Suicides Increase Over The Holidays: Myth or Fact?
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The weather is frightful, the relatives aren't delightful, and, in general, melancholy moods abound. But does this mean that suicides occur more frequently in the winter months? Watch this video to find out.
Transcript: The weather is frightful, the relatives are less-than-delightful, the plaid scarf from Aunt Ruby was...
The weather is frightful, the relatives are less-than-delightful, the plaid scarf from Aunt Ruby was an obvious re-gift from last year, and, in general, melancholy moods can abound. But contrary to what many of us think, suicides are ACTUALLY more common, worldwide, during times of the year that are warmer and sunnier. According to a body of published studies by statisticians, who've examined hundreds of thousands of suicides in the United States and around the world, the number of suicides goes DOWN, not up, over the holiday season, by as much as 40%! According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, this may be because it's easier to repress "troublesome" thoughts during times of greater social interaction. An interesting fact that DID emerge during the Mayo Clinic study, was that suicides are MOST likely to occur early in the week, and LEAST common during weekends.More »
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No, knuckle cracking and arthritis are not related. But that does not mean it's safe to crack your knuckles, as it could lead to other problems. Find out more in this video.
Transcript: Crack. Pop. Click. These sounds jump from the joints of those in the habit of cracking their knuckles....
Crack. Pop. Click. These sounds jump from the joints of those in the habit of cracking their knuckles. Depending on your point of view, knuckle-popping sounds disgusting or cool. But there's NO evidence that it inflames the joints or leads to arthritis. Located between two bones, the knuckles are bathed in synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints. Sometimes, a bubble of gas forms in this fluid, and when the knuckles are cracked, it breaks the adhesive seal in the joint, and we hear: Pop! The arthritis connection may be an old wives' tale, but cracking your knuckles CAN hurt your hand in other ways, and there's NO benefit to it. Instead, try bending and stretching your fingers a few times to relieve tightness. And keep in mind, that while cracking your knuckles may seem like an innocent, mindless habit, for the person next to you, it may be just as irritating as the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard.More »
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How likely is it that you'll catch a cold directly from cold weather? We've all heard that this is possible, but is it really? Watch this video for more information.
Transcript: No. Being cold does not directly give you a cold, but it CAN weaken your immune system. Also, when it's...
No. Being cold does not directly give you a cold, but it CAN weaken your immune system. Also, when it's cold OUTSIDE, people tend to stay INSIDE, where air circulation is sub-optimal. You come into closer contact with the people aound you-which CAN increase the likelihood that you will catch a cold. Colds are caused by viruses, and you can get the virus through inhaling infected air droplets sneezed or coughed by an infected person, or by touching something that an infected person has touched and then transferring the germs to your mouth or nose. With over 200 different types of cold viruses in any given season, you can potentially catch many different variants of the cold. BUT, you don''t get it from cold air, slush, wind, or other wintry conditions. So what's the best way to ward off this miserable virus? Wash your hands often.More »
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Antibacterial soap: is it better? Find out by watching our video!
Transcript: Like surface-to-air missiles, antibacterial soap just SOUNDS more destructive than old-fashioned soap....
Like surface-to-air missiles, antibacterial soap just SOUNDS more destructive than old-fashioned soap. Thing is, the germs don't know the difference. Consumer-grade antibacterial soaps are no better at removing more bacteria or preventing infection symptoms-like coughing, sneezing, diarrhea-than plain soap. And the trouble is, it can also breed "super bugs" that our bodies-and antibiotics-can't fight. Furthermore, the soaps, most of which contain the antimicrobial triclosan, produced worrisome antibiotic cross-resistance among different species of bacteria, according to a study published recently in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The conclusion? Stick to plain, old soap and water. If you want to commit germicide with regular soap, take your TIME. The CDC recommends scrubbing for AT LEAST 15 seconds. And pay particular attention to the area under and around your fingernails as this is where most bacteria tend to reside. So heed the call, and lather, rinse, repeat, to get YOUR hands as bacteria-free as possible!More »
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For a guy, finding a lump in one of your pecs may not seem like a big deal. It is, though. Find out more information on male breast cancer in this video.
Transcript: Men don't have breasts, per se. Therefore, men shouldn't get breast cancer. But they DO, to the tune...
Men don't have breasts, per se. Therefore, men shouldn't get breast cancer. But they DO, to the tune of 1,500 new cases a year. The issue is that most men, and even many doctors, don't recognize breast cancer in men. Also, men tend to dismiss a lump, while a woman is much more likely to notice and know what it is. Men are also unfamiliar with the three major risk factors: age; family history of the disease; and obesity. Having even ONE risk factor is reason enough to do a quick self-exam every 3 months. When you're in the shower, feel across the chest with the tips of your fingers, and under the nipple, for any unusual lumps. You're looking for a lump that will feel small and firm, like a pea. And, lump or no lump, if you have any discharge or bleeding from the nipple, ask your doctor for a referral to a specialist in male breast cancer.More »
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If you've ever had poison ivy, you've probably had a family member ask you if it's contagious. So, is poison ivy contagious? Learn more in this video.
Transcript: Contrary to popular belief, the nasty rash that comes from contact with Poison Ivy is NOT contagious....
Contrary to popular belief, the nasty rash that comes from contact with Poison Ivy is NOT contagious. It may APPEAR to spread since the Poison Ivy rash develops sequentially. Scratching may also APPEAR to spread it, but in reality, you CANNOT spread the Poison Ivy rash to YOURSELF or OTHERS. ONLY the area that came into contact with the plant will be affected. Someone with the rash is not contagious because the plant oil has already been absorbed into the skin. They're ONLY contagious if this oil has NOT YET penetrated the skin. A common way to get poison ivy is to touch something that has recently come in contact with the rash-causing urushiol oil, like: gardening gloves or tools, or petting a dog that was running around in the woods. Word to the wise: it's key to treat poison ivy as soon as possible, as that can significantly lessen the severity and duration of the rash.More »
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Does a lump in your breast mean cancer? Not necessarily. Find out more about what else can cause a lump in the breast.
Transcript: Sometimes people stay away from medical care because they fear what they might find. And a lump in the...
Sometimes people stay away from medical care because they fear what they might find. And a lump in the breast can be a scary thing indeed, but guess what: 8 out of 10 breast lumps are BENIGN! Sometimes lumps are caused by cysts, nipple discharges and calcifications, which can result from hormonal changes, infection, injury or bruising. This percentage tends to fluctuate with age. For young women, more than 80% of breast lumps are benign, as women age, the risk for breast cancer increases, which means that the percentage of benign breast lumps in older women may be much lower than in younger women. Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, and scheduling regular mammograms. If YOU discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes in breast tissue, it's VERY IMPORTANT that you see a doctor immediately, because catching cancer early SIGNIFICANTLY increases the chances of recovery.More »
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It is generally recommended that you should not consume alcohol while on antibiotics. But is this idea true? You can get more information in this video on alcohol and antibiotics.
Transcript: A widespread myth states that you shouldn't drink alcohol while taking antibiotics, but in fact, drinking...
A widespread myth states that you shouldn't drink alcohol while taking antibiotics, but in fact, drinking does NOT lessen the effects of these drugs. Although it's sensible to rest and abstain from partying when taking any medication, it's unlikely that drinking in moderation will cause problems if you're taking most COMMON antibiotics. There ARE a few antibiotics-such as metronidazole or Flagyl, tinidazole or Tindamax, and Bactrim-that should not be mixed with alcohol as this may cause a more severe reaction. Now, we're NOT saying that it's a smart idea to get drunk and rowdy while you're trying to recover from an illness, since alcohol can lower your general energy and delay your recovery. For this reason, it's best minimize alcohol consumption until you've finished the prescribed course of antibiotic treatment, and you've gotten better.More »
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If you're at risk for type 2 diabetes, can you prevent it? It's certainly possible. Learn how to prevent this condition by watching this video.
Transcript: This is a dangerous myth. You can ABSOLUTELY help prevent Type 2 diabetes since it's linked to being...
This is a dangerous myth. You can ABSOLUTELY help prevent Type 2 diabetes since it's linked to being overweight and sedentary. Diabetes affects blood sugar levels, leading to insulin imbalances that affect fat, muscle and liver cells. Studies have shown that those at risk can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by losing 5 - 7% of their body weight. For example, if someone at risk weighs 200 lbs., losing just 10 lbs can have a meaningful impact. Try substituting whole wheat for white bread, eating fewer processed foods, and increasing physical activity; like taking 20 minute walks several times a week. Diabetes can cause heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, pregnancy complications, lower-extremity amputations, and deaths related to flu and pneumonia. An estimated 41 million U.S. adults have prediabetes-meaning that they are on their way to developing the disease. And for this subset, PREVENTION is even MORE key!More »
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Many people think that having sex in water prevents pregnancy. Check out our video to get the truth about having sex in water.
Transcript: Don't be fooled by the widely held misconception that a woman CANNOT get pregnant if she has sex in the...
Don't be fooled by the widely held misconception that a woman CANNOT get pregnant if she has sex in the water. The fact is, nothing in water can kill sperm or prevent a pregnancy from happening. Basically, once sperm have been ejaculated into the vagina, their goal is to find an egg to fertilize, and water will not stop their mission. Water will not act as a contraceptive. You're just as likely to get pregnant by having unprotected sex in the water as you are by having sex out of the water. Unless, of course, you're already pregnant, which means you've got other things to worry about. And even if you use a condom or other form of birth control, you can STILL get pregnant. The only 100% foolproof method of preventing pregnancy is by NOT having sex. So, if you choose to have sex, remember that if a penis is inside the vagina, there's a risk of pregnancy, water or not.More »
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How much of your brain do you use? Probably more than you think. Check out this video to find out more about whether you use only 10% of your brain.
Transcript: People have believed that we use only 10% of our brains for more than 100 years. Unfortunately, all that...
People have believed that we use only 10% of our brains for more than 100 years. Unfortunately, all that means is that people have been wrong for MORE than 100 years. This is probably one of the most oft-repeated factoids about the brain, in part because it's been endlessly publicized in the media. Here's the thing, though; it's NOT true. Brain scans show that the vast majority of the brain does NOT lie fallow. For any given activity, like eating, walking, kissing, or reading naughty novels, you use a few specific parts of your brain. So where did the myth come from? Many sources point to an American psychologist from the early1900s, named William James, who said: "the average person rarely achieves but a small portion of his or her potential. "Many sources point to an American psychologist from the early1900s, named William James, who said: "the average person rarely achieves but a small portion of his or her potential." Over the course of a whole day, however, just about ALL of the brain is used at one time or another. You are, in fact, using 100% of your brain.More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-07 | Tags »
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At some point in time, someone's probably told you that turkey makes you sleepy. But is this true? Find out what really makes you tired during those holiday feasts.
Transcript: Mass media, like CNN and Fox, like to hype up tryptophan-rich turkey as the culprit for post-holiday...
Mass media, like CNN and Fox, like to hype up tryptophan-rich turkey as the culprit for post-holiday meal sleepiness... but that's just a catchy sound-bite.. NOT reality. The tryptophan is NOT to blame for the sudden drowsiness that hits right after the meal. Turkey DOES contain tryptophan, and scientific evidence supports a connection between this amino acid and sleep. BUT, chicken and ground beef contain almost the same amount of tryptophan as turkey! And L-tryptophan doesn't act on the brain unless you take it on an empty stomach, with no protein present. Tryptophan levels found in a turkey dinner are far too low to have a sleepy effect. It's more likely due to the combination of drinking alcohol AND overeating-not just turkey, but also mashed potatoes, cranberries, yams, stuffing, and pie - all of which pull blood away from your brain to help your digestive system do it's work. It's not the turkey's fault, unless you ate the whole bird by yourself!More »
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Does caffeine dehydrate you? The answer to this question might surprise you. Check out this video for more information on caffeine.
Transcript: Medical experts have been saying for years that caffeine acts as a potent diuretic-something that increases...
Medical experts have been saying for years that caffeine acts as a potent diuretic-something that increases the frequency with which you "pass" water. Consume too many caffeinated beverages, and you end up drinking yourself into dehydration. But the extent to which caffeinated drinks ACTUALLY act as diuretics isn't well-supported by science. In fact, in 23 different experiments testing caffeine doses, no difference in the amount and frequency of urination was reported in 17 of those studies. Recent research shows that caffeine only has a diuretic effect if you consume large amounts of it - more than 500 to 600 milligrams a day. Still, caffeinated drinks can make you jittery, sleepless or anxious. Water is still your best bet to stay hydrated. It's calorie-free, caffeine-free, inexpensive and readily available.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-08 | Tags »
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