Women are different from men. Physiologically speaking, hormonal differences begin at conception; sex hormones influence physiologic development through all ages from infancy, puberty, the reproductive years, and continuing for longevity. A man and a woman can both become body builders, but the differences in each one’s musculature, skeletal physiology or neurologic physiology will remain different. The list of physiologic differences can go on, but one of the most interesting new bits of knowledge is the greater understanding that even cardiovascular (having to do with the heart and blood vessels) physiology is different between the male and the female of our species.
A new fruit that research says packs more antioxidants than popular “superfoods” like blueberries, acai berries and goji berries is establishing itself in the aisles of mainstream grocery stores, showing up in everything from juices to powdered supplements to baby food.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that 40 percent of adult men and 24 percent of adult woman are habitual snorers. This common phenomenon can be very disruptive to family members’ sleep and can often cause loved ones to sleep in a separate room. What many people may not know is that snoring may be a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and many other health problems.
Once again, triple-digit temperatures surround us and the hotter we get, the thirstier we feel. “Don’t get dehydrated” is as commonly heard here in Arizona as “it’s a dry heat” so everywhere you go you see people with their water bottles. Which is a good thing, don’t get me wrong. But just like most things that are good for us, did you know that too much water could turn into a bad thing? Over-hydration is as potentially a life-threatening situation as is under-hydration. Now the average Joe or Jane is not risking anything as they down their requisite number of ounces of water during the day. It’s the athletes attempting to maintain their work-out regimens in the heat of the day that are a concern, or workers required to carry out their duties in the heat of the day. Well intentioned as it may be, as these individuals attempt to avoid dehydration, they may in fact end up drinking too much water and slip into over-hydration. Too much water could be considered a poison. No kidding; it does happen.
It takes less than 30 seconds for a dried-out Christmas tree to become fully engulfed in flames and it’s one of the quickest and most difficult fires to put out, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.
Every cell in the body continually carries out millions of biochemical processes requiring oxygen. By-products of this cellular metabolic process are unstable electrons called oxidants or “free radicals.” Unfortunately, these free radicals are not harmless. Their chief danger comes from the damage they incur upon cellular structures or DNA. ANTI-oxidants reduce the effects of dangerous oxidants by binding with them, thereby, decreasing their destructive power. Food sources of antioxidants include those with high levels of vitamin A, C, E, and beta-carotene, such as spinach and liver. Anti-oxidants are thought to have a role in slowing the aging process, preventing heart disease, and protecting against the development of cancers.
We’ve all heard the adage “Use it or lose it,” and that couldn’t be more accurate in regards to our cognitive performance, with the first sign of an aging brain being that “tip of the tongue” phenomenon. We’ve come to accept that misplacing our keys, losing our train of thought mid-sentence, or forgetting the name of a familiar face is to be expected at about the same time we start needing reading glasses. Not necessarily so, report neuropsychologists and nutritional researchers. Although the brain can shrink as much as one-half to 1 percent annually in mid-life and memory starts to wane in our 30’s, there are things we can do to stave off this decline:
The noises that your loved ones make while they are sleeping may be telling you a story. Snoring and grinding of teeth are two very common sounds heard by spouses, parents, and loved ones. The National Sleep Foundation (NSL) states that snoring affects 37 million Americans on a regular basis, and multiple studies have found that 17 percent of children snore. According to a 2005 study by researchers at Children’s Hospital in Boston, more than one-third of parents reported they hear their children grind their teeth at night. The NSL reports that 8 percent of adults are heard grinding their teeth at night.
Medicare covers a variety of heath care services that you can receive in the comfort and privacy of your home. These include intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology services, and occupational therapy.
What is hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)? Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells and is commonly known as the element that carries oxygen. But it does something else: it combines with some of the sugar (glucose) circulating in the blood stream to become glycohemoglobin. The amount of glucose that combines with the hemoglobin is directly proportional to the total amount of glucose circulating. Since the average life span of a single red blood cell is three months, it stands to reason that measuring the amount of glycohemoglobin would give a good approximation of the average blood sugar level of the previous three months.
If you, a friend, or loved one has Original Medicare and needs certain medical equipment and supplies, you should know that Medicare is scheduled to expand its successful competitive bidding program to more areas of the country. This program will help you save money and ensure that you have access to quality medical equipment and supplies from suppliers you can trust. It will also help limit fraud and abuse in the Medicare Program.
There have been many articles about Global Warming, carbon cap and trade, and sequestration of carbon dioxide. When writing about Global Warming they always indicate that its main cause is CO2 in the atmosphere, but CO2 has a Specific Gravity of 1.4, meaning that it is heavier than air, so can’t be found in the atmosphere. This is a ground hugging gas, that has positive qualities, as when it and rainwater impinge on plant life photosynthesis happens, causing plant life to emit oxygen.