Why Cancer Is a Work-Related Illness for Firefighters

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Written by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF)

The firefighting occupation is constantly changing and so are the associated health concerns. Firefighters dying from occupational-related cancers now account for more than half of the line-of-duty deaths each year, where the number of traditional line-of-duty deaths such as structural collapse, asphyxiation, and burns- have decreased drastically. Unlike other industries or occupations, firefighting takes place in a chaotic and constantly changing environment. Many home products are now made of synthetic materials.  Additionally, furniture and its fabrics are synthetic based, instead of natural fibers, and are treated with flame retardants. The shift has changed the ways fires burn and the fire products of combustion. Fires now burn hotter and faster, and the combustion products are highly toxic. This has resulted in cancer becoming the largest health‐related issue facing the firefighting profession.

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Why Wearing High Heels May Harm Your Feet

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Written by Anthea Noel, RN

Emergency rooms are flooded with women of all ages experiencing injuries due to the long-term and short-term use of high heels. Throughout the years, women’s shoes have taken on different shapes and styles that date back to the 1400’s. Presently the styles of high heels or “heels” as they are now commonly referred to as are dependent on the season’s fashion forecast. No matter the seasonal trend, there is just something about high heels that make some women feel sexier and invincible. But it’s not without its risks.

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Cellular Nutrition: Healthy Cells Mean a Healthy You

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Sponsored by USANA Health Sciences

Your body is composed of roughly 37.2 trillion cells. Every organ, muscle, and bone is made up of these cells. So, it’s no surprise when your cells are healthy, you are healthy.

But how can you make sure you keep your cells healthy? By making sure they get the nutrients they need to perform all the natural processes to keep your body active and well. In a nutshell, that’s what cellular nutrition is. But there is a little more to understand if you really want to know how to best care for your cells. Let’s break this down together. 

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What You Need to Know About Dry Eye Syndrome

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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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The Latest Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Screening

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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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National Nurses Week 2018: 6 Nurses You Should Know About

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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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What Is Nutritionism and Why Is It Making Us Fat?

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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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Apple Cider Vinegar Tests Lead to Warning Labeling

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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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How to Take a Healthy Break From Technology

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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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How to Be a Mindful Parent When You Are Feeling Stressed

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Written by Dr. Claire Nicogossian, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Stress is a part of life and nothing amplifies that emotion more than being a parent. Raising a family is hard work, and while there are many rewards, the reality is, being a parent is a role made up of active nurturing and intense responsibility for at least two decades until children become independent and are ready to launch into the world.

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