Author: Rachel Fletcher

The Many Faces of the Preventative Medicine Specialty

The Many Faces of the Preventative Medicine Specialty

Health
Preventative medicine is not just a practice philosophy. It is also a genuine medical specialty that occupies that hazy space between clinical practice and public health. Both the American Board of Medical Specialties and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education recognize the preventive medicine specialty. Preventative medicine has been characterized as one of the best medical specialties doctors have never heard of. So little is known about it that med students hearing about it for the first time are somewhat skeptical. A little bit of research reveals that the specialty is real and well worth pursuing for doctors who are interested in what it entails. Those already involved in preventative medicine often describe it as a specialty with many faces. In other words, the ...
PRP and Aging Skin – It’s All About Collagen

PRP and Aging Skin – It’s All About Collagen

Health
The Advanced Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) is a Utah-based training company that teaches doctors how to use stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) procedures to improve patient health. There are numerous applications for both procedures, including PRP injections to help improve the look of aging skin. In this regard, PRP injections are closely related to collagen production. PRP injections involve drawing blood from the patient through a standard procedure. That blood is then processed in a specialized centrifuge to separate out the platelets. The resulting product is then injected at the treatment site for the purposes of stimulating the body to do what it normally does naturally, but at a higher level. This brings us to collagen production. Since the early 1970s, doctors h...
The Many Faces of Aviator Sunglasses

The Many Faces of Aviator Sunglasses

General
How many different ways have actors rocked aviators in mainstream films like Top Gun and The Terminator? Far too many to count. Be that as it may, aviators continue to be one of the best-selling models of sunglasses worldwide. It is hard to believe Bausch & Lomb knew what they were getting into when they designed the very first pair for the U.S. military decades ago. Aviators are loved by so many people because they have a timeless, universal look that can be matched with just about anything. Let's face it, cat eye sunglasses just don't work with every outfit. Neither do wrap-arounds or tiny frames. But you can put aviators with anything. And in fact, the same pair of aviators with different outfits creates a different look entirely. The Retired Special Ops Soldier Imagine a tal...
Robot Mops: Barely Suitable for the Home

Robot Mops: Barely Suitable for the Home

Technology
First came the robotic lawnmower that could be programmed to cut your grass on schedule. That nifty little invention was followed by the robotic vacuum that wanders around the house sucking up everything from cat hair to the pieces of cereal Junior dropped on the floor. Now we have the robotic mop. It will ostensibly keep your floors clean with no effort required from you. The robotic mop is certainly an interesting invention. In terms of its practicality, it is barely suitable for the average American home. It certainly would never do in a commercial environment. As such, robotic mops are likely to be a niche product that enjoys a brief fad market before fading away. This isn't to say that the inventors of the robotic mop don't know what they are doing. They are actually brilliant in th...
CA Ruling Hits Gig Workers and Payroll Departments

CA Ruling Hits Gig Workers and Payroll Departments

Finance
A recent ruling by the California Supreme Court could ultimately bring sweeping changes to the gig economy in that state. If the ruling follows the established precedent of things starting in California before sweeping across the country, gig workers and payroll departments alike are in for some drastic changes in the months and years ahead. None of them are likely to be good. California's top court just ruled that "employers must treat workers who do work related to the company's usual course of business as full-fledged employees," according to a Wired story published on May 2. Wired business contributor Clint Finley went on to explain it this way: If a clothing company hires an outside contractor, say a plumber, to come in and make repairs in the building, that plumber remains a contra...