October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Institution For HOPE: Breast Cancer Awareness

The month of October has become very pink over the past several years as more and more people, businesses and institutions begin to support a very important cause: Breast Cancer Awareness. This devastating disease affects millions of women and men every year and it takes everyone’s support to raise funds for research and education to help not only treat this devastating illness but also work towards preventing it for future generations.

City of Hope; an organization founded in 1913 and dedicated to the treatment of cancer, diabetes and other diseases, compiled a list of 31 breast cancer facts for this month, one for every day of October.  You can read the entire list here, but some of the top facts and figures are:

  • A woman born today has about a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, according to theNational Cancer Institute.
  • The leading risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. Thoughbreast cancer does occur in men, the disease is 100 times more common in women than in men.
  • The American Cancer Society estimates about 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer live in the U.S.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer accounts for 29 percent of newly diagnosed cancers.
  • Quit smoking to control risk of many diseases, including breast cancer. Younger women who smoke have a higher risk of breast cancer than their nonsmoking peers.

The Allen School of Health Sciences is proud to support many great causes throughout the year. Raising funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness in October is one of the most important initiatives we have. Our students dedicate their time and resources throughout the month to educating themselves and others on risk factors, preventions, and treatments of this disease. Additionally they raise funds through bake sales, pot lucks, and donations to give towards research and education. Both of our New York campuses are proud participants in the Making Strides Walk in Brooklyn and Queens every year.

At the Allen School we pride ourselves on taking our education beyond the classroom and into the community. We feel our students learn best by doing and we can think of no better way to foster a sense of learning and compassion in their chosen fields than by supporting great causes like Breast Cancer awareness. If you are ready to be part of an institution like ours please visit our website at www.allenschool.edu or give us a call at 877-591-8753 to learn more today.

Institution For HOPE

Sickle Cell Awareness

Every month the Allen School of Health Sciences is proud to support an important cause through education, awareness, and of course giving through fundraising and donations as part of our Institution For HOPE Initiative. This is a great opportunity for our students to not only become educated on challenges their patients may face as they head into their new careers, but also a chance to give and make a direct impact on lives of others.

Every September we dedicate our time and efforts towards Sickle Cell Anemia. Sickle Cell Anemia is an inherited disease that causes chronic anemia (low red blood cell counts) as well as periodic episodes of pain. The red blood cells in people with Sickle Cell Anemia are faulty and tend to cluster together and lose their normal round shape. Instead they become elongated and take on a shape similar to a crescent moon or sickle. When this occurs they aren’t able to pass through the tiny blood vessels located throughout the body and they become trapped, which causes both the anemia and pain that are the trademarks of this disease. These blood cells also have a much shorter life cycle than a normal red blood cell and tend to die in 10 to 20 days instead of the normal 120 days a healthy red blood cell lives.

So, what are some ways you can help raise awareness for Sickle Cell Anemia and make a difference in people’s lives?

  • Donate Blood – blood transfusions are a vital part of current treatment of Sickle Cell Anemia. The Phoenix Campus will be hosting a Blood Drive on Tuesday October 4th.
  • Learn More – there are great resources on the web to help you get educated and learn how this disease affects those who have it as well as those around them.
  • Volunteer – There are many camps, support groups, youth clubs, and other opportunities for you to get involved.
  • Attend Events – Sickle Cell Anemia organizations across the country host walks, fundraisers, and other benefits that allow you to have a great time and make a difference in fighting this disease
  • Donate – Every penny brings researchers one step closer to fighting this disease. Many states have their own local organizations that you can donate to, or you can visit the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America or the American Sickle Cell Anemia Association for more information.

The Allen School prides itself on going beyond the classroom and bringing education to life for all of our students and staff. We are proud of the culture of giving and support we have developed in our 55 years as an institution. If you are ready to be part of something more call us today and ask about our healthcare training programs. Call 877-591-8753 or visit our website at www.allenschool.edu.


Tech Behind Online Medical Billing and Coding Classes Shouldn’t Be Barrier

So maybe you’re a middle aged person who has been downsized out of a job in a disappearing field like manufacturing.  Or perhaps you’re just tired of the long hours and abysmal pay of the retail and service sectors.  And you want to start a new career but don’t have time to attend classes at college given your age and levels of responsibility.  Maybe your niece suggests you look into online medical billing and coding classes.  “You can study on your own time schedule from your own location” she says.  But you’re not sure your computer skills are such that you’d be able to not only manage, but to learn the material using the virtual classroom environment.

Stop worrying!  You can do this.   There’s nothing about online medical billing and coding classes – from the subject matter to the technical ability required – that you cannot handle.  Consider that many people your age working for NASA just succeeded in sending a probe to Jupiter, arriving after 5 years of travel and falling into a perfect orbit around the giant planet.  The science, technology and expertise needed to achieve this astonishing feat is orders of magnitude more difficult than earning your certification with the Allen School’s online medical billing and coding classes.  And if you think all the folks at NASA are young, tech-savvy Millennials, you’re absolutely wrong!

Look, the bottom line is, if you’re using the internet and a browser like Internet Explorer or Chrome or Firefox to read this blog, you have all the technical ability you need to pursue a lucrative, stable new career in a field predicted to exhibit continued growth.  Take inspiration from NASA’s Juno probe that arrived today at Jupiter, 365 million miles from Earth.  Online medical billing and coding classes are simple compared to that great feat!  You can DO THIS!

Congrats to Allen School Grads

The current crop of Allen School students graduated over this past weekend.  Let’s all wish these newly certified nursing assistants, medical office assistants and billing and coding agents the best of luck as they make their way toward the future.  Here’s a link to the Allen School Facebook page with some pics from the graduation ceremonies.  We know you’re going to be most successful in your new careers.

If you are someone who is considering a new career as a certified nursing assistant, a medical office assistant or a medical billing and coding professional, get started today with your enrollment.  New classes are beginning soon!

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day to All

All students of the Allen School, Medical Coding Online Students, Nurse Assistant Course Students and Medical Office Assistant Trainees of all color, creed, ethnicity and gender owe an immense debt of gratitude to the courage and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  I can think of no better way to celebrate than to watch this video, listen to the truths that pour forth from it and ruminate on what it means to treat people not according to the color of their skin, but the content of their character.

What Does the Allen School Have to be Thankful For?

This Thanksgiving, the Allen School and its students taking medical billing classes online, those studying to earn nursing assistant certification and those taking  medical office assistant training have much to be thankful for.  We’d like to express our gratitude in this season of thankfulness for the following:

Online medical coding class students are thankful for not having to commute as the weather grows colder.  Taking medical billing classes online means they can stay comfortably ensconced in their cozy homes while they work on starting an exciting  new career.

Certified nursing assistant trainees are thankful for the US Department of Labor statistics that show ongoing robust growth in the medical field.  This means once they’ve earned their nursing assistant certifications, they won’t have to worry about their jobs being outsourced or being  laid off should the economy turn sour again.

Medical office assistants are thankful for an administrative pathway into the medical industry that could be a lifelong career in and of itself; or could be the first step on a journey into a career in medicine.

We here at the Allen School blog are thankful for the ongoing opportunity to bring interesting, relevant, sometimes comical information and stories to you, our readers.

As we all sit down to Thanksgiving Day feasts with our loved ones and friends, let’s all remember to give thanks for those brave men and women who are serving our country overseas in the US Armed Forces.

Saving Daylight for Busy Nursing Assistant Training Students

Yes, we spun the clock back an hour over this past weekend.  That’s why you’re reading this blog post after arriving to class an hour late (oops)!  But in all seriousness, the semi-annual ritual of monkeying with the linear nature of time known as “Daylight Saving Time”  (not daylight savings) as some mistakenly refer to it seems to please some and annoy others.

Wikipedia explains, “While the times of sunrise and sunset change at roughly equal rates as the seasons change, proponents of Daylight Saving Time argue that most people prefer a greater increase in daylight hours after the typical “nine-to-five” workday Supporters have also argued that DST decreases energy consumption by reducing the need for lighting and heating, but the actual effect on overall energy use is heavily disputed.”

However, whether or not the shift results in producing more daylight during daytime hours for you depends on you routine.  If you’re working the third shift as a nursing assistant, you likely aren’t seeing much daylight regardless and the whole “Fall back-Spring Forward” action seems more like an inconvenience than anything else.  Nevertheless, for your nursing assistant training student counterparts, still studying to earn certification, the extra hour of sunlight makes it more pleasant; providing a daylight morning commute for example.

The folks over at Quartz.com have built this nifty interactive graphic you can use to determine whether or not Daylight Saving is something that works for you or represents a pointless exercise.  Simply visit the link here, enter in your awakening time and bed time and see how much (or little) the clock shift impacts your exposure to daylight.  However, if you’re late for nursing assistant training class because you forgot to change the clock, maybe do it later.  Get to class!

Nursing Assistant Training to Enter Fascinating Field

Taking nursing assistant training courses not only prepares one to enter a lucrative and stable career, it also prepares one to enter a truly fascinating field.  The advances in medical science have come so fast and furiously for so long over the last century, that we’ve grown somewhat inured to the actual marvel of what is being accomplished.  Cures for diseases that killed billions over the course of history were eradicated in the 20th Century.  Polio, Smallpox, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Dyptheria and many others are now a thing of the past.  Organ transplants including heart, kidney, liver and even lungs have become commonplace.  In the early part of the 21st Century, the medical industry has even delivered face transplants and hand transplants.  It is a truly amazing time to be in this field, moving at the speed of innovation.

Today it was revealed that scientists at Stanford University are claiming to have isolated a cure for one of the diseases still killing thousands every year in a slow, and gruesome manner.  I am talking about Alzheimer’s disease which robs a person of their life’s memories while their brain slowly deteriorates and ultimately ceases to function at all.  This disease is almost more difficult for the families of those afflicted who must witness their loved one devolve daily as they can no longer remember their spouses, children, grandkids and friends.

According to Rodmartin.org, “Alzheimer’s is America’s sixth leading cause of death. 36 million people have Alzheimer’s worldwide, and only 1-in-4 have been diagnosed. 1-in-9 Americans over 65 have it, and 1-in-3 Americans over 85. 2-in-3 Alzheimer’s patients are women, and the disease is twice as likely in blacks and Hispanics. The human cost is incalculable; the financial cost is pretty staggering too, at over $220 billion annually in the United States alone.”

The Telegraph reports, “Researchers discovered that nerve cells die because cells which are supposed to clear the brain of bacteria, viruses and dangerous deposits, stop working. These cells, called ‘microglia’ function well when people are young, but when they age, a single protein called EP2 stops them operating efficiently. Now scientists have shown that blocking the protein allows the microglia to function normally again so they can hoover up the dangerous sticky amyloid-beta plaques which damage nerve cells in Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers found that, in mice, blocking EP2 with a drug reversed memory loss and myriad other Alzheimer’s-like features in the animals.”

Aren’t you proud to be studying nursing assistant training so as to become a member of the elite corps of people at the front line of science and healthcare?  If you’re not studying nursing assistant training, you may want to ask yourself if it is something that could be beneficial to you as a career option.

Today! Free Windows 10 Upgrade for Medical Billing Online Students

Free Windows 10 for Medical Billing Online StudentsAs we’ve been posting about over the last year or so, people whose computers currently run the widely hated Windows 8 or 8.1 operating system will be provided a free update starting today.  The update will replace Windows 8 with Microsoft’s latest and greatest, Windows 10 operating system.  Windows 10 is reported to correct all the things users hated about Windows 8 including the return of the “start button” among other features.

If history is any guide, Windows 10 should be a hit.  It seems like every other operating system release is widely embraced.  People loved Windows XP but hated Windows Vista which replaced XP.  They loved Windows 7 (which replaced the reviled Vista) but then hated Windows 8.  Microsoft, perhaps wishing to put more distance between Windows 8 and its new release, skipped the number 9 and went directly to Windows 10.

Along with Windows 10, Microsoft is releasing a new web browser as well.  Its operating name had been Project Spartan, but it is being released publicly as Microsoft Edge.  It is replacing the long running Internet Explorer which, although in use by more computers than any other browser, is largely recognized as an inferior offering (when compared against the much better Firefox and Google Chrome browsers).

All of this is relevant to those studying medical billing online with the Allen School.  After all, studying medical billing online means that one’s classroom is actually one’s computer.  And if you’ve recently purchased a new machine that came pre-loaded with Windows 8 (as this blogger has) you’re probably very anxious to get rid of it.  Starting today, you’re eligible to download Windows 10 for free, no strings attached.  In fact, chances are, your computer has already downloaded it as part of Microsoft’s regular system updates.  Here’s an article from Fortune with the details.  Happy computing online students!

Argument Pro or Con for Medical Coding Training Online

Medical Coding Classes OnlineWell, it has happened again this year, as it has in January every year since 2002, New York City’s annual “No Pants Subway Ride”.  For those uninitiated, this is a day wherein subway riders, men and women alike, can opt to ride mass transit without the benefit of pants or other bottom-covering clothing.

Depending on your particular disposition – single, married, kinky, straight-laced, bashful, uninhibited, conservative or liberal – you find this quirky annual skin fest either greatly amusing or repulsive.  Events like this which seem to happen with a good deal of regularity in the Big Apple, can also be used to judge whether or not you should take your medical coding training online or at the Allen School ground campus.

If you’re single, kinky, uninhibited and liberal, you may embrace the weirdness that exists daily on the subway as you travel to the ground school campus; enjoying all the libertine charms of humanity.  If you’re married, straight-laced, bashful and conservative, you’re probably relieved to study medical coding training online on days such as the annual No Pants Subway Ride.

It’s nice to know you have so many options when it comes to earning certification in a new career field with a bright and lucrative future.  If it makes you feel like shedding your pantaloons, all the more power to you! Here’s a link to a slideshow of this year’s event to help you determine if you prefer online or on-campus studies.  Enjoy!