Month: May 2019

Symptoms of a Yeast Infection – Health Womens

Symptoms of a Yeast Infection – Health Womens

Symptoms of a Yeast Infection What To Expect From a Yeast Infection It is vital to know the symptoms of a yeast infection; most people will develop this condition at least once in their life. No matter where the yeast infection is located, the area […]

Asthma Cure – Breathe Deeply and Naturally – Health Womens

Asthma Cure – Breathe Deeply and Naturally – Health Womens

Asthma Cure – Breathe Deeply and Naturally Source: Flickr Many of us try to be free of asthma symptoms and reduced side effects. Been able to breathe deeply and naturally filling the lungs with pure, fresh air. Be free of asthma drugs and strengthen your […]

Reporter was locked in mental hospital for 10 days, when her true identity was revealed, the doctors were shocked

Reporter was locked in mental hospital for 10 days, when her true identity was revealed, the doctors were shocked

Elizabeth Cochran Seaman was born on May 5, 1864, but if you don’t recognize that name, she’s better known as the journalist Nellie Bly.

She grew up in Pennsylvania and as a young teenager she already wanted to work and have a career.

Elizabeth’s dad died when she was young, and after his death, Elizabeth helped support her mother and her 14 siblings.

Elizabeth didn’t like the idea that women could only benefit society by working at home, so, she decided to make a difference out in the world instead.

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After reading a columm in the Pittsburgh Dispatch called “What Girls Are Good For,” Elizabeth got so upset that she wrote a letter to the editor.

The editor, George Madden, in turn, was so impressed by Elizabeth’s submission that he asked her to write an article for the newspaper.

She did, and after Madden read it, he offered Elizabeth a permanent job and gave her a pen named: Nellie Bly.

As Nellie Bly, she wrote about women’s issues and women’s rights, which was unusual because back then, articles intended for women were normally about fashion, society, and gardening tips.

Elizabeth often wrote investigative pieces where she went undercover to places like sweatshops to expose the poor conditions that women worked in.

But after a while, Elizabeth’s editors moved her to the women’s pages and she decided to leave Pittsburgh for bigger opportunities in New York, writes Biography.

Life in the big city started out difficult. Elizabeth went four months without work. But then, she managed to get a job at the New York World newspaper. One of her first assignments was to go undercover at an infamous mental hospital.

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Almost no one who was admitted to the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island left and there wasn’t really any other way of finding out what conditions inside were like.

Although the infamous hospital’s employees had long been rumored to be abusive, no one dared testify to that effect.

So with the promise of being released after 10 days, Elizabeth took on the hardest assignment of her life.

But even though she knew it would be awful, Elizabeth could never have imagined how bad it would actually be.

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The hospital housed twice as many patients as it had room for. Meals consisted of dried uncooked bread, spoiled meat, watery broth, and dirty water. And there were rats everywhere.

Elizabeth pretended to be mentally ill, but she described the conditions at the hospital as being so bad that it was enough to make a person actually insane.

In addition, Elizabeth met several women who weren’t at all mentally ill, but were just poor or unable to speak English.

Patients were abused, beaten, tied up, and forced to endure being doused with ice water in place of showers.

Doctors refused to believe patients who complained about the abuse, and those who did complain were punished.

Women who were actually mentally ill weren’t given the care they needed.

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As promised, a lawyer came for Elizabeth 10 days later.

After Elizabeth’s groundbreaking book on her time at Blackwell’s Island, “Ten Days in a Mad-House,” was published, the government enacted the changes she recommended and the patients’ situation improved significantly.

Elizabeth, herself became famous around the country. She continued to write important articles, and thanks to her celebrity, her articles helped change society. She continued to write about poverty, politics and other issues that women previously had no opinion about.

Elizabeth inspired many young women before dying of a stroke in 1922 at the age of 57.

Two years earlier, she experienced the joy of seeing women finally get the right to vote.

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Elizabeth accomplished a lot in her short life.  Please consider sharing this article to help raise awareness about her life and achievements. Let’s inspire more people to stand up when things aren’t right!

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15 Things You Might Not Know About Chewbacca | Mental Floss

15 Things You Might Not Know About Chewbacca | Mental Floss

On Tuesday, April 30, actor Peter Mayhew—the actor who played Chewbacca for more than three decades—passed away at the age of 74 at his home in North Texas. As a tribute to the pop culture hero’s iconic character, here are 15 things you might not […]

13 Secrets of Tattoo Artists | Mental Floss

13 Secrets of Tattoo Artists | Mental Floss

The nation’s first free public lending library opened in Massachusetts in 1790 with a collection of books donated by Benjamin Franklin, and public librarians have been helping Americans figure stuff out ever since. Sure, librarians excel at matching the right novel or biography or picture […]

Gloves are costly, ‘often unnecessary’ and could ‘increase the risk of infection’

Gloves are costly, ‘often unnecessary’ and could ‘increase the risk of infection’

Healthcare staff are being asked to “think twice” before using gloves.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is asking all those involved in nursing and healthcare to think twice before using examination gloves when carrying out tasks.

The union states that, despite the NHS spending over £35 million a year on more than 1.5 billion boxes of examination gloves, their use is ‘often unnecessary’ and could instead lead to poor hand hygiene – increasing the risk of infection.

Additionally, every year around 1,000 health care workers develop work-related contact dermatitis of the hands – a painful, debilitating condition which may require nursing staff to be moved out of clinical areas due to the risk of infection.

‘Gloves on?’

‘Glove Awareness Week’ (29 April – 3 May) will give nurses and healthcare workers the opportunity to think about when the gloves should be on or the gloves should be off and what they can do to reduce the risk of damage to their hands.

According to the campaign, gloves should be worn if there is a ‘high-risk’ of coming into contact with blood/body fluid, non-intact skin, or mucous membranes and when using certain chemicals such as disinfectants, preserving agents or cytotoxic drugs.

Staff should be aware of and ensure they abide by their organisations’ infection prevention and control policy.

To support nurses in becoming more glove aware the RCN has produced a series of resources including posters, leaflets and a selfie-board.

‘Being glove aware’

Rose Gallagher, RCN Professional Lead for Infection Prevention and Control said: “All those who work in healthcare have a responsibility for caring for our patients but we also have a responsibility for looking after ourselves and that can start with being glove aware.

“Ensuring gloves are worn in appropriate circumstances is equally as important as considering when not to wear them.

“Using gloves should not be seen as a replacement for good hand hygiene. With proper washing and moisturising of hands along with appropriate use of gloves we can look after our hands as well as preventing the spread of infections.

“If we don’t’ look after our hands we may not be able to look after our patients and ultimately risk long-term damage to our hands which in some cases can be life-long damage.”

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Three-antibiotic cocktail clears ‘persister’ Lyme bacteria in mouse study

Three-antibiotic cocktail clears ‘persister’ Lyme bacteria in mouse study

Borrelia burgdorferi. Credit: CDC A new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that a slow-growing variant form of Lyme bacteria caused severe symptoms in a mouse model. The slow-growing variant form of Lyme bacteria, according to the researchers, […]