HTML Editors

In this article we’re going to go over some HTML editors, some very popular and some not so popular.

There are more editors made to create web pages than Carter has liver pills. If you’re the typical non professional user then you are probably familiar with the more popular ones and have absolutely NO clue about some of the obscure ones that are available. We’ll cover a few of each.

Probably the most popular HTML editor is Microsoft’s Front Page. The first version of Front Page came out in the mid 90’s. If you’re interested you can actually find an article online that talks about the first Front Page beta. You can find the article at [http://www.byte.com/art/9607/sec13/art10.htm]. The first Front Page had limited functionality and needed a server extension to work it. Today, Front Page has come a long way. It is one of the most powerful editors you can get and can do just about anything. It is also probably the one used by more people than any other.

Of course users of Macromedia’s Dream Weaver would say that Front Page is not anywhere near as good. The company and the software haven’t been around quite as long as Microsoft but what it lacks in a track record it makes up for in functionality. Supporters of Dream Weaver will claim that the interface is more user friendly and that those who have limited HTML experience can get more out of it than with Front Page. Technically, Dream Weaver doesn’t do anything that Front Page can’t do. Some functions are handled differently and of course if you’ve been using one and try to go to the other you’re going to get lost when it comes to the hidden functions. The help index alone of each is massive. With great power, which both have, comes a big learning curve. There is just no way around that.

But what if you don’t need all that functionality and only want to design simple web pages that don’t require extensive Java and PHP capabilities? Fortunately, there are plenty of simple HTML editors out there and most of them can be downloaded free right off the Internet.

One of the most popular ones today is HTML – Kit. To date, this editor has over 1.7 million downloads. Obviously they must be doing something right. And the editor itself does have some neat little features that you might not expect in a free download like the ability to convert RSS and XML files to HTML. And it does have some limited functionality by way of plug ins to handle ASP, PHP, SQL and other scripting languages. Not too shabby for a free download.

Even America Online, probably the largest ISP, has their own HTML editor called AOLPress. Now this is what you call a bare bones editor. It doesn’t do too much. Just your standard creation of tables, lists, insert images, etc. If you’re looking for anything serious then you can forget about this thing. But for somebody who just wants to put up a page with photos of their wife, kid and dog in a table layout, AOLPress will work just fine.

This is just the tip of a huge iceberg. The list of HTML editors includes the likes of Hot Dog PageWiz, Hot Dog Professional, Tidy, Web Notepad, Ultra Edit, BBEdit and the list goes on and on. There are as many editors as there are companies that make them. Some are good and some are not so good. The only way to really know is to download one and try it. That alone should keep you busy for a very long time.

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Writing Semantic HTML

Semantic HTML means using HTML tags for their implied meaning, rather than just using (meaningless) div and span tags for absolutely everything. Why would you want to do this? Depending on the tag, the content in the tag can be interpreted in a certain way. Here are some examples.

Header tags

If you use instead of , and instead of , et cetera, Google and other search engines will interpret your headers as being important titles in your page. This way, when people search on the words in your headers and sub-headers, your page will be considered more relevant (and rank higher). Plus, it’s much shorter and cleaner.

This works both ways: don’t use header tags for anything except headers, especially not increasing your font size or outlining your search engine keywords. This way, your page can be parsed for structure (you can do this with the W3C HTML Validator). This structure can then be used by screen readers or other tools to build a table of contents for your page.

Form labels

The tag is so sadly forgotten. It’s not immediately clear what the point of using it is, so very few web pages take advantage of it. The label tag is used to identify a label for an input field, for example “E-mail Address”. It can either be used be wrapping it around the text and input field like: First Name: label >, or it can be used with the for attribute like so: First Name: label > .

Why use the label tag instead of

? Well, it’s shorter and cleaner. But it also let’s screen readers and other tools identify the text associated with an input field. Without using the label tag, it can be very difficult for some people to know what is supposed to go into your form fields.

Tables

These days, everyone’s moving away from using tables. This is great because tables aren’t intended for structuring the way your web page looks. But tables still have a very important purpose. Any time you need to display data that would go in a spreadsheet, tables are here to help.

When using tables, there are a number of tags and attributes that aren’t widely used, but are very important for accessibility. Use the summary attribute to give a longer summary of the data in the table. Use the tag to give a brief title to the data. Use tags to identify the column and row headers in your table. Then, you may want to use the headers attribute on the tags to identify which headers apply to that cell. For more examples and details on accessibility with tables, see the W3C’s Accessibility Guidelines.

Lists

Lists are the new tables. Whereas tables are intended for grids of data, lists are intended for lists of content. This is great for us, because most web pages are essentially lists of different things. For example, look at this site. On the front page, I have a list of blog entries in the centre. On the sides, I have lists of links (archive, categories, et cetera), and the sides themselves are lists of lists. If I had used tables, I would’ve been saying “this stuff on the left has something to do with the stuff in the middle”, but it doesn’t, really. By using lists, I’m simply saying “this stuff is a list of items that have something to do with each other”, which they do.

You have three types of lists to choose from, but choose wisely. There are Ordered Lists (), Unordered Lists (), and Definition Lists (). Only use Ordered Lists when the entries have some kind of order. Use Definition Lists any time you need name/value pairs, or when you need to break your list up into sections. The rest of the time, Unordered Lists are a safe bet.

Lists not only give structure to your page, they’re incredible handy for styling. You can just put an id or class on the outer tag (eg. ), then style both the outer tag, and the inner tags.

Conclusion

Try to use the full variety of HTML tags whenever possible. Sometimes you’ll be stuck with using tags, but try to limit them to whenever you can’t find a suitable HTML equivalent. At the same time, try to avoid using HTML tags for anything except their intended purpose. By doing this, your HTML will be cleaner, and its structure will be more readable and understandable — not just to people but to screen readers, search engines, and other programs and tools.

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Turkey House Plans – All You Need To Know Before Deciding on A Turkey House

So you have been raising a few turkey poults in the backyard for your own family’s consumption. Now you want to take your turkey project to the next level and raise more than what your family needs. What do you do now? How exactly do you scale up? The first thing you need to seriously think about is how to come up with turkey house plans.

From this point on, you should be ready to have room for adult turkeys, both males and females, and provide them with an environment that is conducive to reproducing and raising their own babies. If you have been into turkey poult-raising, you will find the next level easier because there is not a lot of difference from what you are currently doing.

Deciding on the best turkey house plans are an important factor in the success of your turkey raising project. Most turkey house plans will have provisions for heat lamps, which regulate the temperature in the breeding space. If you are looking at several plans, it is recommended that you choose one that is scalable. This way, you can scale it up should you decide later that you want more turkeys, or scale it down, if you want to downsize your stock.

Turkey house plans typically come with an accurate list of the materials that you need. For best results, stick to the list of materials unless you can make knowledgeable alterations to the plan. For example, purchase the required length of wood, as well as the required number of meters of meshed wire fence. The roof is something that you can have flexibility with. You can pretty much use any material of your choice for the roof, as long as it provides protection to the turkeys against exposure to the elements.

Finally, the typical turkey house plans should also have areas for males and females to breed. The breeding space should be comfortable enough to accommodate turkeys for the week-long breeding period. After the breeding period, the females will need a nesting box to lay their eggs in. The nesting box should be big enough to fit the nesting turkeys, as well as small enough to protect the eggs as they are laid one per day. It normally takes a week to fill the nesting box with eggs. After the week-long laying of eggs, you have the option to take the eggs away to incubate them, or leave them there for their mothers to warm until they hatch.

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Where Are The Best Hospitals in Amman, Jordan?

Amman is the capital of Jordan and it is a city where the ancient culture and modern day amenities blend. The city is an attractive tourist destination; it has been built on a series of hills and the famous Dead Sea is just a short distance from here. Jordan features among the top healthcare centers in Middle East and the World Bank ranks it as the best destination for medical tourism in the region. The city has a host of clinics and hospital that offer good services to the people.

King Hussein Medical Center is a leading and prominent multidisciplinary medical institution in Jordan. This center comprises of five hospitals and provides advanced medical care to its patients. Al-Hussein Hospital set up in 1973 is oldest of the five hospitals that form the groups. It is also one of the busiest hospitals in the country and is equipped with state of art technology. The surgery department at the hospital provides latest technology treatment like the minimal invasive and endoscopic surgery. Other services offered are comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic treatment for internal medicine, nephrology, respiratory medicine, hematology and oncology, neurology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, dermatology and venerealogy. The hospital also has well equipped ophthalmology, E.N.T, pediatrics, dental and obstetrics and gynecology departments.

Queen Alia Heart Institute was set up in 1983 dedicated to providing comprehensive cardiac care to the patients. It is also a part of the King Hussein Medical Center. The hospital has a coronary care unit, an intensive care unit and post surgery care unit. The procedures carried out at the hospital are mainly open heart surgeries and cardiac transplants. There is an advanced laboratory at the center that carries out no-invasive advanced investigations. Queen Rania Paediatrics Hospital, part of the same group is the first hospital in the country that specializes in pediatric care. The hospital is equipped with the latest technology and co-ordinates with hospitals from US and UK for cooperation and consultation.

Jordan Hospital at Amman is a JCI accredited hospital that offers advanced healthcare services. It is also compliant with ISQua (International Society for quality in Health Care) standards and is ISO 9002-2000 certified. The hospital is a major healthcare destination in North Africa and Middle East. Quite a few doctors at the hospital have trained in Europe, Britain or United States. The multidisciplinary hospital offers treatments in the fields of neurosurgery, cardiac care, organ transplant, pediatric, orthopedics, cardiac and vascular surgery, urology, nephrology and orthopedics. Other departments at the hospital are an emergency department, nuclear medicine unit, renal dialysis unit, lithotripsy unit, physiotherapy unit, an ICU and a radiology department.

The Al-Essra Hospital is a JCIA accredited hospital and is located at the Queen Rania Al Abdallah Street, Opposite Jordian University Mosque. The emergency at the hospital is operational day and night and is the most advanced and sophisticated emergency departments in Jordan at both public and private level. The hospital has set up a hotline telephone number (530-0333) for requesting an ambulance at any time of the day. There are facilities at the hospital both for small and major surgeries, heart and lung ailments, maternity care, orthopedic problems and kidney troubles. Besides these there is are IVF, physiotherapy, endoscopy and respiratory departments at the hospital.

Specialty Hospital is located in the central part of Amman and has been operational since 1993. The specialties at the hospital are successful organs transplantation especially for kidney transplants, open heart surgeries, cures for musculoskeletal disorders and eye related problems. The emergency department at the hospital is operational 24 hours and is equipped with modern medical technology.

Al Khalidi Medical Center, A Heart & Comprehensive Specialty Hospital was set by Dr. Ibrahim Al Khalidi in 1978. It offers a number of highly specialized medical and surgical procedures. The Emergency and Trauma Center that is operational round the clock and the ambulances are also available around the clock. The hospital offers pathology services, IVF procedures, advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services, IVF, dental services and it has a dialysis unit, a pain clinic, an eye center and a pathology department.

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The Importance of Hospital Hygiene

Hygiene is very important in hospitals. Hospitals are filled with all kinds of viruses and flus, and being hygienic is the only way to stop patients from getting sick. If you are not being hygienic, it can mean that a patient’s condition can get worse and they might even die. Hospital-based infections are the fourth-leading cause of death in America. By using hygiene, you can stop a patient from getting infections and illnesses even before it started. By doing something simple like cleaning your hands, you will ensure that the patients don’t get sicker.

There’s evidence that has proven that a hospital environment becomes contaminated and infected with certain micro-organisms which can get to the patients in the hospital that will cause them to get sicker than they already are. It is best to stop illness spreading. An illness can spread from doctors, nurses and any other hospital staff to all the patients in the hospital. Illnesses can also spread from one patient to another patient. Hospitalised patients’ chances are bigger of getting these infections than patients that gets consulted and go home, but getting infected by your doctor or at the hospital are both possible. Hospitalized patients’ immune is also weaker after their operation. Hospitalised patients that have severe conditions like cholera, Tb, etc. will be kept in isolation to prevent other patients from getting these illnesses. The hospital beds are usually a fair distance away from each other so that the infections of one patient won’t spread to the other patients in the room. The hospital rooms should be cleaned every day with an antiseptic sort of soap to minimize the amount of germs. The hospital’s clothes should be observed as well, because germs also gather in materials in the hospital. Fluids like blood and urine should be properly exposed of, because these fluids may be the cause of other people getting sick. Antiseptically solutions should be thrown into the fluids before getting it exposed of.

Every hospital has their own ways and traditions of keeping the hospital clean and hygienic. Hospitals are very hygienic and there are certain rules to be followed. The more people know about how important hygiene is, the better and faster we will be able to reduce the bacteria that does not only form in hospitals, but it also forms in houses and in any public place. The easiest way of reducing germs, is by washing your hands with alcohol-based hand wash or water and soap hand wash. It is always best to also sterilize your hands after you washed your hands to ensure your hands are germ-free.

Hospitals look well after their patients, but it often happens that a patient gets sicker because of all the germs that are floating around in the hospitals. Hospitals are the places where the most germs are developed. Luckily we can reduce the number of germs in our environments. By washing our hands, be can stop a lot of germs from making people sicker.

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9 Ways to Keep Hospital Germs Out of Your Home and Car

“Oh, I never let my kids hug me until after I have showered and changed out of my uniform.” You’ve all heard that, right? You know you are in a potentially hazardous line of work. Nobody wants MRSA, VRE, C-Diff, or other germs in their homes!

Patients are sicker these days. Germs are more virulent. So I’ve put together 9 easy steps to keep hospital germs out of your car and home.

Its pretty easy, so let’s get started!

First – To avoid ever letting dirty nursing shoes touch the inside of your car or home, get a pair of slip-on shoes, like Crocks Slip-On Fashion Sneakers from Amazon. Always wear your slip-on’s to drive to and from work.

Second – While at home, place your clean nursing shoes inside of a clean plastic bag. And don’t put them on until reaching your parking spot at work. So your nursing shoes will always travel in a bag – whether clean on the way to work, or dirty on the way home.

Third – At the end of your shift, and once you have clocked out, go find an empty bathroom. Take two gallon-sized plastic bags, your antiseptic wipes, plus your bag of street clothes in there with you.

Fourth – Place your badge, stethoscope, and everything from your pockets onto a pile of paper towels. Consider it all contaminated. Wash your hands. Then clean each item carefully with antiseptic wipies and place it all into a clean plastic bag.

Fifth – You show up for work clean. But after a 12-hour shift – none of us wants to consider what is on that uniform. Don’t wear it home! Instead, just strip it off, and stuff it into the plastic ziplock bag.

Sixth – Next wash your hands, arms, face, and neck – and put on some clean street clothes from your clean bag. I highly recommend using bags with ziplock tops for good closure, speed, and ease of use. Save that plastic bag in your pocket for when you get to your car and change shoes.

Seventh – How are you going to safely clean your cell phone? You know you’ve been touching it while at work. Some have been known to put it into a fresh ziplock sandwich bag before every shift – and throw away the dirty plastic bag at day’s end.

BUT, it might be more socially acceptable to consider getting one of the water-resistant phone protectors on the market. Since they are waterproof, they are washable. Here is an example: DandyCase Neon Colors Waterproof Case for all phone types from Amazon. You could wash it down with antiseptic wipies when you are cleaning your other pocket items.

Eighth – Your work bag and ziplock bags, with their contents, could go into something like a washable plastic Rubbermaid Mini Basket from Amazon and placed in the trunk of your car.

Ninth – Once at home, clean your uniform in hot, soapy water, sanitize your shoes, and get your shower. Its always best to kill all germs as soon as you possibly can.

So are you ready? By spending only a few extra minutes, you will have better protected yourself and those you love from potentially dangerous pathogens! What a great way to safeguard your home, your car, your family, and yourself!

Cheers!

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Three of Osaka’s Best Hospitals

Osaka is the second largest city of Japan. This financial centre is home to 7% of the Japanese population and also draws in outsiders with its reputation as a major tourist destination. Osaka has many renowned recreational parks, castles, shrines, aquariums and beaches. In general, the health care sector of Osaka is well developed and has many world class hospitals with English speaking employees to care for the needs of visitors to the country. This article outlines some of the better hospitals of Osaka.

Kitano Hospital, located at 2-4-20 Ohgimachi,Kita-ku,Osaka was founded in 1928 and is operated by the reputable Tazuke Kofukai Foundation. Kitano Hospital has 707 beds and more than 1000 staff. It has full fledged sectors for all medical specialties including dialysis and mind-body medicine. The hospital has well designed OPD, a research center and a relaxation room. The surgery sector features a central operation theater and conducts a variety of general and specific surgeries. The modern hematology department offers effective treatment for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The hospital has 24-hour emergency and ambulatory care and a well equipped emergency room(ER) where service of many physicians and surgeons are available. The departments of anesthesiology and critical care medicine are comprised of 7 staff doctors and 5 residents who work in association to provide the best possible care. The ICU has modern facilities to provide respiratory, sedative, circulatory and analgesic care to patients. This is also a premier institution for medical education and research. Tel: 6-6361-0588

Sumitomo Hospital situated at 2-2 Nakanoshima 5-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka is another reliable hospital in Osaka that provides high quality health care service. This modern hospital founded in 1921 employs eminent doctors and offers especially good personal care to its patients. This huge health care facility has full fledged departments in all medical specialties including some rare specialties. These special centers include a cancer chemotherapy center, a diabetes center and a digestive disease center. The surgery department has the necessary facilities to perform various operations such as thoracic surgery, plastic surgery, and cardiovascular surgery. In addition, the hospital has well equipped ICUs, an emergency department and various laboratories. Warm accommodations in spacious rooms are provided in the hospital. Tel: (06) 6443-1261

Nissay Hospital is situated at Itatibori 6-chome, Nishi-ku, 550-0012 in Osaka. It is a well equipped general hospital that offers quality medical service. This modern hospital has achieved the certificate of approval from the Council for Quality Health Care and is recognized by numerous medical societies of Japan. The hospital provides comprehensive health care in every medical department. It has a minimally invasive medical center, a cancer treatment center, and a center for lifestyle-related diseases. The surgery section of the hospital is prepared to conduct endoscopic surgeries such as thoracic, spinal, abdominal, gynecologic and urological surgeries. The hospital also offers effective service in hemodialysis, bone marrow transplants, blood stem cell transplants, antibody therapy, glaucoma surgery, laser photocoagulation and much more. Luxurious accommodations are also available. The hospital is also a well known training and research center, approved by the ministry of health. Tel: 6543-3581

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St Johns Hospital Diet

However unbelievable this may sound, I did manage to successfully lose 9 pounds in 3 days with the help of St Johns Hospital 3 day diet. Looking and feeling much better and healthier was an instant result because of the amazing 3 day diet I experienced in St Johns Hospital. If you are a little unsure about this particular diet,

I am here to tell you not to worry as it is very safe and efficient. Amazing things can be done by going through a diet like this and to be honest with you, unlike most diets it does not even taste bad.

Hospital have a bad reputation when it comes to their food as most people tend to think that all the food served in hospital are always bland and boring with little or no taste. However, this is becoming a thing of the past. as hospital foods are becoming more and more delicious and tasty to go along with the healthy nutrition in their food as well. Overall, The food preparation and medical care in hospitals such as St Johns Hospital are improving day by day.

The St Johns 3 days hospital diet is pretty decent tasting and even though its menu does include the typical hospital food you would normally get, it does not necessarily mean it is going to taste bad.

The chemicals contained in the food are the main factor involved in St Johns 3 day hospital diet and that is the main reason why you cannot replace the food any way you like as no food substitution is allowed for this diet to be effective. The different food components mix together to form a combination to help in your weight loss. Once you are done with the St Johns 3 day hospital diet it is recommended that you do not continue the diet after day 3 and just stop because the sole purpose is to provide a motivation for you for that push you need to enhance your weight loss program. However, If you wish to go back to the St Johns 3 Day hospital diet then it is not a problem just do not do it continuously and give it a 4 day interval between each time you do the 3 day diet. Always keep in mind as well during those 4 interval break days between the hospital diets do not eat fatty and unhealthy food but just eat reasonably and healthy.

The following is the list of food items that you should consume in the St Johns 3 day hospital diet:

1st Day:

Breakfast – A cup of plain black coffee or tea, 1/2 of a grapefruit, 1 slice of toast with nothing on it, and a tablespoonful of peanut butter.

Lunch – A cup of plain black coffee or tea, 1 ounce of cheddar or 1 slice of toast with nothing on it, and 1/2 cup of tuna (plain, packed in water)

Dinner – 3 ounces of lean meat (chicken), 1 cup green beans, 1 cup of carrots, 1 small apple, and – get this now – 1 cup of vanilla ice cream (Delicious!)

2nd Day:

Breakfast – A cup of plain black coffee or tea, 1 egg, 1 slice of toast with nothing on it, and 1/2 a banana

Lunch – A cup of plain black coffee or tea, 1/2 cup of tuna or 1 cup of low fat cottage cheese, and 5 regular saltines.

Dinner – beef hot dogs (sans buns), 1 cup of broccoli, 1/2 cup of carrots or turnip greens, 1/2 banana, and 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

3rd Day:

Breakfast – A cup of plain black coffee or tea, a small apple, 1 ounce of cheddar cheese (sharp or mild does not matter), and 5 regular saltine crackers with nothing on them

Lunch – A cup of plain black coffee or tea, 1 hard-boiled egg, and 1 slice of toast with nothing on it

Dinner – 1 cup plain tuna again, 1 cup cauliflower or 1 cup kidney beans, 1 cup carrots or beets, 1 cup of watermelon or cantaloupe, and 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream.

For those that have been to basically any hospital the food menu looks familiar doesn’t it? Think of it this way, if the hospital is serving it then it must be good for you as they will not serve food to make you even more unhealthy or sick and that is why I am a fan of St Johns 3 day hospital diet and feel safe in taking up such a diet. Trust me it works as I have gone through it. It felt amazing losing 9 pounds in just those 3 days and now with this information hopefully you can feel amazing too. It takes just 3 days! Thanks St Johns hospital diet!

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Health – Entering a Hospital

A hospital is driven by the goal of saving lives. It may range in size and service from a small unit that provides general care and low-risk treatments to large, specialized centers offering dramatic and experimental therapies. You may be limited in your choice of a hospital by factors beyond your control, including insurance coverage, your physician’s hospital affiliation, and type of care available.

Before entering a hospital, you should be aware of possible dangers. Well-known hospital hazards are unnecessary operations, unexpected drug reactions, harmful or even fatal blunders, and hospital borne infections. The Institute of Medicine recently identified three areas in which the health-care system, in general, and hospitals and their staff, in specific, often fall short: the use of unnecessary or inappropriate care (too many antibiotics), underused of effective care (too few immunizations or Pap smears), and shortcomings in technical and interpersonal skills . The greatest single danger that a hospital presents is infection, which is largely preventable.

What can lay people do to ensure proper and safe care while in the hospital? The following guidelines should be considered.

If you have a choice of hospitals, inquire about their accreditation status. Hospitals are subject to inspection to make sure they are in compliance with federal standards. Policies implemented in 1989 require the release of information on request to state health departments regarding a hospital’s mortality rate, its accreditation status, and its major deficiencies.

Before checking into a hospital, you need to decide on your accommodations. Do you want to pay extra for a single room? Do you want a nonsmoker for a roommate? Do you need a special diet? Do you need a place to store refrigerated medicine? If someone will be staying with you, will they need a cot? You should try to avoid going in on a weekend when few procedures are done. When you get to your room, you should speak up immediately if it’s unacceptable.

You need to be familiar with your rights as a patient . Hospitals should provide an information booklet that includes a Patient’s Bill of Rights. The booklet will inform you that you have the right to considerate and respectful care; information about tests, drugs, and procedures; dignity; courtesy; respect; and the opportunity to make decisions, including when to leave the hospital.

You should make informed decisions. Before authorizing any procedure, patients must be informed about their medical condition, treatment options, expected risks, prognosis of the condition, and the name of the person in charge of treatment. This is called informed consent. The only times hospitals are not required to obtain informed consent are cases involving life-threatening emergencies, unconscious patients when no relatives are present, and/or compliance with the law or a court order, such as examination of sexually transmitted diseases. If you are asked to sign a consent form, you should read it first. If you want more information, you should ask before signing. If you are skeptical, you have the right to post pone the procedure and discuss it with your doctor.

Authorization of a medical procedure may be given nonverbally, such as an appearance at a doctor’s office for treatment, cooperation during the administration of tests, or failure to object when consent can be easily refused. This is called implied consent.

You need to weigh the risks of drug therapy, x-ray examinations, and laboratory tests with their expected benefits. When tests or treatments are ordered, you should ask about their purpose, possible risks, and possible actions if a test finds something wrong. For example, the injection or ingestion of x-ray dyes makes body structures more visible and greatly facilitates a physician’s ability to make a correct diagnosis. However, dyes can cause an allergic reaction that ranges from a skin rash to circulatory collapse and death. Finally, you should inquire about prescribed drugs. You should avoid taking drugs, including pain and sleeping medication, unless you feel confident of their benefits and are aware of their hazards.

When scheduled for surgery, prepare for anesthesia. In rare cases general anesthesia can cause brain damage and death. One cause of such catastrophes is vomiting while unconscious. To reduce the risk, refuse any food or drink that may be offered by mistake in the 8 hours before surgery.

You need to know who is in charge of your care and record the office number and when you can expect a visit. If your doctor is transferring your care to someone else, you need to know who it is. If your doctor is not available and you do not know what is happening, you can ask for the nurse in charge of your case.

You should keep a daily log of procedures, medicines, and doctor visits. When you get your bill, compare each item with your written record. Insist on an itemized bill.

You should stay active within the limits of your medical problem. Many body functions begin to suffer from just a few days’ inactivity. Moving about, walking, bending, and contracting muscles help to clear body fluids, reduce the risk of infections (especially in the lungs), and cope with the stress of hospital procedures that add to the depression and malaise of hospitalization.

You should be alert. Throughout your stay, you can keep asking questions until you know all you need to know. According to some experts, the biggest improvement in health care has not been technological advances; it’s been patients asking questions. The more questions, the fewer mistakes and the more power patients have in the doctor-patient relationship

Selecting a Health-Care Professional

Choosing a physician for your general health care is an important and necessary duty. Only physicians are discussed here, but this information applies to the selection of all health-care practitioners. You must select one who will listen carefully to your problems and diagnose them accurately. At the same time, you need a physician who can move you through the modern medical maze of technology and specialists.

For most people, good health care means having a primary-care physician, a professional who assists you as you assume responsibility for your overall health and directs you when specialized care is necessary. Your primary-care physician should be familiar with your complete medical history, as well as your home, work, and other environments. You are better understood in periods of sickness when your physician also sees you during periods of wellness. Finding a primary-care physician, however, may be difficult. Of the 700,000 doctors in the United States, only 200,000 (less than 30%) are in primary care.

For adults, primary-care physicians are usually family practitioners, once called “general practitioners,” and internists, specialists in internal medicine. Pediatricians often serve as primary-care physicians for children. Obstetricians and gynecologists, who specialize in pregnancy, childbirth, and diseases of the female reproductive system, often serve as primary-care physicians to women. In some places, general surgeons may offer primary care in addition to the surgery they perform. Some osteopathic physicians also practice family medicine. A doctor of osteopathy (DO) emphasizes manipulation of the body to treat symptoms.

There are several sources of information for obtaining the names of physicians in your area:

Local and state medical societies can identify doctors by specialty and tell you a doctor’s basic credentials. You should check on the doctor’s hospital affiliation and make sure the hospital is accredited. Another sign of standing is the type of societies in which the doctor has membership. The qualifications of a surgeon, for example, are enhanced by a fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (abbreviated as FACS after the surgeon’s name). An internist fellowship in the American College of Physicians is abbreviated F ACP. Membership in academies indicates a physician’s special interest.

All physicians board certified in the United States are listed in the American Medical Directory published by the American Medical Association and available in larger libraries. About one fourth of the practicing physicians in the United States are not board certified. This may mean that a doctor failed the exam, never completed training, or is incompetent. It could also mean that the doctor simply has not taken the exam.

The American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS) publishes the Compendium of Certified Medical Specialties, which lists physicians by name, specialty, and location. Pharmacists can be asked to recommend names.

Hospitals can give you names of staff physicians who also practice in the community.

Local medical schools can identify faculty members who also practice privately.

Many colleges and universities have health centers that keep a list of physicians for student referral.

Friends may have recommendations, but you should allow for the possibility that your opinion of the doctor may be different.

Once you have identified a leading candidate, you can make an appointment. You need to check with the office staff about office hours, availability of emergency care at night or on weekends, backup doctors, procedures when you call for advice, hospital affiliation, and payment and insurance procedure.You should schedule your first visit while in good health. Once you have seen your doctor, reflect on the following: Did the doctor seem to be listening to you? Were your questions answered? Was a medical history taken? Were you informed of possible side effects of drugs or tests? Was respect shown for your need of privacy? Was the doctor open to the suggestion of a second opinion?

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What Do I Do: WordPress or HTML?

Two Paths

There are basically two popular approaches to take when you decide to build a website. You can go with a static HTML website or a Content Management System (CMS) such as WordPress or Joomla. If you are new to building and managing websites, then you might wonder what the big difference is between these two approaches. They both make websites, but there is a world of difference on how you get to the end result. Read on to find out the difference between them, and which one is really the best for you.

HTML – CSS – JavaScript

A static HTML website is one that you build with HTML and CSS. The reason it’s called a static website is because nothing can change about the website or at least not unless you go back and change the code. Up until recent years this was really the only way to make a website. There is no dynamic content, nor is there any real user interaction. The only thing you get is what you enter into the HTML. What does that mean? Simply put, once you are done with the design and install the website it will only do what you asked it to. You can make beautiful sites that allow the users to read content, purchase products, access to free offers, sign up for newsletters and build your list. Just about anything you desire you can do with a static HTML website.

Though it’s called an HTML website, there are actually several different coding languages typically used to build an HTML website. HTML provides the structure or the core, but CSS is used to set the look and feel for the visuals and to make look pretty too. You can set the size, colors, fonts, backgrounds… etc. JavaScript can be used to add special effects to the website and even a little dynamic interaction with the user. As you can imagine though, if you choose to go this route to create your website you’ll need to know at least the basics of each of the languages used.

A Content Management System (CMS) is much more user friendly in the sense that you do not need to know any code in order to use it. CMS is more of a “drag and drop” or “point and click” type system. You log in to the “admin” portion of the website and make the changes you desire and update. The changes you make to the appearance or functionality of your website take effect immediately after you save and update. One of the other nice things about CMS are the variety of themes available, but we’ll talk about that later.

Most CMS sites are referred to as Blog sites, primarily due to the fact they were originally used for blogging and not much else. In recent years CMS has become so much more and are now one of the most widely used programs for building a website today. Built using PHP, CMS sites have a database attached to save all of the core and dynamic content. So once again, the biggest differences between CMS and static HTML are dynamic content (change it on the fly) and no coding required.

WordPress or Joomla?

This is really a matter of choice. Both are very good platforms and for the most part one is as easy to use as the other. The biggest difference between them is this: WordPress has been around since 2003 and is very popular. As a result, they get a huge amount of support from other programmers when it comes to Plugins (we’ll talk about this is a minute) and SEO, and there are a kazillion themes available for WordPress too, thus making it a very popular choice for both newbies and pros alike. Joomla has not been around as long (2005) but has become very popular in its own right over the yeas. It is second only to WordPress and with over 30 million downloads and now with WordPress integration, it’s no slouch. Both allow users to leave comments to posts and or pages, stream new content from sources like social media or news sites and you can also quickly add new posts to your blog without having to worry about modifying your navigation bar (its automatic) or structuring your pages, thanks to built-in templates.

Pros and Cons

Static HTML: Pros – A static HTML website is easy to setup (especially if you know code). You have complete control of the layout, look and feel. HTML websites also tend to load faster because they usually have fewer files and data to download. As stated earlier, a big benefit of HTML is that you have total control over the website’s appearance. You can change the visuals of a WordPress or Joomla site too, but you are limited by the amount of choices or flexibility available with the theme or template you are using. If you know CSS, which is a fairly simple language, then you can easily change the way your HTML website looks.

Static HTML: Cons – The cons of static HTML deal with its lack of interactivity and their complex structure with larger websites. An HTML page has absolutely no interactivity, and it only includes what you code. For example, if you code a Web page with an article, then that’s all you will get. There will be nothing else on the page except for that article. There will be no user content, no dynamic content that generates while you are away and the website will remain static. On the other hand, if you program it to include a database so that users can access information I guess in a sense you could call that a limited form of interactivity. The same holds true with a shopping cart. A user comes to your website purchase a product or service you offer; so in the same sense they can interact with your website in a limited form.

If you want to make changes to your site like adding a new post (write a new article) or page you will need to create it first and then upload the HTML file it to your server and then change the navigation bar (menu) before it is visible to the user. This takes up a lot of time, especially if you add one or more pages a day. Another consideration is: if you don’t have a good CSS structure in place then changing parts of your website can be very cumbersome. For example, you want to change the background color for all of your pages on your site. If you have the background color programmed with CSS and have it called out in the HTML for all of the pages, then changing the color in the CSS will change the color on all of the pages on your website. This is huge for website that might have 100 pages or more, otherwise you’ll need to change all 100 pages individually. As you can see, static HTML sites are easy for the guy who understands the code requirements, but not so for that person little to no code knowledge. Finally, SEO! You will need to code all of the SEO into your static website yourself. Considering SEO is a somewhat dynamic process, you will find yourself always having to go back and tweak or change your site to keep it current.

WordPress Pros – As stated earlier – you can use WordPress or Joomla, but for comparison sake we’ll only refer to WordPress hereafter. WordPress is often considered the best way to setup a website because it is very easy to do and easy for newbies to figure out. A WordPress blog does take some time to setup but not when you consider how long it took someone to write all of the code required for an HTML site. Besides, we’re literally talking hours, not days or weeks, but it would not be out of the ordinary for a web developer to spend days designing a new website using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Installing a WordPress blog only takes a few minutes with most hosts, and adding a new theme takes even less time and themes are what WordPress is all about.

Let’s take a minute to talk about themes. Themes or templates allow you to change the look or feel of your website literally in minutes. If you want a particular niche site for example, a medical looking feel or a golfing theme there are plenty to choose from. Some are free and others you’ll need to purchase, usually referred to as Premium themes. If you just want a blog and a place for people to leave comments, then a free theme will probably do the trick. However, if you want a more professional or storefront look with maybe a shopping cart or a data feed for an Amazon affiliate, then a premium theme is the way to go. I prefer premium themes because they generally allow for more flexibility and customization.

SEO is another big plus for WordPress because a lot of it is already built into the program. when you install WordPress on your server for the first time you immediately need to go the admin section and complete a setup process located in the settings> general settings area. In there you will fill in a couple of fields that are the beginnings of the SEO process. Afterwards, every time you create a page or post you are able to add to your SEO and keep all of your content current and search engine friendly. There are plenty of good plugins you can use that can take your SEO to astronomical levels.

Speaking of plugins, there are thousands of plugins that add unique and interesting effects to your WordPress website. There are so many choices of plugins that it will be impractical to try and mention them here, but to give you a taste: there are plugins for advertising, SEO, article submission, spam protection, adding captchas, creating contact forms, email campaigns and even ones that will automatically backup your website according to a schedule you setup. The list of plugins goes on forever.

WordPress Cons – One of the problems with WordPress can be too many plugins. I’ve seen websites that take too long to load and it was caused by having way to many plugins installed on the site. Only use what is necessary. Another thing to consider are the themes. Some are clearly better than others. Theme developers put a lot of time and thought into the design, but some developers are really thinking of the end-user more than others and recognize that we want lots of customization freedom and more importantly, not all of us have programming skills so make it simple to understand and use. All of them allow for some customization, but others will give you more control and the ability to make your website look the way you really want it be. All I’m saying is to read the reviews and do your homework before investing in a premium theme. Also, a well designed theme will look clean and load quickly. There are thousands of themes to choose from, so you are sure to find something that you like.

Installing your WordPress Website

Installing a WordPress site with most hosts takes only a few minutes. I found GoDaddy to be one of the best web host out there. There are other good web hosting companies and I’ve used several of them and would not hesitate to recommend them, but GoDaddy (in my opinion) has superior customer service. I cannot say enough about a company that has a phone number you can call and an actual customer service person (a real human being) will answer and be there whenever you need them. However, its your choice as to which ever company you decide to use and are more comfortable with.

Now back to installing! Just log in to your web host and follow their instructions for installing WordPress. Afterwards, you’ll need to upload and install your theme. Once that is complete and you received conformation from the server that the website is active, all that is left is to start adding content and customizing your new website and make it look the way you desire.

Final thoughts

There are two main approaches to making a website. Static HTML is good for small sites and simple pages or if you’re an avid programmer even bigger project is OK too. WordPress is good for pages that you will constantly be updating or for new ones added on the fly and for the guy whose programming skills are minimal or non-existent. Both HTML or WordPress are good approaches, but WordPress is often considered the more desirable alternative because there is so much you can do with your website when compared to an HTML and more importantly, no programming skills required. However, just consider your needs and you should be able to figure out which one will work best for you.

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