July 7, 2010

Baby, It’s Hot Outside

1 Staying Safe in a Heat Wave

The National Weather Service says heat waves cause more “fatalities per year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.” The elderly, children and pets are most at risk. To stay safe: Don’t leave a child or pet unattended in a hot car where the temperature can soar from hot to deadly in a matter of minutes. Keep clothing light and airy. Carry an umbrella to protect against the sun’s rays. Drink lots of water and avoid alcohol or caffeine which drain the body of fluids. The Red Cross suggests eating small meals during the day and avoid “high protein foods which can increase metabolic heat.” Sunburn makes it harder for the body to dissipate heat so, if you must be in the sun, slather on the sunscreen. When the temperature soars above 90, try to stay indoors.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Health News About Dehydration

Tags: Alcohol, Caffeine, Heat Deaths, National Weather Service, Heat Wave, Red Cross, Floods, Hurricanes, Tornadoes

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Mini Telescope Gives Vision

2 FDA Gives Approval to Telescopic Eye Implant

"This implant will mean so much to so many people who have lost their independence"
- Joan Karpeak in the comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a procedure in which a miniature telescopic implant is placed in the eye, helping replace macular degeneration. According to CNN macular degeration is the leading cause of "severe vision loss" in the United States for people over the age of 60. The device works by acting as a telescope inside the eye, replacing the eyes natural lens while magnifying and projecting images onto the still healthy part of the retina. The telescopic section works for straight forward vision, while the persons non-implanted part of the eye takes care of peripheral vision. The implant is a move in the right direction for nearly 8 million Americans who suffer from the disease. The implant is meant for patients 75 years and older who have sever vision issues.

More at CNN Health | Posted 7 years ago by James Johnson

Previously: Eye-Popping Circle Lenses May Be Dangerous

Tags: Macular Degeneration, Surgery, Eye Surgery, Optometry

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Back Pain? Perhaps Try a Placebo

3 Glucosomine and Placebo Give Same Backpain Results

A recent Norwegian study has found that glucosamine is no more effective than placebo pills when attacking chronic back pain caused by degenerative arthritis. The study, lasting 6 months, urged researchers to recommend that doctors do not prescribe the medicine for backpain. Glucosamine is a dietary supplement which has been shown effective in smaller studies, but had not been studied on the type of scale offered by this recent study. The team from Oslo University Hospital wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association, "Based on our results, it seems unwise to recommend glucosamine to all patients with chronic lumbar pain and degenerative lumbar osteoarthritis." 80 percent of the population suffers from some sort of back pain and glucosamine was a cheap treatment option.

More at MSNBC Health | Posted 7 years ago by James Johnson

Previously: New Culprit Implicated in Chronic Back Pain

Tags: Back Pain, Glucosamine, Placebo

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Stalking Explained?

4 Love Is Addictive

Romantic love is a powerful addiction, reveals new research by a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University. MSNBC reports that study author Helen E. Fisher said love is a "wonderful addiction" when things go well and a "perfectly horrible addiction" when things go badly. Researchers found that heartbroken men and women who see photos of former partners experience activation in areas of the brain linked with addiction cravings, feelings of attachment, rewards, and control of emotions, as well as physical pain and distress. The findings may help explain why some people who lose their loves are driven to commit crimes like stalking or homicide. Researchers think that the brain's response to losing love may have an evolutionary basis: Your brain craves the lover you want to regain.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Rutgers University, Biological Anthropologist, Helen E. Fisher, Why Love Hurts, Evolutionary Basis of Love, Evolutionary Basis of Heartbroken, Control of Emotions, Addiction Cravings, Feelings of Attachment, Rewards, Stalking Behavior, Why Men Stalk, Why Ex-Lovers Kill, Romantic Love Addictive

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Lovers Marking Territory

5 Teen Biting "Twilight" Style

In a disturbing new trend, teens are biting their significant others or friends as a way to show ownership or closeness. CBS News reports that teens are taking the popular "Twilight" series vampire movies to heart by biting their loved ones. The strange ritual may cause significant bruising and soft tissue damage, not to mention pain! CBS Medical Correspondent, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, says that the bites are a kind of "modern hickey." She reminds us that the human mouth is loaded with bacteria, which may cause serious skin infections with biting. Ashton also says that "Twilight" biting is a way of marking a person that equals physical and emotional abuse. To clean a bite, she recommends warm soap and water and possibly oral antibiotics or hospitalization.

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Teen Sex

Tags: Emotional Abuse, Teen Biting, Vampire Love, Twilight Series Inspires Teens Biting, Modern Hickey, Teen Trends, Teens Biting Necks, Love Marks by Teens, Jennifer Ashton, Skin Infections, Treating Skin Bites, Human Bites, Biting Abuse

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