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REPOST: Coffee drinkers less likely to die from oral cancers

Another discovery on the benefits of drinking coffee was shared in this Fox News article.

 

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It’s been proven that a daily cup of Joe has many health benefits – ranging from cardiovascular and skin protection to warding off certain diseases like Parkinson’s.

Now, a large-scale study from the The American Journal of Epidemiology has found coffee drinkers are less likely to die from oral cancer, the New York Times reported.

Scientists followed more than 900,000 healthy men and women, starting in the year 1982 – and 26 years later, only 868 people had died of oral or throat cancer.

Participants filled out questionnaires on their health and dietary habits. Researchers took into consideration factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption, but even with those factors in place, researchers found those who drank one cup of coffee had a 26 percent lower risk of death from oral cancers than those who did not drink coffee.
Coffee drinkers who consumed two to three cups daily had a 33 percent lower risk. Hardcore coffee drinkers – drinking at least four to six cups a day – had a 50 percent lower risk.
The one caveat: The coffee has to be caffeinated, and there is no correlation with a reduced risk of oral cancer for tea drinkers.

The study’s lead author, Janet S. Hildebrand of the American Cancer Society, said the study is still unclear as to whether the coffee drinkers are less likely to develop oral cancers, or just more likely to survive it.
But, whatever the reason, it most likely has to do with the fact that coffee contains helpful compounds to ward off cancer and antioxidant benefits.

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Placentophagy: Are there benefits to eating the placenta?

The placenta, an organ that connects a fetus to the mother’s uterine wall to facilitate nutrient, oxygen, and waste transfer via the mother’s bloodstream, has been used in various rituals and ceremonies for centuries. Among these rituals is placenta eating.

 

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Some countries see placentophagy, or placenta eating, as a celebration of the miracle of childbirth. In Vietnam and China, the placenta is seen as a life-giving force. Thus, some people in these countries add dried and ground placenta to their food in order to increase their energy and improve their health.

There is certain logic to the placenta being the perfect after-birth food, as throughout the pregnancy, it facilitates the transfer of food and nutrients from the mother’s body to the baby. This is why some mothers in western countries are opting to eat their placenta after childbirth and why there are some websites that sell encapsulated placenta that mothers can take every day to improve their well-being.

 

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January Jones, an actress who starred in the widely acclaimed TV series Mad Men (2007), is an advocate of placenta eating. She claims that after eating her placenta, she never felt depressed or lacked energy.

However, despite the presence of placentophagy advocates claiming that the placenta has nutritional value, placenta eating should be taken with a grain of salt, as there is no proof that eating the placenta has nutritional benefits.

 

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Wellness travel trends for 2013

In the previous year, healthcare industry observers saw a significant rise in the number of patients who traveled abroad for medical treatment. Without a doubt, medical travel has become more and more popular as an option due to the rising costs of health care in the US.

 

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Throughout 2013, observers have also noted some wellness travel trends that can contribute to the positive image that the industry has achieved among consumers, and might make travel for wellness more appealing to people who have remained unconvinced about its merits.

Some of the improvements to expect this 2013 are the following:

– Many airports are undergoing renovations that are geared toward increasing comfort. Wellness has become a top consideration in many airport designs, and there are many terminals that are undergoing changes to create an atmosphere of relaxation for airline passengers.

 

 

– Hotels are also starting to do their part in ensuring the health and wellness of their guests. Many have gone beyond the usual spa, gym, and pool offerings, and have taken steps to ensure a more comfortable stay with rooms designed to induce better sleep, and air conditioning systems that eliminate bacteria and allergens in the air.

– Many companies are also planning to increase the incentives given to employees who participate in health improvement programs.

 

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– Apart from medical procedures, the non-religious spiritual practices for healing are also gaining more attention. Mental health is also an important aspect to wellness, and various forms of meditation and yoga are part of many medical travel packages.

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Incontinence and inebriation: What really happens after weight loss surgery

When diet and exercise no longer do the job, people resign to the idea of losing weight by going under the knife. In the US, 35.7 percent of adults are said to be obese. This huge percentile gives people an idea on why bariatric surgery is considered as one of the most famous surgical procedures of all time, despite its downturn in numbers in the past few years.

 

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Bariatric surgery is considered a standard procedure in various medical institutions and is one of the elective medical procedures commonly considered under an insurance plan. Commonly known as weight loss surgery, it is designed to help people lose weight – be it for aesthetic purposes or health considerations. The process involves the reduction of the stomach’s size by inserting a special medical device inside the body or by removing a portion of it.

To date, many speculations and studies have been made on the effects of bariatric surgery. Recently, the news about weather forecaster Al Roker’s embarrassing incident at the White House made headlines. Roker’s personal experience is one of the most common things that happen to people who underwent weight loss surgery.

 

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Fecal and urine incontinence is common among obese people, especially those who are in the critical stages of obesity. The National Institutes of Health asserts that bariatric surgery reduces the severity of urine incontinence, but the same effect doesn’t apply to fecal incontinence for some unknown reason. In fact, studies show that over 50 percent of those who have undergone this surgery observed that their fecal incontinence worsened.

Aside from experiencing fecal incontinence, people who underwent weight loss surgery consume more alcohol two years after their procedure, as reported by Reuters. The report furthers that it may have something to do with the effect of the resized stomach on alcohol tolerance. Another possible reason is that people may find themselves substituting drinks for food. This effect of the surgery is still under clinical observations and is subject to in-depth studies. However, people who had weight loss surgery are advised to monitor their alcohol intake, and consult with their doctor if there is a change in their drinking habits.

 

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Is fear of traveling keeping Americans from medical travel?

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The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions states that “Americans are the least likely to go outside their home country for health care” and “only 3 percent of Americans would definitely consider traveling outside the United States for either necessary or elective care; only 1 percent had actually done so in the past year.”

Since the benefits of medical travel far outweigh its disadvantages, lack of interest in medical travel might not be the problem. After all, if medical travel offers high-quality health care at a fraction of the cost and is being promoted as an enjoyable way to see the world, then why aren’t more people opting for medical travel?

Is doing the actual traveling putting off most Americans from medical travel?

There are three possible reasons why people would be afraid of traveling:

They are afraid of flying. This is one of the most common fears people have, and since medical travel usually involves the patient getting on a plane, this can be a big problem.

 

 

They can’t afford to travel. Many people have the perception that traveling is expensive. It can be, but with proper research and preparation, it doesn’t have to be.

It’s not safe. This is one of the main reasons why people are too reluctant to travel to another country, especially with all the news about unrest in some countries.

Realistically, most of these fears are illogical. The likelihood of dying in a plane crash is 1 in 1.7 million to 1 in 29.4 million, according to PlaneCrashInfo.com, and visiting another country, as long as it isn’t war-torn, is totally safe.

 

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The Satori World Medical website has all the information you need regarding medical travel.

Plastic surgery: Asking the essential questions before getting an elective procedure

Unlike emergency procedures for life threatening conditions, elective surgeries are arranged and planned out in advance, reducing the risk of complications and other medical problems during and after the procedures. However, no surgical procedure is danger-free, no matter how ‘non-essential’ it is. So it only makes sense that you know what you’re getting into before undergoing any amount of nip and tuck.

 

 

Health.com presents five questions to ask before deciding to have cosmetic or plastic surgery:

1. What are your doctor’s qualifications?

– Choose only a certified doctor with a good history of the procedure. To be sure, you can check with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

2. How long has your doctor been doing the procedure?

– Needless to say, he or she should have a long line of experience listed under his or her name.

 

 

3. What are the potential risks and complications?

– No doctor would assure a risk-free procedure. If your doctor does, then think twice before proceeding with any surgery.

 

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4. Where is the surgery going to be conducted?

– Accreditation is the key in choosing the venue. Whether it’s an ambulatory surgery center or a huge hospital, the medical facility should adhere to strict safety and quality standards of accreditation organizations, like the AAAASF.org.

5. Will you have hospital privileges?

– When things get out of hand and become complicated, and there’s a need for you to be admitted to a hospital, you need to know your hospital privileges.

Complications in elective procedures are relatively rare, and there’s probably nothing to worry about. However, if you’re ignoring red flags, you may have to deal with a medical malpractice lawsuit in the long run.

 

 

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Battling strains: Flu vaccine and its effectiveness

 

 

The flu season, which usually starts in February, began earlier than usual this year, and many agree that getting vaccinated is the best protection against getting sick and spreading the disease. However, health officials note that the latest influenza vaccine is only 62 percent effective in abating the symptoms of flu. That is just a modest estimate.
 

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“Sixty two percent is far less than we wish it would be, but it’s [that] the glass is 62% full, or we have a 62% reduction in the number of people who would be going to the doctor if they hadn’t been vaccinated. So it’s certainly well worth the effort,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said.
 

 

Because of the vaccine’s relatively low effectiveness rate, CDC recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone aged 6 months and older. Moreover, vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of influenza complications, including:

• Pregnant women

• Older adults

• Young children

• Those with chronic medical conditions, including asthma, AIDS, and obesity

 

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Having a flu shot generally protects anyone from coming down with a flu. Although the vaccine does not ensure total protection, it’s definitely worth getting.

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