CHILDREN'S HEALTH

News In Health For Moms To Be and Detecting Teens at Risk for Suicide

More devastating hurricanes and what is happening to those precious islands!!.. and Trump with Israel and at the U.N and about North Korea..so much is news and the Team is here to keep you updated in what is news in health this week.

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Choose to Win and Learn What's News In Health

Who can think of much else than the environment and the flooding in Texas? Dreadful, really!

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Topics: womens health, grandparenting, nutrition, parenting, senior health, mens health, childrens health, teens

More is News In Health This Week including about suicide, summer outdoor swimming and Higher Risks For LGBTQ Community.

Even more news is out there about health this week! Here we go!

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More Is News In Health This Week Including Supplements, Blood Pressure, Sleep, Etc..

More is news this week in health.  Summer may be here but so is the Team to bring you all the latest information in health now.

So let’s jump in!

  • One thing the Team is passionate about is that there are interactions between supplements and much is not known about how supplements individually or together for that matter, really react in the body as they are not FDA approved nor studied very much by objective funding. One type of supplement in particular that we are reading about and concerned about is blood thinners!  If you are taking Co Q 10 and blood thinners like fish oil and baby aspirin and turmeric for example, you can be playing havoc with blood clots and bleeding.  We strongly advise and urge you to read up on this type of issue and to not play with your health with these supplements.  We have seen it where doctors are baffled and think the patient has some rare disease only to find SERIOUS comorbidities due to supplement interactions!
  • Calls to poison centers now up 50% due to kids under 6 years old taking supplements and becoming toxic.
  • New research shows that men who consider a vasectomy will increase their risk of prostate cancer by less than 1%-and not serious or fatal prostate cancer. Relatively good news.
  • People who report worse sleep quality and more sleep issues including daytime sleepiness seem to have greater Alzheimer’s disease pathology.  
  • Malignant melanoma accounts of 75% of all deaths from skin cancer and melanoma can be cured if caught early. Melanoma is most often found in those who are 60-80 years old.
  • Exercise during pregnancy can reduce depressive symptoms during pregnancy and post- partum—which can affect both mother and baby. To avoid these emotional and cognitive developmental challenges for the baby as well, we recommend safe exercise so please check with your health care provider!  
  • Post-menopausal active women, engaged in 3 hours of cardio fitness, strength training and stretching as well as 15 minutes of psychological counseling reported fewer hot flashes, mood improvement, weight loss, reduced blood pressure and increases in flexibility.
  • Botox injections may reduce depression due to the effect on facial nerves connected with regions that regulate mood and emotion in the brain. This is great news perhaps and for some-- and they might even like it because they it may also reduce facial aging lines.   
  • Living in damp, moldy homes may be linked to nose, throat and lung-related health challenges. 
  • Stopping taking a statin drug because of muscle or stomach pain may result in a 13% increase in death due to heart attack or stroke within four years. Check with your doctor.
  • After a heart attack, few smokers start a smoking cessation medicine.   
  • Weight gain in adulthood is significantly associated with an increased risk of major chronic disease and decreased odds of healthy aging.
  • Someone on the Team was at a hospital when a code blue was called there! And right before their blood pressure was checked. We don’t recommend that this type of timing for a blood pressue read is accurate! It is also recommended that when checking your blood pressure at the doctor, that you refrain from caffeine and that you don’t smoke, that you sit quietly for five minutes prior and perhaps meditate, that you refrain from conversation when the cuff is on and that the cuff be placed on skin not on your long sleeve shirt. That you have your pressure be read twice and if it is off by five points do it a third time. That if when you stand up if you feel dizzy--that you have it read again!

  • Measles is on the rise due to a decrease in vaccine rates. Now 93% of those kids aged 2-11 receive vaccines and if this drops to 88%, it can result in triple the number of children who will contract measles.
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More Of What's News in Health-May 5, 2017

More is news in health—in fact, so much we have to go back to the recent research so we can recap it for you.  With data being what it is today, studies are done so rapidly, furnishing us with news virtually around the clock!

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News In Health First Week of March 2017

Incredible reverse for La La Land at the Oscars last weekend. And another week of Trumps’ interactions with the press and officials on a background of increasing racial tensions this week. While hate seems to be ”up” we are keeping it cool to focus on health trends and what is new in health so we can bring you the latest.  You can be certain that much is new!

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What is News In Health This week 2/25/17

While we are currently and constantly, it seems, receiving alerts about changes in government and what Trump said, did not really mean, or did not really say..or while we are seeing changes in climate that are quite radical with 70 degree temperatures in New York and flooding in Northern California, we still have our ears to what is news in health this week--as that is our promise to you to feature this!  

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Health News This Week February 2017

 

Between the weather's ups and downs and the constant shock and surprises in Washington, there is so much going on. Still, we wanted to make sure to give you updates about what is news in health this week.

Regarding eating disorders, family based therapy still works well. It consists of teaching parents not to respond emotionally, being too supportive, too angry or too removed.  Parents should allow for breathing room in between themselves and their teens and learn also how to not be provoked by their child’s behavior.  Instead there should be an acknowledgement to the child: “Oh you need this, you are doing this, we understand.”

Parents need to stop blaming themselves and/or their child for their eating disorder illness.

Low dose CT scans for lung cancer screenings are producing false alarms indicating lung cancer.  Be aware.

 

How fast you walk is a strong predictor of mortality and is related to arthritis in the hip and knees, to muscle strength, pain, balance, vitamin supplementation, fall risk, cardiovascular status, etc.. This has doctors rethinking how their patients walk and how well they take care of themselves, put on and take off their socks and what their feet look like.  Your feet are your bodies' foundation and without foot health, you are likely to incur other physical issues. 

Stroke risk with people who have Alzheimer’s Disease has been seen to increase if they take Valium, Klonopin or Ativan.   

Most newborns whose mothers used opioids during pregnancy, have neonatal withdrawal.  This affects 55% to 94% of these newborns.  The withdrawal reactions include dehydration, weight loss, fever, tremors and irritability.  The amount of kids and teens who have been hospitalized for opioid poisoning has doubled recently.

People who are overweight or obese and who also have daytime sleepiness have found that when they lose weight purposefully, their sleepiness goes away.   

Keeping the brain active and busy appears to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in people 70+. Activities listed include: craft projects, playing games and participating in social activities as well as using a computer.

If someone is on an anti-depressant medicine and uses anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) or acetaminophen, it can hinder the effectiveness of the antidepressant.

When post-menopausal women use hormone therapy they significantly reduce their chances of having vascular dementia and to a smaller extent, they decrease the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

An interesting study of older people (80 year olds) who developed high blood pressure, were 42% less likely to develop dementia and those who developed high blood pressure after age 90 were 63% less likely to develop dementia.

More on marijuana use and what it does:

  • Found to be of anti-nausea and anti-vomiting use in adults who undergo chemotherapy.
  • Found to be a pain reliever in adults with chronic pain.
  • For those with Multiple Sclerosis, found to be an antispasmodic agent for spasticity.
  • Increases risk of death from motor vehicle accidents following use.
  • Risk of accidental overdose in children.
  • Long-term use can worsen respiratory symptoms and lead to chronic bronchitis.
  • Hindrance of learning, memory and attention related performance if used within 24 hours.
  • If used daily by those with bipolar disorder there are increased thoughts of suicide.
  • Helps with sleep in people who have a serious illness.
  • It is also used effectively for sleep apnea at times. 

Over the past 10 years, many 65+ year olds in the U.S. are being prescribed three or more medicines that affect the central nervous system and this has doubled from prior years. Those taking antidepressants, antipsychotics, painkillers, and/or sleep aids—did not appear to have a mental health or pain diagnosis.  Consider everything your are doing!

 

Take charge of your life and your health.

You can choose your path!

Choose to win!


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Slip, Slop, Wrap and Check are Actions to Prevent Melanoma

 

It would be great if you could prevent melanoma. Risk factors for melanoma include age, gender, race, your immune system, your steps towards prevention and your family history. 

And while you cannot quite prevent melanoma, you can mitigate the risks of getting it and also of dying from it--as we read from all the current information out there.

The American Cancer Society suggests: SLIP, SLOP AND WRAP. We add to it-CHECK, D, LOWER ALCOHOL, EXERCISE AND DIET TO MITIGATE INFLAMMATION.

Since we are not doctors, please check with yours or your health provider!  

It is suggested that people limit exposure to ultraviolet rays and stay in the shade when outdoors.

Our Teams' recap on what we think are actions that people can take that can be useful:

  • slip on a shirt,
  • slop on sunscreen-use a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen of 15 or higher and year round.
  • slap on a hat and
  • wrap on sunglasses.
  • avoid tanning lamps and beds.
  • avoid midday sun. 
  • check-for moles by doing self-exams monthly or having a partner look at places you cannot see such as the scalp, behind ears and knees and other hard to see places.
  • be mindful of your immune system--if you have HIV or have taken drugs for organ transplants, you can be at greater risk. 
  • Vitamin D has been linked to melanoma survival.[i]  Lower vitamin D levels have poorer outcomes with melanoma  [ii] 
  • Alcohol is linked to risk of developing invasive melanoma, especially white wine drinking and in the area of the body which gets less sun exposure-the trunk of the body—and was not increased in the head areas the neck or the extremities. This was found in non-Caucasian people.   Some theories have been that drinking aggravates sunburn severity.  One drink per day increased the risk of melanoma by 14%. [iii]

Regarding coffee [iv] consumption, it has been suggested that in animals at least there is some protective effect on the development of melanoma—though not totally conclusive.  

What is new is that there is a compound being worked up now that can prevent melanoma from metastasizing or spreading at about a 90% rate.  It blocks a gene activity that relates to the spreading-blocking cancer migration and can increase patient survival. this is welcome news in 2017 for those at risk.

Melanoma is more deadly in men it appears at twice the likelihood to die. Apparently a tumor suppressor gene on the X chromosome is lower in males perhaps due to the Y chromosome not two X ones.[v].

The Northeast U.S. has had larger drops in melanoma over ten years 2003-2013. 11% decrease in incidence versus a greater increase in the South. This was attributed to more aggressive prevention programs. [vi] 

With the growth in the Hispanic population, more research, strategy and early diagnosis of melanoma will need to be in place [vii].  Rates are higher among males, including on the trunk of the body and later stage diagnosis and thicker tumors were found on males.  Even though rates are down, prevention and awareness interventions need to occur with this growing population.

There is other data regarding skin cancer-but non-melanoma cancer that we wanted to share as well: 

  • Breast cancer risk of more advanced-stage breast cancer is reported in women who don’t have melanoma skin cancer but have other skin cancer. [viii]
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer and statin use[ix], indicates that lipophilic statins are associated with an increase of non-melanoma skin cancer in post menopausal women. High or low but not medium potency statins were associated for these women-and it is not certain why. We invite you to make certain that meds you are on are necessary to take.

Be informed.

Cover yourself!

Check yourself!

Have your hormone D levels checked too.

Watch the alcohol.

Keep your C-reactive protein levels at bay viii

Exercise is good and lower stress always.

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[i] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27001565

 

[iii] https://melanomanewstoday.com/2016/12/13/alcohol-consumption-linked-risk-invasive-melanoma/

[iv] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26547919

[v] https://melanomanewstoday.com/2017/01/03/x-chromosome-study-why-men-deadly-melanoma/

[vi] https://melanomanewstoday.com/2017/01/12/melanoma-rate-changes-in-united-states-2003-to-2013-reported/

[vii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27021339

[viii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23760856?log$=activity

 

[ix] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26742009

viii https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25779565

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