Critical Things You Must Know if You Suffer from Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a frustrating and painful condition that can reduce mobility in your shoulder region and makes it very difficult for you to carry out simple tasks. The excruciating pain associated with the condition can lead to sleep deprivation, depression, and weight loss.

If you have this condition, you must take prompt action to prevent it from deteriorating. Ignore this, and you will have to endure agonizing pain everything night. You don’t want that.

Presently, there are different ways to treat frozen shoulder. While most of them are effective, all of them may not be able to address your issue for good. This makes it critical for you to consult a professional before choosing a treatment option. Before making a final decision, there are some important things you must know.

The following article by Jennifer Flynn sheds light on something you need to know if you have frozen shoulder.

5 Things You Need to Know if You Have Frozen Shoulder

If you’ve heard about frozen shoulder—also known as adhesive capsulitis—you know it’s no fun. A frozen shoulder is a loss to its normal range of motion and causes pain. The condition can last for several months, and people living with it should know these 5 things: Read more here.

You likely now know that your frozen shoulder could make it difficult or impossible for you to carry out simple activities like washing your hair and putting on your clothes. In fact, you may experience severe neck pain. You also now know that resting, or not using the affected hand can worsen the condition.

This article by Hopkinsmedicine explains some signs of frozen shoulder and some ways to diagnose the condition.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder results from the gradual loss of movement in the shoulder (glenohumeral) joint. This joint consists of a ball (the humeral head) and socket (the glenoid). Normally it is one of the most mobile joints in the body. When the shoulder is frozen, the joint becomes stuck and its movement is limited. Read more here.

You surely now know that frozen shoulder can be diagnosed by x-rays and physical examination. You also now know some common signs associated with the condition like- severe pain, and stiffening in the region. But do you know the best way to treat it? If you don’t know, then you should read the following article carefully.

The following article by Mike Walden shed light on some effective ways to treat a frozen shoulder.

Frozen Shoulder

Adhesive capsulitis is the medical term for frozen shoulder. It is a condition causing pain and restricted movement in the shoulder joint. There are three phases that a Frozen shoulder will pass through; a freezing phase, Read more here.

You likely now know some effective ways to treat frozen shoulder. You also now know that the condition is common with diabetics and people between 40 to 60 years of age. Some studies suggest that hormonal in-balance, lack of exercise, and a poor diet can also result in the condition.

Final note

Frozen shoulder is a debilitating condition that can happen to anyone, but it is more common among people with certain health conditions.

 If you have it, you should know that your shoulder region may not become as flexible as it used to be. Also, it may become difficult for you to carry out simple tasks like wearing your clothes.

Regardless of the treatment option you choose, you must never stop using your arm, as it will lead to further complications.

What We need to Know about Health Screenings in Singapore

Every one of us would want to live a long and healthy life and there are a lot of things we could do in order to maintain a good health condition. One of the ways we could take care of our body is through regular health screenings. There are some illnesses or diseases that do not show signs and symptoms and having health screenings could help a lot in detecting them. We do not want to be discovering a certain problem in our body when it is already severe and incurable that is why health screenings are really recommended.

An article by Health Hub will tell us important information about health screenings. Let us read below.

The ABCs of Health Screening

Health screening enables you to find out if you have a particular disease or condition even if you do not have any symptoms and/or signs of disease. Early detection, followed by treatment and good control of the condition can result in better outcomes. Find out which recommended health screening test is suitable for you

All You Need to Know About Health Screening

  1. What is health screening?

Health screening is important to everyone. It involves the use of tests, physical examinations or other procedures to detect disease early in people who look or feel well. This is different from diagnostic tests which are done when someone is already showing signs and/or symptoms of a disease.

  1. Why should I go for health screening?

Health screening helps you find out if you have a particular disease or condition even if you feel perfectly well, without any symptoms and/or signs of disease. Early detection, followed by treatment and good control of the condition can result in better outcomes, and lowers the risk of serious complications. It is therefore important to get yourself screened even if you feel perfectly healthy. Read more here.

Great! That could actually sum up everything we need to know about health screenings. We were able to know the types of health screenings, its benefits, the things you should do after, and many more. The FAQs about health screening is now answered above. On a different note, there has been an update that health screening services are going to face tighter regulations. What could be the reason behind that? Let us find out through Vimita Mohandas’ article below.

Health screening services to face tighter regulations: MOH

SINGAPORE: Health screening services will soon face tighter regulation as authorities seek to introduce licensing requirements. This will come under a new Healthcare Services Bill, which will replace the Private Hospitals and Medical Clinics Act, the Ministry of Health (MOH) told Channel NewsAsia.

A quick search on the Internet turns up numerous health screening packages in Singapore. Each package includes a battery of 10, 20 or even 30 tests with prices starting from S$100 for a basic assortment of tests, and they go up to the thousands for something more premium.

But does having more tests necessarily mean better?

“Sometimes, doing more tests makes you worried, costs you more money … and they may not bring any health benefits,” said Dr Desmond Wai Chun Tao, a gastroenterologist at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. “I have patients who come and see me because a health screening company goes down to a company to do a mass health screening for the employees, picks up some health results and posts the results and advises them to do certain things. But I notice that some of the tests are not necessary.” Read more here.

Everything mentioned above is actually true! We should only take what is essential because health screenings cost money. It is good that experts thought of it and that they are making ways to fix the matter. Since it costs money, it is another problem faced by some citizens because they cannot afford to have it. However, there is a good news. A five dollar health screening for 1.8 million Singaporeans was granted. Let us know more about it through Salma Khalik’s article below.

$5 health screening for 1.8 million Singaporeans: Letters out from August

Letters will start going out in August to the 1.8 million Singaporeans who are entitled to a health screening for $5 or less, under the Enhanced Screen for Life programme that starts in September. With the invitation letter, they can call any of the more than 1,000 general practice clinics on the Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) to fix a date to screen for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, cervical and colorectal cancers.

All Singaporeans aged 40 years and older are eligible. The $5 covers tests and, should any prove positive, a consultation with a doctor. The 400,000 Pioneers get the screening for free, while those with the Chas card pay just $2. Without the subsidy, it costs about $100. The Ministry of Health (MOH) hopes that by making it both cheap and convenient, more people would find out if they are suffering from chronic medical problems or the two cancers.

Mr Zee Yoong Kang, Health Promotion Board’s (HPB’s) chief executive officer, said: “It is good practice for everyone, even if you feel healthy, to go for regular health screenings so that you can detect any health conditions early, and manage the condition well.” Read more here.

It is good to know that those who can’t afford are being considered and given the chance to avail of this health screenings which is truly important for everyone. Health is one of the main concerns that a country must put their attention on and it is good that Singapore is doing something about it. There are several health problems that doesn’t show obvious symptoms that is why if you ever got a chance to have a health screening, you must not hesitate to grab the opportunity.

 

Hezbollah Spies via Facebook

In an excellent article in The Washington Times, UPI’s Shaun Waterman described a “red team” activity in which a security consultant created a false persona on Facebook that appeared to be attractive young woman who was working in cyber defense. She quickly garnered hundreds of friends in the national security community, as well as job offers and invites to conferences. In the process she gathered a great deal of sensitive materials such as inadvertently exposed passwords.

This is not a hypothetical concern – Hezbollah (long a terrorism pioneer) has already employed this strategy. According to the Israeli news site MySay:

The Hizbullah agent pretended she was an Israeli girl named “Reut Zukerman”, “Reut” succeeded during several weeks to engage more then 200 reserve and active personnel.

The Hizbullah agent gained the trust of soldiers and officers that didn’t hesitate to confirm him as a “friend” once they saw he/she is friends with several of their friends from the same unit. Most of them assumed that “Reut” was just another person who served in that elite intelligence unit.

In this way, Hizbullah collected information about the unit’s activity, names and personal details of its personnel, the unit’s slang, and visual information on its bases. This user / agent using Facebook is an example of a trend called fakebook.

The picture attached to “Reut Zukerman” was, of course, an appealing young woman (some tricks are timeless.)

Implications

The first concern regarding incidents of this nature is the raw intelligence collected. But more than the data, it creates opportunities to gather even more data.

Palestine And The Arab Reform Movement

While the Palestinians are united by their desire to destroy Israel and drive all Jews from the Middle East, they are divided by religion. Although most (except for three percent who are Christians) are Moslem, they are at odds over what kind of Islam should be practiced. Many, if not most, Palestinians in Gaza (where 1.5 million live) favor Islamic conservatism, and making religion the center of people’s lives and forcing all Palestinians to comply with Islamic law (Sharia). But in the West Bank (where 2.5 million live), the trend is definitely in favor of education (always popular among Palestinians) and moving away from destructive practices (religious conservatism and Islamic terrorism). This is actually still a contentious issue in the West Bank, where the ruling Fatah party has long been known for corruption more than any kind of reform. But the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority (a Fatah man) has been talking up more education, and critical thinking (something that could get you killed in Iran).

Some Arab leaders go even further. Three years ago, at a meeting of the Arab League, the king of Saudi Arabia told the assembled rulers that the biggest problem in the Arab world was poor leadership. This was a bold statement, but not unusual for the senior people in the Saudi government. These princes have also been supporting the Arab Reform Movement, which is based on the idea that most of the Arab world’s problems are internal, not the result of outside interference. Actually, most educated Arabs will readily admit that their leaders have been less than stellar, and largely responsible for the corruption and bad decisions that have put the Arab world so far behind the West, and every other region, except Africa, when it comes to economic growth.

But knowing and admitting to the problem does not solve it. The United States found that out after Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party dictatorship was overthrown. Iraqis eagerly embraced democracy, only to find that the people they elected, were not a big improvement over Saddam. Some of Iraq’s new leaders backed terrorists. This was especially true of Iran backed Shia factions, which unleashed death squads, that killed thousands of Sunni Arabs, four years ago. Some of the Sunni Arab leaders supported terrorists who targeted Shias. And then there was the corruption, with billions of dollars of government money missing.

This incompetence is also, as the Saudi king likes to point out, the cause of the Islamic terrorism that is growing in the Islamic world. Indeed, these terrorists only began attacking kafirs (non-Moslems) in the 1990s when they realized Islamic terrorists were getting shut down in Arab countries. In Egypt, Syria and Algeria, Islamic radical attempts to toss out corrupt governments all failed. While Arab leadership may suck, these guys have certainly mastered the art of running a police state.

But attacking non-Moslems, outside of the Moslem world, brought into play the Western media. This was important, because the Western media now had 24 hour, world-wide (via satellite) outlets. All the people that mattered could now see what the Islamic terrorists did. Before, terror attacks inside Arab countries were largely ignored by the rest of the world. The publicity was important, because there were millions of Arabs living in the West. These people were making more money than they were back home, and that’s one reason they moved. Fed up with the corrupt and incompetent leadership back home, they moved. This Arab Diaspora provided a refuge for Islamic militants. Another benefit was the appearance of Arab language satellite news services in the 1990s. Terrorist movements thrived on publicity, and the more news channels there were out there, the more attention terrorist attacks would get.

All that terrorism is a sign that some Arabs are very unhappy. For decades, the powers-that-be refused to acknowledge why the kids were pissed off. Thanks to all those suicide bombs and breathless news reports, the family secret was out there for the entire world to see. No, not the al Qaeda “the West is making war on Islam,” canard, but an earlier al Qaeda call to overthrow the corrupt leaders of the Arab countries. Al Qaeda has to come up with the “war on Islam” angle to justify September 11, 2001, and earlier attacks. But the root cause is bad leadership at home.

So when the king of Saudi Arabia tells the assembled Arab leadership that they are the problem, you can take that as a sign of progress. But real progress it ain’t. Arab leaders are victims of their own success. Their rule is based on corruption and police state tactics. Think East Europe before 1989. Big difference is that, although the populations of East Europe then, and the Arab world now, were both fed up with their leaders and governments, the Arabs are not willing to make as painless a switch as the East Europeans did in the 1990s. That’s because the East Europeans had two choices; communism or democracy. The Arabs have three; despotism, democracy or Islamic dictatorship.

In Iraq we see how the Islamic radicals react to democracy. They call it un-Islamic and kill those who disagree with them. The Arabs have to deal with this, and in Iraq they are. But the violence in Iraq has revealed another Arab problem. Even if you remove religion from the equation, not all Arabs are keen on democracy. In Iraq, the Sunni Arab minority believe it is their right (or responsibility) to run the country. This is a common pattern in Arab countries. One minority believes they are rulers by right, and that democracy is an abomination and un-Islamic (or at least inconvenient for the ruling minority). This is the pattern in nearly every Arab country.

But there is hope. One of the least known members of the Arab League, Mauritania, held elections three years ago and now have the only other, besides Iraq, freely elected democratic government. The divisions in Mauritania, with a population of less than four million, are between the Arab (about a third) and “former slaves” (black Africans from the south). Mauritania exists on the border between Arabs and Bantu (the ethnic group that predominates in Africa south of the Sahara). Blacks were the slaves, and slavery was formerly abolished only in 1981. But slavery still exists in Mauritania, but so does democracy. Like South Africa, and a lot of other places where “democracy won’t work,” it does. Not democracy like in the United States, or Europe, or anywhere else. Every democracy is different, just like every culture is different. Democracy is a messy, inefficient form of government, but compared to all the others, it tends to be preferred by most people.

Arabs, even Arab leaders, know they need democracy. They have tried everything else, and nothing else works. But democracy is strong medicine for the current Arab leadership, and many would rather just talk about it, and go no further. And that is the problem in the Arab world. Islamic terrorism is the result.