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Archive for November, 2011

Learn How to Eliminate This Pain in the Neck

November 21, 2011

In case you’re wondering…my post title is not referring to the “pain in the neck” idiom. I’m talking about the literal pain in the neck that can accompany a long car trip, and this HealthDay TV video provides the tips to avoiding these stiff neck and joints! It may be perfect timing, too, especially if you’re about to travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

So, watch this video now. You’ll not only learn how to keep your neck, arms and fingers from getting stiff but also how to avoid tension headaches.

We’ve also posted this video, which we’ve entitled, How to Avoid the Aches and Pains Associated with Car Trips So You Can Have Fun, on Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel.

Also, if you do not have video capability, I’ve provided the script for you below the video.

Happy pain free travels!

Joelle

 

Copyright © 2011 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Here is the script of this video for your convenience:

Long summer car trips can take you to fun destinations, but the drive can be a real pain if you’re not sitting properly.

Rather than feeling stiff and sore after your next road trip, follow this advice so you can hop out of the care ready for fun:

•    If you’re driving, move your seat to a comfortable distance from the steering wheel. Your knees should be a bit higher than your hips, and you should have enough space behind your knees to easily slide in four fingers. If you can’t fit your fingers behind the back of your thigh and your knee, readjust the seat.
•    To cut down on tension in your arms and hands, switch your hand positions on the steering wheel from the time to time. Instead of holding the steering wheel in a steady, tight grasp, relax and tighten your grip periodically. This will also help reduce muscle fatigue in your hands and arms.
•    And finally, move your focus around different areas of the road ahead of you, rather than gazing in the same spot, to help avoid tension headaches.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV bringing you health news that your doctors are reading.

[End of Script]




Life Line Screening Friday Roundup: Top Health News About Cholesterol and Kids, Afib and More

November 18, 2011

One of the biggest health news items this week is the controversial recommendation by a team at the University of Colorado School of Medicine that children as young as age 9 should be screened for cholesterol as well as high blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). Then, they should be screened again between ages 17 and 21.

Of course, heart disease due to cholesterol is rare in children. However, as an article from NYDailyNews.com reports, having a poor diet during childhood can accelerate the development of atherosclerosis, also known as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ACD), or hardening of the arteries, in their later years.

The recommendations along with diet and exercise guidelines for children and young adults ages 2 to 21 were published in the journal Pediatrics last week and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

What do you think? Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/children-young-screened-high-cholesterol-pediatrics-article-1.979030

Other newsworthy items in health include:

Healthy teeth can help prevent heart attach and stroke.

Good oral health can help prevent heart attack and stroke!

Getting your teeth cleaned helps vascular health! This WebMD article reports on a study, which showed that getting your teeth professionally scaled and polished to remove plaque, at least once every two years, can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke by 25% and 13% respectively. Read more at: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20111116/getting-your-teeth-cleaned-may-help-your-heart

Talk to your doctor about vitamin D and Afib. Of course vitamin D is good for you, but this PharmaceuticalBusinessReview.com article reports on a study that found too much vitamin D may cause atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat). Read more at: http://clinicaltrials.pharmaceutical-business-review.com/news/consumption-of-excess-vitamin-d-causes-atrial-fibrillation-us-study-171111

Have you ever said, “This job is killing me”? Well, it may very well be true! A Chicago ABC News “HealthBeat” report says your lack of activity on your sit-down job may be harming your health even if you work out at the gym! Read more at: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/health&id=8434143

Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net




Lower High Blood Pressure with Music, Humor and Kiwis?

November 16, 2011

Now I certainly wouldn’t throw out my blood pressure medication and stop exercising based on this information, but I would definitely add both to my daily regimen…

Music and Humor

As reported by Care2.com, a study in Japan found that those people who listened to their favorite music, upbeat music or humor had a lower systolic blood pressure (top number) after three months than those who didn’t listen to music or increase their laugher.

This says a lot about how taking time to relax and enjoy yourself can really benefit your health!

Eating Kiwis

Add kiwis to your diet to lower blood pressure.Then, a HealthDay article on USNews.com reported that cardiologists believe kiwis should definitely be part of your daily allowance of five fruits and vegetables. This is after a study showed kiwis lowered blood pressure even better than apples when tested on individuals with high blood pressure who changed nothing about their diet but the fruit intake.

While kiwis are rich in the antioxidant lutein, it should not be considered a wonder fruit, as the experts mentioned in the article caution. The definite takeaway message, though, is that, “When we say ‘eat more fresh fruit,’ we stick to the tried-and-true or anything that is handheld and peeled, but these findings suggest that a kiwi can be part of a heart-healthy diet,” Dr. Nehal Mehta, a preventive cardiologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia says.

So, for those with high blood pressure, remember get a blood pressure screening regularly. Then, listen to your favorite music and/or comedian daily and add some kiwi to your diet, and you could very well begin to see lower blood pressure numbers!

Read more about these studies at:

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/fight-high-blood-pressure-with-music.html

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/heart/articles/2011/11/15/got-high-blood-pressure-kiwi-fruit-may-help

Photo courtesy of FreeDigital Photos.net




Today is World Diabetes Day

November 14, 2011

glucose screening Did you know that there even was a World Diabetes Day? Adopted by the United Nations in 2007, it has a logo and everything! Just check out the International Diabetes Federation website at http://www.idf.org/.

I wanted to pay tribute on our blog to World Diabetes Day, especially since many news sources are reporting that the International Diabetes Federation group expects diabetes cases to double throughout the world by 2030, affecting one in ten people, even in places like the Middle East and Africa. What’s astonishing is that these predictions don’t even take into account the obesity epidemic.

Thank goodness this news is being taken seriously. For example, it was barely 9 a.m., and I was getting notifications of news sources all around the globe reporting all the events going on around the world to raise awareness on this day: Madurai, a city in India, encouraging diabetes health checks; other areas of India promoting diabetes awareness and walkathons (because walking is great exercise); monuments being lit up in the signature blue (like the logo) in 84 countries, including the U.S. (e.g. in Sioux Falls and Baltimore).

Meanwhile, I wanted to share with you some other stories that I came across:

Mother/Teacher in WI Makes Decision to Live Healthy

USA Today reports a serious but encouraging story about a mother/teacher in Wisconsin who was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. This occurred just after watching her friend lose a lower leg due to complications from the disease.

As a result of her diagnosis, she decided that spending money on a trainer now would be better than having to spend money on diabetes supplies in the near future. So, she joined a 16-week diabetes prevention program at the YMCA and learned how to make healthy choices.

Now 71 pounds lighter, she is on the border of no longer being pre-diabetic and may quite possibly be a great inspiration to her kids, who seemed to have played a role in her decision to take the healthy step.

Read this story at:  http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/medical/diabetes/story/2011-11-13/Teacher-cutting-diabetes-off-at-the-pass/51186576/1?loc=interstitialskip

UK Charity Uses World Diabetes Day to Show Possible Healthcare Failure

The BBC reports that nearly half of diabetes patients in Wales are not getting the essential annual health checks or education they need, according to the charity, Diabetes UK Cymru.

As a result, the charity is calling attention to it on World Diabetes Day and also publishing a list of 15 essential checks for people who have diabetes.  This is an attempt to prevent diabetic complications and reduce the high cost to the NHS in Wales.

The good news is that this information got the attention of many healthcare professionals in Wales who are on board with this awareness campaign.

Read more about it at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-15717103

Paul and Mira Sorvino Share Their Diabetes Story in a Video

If you like these stories, you may also enjoy watching a video, which features actors Paul and Mira Sorvino. In this video they share how coping and learning how not to cheat with diabetes is a family affair.

Watch this video at: http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/health/medical/diabetes/2010-12-03-video-sorvino_N.htm

What will you do for World Diabetes Day?

Why not sign up for our health e-newsletter now at http://links.lifelinescreeningmail.com/servlet/SignUpForm?f=20204!




Does Smoking Affect Prostate Cancer Survival and Recurrence?

November 14, 2011

Everyone should quit smoking, but this information is for all the men out there:

Quit smoking now, and you may be less likely to see a recurrence in prostate cancer. In addition, you could have a better chance of survival. This HealthDay TV video (below) about a smoking and prostate cancer study points to these facts. Watch it now.

We’ve also posted this video, which we’ve entitled, Don’t Do This to Increase Your Chance of Prostate Cancer Survival, on Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel.

If you do not have video capability, I’ve provided the script for you below the video.

Share this with the ones you love today, and stay healthy!

Joelle

Copyright © 2011 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Here is the script of this video for your convenience:

Among men who receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer, those who don’t do this could have better odds of surviving.

Evidence has suggested that smoking may put men at higher risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer and dying of the disease once they have it.

In a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers set out to learn more about the connection. They included more than 5,300 men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer over a 20-year period.

The researchers found that men who smoked when they were diagnosed were 61% more likely to die of the disease than men who had never smoked.

After their treatment, men who smoked were also more likely to show evidence that their cancer had returned compared to men who had never smoked.

However, the researchers found some good news for former smokers: Those who had quit at least ten years before they were diagnosed with cancer had a similar risk of dying of the disease or seeing it recur as men who had never smoked.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading: Health news that matters – to you.

[End of Script]




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