Review Category : Health

Who’s at Higher Risk of Stroke?

stockdevil/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — First, the good news: deaths from strokes have declined significantly in recent decades.

The bad news? Stroke was still the fourth leading cause of death in 2010-2012, the fifth in 2013.

Different socio-demographic variables — age, race, ethnicity, income, even zip code – can play a big part in your risk of dying from stroke, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers looked at demographic and stroke data from 2010 to 2013.

Non-Hispanic blacks had the highest stroke death rates, and a greater portion of their strokes occurred at younger ages between 45 and 64 years old. Higher stroke mortality went along with living in counties with lower median income, and in more rural counties.

Especially in the “Stroke Belt,” the southeastern United States, Non-Hispanic whites and Non-Hispanic blacks tended to have higher risk of dying from stroke.

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Diabetes Control May Affect Brian Functions, Study Says

AndreyPopov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Diabetes control isn’t just important for the body – it affects your brain.

Researchers compared 35 patients with type 2 diabetes and 31 non-diabetic participants; all about 66 years old, all cognitively normal at the start, according to a report published in the journal Neurology.

After two years, blood tests on the diabetics revealed increased levels of inflammation, while MRI scans of their brains showed less robust blood flow, and neuropsychological testing showed worse cognition.

From this, the researchers determined that diabetes may not just affect health in general – it could lead to cognitive problems.

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Can an Obstetrician’s Note Cost You Your Job?

monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The phrasing of a doctor’s note to your employer could put your job at risk.

Most American women keep working while pregnant, with more than half working full time.

But the wording of a doctor’s note — requesting medical leave or changes to work – can make a difference in your salary or even jeopardize your employment, according a recent article in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Laws protecting pregnant workers are a patchwork, and difficult to interpret.

The article’s authors offer the following tips:

  1. Only request workplace modifications if they are truly medically necessary; most healthy women won’t need them.
  2. Work accommodations requests should be specific and practical.
  3. The doctor’s letter should include the name of the condition in medical and lay language, the pregnancy-related limitation(s), and explain the medical need for accommodation because of the condition.
  4. Consider asking for modest changes in duty in a step-wise fashion, which might allow you to work for a longer period of time.

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Bo Derek Says She Hates Aging

Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD, Calif.) — Bo Derek isn’t a fan of aging and is pretty honest about it.

“I’m 58 and a half,” the former sex symbol told Entertainment Tonight earlier this week. “How do I feel? I feel like I’m aging like other people. I feel it’s not fair. I don’t mind the years, I just mind the look.”

She continued, “I miss my skin.”

Derek opened up about the aches and pains of aging, as well.

“Arthritis, injuries, my neck,” she added. “There’s a lot!”

Derek, who became a sensation in “10,” which hit theaters more than 35 years ago, also spoke about ageism in Hollywood.

“Yes, have I missed out on parts? I don’t play the parts I used to play, obviously … I’ve been a producer, I wouldn’t cast me in a lot anymore,” she said. “Then at the same time I’m guilty too, I like to look at younger faces on the screen.”

Derek will star as Tara Reid’s mother in Sharknado 3: Hell No! out on July 22 on SyFy.

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Study: Playing Tetris Could Help Prevent Traumatic Memories From Forming

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images(CAMBRIDGE, England) — In the search to help trauma victims through painful memories and flashbacks, researchers in the U.K. are investigating if a simple computer game like Tetris might be helpful.

Researchers based at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet examined subjects who had seen video footage of real traumatic events, including deadly accidents, and then had some of them play Tetris as a way to help them clear their mind of traumatic images.

The goal was to diminish “intrusive” memories associated with the trauma, researchers said, noting these memories can include paralyzing flashbacks that cannot be controlled.

In the experiment, those who played Tetris 24 hours after seeing a film containing disturbing video footage of real traumatic incidents — including a car accident and a drowning — reported fewer “intrusive” memories in the days after their first viewing.

The researchers theorized that playing the game re-configures the visual memory, as the brain focuses on both the visual game and memory of the film.

“From Marcel Proust’s example of sudden childhood recall after eating a madeleine to flashbacks depicted in war films, involuntary memory has long held fascination,” researchers said in the study, published this month in the journal Psychological Science. “The current work bridges a clinical area of public concern (trauma viewing) with animal and human neuroscience.”

The study authors admit that the study was limited since seeing a traumatic image on TV is far different from experiencing it, but theorize these early experiments may be able to be replicated in the future with people who had recently undergone traumatic experiences.

Jaine Darwin, a Massachusetts-based psychologist who specializes in trauma and crisis intervention, said the study is interesting but she remains skeptical that it could be applied to people who had survived an actual trauma.

“If you watch a horror movie, you can get scared for days,” Darwin told ABC News. “[But] you lack the smell or tactile association,” of the event.

She said in situations where people view trauma on a screen, psychologists simply recommend turning off the TV or computer to get away from trauma and protect oneself from intrusive memories.

Darwin said it’s “good solid research and an interesting hypothesis,” but that it needs much more research and proof before it becomes applicable for patients. Currently, mental health professionals will work with a patient to help them separate themselves from the event so they can view and “digest” the trauma form a safe space, she noted.

“Memory in general is malleable and it changes over time,” Darwin said. “In long-term psychotherapy, [patients] construct a new narrative.”

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Avian Flu Devastates Poultry Population

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The United States Department of Agriculture calls the recent avian flu outbreak the worst animal health emergency in U.S. history.

The outbreak has devastated the poultry population and cost states billions of dollars.

Dr. John Clifford, the Chief Veterinary Officer at the USDA, testified on Wednesday to a Senate committee.

“A few farms impacted by this disease have started the long process of repopulating poultry,” Clifford said, adding that “the impact of this unprecedented disease outbreak is still being felt throughout our industries. Trading partners have restricted U.S. poultry exports and the risk of disease reemerging in the fall is significant.”

Dr. Anne Schuchat, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said that while there has been no transmission of the disease to humans, they are prepared for that possibility. “Although there have been no recorded human cases of H-5 influenza to date, CDC is taking action to prepare and ensure that we have the system and tools in place to protect the public’s health.”

At a Capitol Hill hearing, Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst said her state has been devastated by the outbreak. “The economic impact to Iowa will be about $1 billion…very significant.”

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Clinic Shut After 5 Children Receive Wrong or Out-of-Date Vaccines

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Health authorities have shut down a New Jersey clinic after finding that five children had been given improper vaccines at the county-run facility.

Of the 22 patients treated at the “Shots for Tots” clinic between June 2014 and June 2015, five children were subjected to “medication dispensing errors,” the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders said in a statement.

All the children were younger than 5 and their families have been notified, officials said. Two of the children were given out-of-date vaccines, one child’s chart was illegible, a 1-year-old child was given a flu mist approved only for those older than 2, and a 2-year-old boy was given too much Gardisil, the county board said.

“The nature, likelihood and extent of any negative health effects, if any, are not presently known other than that the child may be at risk of neurologic damage,” county officials said of the child who received an “excess” of the Gardisil vaccine, which fights against the HPV virus to decrease the risk of cervical cancer.

All families have been notified by the health department of the errors and free medical monitoring has been offered to the families, according to Salem County Attorney Michael Mulligan.

No negative side effects have been observed in the children, according to Mulligan. The Shots for Tots clinic was in space donated by a local hospital, but was staffed and run by the Salem County Health Department.

In addition to the five children affected, at least $20,000 worth of vaccines was destroyed after they were improperly refrigerated. The clinic has been indefinitely suspended after the investigation and two of the nurses involved resigned during the county investigation.

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Are You at Higher Risk of Dying from Stroke?

Moodboard/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Socio-demographic variables such as age, race, ethnicity, income — even zip code — can affect your risk of dying from stroke, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers found that from 2010 to 2013 non-Hispanic blacks had the highest stroke death rates, and a greater portion of their strokes occurred at younger ages. More stroke deaths occurred, researchers found, in counties with lower median incomes and in more rural counties. In the southeastern U.S., non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks tended to have higher risk of dying from stroke.

Deaths from strokes have declined significantly in recent decades, but strokes remained the fourth leading cause of death from 2010 to 2012; it was the fifth-leading cause of death in 2013.

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Last of All-Girl Busby Quintuplets Joins Sisters at Home CITY, TX) — Almost three months to the day after they made history as the first-ever all-girl quintuplets born in the U.S., all five of the Busby girls are together at their home in Texas.

Ava Busby was released Monday from The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, making her the last of Adam and Danielle Busby’s daughters to go home. She joins her fellow quints – Olivia, Hazel, Parker and Riley – and older sister, 4-year-old Blayke, at the family’s League City, Texas home.

The Busby quintuplets were born via C-section at 28 weeks on April 8, 2015. All the girls were within a healthy weight range at birth but remained in the NICU because they were born as preemies and well before their June 29, 2015, due date.

The first two quints to be released from the hospital went home June 9, with the other two coming home shortly after.

Ava stayed in the hospital longer than her sisters due to reflux “episodes” but is now the second heaviest of the quints, weighing in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce, according to the family’s website,

The Busbys are now adjusting to a world of five babies at home in a three-bedroom house, which will see the likes of upwards of 50 diapers and 40 bottles per day.

Danielle Busby wrote about the change in her most recent blog post, titled “Bye Bye Sleep.”

“Some people ask ‘ How do you do it’…well the only answer I can give is…” I just do it…its got to be done”. But in all honesty, every morning I pray for energy and strength. I am reminded each and every day when I look at each baby that God gave us these precious miracles and that “I CAN DO THIS”….even if its hard,” she wrote.

Busby also provided a realistic glimpse into the family’s new, chaotic, normal, revealing the “fails” they have come to see the humor in.

“We call them ‘mom fails,’ ‘dad fails’ or ‘whoever is caring for the baby at the moment fail,'” Busby wrote. “We have had good laughs too…like when Nana changed Riley’s diaper and then forgot to put another diaper on her HAHAHA!!”

“Riley wanted to just stretch out and relax on floor after a big poop. She laid on the floor for about a hour …then Buzz went to change her diaper before the next feed and woop! no diaper on under her gown Hahahaha! We laughed!!!,” she wrote.

Adam Busby, whom the family calls “Buzz,” works outside the home and returned to work this week, his wife revealed. The change has exempted Adam from the overnight feeding shift.

“He gets the luxury to sleep after the 11pm feed to the 5am feed … only because he needs to be ‘alive’ at work the next day,” Danielle wrote. “I never thought I would be able to function so well with a total of 4-5 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period.”

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Victim Calls Former Cancer Doc ‘Monster and Master of Deceit’ — The Michigan doctor who gave patients fake cancer diagnoses so he could bilk Medicare is a “monster and a master of deceit,” one of his patients told a judge on Tuesday.

Dr. Farid Fata pleaded guilty in the fall to fraud, money laundering and conspiracy charges after scamming Medicare for millions of dollars.

Many of Fata’s former patients were left with life-long health problems from incorrect treatment.

“He’s a monster and a master of deceit,” one victim named Steve told the court via a statement. “I lost three years of my life to cancer treatments. I hate this man. Some may choose to forgive, I never can. Maybe God can.”

Fata’s sentencing continued Tuesday with victims sharing their stories. Some victims never had cancer, others were over treated and some had treatment for a different cancer than the one they were diagnosed with because it brought in more money.

The wife of the patient identified as Steve, read his statement to the court saying he would never forgive Fata for what he had done.

“It was a roller coaster physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually. I was raped by X-rays and treatments,” the patient said through his statement. “What was the amount of radiation I was given? We’ll never know.”

Another patient, named Christopher, said cancer treatment for a relatively simple case of testicular cancer left him with heart and liver damage due to chemotherapy overdose. He said his kidneys nearly failed and he had one testicle removed, even though that was medically unnecessary.

“They were appalled that I was sitting there in front of them after so many life-threatening treatments that were nearly fatal,” Christopher said of his new doctors after leaving Fata’s treatment.

All of the victims who gave testimony on Tuesday asked that Fata be given the maximum sentence of life in prison.

“I trusted him with my life. It was medical genocide,” one victim named Patricia told the court.

“I was a cash cow,” Patricia continued. “The bone marrow biopsy was torture. I had to tell my son I had terminal cancer. I don’t know how anyone could do something so horrible. You showed no mercy for me so I have no mercy for you.”

Maggie Dorsey sobbed that her treatment left her with lifelong pain and side effects.

“I trusted him,” she told the court. “I didn’t deserve to end up like this.”

In spite of the emotional testimony, Fata showed no emotion and appeared to stare at the floor instead of directly facing the victims.

Prosecutors said that more than 500 patients had received unnecessary treatment under Fata’s care before his arrest in 2013.

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