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Dr. Pam — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 
 
A Kid with Asthma — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 
IS THERE A LINK BETWEEN CHILDHOOD ASTHMA AND MOMS WITH HIGH SUGAR INTAKE DURING PREGNANCY?

The prevalence of childhood asthma has been increasing since the 1980’s. The Annals of the American Thoracic Society reports research indicating that children born to mothers who drank excessive sugary drinks during pregnancy may be at an increased risk for developing childhood asthma. It is believed that high levels of fructose can directly impact lung function by causing inflammation. This observational study indicated a more than doubled risk of development of allergic asthma in these children.
 
 
Hysterectomy — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 
CAN HAVING A HYSTERECTOMY CAUSE AN INCREASE CHRONIC HEALTH RISKS?

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic have discovered an association between having a hysterectomy (only uterus removed, not ovaries) and an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and metabolic conditions later in life. The results of a study indicated a 14% increased risk of lipid abnormalities, an 18% increased risk of obesity, a 13% increased risk of high blood pressure, and a 33% increased risk of coronary artery disease.
 
Hysterectomy is the second most commonly performed gynecologic surgery. Perhaps women should seek alternative non-surgical treatments for endometriosis, fibroids, and prolapse, which are the leading causes of hysterectomy.
 
HEADPHONES/EARPHONES AND PERMANENT HEARING LOSS
(10-23-17)
If misused, all varieties of amplification systems that come in the many shapes and sizes of headphones and earphones, are potentially dangerous and can cause permanent hearing loss. If you can hear the sound emanating from the headphones or earphones of the person standing next to you, the noise is too loud, and over time can lead to a permanent hearing loss in that individual.

An individual exposed to sounds greater than 90 dB for an average of eight hours per day without protection, hearing loss will result. As the volume increases, the safe time of exposure decreases. Most portable stereo music systems producesound in the range of 95-108 dB at level four. With earbuds, a good rule is 60% of the volumeno more than 60 minutes per day. Wearing noise-canceling headphones reduces outside noise, which allows us to decrease the volume of the sound coming from the device.

 
Emergency — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 
 
  • A soft whisper – 30dB
  • Busy traffic – 75dB
 
  • Subway train – 90dB
  • A gunshot blast – 100dB
 
  • Jet plane – 140dB
  • A rocket launching pad – 180dB
 
Sounds above 140dB usually cause pain! If you must speak in a loud voice to be understood, background sound is probably more than 90dB.
 
DO YOU GO TO THE ER FOR MEDICAL CARE?
(10-23-17)
Nearly half of all medical care in the U.S. is delivered in hospital emergency departments. The most significant number of ER visits are associated with patients without health insurance and those on Medicaid and Medicare.

The main reason the high number of ER visits are for non-urgent conditions is that hospital ERs are required by federal law to provide care to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Since patients cannot be turned away, those without insurance, or the necessary funds to pay out-of-pocket costs, often utilize emergency rooms as their main provider.
 
Emergency — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 
It is estimated that more than $18 billion could be saved annually if non-urgent patients were to take advantage of primary or preventive health care and not rely on ERs for their medical care. According to the New England Health Institute, 66% of ER visits were entirely avoidable. The decision to receive treatment at the ER is one of many reasons why Americans spent $3 trillion on healthcare in 2014.

Approximately 87% of Americans are insured, but many are in high-deductible plans, which can require patients to pay an average of $1,217 to $4000 for families of four before insurance kicks in. If the patient chooses an out-of-network hospital, the patient may be required to pay the entire costs. The uninsured are forced to pay the whole bill out of pocket.

The number one cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. is medical debt. No one should be sick because they are poor or poor because they are sick!

WHO ARE MOST AT RISK OF HEAD INJURY IN YOUTH FOOTBALL?
(10-16-17)

Young football players, aged 9 to 11, are more likely to experience brain-jarring hits to the head if they are part of a team’s running and passing game or a fast-moving defender. High-magnitude impacts (greater than 40 times the force of gravity) more often involve positions such as quarterback, running back and linebacker. These players experience nearly twice the number of severe head injuries as a lineman. About 8% of the head impacts that occur during youth play and practice are considered hard enough to be classified as high-magnitude. Dr. David Dodrick, professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, states that high-magnitude impacts are “equivalent to getting punched in the head by a boxer.” “We are seeing evidence that the younger you expose kids to that kind of contact, the more likely it is they will have both psychiatric and neurological consequences down the road.” These children have developing brains and are
 
constantly forming new connections in their brains. Disrupted connections result in consequences for the players. Removing tackling would dramatically reduce the risk of severe injury to the players. According to pediatrician Dr. William Meehan, “parents and players will need to decide whether the health risks associated with tackling are outweighed by the recreational benefits of the game.”
The situation is also dire for junior high and high school players. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, teenagers with a history of concussions are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression as teens who have never had a concussion and are more likely to develop ADHD. Teenagers who have suffered traumatic brain injury such as a concussion have a significantly higher risk of attempting suicide, being bullied, becoming bullies themselves, using alcohol or marijuana, engaging in antisocial behavior, being prescribed anxiety and depression medication and seeking help for mental health issues from crisis help lines.
 
Playing Football — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 

WHO KNEW? YOGA + AEROBICS DOUBLES HEART BENEFITS
(10-9-17)

 
Yoga — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 
Both yoga and aerobic exercise offer significant health benefits including improved muscle tone decreased body fat and improved mental outlook. When compared to four key fitness categories, aerobic exercise outperforms yoga.
Fat loss occurs when more calories are expended than consumed. Aerobic exercise burns around 600 calories in one hour. A yoga class of moderate intensity burns about 350 calories. However, calories burned do not tell the whole story. The gain in lean muscle from yoga practice yields a slight improvement in basal metabolic rate. Nevertheless, when exercising five days a week for one hour, running has the potential to burn off three pounds more than yoga over the course of eight weeks, but when comparing strength and endurance, yoga is the winner.
However, a combination of the two is dynamite! Combined yoga and aerobic exercise reduces mental, physical, and vascular stress and can lead to decreased cardiovascular mortality and morbidity.
 

ATTENTION MEN! 1 IN 9 AMERICAN MEN ARE INFECTED WITH ORAL HPV
(10-2-17)

Most information about the human papillomavirus (HPV) centers on women since having the virus increases their risk of developing cervical cancer. But HPV causes men to develop health problems too! More than half of men who are sexually active will have HPV at some point in their lifetime. Often, a man will clear the virus on his own, with no health problems, but sometimes the immune system is unable to eliminate the virus.

Eleven million American men are infected with oral HPV, which can lead to cancers of the head, neck, and throat. That equates to 1 in 9 U.S. males aged 18-69. Some guys are at a higher risk than other. Black men, plus guys who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day, currently use marijuana and reported 16 or more vaginal or oral sex partners in their lifetime had the greatest chance of a high-risk oral HPV infection. Plus, men who already have genital HPV were four times more likely to also have an oral infection as opposed to guys who did not. By 2020, there will be more HPV-positive oral cancers among men than cervical cancers among women. There is currently no way to screen for oral HPV.

 
There is an effective HPV vaccine for both boys and girls, but the number of young men who receive the shot – 35% in 2014 – is much lower than young women at 57%. The CDC currently recommends men receive the vaccine through the age of 21, while men who have sex with men should extend that to age 26. However, since the average age of the most at-risk men is 26, they are too old for the vaccine or have already been exposed to HPV in their lives.
Early detection and prevention are critical. Practicing safe sex is essential as well as limiting your number of sexual partners.
 
Oral HPV — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 
 
Hours sleep — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 

WHY DO WE WAKE UP TIRED AFTER EIGHT HOURS SLEEP?

According to Dr. Carmel Harrington, a significant reason for the feeling of waking up exhausted in the morning after a full night’s sleep is not having a consistent wake-up time. Consistency is the main sleep secret, requiring both a strict wake-up time and bedtime.
The time we get up is a factor in what time we are ready to go to sleep. However, a regular wake-up time is most important and should not be varied by more than an hour. Not resetting your biological clock at a regular time each morning not only effects your sleep but will also affect your hunger and will have an impact on bathroom cues while decreasing your skills and motivation.
 
Sleep Duration Recommendations — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 
Teenager immature brains — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 

DOES YOUR TEENAGER HAVE AN IMMATURE BRAIN?

No matter what their intelligence or level of engagement with peers and parents, teenagers simply make perplexing, disturbing, and sometimes dangerous decisions. Why?
The brain’s cortex is divided into lobes that mature from back-to-front. The back of the brain is responsible for motor control which allows for quick acquisition of locomotion and movement skills. The last section to connect is the frontal lobe, which is responsible for cognitive processes such as reasoning, planning, and judgment. The delayed maturation of connections to the frontal lobe also contributes to teenagers’ risk-taking behavior. According to Harvard University researchers, this “mental merger” is not completed until between ages 25 to 30.
 
The neural networks that help brain cells communicate via chemical signals are constantly enlarging in the teen brain. Learning takes place at the synapses (neuro junctions) between brain cells, as the cells either excite or inhibit each other, and develop more robust connections with repeated stimulation. It is this cellular excitement that enables children and teenagers to learn languages or musical instruments more easily than adults.

Want to improve your child's IQ? Feed them salmon!

 
Feed salmon for smart kids — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that kids who ate fish once a week scored 4.8 points higher on an IQ test than those who rarely ate fish. Those same children also reported getting a better night’s sleep, which previous studies have linked to higher intelligence.

OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

 
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces triglycerides
  • Slows the development of plaque in the arteries
 
  • Reduces the chance of abnormal heart rhythm
  • Reduces the likelihood of heart attack and stroke
  • Lessons the chance of sudden cardiac death in people with heart disease
 
 

DO YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (BP)? CHECK IT NOW!


 
Blood Pressure — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 
Thanks to changes in criteria, almost half of adults will be determined to have hypertension (high blood pressure) under new clinical guidelines on prevention, detection, evaluation, and management of BP. According to the AMA, under the old guidelines, the diagnosis of hypertension was made with BP readings persistently at or above 140/90. The new criteria diagnose hypertension at persistently at or about 130/80.
The new guidelines are meant to prevent strokes, heart attacks, and other cardiac problems through earlier interventions such as lifestyle changes for most patients and medications for some, depending on the circumstances. The new guidelines for adults provide four categories of BP, ranging from normal to stage 2 hypertension, as shown below.
 
Blood Pressure Categories — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
These categories indicate BP based on an average of 2 or more careful readings obtained on two or more occasions.

BRUSH YOUR TEETH TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING THROAT CANCER BY MORE THAN 21%

 
Brush Teeth to Reduce your risk of developing throat cancer by more than 21% — Health Care Law Attorneys in Charleston, WV
 
According to researchers at New York University, higher levels of certain bacteria are linked to gum disease and increase the risk of developing throat cancer by more than 21%.
Throat cancer is the 8th most common form of the disease and the sixth leading cause of related deaths worldwide. Unfortunately, this cancer is often not discovered until it has reached an advanced stage, with survival rates ranging from 15% to 25% percent.

Five Basic Steps to Care for Teeth and Gums (WebMD)

 
✔ BRUSHING with Fluoride Toothpaste for 2 – 3 minutes twice daily
✔ FLOSSING at least once a day
✔ RINSING with antiseptic/fluoride mouthwash to reduce bacteria
 
✔ EATING RIGHT by avoiding starchy foods (like potato chips) and sugary foods
✔ VISITING THE DENTIST at least once every 6 months