Review Category : Health

Registered Nurses Getting Sick of the Stress

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Nursing certainly has its rewards but it’s also a very demanding job. Just ask any registered nurse.

That’s just what the Vicki Milazzo Institute did in a survey called “Are You Way Too Stressed Out?”

VMI, which trains legal nurse consultants, received more than 3,300 responses back and the overall feeling of RNs is that most feel stressed and could use some much needed relief. According to the survey, more than six in 10 RNs infrequently get seven-to-eight hours of sleep per night with many having to work 12-hour shifts, often without a break.

Another downside of the job is that a majority of RNs are not properly nourished with 75 percent complaining that they don’t regularly get at least two balanced meals daily.

Meanwhile, two-thirds of RNs report that they find it difficult to actually relax and enjoy other activities when they’re off the clock.

The VMI survey also suggests that RNs often feel they’re taken for granted. One in four says they have virtually no authority while half would like more of it. One other gripe: a third of RNs say they’re neither respected nor appreciated for the work they do.

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Languages Filled with More Positive than Negative Words

iStock/Thinktock(BURLINGTON, Vt.) — As much as we complain about everything under the sun, the people of the world may actually be more optimistic than we give ourselves credit for.

At least a University of Vermont study on human languages suggests that.

Lead author Peter Sheridan Dodds and his colleagues collected 10,000 of the most-used words from 10 languages to assess how natives viewed these words either positively or negatively. The words were ranked from one to nine with one being the most negative and nine the most positive.

For instance, “kill” would rate about a one while “love” with be closer to nine.

After all the results were in, Sheridan Dodds discovered that more words than not were seen in a positive light in all 10 languages.

As for which languages leaned more to the positive side, the top two were Mexican-Spanish and Brazilian-Portuguese.

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Thinking Is a Real Pain for Some

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Here’s something to think about: many of us don’t like to spend time thinking.

That’s the conclusion of a new University of Virginia study, which revealed that a lot of folks would prefer to be a given a mild electric shock rather than sit and do nothing.

In the experiment, subjects were left alone in a room and told they could sit quietly without any distractions to amuse themselves or shock themselves with a nine volt battery even though the sensation was not pleasant.

As it happened, two-thirds of the men and about a fourth of the women shocked themselves at least once and up to four times.

What this means essentially, according to the UVa researchers, is that many people would pick negative stimulation than no activity at all.

It seems to fall in line with a previous U.S. Labor Department study in which more than eight in 10 Americans claim that they don’t spend any part of the day to devote themselves to thinking.

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Americans Have a Hard Time Identifying Stinging Insects

Photodisc/Thinkstock(JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md.) — Raise your hand if you were ever stung by a flying insect.

A lot of people can admit to that but as a new study shows, many aren’t able to identify just what kind of bug stung them.

Scientists at the Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland decided to conduct an experiment to test people’s knowledge about stinging insects.

The 640 participants from four areas of the country, most of whom had been stung at least once in their lives, were asked multiple choice questions by being shown pictures of four stinging insects — honey bees, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps — and two different nests.

Only two in 10 got all the questions right with half answering three of six questions correctly. About 10 percent answered them all wrong.

Although the experiment might not have seemed all that important, study author Dr. Troy Baker contends it’s crucial that people become better educated about stinging insects because doctors need accurate information to treat severe allergic reactions.

Learning about stinging insects is as easy as looking it up in a book or more conveniently, the Internet.

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Does Twitter Wreck Relationships?

iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBIA, Mo.) — Social media is intended to bring people in the virtual world closer together but for some reason, it’s creating havoc with real life relationships.

University of Missouri doctoral researcher Russell Clayton studied what effects Twitter has on marriages and other relationships and argues that “active Twitter use leads to greater amounts of Twitter-related conflict among romantic partners, which in turn leads to infidelity, breakup, and divorce.”

It’s probably not what Twitter’s creators had in mind when they started the service eight years ago.

Clayton polled 581 Twitter users to ask about their habits on the site and what conflicts arose from using it. Generally, the heavier the use, the greater the likelihood of problems with a significant other.

This is pretty much the same finding Clayton reached when he published a study on Facebook last year, saying, “Twitter and Facebook use can have damaging effects on romantic relationships. That is, when [social networking] use becomes problematic in one’s romantic relationship, risk of negative relationship outcomes may follow.”

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Runaway Bounce Houses Show Dangers of Inflatables

iStock/Thinkstock(SPARKS, Nev.) — An runaway inflatable slide injured three people during an Independence Day celebration in Sparks, Nev., after wind pulled the slide from its tethers just as the final safety checks were being conducted.

The slide — which rose 300 feet in the air and knocked down lamp posts — is just the latest inflatable to cause injuries after being ripped from the ground by high winds.

In May a flyaway inflatable bounce house led to two children being hospitalized after they became trapped when the house became unmoored and rolled across a park. Earlier this year another bounce house went airborne with children inside.

A study released in 2012 in the journal Pediatrics found that the number of children injured in bounce houses had doubled from 2008 to 2010, when 11,300 kids were injured. That number is also 16 times the number of kids injured in 1995. The majority of those injured had broken bones followed by bumps and bruises and concussions.

That “equals a child every 46 minutes nationally,” wrote the authors from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. “This epidemic increase highlights the urgency of addressing the prevention of inflatable bouncer-related injuries among children.”

Dr. Gary Smith, a pediatrician and president of Child Injury Prevention Alliance, worked on the 2012 study and said he believes that the increase in injuries was due to a sudden increase in popularity for the inflatables. Smith also said he expects the inflatables have only continued to increase in popularity since the study was published.

“That’s an epidemic by any definition,” Smith told ABC News. “If this was an infectious disease it would be on the front page of every newspaper in the country.”

Smith said one difficulty in keeping children safe is that there are many kinds of bounce houses and inflatable slides and few regulations to ensure safety. Smith called the inflatables “a broad target” for regulators.

“[The federal government's] Consumer Product Safety Association have recommendations [but] they are very concerned about this,” Smith said. “They’re very keen to take a look at this that they might step in and make some stronger recommendations.”

Smith isn’t saying parents should never let their kids set foot in a bouncy castle again, instead he recommends parents use good judgment. He says only children of similar size and age should use the device at one time.

If it’s a professionally run operation he says parents can ask the operator about their training and experience. Additionally if there’s any kind of wind, Smith advises parents to steer their kid away from the bouncy castle or slide.

More information about bounce house safety can be found here.

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Headbangers At Risk for Brain Injury, Study Says

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Heavy metal aficionados may want to reconsider headbanging at their next concert.

A new study from German scientists found that headbanging can cause injury to individuals’ brains, with the potential for bleeding.

Doctor said they treated a Motorhead fan who complained of constant headaches. While he had no history of head injuries or substance abuse, he told medical personnel that he had been headbanging at a show weeks earlier.

Blood was drained from the patients’ brain and doctors discovered a cyst that could have made him more susceptible to bleeding.

“Although generally considered harmless, health complications attributed to this practice [headbanging] include carotid artery dissection, mediastinal emphysema, whiplash injury, and odontoid fracture,” researchers said.

Doctors attributed the 50-year-old’s injury to the force of headbanging, which led to rupturing of veins that eventually caused hemorrhage.

“This case serves as evidence in support of Motörhead’s reputation as one of the most hardcore rock’n’roll acts on earth, if nothing else because of their contagious speed drive and the hazardous potential for headbanging fans to suffer brain injury,” doctors added.

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How Boozy Is Your Drink? This Calculator Will Tell You

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Plan on spending your weekend with a couple of cocktails? The government wants you to know that they might be boozier than you think.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s “cocktail content calculator” aims to show how your summer drinks are adding up.

“Depending on the recipe, you can have one, two, or more ‘standard’ drinks in one cocktail or mixed drink,” the NIAAA website reads.

A pina colada, according to the calculator, equates to two “standard” drinks, which the agency defines as “about 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of ‘pure’ alcohol” – the equivalent of 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of spirits.

Click here to try the calculator.

The NIAAA website can also show you if your drinking pattern is risky. Enter the number of drinks you have in a typical week and on a “typical drinking day,” and you’ll get a readout of how your drinking habits compare to those of other men and women.

“It makes a difference both how much you drink on any day and how often you have a ‘heavy drinking day,’ that is, more than four drinks on any day for men or more than three drinks for women,” the website reads. “The more drinks on any day and the more heavy drinking days over time, the greater the risk—not only for alcoholism and alcohol abuse, but also for other health and personal problems.”

A recent study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that excessive alcohol consumption is the cause of one in 10 deaths in working-age people — that’s eight drinks a week for women and 15 drinks a week for a man.

To drink safely this holiday weekend, the NIAAA recommends pacing yourself with “no more than one standard drink per hour” intermixed with with nonalcoholic “drink spacers.” The agency also recommends that men consume no more than four standard drinks on any day and that women consumer no more than three.

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Conjoined Twins Plan Party After Reaching Landmark Age

iStock/Thinkstock(BEAVERCREEK, Ohio) — Ronnie and Donnie Galyon are eagerly awaiting a major milestone this Saturday. Even though it’s not the conjoined twins’ birthday, the duo plans to celebrate turning 62 years, 8 months and 7 days old with a big block party.

The reason for the celebration? The date means they will have lived longer than the original “Siamese Twins,” Chang and Eng Bunker, who became famous as a sideshow act in the 1800′s.

“Put it this way — I’m stoked,” Ronnie Galyon, 62, told the Denton Daily News.

Ronnie and Donnie Gaylon were born in 1951 and live with their younger brother, Jim Galyon, and his wife in Beavercreek, Ohio. The Galyon twins are joined from the breastbone area to the pelvis and spent their first months in the intensive care unit.

“They weren’t even expected to live the first day, let alone get out of the hospital, let alone live 62 years,” said Jim Galyon. “This has been a life-long goal to meet and beat the Bunker twins. It means the world to them.”

The twins moved in with their younger brother after they became deathly ill following a viral infection and were in the intensive care unit with various health problems, including blood clots in Ronnie’s lungs.

With the help of the community and the Christian Youth Corps, Jim Galyon was able to build an addition on his house and make it handicap accessible. He and his wife now care for his brothers 24 hours a day.

“[They] have their own totally different personalities,” said Jim Galyon. “Donnie can be very serious and reserved; Ronnie is very happy-go-lucky.”

While the duo is excited for the party on Saturday, they’re really anticipating their next birthday. This October the twins will turn 63, breaking the record for the oldest pair of conjoined twins, according to Guinness World Records.

The twins have been excited about breaking the official record for years.

“It’s what me and Donnie always dreamed about, and we hope to get the ring, because we’ve dreamed about getting this since we were kids,” Ronnie Galyon told the Denton Daily News.

As the Galyon twins plan to make history, their family is working on compiling a history of the twins’ former life on the road. They’re asking anyone who might have seen Ronnie and Donnie Galyon in their circus days to can contact the Galyon family at Worldsoldestconjoinedtwins@gmail.com.

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Processed Meat Increases Risk of Heart Failure in Men, Study Says

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you’re celebrating Fourth of July with some hot dogs on the grill, you may want to think twice about what you’re eating.

Men with no history of heart disease can double their chances of dying from heart failure by eating processed meats, according to a recent study from Warsaw University.

Researchers who followed more than 37,000 men over the course of a decade discovered increases in sodium and extra animal fat, which placed participants at higher risk.

Kate Patton, a dietitian from Cleveland Clinic, advises that people eat meat in moderation.

“If you are eating sausage for breakfast and salami for lunch and having some kind of processed meat for dinner, than maybe try to cut that back to only once or twice a day,” Patton says.

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