Music festivals, Holiday gatherings, Summer events, and pandemic flu virus go hand in hand around this time of bustling year. If you’re out having fun in the sun this summer, you should be aware of the dangers that lurk in the common air. Close quarter events can easily turn from a blast to a bad day, especially for individuals not implementing NPIs in their everyday life. CDC describes NPIs (non pharmaceutical Interventions) as “actions that people and communities can take, apart from getting vaccinated and taking medications, to help slow the spread of respiratory illnesses.” These are also known as mitigation strategies.
Our skin is an important part of our body. Skin is the largest organ in a human. It covers our entire skeletal structure, and can become a painful inconvenience when, and if it gets damaged. Bruises, cuts, scrapes, and even sunburn. Sunburn is a silent attacker that has gotten over one third of adults, and almost one third of the teen population.
Sleep deprivation is an easily-developed type of sleep disorder commonly known as insomnia. This sleeping disorder affects the pattern, or consistency, of a person’s sleeping habits. Whether you are not sleeping enough or not sleeping well, this disorder has been linked to numerous health issues and heightened health risks. Insomnia is an easily recognizable disorder that clearly affects your mental and physical performance, and has also shown to negatively affect emotional function and understanding. The diagnosis of this disorder is often overlooked and symptoms are mistakenly attributed to a hectic schedule at work, home, or other areas in life.
Tobacco is not just one of the five main leading causes of death in the world today, but also a billion-dollar industry robbing the funds of society through addiction-based products. Cigarettes come in all different quantities, sizes, colors, prices, intensity, and flavors, but they all have the same negative affect on a user’s body—and budget.
The first step to quitting is accepting the fact that you want to be healthy and no longer fund your destruction. 18 of every 100 adults, 25–44 years old (meaning 17.7% of Americans) smoke cigarettes regularly throughout the week, and that’s not including international statistics. The British American Tobacco company has agreed to merge with big time U.S. tobacco company Reynolds American as of 01/17/2017, promising to become an $86 billion-dollar tobacco company that already has a standing reputation in the international market. Based upon the statistics and recent facts, we can now see room for much more profit, hence much more production, hence many more users, hence many more deaths.
If you've been to the doctor recently, you can probably still recall the tiny device that the nurse clipped loosely onto the tip of your finger. You most likely didn't ask about it, but this cute, little clip—called a pulse oximeter—was reading your oxygen saturation levels, a metric used to determine how much oxygen is available in your blood. As a vital element that our organs need in order to keep working, low levels could indicate a serious issue—even a level below 92% can suggest hypoxia (deprivation of adequate oxygen).
Car accident, sports, or even just a bad fall. Dealing with a broken bone can be tough. Not only do you have to deal with the pain, but the disruption it causes to our school and work lives and freetime can be debilitating and downright depressing. Even just a minor leg fracture could take six to eight weeks to properly heal, and the older you are, the more time it may take.
There's no doubt that anyone who has suffered from a broken bone wants one thing more than anything else: to get fixed faster. Luckily, there are steps that you can take to make sure that your bone gets the proper nutrition and attention it needs to mend itself quickly, so that you can get back to living your action-filled life in comfort.
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe conditions in which loss of memory or thinking skills prevents a person from performing everyday tasks. Alzheimer's disease is the most common instance of dementia, but there are other diseases and conditions, including vitamin definciences, that can cause the symptoms of dementia.
Today's Google logo might not seem as recognizable as some of the other ones you've seen, but it still symbolizes a very important day in the history of medical care: the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, the man who first developed insulin as a treatment for diabetes, earning a Nobel Prize in 1923, and becoming knighted by King George V in 1934. November 14th is also appropriately marked as World Diabetes Day, in the hopes of bringing awareness to the severity and seriousness of the common disease.
Smoking causes new DNA mutations every year you smoke!
A new study that compared the genetic analysis results of 2,490 smokers and 1,063 respondents who never smoked a tobacco cigarette before found that for each year you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, 150 mutations are generated in each of your lung cells. Additionally, 97 mutations are produced in each cell of your larynx, 39 in each of your pharynx cells, 23 in your mouth cells, 18 in your bladder cells, and 6 in your liver cells.
But even knowing this, it is hard for people to quit. Hopefully we can help reduce the harmful effects smoking has on our society by stopping the habit before it begins by talking to our youth.
"K.H." created a petition in late October asking the White House to launch a nation-wide campaign called "Start the Beat" in an effort to spread awareness of the seriousness of sudden cardiac arrest, the leading cause of death in the United States. Citing other national campaigns like "Stop, drop, and roll" and "Stop the bleed," K.H. hopes that "Start the Beat" will become common knowledge to citizens in the U.S.
At only 868 signatures so far, the Start the Beat petition needs more than 99,000 more signatures by November 20 to get a response from the White House. Sign the petition and help spread the word about heart health!
It's the time of year that the flu starts to emerge from hiberation and slowly take over in schools, shopping malls, and the workplace. This might not sound like a big deal—you might miss a few days at work or your kids might miss some school—but while most people only come down with a mild illness, some people may develop complications like pneumonia and bronchitis, which could require hospitalization and even result in death. People at high risk (children younger than 5, adults older than 65, pregnant women, and those with chronic health problems) are particularly susceptible.
Even if you don't fall in any of these categories, you probably know someone who does, and it's part of your own responsibility to keep yourself healthy so that you don't spread the flu to the people you love!
October, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is coming to a close (Happy Halloween!) and we at CPR Savers wanted to remind everyone that while you enjoy your treat-filled holiday, you should keep in mind what else this month is about.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women (skin cancer being the first), and can even affect men. Last year, it was estimated that 290,000 women would be newly diagnosed with breast cancer and around 40,000 would die to the disease. If you haven't recently, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your doctor.
In 2015, a man named Christopher Dempsey learned that a co-worker's cousin was gravely ill and needed a liver transplant. He knew that if that was him or one of his own family members, he'd want someone to help, and decided he would get tested to see if he was a match. He was. He donated half of his liver to a complete stranger, and now—less than two years later—they have gotten married!
There are over 120,000 people living in the United States waiting for an organ transplant, and an average of 20 of them die each day waiting. Even if you're not ready to make the kind of sacrifice that Mr. Dempsey did, you may want to consider planning for the future.
One organ donor could save up to 8 lives and help heal more than 50.
A recent suvey conducted by Gallup-Healthways ranked almost 200 U.S. cities by the percent of residents who reported ever having a heart attack. Percentages range from a healthy 1.3% to a worrisome 8.8%. (Read the full post to see how your city ranked.)
Cardiovascular disease accounts for 34% of deaths in America, and common risk factors can dramatically increase the risk of disease, such as diabetes. However, studies show that even a little bit of effort can improve your heart health! Read more for some heart health tips.
The United States is ranked as the 27th most obese country in the world; meaning over 65% of the population is overweight or obese. Being obese does not only reflect externally but internally as well. High blood pressure, Diabetes, and heart disease are just a few complications that can occur due to obesity alone. The best way to fight obesity is to get active and participate in physical activities. By doing so you will not only fight obesity but also build strong muscles and bones and release endorphins, which help reduce the feelings of depression and improve your ability to focus.
Tuberculosis is an airborne disease. It is only spread when germs are forced into the air. Covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, is not only polite but reduces the risk of contracting and/or spreading the disease.
The best and most effective way to avoid contracting TB is to avoid being in the same vicinity as someone who has TB. However, if this is unavoidable, wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth. Gloves and protective clothing are not required, as TB cannot be transmitted through touch alone.Please click Read More for a list of TB Symptoms.
We would like to thank the National Kidney Foundation for the use of this fun, informative video on Your Kidneys and You.
Thursday, March 10th is National Kidney Day. Are you one of the 28 million un-diagnosed Americans with chronic Kidney Disease? Many times people in the health care field are the last to be tested. Schedule a urine and blood test with your primary care physician, and take charge of your health.
Do you have a healthy set of kidneys? Have you considered donating one to someone in need? 100,791 people are currently on the kidney transplant list (1.11.2016) as reported by the National Kidney Registry. Click Read More for more Information on kidney donation.
What constitutes a flu season? When levels of influenza-like-illnesses (ILI), hospitalization and death rates rise and stay elevated it is officially flu season. The Influenza Surveillance Report released by the CDC for the week of February 20, illustrates a widespread epidemic of the influenza virus in more than 24 states, up 54% from the previous week.
As you know, the number one defense against the flu is the flu vaccine followed by a strict hand-washing protocol. The recommended hand-washing time is 20 seconds or about the length of time, it takes to sing “Happy Birthday”.
Test your knowledge of influenza symptoms, causes and cures, Click Read more to take The CDC Flu IQ quiz!
Make sure you are prepared for the flu season to help keep you and your family healthy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 3 Americans have high blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are three to four times more likely to die from Stroke or Heart Disease.
Read more to learn a few facts about blood pressure and tips on controlling it.