Antibiotics Accused of Preventing Growth of New Brain Cells

According to an article published on Techtimes.com, the intake of antibiotics do eliminate bacteria in the stomach, but they are also being linked to strange effects in the memory section of a human’s brain. TechTimes goes on to say, “researcher Susanne Asu Wolf and her colleagues at the Max-Delbrueck-Center for Molecular Medicine in Germany have found that long-term use of antibiotic treatment could negatively impact certain functions of the brain.” However, the researchers also found that there is a way to prevent and fight off the side effects caused by excessive use of antibiotics. The effects can be balanced out by a steady regiment of exercise and taking probiotics. The test was conducted through the use of mice, who showed that the conditions brought on by excessive use of antibiotics could be reversed. Wolf and her team examined that when the mice were made to exercise on their wheel or when they took probiotics that they were able to regain their neurogenesis and memory. The only downside found within the test was that while the mice did regain their memory and neurogenesis, they did not regain the healthy bacteria in their stomach.

Exercising As a Cancer Combatant

According to an article on theguardian.com, studies are showing that exercise can reduce the risk of cancer. The guardian goes on to state, “exercise is already known to reduce the risk of breast, colon and endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus) by between 10% and 40%. Now, a pooled analysis of data from studies looking at 1.4 million adults between the ages of 19 and 98 has found that exercise reduces the risk of an additional 10 cancers, including oesophageal, stomach, bladder and kidney. What’s more, for many cancers, exercise reduces the risk even in overweight people. This is particularly interesting, because the mechanism by which exercise is thought to protect from cancer is weight reduction.”

However the article goes on to state that while there is a strong link between exercise and cancer reduction – it is not enough to justify it as an absolute reducer. The tests are only done in association rather than something conclusive. That being said, the percentage in reduction for those that exercise is favorable enough that people should consider it as reducer even if it is not official. Besides cancer reduction, exercise can bring about numerous of health improvements, so one should consider it as a lifestyle choice.

Mental Health Awareness through a Twitter Campaign

Twitter campaigns are a fairly normal thing in this day in age, and no one can dispute the power of the hashtag when it comes to raising awareness. We have seen it prove to be influential with social justice causes and even political injustices, but a new campaign is taking off for mental health awareness month, and it is gaining emotional and participant momentum as of the writing of this article.

#MyDepressionLooksLike, is a new twitter campaign aimed at severing the isolation felt by those who suffer from depression. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States and the world, as the symptoms for depression are fairly common. While there are a lot of outside factors that can cause depression, there are those who are diagnosed as clinically depressed due to extreme personal circumstances and chemical imbalances. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there was an estimate of 15.7 million of U.S. adults grappling with a depressive episode in 2014.

Mental Health Awareness month and #MyDepressionLooksLike are both initiatives aimed to shattering the social stigma behind depression. The reason depression goes widely unnoticed is because those who suffer from it fear being ridiculed or outed from their careers or families. They are afraid to open up because they fear that they will be segregated and treated differently. #MyDepressionLooksLike has offered sufferers of depression the ability to open up to not only others but others that are just like them. It has provided them with a community and a support group that is not only limited to casual social media users but famous artists as well.

Mary Alvord, director of the psychotherapy practice Alvord, Baker & Associates, was quoted on ABC news saying, “For the most part the message, my message to teens [in treatment] is you’re not alone. I think social media platforms, while they can certainly be used in a negative way, they also have the potential to really help.”

Healthy Changes are coming to the Food Industry

Food labels are by far thoroughly ignored by those of us who are not overtly health conscious. This is a huge problem. When it comes down to it, you are what you eat, and if you are eating too much sugars and taking in too much sodium your health is about to go on a downward spiral. Not knowing what is in the food that you eat is not a viable excuse anymore. The Nutrition Facts chart on packaged food is getting an entirely new look, and it is designed in order to help shoppers make healthier choices – like eating less sugar.

The United States Food and Drug Administration revealed that major manufacturers have until July 26th, 2018 to comply to their new and improved nutrition label. Unveiled by first lady Michelle Obama, she had this to say, “you will no longer need a microscope, a calculator, or a degree in nutrition to figure out whether the food you’re buying is actually good for our kids.” The new nutrition chart shows the calories in every one serving in large bold letters, and the serving size stands out more as well. For those of us who are attempting to watch their sugar consumption, there is now a line that states how much sugar has been added to a product. First lady Obama went on to say, “We commend the FDA for modernizing the label, particularly the inclusion of added sugars, which we believe will be extremely helpful in preventing the debilitating chronic medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease, currently affecting millions of Americans.” The changes to the nutrition table are an effective new way in combating the large number of obese Americans whose numbers are rising rapidly in young children.

Can Medical Assistants Transition Into Other Fields?

One of the more common questions being asked around the web is whether or not medical assistants can transition into other fields after completing an online medical assistant diploma. By other fields people usually mean if a medical assistant can continue to work in the health care industry just as a more specialized profession as opposed to a medical assistant. There is a resounding answer to this question, and the answer that most people will tell you/find is yes. Despite finishing a degree program as a medical assistant, you can easily begin the process to transition into a more specialized field.

How?

One of the more common transitions out of medical assisting is into LPN. It means going back to school in order to get certified, but with the experience you’ll earn through your career as an MA it should be rather easy to do well in school. However, once you transition into a career as an LPN, you are pretty much stuck as an LPN. LPN’s are in high demand and once you are in you are in. As a medical assistant you can easily move up into becoming an EKG Tech or even a Phlebotomist once you complete the right amount of training.

It involves going back to school usually, though. There are no shortcuts when it comes to the medical/health care industry. Most of the jobs do not only require proper training, but also require employees to go through certifications by health organizations, government runned, and most schools prepare their students really well for these certification tests. There is no other way around it, either. Without proper certifications or training most employees will not even look at your resume. Lack of certification means your employer can get in legal trouble, so if you want to move on up in the health care industry go get certified!

Why You Should Be An Organ Donor

While there is a very outdated and common societal stigma against being an organ donor, there are quite a few curious people out there who would really like a knowledgeable and well-researched argument on why they should become an organ donor. Well, look no further folks because I will be attempting just that. Whether or not you are considering becoming a registered organ donor, please just know that doctors and EMT’s will do everything they can to preserve your life. The age old, “they will let you die once they see you are an organ donor,” urban legend has been proven wrong time and time again.

 

It Comes Down to Common Courtesy

As for the answer as to why you should become one, I chose to go with common courtesy. It is a question of whether or not you would like to make a difference in someone else’s life after you have passed on. The need for organs is very great. There are children who could use kidney transplants, or police officers who have been injured while preforming their duty and could use a new organ, but it always comes down to the fact that an organ can be a changing factor in anyone person’s life.

 

It is not a matter of being a martyr, but a matter of helping those in need when you can no longer physically do so. Once you have passed on your organs can save a child’s life, or give someone the opportunity to have a life they never thought would be possible. Of course, family members will also have some say in what happens to what you leave behind. If a family member needs a transplant then of course they will receive the attention they need with your help. So be kind, sign up to be an organ donor today!