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Summer Conditions You Should Be Able to Address

Introduction

This Straight, No Chaser post discusses a variety of conditions likely to be present in the summer. A previous post was a guide to avoiding summertime sports injuries. We want you to keep summertime as fun time, so let’s enhance your knowledge of these summer conditions!

Your Guide to Summer Health

Taking a trip? Hiking or camping in the woods? Going to the beach and/or swimming? Golfing in the heat? There are tons of activities and risks that exist in the summer. We’ve got you covered. Read the linked posts here for knowledge on issues you more than likely are having to address as we speak!

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Avoiding Sports Injuries in the Summer

Introduction

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This post discusses summertime sports injuries.

It’s not just kids that get injured in the summer having fun. Those of you weekend warriors, recreational and actual athletes are very much at risk also. Now, professional athletes are at risk for injuries for different reasons than weekend warriors. Although accidents happen to everyone, poor conditioning and training, propensities not to stretch or warm up, relatively poorer playing conditions, and use of inferior equipment (or lack of use of any at all) make your adventures a little more risky. Straight, No Chaser has reviewed many common sports injuries. Links to some are listed below, and others you can read up on just by typing what you’re looking for into the search box on the right.

The Most Common Sports Injuries

Be especially careful to avoid the following conditions.

Of course, the most common injury aren’t all the rage. Everyone’s concerned about concussions. Here’s a Straight, No Chaser review of concussions.

The weekend warrior is too often engaged in a testosterone fest and doesn’t listen to his body. If you get hurt, stop. If you don’t listen to your body, something more serious could be on the verge of happening.

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Tips to Avoid Summertime Sports Injuries

  • Always warm up, regardless of the sport. It’s especially helpful to stretch the Achilles tendon, hamstring and quadriceps areas and hold the positions without a bouncing motion.
  • Avoid bending knees past 90 degrees.
  • Avoid twisting knees. This is best done by keeping your feet as flat as possible during stretches and running.
  • If you’re jumping, land with your knees bent.
  • Cool down following vigorous sports. You want your heart rate to come down gradually.
  • Wear properly fitting shoes. You can avoid stress fractures and sprains by wearing shoes that provide shock absorption and stability.
  • Avoid running on hard surfaces like asphalt and concrete. It’s preferable to run on softer, flat surfaces. Appreciate that running uphill may increase the stress on the Achilles tendon and the leg itself.
  • Know when to stop.

A Word on Treatment

We’ve discussed the RICE method of treating strains and sprains in the past. Make a habit of this for even minor ankle, knee, wrist, elbow and shoulder sprains. It helps with pain and swelling, and it also speeds recovery.

Whether you’re enjoying the Big Game or just your game, it’s good to know what you’re looking to avoid. Don’t let a sports injury sneak up behind you. If you are in need of information or advice, contact your personal healthcare consultants at 844-SMA-TALK or www.sterlingmedicaladvice.com. Have a great day, and enjoy the game.

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Heat Awareness: Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Introduction

Heat awareness is the topic of this Straight, No Chaser post. With climate change in full effect, “hotter than July” is becoming increasing less likely. What’s more likely is your being at risk for the consequences of heat and sun exposure.

Once the rainy season goes away, you know what will happen next. There’s more heat and all heat. You’d better be ready. The way things work, we just have to deal with it. Unlike when the weather is cold, you can just add layers. When it’s extremely hot, the heat seems unescapable. So we sweat, get fatigued and even cramp up. Surprisingly, there appears not to be much thought given to the notion that heat cramps are an early sign of a life threatening condition. Many of us have had loved ones die from heat related illnesses.

When a loved one dies, families often ask “Is there something I could have done?” Usually I give you information. Today’s Straight, No Chaser gives you information and power to act if needed. There are several varieties of heat-related illness, and you would do well to be aware of them, because you can make a difference if someone’s suffering in the heat.

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Heat Stress

For starters, I really want you to become mindful of Heat Stress, which is the earliest complex of problems arising from excessive heat exposure. Heat stress is that strain and discomfort you get (usually during outdoor exertional activity) that reminds you that you’d be better off inside (assuming it’s cooler inside). You may notice such symptoms as cramping, a prickly-type rash, swelling and a sensation that you want to lose consciousness. If you must remain outdoors due to work, or choose to (playing sports or enjoying the sun), hydration means everything.

(It really is true that in some instances if you’re not actively urinating, you’re not drinking enough fluid. This is the level at which LeBron James was suffering during the NBA finals in 2014. It really does beg the question as to why he was allowed to suffer on the sidelines instead of being taken to the locker room, iced down and given intravenous fluids.)

Heat Exhaustion

Ok, so you’ve ignored both me and your body. You’re still outdoors, not rehydrating enough. Heat exhaustion may occur next. Heat exhaustion is defined by ongoing body salt and fluid losses. Now you’re feeling faint, thirsty, anxious, weak, dizzy, you want to vomit and may have a headache. Internally, your body temperature starts to climb. I see a lot of these patients. Usually it’s because once you get wobbly, your employers or co-workers are getting concerned. This concern is good, because at this point you are actually in danger.

Heat Stroke

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Maybe you didn’t come to see me when you had the chance. You’ve collapsed outdoors, and are found and brought in. This is Heat Stroke. Heat Stroke is defined by changes in your mental status. Also, there are increases in your temperature and disruption of your bodily functions. This can include a loss of ability to sweat and a loss of your kidney and liver’s abilities to detoxify your body the way they normally do.

Exertional vs Classic Heat Stroke

Well, in case you’re feeling good about yourself because you’re too smart to exert yourself outdoors, all I’ve been describing is ‘Exertional’ Heat Stroke. The more deadly form of heat related illness is ‘Classic’ Heat Stroke. This is the type that captures the headlines every year in places like Chicago, New Orleans, Miami and Houston. ‘Classic Heat Stroke’ is seen in those with underlying disease, bad habits or the elderly. I’m talking about the obese, alcoholics, meth and/or cocaine users, folks with thyroid or heart disease or on certain medications like diuretics or beta-blockers. These folks can get the same symptoms simply by not being able to escape the heat. They may actually just be sitting around in a less than optimally air-conditioned home.

Tips to Beat the Heat

So that’s what you’re up against. And yes, many people die from this. By the way, you’re not protected from the heat related illness just because you’re in shape. Let’s end with 2 tips (one for prevention and the other for assessment and treatment) to help you Beat the Heat.

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1) Take special caution during the following conditions

  1. 95 degrees is high risk, regardless of the humidity
  2. 85 degrees and 60% or above humidity
  3. 75 degrees and 90% or above humidity

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Here, you want to remove yourself from that environment. You need to keep plenty of fluids around. You need to visit an environment where there’s adequate air conditioning. Dress very lightly.

2) If symptoms of heat related illness short of mental status changes occur, think “Check, Call, Care, Cool”

  1. Check – look for those signs and symptoms I mentioned earlier
  2. Call – call 911 immediately. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
  3. Care – Lie in a cool place, elevate the legs, place cool, wet towels on the body (especially in the armpits and groin), and drink cool fluids. If mental status changes occur, or if the heart or lungs appear to give out, cool by any means necessary while waiting for the ambulance. This could include ice bath, ice packs, fans or cold water, but don’t drown someone trying to put them in a tub of water if you can’t handle them. Don’t forget to remove those layers of clothing.

Please be mindful that it is hotter in July, and unfortunately lives are lost every year to the heat. That said, it doesn’t have to be July for you to get a heat-related illness. If you can’t avoid the exposure, at least have a plan for managing the heat and acting on any mishaps. The life you save may be your own.

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June is PTSD Awareness Month

Introduction

PTSD Awareness Month

June is PSTD Awareness Month. Let’s get aware!

We have become dangerously close to normalizing the amount of stress with which we live as individuals in a society. This minimizes the inability of many to deploy adequate coping skills. Also, it ignores the long-term consequences of events, whether major and minor, on our function. Therefore, this Straight, No Chaser guide looks at PTSD from many angles. We want you to have access to the information you need. Also, we want you to be encouraged to get help when needed. If you know someone suffering, please reach out. It means more than you likely know.

The Straight, No Chaser PSTD Guide

PTSD Awareness Month

Here are four posts looking at PTSD from different angles. Feel free to review, share and discuss!

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Men’s Health Awareness Month

Introduction

We like to use Fathers’ Day to launch Men’s Health Awareness. Join us, and continue the love and support you offered the men in your life!

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Take a moment to think through the variety of concerns of our fathers.

  • Many of our fathers are of advancing ages and have to address all the ramifications of that, including arthritis, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease and cancer. With the likelihood of suffering from multiple diseases, it is probable that they are taking multiple medications, leaving them susceptible to medication side effects and drug interactions. Either of these concerns can result in falls, leading to trauma, fractures and head injuries. Additionally, many fathers have to deal with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia type issues.
  • Some of our fathers have been taken from us by gunshots or other forms of violence. Remember, public health concerns have caused more deaths than medical illness.
  • On a lighter note, a lot of fathers will only have to suffer the embarrassment of a minor burn over the grill!

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Think Prevention!

All of this is meant to point out the need for health prevention in a group that utilizes health care much less than women and children. If you’re in the gift giving mood for your fathers, do better than that not-so-attractive tie. Think health. Get one of those health monitors that track steps, eating and sleeping habits. How about a treadmill? Try a safety helmet if he’s a motorcycle rider. Grab some manly mittens for the grill. Get him a back brace or a dolly to help with the duties he performs around the house. Make him an appointment to see his physician.

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As a father, when I think of my health and what my loved ones can best do to contribute to it year-round, I think of happiness. Fathers are providers and protectors. If you’re lucky enough to still have your father around, take a moment, and let him know the ways he’s contributed to your happiness. That’s pretty simple and shouldn’t be that much to ask. Don’t discount the impact of happiness on health.

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On Straight, No Chaser, we often discuss the intersection of health and happiness, and during Men’s Health Week and on a day like Father’s Day, that discussion becomes both important and meaningful. It is quite likely that on this day, fathers everywhere are reflecting on the meaning of life and realizing that fatherhood is our ultimate legacy. So while you’re rewarding your favorite guy (with healthy food, no doubt), lay the love sauce on a little thick. It’s needed and will be appreciated.  Happy Fathers’ Day to all those deserving men out there. Now let’s get into some health and medical facts.

Health Facts

(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

  • Men die at higher rates than women from 9 of the top 10 causes of death and are the victims of over 92% of workplace deaths.
  • In 1920, women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Now, on average, men die almost five years earlier than women.

Who is the Weaker Sex?

  • 115 males are conceived for every 100 females.
  • The male fetus is at greater risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.
  • 25% more newborn males die than females.
  • 3/5 of SIDS victims are boys.
  • Men suffer hearing loss at 2x the rate of women.
  • Testosterone is linked to elevations of LDL, the bad cholesterol, and declines in HDL, the good cholesterol.
  • Men have fewer infection – fighting T-cells and are thought to have weaker immune systems than women.
  • By the age of 100, women outnumber men eight to one.

Prevention

  • Women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men.

Depression and Suicide

  • Depression in men is undiagnosed contributing to the fact that men are 4 x as likely to commit suicide.
  • Among ages 15 to 19, boys were 3.1x as likely as girls to commit suicide.
  • Among ages 20 to 24, males were 4.6 x as likely to commit suicide as females
  • The suicide rate for persons age 65 and above shows a 6x more frequent occurrence in men than in women.

Men as Victims of Homicide

The chance of being a homicide victim places African-American men at unusually high risk.
Here are the relative chances of being a homicide victim.
  • Black males: 1 in 30
  • White males: 1 in 179
  • Black females: 1 in 132
  • White females: 1 in 495

There’s More!

Read these additional Straight, No Chaser posts for general and specific information on points related to men’s health.

Men's Health

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National Safety Month – Are You Protected?

Introduction

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June is National Safety Month. Did you know that injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44? There are many things you can do to stay safe and prevent injuries. Don’t leave your life in the hands of luck or happenstance. Let’s show you a few ways to lower your risks!

Posts for Your Safety

National Safety Month

Read these Straight, No Chaser posts to learn how to prevent and treat many of the most common causes of injuries.

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Awareness Month

Introduction

This post discusses Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

Do you have a normally functioning brain? Are you concerned about subtle or obvious changes in your mental capabilities? Do you have a loved one in the grasp of Alzheimer’s Disease? In all of these circumstances, you would do well to know a bit about basic brain function. Also, you want to learn how to optimize your brain’s function. Additionally, we offer information on dementia and Alzheimer’s for your information. Finally we offer a self-assessment tool.

Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

Click on the below links for any and all of these Straight, No Chaser posts.

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Tips to Curb Your Late Night Snacking

Introduction

Need to curb your late night snacking? Straight, No Chaser contributor Sandra Gultry returns with tips to help you!

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Tips to Curb Your Late Night Snacking

After-dinner and before-bedtime snacking when not hungry results in consuming unneeded calories. Often this is just a behavior caused by boredom, stress or fatigue. Try these tips to banish evening cravings and curb after-dinner, late night snacking.

End Mealtime Madness

Spend a little time planning ahead and grocery shopping for nutritious meals, including breakfast, and snacks throughout the week. When you eat a variety of foods throughout the day, guided by your hunger and fullness, you’re less likely to overeat at night. Eating balanced meals and snacks throughout the day provides your body with a steady source of energy to fuel daily activities. It also maintains blood sugar levels and ensures greater intake of nutrients that are important for your health.

Boost Protein and Load up on Fiber

Protein is generally lacking at breakfast. Far too many people skip breakfast altogether. Note: A “coffee and fruit combo platter” is not breakfast….

How about this? Eat a breakfast consisting of oatmeal with a cup of low-fat or fat-free milk, adding a small handful of nuts and fruit. This provides adequate protein. At lunch, include a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter, a small can of tuna fish, one-half a cup of black beans or a 4-ounce salmon filet. This will also help push up your protein. At dinner, most people get too much protein. Your portion sizes of popular protein sources are too big! Go for recommended serving sizes, such as a 3-ounce chicken breast or a 3-ounce lean top sirloin steak.

Dietary fiber also helps us feel full. It also provides the benefit of being protective of intestinal and heart health. Find fiber in whole grains, legumes such as beans and lentils, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. The Institute of Medicine recommends women strive for 25 grams of dietary fiber each day, while men should get 38 grams.

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Get Sleep

Research shows that sleep deprivation can impair glucose metabolism. It can also affect hormones linked to hunger, appetite and body weight regulation. We often confuse hunger and tiredness, especially at night. If you’re tempted to keep snacking after a balanced dinner, your body may be signaling that it needs rest. Adults should strive for 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. YES, it’s possible with a lifestyle makeover.

Turn off the Screen before You Pick up Your Fork

Screen time has been linked to mindless eating and increased food intake. Eating in front of the TV while playing video games or surfing the Internet can distract attention from what and how much is eaten. Also, it reduces satiety signals sent to the brain and lessens memories of snacking. It also can reduce the enjoyment and mindfulness of your meal.

Avoid these types of distractions during mealtime. Sit down at a table to eat so you can focus on your food and practice mindfulness. Our grandparents had this right! You may feel a greater satisfaction with your food and notice satiety cues that are otherwise missed when you’re distracted.

Still Starving after Dinner?

People often eat out of boredom, because of stress, or just out of habit. You should be eating because of true hunger. Consider asking yourself the following questions before eating: Am I hungry? Thirsty? Tired? Bored? Sad?

If you ate a balanced dinner, go for lighter snacks. If you’re still hungry after dinner and have ruled out other factors, it’s ok to have a small snack – but go for nutritious options. This takes skill and time to develop this strategy. Opt for something with protein or fiber with a healthy carb to provide satiety and nutrients. Good choices are Greek yogurt, fruits, nuts, veggies with hummus and air-popped popcorn. If you’re craving sweets, keep your portion small, and eat slowly and without distractions.

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Sandra Gultry is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, specializing in nutrition & weight loss. She helps people who are suffering with losing weight and with the impact weight has on health, self-esteem, well-being and overall life. She can be reached here. Thank you, Sandra!

Optimal Nutrition and Behavior Change is a skill that anyone can learn with qualified structure and guidance!

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Empower Yourself During Mental Health Month

Introduction

May is Mental Health Month. Accordingly, Straight, No Chaser wants to use this opportunity to empower you. We all have challenges. Therefore, let’s focus on the tools that you need to overcome life’s pitfalls. Click on the links for posts that give you the understanding and tools you need.

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Managing a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Introduction

Managing a Healthy Work-Life Balance

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Straight, No Chaser welcomes Laurie Larson to our contributor panel to discuss creating and maintaining your work-life balance. That sounds like a #72HoursInADay type of proposition!

In the digital age, achieving a healthy work-life balance is harder than ever. You can practically work from anywhere on any device! So how do you turn down work in your spare time?

The challenge becomes even more difficult for those who work from home. How do you turn off your work brain and switch on your home brain when it all takes place in the same venue?

These are questions people have been asking for years and they’re worthy of attention. The lessons we learn from classics like “A Christmas Carol” reign true. It’s never worth giving up your life for the sake of work. It can be difficult to make this decision and draw these lines with the pressures to succeed, but it’s the only way to go on. Working hard is important, but you should know when you’ve stepped over into the realms of overworking.

Overworking and burning out is a serious danger you can experience. Not only can this ruin your professional career, but it can also dig away at your personal life, health, and happiness. By devoting too much time to work and forgetting about other areas of your life, it’s likely you’ll experience the effects of social isolation and even sleep deprivation when stress keeps you up at night.

Long story short: A healthy work-life balance is vital to maintain. But how do you go about that?

Five tips to help you walk the tightrope with ease!

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  1. Designate physical spaces for your work

Remember when you were in college and they told you to never do homework in bed because then it would make you associate bed with work instead of relaxation and you’d have trouble sleeping? The same goes for work.

Be careful where you choose to take your work as it can have a big effect on how you think about that space in the future. If you regularly bring work home and work on the couch, your work thoughts have infiltrated that space. If possible, avoid bringing work into your home at all, but if you have to then try to designate one area like an office or work room. This will make it easier for your brain to switch off your work brain when you’re at home. And whatever you do, keep work out of the bedroom!

  1. Stop sacrificing sleep

Speaking of the bedroom, you should work on developing a healthier relationship with your sleep. It may be tempting to push to meet those pressing deadlines by skimping out on your sleep for a few nights, but the effects of consistently losing a few hours of sleep can be detrimental to your overall well-being. Without proper sleep, you’ll experience brain fog and put yourself at risk for serious health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

Keeping up a healthy sleeping schedule will benefit you in the long run, improving your focus and productivity during your waking hours. Take the time to invest in your sleep by optimizing your bedroom environment for better sleep. This means hanging up shades to block out light, using a noise machine if needed for quiet, and make any other necessary changes to turn your bedroom into an oasis for rest and relaxation at the end of your long days.

  1. Set boundaries with your boss

If you don’t teach people how to treat you, they will walk all over you. It can seem intimidating to push back to your superiors, but unless you offer transparencies into what you’re actually capable of achieving and what kind of tasks are reasonable to expect, they will continue piling on more until you can’t handle it any longer.

Strange as it may sound, you have to teach your boss how to treat you. Set up expectations early on in your employment of when you’re willing to work, respectfully so of course. Don’t be so against having to work after hours every so often, but don’t be so pushy that you stay two extra hours each day.

  1. Pencil in time for friends and family

As mentioned before, overworking can quickly lead to social isolation. When you’re too busy working and frequently deny other’s requests to engage in social activities, they will eventually stop inviting you. It’s likely you’ll have to go out of your way and start making efforts to have some socialization time again. You may receive rejection at first, especially if you’ve burned some bridges, but your true friends and family will come around and be happy to see you again.

Humans are social creatures and we need time around our favorite people to fulfill our needs. Don’t let work make you forget about the other parts of your life.

  1. Pencil in time for yourself

As important as socialization is, so too is having time to yourself. It can feel hard to find times to prioritize yourself, especially if you feel guilt for relaxing. It’s time for the guilt to come to an end.

For an easy way to find more time for yourself each day, create a wind down routine that starts one hour before your bedtime. Take this time to do what you need to relax. Dim the lights, take a bath, read a book, or anything else that makes you feel good. This will also be beneficial for maintaining your mental health, clearing your mind after work, and helping maintain a healthy “life” side of the work-life balance.

How Laurie Maintains a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Laurie frequently writes on ways to help others improve their sleep health and overall well-being. You can find some of her work on sleep health topics here. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors any way she can.

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National Asthma Awareness Month

Introduction

It’s National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month! Let’s get up to speed with some information provided by the American Lung Association.

Asthma Awareness Month 2019

Every year Asthma Awareness Month is recognized in May. It supports the more than 25 million Americans who may experience asthma symptoms during the peak asthma and allergy season. Unfortunately, this total includes 6.2 million children. Sadly, there is no cure for asthma. However, the good news is that with proper management, you or your loved one with asthma can live a normal, healthy life.

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Asthma Basics

What really happens during an asthma attack? What makes asthma symptoms worse? Also, if you can’t breathe, what do you do?  The more you can learn about asthma, the better you and your loved ones can manage living with this chronic lung disease. Take this free online course Asthma Basics from the American Lung Association to learn what you need to know. This includes the following:

  • Recognize and manage triggers like allergens, the environment, behaviors and respiratory infections.
  • Understand the importance of creating an Asthma Action Plan. Know what to do when asthma symptoms occur!
  • Know how to respond to a breathing emergency.

This learning module is perfect for adults with asthma, parents of children with asthma, healthcare providers, coaches, teachers and school nurses.

Easy Asthma Management Tips

Gain a good understanding of asthma triggers. Everyone can play a part to create asthma-friendly spaces. Together we can ensure that those living with asthma breathe easier. Additionally, we have resources and tools to better manage asthma year-round. Start with these six steps to help keep asthma under control.

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It’s National Women’s Health Week. Get Healthy!

Introduction

National Women's Health Week

It’s National Women’s Health Week! The life expectancy data already tell the story: women are better at health than men. Still, National Women’s Health Week serves as a time for women to refocus. Use this week to take steps to improve your health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health has led National Women’s Health Week for twenty years. Let’s look at some recommended steps that promote better health for women.

Simple steps for better health

Use these links to Straight, No Chaser and Office of Women’s Health posts that embody the fundamentals of good health!

What’s the best approach?

National Women's Health Week

Reflect on your health goals. Identify what you believe works for you. Consult with your physician. Use this online tool to uncover personalized tips to help you take the next step on your health journey. Get started today!

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Your Monthly Healthcare in a Minute Business Update

Introduction

Welcome to “Healthcare in a Minute” – a new monthly Straight, No Chaser feature that focuses on the business of medicine. We welcome prominent healthcare consultant George Chapman to our contributor panel. George can be visited at gwchapmanconsulting.com.
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Strategic Direction For Your Healthcare Business

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Medicare For All

Thanks in large part to Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, “Medicare For All” (or universal healthcare) has become a hotly debated topic for the 2020 campaign. Detractors/skeptics have focused primarily on its impact on taxes. However, here’s some food for thought as the debate rages on. US taxes on wages/income are relatively low compared to countries that have their own versions of Medicare For All. Our system of taxation is a “progressive” system, whereby wealthiest pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than middle and lower class taxpayers. Workers in England, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Canada are all covered by universal care. Unfortunately, the American worker has health insurance contributions/responsibilities deducted directly from his/her paycheck. Additional expenses like deductibles and copays are additional, out-of-pocket costs to consumers.

So, unlike taxes on wages, healthcare premiums are NOT progressive. The lowest and middle wage earners pay the same per month as the highest wage earners. Consequently, the lower your wage/income, the higher your healthcare premium as a percentage of income. For example, a US worker earning $43,000 a year pays an average of 37% in both taxes and health premiums. In high tax Finland, at the same earnings, a worker pays 23% in taxes which includes healthcare. Moving towards a universal system would make healthcare costs more “progressive” for most Americans. No matter where you stand in this debate, healthcare “premiums” must be considered as a “tax” already being paid by the American worker.

(For a Straight, No Chaser take on Medicare for All, read this post.)

Healthcare Drug Fraud

The Department of Justice recently convicted Phillip Esformes, a Florida skilled nursing facility owner, of over $1.3 BILLION in fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid. Patients were referred to his shabby facilities, where they received inadequate or unnecessary treatment. He bribed both physicians and regulators in order to defraud. He was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the US government, kickbacks, money laundering and obstruction of justice. This is the largest healthcare fraud scheme to date.

In another fraud case, drug manufacturer Questor, recently acquired by Mallinckrodt,  is accused of bribing physicians to unnecessarily prescribe “H.P. Acthar Gel.” This product treats infant seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. The price per vial went from $40 in 2000 to………..$39,000 today.  If you’re doing the math, that’s a 97,000 percent increase. Medicare alone has spent $2 billion on the gel over the last several years. It’s notable that this was a whistleblower case. Also, the “fraud police” tend to only get involved in these cases when they are fairly certain of success. If convicted, Mallinckrodt would have to pay back what was deceitfully billed, plus another $5,500 to $11,000 per false claim.

Opioid Strike Force

In a continuing crackdown on illegal prescribing, the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force charged sixty defendants for crimes related to the illicit distribution of millions of opioids in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and Alabama. Among the accused are 31 physicians, 7 pharmacists and 8 Nurse Practitioners. One pharmacy in Dayton, Ohio dispensed over 1.75 million pills. A physician in Kentucky left pre-signed, blank prescriptions with his office staff so they could continue the illicit scheme when he was absent. A physician in Tennessee, self- described as the “Rock Doc’, literally prescribed over 1.5 million pills. Not to be outdone, another physician in Tennessee prescribed over 4.2 million opioids. In 2017, there were over 70,000 deaths due to drug overdosing. 47,000 deaths, or two thirds, were due to opioids.   

Primary Care Spending Low

A basic tenet of healthcare is that primary care management improves overall health outcomes and lowers costs. Researchers at the RAND corporation studied 16 million Medicare claims and found that primary care accounts for less than 5% of total Medicare spending on physicians, hospitals/facilities, supplies and drugs.  For the study, “primary care” included: family practitioners, internists, gynecologists, geriatricians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.  Clearly, there is plenty of room for  more investment in primary care. One way is to pay providers more for primary care services which would  encourage more medical students to specialize in primary care.

Rural ERs Busier

Per a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, visits to rural emergency departments are up over 50% in recent years. This is occurring despite the fact that many rural hospitals are in danger of closing. Visits to urban/suburban emergency departments for the same time are up just 5%. Non-Hispanic white patients 18-64, Medicaid beneficiaries and the uninsured lead the charge. Rural hospitals are increasingly becoming the safety net providers in their markets. Increased ER visits, especially in rural areas, can somewhat be attributed to the shortage of primary care physicians that is much more endemic to rural areas. Too often, rural residents use emergency rooms due to limited primary care options.

Chronic Diseases Costly

The annual cost of chronic diseases like heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s is staggering. According to a report by Fitch Solutions, this cost is $3.8 trillion a year in direct and indirect costs. That is almost 20% of our GDP. Notably, the cost could double in the next 30 years as baby boomers age and live longer. Indirect costs include lost productivity, early retirement and premature mortality.

Telehealth Spending Up

Two of the necessary three factors for acceptance by physicians are in place and pushing the use of telemedicine. The first factor is the physician shortage. Telehealth gives overwhelmed physicians another tool to handle their heavy patient loads, as not everyone has to be seen in the office. The second factor is consumer preference, especially among younger patients who are very comfortable using technology. The third factor for overall acceptance of telehealth by physicians is insurance payments. They are getting better, but not quite there yet.

While the majority of specialties are just beginning to feel comfortable with telehealth, it has been incorporated into radiology, dermatology, psychiatry and cardiology for years. Medicare (CMS) is planning to boost telehealth benefits next year. Typically, commercial carriers follow suit.  In the meantime, Humana is about to roll out a virtual primary care model called “On Hand” through the telehealth company “Doctor on Demand”. The plan offers members access to a dedicated primary care physician, urgent care and behavioral health through video visits, all at a relatively low monthly payment. Interested employers see this as a way to save money and reduce employee absences. There is no co-pay for the virtual visits.

George W. Chapman, MBA

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American Stroke Awareness Month

Introduction

May is American Stroke Awareness Month! Here is information to keep you better informed, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Accordingly, it is a major cause of serious disability for adults. About 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. This represents one every 40 seconds.  Get more quick facts about stroke.

Stroke is preventable. You may be able to prevent stroke or lower your chances of having a stroke.

Stroke Awareness Facts

Stroke is treatable. Learn the signs of stroke, and call 9-1-1 right away if you think someone might be having a stroke. Getting fast treatment is important to preventing death and disability from stroke.

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April is STD Awareness Month

Introduction

STD Awareness Month

Yes, April is STD Awareness Month, but you need knowledge that will keep you protected year round. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the frequency of sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs/STIs) have  surged across the U.S. Since 2013, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have all sharply increased. In fact, there were more than two million of these infections reported in 2017 alone.

Today, we face several challenges based on rising rates of STDs. There is a climbing number of babies born with syphilis in the U.S. Also, there is an increasing risk of infertility.  Rates of contracting or giving HIV are on the rise. Furthermore, the looming threat of untreatable gonorrhea has become an unavoidable conversation.

Despite these trends, we’re here to tell you that much of this is preventable and treatable. There are many ways to prevent STDs. Fortunately, most infections are curable. Furthermore, all are treatable – however, do you really want to let things get to that point?

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Review these blog posts to bring yourselves up-to-date on knowledge of some of the more frequent STDs. Let’s be smart. Be safe. Be STD/STI free.

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National Minority Health Month

National Minority Health Month – Get Active!

Introduction

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April is National Minority Health Month. In this Straight, No Chaser post, we discuss what you can do to get active and stay healthy. Thank you to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) for providing this valuable information.

“Without health and long life, all else fails.”
– Dr. Booker T. Washington

Dr. Booker T. Washington recognized that health is the key to progress and equity in all other things. Accordingly, he proposed the observance of “National Negro Health Week” in April 1915. He called on local health departments, schools, churches, businesses, professional associations and the most influential organizations in the African-American community to “pull together” and “unite… in one great National Health Movement.” That observance grew into what is today a month-long initiative: National Minority Health Month. This effort seeks to advance health equity across the country on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities.

In this post, we will focus on the contribution of physical activity. It is one of the best things people can do to improve their health. In general, too few Americans get the recommended amount of daily activity. In fact, only 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 high school students fully meet physical activity guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. These numbers are even lower among adults in some racial and ethnic minority populations.

Physical activity promotes health and reduces the risk of chronic diseases. Importantly, these conditions are often more common and more severe among racial and ethnic minority groups. Physical activity also fosters normal growth and development in children. Also, it improves mental health and can make people feel, function and sleep better.

How much physical activity do I need?

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans standards outline the amounts and types of physical activity needed to maintain or improve overall health. It also points the way forward to reducing the risk of chronic disease. The guidelines recommend that each week, adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity. Examples of this level include something as simple as a brisk walk that makes your heart beat faster. There are many ways to get this amount. How about a 22-minute walk each day? Could you do a 30-minute walk five days a week? Every little bit counts.

How much physical activity do children need?

Preschool-aged children should do physical activity every day throughout the day. This is important for healthy growth and development. Starting at age 6, children should participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity daily. Remember: children imitate adults. You can start them by adding physical activity to your own daily routine. Encourage your child to join you!

How can communities help people stay active?

Communities can create easy and safe options for physical activity. These can help every American be more active where they live, learn, work, and play. The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program is a CDC program that focuses on reducing chronic disease for specific racial and ethnic groups. The program spams urban, rural, and tribal communities with high disease burden across the United States. REACH has demonstrated that locally based and culturally tailored efforts can be effective in closing health gaps.

How can I help people become more physically active?

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This year’s National Minority Health Month theme this year is “Active and Healthy”. You can advance health equity by sharing why physical activity matters and the benefits of physical activity. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans outline the amounts and types of physical activity needed to maintain or improve overall health. It also shows how to reduce the risk of chronic disease. Additionally, the Move Your Way campaign provides resources to help further explain the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Share and embrace this information. Furthermore, in your own life, be the message!

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National Child Abuse Awareness Month

Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness

Introduction

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (and Neglect Prevention Month). Therefore, Straight, No Chaser, with the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is offering up information and resources. Let’s increase you knowledge and offer better protection for the children you love. Children and families thrive when they have access to safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. Make a point of learning how to prevent child abuse and neglect before it begins!

Child Abuse Prevention

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Facts about Child Abuse and Neglect

Child abuse and neglect are significant public health problems in the United States:

  • In 2017, an estimated 1,720 children died from abuse and neglect.
  • Also, about 674,000 children were identified as victims of child abuse or neglect by child protective service agencies in 2017.
  • Furthermore, an estimated one in four children have experienced abuse or neglect at some point in their lives.

Child Abuse and Neglect Are Preventable

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Children’s lives are shaped by their experiences, including what happens in their environment and the types of relationships they have with parents, teachers, and other caregivers. Children who experience abuse, neglect, and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are also at increased risk for negative health consequences and certain chronic diseases as adults. Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to preventing child abuse and neglect. Additionally, policies and programs that are supportive of children and families can help prevent such abuse and neglect.

Resources for Prevention

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CDC works to prevent child abuse and neglect before it begins.

Visit CDC’s VetoViolence website for free violence prevention trainings, tools, and resources.

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How CBD Oil Might Help You Sleep

Introduction

Have you ever considered CBD oil for sleep? To discuss the topic, we invite to the Straight, No Chaser contributor panel researcher Samantha Kent.

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When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, most people who struggle with it will try nearly anything. If you struggle with sleep, you know that. A product that is newer on the market might be something you haven’t tried yet – CBD oil.

CBD is the non-psychotropic cannabinoid (meaning it doesn’t make you “high”) that is often derived from cannabis sativa, known to the layman as hemp. It works with the human body’s endocannabinoid receptors to produce a mild sedative effect. This effect helps to calm down a lot of the body’s stress reactions, such as anxiety, stress, and pain.

By reducing the prevalence of these reactions, these products might be helpful for you and your sleep cycle. They come in a variety of styles, from oils to vapes to snacks, in order to be right for you and your lifestyle.

Reduce Symptoms of Anxiety

Because of the mild sedative effect that CBD creates within your system, when you use CBD products, you are less likely to feel the racing heart and racing thoughts that come along with anxiety.

Since anxiety is one of the most common causes of sleeplessness, this can help you to avoid these problems at bedtime, making it easier for you to fall asleep without going over everything embarrassing you’ve done in your life.

Promote Healthy Release of Melatonin

If you struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep, you might have a problem with the amount of melatonin that your body is releasing throughout the night. Melatonin is the hormone that allows you to feel sleepy. The more often it is released, the more likely you are to stay asleep throughout the night.

CBD makes it easier for your body to produce that hormone, making it easier for you to sleep well. The longer you sleep, the more likely you are to get REM sleep when your body does the most healing and deals with your memories. This will have a huge impact on how you feel the next day.

Reduce Pain

Pain is another reason that many people struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. When you get more sleep, your body is less likely to be in pain. When you use CBD products, The sedative effect and its reactions in the other parts of your body have been found to reduce inflammation and other pain.

Not only can this reduce the amount of prescription medications that you need to take for the pain, but it will also reduce the side effects that you experience from them, making it easier for you to avoid the other problems that can come along with these medicines.

It’s also completely legal no matter where you are, thanks to most of them not having any THC in it (THC is the part of cannabis that does make you high). Make sure that you know what you are taking and that you are not ordering a product with THC if you aren’t expecting it. It can, however, interact with other medicines that you take, especially if those medicines are for issues with your liver or kidney. Therefore, be sure to talk to a doctor before adding it to your bedtime routine.

Samantha Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face. 

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The science on cannabidiol as a sleep supplement is mixed. There is evidence suggesting it helps and other evidence suggesting it doesn’t. If your current efforts aren’t getting it done, give it a try. If it works for you, great!

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Guide

Introduction

Sexual Assault Awareness

It’s Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. For as much as we don’t like having the conversation, we need to have the conversation. This Straight, No Chaser post offers you information that provides knowledge and empowers you to protect yourself and get care should this tragic occur.

The Scope of Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Awareness Data

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,  one in three women and one in four men report being victims of sexual violence. Approximately one in five women are the victims of rape or an attempted rape.

Your Sexual Assault Awareness Guide

Read these Straight, No Chaser posts for a deep dive into the topic of sexual assault. Knowledge is power. Knowledge is exactly what’s needed to prevent and combat this ongoing terror.

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Ask your SMA expert consultant any questions you may have on this topic. Also, take the #72HoursChallenge, and join the community. Additionally, as a thank you, we’re offering you a complimentary 30-day membership at www.72hourslife.com. Just use the code #NoChaser, and yes, it’s ok if you share!

Order your copy of Dr. Sterling’s books There are 72 Hours in a Day: Using Efficiency to Better Enjoy Every Part of Your Life and The 72 Hours in a Day Workbook: The Journey to The 72 Hours Life in 72 Days at Amazon or at www.jeffreysterlingbooks.com. Another free benefit to our readers is introductory pricing with multiple orders and bundles!

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Promoting Autism Awareness

Introduction

autism awareness

It’s National Autism Awareness Month. We want you to have accurate information about the spectrum of disorders.

Autism prevalence is now one in every 59 children in America. In June 2014, researchers estimated the lifetime cost of caring for an individual with autism is as great as $2.4 million. If you have family members on the autism spectrum, you need assistance.

In 2018, the ADDM autism prevalence report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 59 births in the United States. This rates was twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125. Identifying this explosion is a good thing in one regard. Placing focus on autism creates more urgency in addressing it. Autism awareness has also increased opportunities to provide support for families and individuals affected.

Do you or your family need help? Consider reaching out to great organizations like The Autism Society. Otherwise, you can simply ask your primary care physician for direction.

There’s More!

Autism awareness also requires knowledge. Here are two Straight, No Chaser posts that delve deeper into the autism spectrum disorders.

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Ask your SMA expert consultant any questions you may have on this topic. Also, take the #72HoursChallenge, and join the community. Additionally, as a thank you, we’re offering you a complimentary 30-day membership at www.72hourslife.com. Just use the code #NoChaser, and yes, it’s ok if you share!

Order your copy of Dr. Sterling’s books There are 72 Hours in a Day: Using Efficiency to Better Enjoy Every Part of Your Life and The 72 Hours in a Day Workbook: The Journey to The 72 Hours Life in 72 Days at Amazon or at www.jeffreysterlingbooks.com. Another free benefit to our readers is introductory pricing with multiple orders and bundles!

Thanks for liking and following Straight, No Chaser! This public service provides a sample of http://www.SterlingMedicalAdvice.com (SMA) and 844-SMA-TALK. Likewise, please share our page with your friends on WordPress! Also like us on Facebook @ SterlingMedicalAdvice.com! Follow us on Twitter at @asksterlingmd.

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