In a 40-year period beginning in 1975, diagnoses for thyroid cancer tripled, yet the number of people dying of thyroid cancer remained steady. According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, the condition appears to have been over diagnosed. The report says small thyroid growths or nodules are common but few are cancerous. The most common type of thyroid cancer, small papillary, grows so slowly that it rarely causes problems. According to the Mayo Clinic, the treatment could be riskier than the disease since after thyroid removal patients must remain on medicine for life.
Car Seats 101: The Basics
Chances are, it’s been awhile since you last thought about child safety seats for effective parenting. If you’ve been out of the game for a while, you might be surprised at, and a little mystified by, the changes in car seat technology.
We were lucky. When our granddaughter came to live with us, she had a car seat. In fact, I had helped her mother pick it out from the store. But babies grow fast. When it was time to upgrade, we had no idea what we needed or where to start.
If you’re in a similar situation, this short guide can help take some of the mystery out of child safety seats.
When creating the family’s budget, it is easy to look at individual categories and determine that they are too expensive or that there are cheaper alternatives elsewhere. If the cell phone bill is $200 a month, a basic online search could reveal that another provider offers the same service for half the price. In this respect, budgeting is often a very apples-to-apples comparison that promises easy decisions.
In the United States, sleep deprivation is now considered a public health epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that 50 million to 70 million people are affected by disorders of sleep or wakefulness. When a person gets less sleep than he or she needs, over time, that deprivation builds up and can cause serious problems. [Read more…]
Flu season is upon us and one shot could save you two weeks of suffering, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Self-Help Tips for Relieving Anxiety, Worry, and Fear
Worrying can be helpful when it spurs you to take action and solve a problem. But if you’re preoccupied with “what ifs” and worst-case scenarios, worry becomes a problem. Unrelenting doubts and fears can be paralyzing. They can sap your emotional energy, send your anxiety levels soaring, and interfere with your daily life. But chronic worrying is a mental habit that can be broken. You can train your brain to stay calm and look at life from a more positive perspective. [Read more…]
A new surgical implant, tested by the University of Pennsylvania, is now available for sleep apnea patients who can’t use an airway pressure machine. [Read more…]
Conditions that affect the liver include hepatitis. There are three forms of hepatitis, two of which have vaccines. Hepatitis A is typically spread through contact with fecal matter, while Hepatitis B is spread through contact with bodily fluids, and can be passed from mother to child during birth. Hepatitis C spreads through contact with the blood of an infected individual. Fatty liver disease, alcoholic cirrhosis, and alcoholic hepatitis are three conditions that alcohol abuse can bring on, all of which cause damage to the liver. [Read more…]
Links between brain tumors and cellphones have not been established, but new research suggests there might be a connection. [Read more…]
Many hospitals are turning to the one disinfectant that reliably fights antibiotic-resistant superbugs. You might have heard of the miracle cleaner: bleach. Plain old bleach. Bleach is one of just a few chemicals that kill spores of Clostridium difficile, a virulent bug that causes severe diarrhea and nausea. [Read more…]