Health – RateMDs Health News https://www.ratemds.com/blog Doctors You Can Trust Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:06:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 These Two Years are the Happiest in Your Life, Says Science https://www.ratemds.com/blog/two-years-happiest-life-says-science/ Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:06:17 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182342 Good news, everyone: The happiest years of your life are still ahead. According to new research, we’re at our happiest at two points in our lives—not just one. Researchers at the London School of Economics and Political Science polled 23,000 German volunteers aged 17 to 85 to rate their life satisfaction. Participants were asked how happy they’d feel in five years, and after those five years, reported how they actually felt at the time. The study found that happiness trends on a U-shaped curve over an individual’s lifetime, with satisfaction peaking at higher levels during the extremes in the study’s

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Good news, everyone: The happiest years of your life are still ahead.

According to new research, we’re at our happiest at two points in our lives—not just one. Researchers at the London School of Economics and Political Science polled 23,000 German volunteers aged 17 to 85 to rate their life satisfaction.

Participants were asked how happy they’d feel in five years, and after those five years, reported how they actually felt at the time.

The study found that happiness trends on a U-shaped curve over an individual’s lifetime, with satisfaction peaking at higher levels during the extremes in the study’s age range, swinging down with middle age.

The two most important years when happiness peaks was documented at ages 23 and 69.

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Related: Why Older People Are Happier Than 20-Somethings

It’s logical: our early 20’s are filled with new changes as we come of age, like new careers, places to travel, new people, new places to live, and more. And by the time we’re entering our 70’s, we’ve likely retired and are ready to tackle the long bucket list throughout those remaining golden years.

The middle age dips isn’t surprising either. That’s when you’re still raising a family, climbing the corporate ladder, and still trying push through whatever’s life throwing at your this week.

But of course, age is just a number and shouldn’t dictate your happiness. Experts recommend prioritizing small yet rewarding tasks like taking a walk or spending time with family to find that fulfillment. And on the plus side, you’ll have at least one reason to look forward to getting older: You’ll be happier!

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Chatting 10 Minutes a Day Helps Alzheimer’s Patients https://www.ratemds.com/blog/chatting-10-minutes-day-helps-alzheimers-patients/ Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:00:42 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182345 It can improve daily life and reduce some of the physical symptoms of the disease. There’s nothing like a good chat with an old friend. And if you’re living in a care facility, a daily conversation with staff can be enriching. Unfortunately, research shows that for many people in this very situation, they normally get a measly two minutes of social interaction a day. Not only does this sound incredibly lonely, but it can also take a toll on quality of life. Thankfully, researchers are finding new ways to combat this. A study done by researchers from the University of

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It can improve daily life and reduce some of the physical symptoms of the disease.

There’s nothing like a good chat with an old friend. And if you’re living in a care facility, a daily conversation with staff can be enriching.

Unfortunately, research shows that for many people in this very situation, they normally get a measly two minutes of social interaction a day. Not only does this sound incredibly lonely, but it can also take a toll on quality of life.

Thankfully, researchers are finding new ways to combat this.

A study done by researchers from the University of Exeter found that person-centered activities combined with just one hour a week of social interaction can improve quality of life and reduce agitation for people with dementia living in care homes.

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“Care home staff are under a lot of pressure-it’s a really tough job. It’s a challenging environment for both residents living with dementia and staff,” says Joanne McDermid, of King’s College London, a researcher involved in other dementia care studies.

Simply talking with residents about their interests and the decisions being made around their care makes a difference.

“Taking a person-centered approach is about really getting to know the resident as an individual. It can make a massive difference to the person themselves and their carers,” said Dr. Jane Fossey from the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

In some areas, up to 70% of residents in care facilities are living with dementia.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 in 10 people in America over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia.

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The FDA’s Ban on Teething Products https://www.ratemds.com/blog/the-fdas-ban-on-teething-products/ Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:00:59 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182159 If your child is teething like a tiger, read on. Rubber teething rings may be your best answer when it comes to relief. This spring, the U.S Food and Drug Administration ordered that certain medicated teething products stop being marketed to consumers . Why? They pose a deadly risk to infants and children. Over-the-counter (OTC) teething products that contain benzocaine are the target. These products, sold under the names Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel and Topex, as well as store brands and generics, can spell serious trouble. Benzocaine has previously been associated with methemoglobinemia and using it

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If your child is teething like a tiger, read on. Rubber teething rings may be your best answer when it comes to relief.

This spring, the U.S Food and Drug Administration ordered that certain medicated teething products stop being marketed to consumers . Why? They pose a deadly risk to infants and children.

Over-the-counter (OTC) teething products that contain benzocaine are the target.

These products, sold under the names Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel and Topex, as well as store brands and generics, can spell serious trouble.

Benzocaine has previously been associated with methemoglobinemia and using it results in elevated levels of methemoglobin in the blood, the FDA states.

Related: 4 Things to Consider When You Start Breastfeeding (and How to Stick With It)

In infants and toddlers, this can lead actually lead to death. The ingredient causes the amount of oxygen carried through the blood to be greatly and dangerously reduced.

Yet, scarily enough, a number of oral health products contain this popular pain reliever treating everything from sore gums to sore throats, canker sores and other irritations of the mouth.

What symptoms should you look for in your child?

If they’ve been exposed to benzocaine they can surface after using the product for the first time, or following later uses. Some appear within minutes and others 1 to 2 hours after using benzocaine. They include having pale, gray- or blue-colored skin, lips and nail beds; shortness of breath; fatigue; headache; light-headedness; and a rapid heart rate.

If you encounter any of these, seek immediate medical help.

Alternative sources of relief are safer. Experts recommend parents use a firm teething ring to soothe children’s teething symptoms, or gently massage the gums with a finger.

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5 Things to Know About Scoliosis https://www.ratemds.com/blog/5-things-to-know-about-scoliosis/ Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:00:49 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182281 It affects more women than men, surfaces mostly around a certain age, and might not cause any pain at all. Scoliosis affects about 2 to 3 percent of the population in America. That may sound like a small number, but the group totals about 6 to 9 million people. The disease forms an ‘s’ curve in the spine, and can cause a person’s ribs to bulge out one way, while curving in on the other side. It sounds like a prominent change to the body, but sometimes it’s not so obvious. Famous people who have the condition are said to

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It affects more women than men, surfaces mostly around a certain age, and might not cause any pain at all.

Scoliosis affects about 2 to 3 percent of the population in America. That may sound like a small number, but the group totals about 6 to 9 million people. The disease forms an ‘s’ curve in the spine, and can cause a person’s ribs to bulge out one way, while curving in on the other side.

It sounds like a prominent change to the body, but sometimes it’s not so obvious.

Famous people who have the condition are said to include Elizabeth Taylor, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Rebecca Romijn. Why all the women? Read on.

Here are 5 things to know about scoliosis that you might not know:

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1) It Affects More Girls

Scoliosis is found in both male and females, but it’s actually seen most often in girls between the ages of 9 and fifteen. Scientists aren’t sure why this is, but it may have to do with hormones, and something called leptin. Leptin affects how full you feel, and females with scoliosis often have a low BMI. Experts think it might all be intertwined.

2) It Often Surfaces at a Specific Time

The condition often sets in with a growth spur in adolescence. Those who get it may have a family history of scoliosis, but not always. Medical experts aren’t exactly sure why some people develop it.

3) The Size of the Curve Can Depend on Your Age

If you’ve already grown close to your full height when you develop scoliosis, your curve may not be so exaggerated. However, if there’s a lot of skeletal growth still to come, experts say there remains a greater risk of the curve progressing even further.

4) It Might be Treated, or Just Observed

In children, doctors observe the progression of scoliosis to see how far it goes. If and when the curve meets a certain angle, a brace may be put in place.

In adults, pain medication is often given as a treatment before moving on to surgery.

5) There May Be No Pain

If the curve is slight enough, you may feel no pain associated with your condition. With a larger curve, discomfort can result.

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The Perils of Sleeping With an (Enemy) Fan https://www.ratemds.com/blog/perils-sleeping-enemy-fan/ Sun, 12 Aug 2018 09:00:26 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182290 It can feel great in the moment, but all that breeze can bring sinus irritations and more. Heat waves can be amazing. You may have suffered through a long, harsh winter and all that sun and warm air is something that may help get you through the next one. If you’re living in tight quarters though, or anywhere above the second floor, without air conditioning, they can be a struggle. In fact, enduring one can actually be deadly. Here’s hoping that if you’re going through hot times, you’re in relatively good health and you can access a break and some

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It can feel great in the moment, but all that breeze can bring sinus irritations and more.

Heat waves can be amazing. You may have suffered through a long, harsh winter and all that sun and warm air is something that may help get you through the next one.

If you’re living in tight quarters though, or anywhere above the second floor, without air conditioning, they can be a struggle. In fact, enduring one can actually be deadly.

Here’s hoping that if you’re going through hot times, you’re in relatively good health and you can access a break and some cool air at work or someplace like the mall, in the evenings. And that you have a quality fan.

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Getting a good night’s sleep can be next to impossible without one, in July. These machines do, however, come with some drawbacks. What are they?

Simple irritations like dry skin, can surface. With all that air passing over your skin for hours, it can happen. You also may find that pollen and dust are being stirred up in your environment, when you use one.

Find you’re sneezing? It could be allergies, not a cold. However, since exposing yourself to a fan overnight can also dry out your sinuses, you may be more prone to catching an infection.

But at least you’re getting some rest. I’d go for dry nasal passages any day, over a foggy brain caused by restless tossing and turning. Your choice!

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How to Donate Breast Milk in America https://www.ratemds.com/blog/how-to-donate-breast-milk-in-america/ Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:00:02 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182425 Once you qualify, it’s an easy way to potentially save a life. Breastfeeding is a great way to feed your baby. But not all mothers find it easy to do. Many women don’t produce enough milk to satisfy their child, and some don’t produce any at all. Why this happens is complex, but the result is simple: it leaves parents seeking out alternatives, and quickly. Most will turn to formula as answer, (which is just fine). Others may want another option, and this is where donated milk comes in. If you’re a lactating woman producing more milk than you need,

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Once you qualify, it’s an easy way to potentially save a life.

Breastfeeding is a great way to feed your baby. But not all mothers find it easy to do. Many women don’t produce enough milk to satisfy their child, and some don’t produce any at all.

Why this happens is complex, but the result is simple: it leaves parents seeking out alternatives, and quickly.

Most will turn to formula as answer, (which is just fine). Others may want another option, and this is where donated milk comes in.

If you’re a lactating woman producing more milk than you need, you may wish to donate it. When it comes to premature babies in hospital settings, you could be saving a life. Preemies are prone to infections and illnesses that can occur more often when they’re fed formula. Human breast milk helps to line their digestive tract with good bacteria, to ward off problems.

Here’s how to share your milk:

1) Pump Your Excess Milk

If you’re over producing, you’re likely already doing this. Don’t throw that liquid gold down the drain!

You can order freezer bags to store it all, online. Remember to check the temperature of your freezer. As a general rule of thumb, you can often store frozen milk safely in a deep freezer for about twice as long as you can in a fridge-freezer.

2) Freeze It

This seems straightforward, but it can get tricky. You need to have enough room to store your milk before a service can pick it up for you. You may have to consider buying a deep freezer if you don’t already have one.

3) Find a Milk Bank

Milk banks take donated milk and give it to babies in need. Many times, they are located in neonatal intensive care units in hospitals.

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America, and the National Milk Bank are great places to start. If they aren’t in your area, there could be an informal donation system to be found online. Just ensure it’s reputable and following common guidelines.

4) Verify That You Qualify

Do you qualify as a donor? There is a list of criteria to meet for milk banks. Check yours of choice and see if you fit.

5) Sign Up and Donate

 That’s it! Once you’ve signed up, a representative will visit your home to help you label your milk and gather it. Job well done!

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The Milkie’s Milk-Saver: Does It Really Work? https://www.ratemds.com/blog/milkies-milk-saver-really-work/ Mon, 06 Aug 2018 09:05:10 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182175 When a new baby arrives, anything that can make life easier is welcome. From free pampers, to soup from the neighbors and baby clothes galore from friends, coworkers and family, every little bit counts. And that’s exactly what the inventors of the Milkies Milk-Saver seemed to have in mind. The Milk- Saver is an invention that helps you save every last drop of breast milk, if you’re breastfeeding. While you nurse on one side, your Milkies rubber pouch attaches onto the other breast by slipping in your bra and catching any milk that may be leaking out. It’s an award-winning

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When a new baby arrives, anything that can make life easier is welcome.

From free pampers, to soup from the neighbors and baby clothes galore from friends, coworkers and family, every little bit counts.

And that’s exactly what the inventors of the Milkies Milk-Saver seemed to have in mind. The Milk- Saver is an invention that helps you save every last drop of breast milk, if you’re breastfeeding.

While you nurse on one side, your Milkies rubber pouch attaches onto the other breast by slipping in your bra and catching any milk that may be leaking out.

It’s an award-winning product, with recognition from numerous sources. But does it really work?

Here’s the deal. I’ve tried one and speak from experience.

I’ve used nipple shields, breast pumps, nursing t-shirts and donut pillows. The Milk Saver is definitely another potentially very useful breastfeeding product. I say potentially because here’s the catch: it’s something that moms who leak a lot of milk will benefit from. If you don’t leak, however, you likely won’t need one.

Related: How to Best Protect Your Baby From the Sun

Why? You’ll have no milk to collect. Breastfeeding can be an unexpectedly complex task, with problems that are seemingly as numerous as the women participating in the activity.

So, if you soak your shirt on one side with voluptuous mom-dairy when you feed your child on the other, this product is for you. In fact, the Milk Saver can collect up to 2 ounces (!) of dripping, leaking milk.

On the other hand, if you’re engorged but that milk stays under lock and key without a powerful suck to draw it out, or if you feel you produce the minimum amount of milk required and nothing more, your Milkies product will remain high and dry.

Some added comments: a few women have reported that the product is too big to sit discreetly under their shirt in public. To that I say, let’s face it: nursing is never really discreet, is it? Always acceptable in my books, but never entirely unnoticeable.

What’s another bump.

And some moms absolutely love their Milkies. Women have reported in reviews that this product works wonders for them.

They can save time and resources by storing the excess milk in the freezer for another time, or in the fridge.

To check out the product for yourself and see what you think, click here and here.

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Senior and Driving? Your Health Can Take a Dive When You Stop https://www.ratemds.com/blog/senior-and-driving-your-health-can-take-a-dive-when-you-stop/ Sun, 05 Aug 2018 09:00:59 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182253 A reduced social circle and fewer opportunities to participate in activities is at the root of the problem. As you grow older, getting help with daily tasks can be handy. Keeping your independence is also valuable, however. This could mean continuing to live on your own, making your own meals or being able to travel abroad when and where you like. For some, it simply comes down to being able to drive around town. It’s true that some seniors develop physical and mental conditions that make this impossible. If you can hold onto your license and your car, though, it

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A reduced social circle and fewer opportunities to participate in activities is at the root of the problem.

As you grow older, getting help with daily tasks can be handy. Keeping your independence is also valuable, however. This could mean continuing to live on your own, making your own meals or being able to travel abroad when and where you like.

For some, it simply comes down to being able to drive around town.

It’s true that some seniors develop physical and mental conditions that make this impossible. If you can hold onto your license and your car, though, it could be a benefit to your overall health.

Why? A study done by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that seniors who stop driving are at a much greater risk of developing depression. In fact, the risk doubles.

Cognitive abilities can also take a beating as well as certain physical functions.

Related: This Simple Portable Handle Makes it Easy for You to Get In and Out of Your Car

To complete the study, researchers reviewed and analyzed quantitative health-related data for drivers aged 55 and older from 16 studies. They compared the results with data collected from current drivers.

It was found that when someone stops driving, their social circle is reduced by about 50%. Women seemed to suffer more than men, in this category.

Former drivers were also nearly five times as likely to be admitted to a nursing home, assisted living community, or retirement home, compared with those who still drove.

“As older ex-drivers begin substituting outside activities with indoor activities around the home, these activities may not be as beneficial to physical functioning as working or volunteering on the outside,” said Thelma Mielenz, PhD, assistant professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School and co-author of the study.

“When time comes to stop driving, it is important to make personalized plans to maintain mobility and social functions.”

For tips on finding tools that can make driving safer for seniors, and elongate your time on the road, click here.

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Do Face Masks Really Help Against Pollution? https://www.ratemds.com/blog/face-masks-really-help-pollution/ Sat, 04 Aug 2018 09:00:54 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182157 While they’re a common sight in the city, especially in Asian metropolitans, new research has found that face masks used to filter pollution particles aren’t as effective as we think. Conducted by an international team of researchers from Heriot-Watt and the Institute of Occupational Medicine in the U.K., their study tested a selection of masks in Beijing, and how they combat pollution. The team tested nine types of filer masks, which all claimed they’d protect wearers from fine particle pollution, which is the product of vehicle exhausts, fuel combustion, and power plants. The tiny particles measure 2.5 micrometers or smaller,

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While they’re a common sight in the city, especially in Asian metropolitans, new research has found that face masks used to filter pollution particles aren’t as effective as we think.

Conducted by an international team of researchers from Heriot-Watt and the Institute of Occupational Medicine in the U.K., their study tested a selection of masks in Beijing, and how they combat pollution.

The team tested nine types of filer masks, which all claimed they’d protect wearers from fine particle pollution, which is the product of vehicle exhausts, fuel combustion, and power plants. The tiny particles measure 2.5 micrometers or smaller, which, when inhaled, are small enough to be deposited in the lungs. By comparison, a human hair is between 50 and 70 micrometers thick.

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After various types of tests, the results showed the masks varied in their effectiveness. Depending on the material used for the mask, the average particle and carbon penetration ranged widely from 0.26 per cent to 29 per cent.

While the participants performed active tasks with the masks on – inciting heavier breathing – the average leakage rose to between seven percent to 66 percent.

“Only one mask had an average leakage below 10 per cent on both active and sedentary tests,” says lead researcher John Professor Cherrie.

Related: How Kids are Being Exposed to High Pollution Levels at School

And though retail masks must be certified to meet local or international standards, these results suggest otherwise: the masks in today’s market may not provide the protection buyers believe they’re paying for.

“If it’s important for you to protect yourself or your family with masks, choose the best one you can and look for one marketed to workplaces. Don’t opt for the cheapest option, choose the one that’s most likely to do the best job,” adds Professor Cherrie.

The rest of the study results can be found online in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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4 Healthy Summertime Kebab Recipes https://www.ratemds.com/blog/4-healthy-summertime-kebab-recipes/ Wed, 01 Aug 2018 09:00:58 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182128 From fish skewers to Brussels sprout sticks, here are four summertime kebab recipes that are worth risking a sunburn for. Seafood Skewers with Croutons and Orange The recipe: Seafood Skewers with Croutons and Orange Pick your favourite fish, skewer it, toss it on the grill, and you’re set for a delicious summertime meal. Ingredients: Skinless fish fillets or steaks, Italian bread, olive oil, salt, black pepper, oranges Calories: 687 Chicken Skewers With Italian Sausage and Lemon Wedges The recipe: Chicken Skewers With Italian Sausage and Lemon Wedges Don’t you agree that chicken thighs were just made for the grill? You don’t? This recipe with sweet

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From fish skewers to Brussels sprout sticks, here are four summertime kebab recipes that are worth risking a sunburn for.

Seafood Skewers with Croutons and Orange

The recipe: Seafood Skewers with Croutons and Orange

Pick your favourite fish, skewer it, toss it on the grill, and you’re set for a delicious summertime meal.

Ingredients: Skinless fish fillets or steaks, Italian bread, olive oil, salt, black pepper, oranges

Calories: 687


Chicken Skewers With Italian Sausage and Lemon Wedges

The recipe: Chicken Skewers With Italian Sausage and Lemon Wedges

Don’t you agree that chicken thighs were just made for the grill?

You don’t? This recipe with sweet or spicy Italian sausage will change your mind. And if it doesn’t, who asked you anyway?

Ingredients: Skinless chicken thighs, olive oil, salt, black pepper, Italian sausage, lemon

Calories: 338


Brussels Sprout Skewers With Green Olive Dipping Sauce

The recipe: Brussels Sprout Skewers With Green Olive Dipping Sauce

Brussels sprouts are probably the last thing that comes to mind when you fire up the grill for a summertime BBQ. Skewering and grilling these underrated cruciferous veggies adds a distinct smoky flavour that builds your grilling repertoire.

Ingredients: Brussels sprouts, olive oil, fresh parsley, fresh lime juice, garlic, green olives, salt

Calories: 143


Melon and Prosciutto Skewers

The recipe: Melon and Prosciutto Skewers

Full disclosure: these kebabs aren’t grilled. But they’re still fantastic for light picnics and light snacks during those summer nights on the patio.

Ingredients: cantaloupe cubes, honeydew melon cubes, prosciutto, white balsamic vinegar, black pepper

Calories: 54

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