Is there anything that aspirin can't do? Well, maybe

aspirin_2945793kJill U. Adams, Special To The Washington Pos, shared with the Daily Herald Newspaper that aspirin is one of the oldest drugs out there. And yet researchers are still learning what it can — and cannot — do.

It’s clear that daily aspirin can be beneficial for people who have had a heart attack or an ischemic stroke. Scores of studies have shown that this simple treatment reduces the chance of having a repeat heart attack or stroke.

Researchers have long wondered whether the drug might also prevent first heart attacks or first strokes. A new study followed 14,000 Japanese people age 60 and older who had high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes — three major risk factors for atherosclerosis, which can block arteries and cause heart attack and stroke.

The results, published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found no overall benefit to taking an aspirin a day. The study hardly puts the question to rest, however.

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Get smart about antibiotics Nov. 17 – 23

3495411871-1Infections caused by resistant bacteria have become more common, and many bacteria have become resistant to multiple antibiotics. In fact, each year more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result.

The DuPage County Health Department is joining public health partners across the United States to encourage everyone during Get Smart About Antibiotics Week (Nov. 17-23) to be more aware of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing.

Here is what is known:

  • Antibiotic resistance is one of the world’s most pressing public health threats.
  • Antibiotics are the most important tool we have to combat lifethreatening bacterial diseases, but antibiotics can have side effects.
  • Antibiotic overuse increases the development of drug-resistant germs.
  • Antibiotics can cure bacterial infections, not viral infections. Treating viruses with antibiotics does not work, and it increases the likelihood that you will become ill with an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection.
  • Patients, healthcare providers, hospital administrators, and policy makers must work together to employ effective strategies for improving antibiotic use – ultimately improving medical care and saving lives.

Here is what you can do:

  • Take the antibiotic exactly as the doctor prescribes. Never skip doses or stop taking an antibiotic early unless your doctor tells you to do so.
  • Only take antibiotics prescribed for you; do not share or use leftover antibiotics. Antibiotics treat specific types of infections. Taking the wrong medicine may delay correct treatment and allow bacteria to multiply.
  • Do not save antibiotics for the next illness. Discard any leftover medication once the prescribed course of treatment is completed.
  •  Prevent infections by practicing good hand hygiene and getting recommended vaccines.
  • Do not ask for antibiotics when your doctor thinks you do not need them. Remember antibiotics have side effects. When your doctor says you don’t need an antibiotic, taking one may do more harm than good.

Health Track Holiday Event – Register NOW!

HealthTrack is hosting a free event for members and guests!!  “Healthier Holiday Treats & Party Ideas” takes place Monday, December 1st from 7-7:45pm.  Jess Krauser is leading the event and registration ends November 28th.

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Lunches packed at home are generally not as nutritious as school lunches

unhealthy lbThe Daily Herald also shared this information on November 17, 2014:

Researchers compared more than 750 school meals with more than 560 packed meals given to pre-K and kindergarten students in three schools, analyzing them for nutritional value over five days, CBS News reports.

“We found that packed lunches were of less nutritional quality than school lunches,” said lead researcher Alisha Farris, a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech University.

The packed lunches had more fat, and included more desserts and sugary drinks than the school lunches did, the researchers found.

“There was a spectrum,” Farris said. “There were some really healthy packed lunches. But overall, they were pretty unhealthy.”

The study is published in the November-December issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

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The germiest public places

germThe November 17 edition of the Daily Herald Newspaper shared this information:

Cold and flu viruses can live outside of the human body for about 24 hours, Joseph Rubio, the director of microbiology at RB, the makers of Lysol, told weather.com. So, anytime you’re out in public, it’s likely there’s a cold or flu virus lurking on a surface nearby.

But there are steps you can take to avoid getting sick — washing your hands or using hand sanitizer after touching public objects, and being wary of commonly germy spaces.

Watch out for these germ-laden hot spots:

Grocery store cart handles: Anything a lot of people touch is going to be dirty, Rubino said. Grocery store shopping carts are one of the worst offenders, especially because you alternate between cart handles and fresh food. Wipe down the handle with a portable cleansing wipe if you can, or at the very least, don’t touch any food directly while you shop, he suggested.

Restaurant table surfaces: When you come in contact with restaurant tables and chairs, “you’re touching something a lot of other people touch,” Rubino said. The heath problems start when you then put your hands to your mouth, eyes or ears.

Salt and pepper shakers or condiments bottles: Rubino said he doesn’t go so far as to only handle such things with a napkin, but it’s a good practice to wash your hands before and after eating and to avoid touching food with your hands after you’ve handled public property, he said.

Take control of your health

Healthy Eating

photo2jAs part of a healthy diet, it is important to get enough protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Protein is especially important and essential for the health of the immune system.1 Healthy fats, (including EPA and DHA) are important to the immune system as well.2

When choosing foods, make sure you focus on fruits and vegetables because they contain nutrients your body needs such as antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A, and minerals such aszinc and magnesium.

MANY FOODS HAVE MEDICINAL PROPERTIES, MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE AS MANY AS POSSIBLE:

Mushrooms (shiitake, matsutake, and others) have a long history of helping support the immune system, especially the reishi mushroom in traditional Chinese medicine. Modern science has shown that mushrooms contain substances (such as beta-glucans and others) that can enhance immune system function.3

Garlic and onions not only taste great but have research supporting their ability to modulate immune function.4

Herbs such as turmeric,5 ginger,6 and others have long been used as spices and to preserve foods; these herbs also have benefits for our immune system.

Nutrients

Vitamins and minerals can also affect the immune system.7 Vitamins B6, B12, folate, C, E, and minerals zinc, copper, and iron all support an effective immune response.8

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Is Your Child Overweight or Obese?

toad_or_frog_wearing_a_wizards_hat_0521-1010-2412-4121_SMUFamily Fitness Expert, writes: you may look at your kids and think, “He’s strong and sturdy,” or “She’s still got a bit of baby fat.” But check again; that baby fat could have big consequences for her health. Child obesity can leave kids at risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, and even depression.At regular check-ups, your child’s doctor should check his height and weight and calculate his body-mass index, or BMI (see an online calculator that helps you check against thresholds for child obesity).

  • A child is considered overweight if her BMI is at or above the 85th percentile (but below the 95th percentile).

Because kids’ growth patterns are different from adults, a child’s BMI can’t be directly compared to an adult’s. Special BMI-for-age charts help doctors know which kids are at risk. So do growth patterns over time, and so does questions doctors may ask about diet and fitness, such as:

If the BMI, the lifestyle questions, and/or family medical history raise a red flag, the doctor may order follow-up lab tests, such as a lipid profile (which checks the level of cholesterol in the blood), and recommend lifestyle changes for the whole family or other treatments.

 

Get Your Flu Shot Now!

doctor with female patientEdward Hospital Physician Dr. Jonathan Gibson says, ” First it’s back to school, then comes flu season.”

About this time of year doctors begin talking up the importance of flu shots, and with good reason – it’s an antidote that can reduce your chances of catching a flu virus by 70 to 90 percent.

You know you should get one, but when?

Flu shots are typically offered starting in September and October, slightly ahead of the usual October-May flu season. If you get it too early, will it wear off before the flu season ends? Although the flu season doesn’t peak until about January or February, a flu shot administered in early fall should carry you through most of the season, says Dr. Jonathan Gibson, MD, a primary care physician with Edward Medical Group.

“The earlier in the season you get your shot, the less likely you are to catch the flu,” says Dr. Gibson. “It’s also important to note that the vaccine can take up to two weeks to become effective.” Read more

5 Nutrients to Feed Your Brain

cartoon-brain-1This information came from the Shaklee Corporation’s e-newsletter that was published on 9/26/14:Ancient people thought the brain was used for cooling the body but not much else.We now know that our brains play a critical role in almost everything we do: thinking, feeling, remembering, working, playing—and even sleeping. The brain makes up only 2-3 percent of our body weight but consumes up to 20 percent of the body’s energy and oxygen.

 

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Healthy Lombard will be asking Senior to share for our cable show, Health Local, their Life Long Lessons (on how to stay healthy and enjoy life).  We look forward to seeing you at the fair!