Written by Dr. Yuna Rapoport
There are only a few things more frustrating than dealing with constantly burning, itching and irritated eyes. Coworkers and friends ask if you have been crying or are sick. You look tired. Contacts are hard to put in. Figuring out what is causing the chronic irritation can be incredibly frustrating. As a cornea and dry eye expert, I see this type of situation daily: patients who have tried endless drops, have been to multiple doctors, and still find no relief. Curious whether you have dry eye syndrome (DES)? There are a few questions you should ask yourself:
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This blog has been updated to reflect the U.S. Preventive Services 2018 Final Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines.
Today the United States Preventive Services Task Force released its final guidelines for prostate cancer screening. The release of cancer screening guidelines like these, especially for prostate cancer, always generate a lot of headlines and also controversy. But just how different are the new guidelines from the previous recommendations? Here is everything you need to know about what is actually going on.
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As we celebrate National Nurses Week – May 6th through May 12th (Florence Nightingale’s birthday) – it’s the perfect time to shine a spotlight on the nation’s almost four million registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. These men and women step up to the plate every day and do the hard work that needs to be done and they do it with compassion, intelligence, great skill, and finesse. Here are six individuals that are changing the face of health and healthcare through nursing.
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The flaxseed oil in this smoothie contains omega-3s and powerful antioxidants which can improve your heart health. Get the recipe.
How often do you make choices about food based on its nutrient content?
It seems like the responsible thing to do, right? After all, scientists tell us that saturated fat and gluten are bad and things like vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants are good. So, when products have a lot of the good stuff, and little to none of the bad stuff, that means they are the ones you should purchase. So, what’s the problem?
Well, the line of thinking behind these choices may be getting us into big trouble.
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Written by Tod Cooperman, M.D.
ConsumerLab.com recently tested apple cider vinegar in bottles and pills and the results were discussed Monday on the Dr. Oz Show. We discovered that one apple cider vinegar supplement contained a very high concentration of acetic acid – over 20 percent, which is about four times the concentration in popular apple cider vinegars (which we also tested).
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On January 14, 2018, a 17-year-old girl escaped her family home in Perris, California and called 911 to report that she and her 12 siblings were being held captive by their parents, 49-year-old Louise Turpin and 56-year-old David Turpin. When police arrived they found several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks, and they appeared to be “malnourished and very dirty”.
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Add zest to your next bowl of popcorn with this punched-up recipe tossed with four different spices and a hint of tequila. Get the recipe.
A new study reveals the impact of marijuana on teenagers. This JAMA Psychiatry study analyzed 69 different studies on young cannabis users in the hope of establishing overall patterns and more concrete conclusions to inform the continuing changes in marijuana laws. Overall, young people who were frequent marijuana users showed lower scores for memory, learning and retaining new information, and higher-level problem-solving. However, the shocking part was that while there are biological factors that would suggest marijuana would affect the brain long-term, all of the most credible studies on young users indicated that those negative effects on brain function actually went away after three or more days of abstinence. The most frustrating part for marijuana researchers is the near impossibility of proving causality, and this group was only looking at information on recreational users, not medical users, but this newest indication that marijuana only has short-term negative brain effects is encouraging to those hoping to expand its credibility for medical use. (TIME)
Even a small amount of exercise can significantly decrease your chance of developing Alzheimer’s. There has been an influx of research linking exercise to brain health, but a recent study conducted in Sweden (on 191 women over 44 years) suggests that being just “moderately fit” made women a lot less likely to develop dementia later on than the women who could barely exercise at all. The fittest women participating were 90 percent less likely to develop the disease than those who could not complete any fitness test. Though they could not show cause and effect, the findings indicate that improving fitness levels at middle age has hugely positive effects on mental health later. Best of all, that means that middle age is not too late to start in order to make a difference. Laura Baker of Wake Forest University conducts similar research and says that moderate exercise is if “you can hear yourself breathing and you are starting to sweat and your heart rate is just getting up.” You do not have to be at athlete-level training – just become active enough to fit those criteria each day. The research shows that exercise has had a far greater impact on positive memory and cognitive function than any existing medicine. To further prevent Alzheimer’s, try this meal plan. (NBC)
Caffeine intake in pregnant mothers has been linked to excessive childhood weight gain. In a new study, over 50,000 women reported their daily caffeine intake once during their pregnancy and their children’s weights were monitored intermittently for six months to eight years. Women with a “very high” intake had a 66 percent higher chance of their child being overweight in the first year of life than those with a low intake; women with “high” or “average” intake had a 30 percent higher chance. This is significant because 75 percent of pregnant women drink coffee and our obesity epidemic is only rising. For reference, an eight-ounce cup of coffee has around 150 mg, the “average” level for this study was 50-200 mg a day, and the current guidelines for pregnant women suggests not surpassing 200 mg a day. The good news is that only the children who had been exposed to “very high” levels of caffeine during pregnancy still had a greater chance of being overweight at eight years old, which is when other factors like diet and exercise being to have a much greater effect in utero. However, researchers are pushing for the official caffeine intake guidelines for women to be lowered and recommend as little as possible for your baby’s optimal health. If you are trying to cut back your caffeine intake, watch out for these foods as well. (CNN)
Written by Catherine Price
Is your smartphone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you often find it in your hand without knowing how it got there, or pick it up “just to check” only to look up 45 minutes later wondering what happened?
If so, you’re not alone. According to Moment, a time-tracking app with nearly five million users, the average person spends four hours a day on their smartphone. That’s a quarter of our waking lives—a full 60 days per year.
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