It’s Flu Season, Are You Prepared for the Earliest Start in 10 Years?

Health experts have been recommending people to get their flu vaccines and now that the flu season has started are you prepared? Be warned, this flu season had the earliest start in 10 years.

It’s the holiday season, with family and friends waiting anxiously for the Christmas dinner, with people ravaging shopping center for gifts and supermarkets for food. It’s the Holy Grail of the flu season. Experts warn this is going to be a bad flu season, although the CDC says the US is ready for it. However, since this flu season has the earliest start in 10 years, we might be in for a surprise.

Earlier this week, just as the month of December started, health officials had no holiday cheer when they announced the flu season has already begun. They warned some of the primary strain will make you sicker than others and the elderly are going to have a particular hard time. If you didn’t get your flu vaccine yet, you’d better to get it now.

“It looks like it’s shaping up to be a bad flu season, but only time will tell” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director. “We’re seeing the beginning of the uptick start at least a month before we’d generally see it” he added.

Health experts are worried that the flu season started early than ever in the past decade. They don’t know exactly why or for how long we should be weary of it. With more than a third of Americans already vaccinated (that’s 112 million Americans), flu reports from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas are still higher than usually. Two children have already died in hospitals because of the flu.

There are 120 million vaccines available and 112 million Americans got theirs. While this year there are a lot more vaccines for the primary strains of the flu (and better at matching H3N2 influenza A, H1N1 pandemic swine flu and influenza B), there still is a chance at least 36,000 people will die because of it.

NBC writes that on average, each year about a quarter of Americans gets the flu and the death toll amounts to 36,000. But given this year the flu season started the earliest in ten years, it’s likely the death toll will be bigger. In 2003-04, the last time the flu season started as early as in 2012, there were more than 48,000 deaths in the United States caused by influenza.

What Is Severe Morning Sickness?

Not every pregnant woman will experience morning sickness but about 1 in 300 will experience severe morning sickness. Amongst them is Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, who has already been rushed to the hospital because of the severity of the condition.

Morning sickness is the first pregnancy symptom that comes to mind. But not all women will be bothered in the morning by nausea and vomiting. Unfortunately there are a few women, not as lucky, for whom nausea and vomiting gets severe. And it’s not just that. Pregnant women with severe morning sickness have a hard time handling the other symptoms of the conditions such as tiredness, shivering, dehydration and in some rare cases even renal or liver damage.

Hyperemesis gravidarum becomes a serious life-threatening condition when the mother is severely dehydrated. Given the constant vomiting and changes of the body due to the pregnancy, it will be hard for the mother to avoid dehydration. Pregnant women have tried it all, including gingerale, ice and cold water, but many couldn’t overcome the severe morning sickness.

How do you find relief then? “There is limited evidence, the use of ginger, vitamin B6 and acupressure have also been found to be effective for some women, though it’s always worth checking with your midwife or doctor first” said Rosie Odds with the National Childbirth Trust in UK.

In the past, hyperemesis gravidarum or severe morning sickness wasn’t seen as an actual condition and pregnant women dealing with it had no help. Now, there are specialized treatments for severe morning sickness but that often requires the pacient to be rushed to the hospital. Kate Middleton is already there and will be spending a few more days in the hospital.

“With treatment – intravenous fluids and medication to control the vomiting and nausea – it’s quite a benign condition although horrible to have” Dr. Tim Draycott, spokesman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, told BBC. “The real risk is under-treatment”, which could last up to 13 weeks, when the high hormone levels causing the severe morning sickness usually start to decrease.

The good news about having severe morning sickness is that it’s likely a sign you’ll be having twins. “We are not sure why some women get it when others do not, but it is slightly more common if the mother is expecting twins” said Dr. Tim Draycott.

Healthy Snacks That Won’t Add To The Belly

Thanksgiving’s 4,500 calorie dinner has sure ruined your dieting and since this is the holiday season you won’t be back on track before January. You might have a month of all kinds of guilty pleasures at hand, but don’t make losing pounds harder than it should be. We present you a list of healthy snacks that won’t add to the belly. So when you feel like munching on something check out the fridge or put on your grocery list some of the following flat-belly healthy snacks.

We tend to do most of our munching on unhealthy foods at the office. This is actually the main reason that hinders our decision to eat healthier, exercise more, have a healthier life style. You’re going to drink tons of coffee anyway and settle for chips, hot dogs, take out and sweets to get you through the day. By the end of the day you will feel powerless and tired. Without taking into account the actual stress of the job, part of the reason you’re feeling like that is the food and drinks you’ve been having all day long.

Nutrition experts say that office snacks should pack a maximum of 200 calories. That means you’re having something nutritious that gives you energy but won’t add pounds. Los Angeles nutritionist Jonny Bowden advises against a chocolate bar or a bag of chips and recommends healthy snacks that “should be built around adequate protein, a little bit of fat and hopefully some fiber”.

So, where does that leave you? You can try packing for the office string cheese which is only 80 calories, a boiled egg (70 calories), half an avocado (125 calories), almonds (12 nuts about 184 calories. Get creative, and add grapes to the string cheese snacking or roast chickpeas with cumin, chili and olive oil. If you feel like something sweet would do it better, try carrot sticks and peanut butter. 2 carrots and one tablespoon of peanut butter equals only 144 calories and is both healthy and delicious.

Obviously your office healthy snacking doesn’t have to be exactly this. Browse the internet, read a nutrition book and you’ll find for yourself how healthy snacks not only help you throughout the day with energy, vitamins, omega acids but they’re doing it without adding pounds like chocolate and salty chips would.

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More Than Half Of US Couches Carry Toxic Flame Retardants

How safe do you think your couch is? Leave alone the bedbugs, because a new study says that more than half of couches in the United States carry toxic flame retardants. How does it affect you? Some of these flame retardants are carcinogen.

You’d expect your home to keep you safe. It’s your little heaven where you should be at ease from health hazards roaming outside. But is it? Is the place where you spend most of your time at home actually safe? A new study says half of you might have a couch that carries toxic flame retardants.

Two studies looking at the presence of toxic flame retardants in our homes were published today in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. One of them looked at the chemicals potentially toxic that surround us in our very own homes. Common household items, such as electronics and upholstered furniture could be making us sick. 85% of couches in the United States were treated with flame retardants.

“Hard to believe, 35 years after our research contributed to removing Tris from children’s sleepwear our current study suggests that more than a third of Americans’ couches contain the same toxic flame retardant” said lead researcher and chemist with the University of California Arlene Blum.

So what are chemical flame retardants and why are so problematic? Flame retardants are chemicals used in a variety of industries that have products in most American homes. Thermoplastics, textiles, thermosets and coatings are treated with flame retardant chemicals to make them more resistant to fire. As more and more nations are elevating standards for safety, the industry of flame retardants has been on the rise for the past years.

But some of the chemicals used to make your couch fire-proof are a danger to your health. Researchers have managed to ban the use of toxic flame retardants in children’s pajamas, and a new study shows these chemicals are found in 85 percent of Americans’ couches. Blum says many of the chemicals are carcinogen or have been linked to the development of cancer, hormone disruption and even learning problems.

“The levels are enormous…People have a pound of these toxic chemicals in their couches” warns the lead researcher. So you’re standing on a couch that may contain chlorinated Tris, a likely human carcinogen banned from kids’ pajamas three decades ago, or pentaBDE, a chemical that is now banned worldwide.

Most Pork Products in US Are Contaminated

Here’s something nobody wants to hear about their favorite steak. A study found that most raw pork products in US supermarkets are contaminated with bacteria called Yersinia, a food-borne pathogen that is responsible for the infection of more than 100,000 Americans each year.

Yersinia is a bacteria that causes a common bacterial infection of the intestines. In humans the condition is known as Y. enterocolitca infection and brings on symptoms such as water or bloody diarrhea and fever. Some infections are often mistaken as appendicitis. One of the most common causes of infection is eating improperly cooked pork meat. A study brings concerning news: most of the raw pork products in United States are contaminated with a bacteria that wasn’t even being monitored.

Consumer Reports tested the same raw pork products you and many other millions buy each day from a supermarket nearby. Out of the 148 pork chops and 50 ground pork samples tested, more than half tested positive for the hazardous bacteria. Add to the 69% of Yersinia contaminated pork meat, another 11% that tested positive for enterococcus. The meat is contaminated with fecal matter that causes urinary-tract infections when in the digestive system. Although not in such a significant percentage, the pork meat also tested positive for salmonella and listeria contamination, 4 and 3 percent.

“The results were concerning” said Urvashi Rangan, one of the researchers in the study. “It’s hard to say that there was no problem. It shows that there needs to be better hygiene at animal plants. Yersinia wasn’t even being monitored for” he told ABC News about findings that should make you look at your pork with different eyes.

The Pork Producer’s Council says that the Consumer Reports’ study isn’t accurate because it does “not provide a nationally informative estimate of the true prevalence of the cited bacteria on meat”. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is saying that the findings “affirm that companies are meeting the established guidelines for protecting the public’s health”. Hello? 69$ of samples tested positive with a bacteria that causes symptoms such as bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever.

Traffic Pollution Exposure Linked to Autism

One in 100 adults has autism, while data reads that the number of children with autism in the United States has increased by 78 percent. A new study reads that traffic pollution exposure during pregnancy is linked to autism, adding another piece to the puzzle.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 88 American children have an autism spectrum condition. Many of these children can’t take care of themselves. Researchers continue to solve a puzzle they’re still missing most of the pieces. A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found a link between air pollution in traffic and an increased risk of autism, compared to children who haven’t been exposed to environmental pollution.

“The public health implications of these findings are large because air pollution exposure is common and may have lasting neurological effects” reads the study by authors with the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Researchers compared 279 autistic children with 245 children without social and communications problems. The data found that children who were exposed to air pollution and other environmental causes were three times more likely to develop an autism-spectrum disorder. Also linked to a higher risk of autism, were diet, digestive tract problems, vaccine sensitivity and mercury poisoning.

“Although additional research to replicate these findings is needed”, the study shows air pollution exposure is a serious matter to take into account to prevent neurological effects. Researchers say that a 7 micrograms per cubic meter decrease of pollution will reduce the risk and would even lead to an increase of five months in life expectancy.
Dr. Heather E. Volk, lead author and assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, believes “there is evidence that the immune system might be associated with autism, and pollution affects these same pathways”.

However, other field experts don’t think the study is actual proof that exposure to traffic pollution actually caries a higher risk of autism. “As much as it would be perhaps attractive to find a single cause for autism, the reality is there are many different causes” said Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York.

Taking Medication with Grapefruit Juice Can Be Deadly

Not many people are aware that taking medication with grapefruit juice can be deadly. A new research says that over the four years, the number of medications that could have a bad reaction to grapefruit juice has increased.

Under normal circumstances, eating a grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice is a very welcomed boost of Vitamin C. But as it turns out, when you’re making the wrong combination, your fresh grapefruit juice could bring your death. Sounds grim indeed, but a research team with Western University in London, Ontario, says there are more than 85 oral medications that could have a bad reaction with grapefruit juice.

“Many of the drugs that interact with grapefruit are highly prescribed and are essential for the treatment of important or common medical conditions” reads the research. Not all of them will trigger a bad reaction to the grapefruit juice that will lead to your death, but at least 43 will trigger serious effects.

The number of medications that interacts negatively with the grapefruit juice has risen from 17 to 43. Basically, “half of these drugs actually can cause sudden death” researchers warn. Given that we’re talking about highly popular drugs, it’s all the most important for people to know getting their medication with grapefruit juice could trigger severe reactions such as respiratory failure and gastrointestinal bleeding among others.

“Your urine looks like wine. You can be in such extreme pain that you literally can’t walk across the room and your kidneys have totally shut down” one of the lead researchers told The Calgary Herald.

On that list are drugs usually prescribed to lower cholesterol (Lipitor, Zocor, Mevacor, Altoprev) or popular medications for people with cardiovascular problems. Even several anti-psychotic and pain drugs might interact badly with the grapefruit juice. So, what’s in the grapefruit juice that triggers such bad reactions with certain medications?

The grapefruit has a chemical that hinders the body’s ability to absorb the drug. “We know it boosts drug levels in the blood” said lead researcher David Bailey. “Now you’re seeing so many drugs where the levels get boosted that the consequences are really quite dire” he added.

And it doesn’t even take a great intake of grapefruit juice to cause a reaction. “You can be taking one grapefruit a day or just drinking 250 milliliters. But the magnitude of the increase in some individuals can be so large that you can precipitate this adverse event”.

Joseph Murray, Nobel Winner And Organ Transplant Pioneer, Dies at 93

(Reuters) – Joseph Murray, the pioneer who won a Nobel Prize after performing the first kidney transplant, passed away on Monday at the age of 93. The demise was declared at a hospital in Boston where the American plastic surgeon was hospitalized after the stroke he suffered last Thursday.

Medicine has never been the same since Joseph Murray performed the first kidney transplant on identical twins in the 1950s. He shared the 1990’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with E. Donnall Thomas due to the numerous discoveries he made in the field. On Monday, November 26, the plastic surgeon passed away at the age of 93.

His spokesperson confirmed the news on Tuesday adding that the Nobel Prize winner’s death was caused by the stroke he suffered last Thursday. Murray’s condition worsened since the incident took place and doctors were unable to help him recover.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital President, Dr. Elizabeth Nabel was very saddened to communicate the surgeon’s demise. She told the press that “the world is a better place” thanks to Murray’s scientific breakthrough. She concluded by saying that Murray’s legacy will continue to exist in people’s hearts and more specifically in the hearts of those patients “who received the gift of life through transplantation”.

Even though Murray succeeded in making the first kidney transplantation, he never ceased to look for new methods of improving his work. Thus, he spent the last years of his life trying to improve patients’ immune systems, so they no longer rejected the foreign tissue that was transplanted. It was his ambition and drive to succeed that brought him the recognition of the Scandinavian committee in 1990.

Joseph Murray’s son, Rick, described the scientist as an optimistic man whose favorite quote was “difficulties are opportunities”. The late surgeon stated in an interview for the Nobel Prize organization that he would have loved “to have 10 more lives to live on this planet” so he could dedicate each and every one of them to the study of his favorite subjects: embryology, genetics, physics, astronomy and geology. “The other lifetimes would be as a pianist, backwoodsman, tennis player, or writer for the National Geographic,” he added.