Healthy new tip to work on good posture

Healthy new tip to work on good posture

This article describes how if you are suffering from lower back pain, sitting in an office chair all day can aggravate your symptoms.

The University of Michigan Health System offers these suggestions for managing back pain at work:

  • “Make sure your feet are flat on the floor, either by adjusting the seat or using a footrest.
  • If your chair doesn’t offer sufficient lower back support, place a rolled towel or small cushion behind you.
  • Make sure your reading materials are at eye level.
  • Set up your desk so all supplies are easily reached; don’t lean, bend or twist at the waist.
  • Take regular breaks to stand up, stretch and move around.”

Doing these exercises will decrease your risk of back pain and will also give you a more healthy looking posture and body shape. It is important to have good posture because once when old many things are harder to when hunched over. It is good to keep your shoulders down and chest up. You will last a lot longer.


How much worse if breast cancer for men?

How much worse if breast cancer for men?

It is not common for men to get breast cancer but when they do it is often much worse for men than women. It is often because men do not notice the signs as soon as women. It states that women with breast cancer live 2 years longer than men.

Because men have trouble distinguishing that it is cancer, it more likely to spread to other parts of the body. Most men believe that men cant even get breast cancer because it is not as known.

“It’s not really been on the radar screen to think about breast cancerin men,” said Dr. David Winchester, a breast cancer surgeon in NorthShore University HealthSystem in suburban Chicago who was not involved in the study. Winchester treats only a few men with breast cancer each year, compared with at least 100 women.

The researchers analyzed 10 years of national data on breast cancer cases, from 1998 to 2007. A total of 13,457 male patients diagnosed during those years were included, versus 1.4 million women. The database contains about 75 percent of all U.S. breast cancer cases.

Business travel means germs

Business travel means germs

The most common form of transports which is cabs,airplanes, hotels, restaurants and business meetings. These places are a breeding spot for germs and bacteria.

“Fecal organisms, oral bacterium, respiratory flora and thousands of other pathogens are here, there, everywhere,” Dr. Tierno says with studied calm.

Even though germs are many places out and about there are also many germs at home. This article states “Getting sick is basically a numbers game. Eighty percent of all infectious diseases are transmitted by direct or indirect human contact. When we travel, our encounters skyrocket. When you lay your hand against the seat of a cab to pull yourself in, it is as if you are shaking hands with every rider since the cab was last cleaned (a concept best measured in geologic time). Gripping the airport escalator hand rail is like holding hands with thousands of fellow passengers. Your close encounters of the infectious kind continue on the plane as you touch the armrest of your seat, the tray table, in-flight magazine and the lavatory faucet and door handle. And your hotel? Depending on when and how it was cleaned, you may not be sleeping and showering by yourself.”

Many think that it is more common to get sick when travelling but statistics show that there is just the same chance when at home or in the office.

Cancer is awkward

Cancer is awkward

The New York times has an article featured of a girl that is undergoing a bone marrow transplant for leukemia, her name is Suleika Jaouad. She describes how and what she feels when has told people that she has cancer. She is very distressed with the thought that she has to hear other peoples opinions and stories about their experiences of cancer and asking many questions about what she has to undergo.

She states “I’ve struggled with the awkwardness of cancer ever since my leukemia was diagnosed last May. When I told people my news, some people froze, falling silent. One person immediately began telling a story of an aunt who had died from the same kind of leukemia. “Will you lose your hair?” someone blurted out. “Are you going to die?” an ex-boyfriend asked.

Breaking the news of my diagnosis felt like an existential game show in which people rushed to buzz in with the first thought that came to mind.

I admit to sometimes being hurt by the way my friends have reacted to my news. Some didn’t write or call at all. Those who did often sounded uncomfortable and distant. I needed their support, and I wondered where they were”.

She continues to state than when she was in hospital many people who came to visit her changed there opinions about her because of her condition and changed the way they acted because of how she was feeling. She hates how people changed what they did and said about her behind her back.

She then says “When I was first in the hospital, some of my visitors seemed so intent on not upsetting me that they avoided the topic of cancer altogether. Others just couldn’t seem to find any words. When two college friends came to visit, I watched their faces fall as they took in the sight of my bald head and sunken cheekbones. The last time we’d seen each other was at graduation, over diplomas and flutes of Champagne. An awkward silence ensued, and I sensed it was up to me to take the initiative. I took a deep breath: “So, can you believe how weird I look without any hair?””.

Sulekia says that her own cancer experience as changed her for the better and she can understand how others have gone through the same thing and how they have been treated differently.

Can looking at your emails reduce your risk of cancer?

Can looking at your emails reduce your risk of cancer?

This article describes about how a new study has been released by the University of California, Irvine, which was co-written with the United States Army researches, found that people who don’t look at there emails often are more stressed and less productive in comparison of people who do.

This test was conducted by testing people stress levels by attaching heart rate monitors and found that there stress level is much higher when they have more things to do and read if they do not have as many emails.

“The fact that we found that people are less stressed when they don’t have e-mail shows that there are ways to change the way we use e-mail in the work setting,” explained Gloria Mark, an informatics professor who has been studying the effects of e-mail in the workplace since 2004. “We suggest doing what we call batching e-mails, where organizations send e-mails once or twice a day, rather than continually, so employees know not to check their e-mail every 10 minutes.”

Ms. Mark also suggests taking “e-mail vacations” where people take a few days away from their in-box.

“We were able to get second-by-second stress levels from our tests and we found that over the five-day period away from e-mail, people’s stress levels went down compared with when they were using e-mails,” Ms. Mark said.

Is illness making you someone you dont know?

Is illness making you someone you dont know?

This article describes how in 2006 a man called Michael French- a hard working man became very unknown to his wife to the extent that she wanted a divorce. But in 2007 she found out what was wrong with him.

“I cried,” Mrs. French said. “I can’t tell you how much I cried, and how much I apologized to him for every perceived wrong or misunderstanding.”

Mr French, whom is now 71, has frontotemporal dementia, a brain disease that eats away at personality and language. It was first recognised more than a hundred years ago and there is still no treatment.

“There’s really been an explosion related to the biology,” said Dr. Bruce L. Miller, a professor of neurology and psychiatry there. “I think at least some subtypes of frontotemporal dementia will be the first neurodegenerative diseases we find a cure for.”

This article states that it is different from Alzheimers, the most common form of dementia. And it is even more devistating because it happends in more younger people.

“I think the way dementia is going in general now is to realize there are many different subtypes,” Dr. Miller said, adding that what is now labeled Alzheimer’s disease may actually turn out to include hundreds of different illnesses.

For the hard of hearing

For the hard of hearing

Not only are digital hearing aids doing great things for the hearing impaired but other deices can help too. New audio technology is here is help people become more confident when out and about.

This article describes a man called Richard Einhorn who is a composer who has recently lost his hearing and relies on his hearing aid 24 hours a day. But he often has problems with the hearing aid for example when at the coffee shop meeting a friend it is not always easy to distinguish their voices amongst the other chatter. So he then puts a pair of earphones in and uses his iphone to to amplify the sound.

“I put the iPhone on the table,” he said. “I point it at whoever’s talking, and I can have conversations with them. Soon we forget the iPhone is sitting there.

“It makes sense when you need to capture a speaker’s voice in a noisy environment,” he said. “A system that gives you a high-quality directional mike and good earphones can help people hear in a complex setting.”

More alcohol in wealthy suburbs

More alcohol in wealthy suburbs

Northern suburbs of Sydney are very healthy apart from their drinking. This article by the Sydney morning Herald describes that in the northern suburbs of Sydney hospital admissions were widely linked to alcohol use in comparison to the poorer suburbs.

The director of population health for the South Western Sydney and Sydney local health districts, Peter Sainsbury, said “alcohol was almost unique among health indicators in that risk was not linked to poverty.Breast cancer was the only other health problem that did not occur more frequently among poorer women, although research indicated it was spread more evenly than alcohol-related conditions”.

Associate Professor Sainsbury said that “unlike other risk factors such as smoking, alcohol was still socially acceptable among well-off groups. In the 1950s smoking was much more common amongst affluent groups. It was the done thing … but then it reversed when people became aware of how unhealthy it was. Although the stereotype is of working class blokes going to the pub every day and drinking all night, if you look at the data on dangerous drinking it does tend to be a bit more common in affluent groups.”

The article goes on to talk about how smoking and obesity are still the most greater risks of people in the poorer suburbs and they are more likely to go into hospital rather than an other health condition.

Health fears for IVF children

Studies have been conducted to examine if IVF children have the same heath outcomes as children who were born “naturally”?

IVF is a very popular form of contraception and is used by hundreds of thousands of people. It is now stated that 1 in 3 per cent of all births are by IVF.

IVF which stand for In Virto Fertilisation has already documented 20 to 30 per cent increase in risk of major malformations in IVF babies.  A more worrying concern is the greater increase of cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack or smoke.

In this article it describes that a recent study from Switzerland has found “significant abnormalities in the blood vessels in the body and lungs of 12-year-old children who were born through IVF (published in Circulation this month). The investigators assessed 65 IVF and 50 non-IVF children, and found significant adverse changes in their developing blood vessels”.

They continued to do a study on relevant control groups. To do this “the authors found that the problems observed were likely caused by events that influenced the embryo when “in the test tube”. Other research has recently also found elevated blood pressure and blood sugar levels in IVF offspring”.

We come to ask the question, can environmental exposure so early in life actually alter the risk of later heart disease?

Do you have genital numbness?

Do you have genital numbness?

A new study shows that spending time on a bicycle seat, which is linked to erectile dysfunction in men may also be hazardous to women’s sexual health.

Women who often go to the gym, take spin classes or often ride bikes say that it is not unusual to feel numbness in their genital area. This article describes how bike seats are made to be designed that the seat is to be more comfortable “Bike seats are designed in such a way that body weight typically rests on the nose of the seat, which can compress nerves and blood vessels in the genital area.”

Recent studies have shown it to be common in male police officers on bicycle patrol. In this article it describes about a group of Yale researchers in 2006 to do a study on the sensation that female runners feel in comparison to how bike riders felt. There studies had shown that female cyclists are at most risk than other physical activity.

The examiners found that where the handlebars are placed is where the problems lies in the numbness genital area. When leaning forward forcing her body weight to the front of the bicycle seat it

Dr. Marsha K. Guess, an author of the study and an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine says “We’re basically showing that there may be modifiable risk factors associated with female riders, this better positions us to educate riders on safe riding practices that may actually be beneficial to reduction of pressure and lost sensation in the pelvic floor.”