Philips Showcases Ultrasound Innovations that Address Clinical Challenges in the OB/GYN Segment at ISUOG World Congress

ANDOVER, Mass., Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG AEX: PHIA) today announced that its growing range of advanced women’s healthcare imaging solutions will be showcased at the 24th annual International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) World Congress, taking place September 14-17 in Barcelona, Spain.

“We’re continually investing in clinically relevant solutions that enable clinicians to improve efficiency and outcomes,” said Vitor Rocha, CEO and Senior Vice President of Ultrasound for Philips Imaging Systems. “In women’s healthcare, we’ve introduced six dedicated products over the past 18 months that help customers make confident diagnoses for their patients — from the most complex maternal fetal medicine exams to routine OB/GYN. And we’re not stopping there.”

At ISUOG, Philips will showcase its full women’s healthcare imaging portfolio at booth #31 beginning Sunday, September 14 at 17:20 and running through Wednesday, September 17 at 17:40. Highlights include:

Affiniti is designed to help address the challenges of the everyday OB/GYN clinical working environment. It offers exceptional clinical performance for a busy ultrasound practice, with advanced ergonomic design and small footprint to enable clinicians to work more intuitively and more comfortably.
EPIQ delivers a new level of clinical confidence, with solutions for every gestational age and gynecological applications for your most difficult cases. EPIQ’s powerful architecture creates high-quality image resolution, with more diagnostic detail than ever before. And it’s simple to use for every patient.
ClearVue 650 offers intuitive 3D/4D imaging and image quality automation tools, such as proprietary Auto Face Reveal, which make it easy for clinicians to integrate 3D/4D in their routine clinical practice. Due to its modular design and lightweight mobile cart, ClearVue 650 is easy to use, energy-efficient and cost-effective.
VISIQ combines the benefits of greater mobility, performance and simplicity into a single miniaturized solution. The transducer-plus-tablet display delivers excellent image quality, making ultrasound available anytime, in a wide range of clinical environments for OB patients.

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Five Tips for Protecting Personal Health Information

Avoid the next costly breach by following common-sense approaches.

“We’ve had a breach.”

It’s a sentence nobody wants to hear, but breaches in the healthcare industry are unfortunately common. The Open Security Foundation reports that the healthcare industry has been responsible for 14 percent of all security breaches since 2005, and the Ponemon Institute indicates that healthcare breaches cost twice as much as retail-sector breaches.

The healthcare industry faces a perfect storm of factors that make breaches more likely. The industry is in charge of a range of personal health information (PHI) and is also notoriously slow to adopt leading practices and new technology. Large healthcare facilities typically have hundreds or thousands of employees and healthcare professionals with access to PHI; and smaller practitioners often lack the knowledge and resources to properly secure their networks and PHI.

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Cancer Treatment Options in Canada

 

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Are you or a loved one suffering with cancer? If you’ve recently been diagnosed, what you need to do first is to start a good habit of recording, tracking, and requesting copies of all the necessary information, as well as your results. Immersing yourself into cancer vocabulary and in various medical appointments and procedures can be quite overwhelming, but you need to stay confident and in control.

If you have cancer, you will be provided with a treatment plan that’s tailored just for you. A team of healthcare providers will be on your side and tell you about your treatment options, and will guide you in making the right decisions. Still, the decisions are yours to make.

Working together with your healthcare providers in order to come up with an overall treatment plan that combines different types of treatments is called a multidisciplinary team.

For some patients, however, trying to decide the right treatment direction to take can be just as overwhelming. Healthcare providers will consider many things before they recommend a treatment plan, including:

  • the type of cancer;
  • the stage of cancer or how far the disease has progressed;
  • the scientific evidence that the treatment works for your type of cancer;
  • the possible side effects of the treatment;
  • the patient’s personal choices or preferences;
  • the patient’s age and overall health; and
  • other medical problems the patient may have

 

Different Types of Treatment for Cancer

If you are in Canada, there are many options for you to consider in your treatment plan. As mentioned earlier, your healthcare providers will be there to help you make the right decisions.

Oftentimes, there is more than one treatment used for cancer patients. This is because treatments damage healthy cells besides cancer cells. Side effects are also common.

The most common options include, but are not limited to chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, immunotherapy, hormone therapy, and targeted therapy.

With a proper treatment plan, many cancers can be cured. However, if you have advanced/late-stage cancer and a cure is unlikely, palliative care can help relieve symptoms and will make the patient feel comfortable.

 

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill, slow, or even stop the growth of cancer cells. These drugs are also called cytotoxics, meaning “poisonous to cells”. Many cytotoxics are derived from natural sources like plants, while others are developed in a laboratory.

There are many different types of cytotoxics, some of which are used in different combinations and at different strengths. Most chemotherapy drugs are administered through the bloodstream, traveling throughout the body to reach cancer cells in different tissues and organs. Some drugs, however, are delivered directly into a tumour instead of the bloodstream. Some examples are chemotherapy wafers for brain cancer and chemoembolization for liver cancer.

As mentioned earlier, chemotherapy drugs are poisonous to cells, targeting and injuring rapidly dividing cells. Because of this, they’re not cancer-specific, and so they affect both cancer cells and some normal cells. When normal cells in the body are damaged, it causes side effects. But since chemotherapy is localized, side effects are less common.

 

Radiotherapy

Radiation therapy (or simply radiotherapy) is the use of high-energy radiation, like x-rays, gamma rays, electron beams or protons, for damaging or killing cancer cells, and for stopping cancer cells from growing and multiplying. The high doses of radiation induces “apoptosis”, a form of cell death wherein a programmed chain of events leads to the destruction of cells without releasing harmful substances into the surrounding area. Radiotherapy is a localized treatment so it generally only affects the part of the body where the radiation is directed.

In some cases, radiation can also damage normal cells. However, normal cells usually repair themselves. During this process, the patient may experience some side effects, depending on the part of the body being treated.

 

Surgery

Surgery involves an operation. It is perhaps the oldest type of cancer treatment. It involves removing part, or all, of the tumour. It may also involve change in the organisation of the anatomy or placement of prostheses.

 

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a form of treatment that stimulates, restores, or enhances the natural ability of the patient’s immune (defence) system to fight infection and disease. In the past few years, the rapid advancement of technology and the field of cancer immunology has produced several new methods to treat cancer which increase the strength of immune responses against tumours.

 

Hormone Therapy

Some types of cancer use hormones to grow. Hormone therapy uses certain types of drugs to block the effects of these hormones.

Hormone therapy doesn’t work for all types of cancer so doctors use this type of treatment for patients that are hormone sensitive or hormone dependent.Cancers that can be hormone sensitive are breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine/endometrial cancer, prostate cancer, and kidney cancer.

 

Targeted Therapy

Targeted therapy is a new form of cancer treatment. Until recently, treatment of cancer was largely based on the part of the body where the tumour began, such as the breast or lung. Today, cancer treatment increasingly depends on specific factors of the patient’s tumour, like gene mutations (changes) or proteins that are only found in cancer cells, regardless of the original location of the cancer. Because targeted therapy targets proteins on the surface of cancer cells, it doesn’t damage other cells.

Targeted therapy is often used to complement chemotherapy and other cancer treatments to block the growth and spread of cancer cells. However, this type of cancer treatment is not available for all types of cancer.

 

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

If you feel like your treatment options are limited or if you need to look for additional ones, you might want to consider complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

CAM describes a diverse group of treatments, methods, and products that are not considered conventional medicine. A conventional treatment has been scientifically tested, found to be safe and efficient, and is in accordance with the Canadian Food and Drug Regulations.

Complementary medicine is generally used to complement conventional cancer treatment, a method that is often referred to as ‘integrative medicine’. Alternative medicine includes unproven treatment regimens and products used instead of conventional treatments. Some patients seek out alternative medicine after conventional therapies have failed them. CAM therapy may offer physical, emotional, and spiritual support, reduces side effects from medical treatment, and may improve quality of life.

But before considering CAM therapy, you must first consult your doctor just as you would any other treatment approach, as some CAM therapies may interfere with conventional therapies.

 

Palliative Care

Palliative care focuses on prevention, management and relief of symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment. It also provides comprehensive support to cancer patients, as well as their family, friends, and caregivers.

Anyone, regardless of age, type of cancer or stage of cancer, may receive palliative care before, during, and after cancer treatment. Discuss palliative care with your healthcare providers soon after a cancer diagnosis. This helps patients better understand their prognosis and treatment goals, clarify expectations, and maintain quality of life.

 

Clinical Trials

You can also consider participating in a clinical trial for treatment of cancer.

Clinical trials are scientific studies that test new ways of preventing, treating, or managing cancer, like developing new drugs or combining existing treatments. Those who participate in a clinical trial are closely monitored to ensure that the treatments are safe and effective. Cancer treatments that are used today were, in fact, developed and tested in various clinical trials.

You may be asked to participate in a trial by your healthcare team, or you might be informed about a trial and ask your healthcare providers about it. Make sure to understand and learn all that you can before deciding to be part of a trial. It may be a good option for one person, but may not be right for someone else.

 

Get to Know More

Everyone’s need for information is different. However, many people feel better when they can learn and understand more about cancer and their treatment options. By learning and understanding more, you can make the right decisions for your treatment plan.

If you’re looking for additional resources, you can check out the following websites:

 

The Canadian Cancer Society also has a search engine where you can quickly find cancer treatment services in your area.

Ebola Virus: What You Need to Know

 In this day and age, no other virus strikes as much fear in people as the Ebola virus, the cause of a massive fatal outbreak in West Africa.

According to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO), there are over 21,600 confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola, commonly in countries like Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. As of January 18, 8,600 people have died. This is the largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history.

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What is Ebola?

Previously known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola is a serious and fatal disease transmitted by humans, non-human primates(monkeys, chimpanzees and gorillas), and fruit bats. The disease is caused by infection with one of five Ebola virus strains.

The five identified Ebola virus strains are:

  • Ebola virus (Zaire ebolavirus)
  • Sudan virus (Sudan ebolavirus)
  • Tai Forest virus (Tai Forest ebolavirus, formerly known as Côte d’Ivoire ebolavirus)
  • Bundibugyo virus (Bundibugyoebolavirus)
  • Reston virus (Reston ebolavirus)

 

The first four Ebola virus strains are known to cause disease in humans, while the fifth virus has caused disease in non-human primates.

 

The History of Ebola

Ebola was first discovered in the year 1976, near the Ebola River, in what is now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since then, outbreaks have sporadically appeared in Africa.

The natural reservoir host of the virus remains largely unknown. But based on evidence and the nature of similar viruses, scientists believe that the Ebola virus is animal-borne, with fruit bats being the most likely reservoir.

The Ebola virus has been around for more than three decades, but there was an outbreak in March 2014 which began in West Africa. This recent outbreak is more deadly, more severe, and widespread compared to previous outbreaks.

 

Signs and Symptoms

After the Ebola virus enters the body, it kills cells and make some of them explode. The virus destroys a person’s immune system, causing massive internal hemorrhage (bleeding inside the body), and eventually damaging almost every body organ.

The signs and symptoms of Ebola infection include:

  • Fever
  • Severe headache
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Weakness
  • Malaise
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained bruising or bleeding

 

Symptoms typically appear anywhere from 2 – 21 days after exposure to the virus, but the average is 8 – 10 days.

Recovering from Ebola infection depends entirely on patient management and supportive clinical care, as well as the patient’s immune response. Those who recover from the infection develop antibodies that last for up to 10 years, possibly longer. However, it remains unknown whether or not those who recover from the disease is immune for life or if they can become infected with a different strain of the virus.

There have been reports that some Ebola survivors have developed life-long complications like vision and joint problems.

 

How is Ebola Transmitted?

Because the natural reservoir host of Ebola viruses remains unknown, the way in which the virus first appears in a human at the beginning of an outbreak cannot be identified. However, researchers believe that the first person to be infected has had contact with an infected animal, like a primate or fruit bat. This is called a spillover event.

After the spillover event, person-to-person transmission follows suit, leading to a large number of people infected by the virus. In some previous Ebola outbreaks, primates were also affected by the virus, with multiple spillover events occurring when people ate or made contact with infected primates.

When infection occurs in humans, the Ebola virus can be spread to others through direct contact, through broken skin or mucous membranes (like in the eyes, mouth or nose), blood and bodily fluids (i.e. saliva, sweat, urine, vomit, feces, breast milk, semen) of an infected person, objects that have been contaminated with the virus (i.e. needles and syringes), as well as infected animals.

The virus is not spread through the air, by water, or in general, by food. But in Africa, the virus may be spread as a result of handling wild meat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected fruit bats. Mosquitoes and other insects do not transmit Ebola virus.

Healthcare providers who care for Ebola patients, as well as family and friends who are in close contact with patients infected with Ebola are at the highest risk of getting sick. During outbreaks, the disease can quickly spread within various healthcare settings like in clinics and hospitals, especially when the staff are not wearing appropriate personal protective gear.

 

Treatment

Currently, there is no FDA-approved medicine or vaccine available to treat patients infected with Ebola. Symptoms and complications are treated as they appear. When applied early, the following basic interventions can help improve the patient’s chances of survival:

  • Providing IV (intravenous) fluids and balancing electrolytes
  • Maintaining blood pressure and oxygen status
  • Immediate treatment of other infections if they occur

There are several experimental vaccines and treatments for Ebola that are currently underway, though they have not yet been fully tested for safety and efficacy.

Recovery from this disease depends on palliative care and the patient’s immune response.

 

How Can Ebola Infections Be Prevented?

Since there is currently no vaccine or treatment for Ebola infection, what you need to do is to take the necessary precautions, especially when you are in a country where an Ebola outbreak has occurred.

 

Avoid close contact with wild animals and avoid handling bushmeat.

Avoiding potential carriers, both alive and dead, can help prevent the spread of the virus. The known carriers of the Ebola virus are:

  • Monkeys
  • Gorillas
  • Chimpanzees
  • Fruit bats
  • Pigs
  • Antelope
  • Porcupines

 

Avoid contact with blood and other bodily fluids of people infected with Ebola or those with unknown illnesses.

  • Do not handle any medical equipment contaminated with blood or other bodily fluids.
  • Practice strict control measures if you are a healthcare provider. Isolate infected persons and use personal protective gear (i.e. gowns, goggles, masks, gloves) appropriately.
  • Use and disinfect instruments and equipment properly, especially those that are used to treat or care for patients with Ebola.

 

Know the signs and symptoms and see a healthcare provider immediately should they develop.

  • During and after travelling, make sure to closely monitor your health. Seek medical attention immediately if you develop fever or any other symptoms.
  • If you develop signs and symptoms, make sure to inform your healthcare provider that you have travelled to a country or region with a case of Ebola infection.

 

If you have travelled to or are currently in a place affected by an Ebola outbreak, make sure to do the following:

  • Practice careful hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected person (i.e. clothes, bedding, and medical equipment).
  • Avoid burial/funeral rites that require handling the body of a person who has died from Ebola.
  • Avoid close contact with bats and primates or blood, bodily fluids, and raw meat prepared from such animals.
  • Avoid healthcare facilities in West Africa where Ebola patients are being treated.
  • After you return from a region with known cases of Ebola infection, monitor your health for 21 days and seek immediate medical care if you develop signs and symptoms of Ebola.

Innovations in Acute Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of disability and death, and is the primary cause of death among people under 45 years of age. Majority of patients who suffer from moderate to severe TBI are often admitted to intensive care units (ICUs).

A lot of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have been conducted to investigate the efficiency of new treatments, but none seem to exhibit any benefit. Clinical trials in traumatic brain injury pose serious challenges and meeting these require new approaches. These challenges relate to the severity of the brain injury, the optimum analysis of outcome, and the aspects of the design of trials.

The advancement of medical technology in regional trauma services have greatly increased the number of traumatic brain injury survivors, in which the social consequences and medical challenges begin to arise for a growing pool of people with disabilities.

Wider awareness of the scope of the problem and its societal consequences led to a rapid growth in the rehabilitation industry. Because of this, and particularly because clinical rehabilitation strategies vary widely, a lot of organizations are looking into the effectiveness of rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury.

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In a Nutshell: Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury, in most cases, is an acute event similar to other injuries. But that is the only thing in common between TBI and other injuries. One moment a person is normal and the next moment, life has abruptly and completely changed.

TBI is very different from other forms of injuries in many aspects. Since the human brain defines who we are, the effects of a brain injury affects all aspects of our lives. It even has a huge impact on one’s personality.

TBI is different compared to a fractured bone or a lacerated liver. An injury in these parts of the body only limits its functions, but your personality and mental abilities remain intact and unchanged. Moreover, these body parts eventually heal and regain their previous function. Brain injuries, on the other hand, do not heal like other injuries. Recovery is functional, one that is based on mechanisms that remain uncertain.

Brain injuries vary from person to person and the consequences of these injuries may be very different. Symptoms could either appear right away or may not be present for days or weeks after the injury.The sad thing is that, in some cases, the person often does not realize that a brain injury has occurred.

 

Assistive Technology for Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury

The future of traumatic brain injury treatments and aids to patients, including a possible cure, lay in assistive and interactive technology.

 

Video Games for TBI Patients

One recent innovation comes in the form of a video game.An Arizona-based company called Kinetic Muscles Inc. is currently working on addressing the rehabilitation needs of patients who suffered from stroke and other brain injuries. In 2010, the company received a two-year Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the Department of Defense (DOD)in order to study a new treatment for military veterans who are returning from active duty with TBI.

The first phase of KMI’s research produced promising results that combine both neuropsychological therapy and the technology of the video game. Studies show that the gaming technology could assist patients with TBI in developing their motor and cognitive skills.

This is good news for many soldiers. According to statistics by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, majority ofsoldiers who are in active army duty are between 18 and 24, which makes this technology popular among those who already own video gaming systems like the Nintendo Wii. The console’s popular game, Wii Fit, can assist not only patients with TBI, but also the healthcare providers who are treating patients because the game creates a baseline, tracks and monitors a patient’s progress over time. This type of game system also comes with an interactive communications feature, an innovation that can be of use to bringing patients and families together during the rehabilitation process, and for patients to get to know and learnfrom other TBI survivors.

 

Brain Computer Interface

A team of researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine is generating new and exciting information related to a proposed theory about the distinct functions and responsibilities of the brain’s left hemisphere and right hemisphere.

During this process, the team, headed by Eric Leuthardt, PhD, and his graduate students Nick Anderson and Kimberly Wisneski, have applied their findings to a new neuroprosthetic strategy that aims to improve the rehabilitation of stroke and brain trauma patients who have suffered damage to either the left or right half of the brain.

During their research, the team found out that where the left side of the brain was damaged, the opposite side still contained the electrical signals that could be used to initiate right-side body movement. Dr. Leuthardt’s team realized the benefits of this newfound knowledge for victims of stroke and/or brain injuries. Now, they are focusing on the rehabilitation aspect, called the Brain Computer Interface (BCI).  In order for this new technology to work, it needs to be adapted to work with signals from one side of the brain. This is certainly one of the most exciting scientific breakthroughs for a new and upcoming technology for TBI patients.

 

Telehealth

One innovation that has been used for quite some time in the Pacific, particularly at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, is “telehealth” (or otherwise known as “telemedicine”).

Telehealth has been in use for more than a decade now, especially in that part of the world due to the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. With the use of Video teleconference (VTC) technology, Otolaryngology, Audiology, and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), physicians are able to diagnose and treat patients without the need for them to be physically present. This piece of modern technology is now being pushed across the DOD and Veteran Affairs to help in the treatment of patients with TBI and other cognitive disorders.

For years, the technology and its practice have yielded positive results. Doctors have concluded that telehealth has a particular appeal for management of post-TBI cognitive-communication disorders mainly because problems in communication often arise when in the chronic stage post-injury after acute rehabilitation has ended. This is when the patient returns home and attempts to re-enter community life.

 

Project CampusReader

Supported and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that links technology with education, the CampusReader is an exciting innovation that aims to combine the popular and powerful iPad and other next-generation reading platforms to deliver quality support to improve reading comprehension and retention, with focus on integrating reading strategies with e-books.

CampusReader is a five-year project of the University of Oregon, Tripler Academy Medical Center, and the Portland Veterans Affairs Research Foundation. This project aims to meet the needs of a growing population of active soldiers and veterans who have or are returning from active duty and are not able to meet the reading requirements of post-secondary education.

Project CampusReader aims to assist students who “have cognitive impairments that impact high level text processing skills and result in diverse reading profiles with difficulties in skills such as discerning between relevant and irrelevant information, drawing inferences, connecting background knowledge to new learning and retaining and applying what was learned at a later date.”The goal of this software is to help students with cognitive deficits, sort out the relative information from the irrelevant.

Two tracks encompass the technology behind Project CampusReader. The first track is comprised of the hardware and the software which are also developed by the team behind CampusReader. Every time the technology and software code is changed and updated, the software version is immediately made available for download, which is accomplished through Google’s Code site. The second track is far more complex, as it deals with personalizing CampusReader to each patient and their specific needs. After all, each patient has a unique and different reading strategy.

Project CampusReader continues to explore a means of personalizing a reading device in order to provide effective strategies that fit a user’s reading profile, as well as the changing context of reading for a college-level course.

 

Robots for Timed and Monitored Medication Dispensing

The US Navy is also working towards a new technology that aims to distribute individual doses of medicine in a scheduled, organized, and monitored environment, with the purpose of reducing the dangers of self-medication by patients.

This is especially useful for patients suffering from TBI.

The US Navy, along with the DOD’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Resource Center, is studying robots that dispense medication for patients suffering from either TBI or psychological stress. The US Air Force Center for Excellence in Medical Media hopes that this technology can help improve the lives of TBI victims.

 

Moving Forward

TBI is a major health and socio-economic problem throughout the world. However, more and more innovations in TBI treatment continue to emerge and there seems to be no stopping or slowing down in the research and treatment areas to assist people who are suffering from this debilitating injury.

Patients who suffer from TBI have lives and families of their own and they all deserve to live their lives to the fullest. It is our sincerest hope that these new and emerging technologies can continue to help diagnose, mitigate, and possibly treat TBI patients everywhere.

Optometrist Toronto

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Vision is the most important sense of the 21st century. Media is consumed through interacting with machines and technology, using our sight to enable the inputting of data. Canada is a hub of technology, and in particular Toronto has a significant amount of business activity in this sector. Bio-optic lenses with user controlled magnification is one example of the cool things happening in Toronto.

From the Optometrist Toronto camp, some people are skeptical of vision enhancing technology due the possible health effects. Vision care must take into consideration long term exposure of the retinal area to non-natural components. Increasing the retinal stress levels may cause issues if the user of an enhanced electronic vision device does not take a break from usage. But, there are so many interesting applications for electronic eye appendages that one may wonder if the proliferation of these devices will not strike up a significant number of epidemiological studies.

Google Glass is perhaps the most well known vision appendage device. The applications are quite astounding and as a result has gotten quite a large following. You can manipulate the objects and environment that the Google Glass sees. This includes recording video, taking pictures, and more. It’s very similar to the perspective of a first person shooter. Either way, we think people who use eye technology on an ongoing basis should check out this Toronto eye clinic  that offers eye exam tests to help with eye health.

 

Breast Implants

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Researching breast enhancement operations, may be difficult due to all the factors one must consider. For women in Canada, or abroad, looking for a breast implants Toronto surgeon can check out the wide variety of talented MDs in Ontario. Many women who get breast implants feel they have better self-confidence and in general, feel more beautiful. Whatever aesthetic or perceived issues you have with your breasts, you should think long and hard about how breast implants will change what you think about your bust line. We think any type of surgical procedure should be done by a certified and qualified doctor.

Breast augmentation has become a common, and even popular procedure, that plastic surgeons perform on women for sex appeal and confidence. With many Hollywood starlets sporting lusty busty cleavage line, influencing men and women alike, there is an increased demand for rockin’ tits. Men want them, and women want to give men a Hollywood breast experience – so to speak. The sexual confidence engendered by artificial sweater meat makes women feel great about themselves. This is something very difficult to do for the modern women with so much responsibilities. Women feel that breasts contribute to their appearance, which is tied to their confidence and as a result, breasts play an important role in overall well being.

Big media aside. It is important to schedule an appointment with your surgeon, or multiple surgeons, so that he or she can advise you on the issues you face going into surgery. Breast implants are part of the package of most plastic surgeons, and you should definitely check out if your surgeon is. A breast implant patient should be both physically and psychologically health. If you are smoking, it is advisable that you quit two to three weeks before your plastic surgery. If you happen to be breast-feeding, hold your horse for that breast, augmentation for at least one month after you have completed breast- feeding.

Your plastic surgeon will help you decide on what to choose in terms of the type of breast augmentation, the type of incision to go for, placement choices, possible risks, the recovery process and take you through the general breast augmentation. You have to have very realistic expectations on what you will get as the result of the surgery and together with you, the plastic surgeon will assist you to go you the choices that best suit your body. If you are planning to go through this procedure in Toronto, rest assured they offer packages that include a lifetime replacement or service to their patience.