-Biology Division - Science Department
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Is there such a thing as “long term consequences of overuse of social networking tools”? Yes. It does exist. It is called “Trigger Thumb Syndrome”.
A few examples of how the general public makes the best use of this 21rst century mile stone, “Texting”. Instant communications for small things with definite benefits has given rise to new or renewed ailments with catchy names like “iPhoneitis,” “BlackBerry Thumb” and “Droid-digits,” otherwise known as Tendinitis (also called tendonitis). Unlimited texting plans have been made available by leading carriers. American teenagers sent and received an average of 2,272 text messages per month in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the Nielsen Company — almost 80 messages a day, more than double the average of a year earlier.
HOUSTON – A clinical trial to look at better ways of managing one of the most common side effects of breast cancer treatments – vaginal dryness – is underway under the auspices of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine. As breast cancer survival rates continue to improve, the need to better manage side-effects of the long-term, life-saving treatments also grows, said Dr. Polly Niravath, an assistant professor in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine and director of the survivorship clinic at the Harris Health System’s Smith Clinic.
Study Shows Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Trigger Improvements at the Cellular Level Dr. James L. Hardeman has seen firsthand the consequences of unhealthy habits during his 30 years as a practicing physician, and he says they’re just not worth it. “There are very clear, biological reasons why we are compelled to eat sugary, fatty foods; but if there was ever a case of ‘too much of a good thing,’ it’s a sedentary lifestyle coupled with delicious, readily available food,” says Dr. Hardeman, author of “Appears Younger than Stated Age,” (www.jameslhardeman.com), a pragmatic guide to looking younger. As we evolved, sugar, salt and fat were rare yet necessary commodities, and that’s why we enjoy them so much, he says. But there are devastating consequences associated with too much rest, sugar and fat – including heart disease, obesity, diabetes and sleep apnea, he says.
Dr. James L. Hardeman has seen firsthand the consequences of unhealthy habits during his 30 years as a practicing physician, and he says they’re just not worth it. “There are very clear, biological reasons why we are compelled to eat sugary, fatty foods; but if there was ever a case of ‘too much of a good thing,’ it’s a sedentary lifestyle coupled with delicious, readily available food,” says Dr. Hardeman, author of “Appears Younger than Stated Age,” (www.jameslhardeman.com), a pragmatic guide to looking younger.
Two special screenings events to be held on September 20and 21 in recognition of National PAD awareness month To help raise awareness about atherosclerosis disease (or hardening of the arteries) in our community, Peripheral Vascular Associates (PVA) is planning FREE screening events on September 20 and 21 at many of their San Antonio offices.
What’s it like to be an English bulldog? More people are finding out, say integrated health specialists Dr. Michael Gelb and Dr. Howard Hindin. “A bulldog’s airway passages are quite restricted because of the shape of its face, and they are often especially vulnerable to illnesses such as cardiac disease and cancer,” says Dr. Michael Gelb of The Gelb Center in New York (www.gelbcenter.com), a holistic dentist known worldwide for pioneering integrative treatments. Dr. Hindin of the Hindin Center for Whole Health Dentistry (www.hindincenter.com) partners with Dr. Gelb in a multidisciplinary approach to treating chronic disease affecting millions of Americans.
Grandma’s recipes may also carry a legacy of ills, expert shares tips for change. High blood pressure ran in Dee Louis-Scott’s family, along with a talent for preparing delicious, beautiful meals that kept everyone at the table for hours. “I hear many families with a history of medical problems who say they can’t do anything about it because it’s ‘genetics,’ ” says Louis-Scott, author of “Believe in the Magic,” www.mattiefisher.com, an inspirational biography of her late mother, Mattie Fisher.
It’s hard to stick to a low-calorie diet day after day to lose weight, but new research shows you don’t have to, says Dr. Susie Rockway, a veteran nutritional and biochemical expert in the U.S. health industry. “Recent studies show you can lose 10 to 30 pounds in eight weeks through alternate-day fasting,” she says. “Every other day, dieters in the study ate only lunch – no breakfast or dinner – between noon and 2 p.m. The following day, they could eat whatever they wanted.
TEXAS– As summer winds down, families in Texas are beginning to prepare for the new school year. A new school environment can sometimes be difficult for children with asthma. This back-to-school season, the American Lung Association highlights tips for families of children with asthma and stresses the importance of crafting a plan to properly manage asthma in a school environment.
(StatePoint) veryone has heard about a cosmetic procedure that left a patient unsatisfied or worse. But don’t let those anecdotes scare you. There are plenty of qualified, talented doctors available for every procedure. Whether you’re investigating a tummy tuck or laser fat removal, don’t rush to the first doctor in the phone book. For better results, do your research: • Ask your friends for referrals, particularly if you like their results. • While cost may be a factor, remember, less is not always more.