Gender disparity in health care under investigation

The current healthcare system has not yet adjusted to the different characteristics of males and females. This can lead to incorrect diagnoses.  On average women live about 3.6 years longer, but the healthy life expectancy is one year shorter than men. Data also shows that hospitalization for women is ten percent higher than the percentage for males. It is even said that women are more prone to medicinal side effects because their hormonal levels fluctuate too much. All in all, women pay a lot more for healthcare than men do and the system needs to change to end this disparity.

http://www.nltimes.nl/2015/06/16/gender-disparity-in-health-care-under-investigation/

Contributing Author: Alicia Ma

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Disparities in healthcare for men

Did you know that almost twice as many men as women are dying of heart disease? But, this is not the only statistic that is astounding. Men don’t visit the doctor nearly as much as women. Certain things like getting physical checkups, getting immunized, and getting a good night’s rest can improve the quality of an individual’s health. By not taking care of your diseases and conditions, like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, you leave yourself susceptible to many others. Getting regular medical care and treatment can not only protect you, but also protect your family and community.

http://newsok.com/disparities-in-healthcare-for-men/article/feed/853044

Contributing Author: Alicia Ma

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Experts identify new strategies for using EHRs to treat chronic kidney disease patient

Many people in Southampton are being checked to see if they have type 2 diabetes. Scientists say that a large number of people may have it, but might not know of it. They say that 4 out of 5 people are able to make lifestyle changes that can delay or stop them from getting type 2 diabetes. Scientists particularly said that anyone over 40 that is afro-Caribbean, African American, Chinese, or South Asian has an increased risk of contracting type 2 diabetes. Finding out the risk of type 2 diabetes is rather simple. One can just complete a short questionnaire, which can help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/13347960.Fears_over_diabetes_in_ethnic_minorities_in_Southampton/

Contributing Author: Eliza La Rue

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Examining racial and ethnic disparities in health and hypertension control

Hypertension is a health issue that many people have to deal with during their day-to-day life. Studies show that racial minorities face more health complications due to their hypertension issues. Studies even show that 8,000 deaths can be prevented each year by trying to close and end the disparity gap between races of people in the United States of America’s Health Care System. The researchers who conducted these studies say that Black American’s health could be greatly improved by eliminating racial disparity.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2582473/

Contributing Author: Eliza La Rue

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How much sleep is best for your health?

Not getting enough sleep can take a toll on an individual’s health, but getting too much sleep can also be the cause of  health problems. The recommendation of hours of sleep adults should sleep is seven to nine hours per night. Sleeping six hours in a 24 hour period is linked to many health problems. Sleep deprivation causes drowsy driving, accidents, injuries, and deaths. People who sleep more than nine to ten hours a night can be at a higher risk of stroke, although the reason may be unclear. The amount of sleep individuals should be getting is seven to nine hours a night.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-much-sleep-is-best-for-your-health/

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To lose weight, eating less is far more important than exercising more

Exercising more and eating less is not the best way to lose weight. Exercise and losing weight increases one’s appetite, but decreases a person’s metabolism. While losing weight slows your metabolism, it makes it harder to lose weight over time. When you burn calories, your body tells you that you need those calories back. Studies show that people burned less energy with exercise, but also increased their calorie intake. If the individual spent some time making healthy food with exercise, they would see better results. Physical activity can improve many things, such as musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pulmonary diseases, neurological diseases, and depression. Exercise is a very important part of health and the best way to lose weight to find that balance between exercise and good diet.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/upshot/to-lose-weight-eating-less-is-far-more-important-than-exercising-more.html?ref=health&abt=0002&abg=1

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Diabetes: ‘smart insulin patch’ could revolutionize glucose control

A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC)  are working on a “smart insulin patch” to help people with diabetes. Currently, millions of Americans have to inject the precise dosages of insulin or they risk health complications, coma, and/or death. The new patch is smaller than a penny and contains hundreds of micro-needles filled with insulin and glucose-sensing enzymes. So far, the new patch has been tested on diabetic laboratory mice with great success. The insulin levels of the mice were stabilized by the new patch for several hours. The success is still preliminary, but researchers have a lot of hope. Compared to mice, humans are more sensitive to insulin changes, which will make the patch even more effective and able to last for several days. The patch can be placed anywhere on the bod. The patch is easy to use and made from nontoxic, biocompatible materials.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/295747.php

Contributing Author: Daria Soboleva

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