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Your diet should not be your kids diet

Diets have been around for centuries. In 1820, Lord Byron, an English nobleman and highly-regarded British poet, initiated the Vinegar and Water diet. In the 1930’s, eating grapefruit with every meal became popular and was referred to as, yes, The Grapefruit Diet (otherwise known as the Hollywood Diet). Other notable diets have included Weight Watchers (1963), Cooke Diet (1975), Slim Fast (1977), Scarsdale Diet (1978), Dexatrim (1979), Fit for Life (1985), Atkins Diet (1992), Zone Diet (1995), and the South Beach Diet (2003).

Whether they work(ed) or not depends on who you ask but one thing remains true for all – diets like these  – the ones intended for adults – are not healthy or intended for children. As the World Health Organization1 states in its training program for health professionals, “Children are not little adults.” They have very special nutritional needs and feeding them an adult’s diet could result in malnutrition, illness or worse.
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Have a Cold? Best to Avoid Afrin

Overuse of Afrin Spray Can Cause More Swelling Of Nasal TissuesPeople begin using Afrin for one reason only; their nose is obstructed.

Why does this occur?
Acute infections or allergy attacks cause swelling of the nasal membranes leading to a temporary obstruction. However, in those individuals who already have an underlying structural problem, such as a deviated septum, this can lead people to use – and overuse – Afrin spray.

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Can e Cigs (eCigarettes) Cause Cancer?

Man Smoking an e Cig (e-Cigarette)e-cigarettes and vaping have risen to popularity in recent years because many people thought they were safer than smoking traditional cigarettes. It turns out they are not.

In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to cover e-cigarettes in order to control the sales and marketing of them. The American Lung Association1 has been sounding the alarm on e-cigarettes for some time now and reported a 900 percent increase in teenager’s use of e-cigarettes between 2011 and 2015. They are far from alone. There are numerous studies showing the high risks of e-cigarettes and vaping.

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When You Burn Your Tongue, What Gets Burned and How/Why Does It Get Better?

If you have ever burned your tongue you know how aggravating it can be. It’s the only thing you can think about until it has healed. It hurts, it prevents you from eating and drinking normally, and it may last longer than you think it should. It’s possible to burn your tongue on any food or drink if you underestimate its temperature. But what occurs physically when you burn your tongue and why does it hurt so much? Here are the facts.

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It’s Time to Get (Dead) Serious About Sleep Apnea

Passengers on subway platform as train passes byIn November, 2016, a Hoboken (NJ) commuter train crashed into the station platform at double its allowable speed causing falling debris and the unfortunate death of a woman standing on the platform. About 100 were injured. Just prior to the crash, the train reportedly sped around a curve at over 80 mph. The speed limit was 30 mph.

A few months later, a train on the Long Island Railroad crashed into the end of a track at the Atlantic Terminal Station in Brooklyn causing 108 injuries and over $5 million in damages.

 
In 2013, a few years prior, a Metro-North Railroad Hudson Line train (New York City) crashed into a curve at a speed 3x the allowable limit causing 4 fatalities, 61 injuries and $9 million in damage.

 

The cause of all three train crashes was sleep apnea.

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Sleep Apnea Linked to Alzheimer’s and Asthma

Asthmatics Have a 40% Greater Risk of Sleep Apnea
According to the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study, those suffering with asthma have a 40% greater risk of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. About 550 men and women participated in the study, all between the ages of 30 – 60 years of age. After 4 years, 27% of those who entered the study with asthma showed signs of sleep apnea. Only 16% of non-asthmatics who entered the study showed new signs of sleep apnea. However, by study’s’ end, the authors concluded that those with asthma were 40% more likely to acquire sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Sufferers Show Signs of Alzheimer’s Earlier
And in an unrelated study performed by the NYU School of Medicine, sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and snoring may be associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. The study indicated that participants who had sleep apnea tended to be diagnosed with a mild form of Alzheimer’s at 77 years, a full decade before others who didn’t exhibit the sleeping disorder. When treated with a CPAP, the signs of Alzheimer’s were delayed significantly, up to 10 years. The key here is that regulating sleeping patterns did not cure or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s but it did seem to delay it.

It’s important to note that the study’s author warned that it only indicated an association between sleep disruption and mild mental impairment (such as Alzheimer’s). It was not clinically proven that sleep apnea caused mental impairment.

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Why Your Voice Ages and How to Protect It

Did you ever speak to someone on the phone and detect that they are older just by the sound of their voice? It’s not your imagination; voices do age over time for a variety of reasons, i.e., vocal muscles atrophy, their voice begins to sound older.  However, illness, medications, depression and anxiety can also impact a person’s ability to speak with a clear voice.  Some of these factors impact the vocal cords themselves while others impact the person’s ability to use their voice. It is possible to protect one’s voice while aging. Here is what you need to know.

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Things that Get Stuck In Kids Noses and the Extreme Danger of Button Batteries

Asking why children stick objects up their noses is like asking why the chicken crossed the road – there is no good answer. It’s more than likely that a curious child will at some point stick something up their nose and when they do the questions become; what is the object, how far up did it go and can it be retrieved before it does any damage? If you are the parent or grandparent of a child old enough to pick up small objects, here is what you need to know about the nose and small objects.

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Is The Man Flu Real?

The flu is spreading across the country at a rate higher than any similar time in the past decade and doctors are reporting it as a “vicious strain.” According to The Centers for Disease Control1 (CDC) the proportion of outpatient visits for influenza during the second week of January were 6.3 percent compared to the national baseline of 2.2 percent. New York City, Puerto Rico and 32 states in particular experienced an incidence of flu rated just as “high” by the CDC. The Washington Post2 reports that some hospitals are setting up tents to triage the overflow of patients. The flu is to be taken seriously and can be life threatening.

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How to Survive a Sore Throat

Woman with Symptoms of a Sore ThroatA sore throat can make swallowing, eating and drinking uncomfortable if not downright painful. Although a sore throat is a common ailment, especially it seems during these winter months, it’s important to know how to treat it and when to see a physician.

What is a sore throat?
A sore throat is pain, irritation and scratchiness of the throat that is caused by a virus, usually the same virus that causes colds and flu. A sore throat can also make the throat feel swollen and make it difficult to eat or drink.

Some Symptoms of a Sore Throat

  • Scratchiness and pain in the throat
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Sore glands on either side of the throat
  • Trouble talking, pain increases with talking

In most cases, a sore throat will resolve itself over the course of a few days or at the most, a week.

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Your diet should not be your kids diet

Diets have been around for centuries. In 1820, Lord Byron, an English nobleman and highly-regarded British poet, initiated …

Have a Cold? Best to Avoid Afrin

People begin using Afrin for one reason only; their nose is obstructed. Why does this occur? Acute infections or allergy …

Can e Cigs (eCigarettes) Cause Cancer?

e-cigarettes and vaping have risen to popularity in recent years because many people thought they were safer than smoking …