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Employees Seek Out Benefits Packages With More Perks

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Employees Seek Out Benefits Packages With More PerksAs consumers are asked to assume more health care costs than in the past, it’s important to consider benefits packages that offer more holistic support besides the usual health, dental and vision policies. Consumers should know that there are plans available today that will promote their overall well-being, which includes physical, mental and financial health.
Luckily, many employers see the need for robust benefits offerings, with some incorporating new solutions to meet increased employee demand for more from their benefits provider. In fact, 34 percent of employers surveyed in a Towers Watson study indicated they already offer more customization with voluntary benefits. Companies like Aflac are expanding services, ranging from credit monitoring to supplemental accident benefits to helping provide employees and their families with financial protection.


As consumers select benefits options provided by their employer, here are three…

New Treatment Shows Signs of Curbing Cancer Growth

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New Treatment Shows Signs of Curbing Cancer Growth

A new experimental anti-cancer compound significantly reduced the average tumor weight of pancreatic cancers and ovarian cancers in preliminary studies, based on data released by Propanc Health Group Corporation. In the studies, mice inoculated with tumor cells were treated with injections of PRP, a combination of two proenzymes, trypsinogen and chymotrypsinogen.
In a pancreatic cancer study, tumors treated with PRP showed 86 percent inhibition compared with controls at 26 days after treatment. In a separate ovarian cancer study, researchers observed significant reductions in average tumor weight of 54 percent and 48 percent at the highest and lowest effective PRP doses, respectively. Furthermore, several mice in treatment groups of two different dosages appeared to have no tumors on final examination.

Based on the findings, Propanc, an emerging health care company, has filed a patent to specify the target effective dose range in pre…

3 Most Helpful researches About Health Threat

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An Unknown Threat: What Poor Posture May Be Doing to Your Body

Feeling tense and achy? It may be due to poor posture.
While the media is touting warnings about “tech neck” — the neck pain and damage sustained from hunching over smartphones and other devices for too long — you’re actually risking harm to your overall health if any other body part becomes misaligned.
That’s because, as the American Journal of Pain Management notes, a person’s posture affects and moderates every physiological function, from breathing to hormonal production.
Yes, every physiological function.
How, you may ask? “Our muscles and ligaments routinely work to balance us as we sit, stand, bend and sleep,” says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. “Over time, however, uneven stress causes the body to adapt and change, subsequently causing aches and pains.”
Various factors can contribute to poor posture, including injury, stress, obesity, pre…

Tamera Mowry-Housley Encourages Parents to Reclaim Family Dinner Nights

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Tamera Mowry-Housley Encourages Parents to Reclaim Family Dinner Nights
 As a busy working mom to two young children, Tamera Mowry-Housley, co-host of TV’s “The Real,” understands the daily challenge of juggling her time between home and work. However, family time is of the utmost importance to her, and she still sets aside time to cook meals with her family almost every night. She encourages other parents to reclaim family dinner nights, and there’s no better time to start than summer, when the days are longer and the weather is perfect for backyard dinners.
While it may sound daunting and time-consuming to prepare dinner after a long day at work, it doesn’t have to be. To make cooking easier, the RAGU brand has launched its new line of RAGU Homestyle sauces that have a heartier texture and a bolder flavor. Even the most demanding home cooks would be proud to serve new RAGU Homestyle sauces to their family, including Mowry-Housley.
“I’m a busy mom, but I make it a priority to set as…

3-Best Health Benefits- Opioids for Pain Relief-New Sauna Accelerates Health and Fitness Benefits

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Physician Prescribers Should Recommend Drug-Free Options Rather Than Opioids for Pain ReliefThe recent opioid overdose-related death of Prince, a world-renowned musician, has once again put the spotlight on how overmedicated our society is and how desperately it is in need of an adjustment.
Last March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shook the medical industry to its roots by encouraging doctors to use conservative care options prior to taking out the prescription pad for opioid use.
The move came in response to growing alarm over the most recent statistics, showing an annual toll of 28,647 deaths involving the potentially addictive drugs. The United States makes up only 4.6 percent of the world’s population, and yet consumes 80 percent of its opioids — and 99 percent of the world’s hydrocodone.
The most popular alternative approach, according to the Annals of Internal Medicine, is chiropractic care. And now the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, the voice of the ch…

Breakthrough Medical Technologies Save and Improve Millions of Lives

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Breakthrough Medical Technologies Save and Improve Millions of Lives Millions of people are living longer and in better health, thanks to major advances in medical technology that have produced new high-quality, cost-effective therapies.
Half a century ago, a pacemaker used to treat cardiac arrhythmias was the size of a hockey puck. Today, it’s smaller than a AAA battery. Since 1980, medical technology has reduced fatalities from heart disease and stroke by more than half, reported the National Center for Health Statistics. In that same period, average life expectancy in the United States has increased dramatically — by over five years.
Advances in medical technology are significantly improving patient outcomes and health-system savings, helping people lead longer and better lives. Global medical device manufacturer St. Jude Medical (www.sjm.com) estimates that throughout its 40-year history, approximately 70 million patients have been touched by one of its many life-saving technolo…

Wellness and Rewards Programs Help Keep Your New Year’s Goals

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Wellness and Rewards Programs Help Keep Your New Year’s Goals


 With every ball that is dropped at midnight comes New Year’s Resolutions. Many people with health-focused resolutions start logging hours on the treadmill or swapping soda for water. While these are worthy steps, they can be difficult to maintain over time, leaving you short of your goals. In fact, more than half of the people who make resolutions will break them in less than six months.
Here are a few tips to meet and keep your health goals: set personalized and achievable milestones, incentivize yourself, and get rewarded for your progress. Programs like Go365, a wellness and rewards program by Humana, make getting and staying healthy fun.
Go365, launching Jan. 1, 2017, motivates members to make positive lifestyle changes by tracking simple wellness achievements. Members are able to choose their level of engagement and participate in personalized activities tailored to their specific health needs and interests.
When they…

Appear Younger With a Stunning Smile

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Appear Younger With a Stunning Smile


There’s no stopping the aging process, but there are options for those who want to look and feel younger. One trend that is gaining popularity as an alternative to plastic surgery is cosmetic dentistry, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).
Experts say that with age, faces can shorten, chins can move back, cheeks hollow and wrinkles stand out. These changes can be at least partially abated by taking a seat in your dentist’s chair. “When the teeth are in the right position, they fill out the volume (of the face). You see more teeth, resulting in a more youthful appearance,” Nicholas Davis, DDS, and past president of the AACD told the Wall Street Journal in an interview. In addition to taking years off of your appearance, you get an added boost of confidence in being able to smile without inhibition.
The following tips from the AACD can help you look and feel younger:
* Contour or reshape your teeth. Look younger by correct…

Is Your Eye Makeup Making You Sick? What You Need to Know

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Is Your Eye Makeup Making You Sick? What You Need to Know

 For many women, eye makeup is an essential part of being properly dressed, as important as a stylish outfit or nice shoes.
But while mascara and eyeliner can create different looks, from subtle to striking, they can also make you sick.
The problem: Eye makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria. We all have a few microbes, like Staphylococcus and Streptococcus, living around our eyes. When eyeliner or mascara is applied, some of those bugs stick to the applicator and are carried back to the makeup container.
Eye products are supposed to contain preservatives to keep bacteria from growing. But some products don’t have enough. And over time, the preservative’s effectiveness declines. As a result, the bacteria on an eyeliner pencil or mascara applicator grow and multiply. Each time you apply makeup, you get bigger and bigger doses of bacteria — enough to cause serious infections.
“Every year, many women end up with eye infectio…

Say Cheese! How What You Eat Affects Your Smile

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Say Cheese! How What You Eat Affects Your Smile
 However you stack ’em or slice ’em, everyone loves a good sandwich — especially when it incorporates healthy ingredients. Americans everywhere are looking for quick solutions on making healthy diet choices, and many will be happy to hear that this doesn’t require a whole meal overhaul. In honor of National Sandwich Day on November 3rd, here are some fun twists on sandwich classics that can help you incorporate easy ingredients for guilt-proof lunch solutions.* PB&J Quesadilla: PB&J’s are an American favorite. To cut down on the high fat, calorie and sugar counts in typical peanut butter and jelly, sub in almond butter paired with fiber-full fresh strawberries and bananas. Wrap it all up in a whole wheat tortilla to cut carbs, throw it on a skillet and make your taste buds sizzle.* Wild Turkey: According to a recent study, turkey takes the cake for America’s most popular sandwich, but can sometimes get a bad rep if it’s piled up …

Student Athletes Emulate the Pros in Abusing Prescription Painkillers

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Student Athletes Emulate the Pros in Abusing Prescription Painkillers

Sometimes we’re so caught up in all the pro sports stars whose lives have been wrecked by misusing prescription painkillers that we forget the problem extends down to the amateur level.
And, yes, that does mean college and even high-school sports.
At least one study put the number of college student athletes who’ve used prescription medications to enhance their performance at as high as 53.3 percent. And another recent study on high school athletes, published online in the Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, reported that 12 percent of male seniors and 8 percent of female seniors admitted to abusing painkillers.
To former ESPN.com columnist Gregg Easterbrook — who wrote about painkillers in his book “The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America — it’s no surprise that the largest percentage of those young abusers play football.
“Youth and high-school players see an example that appears to be of me…

Harvard Scientist Says Improved Treatment Coming for COPD

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Harvard Scientist Says Improved Treatment Coming for COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) takes an enormous toll in human suffering and medical costs. More than 30 million Americans battle with frequent coughing, increased breathlessness, wheezing, and the other symptoms of the progressive lung disease.
Most COPD patients have to take medications every day. As a result, inhaled drugs for COPD, such as Spiriva, have become blockbusters, bringing in billions of dollars a year in revenue.
These particular drugs work by opening up airways in the lungs to make breathing easier. Unfortunately, the so-called bronchodilator drugs currently on the market have limitations, says Dr. David A. Edwards, Professor of the Practice of Idea Translation at Harvard University. “The main problem is that they are not very efficient at delivering drugs to the lungs,” he explains. Much of the drug sticks in the mouth or throat rather than getting to the lungs where it is needed. In addition, say…

The Opioid Crisis’ Latest Victims: Addicted Babies

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The Opioid Crisis’ Latest Victims: Addicted Babies And now the nation’s opioid crisis is putting newborn babies at risk.
The use of prescription painkillers like OxyContin by women during pregnancy has resulted in what’s being called “an explosion” of infants as addicted to the drugs as their mothers. Newly published data in JAMA Pediatrics shows the number of cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has risen five-fold in the U.S. from 2000 to 2012 — that’s nearly 22,000 affected infants in that last year alone — and the reality behind those stats is heart-wrenching.
“The babies, they really suffer, just like adults do when they withdraw from narcotics,” Dr. Terrie Inder, chair of pediatric newborn medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told CBS News. “The babies are very irritable and sometimes have high heart rates, sweating, flushing, diarrhea. They cry a lot.”
Heightening experts’ concern:
* The crucial early “bonding” between mother and child is disrupted, given …

New Nighttime Grind Guard Relieves Jaw Pain

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New Nighttime Grind Guard Relieves Jaw Pain

Don’t be so quick to blame your sore jaw or stiff neck on sleeping on a flat pillow or at an odd angle. Instead, a pattern of subconscious nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching (known as bruxism) could be to blame.
Bruxism is more common than most people realize — approximately 1 in 6 American adults suffer from it.
Signs of bruxism include teeth pain or sensitivity, as well as pain in the jaw, neck, or inner ear. If left untreated, bruxism also can cause permanent damage to the teeth by wearing away the protective enamel. And compromised enamel also increases the risk of developing cavities and gum disease.
Bruxism is most often caused by stress and, although there is no specific medication or treatment to cure bruxism, the condition can be managed successfully by using a nighttime dental guard as part of a regular oral health care routine.
One problem, however, is that current products wear down quickly or don’t position the jaw to r…