RateMDs Health News https://www.ratemds.com/blog Doctors You Can Trust Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:00:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Why Sliding on ‘Dangerous’ Ice Outside is Good for Kids (If Not Essential) https://www.ratemds.com/blog/why-sliding-on-dangerous-ice-outside-is-good-for-kids-if-not-essential/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:00:02 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=184234 Finding a great patch to zoom over- and do it with success- used to be a right of passage on the playground. But not anymore. If you find yourself in the depths of winter with snow out the window right now, you may find things have changed. In some areas, long gone are the days when kids could glide around freely  on patches of ice at recess or throw snowballs in a friendly winter fight. I guess there must have been too many cases of broken bones and damaged eyes and faces over the years. (If you’re the parent of

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Finding a great patch to zoom over- and do it with success- used to be a right of passage on the playground. But not anymore.

If you find yourself in the depths of winter with snow out the window right now, you may find things have changed. In some areas, long gone are the days when kids could glide around freely  on patches of ice at recess or throw snowballs in a friendly winter fight.

I guess there must have been too many cases of broken bones and damaged eyes and faces over the years. (If you’re the parent of a child or victim of a tragic winter recess accident though, we apologize. This post isn’t meant to make small of what happened to you!)  

Now, at least at schools around here, kids aren’t allowed to engage in any of these activities during school time.

Have parents and educators become too wary of ‘dangerous situations’?

I think there’s a delicate balance to be met. A friend of mine had a relative who posted a Christmas memory this year on Facebook. In it one of their sons, about 2 years old then, had a cast on his foot. Why? Because that was the year he sliced his foot with an ax, my friend told me.

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Yes, this seems a bit risky for my taste. There’s an appropriate age to teach your kid to use an ax-if you want to- and 2 or 3 years old isn’t it in my books. But we all have varying levels of tolerance.

When it comes to ice and snow at recess, I would venture to argue that schools have now gone too far. Kids SHOULD slide on ice. In fact, it should be encouraged. They learn how to deal with it that way. Gliding is a great way to learn about balance and it gets out all those winter willies that accumulate while the kids sit inside for too long.

Throwing snow? Sure, ice in your eye isn’t a great thing. But if you allow a friendly snow ball fight in your own backyard, it should be fair game on the playground. Fine motor skills are honed this way, and children learn about having some simple fun with the gifts of nature.

These things are priceless. It’s time to let down the barriers we adults create that stop our kids from learning about “the real world”. I have a theory that sliding on ice and snowballs has been banned simply because this makes life easier for the adults. Fewer injuries makes the day that much easier to handle.

But here’s the thing: life ISN’T easy. It’s about taking risks, suffering the consequences and learning from them. And having fun. And sometimes all of that isn’t really convenient for everyone.

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Does Aromatherapy Really Work? https://www.ratemds.com/blog/aromatherapy-really-work/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:00:02 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=184224 Some smell really nice and others are good for your mind. But that’s it. It seems so easy: light the right candle, dabble in your favorite essential oil and just breathe. If you do it often enough, your health troubles will simply wash away. Yes? It’s a tempting idea to consider that exposing yourself to positive smells will heal you. While there’s evidence around to prove that these lovelies do actually do some good, they aren’t not the be-all-end-all cure, however. Where does aromatherapy miss the mark? A study done at Ohio State University done back in 2008 showed that it failed to

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Some smell really nice and others are good for your mind. But that’s it.

It seems so easy: light the right candle, dabble in your favorite essential oil and just breathe. If you do it often enough, your health troubles will simply wash away. Yes?

It’s a tempting idea to consider that exposing yourself to positive smells will heal you. While there’s evidence around to prove that these lovelies do actually do some good, they aren’t not the be-all-end-all cure, however.

Where does aromatherapy miss the mark? A study done at Ohio State University done back in 2008 showed that it failed to improve participants’ immune systems. The practice also didn’t do much to blunt most patients’ sense of pain.   

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There are some benefits, though. When it comes to your thinking, the scent of rosemary, specifically, has been found to improve cognitive performance.

And if you can get yourself into an aromatherapy massage set to soothing music, you’ll likely see your stress levels drop, (surprise surprise), as they did for these nurses in Australia. Whether it was the massage, the music or the scents that do it however, is up for grabs. (Maybe it’s just the extra 15 minutes off from work!)  

Which scents are the most popular right now? It’s hard to say, but this company has over 12,000 reviews on Amazon selling a multi pack that includes lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, lemongrass, orange, peppermint, frankincense and rosemary oils. Get ‘em while they’re hot.

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Exercise Tips for Your Age https://www.ratemds.com/blog/exercise-tips-age/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:00:32 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=184195 Consistent physical activity throughout your life is necessary to maintain strength, keep free of aches and pains, and reduce the risks of long-term ailments. But the limitations on your body will change as you age. Here are some exercise tips and the best activities you can do, no matter what age bracket you fall into. In your teens and 20s This is the time when you’re at your peak physical condition, so your workout habits should be well established, and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Fitness experts suggest those workout habit foundations should be laid now, combining both aerobic

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Consistent physical activity throughout your life is necessary to maintain strength, keep free of aches and pains, and reduce the risks of long-term ailments.

But the limitations on your body will change as you age. Here are some exercise tips and the best activities you can do, no matter what age bracket you fall into.

In your teens and 20s

This is the time when you’re at your peak physical condition, so your workout habits should be well established, and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.

Fitness experts suggest those workout habit foundations should be laid now, combining both aerobic exercise and strength training; the latter isn’t typically prioritized enough at this crucial age.

So, take up weight-training, and other aerobic exercises like running or hiking, at least two days a week.

Your 30s and 40s

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“For men and women, the 30s and 40s can be major career years,” says Lisa Westlake, a physiotherapist in Australia. “This means they may be busy at work and spending hours at the desk in poor posture.”

High-intensity interval training is a great option when you’re low on time and spend most of your days sitting. It increases fat burning, builds endurance, lowers blood sugar, and more.

Many report back pain creeping up on them as they approach their 40s, which can be addressed by strengthening your core with exercises like pilates or planks.

Your 50s and 60s

You’re at an even greater risk of aches and chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease at this age.

Julie Broderick of Trinity College Dublin recommends ballroom dancing and brisk walking to stay active. (Dancing doubles as a way to keep social and preserve good cognitive function.)

Older adults are also vulnerable to falls, so working on your balance and flexibility would be a wise choice; try low impact activities like tai chi and water aerobics.

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This Canadian Man Was Inspired to Lose Hundreds of Pounds When Fleeing a Life-Threatening Wildfire https://www.ratemds.com/blog/this-canadian-man-was-inspired-to-lose-hundreds-of-pounds-when-fleeing-a-life-threatening-wildfire/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:00:02 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=184228 He took up so much space in the evacuation vehicles, he couldn’t forget it. Looking for inspiration to lose some extra weight? Try running from a deadly wildfire to get where you’re going. Tony Bussey from Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada did just that. Forced to evacuate his northern town when a devastating wildfire hit back in 2016, Bussey says he finally confronted some of the consequences his size brought with it, when he needed to take up two seats on the bus and plane used to evacuate employees from his place of employment at Suncor Energy’s oilsands plant. “That

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He took up so much space in the evacuation vehicles, he couldn’t forget it.

Looking for inspiration to lose some extra weight? Try running from a deadly wildfire to get where you’re going.

Tony Bussey from Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada did just that. Forced to evacuate his northern town when a devastating wildfire hit back in 2016, Bussey says he finally confronted some of the consequences his size brought with it, when he needed to take up two seats on the bus and plane used to evacuate employees from his place of employment at Suncor Energy’s oilsands plant.

“That had a profound effect on me. It was everything. It was enough. That was it for me,” he told GlobalNews.ca. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it the whole way down to Edmonton. I had to change from then on.”

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Upwards of 90,000 people were forced to flee the area at the time, in a fire that rivaled California’s recent scourge. Since the living nightmare, Bussey has committed to his new vision, and lost more than 300 lbs.

“If I can do it at the age of 41 and almost 600 pounds and lose this weight naturally, then anybody can,” he said.

What were his tactics? The survivor says he cut out all junk food. He also eliminated processed sugar and soft drinks, of which he used to drink up to 12 cans a day. Now, he says, his treats involve traveling.

For more on his amazing story, click here.  

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Keeping Active: All the Staff at This Restaurant Had Dementia https://www.ratemds.com/blog/keeping-active-staff-restaurant-dementia/ Sun, 10 Feb 2019 09:00:44 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=184221 It was only open for 5 weeks last December, but still, it was impressive. Named The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, this establishment placed in an old fire hall. It was  staffed entirely with people suffering from dementia, and filmed for TV in Britain. The aim was simple. “We want employers to realise that just because someone has been diagnosed with dementia, it doesn’t mean they can’t work,” Dr. Zoe Wyrko, a consultant geriatrician and associate medical director at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, told the Daily Mail. The forgetful crew was directed by award-winning chef Josh Eggleton. All were in the

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It was only open for 5 weeks last December, but still, it was impressive. Named The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, this establishment placed in an old fire hall. It was  staffed entirely with people suffering from dementia, and filmed for TV in Britain.

The aim was simple. “We want employers to realise that just because someone has been diagnosed with dementia, it doesn’t mean they can’t work,” Dr. Zoe Wyrko, a consultant geriatrician and associate medical director at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, told the Daily Mail.

The forgetful crew was directed by award-winning chef Josh Eggleton. All were in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. Many staff members were in their 50s and 60s, and some had lost the ability to read and write, but could chat up a storm and had some remaining short term memory.

Others were good with a pen and paper, which proved to be a well-used tool.

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Why try such a difficult project? As stated, the goal of the event was to challenge the bias that can exist around dementia. It’s a common belief that once you’re diagnosed with the disease, you’re no longer capable of being a valuable contributor to society.

“A huge part of this involves people with dementia being empowered to live the life they want in their community,” said Jeremy Hughes, chief executive at the Alzheimer’s Society in England.

A restaurant with forgetful staff isn’t up your alley? Try something else. You can always visit the entire village inhabited by people with dementia. Complete with a a security system designed to keep the community safe, it’s sure to please.

 

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Consumer Alert: Avoid “Radanoff”, a Fake Vodka on Sale in the UK That Can Blind or Kill You https://www.ratemds.com/blog/consumer-alert-avoid-radanoff-a-fake-vodka-on-sale-in-the-uk-that-can-blind-or-kill-you/ Sat, 09 Feb 2019 09:00:22 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=184161 Looking to save money but still have a good time? Think twice about buying illegal alcohol, especially when abroad. If you’re traveling to the UK and think you may have a few late nights out with friends, vodka could be on the table. But you may want to think twice about downing that shot, as it could save your wallet but ruin your life. Literally. A brand called “Radanoff” is selling vodka that can reportedly cause “blindness or death”. Sound far-fetched? Here’s the story. Apparently this brew contains industrial alcohol and authorities in Yorkshire’s city of Hull claim the bottles

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Looking to save money but still have a good time? Think twice about buying illegal alcohol, especially when abroad.

If you’re traveling to the UK and think you may have a few late nights out with friends, vodka could be on the table. But you may want to think twice about downing that shot, as it could save your wallet but ruin your life. Literally. A brand called “Radanoff” is selling vodka that can reportedly cause “blindness or death”.

Sound far-fetched? Here’s the story.

Apparently this brew contains industrial alcohol and authorities in Yorkshire’s city of Hull claim the bottles on the shelf don’t have a custom duty stamp. Furthermore, the barcode on the bottles doesn’t link to an actual product. This means it’s being sold outside of regular trade.

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Yes, this may not be an indicator that the contents in the bottle are actually really deadly, but it’s fishy business nonetheless. Selling fake alcohol is a form of fraud that’s said to cost the UK about £1bn every year. It also harms the companies selling the stuff the legal way by undercutting their business.

Authorities in the UK admit they have yet to test all the shady alcohol to see what’s really behind the label. But keep this in mind: if someone wants to make a living out of secretly selling you an illegal product, they probably don’t have your best health interests in mind. If the vodka is ridiculously cheap, it’s probably too good (or too bad) to be true.

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How Long Do You Need to Hold the Plank for a Flat Stomach? https://www.ratemds.com/blog/long-need-hold-plank-flat-stomach/ Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:00:34 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=184297 The six-pack of your dreams is only a plank or two away. You probably know all about the plank and its effectiveness in flattening tummies, but how long the position should be held is usually unclear. To get the best benefits of planking, holding three planks for 60 seconds a piece is ideal, according to Doug Sklar, a certified personal trainer and founder of PhilanthroFIT in New York City. But if you’re inexperienced with the move, don’t take risks in the name of a slim waistline. ‘It’s OK to start with shorter sets and work up to 60 seconds,’ Sklar

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The six-pack of your dreams is only a plank or two away.

You probably know all about the plank and its effectiveness in flattening tummies, but how long the position should be held is usually unclear.

To get the best benefits of planking, holding three planks for 60 seconds a piece is ideal, according to Doug Sklar, a certified personal trainer and founder of PhilanthroFIT in New York City.

But if you’re inexperienced with the move, don’t take risks in the name of a slim waistline.

‘It’s OK to start with shorter sets and work up to 60 seconds,’ Sklar told Women’s Health.

‘Forcing yourself to hold a plank for an excessive amount of time can put a lot of strain on your lower back. As fatigue sets in, the lower back may start to arch. This is where you put yourself at risk for injury.’

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Start slow; hold the plank for 10 seconds, relax for five to 10 seconds, then re-engage for another 10 seconds. Then repeat each set three to six times.

Shorter planking periods can still amount to a solid workout, so don’t worry that you’re wasting time:

‘You receive very similar strengthening benefits because you are engaging your muscles for the same amount of total time as if you just held the plank for 30 to 60 seconds without stopping,’ said Sklar.

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If a one-minute plank is too easy, up the ante by contacting your abs, as well as squeezing your glutes and quads.

And don’t forget to mind your form – the benefits of planking can only be reaped by your entire body if you’re maintaining correct form.

‘Keeping perfect form is goal—only do it as long as you can keep this,’ Albert Matheny, R.D., C.S.C.S., co-founder of SoHo Strength Lab, told Women’s Health.

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Man Saves Woman’s Life with Something He Learned From The Office https://www.ratemds.com/blog/man-saves-womans-life-something-learned-office/ Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:00:30 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=184295 A woman’s life was saved by an Arizona man using CPR techniques he picked up from the hit television show The Office. If you think TV is a waste of time, according to the Arizona Daily Star, 21-year-old auto technician Cross Scott was test-driving a car when he saw an unconscious woman in a stalled vehicle on the side of a Tucson road. She wasn’t breathing when he found her and was without a phone, and after flagging passing drivers for help, he broke the car window and started to perform CPR. “I’ve never prepared myself for CPR in my

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A woman’s life was saved by an Arizona man using CPR techniques he picked up from the hit television show The Office.

If you think TV is a waste of time, according to the Arizona Daily Star, 21-year-old auto technician Cross Scott was test-driving a car when he saw an unconscious woman in a stalled vehicle on the side of a Tucson road. She wasn’t breathing when he found her and was without a phone, and after flagging passing drivers for help, he broke the car window and started to perform CPR.

“I’ve never prepared myself for CPR in my life,” Scott told the paper. “I had no idea what I was doing.”

Luckily, Scott is a big The Office fan, and used what he remembered from Season 5, episode 14 (“Stress Relief,”), where Stanley has a heart attack, prompting boss Michael Scott to subject the staff to CPR training:

Scott (Cross, not Michael) thankfully remembered the most crucial parts from the scene, which is more of an example of what not to do. The one thing it did get right was using that song as a meter – the right tempo for chest compressions.

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He actually sang the song out loud to stay on tempo. After a minute or so, the woman took a breath and threw up.

When paramedics arrived to transport the woman to the hospital, they told Scott his CPR compressions likely saved her life. All in a day’s work at Dunder Mifflin.

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Schools Are Closing in Multiple States as the Flu Season Ramps Up https://www.ratemds.com/blog/schools-closing-multiple-states-flu-season-ramps/ Thu, 07 Feb 2019 09:00:24 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=184279 There’s still time to get your vaccine, and it reduces your chances of being hospitalized by almost half. The flu season is proving to take a toll this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 22 children have died from flu-related causes this year already. In an effort to curb the transmission of more cases, CNN reports that public and private schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Louisiana and West Virginia have closed for at least one day or

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There’s still time to get your vaccine, and it reduces your chances of being hospitalized by almost half.

The flu season is proving to take a toll this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 22 children have died from flu-related causes this year already.

In an effort to curb the transmission of more cases, CNN reports that public and private schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Louisiana and West Virginia have closed for at least one day or longer because of the flu.

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What strains are in circulation? Influenza B and A are both in action, which is normal. Under these umbrellas you can find H1N1 as well as H3 viruses, which are known to cause more severe damage.

Last year’s vaccine was about 40% effective, and this year’s could be about the same. Experts are unable to attain a 100% efficacy rate, as it’s a bit of a guessing game when it comes to predicting which flu strains will be the most dominant in any given flu season, at the beginning of the season.

Still, 40% is pretty good. It means that if you’re vaccinated for the flu, you will be 40% less likely to seek out medical care, should you fall ill.

And basically, you’re 40% less apt to die from it, which is great news.

Check out the CDC’s online flu finder to locate the flu shot near you.

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The Planetary Diet: Saving Lives and the Earth https://www.ratemds.com/blog/planetary-diet-saving-lives-earth/ Thu, 07 Feb 2019 09:00:07 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=184214 In a new report last week, a global commission of experts say eating less meat and sugar, and more fruits and veggies, is the path to saving yourself and the planet. The report finds that if everyone on the planet switched to a diet 50 per cent lower in red meat and sugar than an average western diet, combined with more fruits and veggies to substitute, roughly 11 million fewer people would die prematurely every year. Not only would the change in diet help people, but the planet, too. By pushing agriculture over to more sustainable models that would reduce

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In a new report last week, a global commission of experts say eating less meat and sugar, and more fruits and veggies, is the path to saving yourself and the planet.

The report finds that if everyone on the planet switched to a diet 50 per cent lower in red meat and sugar than an average western diet, combined with more fruits and veggies to substitute, roughly 11 million fewer people would die prematurely every year.

Not only would the change in diet help people, but the planet, too. By pushing agriculture over to more sustainable models that would reduce pollution and global warming that affects climate change, the earth would be much better off.

“Current diets are pushing the Earth beyond its planetary boundaries, while causing ill health. This puts both people and the planet at risk,” the commission said in a statement.

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The commission is made up of 37 nutrition, agriculture, economics, and health experts, who’ve studied these issues for three years.

“The world’s diets must change dramatically,” Dr. Walter Willett, a Harvard University nutrition expert who was part of the commission, said in a statement.

“To be healthy, diets must have an appropriate calorie intake and consist of a variety of plant-based foods, low amounts of animal-based foods, unsaturated rather than saturated fats, and few refined grains, highly processed foods, and added sugars. The food group intake ranges that we suggest allow flexibility to accommodate various food types, agricultural systems, cultural traditions, and individual dietary preferences — including numerous omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan diets.”

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The planetary diet was broken down by the commission, showing the specific of the diet which would provide optimal calories and nutrients based on 2,500 calories per day.

“This is similar to most dietary recommendations,” Willett told reporters.

To give you an idea of the diet;s makeup, it would include up to about one glass a day of fat-free milk, two servings of fish a week, and about two small servings of red meat each week.

“The food we eat and how we produce it determines the health of people and the planet, and we are currently getting this seriously wrong,” explains Tim Lang, a professor of food policy at City University of London, who was one of the commission members.

“We really need to shift towards producing healthy foods not only for humans but for the planet, also,” said Jessica Fanzo, a bioethicist at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, another commission member.

“We need massive cooperation to really address the situation that we are in currently,” she said.

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