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Friday Roundup: Women’s Health Awareness, New Stroke Device, and More

admin - May 17, 2013



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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 nutrition information, healthy living tips, and disease prevention, you can keep your health strong.

 

The Need for Women’s Health Awareness

Although May is National Stroke Awareness month, May 12 through 18 is also National Women’s Health Week – a time to focus on improving women’s health through preventive action.

Recent data shows that not all American women are living longer than previous generations. In 43 percent of the country’s counties from 2002 to 2006, women’s mortality rates have actually become worse than they were in 1992 through 1996. It’s also important to note that the United States ranks 49th in the world for women’s health.

With dangerous health conditions like heart disease, the number one killer of American women, preventive action can make a difference. Identifying a heart problem before it becomes catastrophic has the potential to save lives. Other conditions like type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and stroke can also be prevented.

Learn more about the importance of Women’s Health Week and preventive health screenings now.

 

New Stroke Device Promises Better Patient Outcomes

Stroke kills one American every four minutes. Think about it. That’s a great deal of preventable deaths.

Catching a stroke early is one of the best ways to lower the chances of a patient suffering dangerous, life-altering consequences. Two new stent-retrievers used in the United States have the potential to provide better outcomes for patients suffering from strokes.

Although not a preventive measure, these medical devices are used in surgery to stop an ischemic stroke before it worsens. They are used by physicians to trap and remove a large clot within the brain artery, thereby allowing blood flow to the brain and stopping damage to the brain cells. These devices are best for patients who are not candidates for clot-dissolving medications or who have not responded to medications.

Read more about these revolutionary medical devices here.

 

Diet Myths You Should Avoid

Do you think all calories are equal, so it doesn’t matter what you eat? Think again. ABC News recently released a list of diet myths that can actually make you gain weight, and this is one of them. The truth is, all calories are not equal. Your body burns and stores various foods differently. Some foods take more work to burn and store, meaning you can burn more calories depending on which foods you eat.

Another common myth is that strength training will “bulk you up”. Both a pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh the same – a pound – however muscle is denser than fat, meaning a pound of muscle will take up less space than a pound of fat. Muscle weight is good weight because it can actually make you look smaller. It also boosts metabolism throughout the day and helps keep you leaner over time.

Read more diet myths from the ABC News article here.

 

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