Are you starting to see a few extra hairs on your comb? Although it is more pronounced in men, hair loss also affects women and can start as early as your teens. Losing 100 hairs daily is normal because they are usually replaced within days. But as we age, the hormone fluctuations can weaken follicle strength. Physical and emotional stress, medications, disease, and diet can all contribute to losing hair. Today, various treatments are available to combat hair loss, but you may also want to try some natural options to help you stimulate growth. Read more »
Sprinkling ginger on your meals may help you stop sneezing during allergy season. With the fall allergy season upon us, a new study came out with a possible solution to your allergy woes: ginger. “A major component in ginger, 6-gingerol, suppresses the activation of T lymphocytes, or T cells, a type of white blood cell that plays an important role in sensitizing people to specific allergens, the researchers said.” The study has only been run on mice so far and needs more work before it can be tested on humans. (WSJ)
Trade in your jumbo size chip bag and 12-inch plate for smaller options; it could improve your health. Having bigger food items around the house, like big bags of snacks, big plates, and even bigger silverware can make you unintentionally consume more calories than your body needs in one day. A recent study found that downsizing may be able to help: “…smaller containers, dishes and cutlery might help adults consume up to 16 percent fewer calories in the U.K. and 29 percent less in the U.S…when it comes to plate size, reducing the diameter by even an inch or two can make a difference in calorie consumption…Ideally, adults should use 9-inch or 10-inch plates, and children should have 7.5-inch plates…” The study was not performed on a lot of people or long enough to prove that smaller plates can assist with weight loss, but researchers are optimistic that this could be the case. (Reuters)
Fidgeting may be the remedy for those that sit all day. Sitting all day has been proven to have many adverse health effects, but recent research has shown that people who fidget may be able to counteract some of the negative effects of sitting. “The new study, published Wednesday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that women who sat for long periods of time have a lower mortality rate if they considered themselves moderately to very fidgety, compared to women who said they only fidgeted occasionally. Women who sat for long periods of time without fidgeting had an increased risk of death that wasn’t seen among other groups. Perhaps most surprisingly of all, the researchers didn’t find a difference in mortality risk between women who sat more versus those who were more active—as long as the sitters were fidgety.” So fidget away, it could be improving your health. (Time)
A brief glance at your to-do list may be enough to send your sense of anxiety soaring, but what you find upsetting is actually a complex interplay between different parts of your brain. While it might seem obvious that being more positive also tends to make you less anxious, researchers hadn’t truly understood how that observation might manifest in the brain. New research published this week has used brain MRIs from people with different personalities to understand exactly which parts of the brain balance anxiety and positivity in a way that may help anxious individuals in the future. Read more »
After the Truth Tube is the destination to catch up with your favorite Truth Tube participants and see how their progress is going. Read on to cheer them on and try tips from their plans to improve your own health.
The one thing I was taught and have learned about stress is that it is inevitable. We all have some form of stress and manage stress in different ways. I remember back in nursing school we learned to categorize stress. Good stress is more of a beneficial stress. Things like anticipation, butterflies in the belly – a euphoric-type stress. Bad stress is stress from things like death, sickness, financial woes, or things of that nature. We learned that some stressors weighed in more than others. Management of stress determines the manner in which stress affects us. Stress can affect us psychologically and in many cases physiologically. Read more »
A new device may be able to diagnose urinary tract infections faster than before. A DNA-sequencing technology was developed by scientists at the University of East Anglia in England. This new device may diagnose urine four times faster than conventional UTI testing. Dr. Justin O’Grady, one of the scientists that was a part of the study, said this device is beneficial because “‘results like these will make it possible to refine a patient’s treatment much earlier – and that’s good for the patient, who gets the ‘right’ antibiotic, and for society – which can better manage or ‘steward’ its limited supply of antibiotics…” The device only worked on urine that possessed an abundance of UTI bacteria; therefore more research needs to be done. (BBC)
Tai chi may be the new exercise method for those that have chronic conditions. A recent study has shown that tai chi is an excellent form of exercise for people in their sixties and above that cannot do regular physical activity due to chronic conditions such as arthritis. The study reported that, “No matter which of the chronic conditions they had, people who practiced tai chi showed improvement on physical performance tests, including muscle strength, when compared with those who did not do tai chi.” Tai chi is considered a low-impact, safe exercise even for people who cannot exercise a lot due to physical ailments. (Washington Post)
Research shows it’s okay to have sex if you have heart disease. Many people with heart disease worry that physical activity, such as sex; can cause their heart to fail, resulting in a heart attack. But new research has shown that this assumption is most likely not true. The doctors conducting the study said that, “Based on our data, it seems very unlikely that sexual activity is a relevant trigger of heart attack.… It is important to reassure patients that they need not be worried and should resume their usual sexual activity.” Researchers did want to caution patients about erectile dysfunction medications that can have negative effects when paired with certain heart disease medications. (NBC)
While the weather has stayed warm here in New York, the crisp chill of the early morning air is reminding me that fall is right around the corner. While fall is the season of turning leaves and all the beautiful colors that come with it, it’s also the season when the flu virus starts to take hold. It might seem like only yesterday that you got your flu shot, but the flu season will be starting up soon and vaccines are already making their way into the hands of doctors and nurses around the country. Before the flu season starts in earnest, I want to spend a few moments walking through the flu vaccine with you, the options likely to be available this season, and why you should get one this season.
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“Naked is trending and sexy right now,” was the marketing email subject line. No surprise there – from ads featuring barely covered naked celebs to totally naked “dating” reality shows – getting naked gets attention.
I’m feeling naked. But I feel neither trendy nor sexy, and I’d rather not have this attention. I’m wearing a thin blue gown, ballet flats and sitting in a cold waiting room for a biopsy, because “the mammogram showed an abnormality.” There are five other women, all in similar garb in the waiting room, and right now the labels on our clothes in the dressing room – and their sizes – don’t really matter. Read more »
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This week on Sharecare we’re helping you decipher your joint pain, filling you in on the latest salmonella outbreak and clueing you in on where to get the care you need when you’re sick.
1. Ever look in the mirror and notice you’ve put on a little weight or that your hair seems a bit thinner than it was yesterday? Maybe you’ve asked yourself, “Am I normal?” Check out some common problems and what they may mean for your health.
2. School is back in full swing. While that may mean more quiet time in the house, it can also mean more germs for your kids to bring back home. Whether you’re dealing with head lice, pink eye or even stinky gym clothes, discover these tips that can help.
3. Got a cucumber in the fridge? Before you slice it for your salad or sandwich, you may want to do some sleuthing to make sure it’s safe. Get the latest news on the national salmonella outbreak that’s tied to cucumbers imported from Mexico.
4. You know you have joint pain, but you may not know why. Could it potentially be osteoarthritis — or maybe psoriatic arthritis? Learn more to figure out what condition you may have, which can lead to better treatment.
5. When you’re not feeling well, the only thing you want to do is feel better. But it can be tough to know where to go to get the care you need. Use this cheat sheet to help you decide whether you need the emergency room, an urgent care clinic or to call your doctor.
Sleep deprivation seems to have become the norm for many in the modern world. The bright screens of tablets and smartphones in particular tend to lure users to stay up later than expected. But all that missed sleep can catch up with you the following day in the form of drifting off during a meeting or dozing while you wait for the bus. While that may not seem like a big deal, it may signal trouble for those who make a habit out of it. New research published this week has found that feeling too sleepy during the day or taking long naps may signal a risk for diabetes. Read more »