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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Heavier Seniors Live Longer: Study

BMI - The Game
BMI - The Game (Photo credit: Kecko)
A new study suggests that current body mass index (BMI) recommendations may be unsuitable for older adults.
 
Caryl Nowson, a professor of nutrition and aging at Deakin University, led a research team that examined the relationship between BMI and risk of death in people 65 and older. The findings indicated the lowest risk was among those with a BMI of about 27.5, which is considered overweight by the World Health Organization. Mortality was said to increase "significantly" among those with a BMI between 22 and 23, the normal weight range.
 
"It is time to reassess the healthy weight guidelines for older people," Professor Nowson said. "Our results showed that those over the age of 65 with a BMI of between 23 and 33 lived longer, indicating that the ideal body weight for older people is significantly higher than the recommended 18.5-25 'normal' healthy weight range."
 

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

9 Not So Obvious but Potentially Deadly Symptoms

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Mayo Clinic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Everyone knows the “Call 911!” symptoms — abdominal pain, chest pain, etc. But there are other warning signs that, while they may not warrant a speedy trip to the emergency room, should quickly send you to your doctor. These signs and symptoms, according to experts, should always receive medical attention — pronto.

1. Shortness of Breath. If you’re short of breath or wheezing, and you haven’t been exercising, you may be in trouble. Anything from asthma, pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to a blood clot in the lung can bring this on, and it needs to be evaluated quickly. Shortness of breath can also be caused by panic attacks brought on by intense anxiety, says the Mayo Clinic.
2. Flashes of light. Flashing lights may signal imminent retinal detachment, says allaboutvision.com. The sensation of flashing lights usually occurs in one eye, but it can be in both eyes at the same time. A shadow over a part of your vision, blurred vision, or the sudden appearance of many “floaters” may also signal an impending detachment. Immediate care may save your sight since a detached retina almost always causes blindness if not treated quickly. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 1 in 7 people who experience flashes will have a retinal tear or detachment.

3. Unexplained Weight Loss. Almost all of us would love to lose a lot of weight quickly and easily, but if you’re not really trying and all of a sudden you lose 5 percent of your weight in one month or 10 percent over a period of six months, call your doctor. It could mean anything from cancer or diabetes to liver disease, says the Mayo Clinic.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Can Heartburn Drugs Give You a Heart Attack?

English: Zantac (Australian packaging)
English: Zantac (Australian packaging) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Popular heartburn drugs may cause heart disease, according to an alarming new study from Houston Methodist Hospital. The drugs in question are proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs for short, such as Prevacid, Prilosec, and Nexium. These are some of the pharmaceutical industry's biggest-selling medications.


Earlier research found that among people who already have heart disease, PPIs may increase the odds of a second heart attack. But the new study found a side effect that seems to affect even healthy people. When PPIs block production of stomach acid, they also constrict blood vessels, which can lead to high blood pressure and a weakened heart.
 
John Cooke, M.D., the study's principal investigator, recommends that anyone who takes PPIs discuss with their physician if they need to be on these drugs.
 
"If something is needed for the stomach, a good alternative would be the H2 antagonists like ranitidine," he tells Newsmax Health. (Ranitidine is the generic form of Zantac and Tritec. Tagamet and Pepcid are other H2 antagonists.)

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Diatomaceous Earth (food grade): bug killer you can eat!

Diatomacious Earth (often referred to as "DE") is an off white talc-like powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. When sprinkled on a bug that has an exoskeleton (such as bed bugs, ants or fleas) it gets caught between their little exoskeleton joints. As they move, the diatomaceous earth acts like razor blades and cuts them up. But it doesn't hurt mammals. We can eat it. We do eat it! It's in lots of grain based foods because lots of grains are stored with diatomaceous earth to keep the bugs from eating the grain! In the paint industry it is used as an environmentally friendly natural matting (flattening) agent. It exhibits superior mechanical resistances as well as matting. It is an ideal choice for low VOC coatings.. It is used in primers and topcoats alike....... Go figure, but so much of what you eat is also in paint!

Die bugs! Die! Die! Die!

I have heard two explanations of how diatomaceous earth works.
One is that on a microscopic level, the diatomaceous earth particles are very sharp looking. These particles stick to an insect and get stuck between its exoskeleton joints. As the insect moves, it gets physically cut up.
The other explanation is that diatomaceous earth sticks to the insect and somehow causes them to dry out. I think this approach involves scratching the insects waxy layer which then allows precious moisture within the insect to get out. So their teeny tiny bug-innards turn into teeny tiny bug-innards-jerky.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hormone Treatment Eases Chronic Pain: Study

Pain in acute myocardial infarction (rear)
Pain in acute myocardial infarction (rear) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A combination of two hormones might make a difference in reducing suffering in people with chronic pain, according to a small, preliminary study.


Seven of 9 patients reported a 30 percent to 40 percent decrease in pain after taking doses of oxytocin and human chorionic gonadotropin, the researchers found. In addition, the level of opioid (narcotic) painkillers needed by these seven patients also declined by 30 percent to 40 percent.

Patients also reported improvement in the intensity of pain flare-ups and longer time between flares, the study authors said.

Oxytocin is known as the "love hormone" and has been linked to positive human emotions. Human chorionic gonadotropin plays a role during pregnancy. Levels of both hormones increase during and after childbirth, and they're thought to contribute to lower levels of pain in pregnant women.

Study author Dr. Forest Tennant, an internist who specializes in chronic pain at the Veract Intractable Pain Clinics in West Covina, Calif., said there were few side effects with the treatment.

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Simple, Non-Surgical Cure for Shoulder Pain

Orthopedic implants to repair fractures to the...
Orthopedic implants to repair fractures to the radius and ulna. Note the visible break in the ulna. (right forearm) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you suffer from chronic shoulder pain, orthopedic surgeon John M. Kirsch, M.D., says he's found a solution: Go ape.


"Man is the fifth great ape," Dr. Kirsch tells Newsmax Health. The others are the gorilla, chimpanzee, orangutan, and gibbon, all of which still swing from trees or brachiate.
 
"When we came down from the trees about 30,000 years ago, we stopped brachiating," he explains. "But we still have the shoulders of an ape that's supposed to brachiate."
 
Because our shoulders aren't getting the exercise that nature intended, they eventually weaken and become prone to injury, he says.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Formaldehyde In Baby Shampoo Isn’t As Scary As It Sounds


Formaldehyde In Baby Shampoo Isn’t As Scary As It Sounds
Recently, Johnson & Johnson reformulated their classic yellow baby shampoo after a consumer outcry over a scary-sounding formaldehyde-based preservative in the product. If it’s not absolutely necessary, there’s no good reason to go slathering a product that contains unnecessary substances on infants. The important question is: should we be worried about formaldehyde in personal-care products at all? [More]
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Is Mouthwash Making Your Bad Breath Worse?


Americans spend more than $10 billion on mouthwash and other oral hygiene products each year. Yet some 80 million Americans still suffer from chronic halitosis — bad breath — because they offer only a temporary respite. What's more, experts warn they can actually make the problem worse and even harm your overall health. [Full Story]
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