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3-D-Printable Implants May Ease Damaged Knees

3-D-Printable Implants May Ease Damaged Knees

Researchers at Duke University have developed cartilage mimicking material. The development will allow doctors to 3-D print replacement knee parts for patients.

Key takeaways:

– The material developed is called hydrogel and mimics human cartilage in strength and elasticity.

– The hydrogel can best be used to replace the menisci in the knee that is subject to wear and tear over a lifetime.

– The ability to 3-D print the hydrogel provides a simple and inexpensive way of making knee replacements that are custom-fit to the patient’s anatomy.

These custom implants are based on virtual 3-D models of a patient’s anatomy, which can be obtained from computer tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.

Read the full story here

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/317048.php

Is It Wise to Take a Steroid for a Sore Throat?

Grantham Journal Big Interview: Authors Focus On the Serious Effects of Snoring

Snoring may be an embarrassing subject but that has not stopped Alex Adams and Dr. Mike Dilkes from co-authoring a book titled “Stop Snoring…the Easy Way.”

Snoring is a serious condition that adversely affects health, damages relationships — and can even be fatal. The book has received acclaim for providing information that is clear, short and relevant.

Alex Adams is a credited author who grew up in Grantham and attended Cliffedale Primary School. He is now based in London where he is a director of a tech-startup that is developing a digital platform that will become the corporate Google. Alex says that he has delved into corporate learning and has found it to be in line with his personal philosophy and the philosophy of the book. The philosophy of the book revolves around the fact that people want to learn far more than we can give them credit for. Information in the book has been packaged in a way that works.

How the Idea of the Book Came About

The co-author of the book, Dr. Mike Dilkes, is a top ear, nose and throat surgeon who shares in the passion of Alex that entails providing simple and effective solution to big problems. That marked the beginning of the concept of the book.

The two unique features of the book are:

  1.     Short daily routines work: These ensure that by sticking to the steps, you will be stress-free and well-rested in approximately two weeks. The good news will be welcome for families that snoring have impacted both in personal life and family life.
  2. The book takes the angle that change comes if you know why it is important to personally do it. Unlike many of the existing books that focus on snoring being loud, annoying and embarrassing, the book delves deeper into what happens in the background. Merely thinking of snoring as a social problem is akin to thinking that the only problem with smoking is the smell of smoke.

They also discuss the pose unspoken dangers — such as pauses in breathing when snoring. The book is calling on people to take a step towards healthy living to manage and get rid of their snoring.

“Stop Snoring… the Easy Way” has been well received getting good coverage on the Daily Telegraph. The huge response is helping authors to get the message as far and wide as possible.

Read the full story here

http://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/grantham-journal-big-interview-authors-focus-on-the-serious-effects-of-snoring-1-7926531

Second Cancers Deadlier for Younger People: Study

Second Cancers Deadlier for Younger People: Study

Researchers reveal the reason why second cancers are more deadly in younger patients. The findings now explain the poor outcomes in younger patients.

Key takeaways:

– The difference in survival rates for all types of cancer between initial and second was greatest for people younger than 40 years.

–  Children and young adults had five-year survival rate of 80% after first cancer and dropped to 47 and 60 percent respectively.

–  Lower financial reserves, lack of resources and support, and limitations in doses as a result of prior treatment caused lower survival rates for second cancers.

They may not have adequate insurance, or they may get lost in the system. They may suffer from depression, which can contribute to their overall health and worsen their cancer outcome.

Read the full story here

http://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20170420/second-cancers-deadlier-for-younger-people-study#1

Sinus Trouble Can Lead to Depression, Lost Work

Is It Wise to Take a Steroid for a Sore Throat?

The increasing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics has led to the search for alternative treatments for sore throat. One such alternative is the use of steroids.

Key takeaways:

– The use of steroid medications for sore throat has very modest success with improvement.

–  Steroid treatment may suppress vital symptoms of an underlying condition.

– Instead of taking steroids, use aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen to manage pain.

Sore throats should improve within three to five days, he said, and they should not get worse. Contact your doctor, he added, if you have a significant fever, not much of a cough and difficulty swallowing, since that might be a sign of a bacterial infection.

Read the full story here

https://consumer.healthday.com/dental-and-oral-information-9/sore-throat-news-629/is-it-wise-to-take-a-steroid-for-a-sore-throat-721749.html

Good Sleep Does Get Tougher With Age

Good Sleep Does Get Tougher With Age

Sleep habits often change as people age — and often result in less deep restorative sleep. Seniors who suffer from sleep fragmentation tend to experience problems such as dementia and depression.

Key takeaways:

–  Sleep fragmentation leads to frequent awakening during the night which leads to failure to get deep restorative sleep.

– Poor sleep is linked to loss of mental skills and memory.

– Sleep, eercise and a healthy diet are critical for maintaining good health.

Older people can improve their sleep by fitting physical and social activity into their daily routine, Zee said. At night, she suggested they make sure the bedroom temperature is comfortable and limit exposure to artificial light — especially the blue glow of computer and TV screens.

Read the full story here

http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/news/20170405/good-sleep-does-get-tougher-with-age#1

baloon in nose

How a Balloon up the Nose Can Clear Your Stuffy Sinuses and Spare You from Painful Surgery

People suffering from chronic stuffy sinuses can get their problem treated through simple procedures other than surgery. Surgery is painful afterwards, and you’ve got to lay around, waiting to recuperate.
Here’s a new procedure with an interesting approach – a balloon that is inflated inside the nose. It is a 30-minute operation that has received an endorsement from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
The procedure is scalpel-free and is as effective as standard surgery. An added benefit is that it is being provided on a walk-in walk-out basis. No stay in the hospital. Perfect!
Before we get into the details, let’s discuss this problem with sinuses.
Sinuses are air-filled spaces above, below and behind the eyes. The sinuses are connected to the nasal cavity through thin passages that are called ostia. The sinuses serve to moisten the air — and they remove bacteria from the air entering the lungs.
Inflammation of the sinuses (called sinusitis) can have multiple causes — colds and flu, pollution and allergies. Sinusitis will often last between a week and ten days. The common symptoms of sinusitis are nasal congestion, loss of smell, and nagging headaches. Chronic sinusitis means the problem lasts three months or longer. Sinusitis can be a life-long problem.
Until now, the only treatment option was functional endoscopic sinus surgery, a procedure that requires general anesthetic. The surgeon cuts away the inflamed tissue and drills though the ostia to open them up.
The recovery from surgery often takes seven to ten days, which may cost you two weeks at work. For many sufferers, this is a major obstacle – so they opt not to have surgery and live with the symptoms instead. Typically they rely on decongestant sprays and nasal steroids to reduce inflammation, drain the sinuses, and to allow trouble free breathing.
For them, surgery was the only option. No longer! Balloon sinuplasty ensures that patients don’t need to go under the knife.
The procedure is carried out with the Xpress multi-sinus dilation system. This device is described as looking like “a small pistol” with a flexible wand at the end.
The wand is gently directed into the nasal passages, then a button is pressed to inflate a small balloon in the sinus to force open the ostia. The balloon creates little tears and fractures that heal with time reducing their elasticity and leaving the ostia open.
Additionally, the Xpress has a built-in LED lighting which eliminates the use of fluoroscopy or continuous X-ray imaging. It makes it suitable for the outpatient setting.
Up to 90 percent of patients get long-lasting relief from the symptoms of sinusitis, which makes this procedure the method of choice. Patients can altogether forget their troubles with chronic sinusitis without the need for invasive surgery.

Read the full story here

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4327044/How-balloon-nose-clear-stuffy-sinuses.html

Best Insulin Injection Sites

Best Insulin Injection Sites

Insulin can be taken as a pill or used as an injection. Insulin injections are a common method of treating and managing diabetes.

Key takeaways:

–  Insulin should be injected in the subcutaneous tissue, the layer of fat just below the skin.

–  Common injection sites are the upper arms, the abdomen, the thighs, and the lower back or hips.

– The choice of injection site determines the speed of insulin absorption. Insulin is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream from the abdomen.

When rotating injections, the shot at each time of day should be given at the same site. However, it is important to move around within the site to ensure that the injection isn’t always in exactly the same spot.

Read the full story here

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316618.php

Parents' Pot Use a Tricky Topic When It Comes to Their Kids

Parents’ Pot Use a Tricky Topic When It Comes to Their Kids

Following the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana in many U.S. states, parents who use pot find themselves in a challenging position. The parents face the dilemma of what to tell their kids.

Key takeaways:

–  Parents have the biggest impact on their kids and as a result kids will want to do what their parents do.

–  Parents who use marijuana must make their children understand that the drug is not for youngsters owing to their developing brains.

–  Marijuana will affect problem-solving ability, distort time, slow reaction time, alter perception, lower IQ and affect short-term memory in a developing brain.

Warning signs that youngsters may be using marijuana include eye redness, becoming withdrawn, losing interest in favorite activities, having different friends, being forgetful, panic attacks, insomnia, and difficulty waking up in the morning.

Read the full story here

https://consumer.healthday.com/public-health-information-30/marijuana-news-759/parents-pot-use-a-tricky-topic-when-it-comes-to-their-kids-720954.html

Foods Labeled 'Healthy' May Hide Unhealthy Secrets

Foods Labeled ‘Healthy’ May Hide Unhealthy Secrets

A study of more than 80 million foods and beverages that purported to be healthy had surprising findings. The food items did not live up to the claims of being healthy.

Key takeaways:

– Some of the most common claims were low fat, low sugar, low sodium and low calorie.

– Many of these products were actually less nutritious than packaged food without those claims.

Low-fat foods tend to have added sugar – in cookies and milk, for example.
“In many cases, foods containing low-sugar, low-fat or low-salt claims had a worse nutritional profile than those without claims,” said lead investigator Lindsey Smith Taillie. She is a research assistant professor in the department of nutrition at the University of

North Carolina’s School of Global Public Health.

Read the full story here
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20170322/foods-labeled-healthy-may-hide-unhealthy-secrets

A Warming Planet Might Mean More Diabetes

A Warming Planet Might Mean More Diabetes

The effects of climate change are numerous and far reaching. Research reveals a surprising link between warmer climates to the rise in cases of type 2 diabetes.

Key takeaways:

– Every rise of 1 degree Celsius in environmental temperature was found to lead to more than 100,000 new cases of type II diabetes in the U.S. alone.

– Cold spell trigger the activation of brown fat that improves the sensitivity of the body to insulin to encourage burning of fat to keep the body warm.

–  In the warmer climates, the brown fat is not activated and may lead to insulin resistance and eventually diabetes.

People need to realize that global warming may have serious implications for our health, as we showed in this study that more persons get diabetes in years that the mean outdoor temperature is higher.

Read the full story here

http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/news/20170321/a-warming-planet-might-mean-more-diabetes#1

Exercise a Great Prescription to Help Older Hearts

Exercise a Great Prescription to Help Older Hearts

Regular physical exercise is potent solution for older adults suffering from heart disease. Majority of healthcare providers will only provide medical management of heart diseases.

Key takeaways:

– Great focus in the care of patients with heart problems should be focused maximizing their physical function.

– Physical exercise will help to build their stamina and to reduce the symptom of heart disease.

– As part of therapy, physical function should include aspects such as balance training, daily walking, resistance training, tackling more chores at home, tai chi, and yoga

Cardiac rehabilitation is a crucial tool for elderly patients, providing exercise counseling and training to promote heart health, and manage stress and depression.

Read the full story here

https://consumer.healthday.com/fitness-information-14/misc-health-news-265/exercise-a-great-prescription-to-help-older-hearts-720848.html

Too Much Screen Time May Raise Kids' Diabetes Risk

Too Much Screen Time May Raise Kids’ Diabetes Risk

Too much screen time has been linked to the increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Screen time includes time spent watching television, in front of a computer screen, playing video games and using other devices such as smartphones.

Key takeaways:

–  More than three hours of screen time per day was associated with insulin resistance and increase in body fat.

– The children’s blood pressure, body fat, cholesterol, fasting blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, and markers of inflammation were measured.

–  The reduction of screen time is beneficial in reducing type 2 diabetes risk factors in both boys and girls.

Specific indicators of body fat — such as skin fold thickness and fat mass — were all higher among the kids who got more than three hours of screen time each day than those who got just one hour or less.

Read the full story here

http://www.webmd.com/children/news/20170314/too-much-screen-time-may-raise-kids-diabetes-risk#1

Sinus Trouble Can Lead to Depression, Lost Work

Sinus Trouble Can Lead to Depression, Lost Work

Chronic sinusitis interferes with breathing and sleep – and can trigger depression.

Key takeaways:

– People who suffer from sinusitis and are depressed are likely to be less productive and to miss work and school.

– Nasal blockages, ear and facial pain, and emotional function can affect quality of life.

– The researchers hope that targeted therapy will be developed to help improve quality of life for sinusitis patients.

He said the findings “open the door to exploring interventions directed at depressed mood for reducing productivity losses due to CRS.”

Read the full story here

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20170310/sinus-trouble-can-lead-to-depression-lost-work

Polluted Environments Deadly for Young Children: WHO

Polluted Environments Deadly for Young Children: WHO

Polluted indoor and outdoor environments have been blamed for about a quarter of deaths of children below the age of 5 years worldwide. 

Key takeaways:

– Both indoor and outdoor air pollution are factors that are blamed for mortality among children.

– Lack of sanitation, secondhand smoke, unsafe drinking water, and poor hygiene kill as many as 1.7 million children each year worldwide.

– Exposure to air pollution in childhood increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer over their lifetime.

Infants and preschoolers exposed to indoor and outdoor air pollution and secondhand smoke are at increased risk for pneumonia in childhood and a lifetime increased risk of asthma and other chronic respiratory diseases, WHO said.

Read the full story here

http://www.webmd.com/children/news/20170306/pollution-children-deaths-who

How a Balloon up the Nose Can Clear Your Stuffy Sinuses and Spare You from Painful Surgery

 teeth health smile dentistPeople suffering from chronic stuffy sinuses can get their problem treated through simple procedures other than surgery. Surgery is painful afterwards, and you’ve got to lay around, waiting to recuperate.

Here’s a new procedure with an interesting approach – a balloon that is inflated inside the nose. It is a 30-minute operation that has received an endorsement from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The procedure is scalpel-free and is as effective as standard surgery. An added benefit is that it is being provided on a walk-in walk-out basis. No stay in the hospital. Perfect!

Before we get into the details, let’s discuss this problem with sinuses.

Sinuses are air-filled spaces above, below and behind the eyes. The sinuses are connected to the nasal cavity through thin passages that are called ostia. The sinuses serve to moisten the air — and they remove bacteria from the air entering the lungs.

Inflammation of the sinuses (called sinusitis) can have multiple causes — colds and flu, pollution and allergies. Sinusitis will often last between a week and ten days. The common symptoms of sinusitis are nasal congestion, loss of smell, and nagging headaches. Chronic sinusitis means the problem lasts three months or longer. Sinusitis can be a life-long problem.

Until now, the only treatment option was functional endoscopic sinus surgery, a procedure that requires general anesthetic. The surgeon cuts away the inflamed tissue and drills though the ostia to open them up.

The recovery from surgery often takes seven to ten days, which may cost you two weeks at work. For many sufferers, this is a major obstacle – so they opt not to have surgery and live with the symptoms instead. Typically they rely on decongestant sprays and nasal steroids to reduce inflammation, drain the sinuses, and to allow trouble free breathing.

For them, surgery was the only option. No longer! Balloon sinuplasty ensures that patients don’t need to go under the knife.

The procedure is carried out with the Xpress multi-sinus dilation system. This device is described as looking like “a small pistol” with a flexible wand at the end.

The wand is gently directed into the nasal passages, then a button is pressed to inflate a small balloon in the sinus to force open the ostia. The balloon creates little tears and fractures that heal with time reducing their elasticity and leaving the ostia open.

Additionally, the Xpress has a built-in LED lighting which eliminates the use of fluoroscopy or continuous X-ray imaging. It makes it suitable for the outpatient setting.

Up to 90 percent of patients get long-lasting relief from the symptoms of sinusitis, which makes this procedure the method of choice. Patients can altogether forget their troubles with chronic sinusitis without the need for invasive surgery.

Read the full story here

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4327044/How-balloon-nose-clear-stuffy-sinuses.html

Exercise Helps Counter Cancer-Linked Fatigue

Exercise Helps Counter Cancer-Linked Fatigue

Cancer can be exhausting both as a result of the disease itself and the treatment. However, a study indicates that there is a way to beat back the cancer-related fatigue.

Key takeaways:

– Cancer-related fatigue greatly affects quality of life and may even affect the ability to carry on with treatment.

– Research found that exercise and behavioral and educational therapy are more effective than prescriptions in fighting fatigue.

– Exercise and psychological treatment should be the first line of therapy in treating cancer related fatigue.

But because many people undergoing treatment do experience fatigue, it’s nice to know that there is something an individual can do to help reduce that fatigue and gain some of the many other benefits of exercise [both during and after treatment]: reduced stress, less anxiety, [and] benefits to physical functioning.

Read the full story here

https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/mis-cancer-news-102/exercise-helps-counter-cancer-linked-fatigue-720299.html

Urine Present in all Pools: Study

Urine Present in all Pools: Study

Think twice the next time you think of diving into the pool. The findings of a Canadian study make interesting reading.

Key takeaways:

– Researchers carried out tests on 31 pools and hot tubs and discovered urine in all of them.

– They found up to 8 gallons of urine in an 110,000-gallon pool and 18.5 gallons in a 220,000 gallon pool.

– Their findings were even worse for hot tubs which contained three times the urine content of the worst pool.

Urine itself isn’t a threat, but can react with chlorine to create “disinfectant byproducts,” which can be harmful.

Read the full story here

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20170303/urine-pool-water-study

Could Common Insecticides Be Tied to Behavior Issues in Kids?

Could Common Insecticides Be Tied to Behavior Issues in Kids?

Children exposed to insecticide chemicals called pyrethroids are at the increased risk of behavioral problems. The pyrethroids are commonly used as a mosquito repellent and in products that treat fleas and head lice.

Key takeaways:

– Pyrethroids work by damaging nerves and hence the great concern about children’s exposure.

– High levels of a pyrethroid-linked chemical in the urine of pregnant women are linked to an increased risk to their children.

– Presence of one such pyrethroid-linked chemical in children’s urine is also linked to increased risk of defiance and disruptive behaviors.

Pyrethroids may trigger behavioral problems by affecting neurochemical signaling in the brain, the study authors suggested.

Read the full story here

https://consumer.healthday.com/environmental-health-information-12/pesticide-health-news-772/could-common-insecticides-be-tied-to-behavior-issues-in-kids-720155.html

Antiviral Flu Drugs Safe in Mid-to-Late Pregnancy

Antiviral Flu Drugs Safe in Mid-to-Late Pregnancy

Researchers have carried out a review of information from about 6000 pregnant women who had taken prescription antiviral flu drugs. All the women studied were more than 22 weeks pregnant.

Key takeaways:

– There has been scanty information on the use of the antiviral fu drugs when used during pregnancy.

– Babies born to mothers who took the prescription antiviral drugs didn’t have higher rates of complications.

– Some of the complications that the researchers looked at were birth defects, low birth weight, preterm birth, and stillbirths.

U.S. and European health officials recommend these drugs for pregnant women with confirmed or suspected flu. The drugs are also recommended for pregnant women who’ve had close contact with people who have the flu.

Read the full story here

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20170301/antiviral-flu-drugs-safe-in-mid-to-late-pregnancy-study

Some Health Fads May Not Be All That Healthy

Some Health Fads May Not Be All That Healthy

A scientific review of food and nutrition reveals that some recent diet fads are not as healthy as believed. The aim of the study was to provide clinicians with the right tools to help their patients.

Key takeaways:

– Juicing may damage a good diet since it leaves out a lot of fiber and nutrients contained in whole fruits and vegetables.

– The high-dose antioxidant dietary supplements are no better than simply eating foods rich in antioxidants.

– Gluten-free diets are not good for healthy people who can digest whole grains that are laden with much needed nutrients.

Coconut oil is a recent health food fad, but coconut is naturally loaded with unhealthy saturated fats, Freeman and Lichtenstein said. People would do better to use olive and vegetable oils in their cooking, since they contain healthy unsaturated fats.

Read the full story here

https://consumer.healthday.com/vitamins-and-nutrition-information-27/food-and-nutrition-news-316/some-health-fads-may-not-be-all-that-healthy-720117.html

Prebiotics Could Stop Stress from Harming Sleep Quality

Prebiotics Could Stop Stress from Harming Sleep Quality

Recommendations state that adults should get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. 33 percent of the adult population does not get the recommended amount of sleep.

Key takeaways:

– 47 percent of adults report a lack of sleep due to stress and a further 21 percent report that poor sleep exacerbates their stress.

– The prebiotic diet was shown to improve the non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep that is the restorative sleep, promote optimal brain health, and support gut microbiota.

– The prebiotic diet helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle before and after stress and helps to protect against stress.

These data are the first to show that a diet rich in prebiotics can modulate the sleep-wake cycle both before and after stress and induce stress-protective effects in diurnal physiology and the gut microbiota.

Read the full story here

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316098.php

Do You Need an Antibiotic?

Do You Need an Antibiotic?

Respiratory diseases could be caused by a virus or bacteria. Taking an antibiotic for your respiratory illness may be unnecessary if it is caused by a virus.

Key takeaways:

– Researchers have identified proteins that could be used to diagnose if the illness is caused by a virus.

– The approach looks at the individual’s response to that pathogen rather than the pathogen itself.

– A quick and non-invasive way of detecting viral infections will help reduce the misuse of antibiotics and prevent the increase in antibiotic resistance.

The protein targets offer a faster, more cost-effective model for rapid screening and diagnoses of viral infections.

Read the full story here

https://consumer.healthday.com/infectious-disease-information-21/flu-news-314/do-you-need-an-antibiotic-720035.html

Neurofeedback Treatment for Insomnia No Better Than Placebo

Neurofeedback Treatment for Insomnia No Better Than Placebo

People will at one time in the lives struggle to fall asleep or to stay awake, a problem referred to as insomnia. Insomnia is a widespread problem that is under-studied.

Key takeaways:

– Neurofeedback is based on the real-time view of brainwaves to modify brain activity through the receipt of either positive or negative feedback.

– The importance of neurofeedback has been noted with conditions that include ADHD, depression, schizophrenia, and epilepsy but studies were required for insomnia.

– Findings were that neurofeedback was not more powerful that use of a placebo in management of insomnia.

Although the results are specific to the use of sensorimotor-rhythm neurofeedback in treating insomnia, and the sample size is small, the findings are likely to open a wider debate around the effectiveness of neurofeedback in general and the power of placebo to improve well-being.

Read the full story here

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316044.php

A Stressed Life May Mean a Wider Waistline

A Stressed Life May Mean a Wider Waistline

A stress-filled day may increase the risk of becoming obese or overweight. Research has found a link between excess weight and the high levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.

Key takeaways:

– Cortisol is the major stress hormone in the body and is often triggered in response to danger.

– Chronically high levels of cortisol have been linked to problems such as weight gain, depression, anxiety and other problems.

– No cause-and-effect link was identified since they could not tell if high cortisol levels triggered stress eating leading to obesity.

From the study, the researchers couldn’t tell whether higher cortisol levels triggered stress eating, leading to obesity, but nutrition and weight experts know that many who are stressed do overeat.

Read the full story here

https://consumer.healthday.com/vitamins-and-nutrition-information-27/obesity-health-news-505/a-stressed-life-may-mean-a-wider-waistline-719883.html

Vitamin D Tied to Lower Risk of Colds, Infections

Vitamin D Tied to Lower Risk of Colds, Infections

Vitamin D Tied to Lower Risk of Colds, InfectionsVitamin D helps the body to fight off respiratory infections. A study reveals that vitamin D supplementation helps to reduce acute respiratory infection by up to 12 percent.

Key takeaways:

– Vitamin D helps to reduce the incidence of infections such as pneumonia, colds and bronchitis.

– These findings support public health efforts to fortify foods with vitamin D especially in areas where vitamin D deficiency is common.

– The protective effects of vitamin D supplements on respiratory health are found to be strongest for people with severe vitamin D deficiency.

The benefit of the supplements was greater among people who took daily or weekly vitamin D without additional large doses, the study found.

Read the full story here

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20170216/vitamin-d-linked-to-lower-risk-of-respiratory-infections

Foods Labeled 'Healthy' May Hide Unhealthy Secrets

Gluten-Free Diet May Have ‘Unintended Consequences’ For Health

Gluten-Free Diet May Have 'Unintended Consequences' For HealthGluten is a protein found in barley, rye and wheat and their products. People may find it necessary to take a gluten-free diet to treat conditions such as celiac disease.

Key takeaways:

– Rice flour is often a substitute for gluten — but has caused health problems in people following a gluten-free diet.

– Rice can bio-accumulate heavy metals such as mercury and arsenic and other toxins.

– Consistent exposure to these metals is associated with the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other conditions.

“With the increasing popularity of gluten-free diets, these findings may have important health implications since the health effects of low-level arsenic and mercury exposure from food sources are uncertain but may increase the risk for cancer and other chronic diseases.”

Read the full story here

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315846.php

Worm Gene Could Be Key to Developing Obesity Treatment

Worm Gene Could Be Key to Developing Obesity Treatment

Worm Gene Could Be Key to Developing Obesity TreatmentA team of researchers has stumbled upon a gene in worms that triggers the feeling of fullness. Their findings herald a new treatment for people with diabetes.

Key takeaways:

– The gene not only triggers the feeling of fullness but also brings about the need to sleep after eating.

– Roundworms share up to 80 percent of their genes with humans which offers a way to gain better understand processes such as metabolism.

– The worm gene that controls signals from the brain to the intestines will assist obesity patients to break the cycle of overeating and under-exercising.

“The discovery of ETS-5 is the first time a gene regulatory molecule of this type, and potential drug target, has been implicated in the brain-intestinal control of eating and activity.”

Read the full story here

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/315850.php

Whole-Grain Foods May Help You Stay Slim

Whole-Grain Foods May Help You Stay Slim

Whole-Grain Foods May Help You Stay SlimAccording to a new study, whole grain seems to speed up metabolism and reduces the number of calories your body can absorb during digestion. People are thus encouraged to include whole grain in their diets.

Key takeaways:

– Whole grain might actually keep your weight in check and reduce body fat.

– The benefits of eating whole grain foods have been likened to taking a brisk 30 minute walk every day.

– The study supports previous research that whole grains promoted feeling of being full and increased metabolism.

“The energy deficit in those eating whole grains compared to refined grains would be equivalent to the calories you would burn if you were to walk about a mile [in] about 20 or 30 minutes.”

Read the full story here

https://consumer.healthday.com/vitamins-and-nutrition-information-27/dieting-to-increase-fiber-health-news-194/whole-grain-foods-may-help-you-stay-slim-719475.html

For Millions, Everyday Life Takes Toll on Their Hearing

For Millions, Everyday Life Takes Toll on Their Hearing

For Millions, Everyday Life Takes Toll on Their HearingA recent study revealed that permanent hearing damage is a growing problem – mainly due to electronic devices.

Key takeaways:

– 53 percent of people with hearing damage report having no exposure to loud noise at their workplaces.

– The primary cause of their hearing damage is loud noise from headphones.

– Loud noise causes irreversible damage to the hair cells found in the inner ear. These hair cells are responsible for sending signals to the brain.

The louder the noise and the longer you are exposed to it, the more likely it will damage your hearing.

Read the full story here

https://consumer.healthday.com/hearing-information-19/hearing-disorder-news-351/for-millions-of-americans-everyday-life-takes-toll-on-their-hearing-719463.html

Pet Meds Sending Kids to the ER

Pet Meds Sending Kids to the ER

 teeth health smile  dentistParents with both young children and pets in the home are warned against the risk of pet medication poisoning. The problem is more pronounced for toddlers but affects children up to teenagers.

Key takeaways:

– Medication should not be left lying around. Ensure that the pet swallows their medication and that no medication containing food is left in bowls.

– All pet medication should remain in their properly labeled packages and stored away from human medicines.

– Children who suffer pet medication poisoning should be rushed to a poison control center or nearest hospital to receive appropriate treatment.

“Keep all medicines, including those for pets, in their original, child-resistant containers with the label attached.”

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https://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/child-safety-news-587/pet-meds-sending-kids-to-the-er-719372.html