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How Deep Energy Retrofit Makes Your Home Energy Efficient

How Deep Energy Retrofit Makes Your Home Energy Efficient

Giving your home an energy overhaul isn’t just about reducing your environmental footprint – it’s also about achieving a better quality of life. A deep energy retrofit is a holistic approach to making your home healthier and more comfortable. Take a look at our infographic to find how a deep energy retrofit can benefit you and your home.

For more information on how to create an energy efficient home, please visit our site at http://www.imagineenergy.net.

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Infographic Review

Infographic Design: A

This information has been divided into sections with a good amount of text. The images are appropriate and work well in the design.

Infographic Information: A

The information is detailed and helpful. Having steps to fix a problem is a great way to make it easy for readers to follow.

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Technology and Medicine Infographic

Technology and Medicine Infographic

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This extremely attractive infographic address how technology has changed the medical industry.  It starts off by stating “medical technology is the application of devices, procedures, and knowledge for diagnosing and treating disease for the purpose of maintaining, promoting, and restoring wellness while improving the quality of life.”  On the left of the entire infographic is a timeline of technological advances in the medical industry, starting with the invention of the stethoscope in 1816 and ending with the production of the first commercial hybrid PET/MRI scanner in 2008.  Check out the entire timeline for the whole scoop.

US Med Tech Companies By Segment

A pie chart shows us that a great many medical technology companies are focused on therapeutic devices, while the next biggest segment belongs to non-imaging diagnostics.  The next largest segment is dedicated to research and other equipment, and the next segment (second to the smallest) is dedicated to imaging.  The smallest segment is designated as “Other.”  In the therapeutic devices category, the largest piece of that piece of the pie goes to cardiovascular and vascular developments, and the smallest to urology/pelvic with many other therapeutic devices in between.

3 Ways Medical Technology Has Improved Treatment Processes

1. Faster Diagnosis

2. Less Invasive Treatments

3. Shorter Hospital Stays

Survival Rate

It is noted that the survival curve has flattened because of lower mortality and has become increasingly vertical with older people because of the technological advances.  A graph shows the percentage of people who lived until a certain age between 1900 and 1902, when only about 10% of people lived past the age of 85, and 2002, when almost 30% of people lived past the age of 85.  Based on this graph, most people live to age 55 or older, and around 50% of people live to at least age 80.

Advances in Medical Technology

Some of the advances mentioned are wireless heart monitors, skin cell guns, the STEM microscope, Nexagon healing gel, Berkeley Bionics’ eLEGS, and the iPhone Blood Pressure Monitor.  A description of each of these advances is included on the infographic.

Advancements in Health Record Technology and More

Sprint has something called M2M healthcare initiative that provides GPS tracking for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and offers faster access to more unified personal data like heath records and test results.  Now there is also a “know before you go” option for hospital emergency rooms.  Some hospitals place their wait times on billboards, make them available on their website, and even offer the wait time via text.  Some hospitals participate in a service called InQuick ER where a patient can pay a $9.99 fee and hold a place in the ER online.

Helpful Healthcare Apps

Some of the apps listed are My Medical, which allows you to store medical histories for you and your whole family, BP Buddy, that helps you track your blood pressure levels, Glucose Buddy, which helps you manage diabetes, and iTriage, that is a diagnostic tool.  Also listed is the Ovulation Calendar – guess what that does?  Also, the Mediquations Medical Calculator brings 231 medical calculations and scoring tools right to your mobile device.

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Design:  A

Like I mentioned before, this is a very attractive infographic.  It manages to get a lot of information across in a way that does not confuse you or frustrate you, and the colors used are easy on the eyes.

Information:  A

The information given is complete and well-researched.

Source:  SmallCellLungCancer.net

Human Growth Hormone – An Anti-Aging Miracle?

Human Growth Hormone – An Anti-Aging Miracle?

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This infographic is about human growth hormone.  I found myself quite interested in it, because I have no idea uses HGH has, and I was excited to learn something new.  You learn a lot by looking at infographics.  The internet is a wealth of information, if you know how to separate the wheat from the chaff.  Not to say that this is chaff.  I am still learning about it.  But I digress…

What is HGH?

They start out by telling you what HGH is – a group of amino acids that increase the level of growth hormone found in the pituitary gland.  They go on to say that there is a connection between the human growth hormone and again.  They tell us, in a little side bit, that the pituitary gland produces IGF-1, or growth hormone 1.  Good to know, but I am still not clear on what HGH does in regards to aging.

Statistics

They tell you that HUH declines significantly with age – from age 20 to age 60 it falls 80%.  Then they talk about “users” of HGH, but they don’t go into WHAT it is used for and HOW it is used, only WHO uses it.  Do they mean “using” in their pituitary gland produces it naturally, or that they take more of it as a supplement?  I guess they mean taking it in, since they discuss prescriptions.  They say that most HGH prescriptions go to people over the age of 20, and that the majority of users are between ages 40 and 60.

Benefits

They start out this section talking about the affects of HGH deficiency, how it negatively impacts vital organ function and that HGH supplementation increase quality of life and makes the user feel younger.  They break it into sections, talking about HGH to help those with stunted growth reach a taller adult height, and how HGH is commonly used on children with below-average height.  They talk about athletes who use HGH, saying that they perform better, and that in conjunction with testosterone, HGH dramatically increases performance.  They talk about HGH for older people, and how it can increase muscle mass and decrease fat.  They claim “this shift in body composition is the same as turning back the clock 10 to 20 years.”

Cost and Forms

There are many different ways of administering HGH, including injection, oral spray, nasal spray, and pills, and that of the $622 million spent on HGH in 2004, injection is the most expensive form to receive HGH.  The least expensive is the oral spray.  I wonder what that tastes like.

Other Uses and the FDA

The infographic also states that HGH deficiency can be a factor in depression, and that some of the 16% of the US population affected by depression could benefit from this type of treatment.  So far, only the expensive injection is FDA-approved, and usually only to very short children, though that’s interesting considering the earlier information that most uses are over the age of 20.  Are doctors prescribing something that is not FDA-approved, or are users getting HGH from a non-medical source?  The infographic does not address that.

Design:  B+

It’s very clever that they made the background green like a leaf – it brings to mind nature, health, and wellness.  I do think the section where they showed a bunch of stick figures and greened out the ones that represented the 16% of depressed Americans was a filler sections, but oh well.

Information:  B?

I don’t know.  Is this stuff safe to use?  I didn’t know about all the different forms of HGH, or the statistics on who takes it, or how much it costs, or the benefits, but the source information comes from non-government sites, so I wonder what I would find if I searched a government site to find out more.  But, that aside, the information provided was well-executed.

Source:  HGH and Human growth hormone