Health and Healthcare
Posted 1/23/14 at 1:03 PM | Brian Wallace
Posted 1/16/14 at 12:06 PM | Brian Wallace
Sometimes it might take seeing a celebrity to test and take action for you to do the same. London Breast Institute figures showed genetic testing for BRCA mutations at their clinic had risen by 67% since celebrities have brought light to the situation. Check out the infographic below to learn more about breast cancer testing.
Posted 1/15/14 at 5:06 AM | Sylvie Simms
Mercury is a toxic substance that is known for its health effects on people of all ages. Exposure to this substance can have many adverse effects, some of which still aren’t understood. Although mercury is known for being toxic, this substance is still located in foods and different products. It’s important to be aware of what mercury is and how to avoid it so that it doesn’t affect your body.
One side effect of mercury exposure includes problems associated with the nervous system. Exposure to this toxic substance can lead to brain damage or nerve damage. This damage can become apparent in both physical and emotional disorders. Memory, thinking and even fine motor skills can become damaged due to mercury exposure.
Since mercury is so toxic, it’s important to avoid this substance when possible. Mercury is located in such household items as thermometers and fluorescent lamps. If these items were to break, the mercury could evaporate, contaminating the air you breathe and the objects you touch. Mercury can also be located in fish and shellfish that have been contaminated. Consumption of this, even in low quantities, can negatively impact people of all ages, but most specifically pregnant women. FULL POST
Posted 1/14/14 at 10:35 AM | Brian Wallace
The average American adult wastes 16 minutes per day waiting on a slow computer. With little time for personal fitness, upgrading computer systems could be crucial to your health. What would you do with an additional 16 minutes per day? Check out the infographic below to learn more.
Posted 1/13/14 at 5:35 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Dr. Rhona Epstein
Another New Year’s resolution to lose weight? You’re not alone! The wish list looks a little different for everyone: to eat better, exercise more, fit into more stylish outfits, or look great it that swimsuit this summer. Those lovely fantasies have us dreaming big in January, but will we be back to old habits by spring?
I spent years of my life dreaming every day – especially near New Year’s Day -- about when I would finally lose weight, become fit and everything would be okay in my life. But I would fall off the wagon as each audacious new plan let me down. I became more discouraged each passing year. The problem, I finally learned, wasn’t willpower. It was addiction. I didn’t understand that I couldn’t eat a normal portion of sweets without bingeing out of control. I didn’t know I needed help. FULL POST
Posted 1/13/14 at 4:34 PM | Karen Farris
Take two minutes and listen to Chris Stafanick—he sets us straight about condoms versus abstinence.
Yet here in America we’ve sold our soul to Planned Parenthood. We hand out condoms and let kids be kids.
Not so in the Philippines. In 1984 when the AIDS virus broke out in that nation, abstinence programs went into high gear. When AIDS hit Thailand, they instead chose condom distribution to quell the outbreak.
Today, AIDS/HIV infections are 50% higher in Thailand—condom failure. As Stafanick succinctly states, the more you encourage sex, the more sexually active people you’ll have and the more maladies there will be.
Here in America, every DAY 43,000 people are newly infected with sexually transmitted infections. Condoms aren’t the solution. As the Philippines seem to reflect, abstinence does indeed work. Beware of those latex missionaries...they're more concerned with their business than yours.
Posted 1/13/14 at 4:22 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Christopher Bogosh
On December 9, 2013, thirteen-year-old Jahi McMath underwent a routine tonsillectomy at the Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California. After the surgery, McMath had complications and needed life support measures. At least two doctors, and one independent physician appointed by the court, declared young McMath legally dead, according to brain-death criteria. The family has been fighting to keep the child on life support (i.e., a ventilator) but the hospital wants to remove her. Late this afternoon, pending a possible appeal from the parents, the court granted the hospital permission to remove McMath from the ventilator. Since the decision of the court, the parents have been scrambling to find placement at another facility.
Three factors Christians need to consider when it comes to withdrawing life support:
First, a person is not dead until he or she stops breathing completely. The only way to tell if McMath is truly dead is to remove the ventilator, and this is the very issue at stake (and it will be the matter in any life support situation). Brain death, or perhaps, a better term for the Christian, apparent cessation of brain activity, is an important diagnostic indicator but it does not mean someone is dead.
Second, gathering data about brain activity is not only helpful to establish a diagnosis but it also assists with prognosis. Only some of the people in McMath’s condition do not breathe after life support is withdrawn. Some continue to breathe without a ventilator for a while and then die, and others live on in a so-called persistent vegetative state for months or years requiring long-term care. A few will even recover. It is important to remember that diagnostic criteria and potential prognosis are important but fallible.
Third, potential prognosis is important to consider but it should not direct the decision to withdraw or keep life support going. Information based on a prognosis is speculative, and, therefore, informed by the underpinnings of modern medicine or optimistic hopes that may be clouded by denial. Due to the brain-death criteria codified in the Uniform Definition of Death Act, Oakland Children’s Hospital sees McMath as a corpse on life support, her prognosis is death, so her ongoing care is futile. In addition, in the hospital’s eyes, even if the child continued to breathe on her own after the ventilator was withdrawn, she would still be legally dead (i.e., in a persistent vegetative state), a corpse breathing on her own (go figure), having no positive prognosis, and requiring expensive long-term care. On the contrary, a prognosis based on a hope for a miraculous healing or investing in the minority cases of recovery should not direct the decision keep life support going.
As Christians, we need to consider the diagnostic indicators about brain activity (or lack of it) while a person is on life support. It is also helpful to remember, life-saving technology is relatively new. Less than a hundred years ago, this technology did not exist, so people breathed their last and died without aggressive life-support intervention; thus, it is not sinful to refuse it or withdraw it. While several diagnostic factors need careful consideration concerning the removal of life support, withdrawing a ventilator is never wrong for a Christian; in fact, this is the only way to tell whether someone has truly died. Finally, Christians do not place life, death, and healing in the hands of modern medicine, miracles, and hopeful wishes, but in the hands of a sovereign, merciful, and righteous God.
Chris is a registered nurse and pastor. He is also the author of several books, including Compassionate Jesus: Rethinking the Christian's Approach to Modern Medicine, and is the founder of Healing Hope, a ministry dedicated to "informing, transforming, and reforming the Christian's approach to modern medicine." FULL POST
Posted 1/9/14 at 1:06 PM | Ryan Bomberger
A news report shouldn’t typically evoke laughter, especially if it’s not meant to be funny. Bloomberg news reporter, Elizabeth Lopatto’s take on the CDC’s latest, and alarming, report on escalating STDs is not meant to make anyone laugh. But the typical liberal approach to facts has gotten to be absurd. The CDC’s 2012 report (just released on January 8, 2014) indicates that syphilis, which can lead to blindness and strokes, has risen 11.1% in one year. All of these cases are among men, and mostly homosexual males who comprise 75% of all syphilis cases. Gonorrhea has increased as well since 2011 by 4.1% and disproportionately among homosexual men. Since 2009, the nation’s gonorrhea rate has increased, with a current total of 334,826 cases reported in 2012. Contracting STDs also make sexually active individuals, especially homosexual males, far more prone to HIV infection.
Here is where the “humor” comes in. Both the reporter and the CDC blame these drastic increases in STDs among homosexual men on...drum roll please… homophobia! Never mind our culture has hurtled toward a bizarre hypocritical environment that demands tolerance and the embrace of homosexuality. So as societal acceptance of homosexuality has increased, the CDC and Bloomberg insist that gay men with STD infections are less likely to seek medical treatment? No one, whether homosexual or heterosexual, likes to seek treatment for STDs. There should be a stigma…to behavior that is unhealthy. The CDC does list “individual risk behaviors” as a contributing factor in these STD disparities, but that’s thrown to the wind when you make up a word and a condition to deflect responsibility. FULL POST
Posted 1/8/14 at 12:50 PM | Dale Fletcher
According to research, about 45% of us make New Year’s resolutions. Statisticbrain.com reports from a recent Journal of Clinical Psychology article that Americans top 10 resolutions are as found in the listing below. Three of these are health-related.
|Spend Less, Save More|
|Enjoy Life to the Fullest|
|Staying Fit and Healthy|
|Learn Something Exciting|
|Help Others in Their Dreams|
|Fall in Love|
|Spend More Time with Family|
The items on this list are admirable but I find it interesting that none of these seem to be motivated by or rooted in spiritual or biblical principles. Especially since we live in a country where 74% of the people are professing Christians and 56% say that religion is an important part of their life. (2013 Gallup poll on Religion) FULL POST