Friday, April 14, 2017
Helping your heart. (1) LAY OFF THE SALT According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, 89% of Americans consume more sodium than they should. This is a huge risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Use as many fresh ingredients as possible when cooking at home. "Processed foods are often salted to extend their shelf life," says Cheryl Anderson, Ph.D., a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and an associate professor in the division of preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. (2) STOP SMOKING No matter how little you smoke, the chemicals in cigarettes are damaging to your heart and blood vessels. If you are trying to quit, download the free app Kwit. It will tell you how much money you have saved since going smoke-free and track the impact it has on your health, unlocking feel-good reminders. (3) DON'T LET STRESS GET TO YOU Over time tension like traffic jams, work deadlines and toddlers who throw very public tantrums can wear on your heart. Those who wallow in anxiety, according to a Penn State study, had lower heart rate variability. This is a risk factor for heart disease. You have to find ways to bounce back, "by talking to a supportive friend, exercising, doing something else you enjoy; says study author Nancy Sin, Ph.D. Doing so can help decrease inflammation and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. She says, "If anything, having a meaningful work and relationship,even if they're at time stressful, makes your life richer." Blogger:Being Sane Takes Too Much Work
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
According to a study conducted at Marist College in New York and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, people who use curse words artfully and persuasively tend to have a wider vocabulary, which is considered an indicator of intelligence. Also, expletives may have benefits. A 2011 study conducted at England's Keele University found that cursing can help us reduce and endure physical pain. In the workplace, other studies have shown, that cursing can help us communicate more persuasively and forge better teams. Of course, some expletives are more taboo than others. Be mindful of the risks of swearing when in public. There may be scientific acceptance, but not the same acceptance from family or coworkers.
Neuroscientists say, small fibs might not be as harmless after all. Published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, a British study showed brain scans of the amygdala, which is the region that responds to unpleasant emotional experiences, the brain became desensitized with each successive falsehood. The brain responds less the more we lie. Researchers said, the result is a "slippery slope: What begins as small acts of dishonesty can escalate into larger transgressions." Blogger:Being Sane Takes Too Much Work
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
It is estimated that nearly 100,000 hospitalized people die each year from preventable errors according to a report in the 90's published by the Institute of Medicine. An eight-year study by Johns Hopkins University found that more than 250,000 deaths a year were caused by mistakes by the American health care system. Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer, in the U.S. According to a report by federal government investigators that was published July 2016, nearly 1 in 3 patients in America's rehabilitation facilities suffered harm from the care they received. This ranged from getting the wrong medication to picking up an infection or bedsores. Found out more about the doctors and hospitals in your area: byhospitalsafetyscore.org Hospital Safety Score gives hospital a letter grade based on a range of safety measures nursecredentialing.org Nurse Credentialing Center rates hospitals on a range of care measures. It's 'magnet hospitals" tend to have lower death and infection rates. ahrq.gov Agency for Healthcare research and Quality has a step-by-step discharge checklist and a down-loadable guide "Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital." medicare.gov/physiciancompare Physician Compare is from Medicare. It offers background on physicians and ratings from patient surveys. medicare.gov/hospitalcompare Hospital Compare uses Medicare data to rate hospitals on variables such as effective care, complications, readmissions and patient experiences.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
SMOKING: The longer you have stopped smoking, the better condition you will be in. After quitting for ten years, your risk of dying from lung cancer is half that of a smoker's. After 15 years, your heart disease risk is the same as that of a nonsmoker. A new study showed that even smokers who quit in their 60's can lengthen their life expectancy. Epidemiologist Sarah Nash, lead researcher of the study says, "Regardless of age, all smokers benefit from quitting". People who quit, no matter when they have stopped, are always at lower risk of death compared to those who continued to smoke. Subjects were tracked in a survey from 2004-2005 through 2011. Of those who continued to smoke, 33% died compared to only 12% of those who never smoked. Those who quit smoking in their 60's, 23% fewer died compared with those who did not quit. DRINKING: The liver can completely regenerate itself even after 50% of it is damaged. But, many other parts of the body is affected by alcohol. A host of problems when older has been linked to young binge drinking. These problems include an increased risk of heart disease and cancer. If you drink a lot before age 25, you may have inhibited your brain's functional development. This is because the hippocampus and frontal brain structures do not mature until about the age of 25. Moderate drinking is healthful according to lots of studies. Alcohol is addictive so the challenge is to make sure moderate does not become excessive. DRUGS: Get tested for HIV and hepatitis B and C even if you have used intravenous drugs only once. Baby boomers are 5 times more likely to have hepatitis C than other adults. If you did use drugs frequently, you should undergo a cardiac evaluation and have your liver and kidney function assessed. Damage can go undetected for years. Blogger:Being Sane Takes Too Much Work
Friday, March 17, 2017
A new study says the prevalence of dementia among 65-plus has fallen by 24%. In 2000, the rate of 65 and older with signs of dementia was 11.6%. In 2012, it dropped to 8.8%. The decline is partly attributed to improved heart health and education levels according to the authors of the study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Unfortunately, the overall the number of dementia cases is still expected to rise as millions of the baby boomer group age. Blogger:Being Sane Takes Too Much Work
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Self and Identity published an article that found many metal heads are better adjusted in middle age than their counterparts who listened to other types of music. In general, they are well-educated, middle class and gainfully employed. They are also less likely to seek psychological counseling. Researchers believe that belonging to a group with strong social ties has important implications for health and well being. Blogger:Being Sane Takes Too Much Work