Health and Healthcare

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Posted 2/19/13 at 5:57 PM | Evan Lenow |


Use of “Morning-After Pill” on the Rise

SOURCES: CDC/NCHS, National Survey of Family Growth, 1995, 2002, and 2006–2010.
Percentage of sexually experienced women aged 15–44 who have ever used emergency contraception: United States, 1995, 2002, and 2006–2010, and frequency of use among women who have ever used emergency contraception, 2006–2010.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report last week that flew under the radar of most news organizations. They conducted a five-year study (2006–2010) on the use of the “morning-after pill” (labeled “emergency contraception” in the study—more on that later) and found that 11% of “sexually experienced women aged 15–44 . . . had used emergency contraception, up from 4.2% in 2002.” Thus, in less than ten years, use of this form of birth control has almost tripled. FULL POST

Posted 2/18/13 at 6:40 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices |

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Why Bullies Feel Happy About Themselves

By Paul Coughlin

Before explaining proven techniques to help your child avoid being a target of bullying, we have to overcome some very popular misconceptions about what has now become the leading form of violence our children will experience during their school years.

Bullying is the deployment of superior power (social, physical, verbal) that is repeated and intended to harm another person for no justifiable reason. It's intentional abuse--not conflict, misunderstanding, miscommunication, "drama," or an inability to control one's anger. Bullies are highly selective at to who, how and when they attack. Unlike those who cannot control their anger, bullies often plan their attacks ahead of time. Most are highly calculating, not compulsive.

Another myth we have to destroy if we are going to protect our children and society from this anti-social behavior: Bullies on average do not feel bad about themselves. Most are not "broken" or "sad inside." An increasing body of research tells us that bullies possess average to excessive self-esteem. Many believe they are entitled, more valuable, important and smarter than others. Many hold others in disdain and contempt, which is the behavior of superiority. To speak in biblical terms, their sin is arrogance and pride in a very young body. FULL POST

Posted 2/14/13 at 11:23 AM | Dale Fletcher |


Why Do You Choose to Eat in Unhealthy Ways?

Ever wonder about this?

You know what is healthy, you know it's unhealthy to eat too much, yet you continue to eat in unhealthy eating patters. Why do you continue with this unhealthy eating pattern?

Let me suggest a few explanations:

  • You feel you deserve to eat the unhealthy food
  • You've become totally insensitive to, or unaware of, your eating patterns
  • You're depressed so you could care less
  • You've lost hope about being healthy
  • You dont have enough money to buy healthy foods
  • You're eating to soothe negative emotions... to cope with the stressors of life

What about you? What's your explanation for why you eat in an unhealthy way, even though you know how to eat healthy?

Posted 2/7/13 at 10:56 PM | Bright Ideas

How to Recognize a Stroke

Years ago my grandfather died from a heart attack. When the stroke occurred, he was aware of what was happening and told his wife.

If you were to have a heart attack, would you recognize the symptoms? This infographic by the American Stroke Association lists common signs to look for when someone has a stroke. Numbness or weakness in the arms, drooping face and slurred speech are some of the signs.

Posted 2/5/13 at 9:00 PM | Bright Ideas

February is Heart Month (INFOGRAPHIC)

With February being recognized as health month, we are sharing this MediFit infographic that includes tips for preventing heart disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 597,689 Americans died in 2011 from heart disease making it the number one cause of death in the country.

This infographic reports that "80% of heart disease and stroke can be prevented."

Posted 2/5/13 at 12:40 PM | Brian Wallace

Born in the USA

Did you know that about six million pregnancies happen in the U.S. every year? That's a whole lot of babies! For most women, having a baby is one of the best experiences of their lives, however, it's not always a walk in the park.

Check out the infographic below presented by InsuranceQuotes to learn more about pregnancy in the United States.

Posted 2/4/13 at 12:19 PM | Bright Ideas

How do Germs Spread?

If you are familiar with the Old Testament law, then you know that the Bible contains health guidelines to prevent infectious diseases. Numbers chapter 19 required the Jews to go through a purification ritual whenever they touched a dead body.

Scientists and Bible scholars have written extensively about the health guidelines in the Bible. Here are three related articles to this topic:

This infographic by Pediatric After Hours News includes more information about how germs spread and what we can do to prevent infections.

Posted 1/31/13 at 5:07 PM | Bright Ideas

ObamaCare and the American Doctor Shortage (INFOGRAPHIC)

What happens when ObamaCare is fully implemented?

Some critics are worried that an increasing shortage of doctors will stress the American medical system. This shortage cannot be fixed quickly because many of the baby boomer generation of physicians that will be retiring soon with fewer doctors taking their place.

This shortage should motivate Americans to eat and live healthier lives.

This infographic by iCan Benefit shows that higher demand for health care will also ocurr due to America's aging population.


Posted 1/30/13 at 11:59 PM | Bright Ideas

Tea Time and its Health Benefits

Gareth Botha designed this infographic which examines the health benefits from drinking tea. For example, tea "strengthens bones" - that is something I wasn't aware of. Regulating cholesterol and fighting bacteria and viruses are other benefits from drinking tea.

Out of curiosity I searched and learned that tea is never mentioned in the Bible. Neither is coffee mentioned.

Tea Time

Posted 1/28/13 at 11:52 PM | Bright Ideas

Abstinence Could Reduce Cervical Cancer

According to an infographic by Mount Sinai NYC, "Cervical cancer is preventable but about 12,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed every year."

So how can this disease be prevented?

The infographic lists using a condom, delaying sex, having fewer sex partners, not smoking, getting the HPV vaccine and getting pap screenings regularly.

Delaying sex doesn't sound attractive to many teens and young adults. How would you promote abstinence?


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