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.

5 Tips Of Preventing Children From Electronic Damage

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kidsIn a world where technology keeps developing more over time, what can parents do to protect their children from the proven screen damage?

A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), http://www.jama.jamanetwork.com found that the more television a child is exposed to at 29 months, the more likely he or she is to have problems in school and poor health behaviors.

JAMA reported that each additional hour of television a toddler watches can potentially result in a seven percent unit decrease in classroom engagement and a thirteen percent unit decrease in weekly physical activity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov), children today are three times more likely to be considered obese than they were just a generation ago. Children now spend more time with the media than they do with their family, in school, or sleeping.

In addition, kids who spend more time with media devices reportedly have a lower risk of personal contentment, and have a tendency to get in trouble more often. They also reported feeling more sad or bored than their non-media-obsessed counterparts.

In what ways can parents supervise kids’ electronic use without pushing them to crave it more? Here are 5 simple ways of reducing the amount spent online or in front of the TV:

· No TV in the bedroom – Children need to learn to associate their beds with sleep and nothing else. As long as there is a TV, iPad, or any other electronic device in the room, they would be tempted to get on it before sleep, become restless and miss out on essential and early sleep that they need in order to function fully the next morning.

· Limit the screen time – Reducing the screen time to up to 2 hours per day quality time would keep children content and leave them enough time for other activities.

· Control the Internet content – We can all find some useful contents online, so why not take advantage and direct our children to the right kind of web sites or games that would develop their skills and broaden their knowledge? Using the kids’ curiosity is a great way to get them interested in learning new things.

· Sign them up for lessons and outdoor activities – The more time a child spends outdoors interacting with other children and becomes passionate about a new hobby, the less he or she would feel the need or desire to go online all the time.

· Don’t forbid and create rules – The more controlled and limited children feel, the more they would not listen and try to secretly do what they want on purpose. Not setting obvious rules and forbidding games would be more beneficial than creating boundaries and it gives parents the chance to make the experience more knowledge-worthy and keep the time-frame short.

It is impossible to completely limit or eliminate the excitement children get from the electronic world, but as long as the quality is more valuable and time is reduced to minimum, children would be able to only get the best out of this world and won’t forget that the social interaction is more important than any virtual world.

References:

http://www.allaboutvision.com

http://www.babycenter.com

http://health.usnews.com

http://life.familyeducation.com

5 Recommendations For Preventing Children’s Obesity – Part 2

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By Cindy Brown

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

healthychoice2. Eating Behaviours: Unhealthy eating habits and behaviours are the leading cause of obesity among children and adults. Treats are fine in moderation, but high amount of fat, sugar or salty snacks lead your children develop unhealthy eating habits. It is important to adopt healthy eating behaviours to prolong our life and to improve our physical appearance.

3. Encourage Family Interactions: Make mealtimes a family affair with a lot of happy talk and exchange of ideas. This will help your kids to eat more slowly. Gobbling food will not help a child to know the difference between full and overfull stomach. You can encourage your child to develop healthy eating behaviours and be physically active if you:

* Do not set overweight children apart. You should focus on the whole family and work gradually to change the family’s physical activity and eating habits.

* Create daily meal times and eating together more often. Prepare a variety of healthy foods and let your child decides whether and how much to eat.

twokidsun4. Physical activity and sedentary behaviours: Many studies have been conducted by doctors and researches that indicate a variety of negative impacts on person’s life due to sedentary lifestyle. 89% of the children aged between four and five years spend more time watching TV, videos or DVDs every day. They are likely to have an unhealthy diet, less likely to eat fruits and vegetables and less likely to participate in any physical activity. An active participation in physical activity increases life expectancy and decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, it provides psychological and social benefits. You should encourage your kids to participate in physical activities like running, cycling or swimming rather than engaging them in entertaining activities that results in overweight condition.

5. Use the Opportunities: Take your children with you when you go shopping or prepare meals as much as possible. Take your time to learn about their preferences and teach them about the nutrition and benefits of healthy eating.

In conclusion, Childhood obesity is a problem that a society cannot afford to ignore. One thing is for sure, if things stay as they are now, the future of our youth’s health looks extremely weak. Parents and schools are the only two most powerful forces that can directly shape their children’s lives and help to combat obesity. They should develop our youth into healthy citizens and ensure that their kids are well prepared for the future.

– Cindy Brown is the owner of Educare, a social voluntary organization, which offers youth development programs, Leaderships workshops and life-skills education. She is also a professional writer with science background and specializes in writing informative articles in various niches.

5 Recommendations For Preventing Children’s Obesity – Part 1

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By Cindy Brown

kidsunningtogetherBecoming a parent is an ecstatic feeling in life. As a child grows, parents guide them through life’s lessons in hopes that they don’t face any struggles growing up. Unfortunately, there are times that no matter how much we prepare; those struggles are waiting just around the corner. Parents often realize very late that the lines have been crossed and their child was being bullied.

Today, the problem of children obesity has become so endemic in the country that kids have shorter life span than their parents. According to the report by the American Heart Association about 1 in every 3 children is overweight or obese. Many children today are inundated with risk factors for heart diseases like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, raised insulin, obesity, physical inactivity, low self-esteem and depression.

Despite such facts, many parents feel uncomfortable while talking with their children about weight. In fact, a survey of WebMD/ Sanford Health found that parents of teens find it more difficult to talk about the weight with their child than discussing about drugs, alcohol or smoking. Such issue is heightened by the fact that there are limited resources available to help parents respond to their child’s growing weight. They search in local libraries or go online to obtain information but end up in getting something basic like eating less and exercising more.

However, weight loss is not a good approach for most young children since their bodies are growing and developing. They should not be put on a diet unless a physician supervises for medical reasons. A restricted diet never supplies the energy and nutrients needed for normal growth and development. Following are some simple but effective things to follow for preventing obesity:

kidseatinghealthy1. Small changes in eating habits pave the way for success: Parents can easily prevent childhood obesity by providing healthy meals, nutrition and daily physical activity. Healthy meals provide nutrition for growing bodies while increased physical activity reduces health risks and helps weight management. You should plan sensible portions and focus on overall good health rather than a certain weight loss.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Cindy Brown is the owner of Educare, a social voluntary organization, which offers youth development programs, Leaderships workshops and life-skills education. She is also a professional writer with science background and specializes in writing informative articles in various niches.

Brain Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease – Preventing Loss Of Self – Part 2

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By Dr. Michael Wald

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

brainthinkingCarnitine is a vitamin-like substance that is responsible for the transport of fatty acids into and out of the mitochondria. Evidence suggests that carnitine may protect neurologic tissue due to its antioxidant and energy producing activity, and its role in neurotransmitter function.
While there are many forms of carnitine, acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) appears to have better activity in the central nervous system, including brain tissue. ALC administration in patients with primary degenerative dementia showed therapeutic efficacy in clinical, behavioral, and neuropsychological evaluations. A series of controlled studies suggests that ALC may slow the natural course of Alzheimer’s disease. In particular, persons with dementia given 1.5 to 3 grams ALC daily for 3 or 6 months have shown improvement in numerous clinical measures of cognitive function. In addition, “safety and tolerability of ALC [are] remarkably good,” further demonstrating the potential use of ALC in a number of progressive neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Go to: www.blooddetective.com for L-Carnitine.

B vitamins, homocysteine, and neurological function in the elderly

Folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 are critical to many bodily processes, including the health of the nervous system, blood, and cells. In addition, these B-group vitamins have been shown to protect against depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, peripheral neuropathy, and seizures. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “the status of these vitamins is frequently inadequate in the elderly and recent studies have shown associations between loss of cognitive function or Alzheimer’s disease and inadequate B vitamin status.”

Research has shown that an inadequate B vitamin status may result in neurocognitive dysfunction through elevated homocysteine concentrations in the blood, or hyperhomocysteinemia. Homocysteine is an amino acid that is produced in the human body. Prevalent in the elderly population, hyperhomocysteinemia is largely attributed to insufficient levels of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12.

seniors2The association between cognitive dysfunction and hyperhomocysteinemia has been demonstrated in numerous studies. For instance, Dr. Selhub and colleagues reported “patients with Alzheimer’s disease had higher total plasma homocysteine concentrations than did age-matched healthy controls,” while “elderly patients with depression who had lower cognitive screening test scores had significantly higher homocysteine concentrations than did patients with normal cognitive screening tests.” Because folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 are often deficient among many elderly patients, the importance of these vitamins in the prevention of hyperhomocysteinemia and neurocognitive dysfunction cannot be overlooked. Be sure and use the active forms of folic acid (L-5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid), B12 (methylcobalamine and pyridoxyl-5-phosphate.

Prevention is the key! Be proactive as most regular physicians have no nutritional training and are not up on the latest scientific nutritional literature and advances.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Brain Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease – Preventing Loss Of Self – Part 1

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By Dr. Michael Wald

seniormanIf you are part of the baby boomer generation, then you face a unique problem; namely, the very real potential exists that you will loose your memory slowly over the later part of your life. Here are a few facts that you need to know:

• As you age your risk of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease rises

• Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of the aging process. The incidence of the disease doubles every five years beyond the age of 65.

• As the number of people over age 65 doubles between 2010 and 2056 to approximately 88.5 million (or to about 20% of the population), those over the age of 85 will increase three-fold, and the incidence of memory issues, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease increases as well.

• A half of a million Americans younger than the age of 65 suffer from some form of dementia (memory loss) including Alzheimer’s disease.

Nutritional science offers some important options for the treatment and prevention of all stages of memory loss. If you think that you are suffering from memory loss first visit your doctor. Then seek out a trained clinical nutritionist to perform a detailed nutritional-health consultation and appropriate nutritional lab work. Here are a few things you might consider in the meantime:

Fatty acid levels analyzed in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid found in salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, and shellfish and is essential for proper brain functioning. A lack of sufficient DHA may be associated with impaired visual functioning, depression, as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

brainAccording to Dr. Julie Conquer and colleagues in Lipids, low levels of omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA, may be a risk factor for cognitive impairment and/or dementia. A recent study sought to determine the concentration of DHA in a group of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias compared to a group of elderly control subjects with normal cognitive functioning. For each participant, blood was collected and tested for DHA concentration. Results demonstrated that the concentration of DHA was 48% less in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and 21% less in patients with other forms of dementia, compared to the elderly control subjects with normal cognitive function.

Dr. Conquer and colleagues stated, “A decreased level of plasma DHA was not limited to the [Alzheimer’s disease] patients but appears to be common in cognitive impairment with aging.” More studies are needed to investigate whether DHA supplementation can reduce the occurrence or symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. (Lipids 2000; 35(12): 1305-12.).

I have observed DHA deficiency in my clinical practice over the last 22 years. It’s my judgment that it is safe and worth adding as a nutritional supplement to a balanced diet. See: www.blooddetective.com for Krill Oil and Vegetarian Omega 3 Fatty Acid.

Acetyl-L-carnitine may prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Eldercare Navigator Advocates That Preventing Home Falls Reduces ER Visits And Healthcare Costs

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By Mardy Chizek, RN, FNP, BSN, MBA, AAS

seniors2Eldercare Navigator Advocates that Preventing Home Falls Reduces ER Visits and Healthcare Costs

The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that falls among the elderly are common, with as many as 40% of people age 65 and older falling each year, often resulting in hip fractures or concussions. An estimated 25%-75% of those who are independent before a hip fracture can neither walk independently nor achieve their previous level of independent living within one year following their fracture. Most alarming is that between 18%-33% of older hip fracture patients die within 1 year of their fracture.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 2000, the total direct cost of all fall injuries for people 65 and older exceeded $19 billion. The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages, and may reach $54.9 billion by 2020 (adjusted to 2007 dollars).

“Aging is not an automatic cause for falls in the home. Falls among seniors are usually associated with dizziness and balance problems attributed to lack of exercise, medications, failing eyesight, Vitamin D deficiency and hazards in the home,” says Mardy Chizek, an RN and an Eldercare Navigator with Charism Eldercare Service in Westmont, Illinois..

Following are the five most common steps to take to prevent at-home falls:

1. Using medication incorrectly may lead to dizziness, so be especially aware of medication changes and talk with your doctor about symptoms.

2. More than 75 percent of people suffering with dizziness/vertigo have an inner ear (vestibular) disorder which can be corrected without medication.

3. Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor. You may be wearing the wrong glasses or have a condition such as glaucoma or cataracts that limits your vision. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.

seniorcoupleexercisesmall4. Exercise is one of the most important ways to reduce your chances of falling. It makes you stronger and helps you feel better. While all exercise is not equal where balance is concerned, exercise makes you stronger and helps you feel better. Challenge your balance by walking around the house or yard barefooted, or even learn Tai-Chi.

5. To make your home safer, remove obstacles that may cause falls (cords, non-anchored rugs, etc.), use grab bars in the bathroom, improve lighting, and wear shoes with good support and non-slip soles.

“I’m often called into a home to conduct a falls assessment so I can eliminate barriers that may contribute to a fall. I also work with seniors and family caregivers to teach them proper techniques for improving balance and preventing falls,” adds Chizek.

– For more information on making informed decisions about dementia care, visit Mardy Chizek and Charism Elder Care Services on-line at www.charism.net.

Tips For Preventing Boot And Foot Odor

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By John Harmata

askmredgeGreetings everyone! Figure skating is a great sport and can be loads of fun for the entire family. Ice skating has many health benefits for the body as well, but just like any other sport, there are risks involved.

Believe it or not, much of that risk comes from not having the proper equipment, i.e. skates. In the coming months Mr. Edge will be sharing with you important information about boots and blades, injuries, and injury prevention. If you have a skater in the family, or know someone who does, then you might want to share this information with them.

With summertime in full swing let’s take a few moments to talk about taking care of your boots and feet during the hot summer months. You can also take the same precautions when wearing your everyday shoes as well.

6 Tips for Preventing Boot and Foot Odor

Here are 6 quick tips that will help reduce or remove altogether the odor from your skating boots, everyday shoes, and feet:

* Wash feet daily with an antibacterial soap. Scrub thoroughly using a soft brush to remove any dead skin cells.

* Completely dry feet after washing. Use a hair dryer if necessary. Apply foot-specific antiperspirants or antibacterial gels to control moisture and bacterial growth. Antifungal powder also can be applied to help prevent athlete’s foot.

footodor* Wear absorbent cotton socks rather than nylon ones. Change socks daily, or twice a day, if necessary.

* Wear shoes that breathe, such as sandals or shoes made from mesh or canvas. Bacteria love warm, moist, dark places in which to grow, so these types of shoes help prevent bacterial growth.

* At the end of the day, remove insoles from skates and allow them to air out. Twenty four to thirty-six hours is a good drying time. Also loosen the laces and pull the tongue forward to allow the inside of the boots to dry.

* Dryer sheets, such as Bounce, placed inside the boots also will help eliminate odor.

If anyone has any other suggestions in caring for stinky boots, by all means, try them. What may work for one, won’t necessarily work for another.

Well everyone, that about wraps things up for this column. Till next time, have a great skate……..

If you have any questions for Mr. Edge, you can e-mail him directly by clicking on the authors name at the end of this article. All your questions will be answered directly and will also be featured in the following month’s column as well.

– Guest author, John Harmata, askmredge.com

Three Tips For Preventing A Stroke

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heartAccording to the National Stroke Association, up to 80% of all strokes can be prevented. Strokes can happen to anyone at any time, but certain risk factors can increase the odds. Mom’s Meals provides tips for preventing a stroke:

1. Talk to a healthcare professional about your risks. One of the first steps to reducing risk is knowing exactly what risk factors you should be aware of based on your personal and family history. Consulting a physician is the best way to understand these risks. Be sure your healthcare professional include the following:

Blood pressure: High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors. Know if you have high blood pressure by having it checked yearly. It you are at risk, more frequent checks may be necessary.

Atrial fibrillation: If you have an abnormal heartbeat, or “afib,” it can increase the stroke risk by 500%.

2. Clean up your habits. The habits we have often impact health more than any other genetic disposition, or external factor. If you want to prevent a stroke, two areas that are very important to address are smoking and alcohol consumption.

If you are serious about preventing a stroke, stop smoking immediately, and make sure your alcohol consumption is moderate at most. Having a regular exercise habit, even just walking around your area mall several times each day, can strengthen the heart and help keep blood healthy.

3. Improve your diet. What you eat plays a huge role in stroke prevention. A heart healthy diet can reduce your risk significantly. Opt for low sodium meals, and be sure to get plenty of healthy foods. If you or a loved one has difficulty preparing food for a heart healthy diet, consider home meal delivery service. Mom’s Meals offers an entire menu of items specifically created by chefs and Registered Dietitians to be heart healthy and tasty.

If a loved one does suffer a stroke, recuperation and recovery can be a long, slow journey. The National Stroke Association provides tips for the caregivers and family members, as well as the stroke victims at their web site.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

Preventing Childhood Tooth Decay

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toothFrom Your Health Journal…..A short, yet important article I found recently on one of my favorite sites to promote called Health News Digest entitled Preventing Childhood Tooth Decay is as Easy as 2 Minutes, Twice a Day. Oral care in children is a hot topic, as so many children neglect to take care of their mouths properly. Dental decay is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases, with greater than 16 million children suffering from untreated tooth decay in the United States. The mouth is the highway to overall health, and an unhealthy mouth can be associated with obesity, diabetes and even heart disease. In the U.S., oral disease causes kids to miss 51 million school hours and their parents to lose 25 million work hours annually. I encourage all of you to visit the Health News Digest web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It is very informative and well written. While there, browse through many of their quality, educational articles.”

From the article…..

Here’s health news you can sink your teeth into: Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, with more than 16 million kids suffering from untreated tooth decay in the U.S. The mouth is the gateway to overall health, and an unhealthy mouth can be associated with obesity, diabetes and even heart disease. In the U.S., oral disease causes kids to miss 51 million school hours and their parents to lose 25 million work hours annually.

Nevertheless, a survey by the Ad Council found less than half of American parents report that their children brush their teeth twice a day or more.

A Solution

To remedy that, The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives was formed. It’s a coalition of more than 35 leading dental health organizations and, with the Ad Council, they created the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign to teach parents, caregivers and children about the importance of oral health and simple ways to prevent oral disease.

Created pro bono by ad agencies Grey Group and Wing in New York, the campaign stresses the importance of brushing for 2 minutes, twice a day.

“The messages in this campaign may seem simple but their impact will be felt for years to come,” said Gary Price, Secretary and CEO of the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation. “Most mouth disease is preventable using steps that can easily become a part of every child’s life routine.”

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