September 23, 2012

Avoid hunchback” Posture

1 Mobile Users: Beware Painful "Text Neck”

Physical therapists are seeing increasing cases of "Text Neck," their term for the headaches, neck pains and aching shoulders due to poor posture among texters, gamers, e-mailers and other extensive users of computers and mobile devices who spend hours hunched over a table or keyboard, head tilted forward, shoulders curved, arms bent by their side. This prolonged "forward head posture" strains the neck and can double the pressure on the spine, even pulling it out of alignment, leading to muscle strain, herniated discs and pinched nerves. Therapists recommend sitting straight, feet flat on the floor, shoulders back, with one’s head upright and one’s ears directly over the shoulders, and taking frequent breaks to stand, stretch, roll the neck and shoulders and take a brief walk.

More at Cnn.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Texting Hazards

Tags: Back Pain, Text Neck, Texting Injuries, Mobile Device Injuries, Neck Pain, Excessive Texting, Video Gaming Injuries

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But 5 Percent Do Gain 15

2 Freshmen 15, More Like College 11.7

Fears over the "freshmen 15" may be unfounded for most college students. The average college student only gains about 12 pounds over four years of college, says Auburn University nutrition professor Sareen Gropper. To put it more precisely, the "freshmen 15" really only amounts to the "college 11.7," according to the study findings. But if it's not true, then why is that "freshmen 15" phrase stuck in the minds of most new college students? Perhaps that's because those 15 pounds do become a reality for some college freshmen. However, just 5 percent of college students actually gained 15 pounds during their freshmen year, notes Gropper during a recent interview with NPR.

More at NPR | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Freshmen 15, Freshmen 15 Myth, Avoiding Weight Gain College, Weight Gain During College, Sareen Gropper

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Screening Is Accurate

3 Simple Questions Screen for Ovarian Cancer

Results from a new study suggest that having women answer three questions is an effective screening tool to determine if they should undergo diagnostic testing to diagnose ovarian cancer. In this study, 1200 women between the ages of 40 and 87 answered three questions; if they had abdominal or pelvic pain, if they felt full quickly or could not eat normally and if they experienced abdominal bloating or their abdomen got bigger. Of the 60 women with a positive score, one had ovarian cancer. None of the women with a negative score developed cancer within the 12 month follow up period, demonstrating the questionnaire’s accuracy. The advantage of screening is that it could be done by a primary care doctor, is accepted by both patients and doctors and false-positives would be very low.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Support Network Best Detector of Early Alzheimer’s

Tags: Ovarian Cancer, Screening Questionnaire

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