate as the best form..


8 Reasons Why Learning a Second Language Benefits You

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1. Making a Connection Being able to communicate with the people around you is one of the key facets of human society. By doubling the number of languages you know, you can massively increase the number of people you can make a connection with, allowing you to learn about new cultures, traditions, religious and other peoples lives. 2. Advance Your Career The demand for bilingual professionals is rising exponentially. In fact, between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. job postings specifically geared toward bilingual candidates more than doubled. This is unsurprising in a country where more than 60 million..


5 of the Best Internet Resources for Dental Assisting Students

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In dental assisting, as with any other profession, it is important to keep up with advances in your field and stay abreast of the most recent technologies. Dentistry, as with any other field of medicine, is a quickly evolving specialism, with new research and new technqiues coming out all the time. Keeping up to date with such a quickly evolving field can seem like a daunting task until you realize you have one great ally on your side, the internet!   Many research organizations, professional dentists and dental technology provide produce a huge range of written material that can be..


5 Fascinating Reasons to Consider Becoming a Phlebotomist

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If you ask a group of children what they want to be when they grow up, the chances are that not many of them are going to say “Phlebotomist.” There are two reasons for this. Firstly, not many people understand that vital role that phlebotomists play in modern healthcare, with doctors and nurses having far more visible jobs roles. Secondly, it’s a difficult word for children to say! Fast forward a couple of years and more and more people are looking to train as phlebotomists as they look to access a career path that provides interesting, varied work and an..