7 Astounding Ways Your Mattress Affects Your Health And Sleep

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By Cindy Walker

SleepingWomanMost people don’t feel the significance of the best mattresses for their good night sleep and don’t find its importance in their well-being in their daily lives.  As it is a known fact that, every individual, in general, spend 1/3rd of their lives sleeping so there should be a huge impact on your sleep if you do not sleep on a comfortable mattress isn’t it. That is why it is important to consider purchasing the comfortable mattress to avoid the surprising ways of mattress affect your health and sleep.

You should consider three elements to a healthy life, including Exercise, Sleep, and Diet. One of the main reasons for poor sleep is your poor mattress. It’s a fact that when you didn’t get proper sleep, then it gets even more difficult to exercise and the entire day seems to be dull and inactive. That is why you should invest in a good mattress and only a few people recognize the significance of investing in a good mattress.  If you ask who are at risk, Well, the people who do not get at least seven hours of good sleep are at risk of bigger health issues.

The seven surprising ways that a mattress affects your sleep and health includes:

  1. Stress:

Poor sleeping habits lead to higher stress levels. Today, many people suffer from higher stress levels because of poor sleep and it is due to using the poor or old mattress. Currently, you can find the most advanced technology used in designing the high-quality mattress that can easily reduce your stress levels. That is why it is important to replace your old mattress with the new one, especially if your mattress is more than eight-years-old.

  1. Allergies:

If you are using your mattress for a longer period, then it will become a breeding area for various micro-organisms, which can cause allergies. Sometimes, these dust mites can become a serious health threat. You should always clean your mattress frequently, also, replace your old mattress with the new one if you are suffering from runny nose or a sore throat.

  1. Back Pain:

Do not go for ultra-plush mattress as it is not suggestible for your posture, it may cause an abnormal bend in your lower back. You should always check the mattress before buying it and check if it is giving proper neck and spine alignment.

  1. Constant Fatigue:

sleepIf you are feeling unexcited and exhausted even after sleeping for eight hours continuously, then it is so clear that, it is the issue of the poor mattress.  Also, when the mattress gets old, it directly affects the quality of sleep.

  1. Wear & Tear:

If you feel lumps on the mattress or you might be having back pain because of the torn mattress spring. It is the right time to buy a new mattress with advanced technology.

  1. Creaking:

If you hear a creaking sound, then that means the springs may not be working properly and it make creaking nose when you move or toss and turn on the mattress.

  1. Insomnia:

It is a fact that a good night sleep can be obtained with a good quality mattress and it is a very important factor to consider if you are suffering from Insomnia. The only solution to prevent this is buying new mattress.

Arlington, Va. Is #1 ‘Fittest City’

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Submitted by The American College of Sports Medicine….

didyouknow?2019 American Fitness Index Ranks 100 Cities;
New Indicators Reveal Concerns About Pedestrian Safety and Air Quality

Indianapolis (May 14, 2019) – Arlington, Va. has earned the title of “America’s Fittest City” in the annual American Fitness Index® ranking published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc.

The ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index evaluated America’s 100 largest cities using 33 health behaviors, chronic diseases and community infrastructure indicators. Rounding out the top 10 cities were Seattle, Wash.; Minneapolis, Minn.; San Francisco, Calif.; Madison, Wis.; Washington, D.C.; St. Paul, Minn.; Irvine, Calif. (new to the top 10); Denver, Colo.; and Portland, Ore. You can access the full rankings and scores, summary report, city comparison tool and other insights on the American Fitness Index website.

Setting the standard for other cities, Arlington’s balance of healthy behaviors and community infrastructure earned it the #1 overall rank. Arlington ranked in the top 10 for 22 of the 33 indicators in the ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index, with six indicators ranked #1, including residents exercising in the last month; meeting aerobic and strength activity guidelines; reporting good or excellent health; and having low rates of smoking, poor physical health and pedestrian fatalities. You can compare your city to Arlington or others ranked in the Index by accessing the online City Comparison Tool.

“Our research-backed Fitness Index rankings reveal both personal health habits within a community and how well those communities encourage fitness among their residents. It’s one more way we are working to improve the lives of our communities in which we live and work every day,” said Stephen Friedhoff, M.D., chief clinical officer for Anthem. “For example, we added new social determinant of health indicators to this year’s report and learned that some cities have work to do in the areas of pedestrian safety and air quality, which are both critical to overall wellness. Four of the 10 worst cities for pedestrian fatalities are in Florida, and we know air pollution rivals car accidents and tobacco when it comes to causing deaths.”

At the community level, the ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index is used as an assessment and evaluation tool to educate community leaders on the importance of key indicators of physical activity. Leaders can then focus on policy, systems and environmental change strategies that are evidence-based and create sustainability for their community. ACSM and Anthem agree that the Fitness Index provides cities with the data and resources needed to drive healthy change.

familyfun“We challenge city leaders, regardless of where their community ranks on the ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index, to take bold and decisive action toward building and maintaining infrastructures that promote fitness,” said Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., chair of the American Fitness Index Board and a regents’ professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.

“Chronic diseases, sedentary lifestyles and pedestrian fatalities are at critical levels in our country, and city leadership can effectively address each of these challenges by becoming a fit city,” Ainsworth added.

Additional findings from the 2019 Fitness Index rankings included:

  • 2.2 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents on average across all 100 cities with the worst city, St. Louis, reporting 5.8 pedestrian deaths per 100,000.
  • Nearly half of the 10 deadliest cities for pedestrians are located in Florida: Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and St. Petersburgh.
  • The 21 worst cities for air quality are in California, Arizona and Nevada.
  • Cities have poor air quality an average 38.3 percent of the year.
  • 75.2 percent of adults in all cities were physically active in the previous month on average, with only 51.2 percent meeting aerobic activity guidelines and 22 percent meeting both aerobic and strength guidelines.
  • 97 percent of residents in the top 10 cities are located within a 10-minute walk to a park, but only 66.4 percent are within a 10-minute walk of a park in all 100 cities.
  • An average of 30.3 percent of residents in all 100 cities were diagnosed with high blood pressure, 3.3 percent with heart disease and 2.9 percent were diagnosed with a stroke.
  • Only 4.5 percent of residents in all 100 cities walk or bike to work, and 7.1 percent use public transportation to and from work.

The 2019 ACSM American Fitness Index rankings are as follows:

Overall Rank City State Overall Score
1 Arlington VA 87.3
2 Seattle WA 77.9
3 Minneapolis MN 76.4
4 San Francisco CA 75.7
5 Madison WI 75.3
6 Washington D.C. 75.1
7 St. Paul MN 69.5
8 Irvine CA 69.4
9 Denver CO 68.4
10 Portland OR 67.8
11 Oakland CA 67.7
12 San Jose CA 67.4
13 Boise ID 66.7
14 San Diego CA 66.7
15 Chicago IL 66.2
16 Pittsburgh PA 66
17 Lincoln NE 63.2
18 Long Beach CA 62.5
19 Boston MA 62.5
20 Sacramento CA 61.9
21 St. Petersburg FL 61.6
22 Atlanta GA 61.2
23 Virginia Beach VA 60.4
24 Santa Ana CA 60
25 Milwaukee WI 59.7
26 Honolulu HI 59.5
27 Los Angeles CA 59
28 Durham NC 58.2
29 Chula Vista CA 58.2
30 Raleigh NC 57.7
31 Albuquerque NM 57.5
32 New York NY 57.3
33 Stockton CA 56.9
34 Fremont CA 56.8
35 Miami FL 56.6
36 Newark NJ 56.3
37 Anaheim CA 56.1
38 Richmond VA 55.7
39 Colorado Springs CO 55.7
40 Aurora CO 55.1
41.5 Orlando FL 54.5
41.5 Buffalo NY 54.5
43 Austin TX 54
44 Plano TX 53.2
45 Omaha NE 52.7
46 Tampa FL 52.3
47 Norfolk VA 52.2
48 Nashville TN 51.3
49 Reno NV 50.9
50 Jersey City NJ 50.9
51 St. Louis MO 50.5
52 Baltimore MD 50.4
53 Tucson AZ 49.7
54 New Orleans LA 49.3
55 Hialeah FL 49.1
56 Greensboro NC 48.2
57 Cincinnati OH 47.9
58 Riverside CA 47.6
59 Glendale AZ 47.5
60 Lubbock TX 47.4
61 Dallas TX 47.4
62 Anchorage AK 46.5
63 Philadelphia PA 46.5
64 Fresno CA 46.2
65 Cleveland OH 45.9
66 Mesa AZ 44.3
67 Kansas City MO 43.6
68 Chandler AZ 43.3
69 Scottsdale AZ 43
70 Columbus OH 42.6
71 Phoenix AZ 41.9
72 El Paso TX 41.8
73 Houston TX 41.5
74 Lexington KY 41.2
75 Charlotte NC 41.1
76 Garland TX 40
77 Jacksonville FL 39.4
78 Irving TX 39
79 Baton Rouge LA 38.5
80 Laredo TX 37.9
81 Winston-Salem NC 37.4
82 San Antonio TX 36.3
83 Gilbert AZ 36.3
84 Chesapeake VA 35.8
85 Las Vegas NV 34.3
86 Fort Wayne IN 34.3
87 Memphis TN 33.8
88 Fort Worth TX 33
89 Henderson NV 32.6
90 Wichita KS 31.6
91 Corpus Christi TX 31
92 Arlington TX 30.8
93 Detroit MI 30.5
94 Bakersfield CA 30.3
95 Louisville KY 28.8
96 Indianapolis IN 28.6
97 Toledo OH 27.8
98 Tulsa OK 27.8
99 North Las Vegas NV 27.2
100 Oklahoma City OK 20.8


About the American College of Sports Medicine
The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to improve educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. More details can be found at www.acsm.org.

ACSM is a global leader in promoting the benefits of physical activity and advocates for legislation that helps government and the health community make it a priority. ACSM encourages Congress to support continued funding of parks, trails and safe routes to school, to better enable all Americans to meet the prescribed physical activity recommendations included in the National Physical Activity Guidelines.

About Anthem Foundation
The Anthem Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of Anthem, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that make up its Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets: maternal health, diabetes prevention, cancer prevention, heart health and healthy, active lifestyles, behavioral health efforts and programs that benefit people with disabilities. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Dollars for Dollars program which provides a 100 percent match of associates’ donations, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Anthem Foundation, please visit http://www.anthem.foundation and its blog at https://medium.com/anthemfoundation.

Infrared For Health

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By Francis Bangayan

healthywordsInfrared for health an extremely effective process. Infrared heat energy is a form that allows you to penetrate deeper in your body than heat and other types of thermal energy. Infrared red heat can be used more broadly with infrared light therapy device locally or with infrared sauna. We know that before the event of exercise or sports, the body must be warmed, then it also knows that heat increases blood flow and increases muscle strength.

Seniors suffer more lasting fatigue, fall and injury, back and joints, chronic pain, high blood pressure, sleep disorders, and many other complex problems. Lifestyle and dietary changes are often part of the overall treatment of these conditions. However, the latest version of the heat-therapy or Far Infrared Therapy, FIR Treatment, is the effective process of natural pain relief supplements.

Infrared Sauna For Health

Infrared is a type of bath that uses light to create heat. Sauna is such a remote infrared snack that goes far away, where infrared waves fall into the spectrum of light. A traditional sauna uses heat to heat the air and also emphasizes your body. An infrared sauna heats your body directly without heating the air around you.

Saunas application is usually increased by normal exercise, such as strong sweating and heart rate, as well as the same reaction. An infrared sauna translates into real health benefits to people who can not stand with temperature. Most studies have found evidence of beneficial use of infrared saunas in the treatment of chronic health problems like long blood pressure, congestive heart failure, headaches, type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

Infrared For Cardiovascular Health

Infrared heat utilizes certain risks such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Infrared heat can help cardiovascular health, which makes it easier to control the temperature on your body with physical activity on a moderate pace.

Infrared Heat For Muscular Injuries

Infrared heat helps improve your muscular healing by increasing blood flow to the injured muscles and increasing muscle strength. Physical therapists have explained that as well as providing deep heating to your muscles, infrared heat releases nitric oxide. Increasing the circulation of oxygen and other nutrients to improve the nitric oxide circulation in the injured area. Physical therapists use infrared light therapy devices to produce infrared heat and treat a specific injury like strained hamstring and muscle wounds.

Conclusion

sunSunlight is needed for life and health. The safest segment of the sun’s energy comes from infrared light, which extends medical benefits for various health conditions. Studies show that far infrared increases circulation on the skin, changes sleep, prevents pain, prevents oxidative stress, and ensures recovery by removing inflammation. About 80% of solar energy produces many infrared rays. Far infrared radiation extract all of the sun’s beneficial healing properties when removing its harmful effects such as ultraviolet radiation.

Therefore, researchers have shown that many infrared radiation can create strong benefits, which can be applied to numerous medical conditions such as cancer and diabetes as well as for its treatment conditions.

– Francis Bangayan is the creator of the Infrared Heating Biomat for Health. The infraredforhealth.com provides information, methods and ways in using the technology of infrared heating mattress to improve your biochemistry, your body and your mind to reclaim your health.

 

How Learning Health Informatics Can Improve One’s Medical Skills

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By Monica Mendoza

doctorWhether you’re a newcomer or a veteran of the healthcare industry, you may have noticed that hospitals and other healthcare organizations like International Medical Insurance firms have made the shift from manual paperwork to digital recordkeeping, especially when it comes to patient records and documentation. This is nothing new, as many industries have long since adopted computer technology to help them with their paperwork as well as their business processes.

What is new is that this shift has given rise to an entirely new way of treating patient data besides simply storing it for future reference. It’s called Health Informatics, which is the usage of information technology to collect, manage, and analyze patient medical data. This information is used to improve the delivery of healthcare to any given patient. This new trend has had such a significant and positive impact on healthcare that an entirely new industry has sprouted from it, with hospitals now employing Health Informatics experts to take full advantage of its benefits.

What does health informatics have to do with you, though? Even if you’re not a health informatics expert, why should it be important to you? The truth is that, even if that’s the case, you should still learn about health informatics, especially when it comes to navigating the systems and technology involved. In doing so, you’ll be better equipped to take advantages of the concrete benefits health informatics offers to healthcare staff, as well as improve your medical skills.

Here are some examples in how that happens.

It helps you manage your patients’ medical records better and easier.

One of the biggest challenges in healthcare has always been keeping documentation updated and accessible. Paper records and charts can easily be lost, misplaced, or forgotten entirely before they can even be placed in a patient’s file, especially on a particularly busy day.

Important test results may also be misplaced by the patient before they can even be looked at by a healthcare professional. In addition, manually searching for a patient’s records may take up valuable time and manpower. All these can result in a flawed or inefficient delivery of healthcare that could cost the hospital or organizations revenue.

Thanks to the adoption of health informatics technology, all the patient information that you could possibly need is accessible in one place—your computer workstation. The digitization of patient records, test results, and pertinent personal data into a database allows you to learn everything you need to know about a specific patient with just one click. This allows you to keep track of their health more easily while also enabling you to share their current health status with other medical professionals.

The mobile devices connected to the health informatics network also ensure that the records are immediately and automatically updated when new data about the patient comes in, such as a new test result.

By learning about health informatics, you’ll be able to better navigate your way through the technology involved and thus be able to manage your patients’ records better.

It helps you reduce trial and error in the treatment of a patient.

Trial and error in healthcare can be a costly affair, both in terms of resources being spent needlessly as well as posing serious and avoidable risks to the patient’s health. Mistakenly prescribed medication and misdiagnosis, for example, can result in the patient suffering health complications due to side effects and unneeded medical procedures. It can even lead to the patient suffering a more grievous injury or condition than what they originally sought medical help for. Such events can lead to even costlier consequences, such as medical malpractice litigation and wrongful death accusations.

Health informatics can help you and other medical professionals avoid these consequences by providing you immediate access to the updated information you absolutely need, eliminating any guesswork when it comes to crucial moments in the treatment path of a patient.

For example, it can warn you when it detects that you’re about to prescribe something that they’re allergic to or will have dangerous interactions with medication they’re already taking. It can also help alert you to specific conditions that your patient has been treated for in the past, which could help in getting a more accurate diagnosis. These and other benefits can help ensure a favorable outcome for your patient as well as cut down on repeat visits and procedures.

By minimizing trial and error, health informatics can help you become more efficient in diagnosing your patients’ conditions and treating them for these conditions. This also has the added benefit of improving the quality of healthcare that you can provide, along with increasing the level of patient safety in your healthcare facility.

It helps you enable your patients to make informed decisions about their own health.

The favorable outcome of a patient’s treatment doesn’t hinge completely on the quality of healthcare that they receive, but also on the ability of the patient to comprehend their medical condition and the treatment options available to them. By having an adequate understanding of the overall picture, the patient can then make an informed choice about their health, which would then lead to their most desired outcome.

This understanding can only be provided by you, their healthcare provider. They will ultimately rely on you to help them understand their condition and the options that they can take in managing their condition. Depending on how many patients you manage daily, you may have difficulties in ensuring that every patient you treat is fully educated about their health.

Health informatics can assist you in this regard as well. As it gives you quick and immediate access to your patient’s health records, test results and other paperwork, you can easily answer all your patient’s inquiries as soon as you pull up their file. Also, since the information in their file is guaranteed to be up to date and as complete as possible, you will also be able to update them on their treatment path progress reliably and accurately. All of this can contribute to an easier road to recovery for your patient.

Conclusion

Health informatics may seem like something that’s better left to the technicians and computer staff to worry about. However, with all these clear benefits and skill improvements that health informatics brings, it’s clear that this could be the newfound element that could truly revolutionize healthcare as we know it. You may be neglecting your own career as well as your patients’ welfare if you simply ignore it or let the opportunity pass you by.

Impact Of Dogs On Mental And Physical Health

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By James Shore

dogsilouetteA dog is man’s best friend and best friends can never see you in pain. Latest studies have shown how dogs and cats at offices improve the work performance of employees. Moreover, the strong bonding of man with a dog is known for a long time.

Pets have positive effects on our mind and body health. They help us live life to the optimum and teach us to love unconditionally. Dogs have been known to bring a lot of changes in owner’s life. Dogs can help you improve your mental health in various ways:

Reduced Level of Stress:

Studies conducted by Aaron Katcher, a psychiatrist at Pennsylvania University, and Alan Beck, a psychologist at Purdue University, around 30 years ago measured the physical changes in people who regularly pet their dog. The gestures of care lower the blood pressure, slow down the heart rate, regularize the breathing rate and relax the tension in muscles—which indicate low-stress levels.

However, if your long-haired furball sheds a lot, no need to worry as there are some amazing pet vacuums that can clean up the mess. Find pet vacuums here.

Some studies that were published in Psychosomatic Medicine Journal show the analysis and observations of the researchers and there was seen a reduction in stress hormones, which had better mental health effects. Moreover, petting a dog works way faster than a medicine to reduce stress.

Reduced Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Level:

Pets have positive health effects on their owners by improving the quality of their lives and by reducing the risk of developing various chronic diseases. Studies have shown that pet owners have low blood pressure and cholesterol level in comparison with the non-pet-owners.

Dog owners have to take the pooch for walks, which reduces the risk of stress, anxiety, depression, and hypertension in them. Studies have shown that daily walk routines decrease the risk of chronic diseases.

Reduced Risk of Heart Problems

Pets help reduce the chances of cardiac diseases. A study published in American Journal of Cardiology showed that out of 400 patients who suffered a heart attack, dog owners had greater survival rate than the non-dog-owners.

It is due to a reduction of stress hormones, and an increase in the release of happy hormones while petting the dog that increased the chances of improving the health of dog owners.

Reduced Risk of Depression:

Besides stress, depression and anxiety are growing problems in the present society. Depression is seen as a disease that socially disables you and physically blocks your strengths. It’s a mental disease that puts you at a higher risk of developing cardiac diseases.

Loneliness is the top-most reason behind depression. Dogs are faithful companions that never leave your side. The love you’ll share with the Fido will increase the levels of dopamine, oxytocin, endorphins, and serotonin—the happy hormones. Do you still think there will be some space for depression?

Increased Social Behavior:

Socialization is a positive change in a dog owner’s life that turns it upside-down. The gloomy images in the mind are replaced by happy images and memories.

Social support is necessary for mental health, emotional strength and physical well-being. It creates confidence in the shy and anti-social people.

Dogs create opportunities for the owners to socialize during a walk or a visit to the dog park. It helps them develop a social circle and be more communicative and expressive about themselves. Such social interactions positively impact the human mind by boosting self-esteem and self-confidence. Moreover, depression will only become a “word” in your life’s dictionary.

– James is a part-time dog-trainer and dog behavior consultant with years of experience in dog training and the man behind LabradorTrainingHQ.com. He is interested in finding out fun ways to handle dog behaviors, specifically, Labradors to help dog-owners enjoy their companions at all times.

 

Tips When Talking To Your Doctor About Your Child’s Health

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By Ala Alkhatib

doctorFor a parent, there is nothing more important than your child’s health. You will go to any extreme to ensure that your child remains happy and healthy. Considering your busy lifestyle, it may not be possible to schedule a regular appointment with your child’s doctor. Sometimes, it is very difficult to get an appointment quickly as most pediatricians will be overbooked or overscheduled. Thus, you need to take advantage of the minimum amount of time that you spend with the doctor.

When it comes to child’s healthcare, it is always advisable to take the child to the same doctor again and again rather than switching doctors. This way you are able to build a strong bond between the doctor, the child, as well as the parent – – which make both the doctor’s and parent’s task easier.

Here are several things you need to keep in mind while talking to your child’s doctor about his/her health

Be well prepared: Before seeing the doctor, make a list of the things you should discuss with him / her. This includes the child’s general health, the specific condition, when symptoms first appeared, and the frequency of occurrence. For example, If the child is throwing up a lot, you should keep note of when the vomiting started, what triggered this response, at what interval it occurred, and what home remedy you tried. Also, make a note of all the questions you want to ask the doctor.

Prioritize things: When it comes to your children’s health, you will always have a lot of worries. In addition to writing notes down, you should also prioritize them in order of importance.  For example, if you are consulting the doctor for your child’s ear infection, that should be your first priority.

Provide all information: Report to the doctor if there are any other health concerns that should be aware of….do not leave anything out. If there is an X-ray or medical report, remember to carry that as well. If the child is on any new medications or if he / she is allergic to anything, remember to mention this to the doctor. This includes even the multivitamin and painkiller which the child may have had. It is also useful if you can provide a complete report of the child’s health including the blood group, history of allergies (food, drug, and others) and immunization schedule.

Be informed: The internet provides a whole lot of information about each and every aspect of health. While it is a good idea to get some information from the internet, do not go overboard. Familiarize yourself with few medical terms related to your child’s illness. If the doctor mentions any of these names, it will be easy for you to understand.

groupkidsRemain focused: Pay complete attention to what the doctor is telling. Turn off the cell phone to make sure that you are not distracted. Also, do not discuss things that are totally unrelated to the current health condition like the behavioral problem of the child.

Do not hesitate: A mother is a child’s best doctor. A doctor spends just ten or fifteen minutes examining a child. But it is the mother who knows the child well. If you feel that there is something amiss and your child needs a hospitalization, do not hesitate to tell the doctor. Pointing out certain facts that the doctor missed out will help him to make a proper diagnosis.

Use the latest technology to communicate: When it comes to communicating with today’s doctors, the latest technology like WhatsApp and Email comes handy. Ask your doctor whether he is comfortable communicating through these means and if so remember to get the doctor’s phone number and email id. If you have missed out on any important report, the same can be sent via email or WhatsApp.

Communicate with the nurse: Before seeing a child’s doctor, you will often meet the doctor’s assistant or nurse who will check the height and weight of the child. It would be a good idea to share the child’s health condition with them. They might be able to provide some tip which the doctor would most likely forget in his busy schedule.

Above all, make sure that you meet the doctor at the right time. If by any chance you are not able to reach the clinic on time, let the clinic staff knows beforehand. Also, it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the appointment procedure of the clinic as well as insurance formalities to avoid unnecessary delays.

– Ala’a Alkhatib is a passionate digital content marketer based in Jordan who has previously worked in a variety of industries including software, transportation and aeronautics. She is currently helping people live healthier by integrating their doctors into their day to day schedule more efficiently. She is also a frequent user of Cura app having been known to use it to chat with doctors in all kinds of place – even while on the bus!

Common Disabilities That Qualify For SSDI And SSI Benefits

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By Katherine Smith

doctorImproving quality of life is a huge component of our overall health. That can be difficult to do if you have a disability. In addition to overcoming the day-to-day limitations of a disability, it can be difficult to find work. Being unable to earn a living only adds to the stress, which negatively impacts health on many levels.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federal programs that provide assistance to people in need. Only ailments listed on the Social Security Disability list of impairments (also called the blue book) are eligible. In some cases, conditions that are not listed may also qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits.

It should be noted that qualifying for disability benefits is often a complicated process. Simply having a disability often isn’t enough to qualify. It may be beneficial to get help from an SSD specialist. Organizations like Myler Disability can provide assistance during the application process to minimize the chance of being denied.

Data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) has shown roughly 50% of SSD applications are denied. However, you have the right to appeal the decision. If the wellbeing of your family hinges on the ability to get benefits, it’s a good idea to exercise this right.

Conditions That Qualify for SSDI and SSI Benefits

Generally speaking, you must have a medical condition that prevents you from being able to find and secure a job. Even after receiving benefits, recipients are encouraged to continue looking for employment and earning an independent income.

Musculoskeletal Problems

This is a fairly broad category that includes conditions affecting the joints, bones and back. Given that back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the U.S., it’s no surprise that musculoskeletal problems are the most common condition among benefit recipients.

Injuries to the spine that affect the ability to move are also included in this category. Amputation is another eligible condition, but typically only if it’s a double amputation.

Mental Disorders

In 2016, mental disorders were the second most common condition covered by disability benefits. In total, 26.3% of disabled workers receive benefits due to a mental disorder. Some of the most common eligible mental disorders include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Substance abuse disorders are another qualifying condition that has become more common. The effects of the opioid epidemic can clearly be seen in reports from the SSA. Many states with the highest percentage of workers who receive disability benefits also have the highest rates of drug overdose deaths.

Circulatory System Conditions

Circulatory system problems are also eligible for the disability programs. Conditions that affect the heart often come with a number of debilitating side effects. Cardiovascular impairment can also make physical activity difficult or even dangerous.

Chronic heart failure is a common circulatory system condition. Benefits are also awarded to those who have myocardial ischemia, syncope, central cyanosis, vein disorders and artery disorders.

Sense Organ Disability

A sense organ disability is a condition that impairs one or more senses. The most common conditions are:

  • Vision Loss
  • Hearing Loss
  • Loss of Speech

While those are three of the conditions covered, there are many more that may qualify and total loss is not always necessary.

Nervous System Conditions

A number of nervous system conditions are eligible for SSDI and SSI benefits. Some ailments make it difficult for people to concentrate and carry out cognitive tasks. Others like multiple sclerosis (MS) cause severe pain and fatigue.

Often these types of condition only qualify when they are advanced and producing significant side effects.

Cancer

Some types of cancer also qualify for disability benefits. All cancers that are considered malignant neoplastic diseases fall into this category. When a person with cancer applies for benefits four things are considered:

  • The origin of the cancer
  • How widespread the cancer is
  • How aggressive the cancer is and response to anticancer therapy
  • Side effects of cancer treatment

Cancer patients need a lot of medical documentation to file an application. The analysts reviewing the application will want detailed information from the pathology report and documents on all treatments received to date.

5 Health Benefits Of Soccer

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By Jeff Nachmani

boysoccerSoccer is a very beneficial game. Soccer is the greatest sport in the world. Soccer involves a higher number of viewers per year than any other team. In soccer almost one hundred and fifty teams perform. But it is played all over the world because some teams can’t even qualify in the count. Football is a very tough game to play as in a world cup there are more than a hundred teams which tend to qualify, but only thirty-two are selected. Football World cup provided by Fifa is one of the biggest sports events to happen. A football World cup takes place after four years of the previous World cup to happen and collects a great revenue. There are a lot of spectators willing to see the world cup and the viewers of a single world cup are near to the population of World. Which means this game is supported by billions of people.

There are many other events which happen to give soccer a better image. But soccer is not only beneficial for watching but it even helps us physically with these five health benefits.

1- Better Stamina

If you play football regularly and for more time it can affect your stamina a lot. In football, you need to perform a sprint in regular intervals and throughout your game. These sprints help you a lot with your stamina. If you play for a longer time, you can gain an ability to play for more time with the increase in your stamina.

2- Strong body

With better shape playing football can give you a more tough body. In football, you must go against many hurdles such as tackles. You can get injured while playing football. But receiving regular tackles and suffering pain can make your body stronger and tougher against many odds.

3- Decreases the body fat

Another big advantage of playing soccer is that it decreases the body fat of a person. Body fat is a big problem for a person. This body fat makes a person look uglier and unfit. With the increase in body fat, a lot of unhealthy problems can occur in the form of pain. With an increase in your weight your strength of doing any task decreases and if you perform any unusual or difficult task it can result in pain. But soccer helps us burn our calories to decrease our body fat.

girlsoccer4- Strength

In soccer, you regularly face hurdles and tackles. With regular receiving of these hesitations, your body gains the essential strength to overcome them.

5- Brain activity

In soccer, you have to think of various tactics, and you have to analyse the game. This helps us get Increase in Cognitive Brain Function.

If you want to get healthy, you must play football. But if you want to play soccer you must know how to play it. Soccer gap can help you as a guide.

– Jeff Nachmani is a football coach. He is obsessed with soccer and encourages outdoor games. He regularly posts at soccergap.com.

Herbal Remedies Are An Overlooked Global Health Hazard

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didyouknow?Millions of people around the world use herbal health remedies, following a tradition that began millennia ago. Many believe that herbs are safe because they have been used for many years, but researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Stony Brook University are raising awareness that long-term use of herbal remedies is no guarantee of their safety. The invited commentary appears in EMBO reports.

Dr. Donald M. Marcus, professor emeritus of medicine and immunology at Baylor, and Dr. Arthur P. Grollman, distinguished professor of pharmacological sciences at Stony Brook University, discuss the scientific evidence showing that the plant Aristolochia can cause aristolochic acid nephropathy (AAN). People with this condition experience interstitial nephritis, renal failure and cancers of the urinary track.

The authors remark that in Taiwan, according to the national prescription database, between 1997 and 2003, 8 million people were exposed to herbals containing Aristolochia. Studies of patients with renal failure and cancer in Taiwan and China show that tens of millions of people in those countries are at risk of AAN.

In genetically susceptible people, consuming Aristolochia can lead to the formation of complexes between aristolactam, a compound in Aristolachia, and DNA in renal tissues. These complexes lead to mutations in the TP53 tumor suppressor gene, which in turn initiate the process toward kidney cancer. Additional studies have shown that this process may also lead to the development of cancer in the liver and the bladder.

Marcus and Grollman indicate that other herbals and traditional medicines are responsible for severe adverse events in Africa and Asia, but in these cases epidemiological data are lacking.

Although Aristolochia has been used as a herbal remedy for more than 2000 years, “the intrinsic toxicities were not recognized, owing, in large part, to the latency period between exposure and the onset of symptomatic disease, and, in part, to genetic determinants that confer susceptibility to only approximately 5 percent of those exposed to this herb,” said the authors. The long-term scientific study of AAN revealed the association of the disease with Aristolochia.

Almost all carcinogens and many toxins require a long period of time before symptoms appear. This makes it very difficult for a layman or a professional to identify a particular compound as the cause of an illness when it was taken months or years earlier.

“The history of Aristolachia indicates that other herbs that have been used for a long time may also have toxic and/or carcinogenic compounds,” said the authors. “It is prudent to assume that many herbs may contain toxic or carcinogenic substances that can cause subsequent health problems for humans.”

Marcus and Grollman disagree with the World Health Organization’s endorsement of the use of traditional herbal remedies on the premise that traditional medicine is of proven quality, without mentioning the lack of scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of herbal remedies or their demonstrated hazards, as in the case of Aristolochia.

The authors emphasize that their primary concern is “the prevention of toxicities associated with herbal medicine and not a categorical rejection of traditional healing practices. Herbal remedies pose a global hazard. We encourage the global health community to take actions that will evaluate both long- and short-term safety, as well as the efficacy of botanical products in widespread use.”

The authors declare having no conflict of interest.

Navigating Retail Health Clinics

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Retail health clinics are fine for a short-term illness or as a backup, but they should not replace a long-term relationship with a primary care physician.

newsThe hot trend of making health care more convenient is showing up in more and more local drugstores and big box chains in the form of retail health clinics, reports the March 2016 Harvard Health Letter. “Twenty years ago you had to go to an emergency department if you got sick and needed immediate care. Now we have an explosion of options, such as retail health clinics,” says Dr. Ateev Mehrotra, a researcher on the topic and an associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School.

Retail health clinics have many perks. They’re easy to get into, with extended hours and no appointments necessary, and they’re staffed by a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant. The clinics offer all kinds of health services—everything from treating minor illness like colds, pinkeye, or urinary tract infections to providing physicals, health screenings, and vaccinations—and the prices are often more affordable than other options. “We have found in our data that clinics are 30% to 40% cheaper than a doctor’s office visit, and 80% cheaper than an emergency room visit,” says Dr. Mehrotra.

Does the lower price translate into poor-quality care? “We’ve found that the quality of care at retail clinics is equal to or superior to some doctor’s offices, because the clinics are more likely to follow national guidelines of care,” says Dr. Mehrotra.

Despite all the perks, retail health clinics may not be right for everyone. A report from the American College of Physicians published online Oct. 13, 2015, in Annals of Internal Medicine maintains that the clinics are fine for a short-term illness or as a backup when people can’t see their doctors, but they should not replace a long-term relationship with a primary care physician. Dr. Mehrotra agrees.

Read the full-length article: “Should you use a retail health clinic?”

Also in the March 2016 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:

* The health benefits and risks of owning a pet

* Are prescription pain pills worth the risk?

* How to build a better bladder and stay dry

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/health or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free)