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Heart Risk for the Sleepless

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More than 6 hours of sleep can cut Heart Attack and Stroke death risk in half for those with preexisting risk for diabetes or heart disease. Improving sleep in people with preexisting risks could improve the health rate of those with metabolic syndrome (It is called metabolic syndrome when the patient has 3 or more of these factors: High blood pressure, high LDL levels, high blood sugar, obesity, high blood fat levels, and low HDL levels) this goes to show how important sleep is, especially for those with these conditions.

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Arjun Saulnier

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EpiPen Costs on the Rise

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Epipens are the most commonly used epinephrine injector, but are they the most efficient cure for rapidly worsening allergies? Out-of-pocket EpiPen prices, however, are shooting up. Between 2007 and 2014 increased by 124%. To put that into scale, prices of a single EpiPen rose from $33.80 in 2007, to $75.50, in 2014, however, there have been no substantial differences in EpiPen usage between 2007 - 2014. The soaring prices of allergic treatment is doing no good for the public health, or in the case of the EpiPen, public safety.

Written By

Arjun Saulnier

https://medlineplus.gov/healthnews.html

Think Before you Ink - The Dangers of Tattoos

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A new study shows that tattoos, as cool they look, are actually an extreme risk of serious infection, or allergic reaction. Tattoos are made by injecting little amounts of ink into the patient’s muscle, and sometimes, due to unsterile equipment, will cause major infections and allergies. One cause is unclean dilution of the ink, or just mold and bacteria growing in the ink while it was in storage. So, it could still be unclean, even if it is labeled as “sterile” Side effects may include: rash or swelling in the area of the tattoo, and even fever. More serious infections may cause sweating, shaking, chills, and high fever. Because the ink is permanent, these symptoms may persist. So that is why the FDA (Federal food and drug administration) does not advise having tattoos.

Written By

Arjun Saulnier

https://medlineplus.gov/healthnews.html

Climate Change’s Effect on Diabetes

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Climate change has been quite a political topic recently, however, recent studies show the warming of the earth may have another far reaching effect. For approximately every 1o Celsius the temperature raises, cases of type 2 diabetes will increase by more than 100,000, in the U.S. alone. During colder weather, ‘brown fat’ is used, which increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which is the chemical that both causes Diabetes, and helps to convert sugar to energy. During warmer seasons, brown fat is less active, and can lead to more cases of type 2 diabetes.

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Arjun Saulnier

Colon Cancer

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Colon cancer can be cured, only if treated before symptoms set in. Routine colonoscopy exams can reduce the risk of colon cancer by 90%. Even if your family has no history of cancer, it is still advisable to have colonoscopy exams regularly, because the cancer can occur without warning, and sometimes does not develop symptoms until it’s too late. Risk factors make very little difference, so being male or female does not give you a higher or lower chance of developing colon cancer. The single biggest risk of colon cancer is failure to be screened. Another way to prevent colon cancer is exercise, eat healthy, avoid alcohol and tobacco, and get necessary levels of calcium.

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Arjun Saulnier

Early Age Blindness

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One of probably the most known health issues is probably blindness. But is early age blindness completely bad? Studies show that apart from not being able to see, blindness at an early age can increase hearing, sense of smell, and memory. Scientists x-rayed 12 people who went blind before the age of three, and discovered a number of changes in the function of the brain. The images of blind brains showed changes not only in the Occipital Cortex (Where sight is processed) but also in the language, sensory, and memory functions of the brain. This discovery is very important, because it proves just how quickly the human brain can adapt.

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Arjun Saulnier

Getting a Better Sleep

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A good sleep is an elusive luxury. However, a few tips on how to get a good sleep are to wake up and fall asleep at a consistent time, avoid caffeine in the afternoon (Chocolate, Tea, Cola, Coffee, etc.), and get a healthy diet and exercise. The American Heart Assoc. Recommends 2.5 hours of exercise. It’s also a good idea to avoid naps, because they can impair your ability to sleep when you need to. Electronic screens within 30 minutes of sleeping should be avoided, but if you must use electronics, at least set the brightness to low.


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Arjun Saulnier

Hospital Inspection Death Rates

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A new study shows increased attention by hospital staff during inspections slightly lowers death rates in hospitals. Every 18-36 months hospitals get unannounced visits to make sure the hospital is doing well, and the staff are doing their jobs well. The study shows that if patients were admitted during inspection week, they had a lower chance of dying within 30 days. Though only a small difference (7.2% during non-inspection weeks, 7% during inspection week) it still is a difference nonetheless.


Written By

Arjun Saulnier

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