Where Will You Be Enjoying The Fireworks?

fireworksFor many of us, seeing a fireworks display on the 4th of July is second nature. The sprawling visual effects are spectacular but there may be a health hazard beyond the noise factor. Something called particulate matter is what gives the explosive show its awesomeness. But these left-over particles of dust, smoke, and soot pollute the sky and compromise the air quality. This is the biggest concern for people with lung disease and heart conditions. The highest concentration of particulate matter is between 9pm and 10pm but is back to normal by noontime the next day. No worries, if you must observe the star-spangled sky with the colorful bombs bursting in air for America’s birthday – avoid being downwind and keep a healthy distance from the main event. Happy Independence Day, America!

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How Does Diabetes Control Of A T1D Mom Affect Baby’s Brain?

T1D-brainMothers have a significant impact on their children, but a mother with Type 1 diabetes has more of an impact than meets the eye. A study shows that mothers who have T1D influence the development of their child’s brain. Specifically, T1D mothers who had good control before, during, and after pregnancy were likely to birth children who were as scholastically inclined as the offspring of non-diabetic mothers. However, T1D mothers who didn’t have very good diabetes control were shown to have kids with less than ideal mental prowess. Our parents influence us in more ways than they realize. A perfectly healthy mother has a million and one things to worry about during pregnancy. A well-controlled T1D mother deserves parent of the year.

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Why Are More Women Affected With Alzheimer’s Than Men?

alzStatistically, 1 in 6 elderly women will be affected with Alzheimer’s and only 1 in 11 men will suffer from it. The no-brainer answer to this question would be women live longer than men, which is why they are more affected by Alzheimer’s. According to a new study, this can be further explained. Men are more likely to die of a heart attack, in middle age. Those men who don’t die of a heart-related condition, likely have a healthy heart and therefore a healthy brain. Age is the greatest risk factor for both, men and women. Women begin to exhibit symptoms of Alzheimer’s 20 years before official diagnosis. Women who reach menopause will experience a drop in estrogen levels. Estrogen is shown to have a protective effect in the brain. When women in menopause lose estrogen, they are less protected from Alzheimer’s disease. This doesn’t warrant the use of hormone replacement therapy but it does justify an urgent need for more progressive therapies for women who are suffering with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Do You Know Dr. Oz’s Summer Tips?

drozDr. Oz is enlightening the masses on good knowledge for summer safety. See the video for trivial pursuits on all other summer tidbits. First of all, just because a sunscreen has an expiration date on it – don’t believe the hype. Sunscreen takes several years to expire. Also, use at least a shot glass amount of sunscreen to properly protect your skin. Don’t wimp-out on the application. As many people believe, it’s not the sweetness of our blood that is attractive to mosquitoes, it’s the scent of our body. Especially offensive to mosquitoes is the smell of grapes. If you’re a wine drinker, maybe you’ll benefit from this fun fact. Swimming is a refreshing treat for the summer lovers. Don’t assault your ears with a Q-tip, if you have any water left behind. Fingers are the perfect and safe size for ear water removal. Last but not least, waiting 30-minutes after eating before swimming is an old wives tale. Hopefully this clears-up some ambiguity in your summer fun. Enjoy the warmth of the sun and water in good health!

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Why Are Men Who Take Viagra More Likely To Get Melanoma?

ED-drugsA new study shows there is a link between erectile dysfunction drugs known as PDE5 inhibitors and risk of melanoma. Several types of erectile dysfunction drugs were investigated for this finding and it seems like the same men who took these drugs are the same type of men who are likely to develop skin cancer.  If that doesn’t ease your mind, checkout some tips of lowering risk of developing melanoma. For those of you looking for the “Cliff’s Notes” version of risk reduction: slip on a t-shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat, and wrap some sunglasses around your eyes. Why do you think men who take drugs for erectile dysfunction are more likely to get melanoma?

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Have You Ever Bought A Life-Changing Book?

IMG_3411If you’re a reader, looking for a good bargain and a great cause – you’re welcome. Brenda Novak is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, and she is also the mother of five children, one of whom has Type 1 diabetes. Through necessity, ingenuity, and her refined skills, Brenda has been raising funds for the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) the last ten years with an annual online auction titled Brenda Novak for the Cure. She has raised over $2.4 million, and raises the bar again this year.  Calling upon three dozen best-selling authors, she and her colleagues have created a three e-book series to raise funds for diabetes research. One book features 13- suspense stories, with a foreword by best-selling author Lee Child, called Sweet Dreams. The next book is named Sweet Talk, and features 10 romance stories, with a foreword by best-selling romance writer, Robyn Carr. If erotica and hot-romance tales ring your bell, Sweet Seduction is your next download. The third e-book in this series features 14 titillating stories, with a foreword by best-selling author Lisa Renee Jones. This fictional funfest is a 3-book series, priced at $9.99 per book. It will be available for download from May 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015 at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Apple, or wherever e-books are sold. Have you ever bought a book that changed your life? Be a part of changing the life of someone living with diabetes and download your copy.

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Ultimate Turf Wars? Bedbugs vs. Ticks

turfwarsThe excitement of summer lies outdoors. However, with the uptick (no pun intended) of Lyme’s Disease in New York City, buyer beware of trips into the woods. Double and triple check for freeloading ticks upon your return to civilization. Leave nature behind. Then again, Tampa Bay library has bed bugs. What’s going on here, the ultimate turf wars between bed bugs and ticks?

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Feeling Anxious? Try A Pickle.

picklesSocial anxiety is no joke. Eating fermented food may help lessen the severity of social anxieties, according to a new study. Fermented foods such as pickles, kimchi, and sauerkraut have the advantage of extraordinary probiotics, which can manifest a healthy microniome in the gut. This, in turn, boosts immunity, and regulates mood. A gut instinct isn’t just a catchy phrase, it’s intuition nourished by fermented foods.

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Is An Appendectomy Overkill Or Appropriate?

appendicitisIf you’ve ever had an appendicitis, by the time you made it to the hospital, you didn’t want to leave with the pain that put you there. A new school of thought challenges the necessity of surgery to treat an inflamed appendix. They believe that the first line of treatment should be antibiotics. As long as you’re appendix hasn’t ruptured or become gangrenous, sure. Take your chances. If you opt for antibiotics and the inflammation gets worse, the operation is going to be more challenging for the surgeon. As far as evolution goes, the appendix in humans has shrunk over time. Evolution is adaptation for survival. Surgery fixes mechanical mistakes.  Is an appendectomy overkill or appropriate? FYI, here are some signs you’re having an appendicitis. Don’t tough it out, get to an emergency room.

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Is Hawaii’s New Smoking Age Limit Unfair?

age-smokingA new bill proposed in Hawaii will raise the legal smoking age to 21, on January 1, 2016. Researchers have found that raising the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 will significantly reduce the adverse health effects suffered by smokers. This ban also bans smoking electronic cigarettes for people under the age of 21 years old. On the same day this bill was passed, another bill banning smoking in all city and county parks in the county of Kaua’i.  Realistically, 18 year olds can enlist to fight for this country. According to this bill, these same soldiers cannot smoke. Is Hawaii’s new smoking age limit unfair?

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