Call For Women To Give The Gift Of Men’s Health This Valentine’s Day

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healthyheartbpDr. David Samadi Creates The Ultimate Check-Up Guide for Women On Men’s Health Just In Time For Valentine’s Day.

World renowned prostate cancer surgeon and men’s health physician, Dr. David Samadi, is calling for women to urge men to be more proactive and preventive about their health this Valentine’s Day.

Dr. Samadi urges all women to take the #samadichallenge as a gift to their men for Valentine’s Day. To accept the challenge, women must get a man in their life to have a routine PSA screening and get testosterone levels checked, record a video message challenging three other women to do the same and post it on the Women for Prostate Health Facebook page.

“Getting men to care about their health is a real issue and we know that women are vigilant when it comes to screening. We need them to motivate the men in their lives to have that same proactive attitude towards their health,” said Dr. Samadi.

Statistics show that women make over 70% of the medical decisions in a household. Women are proactive and anticipate health issues and practice prevention. Research also shows that they ask a lot of questions of their doctor and want to make an informed decision regarding their health.

“My husband of 27 years was diagnosed with prostate cancer and is now cancer free thanks to Dr. Samadi. I want to challenge my female friends to get all of the men in their lives tested. It’s the numbers that save lives. Symptoms do not have to be present for cancer to be present. The PSA is an early indicator of prostate cancer,” says Lisa Hill who took the #SamadiChallenge in 2014.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of being your own advocate. But most male patients I see either come with, or are encouraged to go to the doctor by their wife, mother, daughter or girlfriend. Women are the ones who can push men to educate themselves and make their health a priority and personal responsibility,” said Dr. Samadi.

Men live an average of 5 years less than women. More men suffer and die from chronic illnesses than women. They’re 1.3 times more likely to have cancer than women and 2 times more likely to die from liver disease. The evidence is clear and the risk is high; men need to be more attentive to their health.

In particular Dr. Samadi wants to highlight the severity of prostate cancer in men. “There are 233,000 new cases in the U.S. every year and 1 out of 7 men are diagnosed. Due to these hard facts, getting an annual PSA screening is essential.”

The United States Preventive Services Task Force screening standards claim men should start getting their PSA (prostate specific antigen) screenings at age 55.

Dr. Samadi believes it to be wise for men to begin screening for their PSA between the ages of 40-45. “If you have a family history or are african american, you’re more at risk for prostate cancer. It’s important to get a PSA screening at age 40 to learn what your baseline is. Then have a conversation with your doctor about where you’re at and how to watch it over time.”

The number of younger men diagnosed with prostate cancer has increased 6 times in the last 20 years and the disease is more likely to be aggressive.

According to the American Urological Association, a PSA screening can find prostate cancer early, before it has spread. Early treatment can help some men avoid problems from cancer later on and live longer.

The goal of the #samadichallenge is to unite all women to:
-Learn the risk factors of common diseases in men such as prostate cancer
-Improve the lifestyles of the men in their lives
-Encourage men to get screened annually
-Push men to seek treatment immediately in case of a positive diagnosis

“Women are better advocates and care more about important issues related to health than men. They take their health more seriously. We need that kind of thinking to rub off on men,” expresses Dr. Samadi.

As a gift to help women get started, Dr. Samadi put together The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Guide for Women on Men’s Health:

For men in their 20s:
-Complete physical every three years
-Get blood pressure checked every year
-Cancer screenings every three years particularly for thyroid, testicles, lymph nodes, mouth and skin
-Cholesterol test for total, LDL and HDL (the good kind) every three years
-Testicular self exam every month

For men in their 30s
-Complete physical every 2 years
-Get blood pressure checked every year
-Cancer screenings for thyroid, testicles, lymph nodes, mouth and skin every three years
-Cholesterol test for total LDL, HDL (the good kind) every three years
-Testicular self exam every month

For men in their 40s
-Get blood pressure checked every year
-Cancer screenings for thyroid, testicles, lymph nodes, mouth and skin every three years
-Cholesterol test for total LDL, HDL (the good kind) every three years
-Testicular self exam every month
-Complete physical every 2 years
-Baseline prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and digital rectal exam (DRE)
-Stool test (for colon and rectal cancers) every year

For men in their 50s
-Get blood pressure checked every year
-Cancer screenings for thyroid, testicles, lymph nodes, mouth and skin every three years
-Cholesterol test for total LDL, HDL (the good kind) every three years
-Testicular self exam every month
-A sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy (for colon cancers) every three to four years or as recommended by your healthcare provider
-PSA and DRE exam every year

Learn more about Women for Prostate Health online and on Facebook.

ABOUT DR. DAVID B. SAMADI
Dr. Samadi is a board certified urologic oncologist trained in open, traditional and laparoscopic surgery and is an expert in robotic prostate surgery. He is Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. He has dedicated his distinguished career to the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer and is considered one of the most prominent surgeons in his field. Learn more at http://www.roboticoncology.com/index.php

What Advantages Does An Invisible Hearing Aid Give You?

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By Emily Steves

humanearThere are many advantages associated with using invisible hearing aids, which can help you to enjoy improved comfort alongside the best quality digital programming. Invisible hearing aids can be fitted inside the ear canal, and cannot be seen by observers. As well as this discreet advantage, invisible hearing aids make use of high tech hearing technology, and are available in several specialist brands; it’s also worth remembering, though, that some wearers may not be suitable for invisible hearing aids due to the size of their ear canal.

An invisible hearing aid is designed to fit within the ear canal, and is fitted to your particular hearing needs; as with other digital hearing aids, invisible hearing aids can be programmed to filter out different kinds of sounds, and can be set up to deliver the best sound for phone conversations and crowds.

Invisible hearing aids are typically fitted much closer to your ear drum than other hearing aids that clip around your ear. At the same time, invisible hearing aids are built to resist water and wax, but not intensive activities like swimming or being underwater in the bath.

One of the main advantages, then, of wearing invisible hearing aids is that you can reduce any anxiety about wearing a visible hearing aid in public; while now common, many younger people and children are still uncomfortable about wearing a hearing aid. Invisible hearing aids consequently provide a solution that allows people to enjoy enhanced hearing without having to worry about being judged – again, hearing aids have advanced to the point where designs and visibility mean that they be comfortably worn without being self conscious.

There are many different invisible hearing aid brands that can be tailored to your hearing loss. Among these brands, Phonak hearing aids use cutting edge technology to enhance your hearing, and feature advanced settings such as sound-flow and whistle-block. While standard hearing aids can achieve much of the same effects, Phonic’s invisible hearing aids are designed to be small and easy to wear without noticing them.

One of the main advantages, then, of wearing invisible hearing aids is that you can reduce any anxiety about wearing a visible hearing aid in public…..

Other popular invisible hearing aid brands include those made by Starkey SoundLens – these invisible hearing aids can be worn within your ear canal, and can be set up to cut out whistling and any other forms of interference. In the same way, brands like the Siemens iMini include features like feedback stopping, directional hearing, speech enhancement, and noise reduction when you’re out in public or in busy restaurants and bars.

When looking for an invisible hearing aid, it’s crucial to get a consultation with a trained audiologist, who can assess your type of hearing loss, and whether an invisible hearing aid is right for you. Unfortunately, some people do not have wide enough ear canals to have invisible hearing aids fitted, so make sure that you get a full consultation before making a decision.

It’s also important to ensure that your service includes aftercare, whereby an audiologist can deal with everything from discomfort when the hearing aid is being worn, through to reprogramming it to adjust to your hearing.

– Blogger Emily Steves suffers from hearing loss. She likes sharing her experiences and thoughts about many different invisible hearing aid brands. She firmly believes that these can help you understand the issues of hearing loss more efficiently.

Most Mothers Give Infants Solid Food Too Early

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babyFrom Your Health Journal…..”My regular visitors here know I always love to promote a site called My Health News Daily – as they always have such wonderful, informative health articles. Today’s article is written by Rachael Rettner entitled Most Mothers Give Infants Solid Food Too Early. New findings each day help us to understand the beginnings of childhood obesity. We know an epidemic is taking place now, not just with children, but adults. And, obesity related illness is also on the rise, which include heart disease, asthma, cancer, weak joints, and type 2 diabetes. Sedentary lifestyle, along with lack of physical activity is a major culprit to the developing problem. Now, in a study, 40 percent of mothers said they gave their infants solid foods before the age of 4 months, which is earlier than recommended. About 24 percent of mothers who breast-fed, and 53 percent of mothers who formula-fed, gave their babies solid food too early. Studies have also linked the early introduction of solid foods with an increased risk of chronic diseases later in life, such as obesity and eczema. In addition, starting babies on solid foods early may reduce the duration of breastfeeding, and breastfeeding itself has been shown to have many health benefits for kids. I encourage you all to visit the My Health News Daily web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. I thought it was well written and informative.”

From the article…..

In the study, 40 percent of mothers said they gave their infants solid foods before the age of 4 months, which is earlier than recommended. About 24 percent of mothers who breast-fed, and 53 percent of mothers who formula-fed, gave their babies solid food too early.

At the time the study was conducted (between 2005 and 2007), the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended infants start solid foods no earlier than 4 months. Currently, the AAP recommends waiting until 6 months. Until that time, the AAP recommends breast milk as the sole food for infants (along with necessarily vitamin supplements).

The new findings are concerning because infants may not be developmentally ready for solid foods before 4 months of age (they may have troubling eating and swallow the food properly), the researchers said. Studies have also linked the early introduction of solid foods with an increased risk of chronic diseases later in life, such as obesity and eczema. In addition, starting babies on solid foods early may reduce the duration of breastfeeding, and breastfeeding itself has been shown to have many health benefits for kids.

The findings highlight the need for better communication about when mothers should start their infants on solid foods, and the risks of giving these foods too early, said study researcher Kelley Scanlon, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.

The study surveyed 1,334 women before they gave birth, and nearly every month during the first year of the baby’s life. Moms were asked to report any solid foods their babies ate in the last week.

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Overweight Mothers ‘Give Birth To Babies With Clogged Arteries’

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pregnantFrom Your Health Journal…..A very good article from The Australian via The Times written by Chris Smyth entitled Overweight Mothers ‘Give Birth To Babies With Clogged Arteries’ – a well written and informative article I wanted to promote. We have discussed here recently about the obesity epidemic facing adults and children all over the world. We have posted articles from at least a dozen countries pointing to problems in their homeland about obesity. Obesity related illness is also on the rise – as many people are showing risk factors for cancer, heart disease, weak joints, type 2 diabetes, asthma, as well as low self-esteem. Sedentary lifestyles, increased usage of technology, poor diets, and lack of physical activity are all to blame. Now, new research suggests that the babies of overweight mothers are born with the first signs of heart disease. Scientist have discovered that the walls of the body’s main artery are already thickened in newborns whose mothers are obese or overweight, and the fatter the women the more their babies’ arteries appeared to be clogged. These are very important findings, and I suggest you read the full story (link provided below) to learn more.”

From the article…..

The babies of overweight mothers are born with the first signs of heart disease, Australian research suggests.

The walls of the body’s main artery are already thickened in newborns whose mothers are obese or overweight, and the fatter the women the more their babies’ arteries appeared to be clogged, scientists have found.

Experts cautioned that the study was too small to be certain, but suggested that overweight mothers were increasing their children’s risk of heart disease in later life.

Most women giving birth are now overweight or obese, and campaigners said the latest findings added urgency to efforts to reduce the weight of new mothers.

Australian scientists looked at 23 women whose body mass index ranged from normal to morbidly obese early in pregnancy, and when their babies were seven days old scanned the newborns’ abdominal aortas, the section of the artery running down to the belly.

The thickness of the innermost walls of the artery ranged from 0.65mm to 0.97mm and increased with the mother’s weight, irrespective of the size of the baby itself. There was a difference of 0.06mm between babies of overweight and normal weight mothers.

Michael Skilton and his team from the University of Sydney said that this hinted that arteries were already clogged up at birth.

“The earliest physical signs of atherosclerosis [clogging of the arteries] are present in the abdominal aorta, and aortic intima-media thickness is considered the best non-invasive measure of structural health of the vasculature in children; suggesting a putative mechanism by which maternal adiposity [fatness] may influence the risk of later cardiovascular disease in the offspring,” Dr Skilton and his team write in the journal Fetal and Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease of Childhood.

Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum said that the findings were worrying.

“Babies are starting to have a pretty rough existence before they’re born because of the weight of their mothers,” he said.

“The lesson we should get from this is we’ve got to be really much more focused on making sure women of child-bearing age from the earliest point, back in school, get the message that if they think of having babies they have to think of the responsibility to get themselves healthy before conceiving. There has got to be a lot of pressure on women to go into pregnancy at the right weight. There’s still this myth about eating for two, that you have to eat more.

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