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Alcohol and Health: myths, facts and little knowns

Alcohol

The effect of alcohol on health is one of the most debated topics in medicine. The uncertainty is mostly confined to heart health and the remaining effects are quite well-understood and mostly deleterious. First, understanding the definition of amount of alcohol consumption is important: Moderate consumptions is less than 2 drinks per day for women or anyone over age 65, less than 3 drinks per day for men.

Zika Virus Update

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has now confirmed new cases of Zika virus in several states across the U.S. and has expanded its travel alert to include the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic. The previous travel alert for pregnant women or women considering getting pregnant included the following destination: in Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela. In the Caribbean: Barbados, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, St. Martin and Puerto Rico. Cape Verde, off the coast of western Africa; and Samoa in the South Pacific are also destinations to which the CDC warns travel should be postponed.

When Weight Loss Surgery is Warranted - Bariatric Surgery Pros and Cons

Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery isn’t for everyone; and it’s not a panacea, but there are cases in which surgery to improve health might be warranted. Losing weight is not easy. It takes vigilance and work. The list of diets most people have tried before they resort to more drastic measure is long.

Rosie O’Donnell’s Battle of the Bulge and Life Saving Surgery

Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie O’Donnell has joined the ranks of other celebrities who have gone under the knife to lose weight and has reportedly lost 64 pounds. The 53 year old comedian, actress, author, activist, and talk show host had struggled with weight her whole life and at times was the victim of humiliation and body shaming.

Jennifer Hudson - I Got This From size 16 to 6

Jennifer Hudson weightloss

Jennifer Hudson has risen from unknown finalist on the 2004 season of American Idol, to un-stoppable superstar diva. The multi-talented 34 year old singer, actress, spokesperson and author has won 37 awards in her relatively short career, including a Grammy for the title song, “Love You I Do” from the “Dreamgirls” track in the category of Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. The song became Hudson's first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay chart. Hudson also won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Dream Girls”.

John Goodman - How He Lost Over 100 Pounds

John Goodman weight loss

John Goodman has struggled with his weight for decades, but the loveable 63 year old actor is no longer portly. Instead, the television and film actor is looking rather dashing. The new look is fabulous and opens the door for new rolls for Goodman who is actually fairly athletic, having played football in college. But, the weight loss didn’t happen overnight.

Zika Virus - CDC's Travel Warnings and What You Should Know to Prevent Infection

The CDC has recently issued travel warnings (level two out of three), especially for pregnant women going to Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, due to the outbreak of Zika virus in these regions. [5] The Zika Virus, a type of mosquito-borne flavivirus similar to Dengue fever is associated with birth defects. The alert includes women who are pregnant in any trimester and women who are considering becoming pregnant. [3]

Alternative Cancer Treatments that Work

Alternative Cancer Treatment

Treatments for cancer have traditionally been surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. However in 1985, hyperthermia therapy, a natural non-invasive treatment which allows the generation of heat to a specific area to kill tumor cells was approved for clinical use. When combined with very low dose radiation, proponents of this non-traditional treatment claim a success rate of 85-92% remission. Hyperthermia is internationally known as the fourth treatment in cancer therapy and while relatively new to the U.S is well known and widely used in other countries like Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, France, Italy, and China.

Breast Cancer Detection - Thermography versus Mammography

Thermography for breast cancer detection

The chance of getting breast cancer in one’s lifetime is 1 in 8 with about 15% of woman under the age of 45 being diagnosed. There has been a lot of debate over the efficacy of thermograms versus mammograms, but today there is more research on diagnostic tools. What must be understood are the differences between the two tests.

New Treatment for Diabetes By Reprogramming Cells

Diabetes treatment and human cell

Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes, and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have succeeded in transforming human fibroblasts, a type of skin cell, into pancreatic cells via a process called direct cellular reprogramming, an accomplishment that brings personalized cell therapy one step closer for those who suffer from diabetes.

Melissa McCarthy - The Incredible Shrinking Funny Lady Diets Away Over 50 Pounds

Melissa McCarthy Diet

I was watching The 2016 People’s Choice Awards and when Melissa McCarthy came on stage I was flabbergasted at the amount of weight she’s lost. The 45 year old film and television star is not only really funny, she has the great physical comedic ability, like a female Chris Farley, but as anyone who’s been a larger size knows, being physical isn’t always easy.

Vascular Dementia is Not Alzheimer's Disease

vascular dementia is not Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, and there’s so much discussion about it that it’s easy to overlook the second most common one—vascular dementia. A recent report in Diabetes Care brought to light the importance of understanding vascular dementia, as it’s been shown that women with type 2 diabetes are at higher risk of developing this form of dementia—rather than Alzheimer’s—than are men.

You Will Be Surprised To Learn The Percentage of Polled Women Who Are "Body Positive"

Women's health and body image perception

Today, Yahoo Health launched Body-Peace Resolution, a month-long initiative to motivate you to pursue wellness goals that aren’t vanity-driven - and therefore, destined for failure - but that strive for more meaningful outcomes, such as physical strength, mental fitness, nutritional nirvana and self-acceptance - true and total body peace.

5 Healthy Travel Trends for the New Year

Travel health trends

The New Year is a time when people announce resolutions and work to create new habits. However, out of the 45 percent of the population that is estimated to make them, only around 8 percent actually achieve them. Even within the business travel world, there are plenty of resolutions and trends that people will set, as they make their way around the country and world in the name of business. There are some emerging trends for the New Year that will help keep travelers healthy as well as happy.

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