How Does Smartphone Addiction Affect Teen Health?

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By Susan Brown

smartphoneTeenage years are recognized as an age of both learning and confusion. It is a growing stage where teens undergo various changes in their life both mentally and physically. Most often, in this phase of life, teens suffer from some severe situations when they feel that they are alone and they cannot discuss their problems with anybody. They may be experiencing internal or external pressure due to involvement in some unwanted activities on the computer, teenage pregnancy, drug dependency…. etc. Bullying and child abuse are also among the hateful effects that some teens have to contend with on a daily basis.

According to the recent survey, it has been observed that most of the problems linked with teenagers are originated due to the over usage of smartphones and internet. Earlier generations did not have these problems as they do today. This may be due to the fact earlier generations had less or no access to the smart phones and internet. But nowadays, all of us are addicted to the online world. Teens and even parents today cannot avoid looking at their cell phones.

Whatsapp messages! Facebook conversations! Photos sharing! Photos posting! Comments! and much more to check every minute on the phone screens is nothing more than addiction. This thing also affect the studies of children because they waste their precious study hours on their cell phones. This addiction does not allow teens to put their phones away and go for some outdoor healthy activity. They avoid walking or exercise, and somehow if you send them for any such activity, they keep their cell phones with them.

Of course, you want your child to be healthy, but for this you cannot take away their mobile phones from them. You have to find a smart solution. Here, are some tips for you:

* Allow internet access only at pecific areas of your home: It is better to give an internet access to the kids in their study rooms only. This will limit them to the internet usage. Also check whether they are doing their studies properly.

* Do not allow phone usage while dining: Make a tradition that nobody is allowed to sit at the dinner table with their cell phones. At least, with this practice, teens can have complete diet which they otherwise may not take while busy with their cell phones.

* Teach your kids about the ill effects of overuse of mobiles: Tell real stories to your teens which have ruined the lives of many people due to the poor usage of mobiles and internet as well.

* Set a healthy routine for your child: It is highly advisable to make a healthy routine for your child. Instruct them strictly to go for a regular walks or exercise. Your child will definitely follow this regularly if start following.

* Use child monitoring software: Above all, the best thing is to use child monitoring software like Spymaster Pro that provides you every minute detail of your teen including his whatsapp chatting hours to call logs, from photos to location visited and much more. This will completely solve your problems and allow you to keep a close eye on your kid’s activity.

– Susan Brown has been writing articles on the technology from last 3 years. She is currently writing articles for Spymaster Pro, a cell phone monitoring software. The main idea is to assist the parents by keeping track of their kid’s activities.

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Vocal Health Tips For Teachers

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schoolbusSchool isn’t just for the students, teachers need to prepare, as well, by performing vocal warm-ups to keep their voice healthy during the school year, according to experts at Baylor College of Medicine.

“It is helpful to warm up the voice box prior to prolonged voice use,” said Dr. Julina Ongkasuwan, assistant professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Baylor. “Make sure to be well hydrated before and during warm-up exercises.”

Diaphragmatic breathing, exercises to reduce muscle tension, articulation flexibility and tongue twisters are all part of vocal warm-ups.

“Diaphragmatic breathing provides full breath support, which results in greater air flow into the lungs to better support your voice,” said Felicia Carter, speech-language pathologist for the Institute for Voice and Swallowing at Baylor. “Good posture is essential for muscle range of motion.”

Articulation exercises will help improve diction, and incorporating tongue twisters into the exercises will help the individual recite the phrases without extra tension in the tongue, lips or jaw, she said.

“Less strain on the larynx while speaking means less vocal fatigue and decreased incidence of vocal lesions,” Ongkasuwan said.

Nodules, polyps and other lesions can appear from vocal overuse. If someone has polyps on their vocal folds, their voice may sound rough or raspy.

Ongkasuwan suggested that teachers build in time for voice rest while with students to prevent lesions and other voice problems. Her suggested classroom modifications include:

* Maintain good hydration

* Use visual outlines and handouts to decrease verbal repetition

* Use nonverbal cues, like ringing a bell or turning lights on and off, to gain attention

* Incorporate quiet reading, student projects and question/answer sessions into teaching style

* Run a humidifier

* Do not talk through a cold or laryngitis

Even without the presence of lesions, it can become painful to speak when using the incorrect musculature. Speech pathologists can massage these areas to loosen the muscles and provide voice therapy.

“Voice therapy is designed to directly address disorders of pitch, loudness, resonance and respiration,” Carter said. “The goal of voice therapy is to reduce or prevent a voice disorder by balancing the three subsystems of voice, which are respiration, phonation and resonance.”

Voice therapy includes vocal health and hygiene, techniques to reduce laryngeal area muscle tension, respiratory retraining, techniques to modify pitch and vocal function exercises.

Implementing these strategies may help improve overall vocal quality and health:

* Increase water intake

* Avoid mint or menthol throat lozenges

* Decrease caffeine intake

* Avoid shouting, talking over loud noise, screaming

* Eliminate smoking

* Adhere to acid reflux precautions

Healthy Juicer Review

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healthyjuicerThe good folks at ARC Innovations just sent me a Healthy Juicer to review. The company was formed on the principle that everyone should be able to lead a healthy lifestyle by juicing, without having to go in debt to get the right machinery. In 2003 they set out to create a better juicer after dealing with the frustrations of over-priced, clunky, ineffective and incredibly difficult to use juicers. They also realized that people need education. They are committed to providing that eduction through their Instagram, Facebook and Weekly Newsletter – which is free and will always be free.

The Healthy Juicer is a simple to use, easy to clean and affordable juicer to start your new life of health. True cold-press juicing technology which keeps those precious enzymes alive and ready to absorb!

The Healthy Juicer is:

* Versatile
* Affordable
* Easy To Clean
* Small
* Easy To Store
* Easy To Use
* Makes Eating Healthy Fun
* Makes Healthy Eating Enjoyable
* Benefits Your Health

Best of all, the company offers a 60 day trial along with a one year warranty. They stand behind their product. Juicing increases energy, boosts metabolism and gets your body back on track with the ultimate detox. You shouldn’t need to break the bank to feel amazing. The Healthy Juicer fits anyone’s budget and does the job! With it’s famous 30-Second Cleanup you will have more time to start that active lifestyle you have always wanted. Your Health Journal gives this product a thumbs up, and strongly recommends your giving it a try!

To learn more, visit their website at: healthyjuicer.com/

8 Health Risks Office Workers Face Daily

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consultIf you work in an office, chances are you’re sitting at your desk for a better part of the day. Though you wouldn’t think a desk job would cause too many workplace injuries, the truth is that it happens more often than not. Sitting for long periods of time without movement can wreak havoc on your body. The trouble is that many office workers don’t even realize it until it’s too late.

Knowing what can come from sitting for long periods of time can help you to stay proactive about your health and prevent serious complications. Below are a few of the most common workplace health issues related to sitting too long:

1. Weakened Leg Muscles

When you’re not using your leg muscles often they can become very weak. Not applying weight to your legs for a better part of the day can lead to what is known as muscle atrophy (weakening of the muscles). Weak muscles ultimately make it easier for your body to become injured and it will become more challenging to hold your body weight.

2. Weight Gain

Another issue with sitting for long periods of time is weight gain. Moving periodically gives your muscles the opportunity to release lipoprotein lipase molecules, which are necessary to process the fats and sugars stored in the body.

3. Hemorrhoids

If you’ve encountered several hemorrhoids lately, it could be the direct result of sitting for long periods of time. Hemorrhoids occur when the veins found in the rectum are swollen. Though there are several reasons this happens; sitting too long and being overweight are at the top of the list. While you can simply treat them with over the counter natural hemorrhoid products, you still want to make changes to your lifestyle, such as walking more and losing weight.

4. Hip and Back Problems

Your hips and back can take a real beating from sitting all day. When you sit your hip flexors shorten, which can cause pain when walking. For those who have poor posture, your back can begin to hurt from all the pressure applied throughout the day. Failure to stretch can result in chronic pain.

5. Anxiety and Depression

Movement and exercise release endorphins, which are necessary for improving the mood. When you’re sitting for seven to eight hours a day, your endorphins are lowered which gives way for mental health concerns like depression or anxiety to kick in. Studies have proven that getting up and walking around every 20 to 30 minutes can greatly improve your mental state of being.

6. Heart Disease

Sitting can even have a grave impact on your heart. Studies have found that people who sit for more than 23 hours in a week are at greater risk of developing some form of heart disease. Other studies have supported findings that those who sit for long periods of time have an increased chance of having a heart attack or stroke.

7. Diabetes

diabetesglucoseWith obesity being one of the number one risk factors for diabetes, it’s no wonder that sitting for long periods of time could increase your chances of developing the disease. When sitting for long periods of time, enzymes found in the muscles begin to change. This in turn leads to increased blood sugar levels and lower insulin tolerance levels which can result in type 2 diabetes.

8. Blood Clots (DVT)

For office workers who don’t get up and move around, the possibility of developing a clot is higher. Deep vein thrombosis (a form of blood clot) is most commonly located in the legs. While clotting is a natural occurrence in the body, when it develops for no reason (meaning no cut or injury) it could be life threatening. Clots can easily break off and travel to other parts of the body causing serious damage along the way.

It may be easy to assume that you’re safe if you’re working behind a desk all day. However, this is far from the truth. Aside from talking with your employer about ergonomics and comfortable office furniture, it is very important that you get active. Taking a walk around the office, going for a stroll during lunch, and even hopping up to socialize with coworkers on occasion can decrease your chances of developing serious health issues in the near future.

CDC Report: Today’s Drug-Resistant Health Threats

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Improved infection control and antibiotic prescribing could save 37,000 lives over five years.

Every year, more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result, according to a new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report, Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013, presents a first-ever snapshot of the burden and threats posed by the antibiotic-resistant germs that have the most impact on human health. This report is also the first time that CDC has ranked these threats into categories of urgent, serious, and concerning.

* In addition to the illness and deaths caused by resistant bacteria, the report found that C. difficile, a serious diarrheal infection usually associated with antibiotic use, causes at least 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths every year.

* The loss of effective antibiotic treatments will not only cripple the ability to fight routine infectious diseases but will also undermine treatment of infectious complications in patients with other diseases. Many advances in medical treatment, such as joint replacements, organ transplants, and cancer therapies, are dependent on the ability to fight infections with antibiotics. If the ability to effectively treat those infections is lost, the ability to safely offer people many of the life-saving and life-improving modern medical advances will be lost with it.

* The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine. However, up to half of antibiotic use in humans and much of antibiotic use in animals is unnecessary or inappropriate.

To combat antibiotic resistance, CDC has identified four core actions that must be taken:

1. Preventing Infections, Preventing the Spread of Resistance: Avoiding infections in the first place reduces the amount of antibiotics that have to be used and reduces the likelihood that resistance will develop during therapy;

2. Tracking: CDC gathers data on antibiotic-resistant infections, causes of infections and whether there are particular reasons (risk factors) that caused some people to get a resistant infection;

3. Improving Antibiotic Use/Stewardship: Perhaps the single most important action needed to greatly slow the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant infections is to change the way antibiotics are used;

4. Development of Drugs and Diagnostic Tests: Because antibiotic resistance occurs as part of a natural process in which bacteria evolve, we will always need new antibiotics to keep up with resistant bacteria as well as new diagnostic tests to track the development of resistance.

Vital Signs is a report that appears on the first Tuesday of the month as part of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report provides the latest data and information on key health indicators.

Health Briefs TV To Present View On Obesity Update

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obesityHealth Briefs TV will soon present a segment covering the updates on obesity.

Health Briefs TV is scheduled to present a View on obesity segment update. More than two-thirds of the American population is overweight or obese, according to a recently published report. The top-notch health and medical show will examine preventative steps communities, families and schools can take to combat the medical and societal problem. From corner stores to school lunch rooms and kitchen pantries, there are always healthy alternatives to choose. The health briefs segment will air soon on cable television networks – regionally and nationally – in the United States.

The Health Briefs TV show explores the emerging technologies, progressive treatments, revolutionary people, and innovative healthcare options that are all part of the global health industry. It explores topics relating to the health and medical fields and offers valuable information about the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of many common ailments. The show’s producers take pride in sharing up-to-date, valuable information about new procedures, prevention tips and outstanding businesses. It also features interviews with innovative health and medical professionals in the industry.

The program is hosted by Kevin Harrington. It is headquartered in South Florida and films on location throughout the United States and Canada. It is broadcast on most regional and national cable television networks. The show is a proud leader of quality, educational programming. It is produced in part by Anthony DiMeglio, Melissa Leibowitz and Rob Marshall. Join the fans, the show’s staff on popular social sites to discuss and comment on stories of the day. Learn more about Health Briefs TV on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and health-briefs.com.

Health Briefs TV Presents Segment On Preventing Heart Disease

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active familyHealth Briefs TV will soon broadcast a segment focusing on steps to take to prevent heart disease.

Health Briefs TV producers are pleased to present a segment focusing on steps to take to prevent heart disease. Roughly 60,000 people perish from the fatal medical problem every year – more than lives taken by diseases such as cancer. Medical professionals lecture patients that healthy lifestyle changes can prevent the development of heart disease, and save lives. The medically-themed segment can be seen on regional cable television networks throughout the country.

The Health Briefs TV show explores the emerging technologies, progressive treatments, revolutionary people, and innovative healthcare options that are all part of the global health industry. It explores topics relating to the health and medical fields and offers valuable information about the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of many common ailments. The show’s producers take pride in sharing up-to-date, valuable information about new procedures, prevention tips and outstanding businesses. It also features interviews with innovative health and medical professionals in the industry.

Health Briefs TV is hosted by Kevin Harrington. It is headquartered in South Florida and films on location throughout the United States and Canada. It is broadcast on most regional and national cable television networks. The show is a proud leader of quality, educational programming. It is produced in part by Anthony DiMellio, Melissa Leibowitz, Andrew Mazza, and Rob Marshall. Join the fans, the show’s staff on popular social sites to discuss and comment on stories of the day. Learn more about Health Briefs TV on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and health-briefs.com.

The Health And Well-being Benefits Of Modern Rhinoplasty

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By James Helliwell

newsRhinoplasty is not just used for increasing your aesthetic appearance. Rhinoplasty can help with a wide variety of health problems and can be used to increase personal well-being. You should always go to a reputable practice. We spoke with Sam Becker, who runs The Rhinoplasty Center based in Philadelphia to outline some of the health benefits that this procedure can have.

Alleviating respiratory sleep problems

Many sleep problems can be linked to breathing issues such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous condition in which sufferers stop breathing in the middle of sleep. The condition may lead to heart problems, and, when it is severe, it may increase the risk of stroke and cancer.

This is important because sleep apnea often stems from an underlying physiological problem, which, in some cases, stems from a malformed or misshapen nose. In these cases, getting rhinoplasty may significantly alleviate, if not cure, the underlying cause of the sleep apnea, as changes may be made to the size and shape of the nose, thus facilitating easier breathing.

Correcting injuries stemming from sports or accidents

A number of people suffer with body image issues as a result of damage done while playing sports or being involved in an accident, as nose injuries are common. A broken or fractured nose can seriously affect the appearance of the nose, as well as cause respiratory problems that may not have existed previously.

Getting rhinoplasty can remedy both the aesthetic and health-related consequences of a nose injury, which will boost feelings of confidence and well-being.

Increasing self-esteem and feelings of psychological well-being

Many people don’t understand the extent to which unhappiness with facial features can lead to feelings of diminished psychological and emotional well-being. If looking in the mirror causes someone unhappiness to the point of withdrawing from work or social activities, it may be time to consider examining the cause and exploring solutions that will enhance feelings of happiness and self-esteem. The nose is a very common source of unhappiness for a number of people, making rhinoplasty instrumental in solving longstanding problems.

Coffee’s Potential Health Benefits

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cupcoffeeCoffee is a nearly calorie-free beverage brimming with antioxidants. It might ease artery-damaging inflammation and deliver substances that support heart health.

Coffee drinkers around the world savor the bitter brew on a daily basis. But are there any grounds for concern regarding coffee’s effects on the heart? On the contrary: the case for drinking coffee seems to be growing, reports the March 2015 Harvard Heart Letter. Coffee — minus the cream and sugar — is a nearly calorie-free beverage brimming with antioxidants. It also might ease artery-damaging inflammation and deliver a substance that helps the body regulate blood sugar.

“The evidence for the benefits of coffee consumption is even more convincing than it was five years ago, especially when it comes to preventing type 2 diabetes and reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke,” says Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Although caffeine is by far the most studied compound in coffee, the beverage is a complex brew that contains hundreds, if not thousands, of bioactive components. Among these are vitamins, minerals, and potent, plant-based anti-inflammatory compounds known as polyphenols. Most likely, it’s the combination of these substances, rather than caffeine itself, that confers coffee’s potential health benefits.

Caffeine, a mild stimulant, triggers a short-term rise in blood pressure and heart rate. While some coffee drinkers welcome the stimulant effect, others complain that caffeine causes daytime jitters and sleepless nights. Now, researchers acknowledge that a moderate amount of caffeine is fine for most people with heart disease as long as they don’t have a heart-rhythm problem.

“People develop tolerance to caffeine within a few days, so the effects cannot be extrapolated to the long term. Over time, caffeine does raise the resting metabolic rate and increase energy expenditure, albeit modestly, so it may actually turn out to be helpful in controlling body weight,” says Dr. Hu.

Read the full-length article, “A wake-up call on coffee”

Also in the March 2015 Harvard Heart Letter:

* A big belly is bad news for the heart

* Education, memory loss, and stroke risk

* Device-guided breathing for blood pressure

The Harvard Heart 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/heart or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Higher BMI Associated With Reduced Costs, Better Health For Diabetics

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diabeteswordIt’s a paradox: Diabetics with above-normal weight use health care less and report overall better physical health than their diabetic counterparts with normal weight, according to two new studies from UC Davis Health System. The authors suggest that the extra weight isn’t protecting diabetics as commonly assumed, but that normal-weight people with diabetes are afflicted with a more severe form of the disease.

Prior studies found that diabetics with normal BMIs have a higher mortality risk than those who are overweight or obese.

“The mortality paradox led to the ‘protection explanation’ that seems unlikely to be true because we didn’t see any beneficial effects of excess weight in people who did not have diabetes,” said Anthony Jerant, professor of family and community medicine at UC Davis and lead author of the studies. “The possibility that there is more than one form of type 2 diabetes is supported by basic science studies showing physiological differences in leaner people with diabetes.”

For their research, Jerant and his colleagues evaluated data on about 120,000 patients in the 2000-2011 Medical Expenditures Panel Surveys (MEPS), an annual assessment from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on health status, medical services and health care costs among a representative sample of U.S. civilians.

Characterized by unstable blood sugar levels, diabetes is currently diagnosed as type 1, an unpreventable form typically diagnosed in children or young adults, or type 2, which mostly affects adults and is linked with unhealthy lifestyles. Because the vast majority — about 90 percent — of the nearly 30 million diabetics in the U.S. have type 2, the study results are most applicable to type 2 diabetes.

In a study published online March 20 in the journal Medical Care, the UC Davis team compared health care expenditures, hospitalizations and emergency department visits for those with and without diabetes and in relation to their BMIs (normal, overweight or obese), a standard measure of weight adjusted for height. For all three study criteria, health care utilization was significantly higher in normal weight than in heavier diabetic persons, differences that were not observed in those who did not have diabetes.

In another study published online April 27 in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, the researchers evaluated results of self-reported physical and mental health status for patients with and without diabetes. Overall, those with diabetes had worse physical and mental health status than non-diabetic persons. Among just those with diabetes, physical health status was better for those who were either overweight or obese as compared to those who had normal weight, and most optimal for those who were overweight.

Jerant believes the new findings provide evidence that it’s time to quit thinking that leaner type 2 diabetics are at lower risk for bad outcomes from the disease than their heavier counterparts.

“Researchers should be looking at genetic and metabolic factors that define type 2 diabetes for those with different weights,” said Jerant. “Teasing out those factors could eventually enable us to develop and test diabetes management plans that address those differences.”

Jerant’s co-authors were Peter Franks and Klea Bertakis, professors of family and community medicine at UC Davis. They received no external funding for their research.

“Body Mass Index and Health Care Utilization in Diabetic and Nondiabetic Individuals” is available at http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/Abstract/publishahead/Body_Mass_Index_and_Health_Care_Utilization_in.99062.aspx.

“Body Mass Index and Health Status in Diabetic and Nondiabetic Individuals” is available at http://www.nature.com/nutd/journal/v5/n4/full/nutd20152a.html

For more information about UC Davis Health System and its Department of Family and Community Medicine, visit http://healthsystem.ucdavis.edu.