August 2014


Active ImageDivorced women have more illness  

 Women may give up more than a husband by divorcing — they may also lose some of their good health, according to a study by Iowa State University.

To read the rest of this article about divorced women and illness, click here.

To learn more about why divorce increases the risk of illenss read about stress-related disorders and how it leads to illness.

Active ImagePolitical issue or public health issue?

Abstinence message goes beyond teens

The federal government's "no sex without marriage" message isn't just for kids anymore.

Now the government is targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its abstinence-only programs, which include millions of dollars in federal money that will be available to the states under revised federal grant guidelines for 2007.

To read the full article in USA Today, click here.


Commentary by WOW Editor:

Is what happens in your bedroom or for that matter the backseat of your car an issue for the government to legislate over? In years past an individual could break any number of laws if they had sex with an individual of a different racial group, if they were not having intercourse only, or if they were not married. We have, with much work, thrown over most all of these old "bad" laws and yet, religious and "moral" forces using our government, a government supposedly for all Americans, of the people and by the people, to legislate their moral convictions. Is this right? Is this what you want your tax money to go toward? Is it right to get into bed, so to say, with consenting adults and tell them when, under what circumstances, and how to have sex or make love?

If a parent feels strongly that their child should be celibate and say "No!" is this not between the parent and the child? Shouldn’t discussions about sex not originate and stay in the home? Why are we being asked to legislate when the parents of the targeted children cannot openly and freely discuss sex and its consequences with their children?

Why are these so called "moral" individuals avoiding sex education in the schools, when they cannot control or talk with their children in their home? Are they trying to create a national morality as well as a national language, or is that their children see through them and their impotency so they feel forced to pass meaningless laws that will only end up hurting their children and our country.

This approach is wrong! If they cannot see it then maybe we have to help them learn not to use our government to push their political-morality on us. What is your opinion on this issue?

 

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More benefits than risks in higher fish consumption

The benefits of eating fish generally outweigh any risks from potentially high levels of mercury and other contaminants in some species, according to two major reports out Tuesday

 

For the rest of this USA Today article, click here.

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Flu Season 2006-2007
 

 

The season for influenza is quickly coming upon us. What can you do to prevent getting the flu and what can you do if you do get it. How can you know if you have the flu.

 

To recognize the differnece between a simple cold and influenza, click here.

To learn what you can do to preventing and treating the flu, click here.

 

 

 

 

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Here are some of the more common respiratory symptoms related to the common cold, and the flu.

Check
your symptoms, and ask your doctor for advice.

Remember, a flu shot is your best protection against the flu.

 

 

Symptoms

Cold

Flu

Bacterial infection

Onset

Gradual

Sudden

Gradual, occasionally rapid

Fever

Rare in adults and older children, but can be as high 102ºF in infants and small children.

Usually 102ºF, but can go up to 104ºF and usually last 3 to 4 days

Characteristically high > 101ºF

Cough

Mild hacking cough While or yellow sputum

Usual, and can become severe, While or yellow sputum

Can be dry or productive, usually greenish or brownish sputum

Headache

Rare

Sudden onset and can be severe and prominent

Sometimes

Muscle aches

Mild

Usual, and often severe

Sometimes

Fatigue, tired and weakness

Very mild

Can last up to 2 or more weeks

Common

Extreme exhaustion

Rare

Sudden early onset and can be severe

Rare

Chest discomfort

None

Common

Common

Runny nose

Often

Sometimes

Sometimes

Sneezing

Often

Sometimes

Rare

Sore throat

Often

Sometimes

Sometimes

 


Important Facts about Colds and the Flu

 

Both the common cold and the flu, are viral infections that typically affect the respiratory tract. Since they are caused by viruses, antibiotics are of no value. Using antibiotics can increase the risk of allergic reactions to the antibiotic and super-infections with the stimulation of "super bacteria" being created during a period of impaired immune system functioning and with antibiotics killing off friendly protective organisms. One of the best ways to help fight the common cold or the respiratory symptoms of the flu is with plenty of fluids. If you use this chart above, and recognize that you do not have a bacterial infection, then do not go to your doctor’s office as you can infect already impaired sick people who are sitting in the waiting room waiting their turn to see the doctor.

 

 

About Flu 2006-2007 Season


The correct diagnosis and they correct timing that the patients comes to see his or her physician will allows for more accurate diagnosis and hence better treatment even relief of symptoms and shortening the course of the illness. 

Studies have demonstrated that the best means of prevention for the more serious varieties of influenza is immunization, "the flu shot." There are however a number of medications and lifestyle modifications that can help to protect you from getting the flu.


Vaccination

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends that all adults 50 years of age and older, and anyone who has chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or heart or lung disease, should get yearly flu immunizations. The CDC acknowledges that immunizations against the flu shot are not always 100% effective. This is especially true in some elderly individuals. If you are a caretaker, taking care of a family member who is at high-risk if they get the flu, then both you and your family member need to get vaccinated. This is important for them, as well as for you so that you don

Active ImageCan Lab Test Predict Who Will Live or Die?


When most of us go to see our doctor we want to know whether or not we are in good health. Whether there is something wrong with us or whether we are healthy. In a recent article researchers at UCLA we able to determine that at least for people over 70 years of age, the chance death within a 12 year period of time, may in fact be predictable.

While this may not help the bulk of us right now, it is at least an indication, possibly for the first time im medical history that the laboratory tests we have taken each year can provide information regarding our true risk of not just getting ill, but of dying.

To read the article about this process, click here.

To review what the authors of this study wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America Journal, click here.

 

For those of you who might want to talk with your doctor about these 13 biomarker tests.

The 13 Biomarkers Are:

  • Biomarkers for Neuroendocrine Functioning are: epinephrine, norepinephrine, cortisol, and dehydroepiandrosterone
  • The Biomarkers for Immune Activity are: C-reactive protein (CRP), fibrinogen, Interleukin 6, and albumin
  • The Biomarkers for Cardiovascular Functioning are: systolic and diastolic blood pressure
  • The Biomarkers for Cardiovascular Functioning are: systolic and diastolic blood pressure
  • The Biomarkers for Metabolic Activity are: high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol), total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol ratio, and glycosylated hemoglobin (Hg1Ac)

  • Of the 13 biomarkers examined, almost all entered into one or more high-risk pathways although combinations of neuroendocrine and immune markers appeared frequently in high-risk male pathways, and systolic blood pressure was present in combination with other biomarkers in all high-risk female pathways.

    These findings illustrate the value of identifying biomarker combinations which can be predictive of mortal outcomes in older adults, as well as the multiplicity of biological pathways to mortality in elderly populations.

    Active ImageSleepless in America

    Are Americans getting enough sleep? In recent months both articles and news storeies have highlghted the fact that many, and possibly most Americans, are not getting nearly enough sleep. The articles tell us that because of this they may suffer health problems, even problems relating to sex and relationships.

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