Top Changes in Healthcare in the New Millennium

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Environment News, Green Goods | 0 comments


Every time a new millennium begins, there can be an expectation of greater things to come. It is human nature to be innovative and to create new technologies and products to make life better. This is also true when it comes to healthcare. The vast changes that were seen in the 20th century were simply amazing, but many wonder how healthcare is changing now that the 21st century is wholeheartedly underway.

Millennials Attitudes
One of the major changes in healthcare is the attitude of the younger generation. In the past, people took advantage of whatever healthcare was available that they could afford. It was seen as a blessing to be able to get proper healthcare. However, today, we have amazing health care resources available, but it seems the younger generation isn’t so quick to use these resources. As explained by USC, millennials seem to be most focused on how much health care costs and not so much concerned as to if they need it or not.

This attitude isn’t really restricted to the younger generation, though. People of all ages worry about the cost of healthcare, which has been steadily rising for years. It isn’t enough to have high-quality health care. People have to be able to afford it, or they won’t get the care they need. This change to concern over cost is becoming a major issue in healthcare in this millennium.

Impact of Technology
The world of technology has grown by leaps and bounds in the new millennium. This has led to many new innovations in healthcare. Technology has enabled better global health management. It is has introduced diagnostic processes that enable diseases to be discovered and treated earlier. As explained by UC, it has also led to a greater spread of health information, which enables better healthcare across the board. Advances in technology have made a huge impact for providers and patients, making care more readily available and improving the quality of that care.

Perhaps the most volatile area of healthcare in the new millennium has been health care policies and laws. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has seen its share of debate since it was enacted in 2010. The future of the ACA is uncertain. It has led to some major issues, but it has also been praised for some great benefits. The way the law is changed will greatly affect healthcare, but the uncertainty creates issues in the meantime. It is unlikely that the ACA will be the last health care law on the books, so there are sure to be more changes in the law that will continue to impact the industry throughout the new millennium.

The new millennium is something that we will get to watch unfold. Part of the things we are sure to see change is the health care industry. Advancements may help to wipe out diseases, increase patient care and bring new innovations that can change people’s lives. However, until major issues, like cost, are resolved, it isn’t clear how much this industry can really grow or how beneficial any growth will end up being for patients.

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What Color Are Your Sales Receipts?

Posted by on Dec 26, 2015 in Earth Friendly Activities, Environment News, Green Goods | 0 comments

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It’s likely you can fish a crumpled sales receipt out of the bottom of your purse or your back pocket on demand. These slips of paper are a part of our daily lives. Not many people may know, however, that white thermal receipt paper is likely to contain BPA or similar chemicals that are known endocrine disrupters. Fortunately, there is a newer alternative thermal paper that can show shoppers your store’s true colors. Here’s more about this socially conscious choice.

What Is It?

The traditional white paper strips that come out of a cash register, credit card machine, or calculator likely contain phenols, which are acids used as developer on the paper. The alternative is vitamin C thermal paper that uses a different formulation to achieve the same effect as paper that is not phenol-free. How can your customers tell the difference? The vitamin C receipt strips are yellow, a natural result of the components in the paper.

Why Does Color Matter?

The yellow color of phenol-free thermal paper is a visual giveaway to customers that there is something different about the receipts your company provides. It likely will prompt them to ask about it, giving you and your employees a chance to explain the difference and why you’ve made a better choice for the health of your clients. Even if they don’t inquire about the unusual receipt color, you can feel better knowing you haven’t provided additional phenol exposure to customers or your employees.

Is It Worth the Cost?

Vitamin C thermal paper may be slightly more costly than traditional receipt tapes, but the benefits are many. Studies in recent years have shown that an increasing number of consumers are willing to pay more to patronize businesses they know to be socially responsible. The percentage of people who indicate this preference rises each year. When you set your company apart from the competition in visible ways, you can connect with this group of shoppers. The added expense of yellow receipt paper can easily be offset by an increased customer base of consumers happier to buy from you. Plus, thermal paper is something you likely purchase in large quantities, so you can take advantage of bulk pricing.

In the world of business competition, it can be difficult to differentiate your company from your competitors. One simple and socially responsible way to do that is by switching to vitamin C thermal paper. The health of your customers and your company can benefit in the long run.

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Consider Switching Your Home Over To Natural Gas

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Environment News, green living | 0 comments

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Natural gas as an energy source has seen huge gains in popularity over the last couple of years. Homeowners who use natural gas save money, cut their carbon footprint and keep their local economy stimulated. It’s estimated that about 85 percent of all natural gas consumed is produced in the United States, so when you use gas as a power source, you do your part to keep the economy up and running.

Some people are hesitant about switching to natural gas. People are creatures of habit, and this becomes clear when it comes to their choices about powering their homes. What they don’t know is that switching to natural gas comes with a myriad of benefits:

Money Savings

The first thing that homeowners notice when switching to natural gas is lower bills. When you make the switch, you can expect to pay 60 percent less for your water and space heating bills. Compared to propane or electricity, natural gas is a steal. Some people take it even further, and they convert their cooking and clothes drying appliances as well. If you do this, you can expect to cut costs even more.

It’s Easy To Convert

People who are hesitant about making the conversion often state that it’d be too hard for them to switch everything over. This isn’t true; switching to natural gas is inexpensive and easy.

It takes about a day for your home to be converted, and the installation costs are easily covered by your lower monthly bills. If you can’t swing it financially, you can pay in installments. It’s common for people to use the money that they save every month to pay for the installments, and once they are paid off, all the money that you save goes directly into your pockets.

It Makes Your Home Comfortable

Naturally heated homes feel better. There’s something warm and inviting about heating with a natural and clean product; you never have to worry about funny smells or chemical leaks from your system. When you switch to natural gas, your hot water warms quickly, your clothes dry faster and your stove’s adjustable flame gives you more control over your cooking. If you want to learn more, it’s a good idea to get updates from energy companies like Sentry Energy’s Twitter account.

It’s Reliable

If you heat your home using electricity, you’ve probably noticed that it isn’t always the most reliable source of energy. This is especially true for people who live in areas where the power tends to go out. You don’t want to lose your heat during a snowstorm, but this always seems to happens when you power your home with electricity. With gas, your system works when the power is out; it’s super reliable, and it’s very safe.

Switching your home to natural gas is a clean and inexpensive way to power your home. People are often hesitant about it, but when they make the switch, they find themselves wondering why it took them so long to do it. If you enjoy clean, reliable and inexpensive energy, then make the switch to natural gas today.

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Climate Change Myths We Should Ignore and the Ones We Shouldn’t

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Environment News, Green Goods | 0 comments

climate change, global warmingClimate change is an emotive and hotly debated topic, with scientists and climate change deniers never wasting an opportunity to put forward their case. There is a strong scientific consensus which states that climate change is real, and that it is too dangerous a force to ignore. Many climate change deniers, including Koch brothers-funded Richard Muller, are now changing their stance in the face of powerful evidence for climate change.

No matter how much we want to believe that our current lifestyle is sustainable, current scientific evidence says otherwise. We need to clean up our acts before we run out of time.

Myth 1: It’s not Our fault.

Fact: As tempting as it is to blame high density populations such as China for climate change, the truth is that all countries share the blame. China may be lagging when it comes to cleaning up their current emissions, but if you total up emissions produced since 1850, the USA has produced 28.8% of that carbon dioxide, Germany is responsible for 6.9%, the UK produced 5.8%, and France produced 3.87%. As of 2010, the world average for CO2 emissions if 4.5 tonnes per capita. The UK, Germany, Australia and Russia all produce significantly more emissions than that average.

Myth 2: Cutting emissions is going to kill the economy.

Fact: Investing in green energy will cost some money in the short term, but in the long run it will encourage technological investment and innovation, which can only be good for the economy.

Myth 3: If climate change is happening, why is it so cold right now?

Fact: Global warming has not stopped, and it is not slowing down. This myth is often repeated because Republican Rep. David McKinley from West Virginia, USA quoted surface temperature figures and stated that in the last 40 years the world had seen almost no increase in temperature. McKinley cherry picked some figures to support his case, but the fact is that global warming is still happening. Figures gathered by the World Meteorological Organization show that the global average surface temperature is increasing over time. The difference between their figures and McKinley’s figures is that McKinley tracked land temperatures only. Around 30 percent of the new heat is being absorbed deep into the oceans. Arctic sea ice is shrinking steadily, and the world is getting warmer.

Myth 4: Climate change is going to happen no matter what we do.

Fact: It’s true that the earth goes through its own cycles of warming and cooling, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot influence what is happening. Man made climate change is not unstoppable. A paper published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2009 highlighted how any climate change that takes place in our lifetime will be “largely irreversible for a thousand years”, and this paper is often cited as proof that trying to change our climate is futile. Any damage we do is damage that we will be stuck with for several lifetimes. Isn’t that sufficient reason for us to act now and stop more damage?

Myth 5: Who cares about climate change? We could do with a warmer summer!

Fact: Climate change doesn’t simply mean “the world will get a bit warmer”. That extra heat is melting ice at the poles, increasing water levels worldwide. In addition, a global increase in temperatures will alter weather patterns, leading to extreme and unpredictable weather patterns, hampering crop growth and displacing entire populations. No matter where you live, global warming will affect your way of life in unpredictable and extreme ways.

This post was written by Crispin Jones for Juice Electrical Supplies – suppliers of energy saving products and other electrical goods.

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How Climate Change Started

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in Environment News | 0 comments

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The history of climate change is a storied one, and those not already in the know can very easily be intimidated if they try to get a look at how it all falls together. Because climate change has become a politically-charged issue and a major matter of policy, trying to find a historical source is more than a little tricky. However, understanding the history behind climate change isn’t too difficult when it’s broken down to the basics, and this means going back a good long time on the historical record.

The origin of climate change study actually stretches back a lot farther than people think. Most young people today have parents that remember the discussions of climate change in the 1970s, which are often used for political leverage today, but this isn’t actually where climate change originated as a topic of study. Climate change has been on the radar of inquisitive academics for centuries.

Climate change study can be most-cleanly linked to originating studies in the late 1700s. In the late 1770s, a Swiss scientist suggested that the atmosphere operated like a greenhouse. While this is commonly-accepted today, it was revolutionary at the time, and the ramifications weren’t well-understood. Greenhouses operate by using gases to trap thermal energy from the sun. They take in more heat than they radiate and thus stay warmer even in the winter months. As we grew more aware of how our planet’s ecology worked, we realized that this was a necessary component of life on the planet.

In the 1800s, this hypothesis was confirmed by John Tyndall, a British scientist. In 1894, just before the turn of the century, a chemist from Switzerland named Svante Arrhenius elaborated on the effects of carbon dioxide on the “greenhouse effect”, something you’ll probably remember from modern policy discourse. Carbon dioxide is one of the key acting gases in the function of the atmosphere as a greenhouse, alongside nitrogen.

Then, in the 1950s, actual progress was made in analyzing the climate history of the world. In the 50s we developed the ability to properly gauge the information that could be gotten from analyzing ice cores from the frozen north. Ice cores are deep bores of ancient ice, and their layers can be used to make judgments about the state of the climate at the time each layer was frozen. It’s similar in this way to geology, where information can be determined from the different layers.

These made the biggest splashes in terms of scientific progress through history. Then, in the 1970s, the subject came forward as a matter of policy debate. This is when the now-infamous “global cooling” scare was drawn up, and ultimately exemplified all of the things that can go wrong in a policy debate about a scientific matter.

Now, of course, climate change is an area of research and open debate. For the most part, there is a division between the policy aspects and the scientific aspects. The former are argued about, while the latter are generally-accepted within the community of academic professionals. Many are working actively to chronicle the goings-on, such as Daniel Yergin, a Pulitzer-award winner who has recently authored “The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World”, which is incidentally excellent reading if you want a more in-depth look. While climate change history can be intimidating from square one, a few of the right sources will send you on your way to understanding it.

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Top Eco-Friendly Jobs

Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in Environment News, green living, Save our Planet | 0 comments

In the past few decades being eco-friendly has become more important than ever. It is because of the devastating effects of climate change has emerged globally. Majority of the people are aware of global warming and there are several measures taken to address the problems with proper waste management and recycling. The increase of awareness to prevent worsening climate change, there are eco-friendly jobs that have been created and they have new roles to portray.

  • Climatologist – it is the person who practices in assessing the weather conditions. They play a very important role because they help in evaluating and predicting future climate. Climatologists also help predict how human activities can affect the earth.
  • Hydrologist – is the one in-charge to manage the efficient flow of water into every home. They also cover waste water treatment and sewers to make sure that clean water is available in every house in a cost effective manner.
  • Forester – it is very unfortunate that more and more trees are being used to supply the human needs such as paper, toilet roll and furniture. Foresters help manage and care for the forest ensuring biodiversity and good air quality is maintained at all time.

If you wish to apply on any of these jobs, be ready for the usual employment background checks. It is because they also wanted to make sure that people who will be given the task to take care of the environment are trusted individuals too.


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