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Archive for April, 2012

Life Line Screening Friday Roundup Post: Mobile Phones, Salt Intake and Stroke Risk, Osteoporosis and Diabetes

April 27, 2012

Friday Roundup:

 

Huge U.K. Study Currently Finds No Evidence of Health Harm from Mobile Phones

Perhaps it’s just that we fear the unknown, or are suspicious of technology we don’t quite understand – the early days of Television and microwave ovens brought many worries about sterility and cancer issues into the minds of American consumers, which proved to be largely exaggerated. There’s been much talk in the last few years about the dangers of mobile phone usage, particular talk that these devices may contribute to the formation of brain tumors over time. A new study by the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency (HPA), which examined hundreds of studies on mobile phone usage and its link to brain tumors, brain functioning and infertility, found “no conclusive links” between cellular phones and these illnesses. Despite these findings in the U.K.’s largest review to-date on the safety of mobile phones, however, the verdict is still out and more monitoring needs to occur since long-term effects are not known – most consumers have only been using cell phones since the late 1990s. Interestingly, the HPA also advises that children should still “avoid excessive use of mobiles,” period. Life Line Screening will continue to report on this ongoing medical discussion.

Read full article in detail at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17843953

 

High Salt Intake Seemingly Linked to Higher Stroke Risk

Most people already know that high levels of salt are not good for the human body, and normally lead to higher blood pressure over time as the body ages. This is a precarious situation for many Americans, as fast food burgers and fries as well as most canned meats and vegetables have high amounts of salt to increase the flavor of the food, or to preserve the food for longer shelf lives. A new study led by Hannah Gardener of the University of Miami School of Medicine and popularized in the journal Stroke now seems to support the claim that there’s a strong link between high salt intake and such conditions as heart disease and stroke – not just high blood pressure. Although Gardener is quick to explain that it’s tough to draw conclusions about the cause-and-effect relationship between sodium intake and diseases such as stroke, statistics in the study certainly back-up the idea and Gardener advocates for a detailed reading of all food labels in order to control salt consumption.

Read full article in detail at:
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/04/26/high-salt-intake-linked-to-higher-stroke-risk/

Learn more about stroke information & stroke screening services from Life Line Screening at:
http://www.lifelinescreening.com/disease-information/stroke.aspx

 

17 Ways to Battle Osteoporosis for Better Bone Health

Health-conscious adults know that calcium helps to build strong bones in children and helps to keep bones strong in older adults. Well-read health enthusiasts will also probably know that osteoporosis can strike men as well as women and that this bone-depleting condition can do as much as to strip away 6 inches of an individual’s height over a lifetime! Life Line Screening came across this encouraging article on the Health.com website – a great collection of tips and suggestions on how to proactively fight against the onset of osteoporosis as we grow older. Be prepared to learn why cutting down on soda, alcohol, caffeine and tobacco are very good ideas, and why exercise, vitamin D and medical supplements can be your best friends as you age into your senior years.

Read full article in detail at:
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/thumbnails/0,,20530252,00.html

Read osteoporosis information and learn about osteoporosis screenings from Life Line Screening at:
http://www.lifelinescreening.com/disease-information/osteoporosis.aspx

 

Helping to Decode the Diabetic Diet

Though there is still much debate as to the origin of adult-onset diabetes and how much of this disease is caused by diet, it’s generally agreed that a healthy diet, once diagnosed, is mandatory, since the adult diabetic body makes less and less insulin or has trouble using the insulin it does manufacture. A fine news article in the Chicago Tribune this week helps shed some light on better dietary practices and foods for diabetics, as well as explaining why certain foods are good or bad for you. The really good news? Only non-diet soft drinks are totally taboo! Since 10.3 million Americans over the age of 60 have type 2 diabetes, we think this article is worth reading by a large percentage of our website visitors. Bon appetite!

Read full article in detail at:
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-25/health/sc-health-0425-diabetes-diet-20120425_1_insulin-diabetic-diet-diabetes-educator




Life Line Screening Roundup Blog Post – April 20, 2012

April 20, 2012

Friday Roundup:

 

RIP Mr. Dick Clark, America’s Oldest Living Teenager

Life Line Screening is sad to report what most of you have already heard this week in the news – the passing of a true entertainment legend America has loved and adored for six decades in popular culture – Mr. Dick Clark. From American Bandstand to New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to The $25,000 Pyramid game show, Clark was a host, MC, producer, talent scout and entertainment advocate in the music industry par excellence. Suffering a “mild” stroke in 2004 that caused him to miss the 2005 New Year’s Eve event, he returned the next year to host but admitted that the stroke had left him “in bad shape.” The heart attack that claimed his life this week was his first. Goodbye Mr. Clark from your many fans across America and the world!

Read full article in detail at:
http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/obit/story/2012-04-18/dick-clark-dies-at-82/54390716/1

Learn about stroke and heart disease information from Life Line Screening at:
http://www.lifelinescreening.com/disease-information/default.aspx

 

All Kinds of Physical Activity Lowers Alzheimer’s Risk

Very good news published Wednesday in the journal Neurology has many people literally up and walking, running and jumping. Turns out that higher levels of activity of all kinds – from washing dishes, cleaning the house and gardening to playing cards, walking around the block and dancing – is being linked to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s even in individuals over 80 years of age. People who scored in the bottom 10% of physical activity were more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Basically, wherever you are in life, putting some motion and movement into your daily routine is a very good thing. ll Kinds of Physical Activity Lowers Alzheimer’s Risk

Read full article in detail at:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/story/2012-04-17/Alzheimers-exercise-benefit/54390452/1

 

Positive Thinking Plays a Role in a Healthy Heart

Though it’s long been noticed that grumpy, stressed and type-A personalities tend to have higher risks of heart attacks, the reverse appears to be true as well – individuals who are upbeat, enthusiastic and optimistic appear to have fewer heart attacks. While the science behind “psychosomatic” influence on the body is still not well-understood, it’s becoming more and more apparent that your mental outlook helps to shape much about your life experiences – from the friends you make and keep to the way you treat yourself and what you allow to influence your body. Indeed, we are what we think.

Read full article in detail at:
http://news.yahoo.com/happy-positive-outlook-may-good-heart-202845452.html

 

Low-Fat Dairy Products May Help Lower Risk of Stroke

The old saying, “you are what you eat,” seems to prove itself true time and time again. A new Swedish study in the journal Stroke claims that middle-aged and older adults may be able to lower their risk of stroke by switching to low-fat dairy products. The researchers of the study, who tracked the diets of nearly 75,000 men and women over a 10-year period, found that those who consumed the most low-fat dairy foods and beverages were found to be 12% less likely to have a stroke than those who ate the least. Proof positive that diet consideration is a good strategy in managing your ongoing health for both men and women.

Read full article in detail at:
http://www.webmd.com/stroke/news/20120419/low-fat-dairy-may-help-reduce-stroke-risk




The Body/Mind Connection and Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

April 16, 2012

Did you know that many health care professionals actually believe you can delay or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease by taking care of your overall health? It’s true.

This video highlights a study done by Chinese researchers – long-known for proactive healthcare as opposed to treating illness only when it arises – and their work in assisting patients afflicted with Mild Cognitive Impairment, which often raises patients’ chances of developing Alzheimer’s. What they found was that individuals with high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol were more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, but that treating these 3 conditions successfully also lowered their risks of Alzheimer’s later in life.

Watch the video here and send it as a link to those you love who might benefit from the information it contains. You can also watch it on Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel. For those without video capability, the text is provided below the video box for your reading pleasure.

Here is the audio text to the video:

“As you get older, taking good care of your body may help keep your mind in better shape.

As the huge crowd of baby-boomers gets older, researchers are trying hard to find ways to protect them from Alzheimer’s disease.

In a new study, Chinese researchers looked at whether treating other health problems may help. They included 837 people who had mild problems with their mental ability. This condition, called Mild Cognitive impairment, raises people’s chance of developing Alzheimer’s.

The researchers checked-in with the participants every year for five years. They found that people with high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol were more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. However, if they received treatment for these conditions, they lowered their risk.

According to the researchers, these results show that people with Mild Cognitive Impairment may delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease if they start taking care of these kinds of health problems early.”




Life Line Screening: Friday Roundup Blog Post – April 13th

April 13, 2012

Friday Roundup:

 

During Alcohol Awareness Month – More Studies Support Moderate Alcohol Consumption for Heart Health

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and while there are many, many examples out there in society of the dangers of alcohol excess, there is also ongoing good news about alcohol’s heart-healthy effects to be noted. Two recent studies conducted by Canadian researchers found that those who consume alcohol moderately (1 drink a day for women and 1-2 drinks a day for men) are 14 to 25 percent less likely to develop heart disease than their non-drinking associates, and that moderate alcohol consumption regardless of the type of alcohol consumed (beer, wine, liquor) actually raises the levels of ‘good cholesterol’ (HDL) in the bloodstream, which acts to protect against heart disease. Of course, there are many reasons for not drinking at all, including religious beliefs and addiction risk. You can still be healthy without alcohol, but for those choose to drink at safe limits, it is nice to know that it can be heart healthy.

Read full article in detail at:
http://www.lifelinescreening.com/health-updates/healthy-you/high-cholestorol/evidence-ties-moderate-drinking-health.aspx

 

“Central Obesity” May Lead to Greater Risks of Dementia

Our doctors, our siblings, our friends, even our parents are all encouraging us to exercise – and they’ve got plenty of good reasons that we’ve all heard time and again. But here’s one reason you may not have heard before – a Kaiser Permanente researcher and his colleagues in California have discovered an apparent link between mid-section abdominal weight in the middle years, known as “central obesity,” and dementia in senior years. Studies on over 6,000 people measured abdominally in the mid-1960s to 1970s found that people with the thickest bellies had over 3 times the risk of dementia than those with the lowest abdominal diameters. Though there are several theories as to why this would be the case, the bottom line is that excess weight carried in the mid-section of the body can be bad for your brain as well as your heart.

Read full article in detail at:
http://www.lifelinescreening.com/health-updates/health-news/dementia-risk.aspx

 

Get Your Vegetarian Passover Ideas Here!

While Passover is now concluding for the year, it’s never too early to think about next year’s Passover meal and ways you can make it healthier for your family, neighbors…even your rabbi. The venerable New York Times recently published a great article about vegetarian Passover meals completely devoid of animal flesh. Tasty, aromatic and beautiful to look at, we though recipes like Bitter Herbs Salad and Moroccan Fava Bean & Vegetable Soup just had to be passed on as opposed to passed over for our Jewish readers. We hope you enjoy them!

Read full article in detail at:
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/a-vegetarian-passover/?ref=health

 

Dental X-Rays Linked to Brain Tumors in New US Study

No one likes to go to the dentist and hear bad news about their teeth, but it turns out one of the very processes used to evaluate our teeth might be giving us much worse than a cavity. Following up on our Roundup post from last Friday concerning the reduction in frequency of many standardized medical tests, a new study released in the U.S. journal Cancer reports that individuals who receive regular dental x-rays are more likely to develop a common type of brain tumor. This will of course be a controversial finding but we’ll keep you informed as we learn more about this story. In the meantime, get your teeth cleaned twice a year by your dentist to keep a healthy mouth, beautiful smile, and reduce cardiovascular disease risk. The plaque found in your mouth is related to the plaque in your arteries. If you have concerns about your x-ray exposure, make sure to discuss them with your dentist.

Read full article in detail at:
http://news.yahoo.com/dental-x-rays-linked-brain-tumors-us-study-091613970.html




Video: Three Tips to Living A Healthier Lifestyle

April 10, 2012

This video gives three tips for living a healthier lifestyle. Here’s more help: After you watch the video, sign up for Life Line Screening’s FREE monthly Health E-Newsletter that will help keep you motivated each month. Sign up today at http://links.lifelinescreeningmail.com/servlet/SignUpForm?f=20204.

I’ve also included the script below the video box for your convenience.

Joelle

Copyright © 2011 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Script:

Doctors often tell people to lose weight, eat healthier and stop smoking. Now, let’s talk about how you can actually do these things.

Hi. I’m Dr. Cindy Haines host of HealthDay TV.

Living a healthier lifestyle can be hard, but change isn’t so tough if you go about it the right way. Try these three steps:

1, Learn why you want to change. We all want to be healthy, but that’s kind of vague hope that may not inspire you to change your life. Write down what being in good health would help you do, like feel better, be more fit, or live long enough to see your grandkids grow up. If you need inspiration for living a healthier life, review your list.
2. Figure out how ready you are. Are you ready to make healthy changes now? If not, might you be ready in a few months? People at different stages of readiness need different motivations to take action. If you aren’t quite willing to change yet, think about what you would need to do to become more ready.
3. Break big goals into smaller ones. Losing 50 pounds is like climbing a mountain. If this is your goal, think instead about starting with a 10-lb. loss. Make mini goals that will help you reach it, like starting to walk around your block, then later jogging around it, then entering a 5K race in your community.

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

 




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