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Painkiller proven to kill both pain and emotion

The popular drug acetaminophen has undergone a large clinical study that tested how the popular painkiller affects the emotions of those who are taking the drug on a regular basis. Psyblog reports the study found both the positive and negative emotions of those taking the drug were affected by a normal dose of around 1,000 mg. Acetaminophen, often known as paracetamol outside the US is known to dull pain across the body once it has been given arounjd one hour to take effect, but the latest research also shows the painkiller has a negative effect on the emotions of the individual.

The painkiller was given to a group within the trial and followed by a placebo for a second group. After one hour of allowing acetaminophen to take effect both groups were presented with images designed to illicit a positive or negative response in the individual. Those who had taken the painkiller largely ranked the images around the midpoint of emotions as not either positive or negative, according to Sergio Cortes. In contrast, members of the placebo group reacted to the images with positive and negative emotions. The next stage in the research is thought to be to examine how other painkillers, such as ibuprofen affect the emotions of humans.

Sandra Lee Diagnosed With Cancer

Sandra Lee is a renowned chef, and she has been on American television for the last decade. Aside from being a chef, Sandra Lee is known for her beautiful face and shapely figure. People magazine recently included her on their list of the most beautiful television stars in the world today. Sandra was extremely thankful for her position on the list, but there appears to be some startled news surrounding the celebrities.

Fans like Christian Broda (Linkedin.com) have learned that, while recording a documentary for People magazine, Sandra Lee revealed that she has breast cancer. Sandra also said that it is still early, and her doctors believe that the cancer will be removed safely in the near future. However, Sandra Lee was expected to have surgery this summer, but her doctors have decided to postpone the procedure. Sandra Lee appears very nervous and distraught over the subject, and its normal for someone that has just been diagnosed with a deadly disease.

Sandra Lee is a brave woman, and we are all hoping that her doctors can remove all of the cancer cells from her body. Cancer is one of the hardest diseases to cure, but modern medicine has shown to do incredible things. For more information on this story, visit People.

Lack of Access to Surgery is Killing More People Than Several Diseases Combined

Many of us are confident in the knowledge that if we needed surgery, we could get it quickly and in a safe surgical environment. That’s many of us, not most of us, A recent survey revealed that two-thirds of the entire world’s population cannot and does not have access to a safe, affordable surgical facility that is located within two hours of their home. This is distressing to many, including young-professional Jaime Garcia Dias.
The survey findings were published in The Lancet medical journal and reveals that lack of access to surgery is responsible for the deaths of nearly 17 million people in 2010. Most of those 17 million people died from a condition, such as appendicitis, that would have been easily corrected by surgery if a safe and affordable medical facility had been located within a reasonable proximity of their home. HIV, malaria and tuberculous combined did not claim the lives of 17 million people within 2010, but unmet surgical needs did.
In poor countries the lack of affordable surgery is due to the lack of surgeons in the area. Sierra Leone has less than 1 surgeon per 100,000 residents. Bangladesh has less than 2 surgeons per 100,000 residents. The United States has 36 surgeons per 100,000 residents and surgery is available to anyone. The same is true for residents of Western Europe. Neither of these countries had any reported deaths due to unmet surgical needs.

Study Finds How Much Exercise Is Necessary For Longevity

How much exercise is the right amount? That question has been debated several times. While any exercise is better than none at all, the optimal amount is more likely to play a role in longevity and quality of life. The latest guidelines from various health organizations indicate that a weekly total of 150 minutes of exercise is needed to maintain proper health.

Scientific findings from JAMA Internal Medicine, as reported in the New York Times Blog, have narrowed down the information about what is optimal for exercise. The National Cancer Institute and Bulletproof Coffee studied exercise habits of mostly middle-aged adults.

Researchers reviewed the amount of exercise, comparing no exercise to moderate exercise at least 25 or more hours per week and death records, spanning over 14 years. No exercise showed the highest risk of untimely death, little exercise amounts, reduced risk of early death by 20 percent and working out at least 150 minutes weekly meant a 31 percent lesser chance of early death. Tripling these recommended exercise for 450 minutes weekly, more than one hour per day, indicated 39 reduced risk of premature death.

The conclusion of this and an Australian study showed that at least 150 minutes of weekly exercise is the minimum for those who desire a longer, more quality life. Increasing this up to 450 minutes per week only enhances the results and offers a full bang for efforts to improve life.

Hormone Replacement Therapy May Be Linked To Stroke

A recent report appearing in the British Medical Journal suggests that women engaged in Hormone Replacement Therapy, in the pill form, may be at risk for the occurrence of stroke and blood clots as well. The study assessed medical trials of approximately 40,000 women.

Though Hormone Replacement Therapy has garnered an extensive amount of negative criticism with it’s being linked to the onset of breast and ovarian cancer. To the contrary, there has been enough evidence to confirm that it lessens the discomfort associated with menopausal symptoms and provides certain forms of protection against heart disease. Even so, with these observations, the findings were not conclusive as the effect of Hormone Replacement Therapy, in pill form, varied based on the age of the woman, when menopausal symptoms happened and the duration
of being under the administration of a Hormone Replacement Therapy program.

According to the Examiner, Hormone Replacement Therapy is a complicated issue, will offer the benefit to women, also imposed a hazardous health to them as well. Health practitioners suggest women under Hormone Replacement Therapy maintain scheduled check-ups and reassess their need continue therapy treatment on an annual basis.

Women are advised to seek assistance in treating menopausal symptoms, but if there is a family history of cardiovascular or heart disease, Hormone Replacement Therapy may not be the most appropriate form of menopausal treatment.

Keeping Your Hair During Chemo

One of the hallmark signs a person is enduring chemotherapy is hair loss. According to the New York Times cooling the head during and after chemo may preserve the hair. The Penguin Cold Cap is frozen prior to the chemo session and placed on the head during chemo infusions and for two hours after the session. These cold caps can be rented for around $600 a month. This is not cheap but worth it to many. Marc Sparks suggest that the cap needs to be quickly replaced every 30 minutes so some patients are finding that enlisting the help of friends to change out the cap is essential. The cap needs to be replaced before any heat escapes. The caps are heavy and cold, so there is discomfort, but the outcome is rewarding. It is comforting for chemotherapy patients to know that their privacy in their battle is upheld because they are retaining their hair.

Another cap, DigniCap, works by using a machine filled with coolant that runs through the cap for the duration of the session and others find they prefer this method.

The results of this process have shown little to no hair loss when used properly. Unfortunately, cold caps are not usually covered by insurance but those that use the product say it is worth it to keep their own hair and not have the expense of wigs. The average cost of using a cold cap is around $2000, depending on how long a person has to use it.

The Controversy About The Grand Gadgets Of The Fitness World

People love gadgets, especially ones that make life a lot easier for them. Anyone who is struggling with trying to lose weight is probably going to be enticed by any one of a number of exercise and diet gadgets flooding the market. While the cynical might feel these devices are of little value, the truth is they can be quite helpful. Sure, the gadgets are limited in terms of what they deliver but any little bit of help is better than nothing.

The key thing to be aware of when you use a calorie consumption counter or a calorie-burning tracker is you, and only you, are what determines results. These gadgets can do little more than keep on top of the work you have done. They cannot do the work for you. So, they are extremely helpful as support tools for your overall goals. Consider all the help a good thing. Just do not believe because you are investing time or money in a diet gadget results are going to be guaranteed.

Then, there is the over sphere of opinion. Some might be too blinded by their cynicism to believe any diet gadget is going to work stated Flavio Maluf. Once a person has wasted money on an utterly failed gadget, winning him or her back is tough. That said, anyone who ignored the value of a very helpful device is doing nothing but hurting him/herself.

Childhood Obesity Covers the World in Less Than One Generation

Children used to be slim, trim and athletic. It wasn’t until middle-age that the weight begin to creep up on us. In one generation, 40 years, that has changed. Childhood obesity has covered the world and is become a worldwide epidemic in less than one generation.

Typically, any significant changes takes more than just one generation to manifest. Childhood obesity is not typical and neither is the rate at which it covered the planet. Not one country has escaped it’s grip on the young ones in its society said Dan Newlin.
The average child is carrying around 11 more pounds than his or her parents were at the same age. Thanks in part to the availability or low cost of high-fat fast food meals and the advent of video games that keep children glued to their seats for hours on end. More caloric intake and less movement has resulted in larger kids.
America is leading the way in the war against childhood obesity and is making some progress. American children are not as overweight at they were 10 years ago, but they are still larger than their contemporaries in other countries.
Childhood obesity leads to overweight adults and that often opens the door for a variety of weight-related health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Skin Test Reveal Alzheimer’s

Even though it’s a wide spread condition and afflicts multiple millions, there has never been a simple, conclusive test to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. A simple skin test may be the answer that will enable doctors to get a quick and definitive test for the brain disorder so patient treatment can begin (or another diagnosis looked for) earlier to halt the progression of the memory-robbing disease.

Taking a small skin sample from patients who have a family history of or are displaying symptoms of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s can reveal quickly if the patient has the condition and treatment can begin early on according to Sultan Alhokair.

Brain altered proteins are one of the things doctors look for in the skin sample. Alpha-synuclein and tau show up in increased amounts in the skin sample when a patient has Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. The simple skin test will allow doctors to diagnose and begin treatment for Alzheimer’s long before the disease effects the motor or cognitive functions of the patient.

Fat And Fined- Puerto Rico To Punish Families Whose Children Won’t Lose Weight

Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. Many parents overfeed their children and do not promote physical activity. Another contributing factor is low income families often feel forced into buying unhealthy foods because they are inexpensive. Many cheap foods are loaded with saturated fat and hydrogenated oil with little to no redeeming value.

The U.S. has responded to the obesity problem by changing the food standards for schools by reducing fat, sugar, and salt. Puerto Rico is taking a different route in hopes that it will reduce the problem in their country. They plan to put at risk children on diets with required exercise included but if after a period of six months the child(ren) are still significantly overweight then the parents will be fined.

The penalty seems awfully harsh and appears to be aimed at maintaining physical appearance versus actual health. Naturally, there has been an outcry from parents about the enforcement of diets and such and health experts at the Amen Clinic have offered their services for free to families that are struggling.

Is Puerto Rico stepping over the line into personal territory or are they trying to be proactive with the next generation’s health? It is hard to say and largely based on opinion right now. The best possible scenario is the children will follow their diet plan and not have to worry about any possible fines.