Natural remedies for hemorrhoids

February 24, 2021 Adiantku 0

Hemorrhoids are painful, unpleasant, and, um, well, difficult to talk about. But they actually are quite common: about half of people over age 50 have had them. However, they’re easy to treat and manage.

“Hemorrhoids can be troublesome and embarrassing, but they often shrink on their own with simple self-help care and over-the-counter remedies,” says Dr. Howard LeWine, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins near the anus. Common symptoms are rectal pain, itching, bleeding, and occasional protruding veins outside the anus.

There are two types of hemorrhoids: internal and external. You can have either type by itself, or both at the same time.

Internal hemorrhoids. These form inside the anal canal and usually are painless. However, they may cause intermittent bleeding with bowel movements, and sometimes discharge mucus. Internal hemorrhoids also can protrude outside the anus and look like small, … Read the rest

‘Femme Flex Friday’: An All-Star Women’s Physique Recap

February 21, 2021 Adiantku 0

This week’s episode of Femme Flex Friday features some of the elite stars of the IFBB Pro League’s Women’s Physique division. Host Alina Popa was joined by 2020 Olympia Champion Sarah Villegas, third-place finisher Natalia Coelho, fourth-place finisher Barbara Menage, and Ivie Rhein, who finished fifth on the Olympia stage. These athletes held nothing back and offered a lot of insight into their 2020 Olympia experience.

Training for 2020 Olympia During the Pandemic

Villegas: “My husband and I actually own a gym, so for us training really wasn’t that interrupted because we had a facility that we own. And since we didn’t have the traffic that we would normally have, training was actually better on some days.”

Coelho: “It was not easy for me because I didn’t have a gym or anything like that. Everywhere was closed. I was fortunate that I found a place that I … Read the rest

Does your health monitor have device bias?

February 21, 2021 Adiantku 0

In recent years, there’s been a veritable explosion in the number and type of health monitoring devices available in smartphones and fitness apps.

Your smartphone is likely tracking the number of steps you take, how far and fast you walk, and how many flights of stairs you climb each day. Some phones log sleep, heart rate, how much energy you’re burning, and even “gait health” (how often are both feet on the ground? how even are your steps?). And, of course, nonphone wearables and fitness gadgets are available, such as devices to measure your heart rhythm, blood pressure, or oxygen levels. The accuracy of these devices varies — and, in some instances, your skin tone may make a difference.

Generally, how accurate are health monitors?

I know from my experience with hospital monitoring devices that they aren’t always accurate. False alarms from EKG monitors often send medical staff scurrying into … Read the rest

The link between abdominal fat and death: What is the shape of health?

February 20, 2021 Adiantku 0

Body mass index, or BMI, has long been the standard tool for assessing weight status and health risk. A calculation of your size that takes into account your height and weight, BMI is frequently used because it’s a quick, easy, and inexpensive measurement tool. Yet, it lacks any assessment of how much fat a person has or how it’s distributed throughout the body, both of which are key indicators of metabolic health. A recent study published in The BMJ analyzed different measures of body shape — more specifically, of central or abdominal fat — to determine which measures were most predictive of premature death.

Abdominal fat associated with higher risk of death

Researchers in this study analyzed the following measurements of central fatness: waist, hip, and thigh circumference; waist-to-hip ratio; waist-to-height ratio; waist-to-thigh ratio; body adiposity index (which incorporates hip circumference and height); and a body shape index (calculated … Read the rest

Ms. Olympia Andrea Shaw Feels ‘Liberated’ After Move to Bodybuilding

February 19, 2021 Adiantku 0

One of the big stories in women’s bodybuilding in the last couple of years has been the influx of physique competitors who have moved up to compete with the big girls – and have been spectacularly successful.

Andrea Shaw, the 2020 Ms. Olympia winner, made the transition from physique to bodybuilding in 2019. MayLa Ash, Asha Hadley and Reshanna Boswell followed in Shaw’s footsteps last year and all placed in the top 10 at the Ms. Olympia, which returned for the first time since 2014.

When these athletes talk about making the transition from women’s physique to women’s bodybuilding, they all describe it in the same way: as a liberating experience.

“Crossing over into female bodybuilding has been such an empowering, accepting and freeing journey for me,” Ash wrote on Instagram at the end of an amazing year that ended with her placing fourth at the Ms. Olympia … Read the rest

Why won’t some health care workers get vaccinated?

February 19, 2021 Adiantku 0

Many Americans cannot wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine. They call hotline numbers. They search online for vaccine clinics. They wait for hours in line. Yet, others with ready access to the vaccine have declined it in large numbers. Staff in long-term care facilities were prioritized to receive the vaccine, but many are choosing not to get vaccinated. Why?

Nobody is more familiar with the impact of COVID-19 than staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities that have been ground zero for the pandemic. Large numbers of residents and staff have contracted the virus. Nearly 40% of the COVID deaths in the US have occurred among residents of these facilities. Over 1,500 nursing home staff have also died from COVID, making nursing home caregiver the most dangerous job in America.

Nonetheless, many long-term care staff continue to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine. In a recent CDC report, nursing … Read the rest

Healthcare Now – Perspectives from Australia and Japan

February 18, 2021 Adiantku 0

Co-Author: Tomoyuki Wakamura, Business Development Manager

Divergent responses to the pandemic and a stutter-step start to global vaccine administration have shown just how varied global health systems are; challenging notions about strengths and weaknesses – ­at home and abroad. We’re taking the pulse of healthcare in our region, using perspectives from Australia and Japan, to provide insights into broader telehealth and connectivity themes at play across the continents. The pandemic reshapes healthcare daily, but as we move forward into 2021, we’re seeing concrete glimpses of what’s to come. The future of healthcare is starting to emerge in the wake – and hopefully a foreseeable ebb – of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Updates 

Australia seems to have controlled the initial waves of the pandemic, with most states recording very few – and often zero – new daily case numbers. Opening up after prolonged lockdowns, Australia now confronts  the return of international travelers and … Read the rest

This Week’s ‘Monday Night Muscle’ Recaps 2020 Olympia Winners

February 18, 2021 Adiantku 0

Shawn Ray and Bob Cicherillo are both familiar with the Olympia stage. Ray has competed on that stage 13 different times, placing as high as second twice. Cicherillo is well known as the voice of bodybuilding thanks to him serving as the MC and announcing every champion on that stage for over a decade.

Very few are as qualified as these two when it comes to talking about the champions that were crowned at the 2020 Olympia in Orlando, FL, back in December. That was the very topic of discussion on the latest episode of “Monday Night Muscle.”

Missy Truscott Winning the Fitness Olympia

Cicherillo: “I saw Missy coming a mile away. Everybody that saw her the last two years at the Arnold with that win. You could see she was on track to being a major contender to Whitney [Jones] or anybody else that was coming. … Read the rest

Grandparenting: Anticipating March 11

February 18, 2021 Adiantku 0

March 11th, 2020 — or was it March 12th, or a few days before or beyond that? Each of us has a date and time etched in our minds when we knew that the COVID-19 pandemic was upon us. Now, the anniversary of that date is fast approaching. What, if anything, do we do to mark it? And how do we convey our thoughts and feelings about this milestone to our grandchildren?

Anyone who has reached grandparenthood has collected anniversaries along the way. There are anniversaries of joyful occasions, and ones that serve as painful reminders of loss. There are the personal anniversaries — the births and deaths of loved ones — and public ones, including 9/11, the moon landing, and (for those of us in our mid-60s and older) the deaths of JFK, RFK, and MLK. For many of us, the upcoming anniversary of the pandemic has elements of … Read the rest

What’s your approach to health? Check your medicine cabinet

February 17, 2021 Adiantku 0

Do all kids spy? Just me? When I was a child, I spent hours snooping in my parents’ nightstands, Granny’s pocketbook, my older brothers’ dresser drawers. I’m not sure what I was looking for, exactly, other than validation of my suspicion that the teenagers and adults in my life were keeping secrets from me.

And no opportunity for sleuthing seemed richer than the twin mirrored medicine cabinets hanging from my parents’ bathroom wall. My mother’s was kind of boring, its glass shelves lined with bottles of aspirin and antacids, plus a dusty jar of jewel-toned bath oil beads. My father’s was a treasure trove — to me, at least. An orthopedic surgeon, he had access to all sorts of paraphernalia with which he stocked his medicine cabinet: syringes, alcohol, sterile gauze, tincture of opium, ACE bandages, gentian violet, and even butazolidin, an injectable anti-inflammatory long off the market for humans, … Read the rest