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Archive for May, 2013

Friday Roundup: Skin Cancer Risks, Blood Sugar and Alzheimer’s Risk, and More

May 31, 2013

Those of us at Life Line Screening believe that the power of prevention can change lives for the better. By staying up-to-date on latest health headlines featuring surprising skin cancer risks, high blood sugar and Alzheimer’s risk, and cardiovascular aging.

 

Surprising Skin Cancer Risks

Those of us at Life Line Screening emphasized May as Stroke Awareness Month, but it was also Melanoma Awareness Month. Summer is fast approaching, which means we’re all spending more time outside under the sun’s warm rays.

Not covering up your skin in the sun and using tanning beds are two common skin cancer risks. But did you know your office lights may also raise your risk of skin cancer? According to Rodale.com, radiation can be emitted from compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), leading to an increased production of cancer-causing free radicals in healthy cells. It’s important to not sit closer than one foot away from these kinds of light bulbs.

Two other surprising skin cancer risks are climate change and your sunscreen. Learn why by reading the full article now.

 

High Blood Sugar and Alzheimer’s Risk

New results from researchers at the University of Arizona suggest that elevated blood sugar levels may increase a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The study was conducted among 124 people ages 47 to 68 who were diabetes-free and had normal brain function, but also had a family history of Alzheimer’s.

Research has previously shown that people with Alzheimer’s show lower brain metabolism in certain brain regions. The study results showed a pattern similar to this in the same brain regions among the participants with higher blood sugar levels.

Read more about the study here.

 

Can Cardiovascular Aging Be Reversed?

You may feel young at heart, but every day your heart gets older. As adults age, the heart can grow larger and its walls can thicken, sometimes leading to diastolic heart failure. New research has shown, however, that a certain protein reversed aging in the heart among mice.

“We’ve developed this potentially broadly-acting rejuvenative protein” said study author Amy Wagers, a professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard University, in a Fox News article. “[W]e are excited to understand its potential in humans.”

Read the full details of the heart health study now.

 

Get Involved on LifeLongHealth.com

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Prevention in Healthcare: Why It “Makes Sense”

May 28, 2013

Two-thirds of all annual deaths in the United States are caused by five diseases – heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (bronchitis and emphysema) and diabetes. Such health conditions also account for approximately 75 percent of the country’s healthcare spending. However, there is a bright side to these facts – all of these diseases are highly preventable through early detection and health screening.

A recent Huffington Post article by Stephen A. Brunton, M.D., FAAFP dives deeper into the value of prevention in healthcare. Despite drastic cuts being made among resources allocated to preventive efforts following the “fiscal cliff”/sequestration issues and negative criticism, Brunton argues in favor of preventive measures as an effective, proactive approach to healthcare in the United States.

Brunton makes a point to mention the outdated guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that have stirred up debate about the usefulness of prevention in healthcare. Brunton contends that many critics in conflict against preventive care are not taking into consideration important factors such as “long term costs to the system or long-term health of patients”. In the long run, preventive health screenings can be a valuable piece of the healthcare landscape.

While providing an example of local community screenings offered by companies, Brunton mentions Life Line Screening by name, stating that “these types of collaborations between community-based care and traditional doctor-office and hospital-based care makes sense, and should be encouraged.” Some of the deadliest (and costliest) health conditions are also considered the most preventable through proactive, early measures, similar to those provided by Life Line Screening.

Brunton counters the critics of preventive measures and Life Line Screening by declaring preventive health screenings as valuable tools when used appropriately across the medical spectrum. For diseases like stroke that exhibit very few warning signs, health screening tests have the potential to make a life-saving impact. If we all work together to ensure a healthy balance between what is best for the patient and managing costs, we may not only see a reduction in healthcare costs for serious diseases, but a reduction in deaths caused by these highly preventable conditions.

Read the full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-a-brunton-md-faafp/prevention-in-health-care_b_3324843.html

 




Happy Memorial Day!

May 27, 2013

Today is the last Monday in May – meaning it’s Memorial Day. Previously known as Decoration Day, this federal holiday commemorates all men and women who have died during military service for the United States.

Whatever your plans may be today, it’s important to remember the real reason we celebrate Memorial Day. What will you do to remember the fallen men and women of the United States military this year? Whether it’s keeping them in your thoughts throughout the day, flying an American flag in your yard, or visiting a national cemetery, you can show respect for the military members who gave their lives for our country.

Keeping yourself healthy is another great way to show your appreciation for the sacrifice of fallen military members. You can take advantage of a preventive health screening to identify risk of serious health conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, or osteoporosis. Gain the peace of mind you deserve, and have a great Memorial Day!

 

Happy Memorial Day from Life Line Screening

 




Friday Roundup: Fish Oil and Heart Health, Alzheimer’s Treatment, and More

May 24, 2013

Those of us at Life Line Screening believe that the power of prevention can change lives for the better. By staying up-to-date on latest health headlines featuring fish oil and heart health, Alzheimer’s disease treatment, and more.

 

Are Fish Oil Supplements Pointless for Heart Health?

You may have read about previous study results linking fish oil supplements to a healthier heart. New research shows, however, that these findings may not be true.

Italian researchers found that the supplements actually do very little to prevent cardiac trouble like heart attacks, heart failure, and strokes. Specifically, the study found that omega-3 fatty acid supplements such as fish oil do not actually have any heart health advantages. They do, however, seem to help ward off abnormal heart rhythms following a heart attack or heart failure.

Read more about the study on fish oil supplements and heart health now.

 

Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment Discovered

A new study finds that a current leukemia drug has been found to reduce the production of toxic proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other forms of dementia. The researchers found that drug called nilotinib stopped the abnormal production of protein build-up in the brains of mice.

Alpha-Synuclien and tau proteins have been previously implicated in the development of diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s disease, and Lewy body dementia. If the production of these proteins is reduced or stopped, the development of these conditions can be halted.

Read more about the study now.

 

Diabetes: A Serious Stroke Risk Factor

Type 2 diabetes is not only a life-altering condition on its own – it’s also a risk factor for many other dangerous health conditions, including stroke. A new study conducted by researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center found that for people under age 65, diabetes increases stroke risk by 12 times compared to those of a similar age without diabetes.

This risk was highest among study participants under age 65 because these individuals typically don’t have as many other stroke risk factors as older people with diabetes do. This increases the overall impact of diabetes as a risk factor for stroke.

Type 2 diabetes and stroke are both preventable diseases. Through a type 2 diabetes screening or a stroke screening, individuals can identify their risk. Eliminating as many controllable risk factors as possible is another smart option. Read more about the diabetes and stroke risk study now.

 

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VIDEO: Your Overall Health

May 21, 2013

Are you unconvinced of the benefits of a proactive, preventive approach to your health? You may have heard all of the hype about the importance of staying active, keeping your brain sharp, and eating healthy, but that doesn’t mean you’re convinced enough to actually do these things.

This Half-Minute Health Helper video from Life Line Screening focuses on the positive results from one study that associated general, overall health to lower risk of disease – specifically, Alzheimer’s disease. Taking care of yourself really is all it’s cracked up to be, and this study proves it.

Learn more about the study results by watching the video below. For more information on ways to lower or identify your risk of serious health conditions like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and more, explore the preventive health screenings offered by Life Line Screening. Visit Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel to learn more about what you can do for

For those without video capability, the text is provided below.

Half-Minute Health-Helpers: Your Overall Health

Here is the audio text to the video:

“Many healthcare professionals actually believe you can delay or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease by taking care of your overall health.

It’s true. A study done by Chinese researchers, long-known for proactive healthcare, found that individuals with high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol were more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. So just remember to take a preventative, proactive approach to your overall health.”




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