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What is a Patient Care Technician? – A Complete Career Guide

Caring hands

*Are you wondering what is a patient care technician? If yes, you should check out this career guide with everything you should know.

Have you ever considered becoming a patient care technician (PCT)? This is a very popular job these days! “What is a patient care technician,” you’re wondering. We’re going to tell you all about it in this article.

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The (Few) Perks of Dental Plaque: How It Has Revealed Important Clues About Diet During the Irish Famine

Recent dental plaque analysis confirms that diets were more varied than we once thought

Most people hate dental plaque. This foul-smelling film inevitably turns into hardened tartar (or calculus) in as little as 24 to 72 hours. When it isn’t removed, it can lead to tooth decay and other health issues. Truly, this is a health hindrance most of us can live without.

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The New Look of Immigration: Haitians Opt for Mexico Instead of the US

Far from home, Haitians build new lives in Tijuana

*There’s an interesting situation going on in Mexico of all places. In Tijuana, immigrants from Haiti have found a welcoming home and have set up what appears to be a small, but growing community on it’s way to sustaining itself, reports the San Diego Union:

For John Arold Lazarre, the plan was to migrate to Miami, to join his aunts, uncles and cousins there. He would build a new life in the United States and send money home to his young son and widowed mother in La Gon?ve, Haiti.

Tijuana? That was never his dream.

But now a year after arriving at Mexico?s northern border, the 29-year-old migrant has no plans to move away. ?I never want to go anywhere illegally again,? Lazarre said one night last week as he prepared for an overnight shift helping guide airplanes at Tijuana?s A.L.Rodr?guez International Airport.

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The Transformation of African-American Life in 19th Century Washington

*Have you ever wondered what kind of conditions African Americans had to endure at the start and end of the Civil War?

Did D.C. follow the lead of other states or was it the first to shift from the attitude of Emancipation? What were the ripple effects of the Reconstruction Era? All of these questions will be answered if you read on.

The Reconstruction Era of Washington D.C. had 2 transformations that have been known to be quite long-lasting. The transformations were the exponential growth of the city and the end of slavery. The Congress was being constantly told by the Abolitionists to stop slavery ? especially in D.C.

Congress, on the other hand, was dominated by interests of holding on to slavery and hence wouldn?t shift from their current stand.

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Sickle Cell Anemia: A Primer on the Disease That Affects the Black Community

*We?ve all heard about Sickle Cell Anemia disproportionately affecting the African American population.

Let?s take a closer look to better our understanding of it and find out how it can affect our lifestyle. The first thing to understand about this blood disorder is what it does and why is it common among our community.

What is Sickle Cell Anemia?

In this blood disorder, the red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen all across the body are not healthy enough to travel through blood vessels. In order to go through blood vessels, the red blood cells have to be flexible and smooth but those with Sickle Cell Anemia or ?Sicklers? have rigid red blood cells. As a result of this, smaller blood vessels get blocked by these unhealthy blood cells. This leads to bodily pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, Anemia (that is decrease in healthy red blood cells), bacterial infection, swelling of limbs and stroke. As a person with Sickle Cell Anemia grows older, the pain becomes chronic i.e. constant.

Why Do Black Folks Have a Higher Chance of Getting It?

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Black Don’t Crack: The Stereotype and the Science Behind It (WATCH)

black don't crack (mom & daughters)

*You?ve seen it in your family. You?ve seen it in celebrities like Pharrell Williams, Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba. You?ve seen it in that one photo on Twitter of the mother with her two daughters all looking the same age.

It?s quite evident that there is some truth to the quotable “Black Don?t Crack” adage. How about we take a scientific look at this? What?s the science behind us Black folks doing so well in the aging department? How can we do better?

The truth is we are melanin kings and queens. Melanin, for those not in the know, is a naturally occurring pigment in the skin that acts like sunscreen.

Damage to the skin caused by the harmful rays of the sun is the main reason why signs of aging occur. The kind of melanin found in Black folks is called eumelanin; the more we have of it, the more UV protection we get.

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National Geographic Issue ‘Planet or Plastic’ Vividly Illustrates the Dangers of Discarded Plastic (Photos)

Image credits: John Cancalosi/ National Geographic

*We think we’re doing a good thing when we drop our used plastic in the recycle bin. And we are. But the sad thing is even with that, eventually, that plastic ends up in our drainage systems; which eventually find its way out to our landfills and oceans.

You probably see where I’m going with this, right?

National Geographic magazine has created the initiative, ‘Planet or Plastic’ — by way of its latest issue (June 2018). The pictorial offers a series of breathtaking images captured by photographers that vividly illustrate the devastating effects of tons of plastic waste in our environment each year.

The stork pictured above was freed from a plastic bag at a landfill in Spain by the photographer.

Image credits: National Geographic

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