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Multiple benefits offered to diabetics by the Dexcom G7, a continuous glucose monitoring system

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Dexcom G7, a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system For diabetics   Dexcom G7, a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system, offers several advantages over traditional single-use test strips for individuals managing diabetes. This advanced technology provides real-time insights into glucose levels, enhancing the overall management of diabetes.   Advantages   Continuous Monitoring    Dexcom G7 offers continuous, real-time glucose monitoring, eliminating the need for frequent fingerstick tests with single-use test strips. This continuous data stream provides a comprehensive view of glucose trends, helping users make timely and informed decisions about their diabetes management.   Reduced Invasiveness    Unlike single-use test strips...

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Top 10 care tips for using and maintaining your catheter

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Catheters: Top 10 Care Tips   Catheters are thin, flexible tubes used in medical settings to insert into body cavities, ducts, or vessels. Commonly made of rubber, plastic, or silicone, catheters serve various purposes, such as draining urine from the bladder, delivering medications, or measuring blood pressure. They are crucial in medical procedures, providing access for treatments while minimising invasive interventions. Despite their utility, catheters pose infection risks, requiring proper hygiene during insertion and maintenance. Healthcare professionals carefully choose catheter types based on specific patient needs, ensuring effective and safe use in diverse medical scenarios.   Care tips Proper hygiene:...

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Concluding part of our Contraception review looks at possible side effects plus valuable information for 17-30yr olds

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Contraceptives Part 5   This is the final of my 5-part series on contraceptives. To see the whole more detailed article check it at www.whelehans.ie   Side effects of contraceptives While contraceptives are safe and effective methods of preventing unintended pregnancies, they can sometimes cause side effects. While side effects are rare, here are some of the more common ones.   Hormonal contraceptives (oral, patches, and injections) can cause nausea, headaches, breast tenderness, and mood changes. IUDs can cause abdominal pain, cramping, backaches, and irregular periods. Barrier contraceptives (such as condoms and diaphragms) can cause irritation or allergic reactions in...

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Pt 4 of our contraception review looks at Emergency Contraception and other "non-contraceptive uses

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Contraceptives Part 4   Emergency contraception   Emergency contraception, commonly referred to as the morning-after pill, is available by GP prescription or over the counter in pharmacies. Emergency contraception can help prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if the regular method of contraception fails, such as a broken condom or missed contraceptive pill. Levonorgestrel and ulipristal are two types of emergency contraception pills. While levonorgestrel works primarily by preventing ovulation, ulipristal is a selective progesterone receptor modulator that blocks the effects of progesterone, delaying ovulation and altering the endometrial lining.   To be effective, the emergency contraceptive pill should be...

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Part 3 of our continued contraceptive review examines non-oral options

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Contraceptives Part 3 Non oral contraceptives   Last week I discussed oral contraceptives, this week i discuss non oral options.   Vaginal Ring The vaginal ring (also known as a contraceptive ring) is a flexible ring that is inserted into the vagina and releases hormones progressively for three weeks. It is over 99% effective when used correctly. It is an option for women who have difficulty remembering to take an oral contraceptive daily. E.g., Nuvaring® (contains etonogestrel and ethinylestradiol.)   Inserting a vaginal ring is a straightforward process that can be done at home. First, wash hands thoroughly to maintain...

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