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WATER WISE & SUMMER SAFE

 

 

As if bathing suit shopping isn’t scary enough, why July is the month to be extra careful in and out of the water.

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DROWNING
100%+ increase in July

July/August = deadliest months

  • Drowning is #2 cause of accidental death in kids (0-14); #1 cause of death is car crashes.
  • Men & boys are more likely to drown; 80% of deaths are male.
  • For adolescents and adults, alcohol use is involved in up to 70% of drowning deaths.
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CAR CRASHES

July 4th = deadliest day on the road in America.

“Each year on the Independence Day holiday in the U.S., an average of 118.4 lives are lost in crashes, making it the most consistently deadly day of the year across the five-year study period.”

Insurance Institute For Highway Safety
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Water-Associated Disease Outbreaks

Majority Occur In July.

  • 60% of the outbreaks occurred during July.
  • 140 water-associated disease outbreaks linked to fresh or marine waters (ex: lakes, rivers, oceans) from 2000 – 2014.
  • Outbreaks caused 4,958 illnesses & 2 fatalities.
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“Unfortunately when we look at accidental deaths, summer is not the carefree period we’d like it to be,” Ken Kolosh, manager of statistics at the National Safety Council who compiles data over the last 98-years.

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PTSD Awareness Day

 

 

Half of Americans will experience a traumatic event in their lives, yet women are MORE than 2X as likely as men to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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PTSD

Causes: Exposure to a traumatic event such as violent acts (including personal assaults, accidents & combat-related) and natural or human-caused disasters

What makes PTSD – PTSD?: Direct relation to a specific traumatic event. Disorder tracked back to a moment in time – trauma reoccurs in the person who suffers.

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Why Is PTSD More Prevalent in Women?

Sexual Assault

About 1 in 3 women & nearly 1 in 6 men experience sexual violence in their lifetimes, according to the CDC.

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What's the latest innovation to treat PTSD? Magnets used for depression - "An electromagnet, essentially a wire wrapped around a solid coil, is charged with electricity and then placed over specific points on the skull." Read More.

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Predicting Your Perfect Cup Of Coffee

 

 

 

New study finds the EXACT moment coffee will benefit YOU the most (and your best serving size).

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Why Study This?

Researchers Say:

  • 1/3 of Americans experience sleep loss.
  • Sleep loss impacts our performance and quality of life.
  • Caffiene can boost our performance when used correctly – so they developed “an app for that.”
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How Does It Work?

The app uses an algorithim that considers your sleep cycle and how much caffeine you plan to consume – and then spits out what you should drink and when.

Researchers found users upgraded their performance by more than 60% & ironically reduced their caffeine consumption by more than 60%.

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Cappucino?

  • 6 out of 10 Americans drink coffee daily – this has held steady over the last several years.
  • Coffee drinkers consume nearly 3 cups on avg. every day.
  • Women drink slightly more coffee than men.
  • Previous Research: 500 mg of caffeine (2 cups of coffee) or lower = best health benefits.
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This study mentions sleep loss as a problem for performance for both civilians and the military. One of the head researchers works for the Dept. of Defense. Read more on the health benefits of coffee:

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Want To Stay Healthy?

Put a ring on it.

New study says marriage may factor into your heart health.

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What To Know

  • 80% of heart disease risk is “baked in” – genetics, diet, age.
  • Half of all Americans have a risk for heart disease.
  • 20% heart disease = a mystery.
  • Study examined marriage as a factor by looking at data from previous studies.
  • Data: married people have less heart disease than others.
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Why Marriage?

Results same for married vs single, divorced OR widowed.

  • Security: Married people may seek medical help sooner (they have someone around to nag them to go to the doctors OR to see changes in behavior).
  • Economic: Couples may have better joint income & therefore, better healthcare.
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Researchers say this topic needs more research. They admit they did not focus on the quality of marriage or long term relationships either. BTW - Marriage rates have declined in America, but Tiffany's sales of engagement rings are UP. Check it out:

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“Black Death” Returns?

 

 

 

 

American child tests positive for a mysterious case of bubonic plague.

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Infected Idaho Child

What We Know:

  • Child from Elmore county, Idaho where ground squirrels tested positive for plague in 2016.
  • However, child also visited Oregon – another state where plague found in recent years IN rodents.
  • First case in Idaho since 1992.
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What Is Plague?

It’s not “the plague” – it’s technically just “plague” but both are used.

  • Illness spreads through fleas that bite infected rodents.
  • Rare to pass from human-to-human.
  • Killed millions in Europe during Middle Ages.
  • Brought to U.S. through infected rodents on steamships in 1900s.
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Symptoms, Cure, History

  • “fever, headache, chills, and weakness and one or more swollen, tender and painful lymph nodes” (CDC)
  • Treatment: Antibiotics
  • Last major outbreak: 1924 Los Angeles
  • Avg of 7 plague cases surface every year in U.S. – mostly in West/Southwest
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Did you know health officials have often worried about plague used as a weapon by terrorists?

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Every 40 Secs in America…

 

 

 

 

…someone suffers a heart attack. The WH top economic advisor survived one as the President met with North Korea in Singapore.

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“National Economic Council Director and Assistant to the President Larry Kudlow is expected to remain at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as a standard precaution after experiencing what his doctors say was a very mild heart attack yesterday. His doctors expect Larry will make a full and speedy recovery. We look forward to seeing him back at work soon.”

WHITE HOUSE
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U.S. Economy & Kudlow

  • Major issue: U.S. tariffs on steel & aluminum imports upsetting allies like Canada during G7 & prompting accusations (or expectations) of a trade war.
  • Separately, tariffs expected on China for “unfair trade practices.”
  • Kudlow says the global trade system “is broken and President Trump is trying to fix it.”
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How do you know you’re having a heart attack?

“While heart disease can present in a very typical way—chest pain, shortness of breath—the symptoms can also be quite insidious–Particularly in women.”

Cardiologist Kevin Campbell to SmartHER News says atypical symptoms include nausea, feelings of dread, flu-like illness, pain in the neck, arm or back.
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1 of 5 heart attacks are "silent," according to the CDC. The person never knows they had one. Dr. Kevin Campbell provides invaluable guidance to SmartHER News on heart attacks - It's a must-read.

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LIFESAVER

 

 

 

She’s 16, attempted suicide, and now she’s trying to save others – with an app.

 

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“I can honestly say that technology has saved my life. When I found something greater than myself, I realized that I am not just a person with a life. I am a person who has something to contribute.”

Amanda Southworth on her app AnxietyHelper, which provides tools, resources, & emergency help for those suffering with depression & anxiety.
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About Amanda:

  • Started coding at age 10.
  • Attempted suicide several times; says she has struggled with mental illness for most of her life.
  • By 15, developed two apps, including “AnxietyHelper.”
  • In 2017, she won the Worldwide Developers Conference Scholarship from Apple.
  • In 2018, she launched Astra Labs, a nonprofit software company.
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“Everything in my life has shown me that both good and bad things in this world will continue to happen and that’s out of our control. But it’s what we do with the things that happen to us that can make all of the difference.”

Amanda Southworth at TEDxPasadena in 2017.
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Amanda's second app Verena is described as "a personal security system for the LGBTQ+ community, giving you the tools you need to keep you safe while you live as the person you were meant to be." Learn more here:

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How Can We Help Each Other?

 

 

New data shows suicide rates rising dramatically in U.S. More than half of those who died had no known mental illness.

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CDC: Vital Signs Report

  • Examined data from 1999-2016
  • Suicide rates increased in nearly every state & half of those states had rates increase by 30%.
  • Northern Midwest states most impacted.
  • Twice as many suicides in America as homicides.
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Why A Dramatic Increase?

No simple answer. Suicide is not JUST attributable to substance abuse, mental illness, or any single cause. Some experts say economic downturns played a role between 1999-2016 yet…

  • 4 out of 10 suicide cases reported relationship problems,
  • 29% – a crisis in the recent weeks
  • 22% – physical health problem.
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“Suicide is a public health crisis when you look at the numbers, and they keep going up. It’s up everywhere. And we know that the rates are actually higher than what’s reported. But homicides still get more attention.”

Nadine Kaslow, fmr. president of the American Psychological Association to Washington Post
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Suicide rates increased in nearly all 50 states. The one state where suicides did not increase between 1999-2016? Nevada. How can you help?

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QUITTING CHEMO?

 

 

 

New study raises questions about the efficacy of chemotherapy for women with most common form of breast cancer.

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“We can spare thousands and thousands of women from getting toxic treatment that really wouldn’t benefit them. This is very powerful. It really changes the standard of care.”

Dr. Ingrid A. Mayer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, an author of the study that started in 2006 and included more than 10,000 women.
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Basics of Study

  • Focus: early stage tumors (before cancer has chance to spread).
  • Doctors use a genetic test to predict cancer reoccurrence – results determine treatment.
  • Mid-range readings often got recommended chemo & hormone therapy; study focused on this group and now challenges the use of chemo.
  • 70%: NO benefit from chemo.
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Something To Consider:

  • Affirmation: Breast cancer study from 2016 found little difference in outcome between patients treated with chemo vs. those without; genetic testing on tumor also used to determine treatment.
  • One caveat: Women under 50 with breast cancer *may* benefit from chemo, but docs don’t know why.
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Some suggest this isn't a move away from simply chemo; but a move toward more personalized medicine. The WSJ points out this is part of a trend in cancer treatment - that has doctors leaning towards (and proving) less invasive care is healthier and less costly.

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“Four Eyes” Gets the Last Laugh

 

 

 

What wearing glasses or contacts says about you…

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You Really Are Smarter – Science Says So.

The need to wear glasses is associated with higher levels of intelligence, according to a new genetic study.

Researchers found intelligent people are 30% more likely to have genes related to poor eyesight.

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Weak Eyes, But…

  • Researchers also found negative correlations between intelligence & health problems like angina, lung cancer, & depression.
  • But only correlations – intelligence doesn’t definitely mean you have lower risk of heart disease, for example.
  • Not clear yet why those links exist.
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Approximately 6% of the U.S. population are visually impaired, according to gov't stats. Fun fact: 64% of Americans who need glasses or contacts are women. Just saying... #SmartHER

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RACE AGAINST TIME

 

 

 

Health officials call an unregulated… unlicensed… unnamed vaccine a “milestone” in strategy to prevent Ebola outbreak in Africa & you’re helping pay for it.

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‘rVSV-ZEBOV’

  • Experimental Ebola Vaccine
  • Donated by drugmaker Merck.
  • You can’t get it – under review by FDA (not legal to prescribe).
  • One trial in 2015. Good results.
  • “Ring vaccination” strategy – target the sick & vaccinate EVERYONE around them. Same strategy eradicated Small Pox.
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Challenges of The Congo

  • Currently: Most Ebola cases in a very remote area with “major logistical challenges.” Vaccine needs transport at perfect temperature – and some of the travel “has limited road access.”
  • The Concern: Several Ebola cases in a major city of 1M+. Limited # of vaccine doses avail.
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Why Ebola Is Dangerous

  • Quick Killer: Very infectious – Not very contagious. A small amount can make you fatally sick. But it’s actually difficult to spread. It’s not airborne, but it is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids, exposure to contaminated objects from an infected person, and by handling infected meat.
  • Ebola killed 11,000+ in Africa in 2014-2016; 11 cases in U.S.
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The Health and Human Services Secretary announced this Tuesday that the U.S. has contributed $8M to the efforts to contain the spread of Ebola in Congo - more than any other country. We'll watch for more $$ & updates.

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HOPE & HEALTH

 

 

 

 

New study explores whether or not optimistic people live longer.

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“We find, indeed, that to be the case.”

Researchers Kelsey J. O’Connor & Carol Graham, Brookings Institution in their conclusion that hope impacts longevity.
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Study: Highlights

Women: “on average happier and more optimistic” (researchers looking at recent readings of “optimism” vs. what women felt in comparison data from 1968-75).

Those with less than a high school education (especially white Americans) suffered from greater declines in optimism over the years (and higher mortality rates).

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Why?

  • Does optimism lead one to pursue better quality of life? i.e. pursuing better health, jobs, education = longer lives.
  • TBD. Researchers found optimism fluctuated and longevity seemed impacted as well by $$ or education.
  • Past Study: Some researchers believe our physiology is healthier when we are more hopeful.
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Education may not *just* impact optimism, but also employment. The U.S. unemployment rate for those without a high school diploma is nearly 6%. With a college degree? 1.9% (U.S. unemployment rate: 3.9%).

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