Ringing in the #Ears Affects 1 in 10

TinnitisThe condition of tinnitus is when a person hears ringing, buzzing, or a chronic annoying noise like crickets. Yes, the obvious cause is extended exposure to loud noises like motorcycles, ear piercing music, or machinery in an industrial setting. However, certain over-the-counter drugs like Advil, Motrin, or Aleve can bring tinnitus about. It’s far more common than people realize, with 1 in 10 people of all ages suffering with the extraordinarily annoying condition. Of those people, 36% experience tinnitus on a constant basis. Most importantly, tinnitus is well-treated with a proactive approach addressing conditional circumstances, hearing devices (if necessary), and psychological treatment. The grand puba of medical establishments, the Mayo Clinic, has a better explanation of treatment.

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Morning #Mood Affects the Day

morningmoodEver have the Mondays? It can happen to the best of us. It can happen any day of the week and it starts the moment you get out of bed. Research found that the mood in which you start your day can influence how the rest of it will play-out. Of course, you can try and shift the mood to the sunnier side of the yard by grabbing coffee, taking the scenic route to work, or pep talking yourself into a better day. Do yourself, your boss, and the unknowing people you’ll encounter  throughout the day a favor and set your mood right from the start!

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Are You Being #Duped by #Food

scamfoodReading the label doesn’t always  provide the clarity you’d expect. Menus aren’t gospel, either. The truth behind  food isn’t always as it appears, according to the book Real Food, Fake Food. Whether you’re under the impression your money is buying Kobe beef or legit lobster – buyer beware. A price tag may give you the illusion that your heavy coin is buying quality merchandise but the merchant’s bottom line is what tells the truth. If you’re willing to face the truth, check-out the book. But be forewarned, this may change the way you trust your favorite restaurant. I’m such a foodie, it pains me to have read this  news. It more painful to share it but I’m a stickler for truths.

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Is #ProstateCancer Deadly Because of #ObamaCare?

prostatecancerA new report shows that highly aggressive prostate cancer is on the rise. PSA, a test used to detect prostate cancer, was deemed inaccurate and a poor way to track prostate cancer by a federal panel. Riddle me this Batman: if that’s true, then why has there been a 72% rise in cases of deadly prostate cancer in the last 10-years? Perhaps the new parameters to lower the cost of health insurance, as per the Affordable Care Act, have inadvertently resulted in an increase in deadly prostate cancer. An annual mammography is better able to track the appearance and development of breast cancer. This seems logical for men and the detection of prostate cancer. The comment from a prostate cancer survivor and founder of Pints for Prostates says it all! To summarize, prostate cancer survivors cannot speak loudly enough about the importance of proactive screening.

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The Trick to Melting #BellyFat

200448104-001It’s official. We’re halfway through our summer and the bod your rockin is likely to be the one you’ll wear in the fall unless you want to change. Exercise is job #1 when it comes to overall health but it cannot stand alone when it comes to trimming your tummy. Here are some tips to blast your belly fat. Avoid trans fats, sugary foods, and alcohol. Eat plenty of soluble fiber, fatty fish, and  low-fat proteins, like plant-based ones. Although exercise is one of the best things you can do to main a healthy heart, cardio exercise and weights may help trim the fat around your belly. Learn to love coconut oil and get plenty of sleep. Last but not least, familiarize yourself with probiotics.  Happy trimmings!

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The Inequity of #Teeth in the #US

teethThe most painful part of the dentist is the price of admission. One of the hardest substances in the body is the enamel on your teeth. Keeping it in pristine condition requires a cleaning, every 6-months. If we all have teeth and we all need to eat solid food, why has it become prohibitively expensive for most people in the US to afford dental care? No good reasons come to mind. But the hardworking minds have come-up with viable possibilities for people to receive the dental care they need to keep their teeth and gums healthy. The Mission of Mercy exemplifies how to begin correcting the inequity in dental care in the US. Who’s next?

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How #Animals Think Like #City Restaurants

PIC00013.JPGAll things considered, animals are pretty-well adapted to the needs of evolution. Consider a restaurant in New York City. If it’s not halfway decent, it cannot afford to stay in business. Rent in NYC isn’t cheap. For customers in the big apple – it’s not their first rodeo so restaurants need to earn their patronage. Nonetheless, young ducklings are like city restaurants in how they think and adapt. A study has shown that baby ducklings were able to imprint (or learn) familiarity of a specific set of objects, First the baby ducks were shown one of the following: a pair similar objects or a pair of differing objects. They were later shown both sets of objects and the baby ducklings gravitated toward the one that they were shown previously. Is this an evolutionary call or simply the ‘safe’ choice? Humans have the ability to abstractly problem-solve for survival, like NYC restaurants. This study proves that animals may have the same capacity to learn and grow like most animals. It’s survival of the fittest in the mind-games of life.

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The Next Generation of #HIV Safe #Sex

condom-saferSpeaking in the context of HIV transmission, the viral load of an infected person weighs heavily on his or her ability to pass HIV onto another person. Without a doubt, condoms are always the recommended means of protection but having antiviral drugs onboard clearly prevents the spread through sex. Experts are not suggesting to toss the condoms out but combined with anti-viral medication, it’s almost a lock-solid plan.

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What the #Eye Can Tell Us About #Alzheimers

alzheimers-scanScans of the retina can foretell if Alzheimer’s is imminent for a person. Eye circulation is vitally important to carry nutrients and oxygen to the eye. The same way these vessels can become constricted, the nutrients and oxygen carried to the neurons in the brain can be adversely affected. Taking it a step further, researchers have found that the retina deflects light differently when amyloid plaque is present in the eye. Eye can say so much and now they can say so much about proactive treatments for Alzheimer’s.

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#NailBiting a Good #Habit?

suckingthunbAs a kid, I used to bite my nails. I broke the habit with positive reinforcement. I would reward myself with a manicure when I hasn’t bitten my nails. Besides the unsavory side effect of funny-shaped nails from biting them and deranged teeth for thumb-suckers, a new study has found that kids who have these hand-in-mouth habits may ultimately have less allergies. Apparently exposure to the bacteria that dwell on kids hands may be the tough love approach to creating a robust immune system. I didn’t realize how often kids put random things in their mouths. Parents can breathe a sigh of relief when the thing is just their own hands. It’s good for them!

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