Fast-Food Restaurants Contribute to America’s Weight Problem

Fast-Food Restaurants Contribute to America’s Weight Problem

Fast-food restaurant. For most Americans, you can’t live without them, but can you live with them? They dot the landscape of our country, city after city, but with a nation on the run, with countless single parents, or couples trying to split time between work and the demands of a heavy family schedule, those fast-food restaurants can offer a quick and often cheap, filling meal. Fast-food restaurants are not entirely to blame for our nation’s growing weight problem. Many offer healthy options, but studies show that most of us turn them down because of other reasons. As a result, we are facing obesity as an issue. The combination of lack of exercise and high fat foods is causing us to be obese. The long-term problems of obesity are great. They include heart disease and diabetes. The bottom line here is we have to do whatever we can to control obesity.

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Ovarian Cancer Statistics

Ovarian Cancer Statistics

It isn’t talked about as much as other forms of cancer, but ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers. One in 57 women develop ovarian cancer and there have been several studies which have shown it runs in families. The major problem with ovarian cancer is it is usually found in the advanced stages. By that point, the disease is very difficult to treat and the chance of five-year survival is about 20%. Sadly, 75% of women are diagnosed at this advanced stage. When ovarian cancer is detected early, before it is spread beyond the ovaries, more than 90% of women will survive longer than 5 years. Unfortunately, the symptoms of ovarian cancer are very vague. Feeling bloated, a sensation of being full even after eating just a small amount of food, low back pain, and fatigue are all signs, but obviously, they can mean other things as well.

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Men and Women Need to Be Studied Independently

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We know that men and women are very different, but this becomes extremely clear when we look at diseases or the differences in the way certain drugs work in men and women. This is why it’s so important that men and women continue to be studied independently. In the past, men were almost exclusively studied and women were treated based on the information acquired from studying men. But it did not take long to realize that problems like heart attack had very different symptoms in men and women and also treatments were not cookie-cutter. As funds were reduced to conduct important studies, it is important to study both sexes and gather important independent information.

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Flexibility and Strengthening Muscles

Flexibility and Strengthening Muscles

Flexibility can be a good and bad thing. Certainly, it helps. It helps in a woman when she’s going to have a baby. It helps with the joints, the ligaments and the tendons over time. It keeps you from being stressed. However, the problem with flexibility is it also can make you more likely to have a knee injury or a problem associated with it. Flexibility needs to be controlled, in a sense. In other words, you can stretch, which is good for you, but you have to strengthen the muscles. If you strengthen the muscles around particular joints that are very flexible, you increase their stability and strength and you decrease the chances of some sort of ligament tear.

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Terminal Illness and Discussing Death

Terminal Illness and Discussing Death

Terminally ill patients may be better off discussing death with their doctors. A study of 322 terminally ill cancer patients finds those who had discussions with their doctors about their impending deaths received less aggressive medical care and had a better quality of life in their remaining days. Discussing their deaths with their doctors did not cause patients to be more psychologically distressed. It did result in lower rates of resuscitation and intensive care visits. Patients who talked with their doctors about their deaths entered hospice sooner and had a better overall quality of life.

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Can Duct Tape Remove Warts?

Can Duct Tape Remove Warts?

It is one of those old wives tales that has been sticking around, so to speak, for years. Does duct tape help remove warts? Well, here’s the idea. People who have warts are often looking for ways to get rid of them, and warts are notorious for popping up and disappearing out of the blue. One of the most popular options is applying silver duct tape over the wart. The theory is, over time, the sticky adhesive helps remove them. Researchers at the University of Minnesota studied the phenomenon and found the tape did not appear to help.

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What are Fibroids?

What are Fibroids?

One of the most common causes of irregular periods associated with abdominal pain and also a cause of constant stress and feeling of bloating is fibroids. Often women will have an enlargement in the uterus as they get older. Mostly it’s a smooth muscle component and it starts to grow and develop and get bigger. After a while, that takes effect. It’s kind of anatomically in there pushing on every other structure. There are procedures out there; nonsurgical or minimal surgical procedures that will work

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