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Archive for March, 2012

Life Line Screening: Friday Roundup Blog Post – March 30th

March 30, 2012

Friday Roundup:

 

Colon Cancer Is Hot on the Charts These Days with Musicians

Earlier this week we reported that Country Music musician and singer Wade Heyes has been diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer – a very bad stage of the disease to be discovered within since the 5-year survival rate is estimated by some doctors to be only about 8.1%. Just a few days after our blog post, famed and influential Soul Music legend Bobby Womack was announced to have colon cancer, though fortunately Mr. Womack was diagnosed early and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is currently in stage I of the highly preventable disease. Since colon cancer almost always starts as non-cancerous polyps, early detection via colonoscopies is vital for prevention, particularly for adults 50+ in age.

Read article in full detail at:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bobby-womack-diagnosed-with-colon-cancer-20120326

 

American Diabetes Day Was March 27th

This past Tuesday was American Diabetes Day, an event designed to call attention to the large and growing problem of diabetes in America. Sedentary lifestyles, bad diets, sugar-laden fast foods all have helped cause diabetes to rise alarmingly in both adults and children – figures for prediabetes alone rose from 57 million Americans in 2008 to 70 million Americans in 2010. That’s an increase in prediabetes of 13 million individuals in just two years! Recent research shows that people with diabetes have a dramatically increased risk of stroke. The research, published in the journal Stroke this month revealed that the risk increases 3% each year and triples after a decade.

Read articles in full detail at:
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/03/29/surge-in-prediabetes-underscores-importance-diet-and-healthy-weight/

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/759932

 

Life Line Assists Dr. Oz with 5 Thousand 6 for Life Screening Packages and Studio Participation As Well

This week Life Line Screening was delighted to support The Dr. Oz Show by giving away 5 thousand 6 for Life screening packages through an online event. The 6 for Life packages measure waist size, blood pressure and glucose levels to indicate diabetes risk, and Life Line Screening was very pleased to be involved as well as to help the watching world to understand the importance of early testing for diabetes.

Read blog post in full detail at:
http://www.lifelinescreeningblog.com/index.php/life-line-screening-helps-dr-oz-by-providing-thousands-of-free-6-for-life-screening-packages/

 

Medical Tattoos – The New Medical Alert Bracelets of the 21st Century?

For years, individuals with allergies or medical conditions have worn medical alert bracelets or necklaces to inform passers-by and EMTs of their special needs. But what happens if the bracelet or necklace is somehow lost in an accident? Today, the popular trend of fashion tattoos is being used for conveying medical information as well as for making a personal statement. Individuals who have important information they want others to know about in case of emergencies can have that info tattooed on to their body, to be discovered by doctors or emergency workers in case the patient is unconscious. We think this is a very clever idea, so we thought we’d share some “ink” about it.

Read article in full detail at:
http://news.yahoo.com/medical-tattoos-offer-important-health-information-082503712.html




Life Line Screening Helps Dr. Oz By Providing Thousands of FREE 6 For Life Screening Packages

March 28, 2012

Recently, The  Dr. Oz Show highlighted three key tests that could save your life — waist size, blood pressure and glucose testing for diabetes risk.

Dr. Oz “ambushed” people all over the United States to find people at risk.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t hard.  High blood pressure, larger waist sizes and elevated glucose are very common risk factors.

Luckily, all are risk factors that can be addressed with the help of your doctor and lifestyle changes. The key is knowledge. You have to know where you stand in order to map out where you are going.

That is where screening comes in.  Life Line Screening was proud to give away our popular 6 For Life screening package (which includes all three tests) to the entire studio audience and then to another 5,000 individuals through an online giveaway.

Thank you, Dr. Oz, for highlighting how important these vital tests are.

To see The Dr. Oz Show segments, visit here:

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-ozs-health-ambush-pt-1

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-ozs-health-ambush-pt-2

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-ozs-health-ambush-pt-3

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-ozs-health-ambush-pt-4




March Is Colon Cancer Awareness Month – What Musician Wade Hayes Would Tell You about Colonoscopies

March 22, 2012

Hayes diagnosed with colon cancer

Country singer Wade Hayes is battling stage IV colon cancer.

Country Music musician, singer and songwriter Wade Hayes had a number one hit not too long ago titled “Old Enough to Know Better,” a song that literally takes on new meaning for the handsome singer now that he has been diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. As his manager, Mike Robertson, explains, “You just don’t expect a man in his young 40s, who was perfectly healthy in every other way, to get this kind of diagnosis.”

Hayes, who was just 42 when the discovery was made, comes from a family with no history of gastrointestinal disease. He even thought the bleeding he was experiencing was due to an inflamed hemorrhoid brought on by a strenuous weightlifting session at his gym, and certainly not the result of a tumor that would prove to have metastasized – requiring 70% of his liver and 20 inches of his large intestine to be removed.

Stories such as Wade’s are a big reason March has become Colon Cancer Awareness month. Colorectal cancer, commonly known as colon cancer, is the third leading cause of cancer death in both men & women in the United States. It often has no symptoms until it is highly advanced. The good news is that this deadly disease is also the most preventable form of cancer, since it usually develops slowly over the course of 10 to 15 years from non-cancerous polyps. Colonoscopies can spot and remove these tumors BEFORE they become malignant……but only if a man or woman is living proactively and addressing the possibility of this malady before it is too late. The advent of March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month was designed to get people thinking about this preventable tragedy.

Since 90% of new cases of colon cancer occur in people over the age of 50, the American Cancer Society recommends that both women and men have a colonoscopy every ten years starting at that age, unless they have high risk factors due to a family history for the disease or other gastrointestinal diseases. Greater frequency of the test is recommended in these cases.

Wade Hayes is fighting for his life, but he’s got good friends like Willie Nelson, Kix Brooks, and Jay DeMarcus from Rascal Flatts to cheer him on. Still, it’s a very tough uphill battle – he’s lost 50 pounds and is undergoing chemotherapy and dietary improvements to fight-off the disease. One estimate for the 5-year survival rate of stage IV colon cancer is a scant is 8.1%, while another is only 6%. As Wade himself says about his experience, “If I had caught it early, I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

We wish Wade a true recovery and a return to perfect health and more great songs in the future. And we encourage all our readers within the 50-years+ demographic to get on the ball and schedule your own colonoscopy – it’s so much better than the alternative!

You can learn more about Wade Hayes and his battle with colon cancer by visiting this CNN page.

You can also learn about a new, non-invasive and at-home early detection test for colon cancer, available from Lifeline Screening, by visiting the Colon Cancer Screening Test page on our website.




Friday Roundup: Memory, Carotid Arteries, Hospital Stays for the Elderly, and PAD Under 50 in the News

March 16, 2012

Some articles for the 40 and above crowd. Read Friday Roundup news articles and stay proactive about your health!

 personal stroke screening story

Going to school keeps your brain functions fresh

The New York Times reports that more elderly people are heading back to school. Some are doing this based on reports that keeping the brain stimulated may prevent or put off Alzheimer’s. According to the article, working to retain memory keeps the blood, oxygen, and sugar pumping through the brain, and it does in fact help memory.
Read article in full detail at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/business/retirementspecial/retirees-are-using-education-to-exercise-an-aging-brain.html?_r=1

 

Memory problems might be a sign of carotid artery disease

Patients with substantial carotid-artery stenosis (narrowing) and no history of stroke or transient ischemic attack still suffer consequences of significant cognitive impairments, compared with people without carotid artery disease. Read the article in full detail at: http://www.familypracticenews.com/news/more-top-news/single-view/asymptomatic-carotid-disease-impairs-cognitive-function/c9c5a6b617.html

 

A positive change regarding hospital stays for elderly patients

The Daily Herald reports that hospitals are helping to make sure that elderly patients are leaving as healthy as they entered by getting them up and walking. “We want to preserve their independence,” Dina Lipowich, Northwest Community Hopsital’s head of nursing and geriatrics says in the article. “Gone are the days when we needed to stay in bed to get better.” Read the article in full detail at: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120312/entlife/703129979/

 peripheral arterial disease screening

Peripheral arterial disease is not just for the over 50 crowd

An ABCNews.com local affiliate out of Fresno reports that, “While about 1 in 20 people over 50 have PAD, it can strike younger adults as well.” Read this about a 41-year-old with peripheral arterial disease, a disease which the article says has been called, “the most common disease that nobody’s ever heard of,” in full detail at:  http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/health/health_watch&id=8567228




Video: Vitamin D and Bone Health

March 13, 2012

Watch this HealthDay TV video about the importance of vitamin D for good bone health. Also, talk with your doctor about bone health and get regular osteoporosis screenings.

The script can be found below the video box for your convenience.

Joelle

Copyright © 2011 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Here is the script of this video for your convenience:

Vitamin D is often an unsung hero when it comes to bone health, and statistics now show that many Americans seem to be running low on this important supplement. 

Calcium may get more recognition, but vitamin D also plays an important role in bone health.

This vitamin helps your body absorb the calcium in food, and when you don’t have enough vitamin D, your bones may pay the price.

Researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics looked at studies which included people who provided blood samples for testing.

About one quarter of people were at risk of having inadequate vitamin D. That means their blood levels were moderately low.

Last year the Institute of Medicine recommended that adults get 600 international units of vitamin D in their diet each day, and bump it up to 800 after the age of 70.

You can get vitamin D from foods including salmon and fortified milk, cereal and orange juice. And your body also makes it after a few minutes of exposure to sunlight.

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

Watch more videos like this on Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel.




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