SENIOR HEALTH

See What Is News in Health This Week-ADHD, Sickle Cell Disease, Much More 

Much is new in the news this week health-wise.  And as an aside, the Team is very concerned about global warming and the shifting of icebergs.  This is now not just thinking nor scientists measuring, it is now a physical, visual reality.

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Topics: womens health, senior health, mens health, teen health

News In Health, Including The Miracle of Berries July 4, 2017

It is the holiday weekend! And the Team, still wants to bring you what is news in health!

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Topics: womens health, senior health, mens health

What's News Today In Health June 27, 2017

While you are reading What's News Today In Health and open to learning something new, the Team recommends that you take a minute to practice 'good' self-talk. That you really acknowledge yourself for being willing to be open, to learning, to choosing health for yourself in your life!

    • A study of 3,000 people showed those who say nice things to themselves are also practicing better health and habits. Saying loving things to yourself means taking better care of yourself!  And it costs nothing!
    • Practicing yoga may reduce fat gain by lowering stress via cortisol levels which is not found in just stretching alone.
    • 58% of women taking the pill, take it for non-reproductive health. Some women are able to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 14% and taking the pill for five years is linked to lowering the risk of ovarian cancer by 50%.      
    • On the news recently--and it’s hot and timely so we wanted to repeat it here: very salty snacks can make you eat more and actually you drink less, not more! Beware of sodium content!
    • Eat a handful of nuts daily-NOT MORE! If you are eating too many nuts daily they are not good for you as we shared previously. Add to your diet, avocado and olive oil! Half of an avocado to start should do it! This is if you are trying for a low carb/low sugar way of life.
    • People who have had colon cancer and who ate 2 ounces of either almonds (48 per week) or (36 cashews per week) had much lower cancer return or death by cancer rates
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    • People are upping their walking. It is recommended now to walk 15,000 steps a day-seven miles- for a healthier metabolic outlook. There is also new research that a pill can reduce Alzheimer’s which begins as a metabolic process. This was learned by the Team at a recent event for brain health. Make sure to tap into your A1C and also a cardiolipin blood test-both having to do with inflammation!    
    • A study of people who have schizophrenia are three times more likely to have type 2 diabetes than others.
    • News for the brain-people with OCD are now found to have a 32% higher rate of inflammation within one of six areas in the brain than those who don’t have OCD. This is called having activated microglia which are immune cells known to trigger neuroinflammation. They are studying this insofar as Alzheimers Disease is concerned as well.
    • Heart disease is the biggest killer among women but 45% of women are unaware of this and only 39% of doctors know this and 35% discuss it with their patients. 80% of heart disease is preventable.
    • Young women in the U.S. who are poor are more likely to commit suicide than their mothers or grandmothers were.
    • Trend now is toward eating more fiber. We caution building up to this so as not to mess up your digestion—if this is an increase for you. We are reading recommendation for 30 grams of fiber..and some trending osteopaths recommend 35 to 50 grams but be careful to do this gradually!  And by all means check with your own doctor for the ideal amount for you!
    • Doing yoga maybe just as successful to relieve lower back pain as doing physical therapy. Check with your doctor.
    • Lead testing on children and women has not been accurate and is not properly tested through a vein but is properly tested through a pin prick. Recheck with your doctor.
    • Obese seniors are best off doing aerobics and resistance exercises using weights for physical performance and for reducing frailty.
    • To help with your colds, zinc lozenges have been found to triple the rate of reducing a cold! Wow!
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Topics: senior health, mens health, teen health, womans health

What is News In Health June 26, 2017

Summer is here. There are lots to think about regarding recreation, sun protection and safety with outdoor exercises of all sorts.  You likely have all of this handled!

It is our Teams’ commitment to bring you what is news in health this week—things that you might not yet know..things that are just beginning to surface in the medical and consumer health literature!  Here we go for this weeks summary:

    • Liver cancer death rates have doubled since the 1980’s and are increasing and are related to disparities in health such as protection against hepatitis, obesity, diabetes and excess alcohol and tobacco use.
    • News that 60 year olds exercise the same amount as 19 year olds. We recommend to get moving!
    • The use of e-cigarettes by teens fell sharply last year from 3 million teens in 2015 to 2.2 million.
    • ADR is the new buzz word for GI doctor’s success ratings. Apparently there are more scales to rate docs these days so that the buyer/patiet is informed and aware of the effectiveness of whom they choose. This one is the success rates with colonoscopy screening which is the adenoma detection rate. The ADR should be 20% for women and 30% for men or an average of 25%-one found for every 4 patients. For every 1% increase in the ADR score of your doctor, there is a 3% reduced risk that you could develope colorectal cancer. Make sure if you get a colonoscopy that you ask for a high definition colonoscope. And when you are prepping for a colonoscopy, consider eating no fiber for a day prior and no seeds or nuts or corn for a week prior as these are very high in fiber and without these, it can simplify your prep.
 
  • Our voices age along with our years so to prevent being 'old-sounding', consider using a thick straw to hum through so that you can build up muscle mass near your vocal cords. These become thicker and drier as we age and less flexible. If you do this ten minutes per day you might be able to build up to a narrower straw and also use singing too as a way to enhance muscle tone. Avoid yelling however! Yelling is not good for you!
  • A new study shows that high dose vitamin B can help with schizophrenia more than anti-psychotic medicine alone at reducing symptoms. Check with the doctor.
  • It is summer and while we have more access to berries, it appears that they are really good for you. The flavonoid in berries—the plant pigment that gives them their color-can help keep memory decline at bay for up to 2.5 years when eaten twice a week. This includes strawberries too!
  • People who have Lupus have poor sleep quality, associated pain, vitality and emotional challenges.
  • People who have sleep apnea do not live any longer if they are on continuous air pressure or not. This is a big shift in thinking. Continuous air pressure at night, contrary to previous thinking, does not affects mortality rates. 
  • Getting the correct amount of sleep helps resist weight gain. Try to get up at the same time each day. Don’t look at computer screens near to bed time and change over to a  more red dim light at night as opposed to blue which can stimulate one to feeling more wakeful. You can install these light backgrounds on your smart devices too such that you are able toavoid poor sleep qualtity. 
    • We just read that eating foods that are high in protein such as meat, eggs and seafood and also in fiber such as fruit, beans and vegetables, might produce more satiety in your brain allowing it to feel less hunger than if you are eating chips or foods high in sugar, carbs or salt!  Be mindful of cravings this summer.
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What's News In Health-Choose To Win June 19, 2017

With all the violence that is going on in the world it is even more important to provide you with a consistent message to be informed and to choose for health.

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Topics: womens health, senior health, mens health, teen's health

What Is News In Health Week of June 6, 2017

So much is news in health so the Team is going to jump right in!

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What Is News In Health This Week June 3, 2017

The Team is carving out lots of health news information for you about what is news this week!

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Topics: womens health, senior health, mens health, teen health

The Art of Being an Informed Health Advocate

 

Members of the Team have had various experiences with this over the years and we felt it was appropriate for its’ own blog because the management of your health administratively, knowledge-wise and emotionally is as important as knowing how to prevent or to care for a certain medical issue.

Some years ago when someone on the Team had an ailing mother, he was really unstoppable about her care. His Mom had pneumonia, a portion of her lung missing from cancer, and was placed in a nearby teaching hospital and left for dead after the antibiotics did not kick in in 48 hours. But it was because of ‘Mike’ we’ll call him, that his Mom lived. He got a hold of her pulmonary doctor at another hospital where he was an attending physician, got her records, and went by ambulance there to get her on a stronger med of choice and only given when you incur pneumonia from an institution. Despite Mike warning the first hospital of the drug of choice, they would not oblige and his Mom almost died.

Take away #1: Be informed, study and write down what works for your own health or if you are a caregiver, for the person you take care of.

 Do not be afraid to demand your rights or to stay on top of your situation. It makes a difference.

What if someone you know has an emergency and cannot respond well.

Take away #2: Keep a list of conditions treatments medicines and allergies for everyone you care for, including you!  It is that emergency that occurs and you cannot really conjure up what happened when he broke out in hives or whether she is on a blood thinner or if your father thinks he is allergic to penicillin but he’s not been tested.  Also get people tested for things they think they are allergic to. It can save lives!   

The list should have date of birth, social, current meds, conditions, hospitalizations and dates as well as a listing of names and addresses of doctors and their phone/fax numbers.  It should be kept current too.

Another person we know went for a test and they had to be followed up for something. The next thing they were seeing specialists. Sometimes seeing a specialist can be very daunting as an experience. The professional can be and in this case was very popular and busy and felt they had a corner on the market. Therefore perhaps they treat people in an arrogant manner and the patient is not getting their questions addressed because they are at a mill of sorts.

Take away #3: Go to a different person where you will be heard taken seriously and respected. It does not get better and if that is not there to begin with, that is not going to get better. Trust your gut. First having done your homework, know what to ask and don’t waste anyone’s time.  But if you are not being addressed in a thorough way, it is time to end the visit.

Being an informed health advocate for yourself also means that you follow the trends of health that we share and other ones.  That you stay current with screenings for various diseases and that you get your body checked and tested in the ways that are recommended and in a timely way too.  Daily, more data comes out—more information on what constitutes health and healthy choices.


Take away #4: Keep current about health.  Speak to your friends, be in the conversations and watch the news.  Read our posts.  Make healthy choices for yourself and your family. This seems easy enough but it takes something to really focus and follow up in these ways.

 

Take away #5: Once you are informed-stay present and reasonable, not hysterical. Stand for your rights to rights to know and to ask.  Then create team anywhere with your empathy for others and by being in communication.  It is this way you can perhaps get the most responsive care and promptly. 

 

We can choose!

Choose to win for health for yourself and for your family!  

 

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What Is News In Health May 16, 2017

We hope that everyone enjoyed this past weekend, Mother's Day and that you each honored all mothers or mothering one's in your life. Including yourself if it applied!

We are jumping in with information today about what is news in health.

First-about the brain!

  • Vitamin D deficiency is significantly associated with a decrease in processing speed and fluency in people with psychotic disorders just as it is associated with those who are elderly—so take your hormone D!
  • Depression in men in early or middle life can contribute to modulating the risk of dementia later in life—whereas depression in older age may be more frequently an early sign of a neurodegenerative process.
  • People who have a partner who commits suicide, are at greater risk of mental illness disorders such as anxiety, PTSD, alcohol-use disorder and self-harm-- up to within five years of their loss.
  • Opioid addiction in the news is spreading fast on campus such that 60 schools are adopting anti-overdose drugs like Narcan.
  • When young children about three years old have regular bedtimes, it helps them to regulate their emotions and they are less likely to be obese at age 11.
  • Scientists recently discovered a genetic variation associated with normal brain aging and not brain disease.  This finding may explain the differences in people regarding aging where they don't have disease.
  • Very old brains benefit from exercise and can actually reduce the amyloid plaques in the brain which is the root of Alzheimer’s.  (This is an enhanced photo of amyloid plaques-NYAS, 2017). 
  • Intellectual enrichment is also associated with lower amyloid plaque in those with higher education levels. Stimulation or higher cognitive activity between ages 50-65, including playing board games, reading and playing music is associated with less plaque.
  • With regard to the Incidence of uncommon event among one's peers-such as widowhood or poor health of one's child, there is an higher risk for depression.          
  • Higher amounts of vitamin D do not prevent cardiovascular disease.
  • For older women, breathing in polluted air such as vehicle exhaust and fine particles, places them at a doubly higher risk for dementia and more so if they have the genetic variant APOE4.
  • Those who have rheumatoid arthritis are somewhat at risk for depression (20% of them) and report more pain, poorer adherence to medicine-taking and poorer quality of life than those without depression.
  • A new study indicates that anorexia is genetically-based and not only linked to psychiatric disorders such as neuroticism, but also to metabolic traits. This news could pave the way for medicines for this condition!

 More news in health!

  • Hepatitis C infections have tripled in part due to the heroin epidemic.
  • Hazardous chemicals in fast-food packaging including sandwich wraps and desert wrappers and paperboard etc can be toxic, leaching out very bad chemicals especially if the food is heated.  These can be cancer-causing. 
  • Teen girls are twice as likely to smoke marijuana if they are pregnant.
  • Women, who had a pregnancy after having childhood cancer and radiation, had more complications than those without radiation.
  • 60% of maternal mortality in the U.S. is preventable! It is higher here than in many other developed countries. We focus more on infant mortality with less regard to protecting the mother and with more invasive procedures.
  • School bullying including cyberbullying, perpetuating bullying and witnessing bullying is diminishing. Facts don't explain the cause as yet.
  • Soon bio-markers in blood tests will be used to predict aging, serious illness and early death.The suicide rate is up to 43,000 annually and more than 8 million people in the U.S. suffer from serious psychological disorders.
  • Older women report a better sex life between age 50-79 when they sleep better and that is 7-9 hours per night.  
  • In men who receive testosterone there is a higher risk of stroke and coronary disease. While it improves anemia and bone density but not cognition, the fact that it builds up noncalcified plaque in the heart is a reason to red flag the treatment. Check with your doctor!   

You can choose health and health information!

You can choose to win!

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Topics: womens health, senior health, mens health, teen health

Much is News In Health This Week- May 12, 2017

Much is news in health this week!  And it is stressful to watch all the news we know. So we are bringing this newsletter to you in a ‘chill’ way as to inform you and make you smile today! It is the weekend! TGIF! 

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Topics: womens health, senior health, mens health, pregnancy