Athletes Should Be Cautious of What’s In Their Workout Supplements

Workout supplements are touted to give athletes an edge in their training and exercise, allowing them to bulk up faster or have more energy when exercising. The popularity and use of workout supplements has grown in the past decade. For many they are vital to keeping in top shape. However, exercise supplements are not required to be tested or approved by the FDA and could not only impede your exercise routine, but could pose serious risks to your health. Supplements: Good or Bad? Unsafe and illegal supplements, such as anabolic steroids, can cause severe health problems including elevated blood pressure,…

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What Is the Gut Microbiome — And Why Does It Require Protection?

The gut is a buzz word in modern health and wellness circles, with many insisting that the microbes found in our gut influence nearly every aspect of our health. This topic has prompted significant confusion, but preliminary research indicates that the gut microbiome has an important role to play. Below, we separate fact from fiction with a detailed explanation of the gut microbiome — and why it’s worth protecting. What Is the Gut Microbiome? Sometimes referred to as the gut flora, the gut microbiome or microbiota consists of the many microorganisms that reside in our digestive tracts. These microbes can…

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The Largest E-Cigarette Company Is Under Fire for its Contributions to a Teen Health Crisis

Recently, 14 teenagers were hospitalized due to breathing problems linked with e-cigarettes. This comes at a time when JUUL, the largest e-cigarette manufacturer, is under scrutiny for its role in the teen vaping health crisis. In recent years, e-cigarette use has exploded among teens and adolescents prompting concern about a potential public health crisis. Some members of Congress want to hold JUUL accountable for what they allege is unethical business practices that target young people and minors. Here is a broad overview of vaping, JUUL, and recent trends around teens and e-cigarette use. Widespread Teenage E-Cigarette Use Over 20% of…

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Preventing Tick-Borne Bacterial Infections Like Lyme Disease

Tick-borne pathogens infect thousands of people each year, causing diseases that range in severity from a mild inconvenience to a serious, life-threatening condition. The most common tick borne pathogen is Lyme disease, which affects an estimated 300,000 people per year. Disease-carrying ticks are found across the US, but Lyme disease is most prevalent in the Northeast and Midwest. Ticks can turn a pleasant walk in nature to a serious threat to one’s health–knowing how to avoid tick bites and spot ticks is essential for anyone who spends even a small amount of time in nature. Ticks and Disease in Nature…

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The Amazing Power of the Coronary Heart Artery Calcium Test

As the leading cause of death for both men and women, heart disease looms large in the United States. What many people don’t realize, however, is that this condition is often entirely preventable. An early understanding of risk factors is critical — hence the importance of coronary calcium tests. How Coronary Calcium Tests Work Coronary calcium tests harness the power of computed tomography (CT) scanners. These machines take several pictures of thin sections of the heart, ultimately combining to form a view capable of revealing specks of calcium situated in the arteries. Known as calcifications, these specks form one of…

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Vaping: Safer than Cigarettes, but Still Not Safe for Teens

In the past few decades, smoking rates have decreased drastically, especially among young people. Unfortunately, new ways of nicotine consumption are replacing traditional tobacco use among teens and young people. Vaping Over Cigarettes: Not Great, Not Terrible Either While cigarettes burns tobacco, a ‘vape’ instead heats concentrated nicotine juice which is then turned to steam and inhaled by the user. E-cigarettes and vapes have been around for more than a decade, but the NIH says their use has skyrocketed in recent years, thanks to popular vape brands like Juul. Most vape and e-cigarette companies present themselves as healthier alternatives to…

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The Surprising Dangers of Humidity — And How You Can Combat Them

Summer has arrived, and with it, that oppressive humidity we all dread. Humidity isn’t merely uncomfortable, however; it can also be downright dangerous. Hence the oft-repeated phrase, “It’s not the heat — it’s the humidity.” Read on to learn why humidity is so dangerous and what you can do to keep safe this summer: How Humidity Impacts the Body’s Heat Regulation The human body has the remarkable ability to cool itself down via sweat and evaporation. In an ideal situation, a person dealing with excessive heat would allow that heat to escape through the skin. As sweat evaporates, it draws…

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How the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemics Are Straining Our Healthcare System

It’s no secret that obesity rates have skyrocketed in the United States, but most people fail to grasp the full impact of this epidemic. In the healthcare industry, however, obesity’s prevalence and damage are easy to spot when examining financial trends and injuries among medical professionals. Below, we offer just a few examples of the many ways in which today’s obesity and diabetes epidemics are impacting the healthcare system: Hospital Staff Safety Healthcare employees often suffer significant strain as they attempt to assist obese and immobile patients. These patients may need to be moved every few hours. While transfer systems…

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The Surprising Dangers of Spring Allergies — And What to Do About Them

Seasonal allergies might seem like a minor annoyance, but they have a greater impact than you suspect. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that allergies are the sixth most common chronic condition in the United States — and that they cost the nation’s economy over $18 billion per year. Some patients only experience mild symptoms, but others suffer severe heart and respiratory issues due to high pollen counts. No matter the extent of your allergy symptoms, it’s important to get the issue under control as soon as possible. Your allergies impact your quality of life, making…

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Keeping Moms Healthy: Tips and Tricks for Mothers of All Ages

From childbirth to graduation and beyond, moms face a myriad of health issues. Often, these concerns go undetected or untreated. But while many mothers regard their children’s health and safety as their number one concern, self-care is equally essential. Below, we highlight a few tips and tricks that can keep moms healthy in all stages of life: Keep Visiting Your Doctor While the bulk of your doctor visits may involve childhood scrapes or illnesses, regular checkups are just as important for parents. How often you visit will depend on your age and current health status. Experts at Duke Health recommend…

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