Category Archives: Health

TN Nail Salon Accused of Charging ‘Overweight People’ More for Pedicures

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*Wow… Just wow. The internet is not too happy about a photo of a sign that was posted recently which read, “Sorry, but if you are overweight pedicures will be $45.”

Yes. Thinner people pay less for the same service.

The message, photographed by an unidentified woman, got thousands of shares after it was posted to Facebook. According to locals, the salon is Rose Nails in Tennessee.

The message went on in an attempt to justify why the cost was different for overweight people, saying it was…

?…due to service fees for pedicurists. Thank you!?  Continue reading

Did This Chinese Man Kick A Pregnant Black Woman in the Stomach?

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*What on earth could have transpired to make a man kick a woman nearly nine months pregnant in her stomach? That is the question of the hour. Rumor has it Ms. Natasha Rodney and Mr. Michael Lee, 40, were on a crowded subway train when they bumped into each other…

From then on things allegedly became intentionally violent, as witnesses claim Ms. Rodney pushed Mr. Lee to the floor and in response, Lee kicked her in the stomach…twice. Continue reading

First Man to Offer Seat to Pregnant Woman Awarded ‘#1 Decent Dude’ Trophy

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*A New York City woman, eight months pregnant, has been carrying around a 7″ trophy that reads ?#1 DECENT DUDE ? First Man to Offer Subway Seat to Pregnant Woman throughout Two Pregnancies,? for the past two months. Clearly, something motivated her to take this drastic measure. Oh! Here it is: Ivonne Linn had gone through one full pregnancy, and is now eights months into another, and claims women have been the only ones to offer their seat to her as she stood on buses and trains.

Now, you can look at this one of two ways: “Hooray for the man who finally did the decent thing!” or “Damn, seriously? What in the world has happened to real gentlemen?” Continue reading

‘Accidental Starvation’ of Infant Educates New Moms on Pressures of Breastfeeding

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*Wow, few women may be aware that their newborn could actually starve to death?accidentally, because you couldn’t produce enough milk to breastfeed…exclusively. Jillian Johnson suffered a mother’s nightmare when she lost her son, Landon, 19 days after he was born because she felt pressured to breast feed but hadn’t produced enough milk to do so.

?If I had given him just one bottle, he would still be alive,? Johnson writes in a blog post for the non-profit organization Fed Is Best. ?If only I could go back in time.?

PEOPLE?magazine reports,?Fed is Best advocates for safe breastfeeding ? including supplementing with formula when medically necessary or strictly formula feeding for those who want or need to ? in response to the tragic stories of mothers accidentally starving their babies, according to co-founders Jody Segrave-Daily RN, and Dr. Christine Del Castillo-Hegyi.

In the case of Johnson and her son Landon, inadequate milk supply in the first days of the baby?s life ultimately resulted in his death just weeks later. Johnson never imagined that pressure to exclusively breastfeed (inspired by the old adage that breast milk is the best milk) could result in the fatality. Continue reading

Get Your Cardio In While Sitting On Your Butt With…the Officiser!

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*I?m all for innovation and enterprise, and marvel at those individuals who manage to cook up a contraption that we can?t imagine living without. The automobile. The light bulb. The television. New Coke (kidding — Google it). The microwave (my grandmother?s favorite — “How in God’s good name does it heat up the cup of coffee without heating the walls of the oven???,” she’d always ask ). The personal computer. And that ubiquitous smartphone.

And now, straight out of Korea, the home of Samsung, the Officiser is poised to blow up! ?

For those of us who spend a large portion of our day sitting, some geniuses have cooked up an ?invention? that allows us to move our lower bodies while typing away at the keyboard, watching television, or reading, thereby improving our circulation and overall health. Continue reading

Leading Psychologist Says Children ‘Diagnosed Transgender’ May Actually Have Autism

 

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*Well?this?assessment is sure to turn some heads. I’m already confused. I’ve actually worked with children who have autism, but I don’t know much about the transgender community. Even so, I wonder what the heck the two have to do with each other. A leading psychologist thinks he has stumbled upon something.

Youngsters who believe they were born in the wrong body are seven times more likely than others to be on the autistic spectrum, said Canadian child psychologist, Kenneth Zucker.

The autistic trait of ?fixating? on subjects could convince children they are the wrong sex, he added. Continue reading

Leading Retailer, Whole Foods, Under Fire for Questionable ‘Organic’ Labels (Watch)

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*#organicmatters…right? Generally, consumers who go out of their way to seek out and purchase foods that claim to be “organic” do so with the trust and belief that the label that claims this is true. I’m not sure if this revelation is new or not; but that doesn’t matter here because the issue itself has no expiration date. Whole Foods, a leading retailer which owns the 365 Organic Foods brand, has been called to explain why it is that their “organic” foods may not be organic at all. Why…you may ask? Well, one strong clue is that if you turn the packaging over, and scroll down, the small print actually says “A product of China.”

Therein lies the problem. Seems few people actually turn the packages over and read it. Continue reading

Study Finds Lack of Exercise Increases Risk of Dementia

Dementia is a serious mental disorder that affects more than 5.4 million Americans. Sadly, in addition to aging, physical conditions like hair loss and obesity could also be related to this debilitating disease.

According to a new study, lack of exercise could also have a direct relation to dementia.

“Being inactive may completely negate the protective effects of a healthy set of genes,” said Jennifer Heisz, an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology at McMaster University and a lead researcher on a new Canadian study.

The five-year study looked at more than 1,600 adults aged 65 and older and found that individuals who spend too much time on the couch have the same risk of developing dementia as those genetically predisposed to the condition. The predisposed people carry the apolipoprotein (APOE) gene mutation, which significantly increases the chance of developing dementia later in life. In fact, it’s the strongest genetic risk factor for dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The type of exercise needed to fight off dementia isn’t known; however, the study suggests that even rudimentary physical activity could help, as the physically active study participants reported walking at least three times a week.

“Which means you don’t have to train like an Olympian to get the brain health benefits of being physically active,” Heisz added.

Problems with hair loss are often related to dementia as well, but it’s important to keep in mind that hair loss doesn’t always lead to mental health issues. Hair loss is becoming more and more common in younger people, who are far from showing any signs of dementia and other mental health-related problems. Roughly 40% of men experience noticeable hair loss before they turn 35 years old.

Unfortunately for the prematurely hairless, eHealthMe does report that hair loss is commonly found among people with dementia. The most common factors of dementia patients who also experience hair loss are being female, being over the age of 60, and having high cholesterol levels.

The increasing number of Americans with dementia has also taken a toll on the nation’s health care system. Pharmacy Times reports people with dementia — along with younger men, people with lower income, and people of color — are more likely to seek emergency care for non-emergency conditions like common eye problems.

A University of Michigan study looked at roughly 377,000 eye-related emergency room visits over a 14-year period and found that nearly 86,500 of those visits were for issues that did not require emergency treatment.

Of course, people who are experiencing serious dementia symptoms should consult a medical professional. In addition to primary care physicians, patients can get medical attention at urgent care clinics. About 60% of urgent care centers have wait times less than 15 minutes and 65% have an on-site physician at all times. Instead, many older Americans with dementia end up in emergency rooms.

To limit the risks of dementia, there are steps young people can take. Monitoring physical activity, keeping track of potential symptoms, and seeking professional medical attention are all important aspects of fighting off dementia.

“I tell all my patients that if they leave with one, and only one, piece of advice,” said Dr. Sam Gandy, director of the Center for Cognitive Health ant Mount Sinai Hospital, “one thing that they can do to reduce their risk of dementia or slow the progression of dementia is to exercise.”