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News & Views from Emergency Medicine Realities

The Emergency Medicine Realities website is dedicated to informing and providing information to people and organizations about the realities of the emergency world. We are always interested in new partnerships and opportunities to help us spread the word about our cause and to educate businesses and organizations on the true facts of the emergency medicine field. In keeping with this cause we have contacted numerous vendors and manufacturers for support and are pleased to announce that we have received offers from several successful online companies in the medical industry who have provided us with free products and services to assist in our endevours. One such company, Exam Tables For Sale.com has offered to provide us with some free exam tables. We are extremely satisfied with the products we have received and expect to continue ordering from them. If you are interested in creating a new partnership with us and helping our cause, we encourage you to contact us.

Sleep Clinics and Their Role in Diagnosing Sleep Disorders

Sleep clinics, sometimes referred to as sleep labs, are an essential part of the proper diagnosis of a variety of sleeping disorders, including insomnia, sleep apnea and narcolepsy. There is generally at least one accredited sleep clinic in most US cities, and often more, with a total of more than one thousand clinics located throughout the nation that carry accreditation from The American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Sleep clinic studies typically involve an overnight stay, or sometimes more than one night, depending on the condition being evaluated. While these visits may include significant expense, many health insurance plans will cover the costs when one's primary doctor has made the referral.

The process usually involves completion of medical history forms and will include questions pertaining to the patient's use of medications, nicotine, caffeine and alcohol. The study subject will then normally be fitted with a series of electrodes, similar to those used when taking an EKG. These sensors are usually placed on the chest and head, including the eyes and chin. While the subject is sleeping, cpap machines will determine such things as brain wave patterns, eye movement, breathing and muscle tension.

Low-light cameras and audio recorders may also be used to record the patient during sleep. While certified technicians, rather than doctors, will most likely be the ones to administer testing, results will later be analyzed by a doctor specializing in sleep disorders.

Private Health Insurance To Be Available To Everyone

Many people dread the thought of losing their jobs because of the loss of health insurance that accompanies dismissal. Private health insurance is thought of as being inaccessible due to its high cost. Also, private health insurance companies have traditionally refused to insure anyone who they regard as being too high a risk, meaning that people with chronic health conditions are forced to hang onto jobs to take advantage of their employer's health insurance scheme, or pay out of pocket for their medical care.

New legislation put in place by President Obama will fundamentally change the market for private health insurance. From 2014, every U.S. citizen will be required by law to have health insurance, and insurance companies will not be allowed to refuse cover on the basis of individuals' pre-existing conditions. This is good news for the millions of people currently living with disabilities and struggling to find an insurance company that is willing to take them on.

Further protection is provided by the new legislation in that companies will no longer be allowed to cancel an individual's private health insurance coverage when that person gets ill. In the past, there have been terrifying stories of people being denied the option to renew their private health insurance policies after they develop cancer, heart disease, or another serious condition. The new legislation will put a stop to this practice, making private health insurance a safer option for everyone.