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LATEST NEWS: SCREEN YOUR KID’S SCREEN TIME

Kindergartners who get more than two hours of screen time a day may be more likely to have behavior and attention problems in school than their classmates who spend less time in front of televisions, smartphones and tablets, a Canadian study suggests. Doctors urge parents of young kids to limit screen time or avoid it altogether because all of those hours watching videos or gaming have been linked to slowed development of speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, and social and behavioral skills.

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LATEST NEWS: EAT MORE BROCCOLI

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables can suppress tumor growth and inactivate a gene known to play a role in a variety of common cancers thanks to a molecule they contain, a recent study has revealed. The WWP1 gene can be inhibited with a natural and potent compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, including cabbage, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, and kale.


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FALLING ASLEEP FAST

You can fall asleep at the drop of a hat if you know what you’re doing. So, below are 11 secret tricks and techniques that will certainly help you fall asleep faster:

1. Blow bubbles

As strange as this might sound, blowing bubbles serves as a breathing exercise which calms your body and mind. To top it off, since the idea of blowing bubbles when you’re an adult is ridiculously playful, you’re likely to forget any stressful thoughts that may be keeping you up at night.

2. Douse your room in a lavender fragrance

We all love the smell of lavender, and to top it off it has some serious health benefits. According to a study in The Journal of Biological and Medical Rhythm Research, people who stimulate their senses with bursts of lavender scent – at 10-minute intervals, 30 minutes before bed, will find themselves in an increased state of relaxation. Participants in the study reported deeper sleep and heightened morning energy.

3. Put on some tunes

A study in the Journal of Advanced Nursing confirmed that calming music can help carry you away to dreamland. Tunes with a slow rhythm, with no more than 80 BPM were found to reduce the sympathetic nervous system activity. This means that you will feel less stressed, anxious, or depressed and you will be able to focus on falling asleep instead.

4. Occupy your mind for few minutes

If you can’t fall asleep within 15 minutes then you will be awake for a while. This will create a cycle where you associate your bed with being awake for a while. This will create a cycle where you associate your bed with being awake and it will be more difficult for you to doze off in it the next night. Your best bet would be to get out of bed and distract your mind with an activity for 10 minutes. This will reset your mind and allow you to attempt to fall asleep again.

5. Cut out blue light

Bear in mind that whatever activity you choose to reset your mind, be sure that it doesn’t involve a screen. The blue light can have dreadful effects on sleep prevention and have long been chronicled on its negative effects. The blue light is what we call ‘short-wavelength-enriched’ – this means that it suppresses the release of melatonin, the hormone that makes you fall asleep. With this in mind, it would make sense to turn off all blue light for an entire hour before you hit the hay.

6. Lower your room temperature

Have you ever wanted to doze off in an overheated boardroom? That’s because heat makes us drowsy. When your body starts to power down for the night it drops a few degrees which subsequently helps your body enter and stay in REM. So, to help your body fall asleep faster reduce your room temperature by a few degrees. The ideal temperature should be between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

7. Take a warm shower

While this may come as the opposite advice of ‘cool yourself down’, there is a reason for it. You know the feeling when you step out of the shower and you feel a shiver? This occurs because the warm shower ultimately lowers your body temperature a few degrees, which as we’ve mentioned, will help you fall asleep faster. The same applies to drinking a glass of hot water, or decaffeinated tea which warms your core and forces your body to cool down.

8. Wear socks to bed

Having warm feet will help you fall asleep. One of this reason why this might be so is that the degree of dilation of blood vessels in the skin of the hands and feet is the best physiological predictor for the rapid onset of sleep. In one study, it was found that the participants who fell asleep the quickest were those who kept their feet covered.

9. Daydream

Your favorite mid-meeting activity can help you fall asleep faster. According to findings published in Behavior Research and Therapy, people who picture relaxing scenes, like a tropical beach, will drift to sleep a whole 20 minutes faster than those who try ‘general distractions’ like counting sheep. So your best bet would be to dream about a beautiful place which will lead you right to a night-dream.

10. Try the 4-7-8 method

When all else fails apple the 4-7-8 method. Here’s how you do it: Place the tip of your tongue against the tissue behind your top front teeth. Exhale through your mouth completely and make a whoosh noise then close your mouth and inhale through your nose for four seconds. Hold your breath for seven seconds. Exhale through your mouth again and whoosh. Repeat the whole thing three or four times.

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LATEST NEWS: MEASLES RISK

Measles was declared eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, but declining vaccination rates have spurred a resurgence in the highly contagious virus, according to Unicef (which has reported a 300% spike in global measles cases over last year) and the CDC. Pockets of unvaccinated children have risen as the proportion of young kids who aren’t getting inoculations like the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine has roughly quadrupled over the past 15 years, according to the CDC. Approximately 110,000 people died from measles in 2017, according to the World Health Organization, and most were children under five.

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Johns Hopkins University identified the 25 U.S. counties that are most at risk of measles outbreaks due to low vaccination rates being compounded by the high volume of international travel in the area. They include Tarrant, Travis and Harris county in Texas.


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LATEST NEWS: BABY BIRTH RATE DROPPED AGAIN

The 2018 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found:

—Overall, the U.S. birth rate for women ages 15 to 44 was 59 births per 1,000 women, an all-time low.

—Last year, there were 2% fewer births than in 2017.

—Births to teenagers again reached a record low. The number of births to mothers ages 15 through 19 was 179,607, down 8%.

—The rate for premature births — delivery at less than 37 weeks — rose for the fourth straight year to just over 10%, from 9.9%.


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LATEST NEWS: AVOID FOOD WITH E171 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE)

Found in more than 900 food products, E171 is consumed in high proportion everyday by the general population. Consumption of food containing E171 has an impact on the gut microbiota – defined by the trillions of bacteria that inhabit the gut – which could trigger diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases and colorectal cancer, said the study published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition.

A food additive which is commonly used as a whitening agent in products such as chewing gum and mayonnaise could lead to inflammatory bowel diseases and colorectal cancer, warns a study.

The study conducted in mice investigated health impacts of food additive E171 (titanium dioxide nanoparticles) which is commonly used in high quantities in foods and some medicines as a whitening agent.


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Things that you should be honest with your doctor, about

When it comes to a meeting with a doctor, a few white lies may actually snowball into a real tragedy. And while you may not see any harm in concealing a bad habit, forgetting to mention a multivitamin you take, misrepresenting the amount of exercise you do, or simply not showing up at the doctor’s office for a while, all of these things may really harm your health and pose a serious health risk.

1. Make sure to state all the medications and supplements you’re taking, even over-the-counter drugs and nutritional supplements

Anything that you ingest or inject into your body may interfere with its functioning or another medication you are prescribed, so not mentioning them to your health provider puts you at risk of side effects and drug interferences, which can potentially endanger your physical and mental health.

These medications include:

  • Prescription medications (e.g. blood-thinners, antidepressants, antibiotics, and heart medications).
  • Over-the-counter medications (such as aspirin).
  • Herbal remedies (botanical remedies and herbal supplements).
  • Vitamins and supplements (complex vitamins, amino acids, minerals, protein supplements, weight loss supplements).

The symptoms of a problematic drug interaction vary and can potentially be life-threatening: extreme drops in blood pressure, an irregular or fast heart beat, liver and kidney damage, nausea, upset stomach, and headache. The list of drugs and symptoms goes on, and only a licensed professional can confirm whether the combination of drugs you’re taking is safe.

2. Mention all past surgeries and medical procedures, even minor ones, including pregnancies and labor

Being honest with your doctor about every minor surgery or cosmetic procedure that happened years ago might not seem important to you, but this information may be a crucial clue to your doctor that can help diagnose and treat your condition. Be explicit about any surgeries and medical procedures you’ve been through, including:

  • Cosmetic and plastic surgery.
  • Labor complications or abortions.
  • The removal or skin bumps or lumps.
  • Trauma, etc.

This is important because some surgeries increase your likelihood of developing certain diseases and symptoms, e.g. a removed gallbladder may make you experience bloating and abdominal pain after eating fatty or spicy foods.

In addition, your previous surgeries may give your doctor some additional insight to what’s going on or point to a bigger issue, like a cosmetic filler may get inflamed or cause severe and even chronic allergic reactions, which may not be diagnosed unless you disclose that you had this procedure.

Finally, anesthesia-related issues, such as the possibility of complications, are always a consideration before an upcoming surgery, and a history of previous surgeries may help your doctor better gauge the dose and kind of anesthetic to be used.

3. Don’t lie about your age and your parents’ medical history

Disclosing the patient’s age accurately is extremely important, as many crucial preventative medical procedures are age-dependent. This may help you prevent serious diseases, such as cancer, for one. Another preventative measure that you might be missing out on are immunizations, the majority of which are age-dependent, especially for kids.

Speaking of children, it is of utmost importance to be accurate about the age of small kids, as the medications they can take safely and effectively lean on the age of the child. It is also important for everyone to notify their doctor about any conditions that run in their family, such as cancer, diabetes, genetic conditions, etc., as your doctor will assign additional tests and screenings for you to prevent or manage the condition you are likely to have inherited from your family.

4. Never misrepresent how much you exercise, as well as the quality of your diet

It is understandable that we want to look good in our doctor’s eyes and often state that our activity levels are higher than they actually are, but a lack of exercise, as well as an unhealthy diet, can set you at risk of diabetes and heart disease, and your doctor has to know how much you actually exercise to be able to access your long-term health.

For one, they can actually help you choose the diet and exercise regime that is best-suited for your lifestyle. But a lack of exercise isn’t the only danger, as your doctor may direct you to abstain from exercise or certain foods for different reasons, and if they don’t know that you work out and eat too much or too little of something, you’re setting yourself to more complications.

5. Always state the truth about how much time you spend outdoors, especially without sun protection during the day

Unprotected sun exposure increases your likelihood of developing skin cancer, even during short trips from the car to the shopping mall, to work, or home. Even if you don’t get sunburned regularly, but don’t wear and reapply sunscreen, or used to tan without sunscreen on in the past, you’re at a higher risk of this condition, as are the people who visit tanning beds.

If any of the above-mentioned conditions apply to you, share this information with your doctor, as you will require more thorough and regular skin examinations.

6. Don’t lie about your oral health

We all know how we’re supposed to brush and floss twice a day, and we’re often very eager to share that knowledge with the dentist, even when we don’t really follow this recommendation ourselves.

But the truth of the matter is that your oral health is inevitably connected to your overall health, and poor oral hygiene has been linked to a variety of health issues: frequent coughs, cardiac disease, problems conceiving (in women), and several others. Be explicit about your oral hygiene habits and improve them if your doctor claims it may be causing your health issue.

7. Honestly state your own medical history, including the last time you’ve seen a doctor

Whatever is the case for you, be straightforward with your healthcare provider about the last time you paid them a visit, as during this time, you might have missed a few preventative procedures, immunizations, and routine checks.

In simple words, your doctor will make a more thorough examination when they know that you haven’t been to a doctor for a while. The same rule works for your health history: e.g. a previous history of many allergies, for example, increases your likelihood of having asthma, so it warrants a more in-depth investigation of the lungs.

On top of that, your medical history may influence the kind of medical treatment you can or cannot receive for a non-related condition, so always make sure to notify the doctor of any other conditions you have or used to suffer from, including allergies and chronic illnesses.

8. Be honest about uncomfortable matters, such as bowel movements, menstrual cycle, mental health, etc.

While it may be a very uncomfortable topic of discussion to you personally, things like bowel movements, reproductive and mental health are what most doctors deal with on an everyday basis. Furthermore, factors like erectile dysfunction or anxiety may be an important diagnostic criterion of seemingly-unrelated conditions, and letting your doctor know about these symptoms will help you feel better in the long run.

Apart from that, symptoms like constipation or diarrhea may be pointing to problems with your medication. Finally, some medications may be dangerous for you, e.g. certain heart medications may worsen one’s depression symptoms, so it is key to tell your doctor about your condition for them to choose a different medication for you.

9. Tell your doctor if you haven’t followed the directions before a medical procedure

Telling an anesthesiologist that you have fasted before a surgery when you didn’t can cause severe complications, as during sedation, the contents of the stomach may spill over into the respiratory tract, making you choke on your food or develop pneumonia.

It is important to reschedule your surgery, in that case, as going under the knife will endanger you. But a fast not kept before surgery isn’t the only issue, as not following the doctor’s directions may also mess with your blood test or imaging results, so it’s best to be explicit if you haven’t really followed the instructions as you were supposed to.

10. If you haven’t understood something your doctor told you, ask a follow-up question

It is natural to ask follow-up questions, but many patients are too modest and don’t want to impose their concerns to their doctors.

In reality, however, it is crucial that you understand exactly what to do after leaving the doctor’s office, be it making appointments to other specialists, how often to take the newly-prescribed medication or how to prepare for an upcoming screening or procedure. Don’t be afraid to raise any questions and concerns, even if it takes some extra time at the doctor’s office.

11. Let your doctor know if you forgot to take the prescribed medication

It is crucial for your doctor to know if you made any alterations to your medication schedule, as taking too much or too little of the medication, or skipping as little as a day can really affect your health. And it doesn’t matter if you stopped your antibiotics a few days early, skipped contraception or forgot to take your heart medication, you should always keep your doctor informed about this.

The same goes for misrepresenting the amount of painkiller you take daily, even if it’s an over-the-counter one. If you have to take more of the medication your doctor prescribed or supplement it with an over-the-counter one, it can damage your liver and build up the number of toxins in your body, but it isn’t all.

If you’re taking a prescription painkiller, it is crucial to stick to the doses you were prescribed, as several painkillers (e.g. Percocet, Vicodin, Norco, Ultracet) are combination pills and they include strong opioid medications in addition to acetaminophen, which are addictive and damaging to your health.

12. Be explicit If you smoke, drink alcohol or take any recreational drugs

This last point is actually a crucial one, as it can be life-threatening. Alcohol consumption and drug use can mess with the rest of your medications, making them less effective or causing side effects. Marijuana use, for example, can render some antidepressants, heart medications and blood thinners ineffective.

A severe alcohol habit is no less harmful, however, as alcohol withdrawal symptoms can kill an in-patient, especially if the patient didn’t disclose their habit and the doctors don’t suspect they’re supposed to treat withdrawal symptoms and not something unknown.

Smoking tobacco, on the other hand, increases one’s likelihood of developing a variety of lung diseases, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, and stroke. Finally, all of these habits may interfere with your vital signs and health tests, which will prevent you from getting the treatments and health screenings that you really need.