(Natural News) When it comes to protecting your brain, the first thing that may come to your mind is avoiding head injury, and for good reason: studies have shown that traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting from falls and other forms of head injury may increase the chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease.One of the causes of traumatic brain injury is known as sports-related head injury. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons estimates that at least 21 percent of all head injuries are from sports and recreational activities among children and teenagers in the U.S.However, it’s not just sports injuries that can damage your brain. Our lifestyle also plays an important role in keeping our brain healthy: what we put in our bodies and how we use it will ultimately decide how our bodies will function in the long run.That said, here are some tips from the Group Health Research Institute to help you in the quest to protect your brain – and possibly avoid … [Read more...] about 7 simple health tips for protecting your brain and cognitive function
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Saturday, November 18, 2017 by: Jhoanna Robinson Tags: desk jobs, desk-based workers, happiness in the workplace, health assessment, physical activities, physically active, sedentary, sitting, sitting down, walking, workplace health (Natural News) A new study that is set to be published in the forthcoming Lewis and Clark Law Review shows that sitting for prolonged periods of time can often lead to a number of health issues, which include increased body fat and cholesterol, high blood sugar, and increased high blood pressure. According to Natalie Pedersen, an assistant professor of legal studies in the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Thomas R. Kline School of Law graduate and current judicial clerk Lisa Eisenberg, their work tackles all about the issues of sitting in the workplace and its related medical problems by taking a close look at the structure of liability in the United States for workplace injury. Other countries have … [Read more...] about If “sitting is the new smoking,” who is responsible for the health consequences of desk jobs?
Midnight on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. We're hurtling west toward Springfield, Missouri, a thousand-mile haul, in a 500-horsepower freightliner towing 19 tons of dangerous cargo. Behind the wheel is 27-year-old Justin Boschee, a 6'5" former offensive tackle at Eastern Oregon University, a born-again christian, and a driver with more than 400,000 miles of unblemished experience. I'm hoping this trinity of muscle, messiah, and mileage will keep us safe."I found a driver dead once," Boschee says offhandedly. "We were switching trailers. I knocked on his cab, but no one answered. He was dead. Young guy, too." Then he grows pensive. A full moon and a constellation of dashboard lights create a comforting glow. "This is a great job. It pays well, and I love the freedom. But if you're not careful, it can kill you."A 2014 survey of long-haul truck drivers by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that 69 percent were obese, 17 percent morbidly so. A recent … [Read more...] about 7 Rules of On-The-Road Fitness
(Natural News) New research calls for the phase out of lead bullets at shooting ranges as long-term exposure may lead to serious medical conditions. According to the researchers, lead fragments and fumes are released every time shooters fire their weapons. As a result, shooters inhale the fumes, while lead residues stick to their hands and might be inadvertently ingested through smoking or eating.The study also stressed that women of child-bearing age are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning as the toxic chemical is stored in their bones and stands as a substitute for calcium. Once a woman becomes pregnant, the fetus will then take up the lead deposits along with calcium. This can lead to serious neurodevelopmental damage, the researchers said. Data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) showed that even low levels of lead exposure may significantly impact behavior and intelligence in children. Female shooters may also … [Read more...] about People who shoot at indoor ranges found to have shockingly high blood levels of lead, the heavy metal used to make bullets
(Natural News) Six police officers found out the hard way that hand-held radar guns, kept in their lap while not pointing them at cars, cause testicular cancer over time. A study revealed that six incident cases of testicular cancer developed between 1979 and 1991 for officers who all routinely held their radar devices in close proximity to their testes–thus proving their only “shared risk” factor for health hazards warranting the condition. One Norfolk, Virginia traffic cop said he worked with radar for 12 years, but since he quit using the radar gun, his cancer is in remission.Traffic radar guns emit microwave radiation at frequencies between 10.5 GHz and 36 GHz, with enough intensity to enhance tumor growth by several different means. The radiation is capable of disrupting immune function and enhancing the absorption of carcinogenic substances into cells, so although the radar gun itself may not be directly causing cancer, the microwave radiation is indirectly … [Read more...] about Cops’ radar guns emit 36 GHz frequency radiation that causes testicular cancer – who knew?
(Natural News) In many ways American industry and the private sector are dramatically over-regulated by bureaucrats in government – both state and local. That’s something president-elect Trump has vowed to reduce, and based on his cabinet picks, he seems to be serious.Not all government regulations are bad, of course. And in that vein, some don’t actually go far enough.As The New York Times reports, regulations that should be tightened – in defense of children’s hearing – are those that govern safe volume limits for their earphones/headphones.According to the paper, kids as young as 3 use headphones these days, and as the holidays get closer, retailers are stocking up on several brands that all claim to be “safe for young ears,” or which deliver “100 percent safe listening.” They are supposedly designed to limit the volume so that sound cannot be played too loudly. Parents rely on such earphones to prevent their kids from … [Read more...] about Half of children’s headphones fail ‘safe’ volume limit, false advertising rampant
If the leaves of poison oak are broken or the plant is damaged in some way, it releases an oil - urushiol - that is poisonous to humans. The oil triggers the body's immune system and produces a rash. Even dead leaves, stems, or roots contain the oil; it can also be inhaled if the plants are burned. Urushiol is the same oil that is produced by poison ivy and sumac. Alternatively, indirect contact can occur if the oil gets onto clothes or is carried on a pet's coat. Although cats and dogs are not generally affected by urushiol, they can carry it. Most people, but not all, show an allergy to the oil, referred to as allergic contact dermatitis. It usually appears between half a day and 3 days after contact with the plant oil. People who are allergic to the oil do not have a reaction until they have a second contact with the oil. The immune system learns to recognize the oil from the first occasion and then reacts to it aggressively on future contact. According to the Centers for Disease … [Read more...] about Poison oak: Photos and treatment options
While this time of year usually brings cheerful weather and the growth of beautiful plants, millions of people will be gearing up once again to do battle with a problem that recurs every year. Itchy eyes, repetitive sneezing, a permanently runny nose - the symptoms of seasonal allergies. For many people, the emergence of marauding ticks at this time of year is the least of their worries. The real struggle for these people is with seasonal allergies, also referred to as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. If these common symptoms seem to develop for weeks and months on end at the same time each year, it is likely that you could be affected by seasonal allergies. The condition affects many in the US; in 2010, around 11.1 million visits to physicians' offices led to a primary diagnosis of hay fever. Thankfully, despite how infuriating and disruptive seasonal allergies can be, there are many steps that can be taken to lessen their impact. In this Spotlight, we take a look at what … [Read more...] about Seasonal allergies: tips and remedies
Professional football players are much more likely to die from Alzheimer's disease, ALS (Lou Gerhig's disease) and other conditions cause by brain-cell damage, researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati wrote in the journal Neurology. The scientists gathered data on 3,439 ex-professional football players, average age 57 years, who had played during at least five seasons from 1959 to 1988 for the National Football League. They searched through all the death certificates, specifically looking out for deaths caused by ALS, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. When the study was ongoing, 10% of the ex-footballers had died. The team discovered that professional football players: had triple the risk of death caused by diseases that destroy or damage brain cells compared to other people had four a times greater risk of dying from ALS or Alzheimer's disease had about the same risk of death from Parkinson's disease as the rest of … [Read more...] about Professional Football Players Have Higher ALS And Alzheimer’s Death Risks
Workplace stress is onset by a number of different factors. These stressors not only cause concern for overall worker health, but it also causes concern for overall workplace safety. A recent study has indicated that more than 1,400 workers have described what stressors they experience most often. The California-based company, Wrike, Inc, that conducted this study discusses how these stressful situations for workers diminish productivity levels. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Occupational health is a large concern for all, which is why the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health was created. The institute states that factoring in job stressors can help have a better impact on overall productivity. Exposure to these stressors directly impacts safety in the workplace and the mental health of all involved. It has to be factored in, along with many other things, to create a truly effective safety culture. Here are the top three contributing … [Read more...] about Workplace Stress Causes Workplace Safety Concerns