News Updates: Health & Wellness

Topol on Using Smartphones for Complex Diagnostic Challenges

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Dr. Eric Topol, Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and Editor-in-Chief of Medscape, speaks on the possibilities of accessing medical information through smartphones to better diagnose and/or treat patients.

Source: Medscape Today

Accessed 05/20/2013

Sodium Levels Through the Restaurant Roof: No Reductions in Past Six Years

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Change might be coming, but it is coming slowly in terms of reducing sodium levels in processed foods. A new study published today showed that while the sodium content of processed foods declined from 2005 to 2011, the overall reduction was just 3.5%[1]. Restaurants, on the other hand, fared even worse, with researchers reporting that sodium levels actually increased by 2.6% over the same six-year period.

4 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Falling

Posted by Kerrie Denner

The National Council on Aging reports that falling is the most common injury that leads to death in older Americans. Falling threatens a senior’s safety and independence. One-third of Americans aged 65+ falls each year. Falling, with or without an injury, has a significant impact on quality of life. A growing number of older adults are afraid of falling, so they limit their activities and social engagements to prevent this. Avoiding activities and social functions can contribute to depression, feelings of helplessness and physical decline.

Ringing in ears? Many who heard the bomb blast may now have tinnitus

Posted by Kerrie Denner

by Deborah Kotz, Globe Staff

Hundreds of people were in close proximity to the deafening bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon on Monday, and many have been treated at local hospitals for serious ear injuries. But hearing specialists say an untold number of other people could be suffering from hearing loss or ringing in their ears, called tinnitus, though they did not seek out medical help immediately.


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