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Our Abled.Health Networks bring you the latest information about Conditions, Fitness, Food, Rx, and Wellness to help you make informed choices about your health.

Our content is for information purposes only.

It’s meant to better inform you so that you can ask the most relevant questions of your medical health practitioners for your needs.

It is not meant to take the place of professional diagnoses or advice.






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FastFacts

What flu vaccines are recommended this season?

For the 2018-2019 flu season, providers may choose to administer any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine (IIV, RIV4, or LAIV4).

Options this season include:

There is a table showing all flu vaccines that are FDA-approved for use in the United States during the 2018-2019 season.

What viruses will the 2018-2019 flu vaccines protect against?

There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. We outline them in our full report. Click here to go to our main FLU COVERAGE Page.






AbledALERT: Emergency: California WIldfires: Help your kids cope. Image: An elderly woman volunteer from the Church of the Brethren comforts children at an evacuation center during the California wildfires.

FastFacts

1.3 Million fewer UK pensioners vaccinated this year

Figures from Public Health England show that up until November 11 only 52 per cent of over-65s – around 5.2million – had received the vaccine.

This is well below the 65 per cent who had been vaccinated at the same point last year.

Meanwhile, nearly 69 per cent of GPs say they have experienced a shortage of the jab, according to a survey by doctors’ magazine Pulse, forcing them to turn away elderly patients as a result.

Click here to read the full report.






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AbledHealth: Lyme Disease: Explosive rise in cases. Image: Photo of ticks on a forefinger near the ground show stages of growth.

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Record Number of Tickborne Diseases Reported in U.S. in 2017

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show tickborne diseases are again on the rise.

In 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of tickborne disease to CDC.  Cases of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis/ehrlichiosis, spotted fever rickettsiosis (including Rocky Mountain spotted fever), babesiosis, tularemia, and Powassan virus disease all increased—from 48,610 cases in 2016 to 59,349 cases in 2017.

  • 43,000 of those were Lyme disease, accounting for 75%

These 2017 data capture only a fraction of the number of people with tickborne illnesses. Under-reporting of all tickborne diseases is common, so the number of people actually infected is much higher.

This increase follows an accelerating trend of tickborne diseases reported in the United States. Between 2004 and 2016, the number of reported cases of tickborne disease doubled, and researchers discovered seven new tickborne pathogens that infect people.

Click here to read our full report.






AbledHealth: mRx: Dangerous supplement / prescription mixers. Photo montage shows 6 photos. One of a box of Statins above a photo of grapefruit juice; another photo shows a box of anti-depressants above a box of ibuprofen; and a photo of a St. John's Wort Plant above a photo of packages of contraceptives.

FastFacts

Did You Know These 6 Combinations To Avoid?

Drugs can interact with food and drink – not just other medicines

  • Philip Crilly is a pharmacy teaching fellow at Kingston University in the UK

In a piece for The Conversation, Philip Crilly says be wary of these:

Grapefruit juice and statins can cause liver damage, while St John’s Wort can make the contraceptive pill ineffective;

Warfarin, used to prevent blood clots, can be weakened by vitamin K found in green leafy vegetables;

Taking Ibuprofen with certain anti-depressants can cause internal bleeding;

Click here to read the full article and learn more about three other dangeroous combinations to avoid.






AbledHealth: Rx: Choosing the right pain med. Image: She;ves of pain medication in a store.

FastFacts

When To Use Aspirin | Ibuprofen or other pain meds

When to use Aspirin

High-risk of heart attack: A daily, low-dose of aspirin could help prevent a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. That’s because aspirin reduces blood clumping and keeps blood flowing to your heart. Of course, consult with your doctor before starting daily or regular aspirin therapy. Note, anyone with an aspirin allergy or history of bleeding (more on that later) should avoid this therapy, Mayo Clinic also reports. These are the 12 times aspirin won’t work—and could be dangerous.

When to use Ibuprofen

Children under 12: Young people under 12 years old should use ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) if they are recovering from the flu or chickenpox. Although aspirin is OK for children over 3 years old, it’s not the safest option for these symptoms and could be deadly for children under 12, Scaffidi says. That’s because aspirin increases the risk of developing a serious, often fatal condition, known as Reye’s syndrome.

If those categories don’t apply, Scaffidi recommends ibuprofen over aspirin for pain relief and headaches, regardless of location, in most patients.

Ibuprofen’s effect on blood cells or platelets is less significant, making it her go-to option for personal relief.

And what about other pain meds and a more recent option such as Cannabis Oil? Click here to read more in our full report.






AbledHealth: Prostate Cancer: Cut risk by 30 percent. Image: Middle-aged man wears a helmet as he cycles on a road.

FastFacts

How Much Exercise Will Cut Your Risk Of Prostate Cancer?

In the new study, researchers at Harvard analyzed self-reported exercise data from more than 49,000 men aged 40 to 75 and followed up with them every two years over a period of 26 years.

They discovered that men who reported the greatest amount of vigorous physical activity-which would equate to roughly 25 minutes of high-intensity cycling each day, on average-over that time frame were 30 percent less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer, and 25 percent less likely to develop lethal prostate cancer, than those who exercised the least.

There was no relationship between vigorous exercise and prostate cancer overall, showing that the benefit of exercise might be specific for the more aggressive forms of the disease, study author Claire Pernar, Sc.D., told Bicycling.

Click here to read more in our full report.






AbledHealth: Anxiety-Eat-these-foods-to-beat-it. Image:A bowl of oatmeal porridge with blueberries, raspberries and sliced almonds on top.

FastFacts

These Foods May Help To Ease Anxiety

Dr. Uma Naidoo, director of nutritional and lifestyle psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and a psychiatry instructor at Harvard Medical School.

“I’ve actually seen in my patients a significant reduction in their level of anxiety as they pay more clear attention to what they’re consuming,” Naidoo told TODAY. “But if you’re eating poorly… it will drive your anxiety in the wrong direction.”

Certain foods like sugar and processed fare lead to a rise in the brain chemicals that don’t help us feel good, Naidoo said. A sugar rush can mimic a panic attack.

Go for complex carbs

The advantage of complex carbohydrates, found in foods like oatmeal, quinoa and sweet potatoes, is that they break down more slowly in the body. You feel fuller longer and this provides a more even, steady state to your blood sugar. You’ll experience calmer feelings psychologically as well, Naidoo said.

Pay attention to nutrients

Foods rich in magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B may help ease anxiety, Naidoo noted. She’s not advising taking supplements without knowing if you’re deficient. But eating those foods may help to balance out your body.

Click here to see the list in our full report.






AbledHealth: Dementia: Town Square Therapy. Image: A vintage Thunderbird auto is parked at a mock-up 1950's style gas station in an indoor Town Square.

FastFacts

1950’s Era Towns Helping Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patients

At least 5.7 million Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s, and only 200,000 of those patients are younger than 65. The United States keeps getting older as the baby boomer generation ages, and the number of Alzheimer’s patients is expected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050.

When they are not at home with a caregiver, many patients spend time at day centers, where they can participate in activities and interact with other people.

A nonprofit that runs these centers, the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Care Centers, has begun creating faux towns resembling the 1950s and 1960s to remind dementia patients of when they were young.

In August, the San Diego-based nonprofit opened the first so-called Town Square in Chula Vista, just outside the city’s downtown area. Town Square designs reflect a technique known as reminiscence therapy, which is used in clinical settings to help those with dementia recall decades-old memories. According to The Atlantic, studies show that such therapy helps improve patients’ quality of life and heightens their cognitive function.

Learn more about this therapy in our full report.






AbledHealth Box. Image: Middle aged man and woman sit cross-legged on cushions smiling in a meditative pose with the ocean in the background.

About Abled.Health

Our Abled.Health Networks bring you the latest information about Conditions, Fitness, Food, Rx, and Wellness to help you make informed choices about your health.

Our content is for information purposes only.

It’s meant to better inform you so that you can ask the most relevant questions of your medical health practitioners for your needs.

It is not meant to take the place of professional diagnoses or advice.






Abled Health: Rx: 2018 Flu Shots: Inform yourself. IMage: Flu Myths versus Flu Facts.Round bubbles contain text next to a side silhouette of a woman's head.

FastFacts

What flu vaccines are recommended this season?

For the 2018-2019 flu season, providers may choose to administer any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine (IIV, RIV4, or LAIV4).

Options this season include:

There is a table showing all flu vaccines that are FDA-approved for use in the United States during the 2018-2019 season.

What viruses will the 2018-2019 flu vaccines protect against?

There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. We outline them in our full report. Click here to go to our main FLU COVERAGE Page.






AbledHealth: Rx: UK flu shot shortages worry General Practitioners. Image: Photo shows elderly man holding a water cup with a straw in his left hand, while his right hand holds the hand of his wife who is lying in a hospital bed.

FastFacts

1.3 Million fewer UK pensioners vaccinated this year

Figures from Public Health England show that up until November 11 only 52 per cent of over-65s – around 5.2million – had received the vaccine.

This is well below the 65 per cent who had been vaccinated at the same point last year.

Meanwhile, nearly 69 per cent of GPs say they have experienced a shortage of the jab, according to a survey by doctors’ magazine Pulse, forcing them to turn away elderly patients as a result.

Click here to read the full report.






AbledHealth: Lyme Disease: Explosive rise in cases. Image: Photo of ticks on a forefinger near the ground show stages of growth.

FastFacts

Record Number of Tickborne Diseases Reported in U.S. in 2017

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show tickborne diseases are again on the rise.

In 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of tickborne disease to CDC.  Cases of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis/ehrlichiosis, spotted fever rickettsiosis (including Rocky Mountain spotted fever), babesiosis, tularemia, and Powassan virus disease all increased—from 48,610 cases in 2016 to 59,349 cases in 2017.

  • 43,000 of those were Lyme disease, accounting for 75%

These 2017 data capture only a fraction of the number of people with tickborne illnesses. Under-reporting of all tickborne diseases is common, so the number of people actually infected is much higher.

This increase follows an accelerating trend of tickborne diseases reported in the United States. Between 2004 and 2016, the number of reported cases of tickborne disease doubled, and researchers discovered seven new tickborne pathogens that infect people.

Click here to read our full report.






AbledHealth: mRx: Dangerous supplement / prescription mixers. Photo montage shows 6 photos. One of a box of Statins above a photo of grapefruit juice; another photo shows a box of anti-depressants above a box of ibuprofen; and a photo of a St. John's Wort Plant above a photo of packages of contraceptives.

FastFacts

Did You Know These 6 Combinations To Avoid?

Drugs can interact with food and drink – not just other medicines

  • Philip Crilly is a pharmacy teaching fellow at Kingston University in the UK

In a piece for The Conversation, Philip Crilly says be wary of these:

Grapefruit juice and statins can cause liver damage, while St John’s Wort can make the contraceptive pill ineffective;

Warfarin, used to prevent blood clots, can be weakened by vitamin K found in green leafy vegetables;

Taking Ibuprofen with certain anti-depressants can cause internal bleeding;

Click here to read the full article and learn more about three other dangeroous combinations to avoid.






AbledHealth: Rx: Choosing the right pain med. Image: She;ves of pain medication in a store.

FastFacts

When To Use Aspirin | Ibuprofen or other pain meds

When to use Aspirin

High-risk of heart attack: A daily, low-dose of aspirin could help prevent a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. That’s because aspirin reduces blood clumping and keeps blood flowing to your heart. Of course, consult with your doctor before starting daily or regular aspirin therapy. Note, anyone with an aspirin allergy or history of bleeding (more on that later) should avoid this therapy, Mayo Clinic also reports. These are the 12 times aspirin won’t work—and could be dangerous.

When to use Ibuprofen

Children under 12: Young people under 12 years old should use ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) if they are recovering from the flu or chickenpox. Although aspirin is OK for children over 3 years old, it’s not the safest option for these symptoms and could be deadly for children under 12, Scaffidi says. That’s because aspirin increases the risk of developing a serious, often fatal condition, known as Reye’s syndrome.

If those categories don’t apply, Scaffidi recommends ibuprofen over aspirin for pain relief and headaches, regardless of location, in most patients.

Ibuprofen’s effect on blood cells or platelets is less significant, making it her go-to option for personal relief.

And what about other pain meds and a more recent option such as Cannabis Oil? Click here to read more in our full report.






AbledHealth: Prostate Cancer: Cut risk by 30 percent. Image: Middle-aged man wears a helmet as he cycles on a road.

FastFacts

How Much Exercise Will Cut Your Risk Of Prostate Cancer?

In the new study, researchers at Harvard analyzed self-reported exercise data from more than 49,000 men aged 40 to 75 and followed up with them every two years over a period of 26 years.

They discovered that men who reported the greatest amount of vigorous physical activity-which would equate to roughly 25 minutes of high-intensity cycling each day, on average-over that time frame were 30 percent less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer, and 25 percent less likely to develop lethal prostate cancer, than those who exercised the least.

There was no relationship between vigorous exercise and prostate cancer overall, showing that the benefit of exercise might be specific for the more aggressive forms of the disease, study author Claire Pernar, Sc.D., told Bicycling.

Click here to read more in our full report.






AbledHealth: Anxiety-Eat-these-foods-to-beat-it. Image:A bowl of oatmeal porridge with blueberries, raspberries and sliced almonds on top.

FastFacts

These Foods May Help To Ease Anxiety

Dr. Uma Naidoo, director of nutritional and lifestyle psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and a psychiatry instructor at Harvard Medical School.

“I’ve actually seen in my patients a significant reduction in their level of anxiety as they pay more clear attention to what they’re consuming,” Naidoo told TODAY. “But if you’re eating poorly… it will drive your anxiety in the wrong direction.”

Certain foods like sugar and processed fare lead to a rise in the brain chemicals that don’t help us feel good, Naidoo said. A sugar rush can mimic a panic attack.

Go for complex carbs

The advantage of complex carbohydrates, found in foods like oatmeal, quinoa and sweet potatoes, is that they break down more slowly in the body. You feel fuller longer and this provides a more even, steady state to your blood sugar. You’ll experience calmer feelings psychologically as well, Naidoo said.

Pay attention to nutrients

Foods rich in magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B may help ease anxiety, Naidoo noted. She’s not advising taking supplements without knowing if you’re deficient. But eating those foods may help to balance out your body.

Click here to see the list in our full report.






AbledHealth: Dementia: Town Square Therapy. Image: A vintage Thunderbird auto is parked at a mock-up 1950's style gas station in an indoor Town Square.

FastFacts

1950’s Era Towns Helping Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patients

At least 5.7 million Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s, and only 200,000 of those patients are younger than 65. The United States keeps getting older as the baby boomer generation ages, and the number of Alzheimer’s patients is expected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050.

When they are not at home with a caregiver, many patients spend time at day centers, where they can participate in activities and interact with other people.

A nonprofit that runs these centers, the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Care Centers, has begun creating faux towns resembling the 1950s and 1960s to remind dementia patients of when they were young.

In August, the San Diego-based nonprofit opened the first so-called Town Square in Chula Vista, just outside the city’s downtown area. Town Square designs reflect a technique known as reminiscence therapy, which is used in clinical settings to help those with dementia recall decades-old memories. According to The Atlantic, studies show that such therapy helps improve patients’ quality of life and heightens their cognitive function.

Learn more about this therapy in our full report.






AbledHealth Box. Image: Middle aged man and woman sit cross-legged on cushions smiling in a meditative pose with the ocean in the background.

About Abled.Health

Our Abled.Health Networks bring you the latest information about Conditions, Fitness, Food, Rx, and Wellness to help you make informed choices about your health.

Our content is for information purposes only.

It’s meant to better inform you so that you can ask the most relevant questions of your medical health practitioners for your needs.

It is not meant to take the place of professional diagnoses or advice.






Abled Health: Rx: 2018 Flu Shots: Inform yourself. IMage: Flu Myths versus Flu Facts.Round bubbles contain text next to a side silhouette of a woman's head.

FastFacts

What flu vaccines are recommended this season?

For the 2018-2019 flu season, providers may choose to administer any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine (IIV, RIV4, or LAIV4).

Options this season include:

There is a table showing all flu vaccines that are FDA-approved for use in the United States during the 2018-2019 season.

What viruses will the 2018-2019 flu vaccines protect against?

There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. We outline them in our full report. Click here to go to our main FLU COVERAGE Page.






AbledHealth: Rx: UK flu shot shortages worry General Practitioners. Image: Photo shows elderly man holding a water cup with a straw in his left hand, while his right hand holds the hand of his wife who is lying in a hospital bed.

FastFacts

1.3 Million fewer UK pensioners vaccinated this year

Figures from Public Health England show that up until November 11 only 52 per cent of over-65s – around 5.2million – had received the vaccine.

This is well below the 65 per cent who had been vaccinated at the same point last year.

Meanwhile, nearly 69 per cent of GPs say they have experienced a shortage of the jab, according to a survey by doctors’ magazine Pulse, forcing them to turn away elderly patients as a result.

Click here to read the full report.






AbledHealth: Lyme Disease: Explosive rise in cases. Image: Photo of ticks on a forefinger near the ground show stages of growth.

FastFacts

Record Number of Tickborne Diseases Reported in U.S. in 2017

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show tickborne diseases are again on the rise.

In 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of tickborne disease to CDC.  Cases of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis/ehrlichiosis, spotted fever rickettsiosis (including Rocky Mountain spotted fever), babesiosis, tularemia, and Powassan virus disease all increased—from 48,610 cases in 2016 to 59,349 cases in 2017.

  • 43,000 of those were Lyme disease, accounting for 75%

These 2017 data capture only a fraction of the number of people with tickborne illnesses. Under-reporting of all tickborne diseases is common, so the number of people actually infected is much higher.

This increase follows an accelerating trend of tickborne diseases reported in the United States. Between 2004 and 2016, the number of reported cases of tickborne disease doubled, and researchers discovered seven new tickborne pathogens that infect people.

Click here to read our full report.






AbledHealth: mRx: Dangerous supplement / prescription mixers. Photo montage shows 6 photos. One of a box of Statins above a photo of grapefruit juice; another photo shows a box of anti-depressants above a box of ibuprofen; and a photo of a St. John's Wort Plant above a photo of packages of contraceptives.

FastFacts

Did You Know These 6 Combinations To Avoid?

Drugs can interact with food and drink – not just other medicines

  • Philip Crilly is a pharmacy teaching fellow at Kingston University in the UK

In a piece for The Conversation, Philip Crilly says be wary of these:

Grapefruit juice and statins can cause liver damage, while St John’s Wort can make the contraceptive pill ineffective;

Warfarin, used to prevent blood clots, can be weakened by vitamin K found in green leafy vegetables;

Taking Ibuprofen with certain anti-depressants can cause internal bleeding;

Click here to read the full article and learn more about three other dangeroous combinations to avoid.






AbledHealth: Rx: Choosing the right pain med. Image: She;ves of pain medication in a store.

FastFacts

When To Use Aspirin | Ibuprofen or other pain meds

When to use Aspirin

High-risk of heart attack: A daily, low-dose of aspirin could help prevent a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. That’s because aspirin reduces blood clumping and keeps blood flowing to your heart. Of course, consult with your doctor before starting daily or regular aspirin therapy. Note, anyone with an aspirin allergy or history of bleeding (more on that later) should avoid this therapy, Mayo Clinic also reports. These are the 12 times aspirin won’t work—and could be dangerous.

When to use Ibuprofen

Children under 12: Young people under 12 years old should use ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) if they are recovering from the flu or chickenpox. Although aspirin is OK for children over 3 years old, it’s not the safest option for these symptoms and could be deadly for children under 12, Scaffidi says. That’s because aspirin increases the risk of developing a serious, often fatal condition, known as Reye’s syndrome.

If those categories don’t apply, Scaffidi recommends ibuprofen over aspirin for pain relief and headaches, regardless of location, in most patients.

Ibuprofen’s effect on blood cells or platelets is less significant, making it her go-to option for personal relief.

And what about other pain meds and a more recent option such as Cannabis Oil? Click here to read more in our full report.






AbledHealth: Prostate Cancer: Cut risk by 30 percent. Image: Middle-aged man wears a helmet as he cycles on a road.

FastFacts

How Much Exercise Will Cut Your Risk Of Prostate Cancer?

In the new study, researchers at Harvard analyzed self-reported exercise data from more than 49,000 men aged 40 to 75 and followed up with them every two years over a period of 26 years.

They discovered that men who reported the greatest amount of vigorous physical activity-which would equate to roughly 25 minutes of high-intensity cycling each day, on average-over that time frame were 30 percent less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer, and 25 percent less likely to develop lethal prostate cancer, than those who exercised the least.

There was no relationship between vigorous exercise and prostate cancer overall, showing that the benefit of exercise might be specific for the more aggressive forms of the disease, study author Claire Pernar, Sc.D., told Bicycling.

Click here to read more in our full report.






AbledHealth: Anxiety-Eat-these-foods-to-beat-it. Image:A bowl of oatmeal porridge with blueberries, raspberries and sliced almonds on top.

FastFacts

These Foods May Help To Ease Anxiety

Dr. Uma Naidoo, director of nutritional and lifestyle psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and a psychiatry instructor at Harvard Medical School.

“I’ve actually seen in my patients a significant reduction in their level of anxiety as they pay more clear attention to what they’re consuming,” Naidoo told TODAY. “But if you’re eating poorly… it will drive your anxiety in the wrong direction.”

Certain foods like sugar and processed fare lead to a rise in the brain chemicals that don’t help us feel good, Naidoo said. A sugar rush can mimic a panic attack.

Go for complex carbs

The advantage of complex carbohydrates, found in foods like oatmeal, quinoa and sweet potatoes, is that they break down more slowly in the body. You feel fuller longer and this provides a more even, steady state to your blood sugar. You’ll experience calmer feelings psychologically as well, Naidoo said.

Pay attention to nutrients

Foods rich in magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B may help ease anxiety, Naidoo noted. She’s not advising taking supplements without knowing if you’re deficient. But eating those foods may help to balance out your body.

Click here to see the list in our full report.






AbledHealth: Dementia: Town Square Therapy. Image: A vintage Thunderbird auto is parked at a mock-up 1950's style gas station in an indoor Town Square.

FastFacts

1950’s Era Towns Helping Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patients

At least 5.7 million Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s, and only 200,000 of those patients are younger than 65. The United States keeps getting older as the baby boomer generation ages, and the number of Alzheimer’s patients is expected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050.

When they are not at home with a caregiver, many patients spend time at day centers, where they can participate in activities and interact with other people.

A nonprofit that runs these centers, the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Care Centers, has begun creating faux towns resembling the 1950s and 1960s to remind dementia patients of when they were young.

In August, the San Diego-based nonprofit opened the first so-called Town Square in Chula Vista, just outside the city’s downtown area. Town Square designs reflect a technique known as reminiscence therapy, which is used in clinical settings to help those with dementia recall decades-old memories. According to The Atlantic, studies show that such therapy helps improve patients’ quality of life and heightens their cognitive function.

Learn more about this therapy in our full report.






AbledHealth Box. Image: Middle aged man and woman sit cross-legged on cushions smiling in a meditative pose with the ocean in the background.

About Abled.Health

Our Abled.Health Networks bring you the latest information about Conditions, Fitness, Food, Rx, and Wellness to help you make informed choices about your health.

Our content is for information purposes only.

It’s meant to better inform you so that you can ask the most relevant questions of your medical health practitioners for your needs.

It is not meant to take the place of professional diagnoses or advice.






Abled Health: Rx: 2018 Flu Shots: Inform yourself. IMage: Flu Myths versus Flu Facts.Round bubbles contain text next to a side silhouette of a woman's head.

FastFacts

What flu vaccines are recommended this season?

For the 2018-2019 flu season, providers may choose to administer any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine (IIV, RIV4, or LAIV4).

Options this season include:

There is a table showing all flu vaccines that are FDA-approved for use in the United States during the 2018-2019 season.

What viruses will the 2018-2019 flu vaccines protect against?

There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. We outline them in our full report. Click here to go to our main FLU COVERAGE Page.






AbledHealth: Rx: UK flu shot shortages worry General Practitioners. Image: Photo shows elderly man holding a water cup with a straw in his left hand, while his right hand holds the hand of his wife who is lying in a hospital bed.

FastFacts

1.3 Million fewer UK pensioners vaccinated this year

Figures from Public Health England show that up until November 11 only 52 per cent of over-65s – around 5.2million – had received the vaccine.

This is well below the 65 per cent who had been vaccinated at the same point last year.

Meanwhile, nearly 69 per cent of GPs say they have experienced a shortage of the jab, according to a survey by doctors’ magazine Pulse, forcing them to turn away elderly patients as a result.

Click here to read the full report.






AbledHealth: Lyme Disease: Explosive rise in cases. Image: Photo of ticks on a forefinger near the ground show stages of growth.

FastFacts

Record Number of Tickborne Diseases Reported in U.S. in 2017

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show tickborne diseases are again on the rise.

In 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of tickborne disease to CDC.  Cases of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis/ehrlichiosis, spotted fever rickettsiosis (including Rocky Mountain spotted fever), babesiosis, tularemia, and Powassan virus disease all increased—from 48,610 cases in 2016 to 59,349 cases in 2017.

  • 43,000 of those were Lyme disease, accounting for 75%

These 2017 data capture only a fraction of the number of people with tickborne illnesses. Under-reporting of all tickborne diseases is common, so the number of people actually infected is much higher.

This increase follows an accelerating trend of tickborne diseases reported in the United States. Between 2004 and 2016, the number of reported cases of tickborne disease doubled, and researchers discovered seven new tickborne pathogens that infect people.

Click here to read our full report.






AbledHealth: mRx: Dangerous supplement / prescription mixers. Photo montage shows 6 photos. One of a box of Statins above a photo of grapefruit juice; another photo shows a box of anti-depressants above a box of ibuprofen; and a photo of a St. John's Wort Plant above a photo of packages of contraceptives.

FastFacts

Did You Know These 6 Combinations To Avoid?

Drugs can interact with food and drink – not just other medicines

  • Philip Crilly is a pharmacy teaching fellow at Kingston University in the UK

In a piece for The Conversation, Philip Crilly says be wary of these:

Grapefruit juice and statins can cause liver damage, while St John’s Wort can make the contraceptive pill ineffective;

Warfarin, used to prevent blood clots, can be weakened by vitamin K found in green leafy vegetables;

Taking Ibuprofen with certain anti-depressants can cause internal bleeding;

Click here to read the full article and learn more about three other dangeroous combinations to avoid.






AbledHealth: Rx: Choosing the right pain med. Image: She;ves of pain medication in a store.

FastFacts

When To Use Aspirin | Ibuprofen or other pain meds

When to use Aspirin

High-risk of heart attack: A daily, low-dose of aspirin could help prevent a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. That’s because aspirin reduces blood clumping and keeps blood flowing to your heart. Of course, consult with your doctor before starting daily or regular aspirin therapy. Note, anyone with an aspirin allergy or history of bleeding (more on that later) should avoid this therapy, Mayo Clinic also reports. These are the 12 times aspirin won’t work—and could be dangerous.

When to use Ibuprofen

Children under 12: Young people under 12 years old should use ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) if they are recovering from the flu or chickenpox. Although aspirin is OK for children over 3 years old, it’s not the safest option for these symptoms and could be deadly for children under 12, Scaffidi says. That’s because aspirin increases the risk of developing a serious, often fatal condition, known as Reye’s syndrome.

If those categories don’t apply, Scaffidi recommends ibuprofen over aspirin for pain relief and headaches, regardless of location, in most patients.

Ibuprofen’s effect on blood cells or platelets is less significant, making it her go-to option for personal relief.

And what about other pain meds and a more recent option such as Cannabis Oil? Click here to read more in our full report.






AbledHealth: Prostate Cancer: Cut risk by 30 percent. Image: Middle-aged man wears a helmet as he cycles on a road.

FastFacts

How Much Exercise Will Cut Your Risk Of Prostate Cancer?

In the new study, researchers at Harvard analyzed self-reported exercise data from more than 49,000 men aged 40 to 75 and followed up with them every two years over a period of 26 years.

They discovered that men who reported the greatest amount of vigorous physical activity-which would equate to roughly 25 minutes of high-intensity cycling each day, on average-over that time frame were 30 percent less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer, and 25 percent less likely to develop lethal prostate cancer, than those who exercised the least.

There was no relationship between vigorous exercise and prostate cancer overall, showing that the benefit of exercise might be specific for the more aggressive forms of the disease, study author Claire Pernar, Sc.D., told Bicycling.

Click here to read more in our full report.






AbledHealth: Anxiety-Eat-these-foods-to-beat-it. Image:A bowl of oatmeal porridge with blueberries, raspberries and sliced almonds on top.

FastFacts

These Foods May Help To Ease Anxiety

Dr. Uma Naidoo, director of nutritional and lifestyle psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and a psychiatry instructor at Harvard Medical School.

“I’ve actually seen in my patients a significant reduction in their level of anxiety as they pay more clear attention to what they’re consuming,” Naidoo told TODAY. “But if you’re eating poorly… it will drive your anxiety in the wrong direction.”

Certain foods like sugar and processed fare lead to a rise in the brain chemicals that don’t help us feel good, Naidoo said. A sugar rush can mimic a panic attack.

Go for complex carbs

The advantage of complex carbohydrates, found in foods like oatmeal, quinoa and sweet potatoes, is that they break down more slowly in the body. You feel fuller longer and this provides a more even, steady state to your blood sugar. You’ll experience calmer feelings psychologically as well, Naidoo said.

Pay attention to nutrients

Foods rich in magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B may help ease anxiety, Naidoo noted. She’s not advising taking supplements without knowing if you’re deficient. But eating those foods may help to balance out your body.

Click here to see the list in our full report.






AbledHealth: Dementia: Town Square Therapy. Image: A vintage Thunderbird auto is parked at a mock-up 1950's style gas station in an indoor Town Square.

FastFacts

1950’s Era Towns Helping Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patients

At least 5.7 million Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s, and only 200,000 of those patients are younger than 65. The United States keeps getting older as the baby boomer generation ages, and the number of Alzheimer’s patients is expected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050.

When they are not at home with a caregiver, many patients spend time at day centers, where they can participate in activities and interact with other people.

A nonprofit that runs these centers, the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Care Centers, has begun creating faux towns resembling the 1950s and 1960s to remind dementia patients of when they were young.

In August, the San Diego-based nonprofit opened the first so-called Town Square in Chula Vista, just outside the city’s downtown area. Town Square designs reflect a technique known as reminiscence therapy, which is used in clinical settings to help those with dementia recall decades-old memories. According to The Atlantic, studies show that such therapy helps improve patients’ quality of life and heightens their cognitive function.

Learn more about this therapy in our full report.






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About Abled.Health

Our Abled.Health Networks bring you the latest information about Conditions, Fitness, Food, Rx, and Wellness to help you make informed choices about your health.

Our content is for information purposes only.

It’s meant to better inform you so that you can ask the most relevant questions of your medical health practitioners for your needs.

It is not meant to take the place of professional diagnoses or advice.






Abled Health: Rx: 2018 Flu Shots: Inform yourself. IMage: Flu Myths versus Flu Facts.Round bubbles contain text next to a side silhouette of a woman's head.

FastFacts

What flu vaccines are recommended this season?

For the 2018-2019 flu season, providers may choose to administer any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine (IIV, RIV4, or LAIV4).

Options this season include:

There is a table showing all flu vaccines that are FDA-approved for use in the United States during the 2018-2019 season.

What viruses will the 2018-2019 flu vaccines protect against?

There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. We outline them in our full report. Click here to go to our main FLU COVERAGE Page.






AbledHealth: Rx: UK flu shot shortages worry General Practitioners. Image: Photo shows elderly man holding a water cup with a straw in his left hand, while his right hand holds the hand of his wife who is lying in a hospital bed.

FastFacts

1.3 Million fewer UK pensioners vaccinated this year

Figures from Public Health England show that up until November 11 only 52 per cent of over-65s – around 5.2million – had received the vaccine.

This is well below the 65 per cent who had been vaccinated at the same point last year.

Meanwhile, nearly 69 per cent of GPs say they have experienced a shortage of the jab, according to a survey by doctors’ magazine Pulse, forcing them to turn away elderly patients as a result.

Click here to read the full report.






AbledHealth: Lyme Disease: Explosive rise in cases. Image: Photo of ticks on a forefinger near the ground show stages of growth.

FastFacts

Record Number of Tickborne Diseases Reported in U.S. in 2017

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show tickborne diseases are again on the rise.

In 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of tickborne disease to CDC.  Cases of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis/ehrlichiosis, spotted fever rickettsiosis (including Rocky Mountain spotted fever), babesiosis, tularemia, and Powassan virus disease all increased—from 48,610 cases in 2016 to 59,349 cases in 2017.

  • 43,000 of those were Lyme disease, accounting for 75%

These 2017 data capture only a fraction of the number of people with tickborne illnesses. Under-reporting of all tickborne diseases is common, so the number of people actually infected is much higher.

This increase follows an accelerating trend of tickborne diseases reported in the United States. Between 2004 and 2016, the number of reported cases of tickborne disease doubled, and researchers discovered seven new tickborne pathogens that infect people.

Click here to read our full report.






AbledHealth: mRx: Dangerous supplement / prescription mixers. Photo montage shows 6 photos. One of a box of Statins above a photo of grapefruit juice; another photo shows a box of anti-depressants above a box of ibuprofen; and a photo of a St. John's Wort Plant above a photo of packages of contraceptives.

FastFacts

Did You Know These 6 Combinations To Avoid?

Drugs can interact with food and drink – not just other medicines

  • Philip Crilly is a pharmacy teaching fellow at Kingston University in the UK

In a piece for The Conversation, Philip Crilly says be wary of these:

Grapefruit juice and statins can cause liver damage, while St John’s Wort can make the contraceptive pill ineffective;

Warfarin, used to prevent blood clots, can be weakened by vitamin K found in green leafy vegetables;

Taking Ibuprofen with certain anti-depressants can cause internal bleeding;

Click here to read the full article and learn more about three other dangeroous combinations to avoid.






AbledHealth: Rx: Choosing the right pain med. Image: She;ves of pain medication in a store.

FastFacts

When To Use Aspirin | Ibuprofen or other pain meds

When to use Aspirin

High-risk of heart attack: A daily, low-dose of aspirin could help prevent a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. That’s because aspirin reduces blood clumping and keeps blood flowing to your heart. Of course, consult with your doctor before starting daily or regular aspirin therapy. Note, anyone with an aspirin allergy or history of bleeding (more on that later) should avoid this therapy, Mayo Clinic also reports. These are the 12 times aspirin won’t work—and could be dangerous.

When to use Ibuprofen

Children under 12: Young people under 12 years old should use ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) if they are recovering from the flu or chickenpox. Although aspirin is OK for children over 3 years old, it’s not the safest option for these symptoms and could be deadly for children under 12, Scaffidi says. That’s because aspirin increases the risk of developing a serious, often fatal condition, known as Reye’s syndrome.

If those categories don’t apply, Scaffidi recommends ibuprofen over aspirin for pain relief and headaches, regardless of location, in most patients.

Ibuprofen’s effect on blood cells or platelets is less significant, making it her go-to option for personal relief.

And what about other pain meds and a more recent option such as Cannabis Oil? Click here to read more in our full report.






AbledHealth: Prostate Cancer: Cut risk by 30 percent. Image: Middle-aged man wears a helmet as he cycles on a road.

FastFacts

How Much Exercise Will Cut Your Risk Of Prostate Cancer?

In the new study, researchers at Harvard analyzed self-reported exercise data from more than 49,000 men aged 40 to 75 and followed up with them every two years over a period of 26 years.

They discovered that men who reported the greatest amount of vigorous physical activity-which would equate to roughly 25 minutes of high-intensity cycling each day, on average-over that time frame were 30 percent less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer, and 25 percent less likely to develop lethal prostate cancer, than those who exercised the least.

There was no relationship between vigorous exercise and prostate cancer overall, showing that the benefit of exercise might be specific for the more aggressive forms of the disease, study author Claire Pernar, Sc.D., told Bicycling.

Click here to read more in our full report.






AbledHealth: Anxiety-Eat-these-foods-to-beat-it. Image:A bowl of oatmeal porridge with blueberries, raspberries and sliced almonds on top.

FastFacts

These Foods May Help To Ease Anxiety

Dr. Uma Naidoo, director of nutritional and lifestyle psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and a psychiatry instructor at Harvard Medical School.

“I’ve actually seen in my patients a significant reduction in their level of anxiety as they pay more clear attention to what they’re consuming,” Naidoo told TODAY. “But if you’re eating poorly… it will drive your anxiety in the wrong direction.”

Certain foods like sugar and processed fare lead to a rise in the brain chemicals that don’t help us feel good, Naidoo said. A sugar rush can mimic a panic attack.

Go for complex carbs

The advantage of complex carbohydrates, found in foods like oatmeal, quinoa and sweet potatoes, is that they break down more slowly in the body. You feel fuller longer and this provides a more even, steady state to your blood sugar. You’ll experience calmer feelings psychologically as well, Naidoo said.

Pay attention to nutrients

Foods rich in magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B may help ease anxiety, Naidoo noted. She’s not advising taking supplements without knowing if you’re deficient. But eating those foods may help to balance out your body.

Click here to see the list in our full report.






AbledHealth: Dementia: Town Square Therapy. Image: A vintage Thunderbird auto is parked at a mock-up 1950's style gas station in an indoor Town Square.

FastFacts

1950’s Era Towns Helping Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patients

At least 5.7 million Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s, and only 200,000 of those patients are younger than 65. The United States keeps getting older as the baby boomer generation ages, and the number of Alzheimer’s patients is expected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050.

When they are not at home with a caregiver, many patients spend time at day centers, where they can participate in activities and interact with other people.

A nonprofit that runs these centers, the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Care Centers, has begun creating faux towns resembling the 1950s and 1960s to remind dementia patients of when they were young.

In August, the San Diego-based nonprofit opened the first so-called Town Square in Chula Vista, just outside the city’s downtown area. Town Square designs reflect a technique known as reminiscence therapy, which is used in clinical settings to help those with dementia recall decades-old memories. According to The Atlantic, studies show that such therapy helps improve patients’ quality of life and heightens their cognitive function.

Learn more about this therapy in our full report.






AbledHealth Box. Image: Middle aged man and woman sit cross-legged on cushions smiling in a meditative pose with the ocean in the background.

About Abled.Health

Our Abled.Health Networks bring you the latest information about Conditions, Fitness, Food, Rx, and Wellness to help you make informed choices about your health.

Our content is for information purposes only.

It’s meant to better inform you so that you can ask the most relevant questions of your medical health practitioners for your needs.

It is not meant to take the place of professional diagnoses or advice.






Abled Health: Rx: 2018 Flu Shots: Inform yourself. IMage: Flu Myths versus Flu Facts.Round bubbles contain text next to a side silhouette of a woman's head.

FastFacts

What flu vaccines are recommended this season?

For the 2018-2019 flu season, providers may choose to administer any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine (IIV, RIV4, or LAIV4).

Options this season include:

There is a table showing all flu vaccines that are FDA-approved for use in the United States during the 2018-2019 season.

What viruses will the 2018-2019 flu vaccines protect against?

There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. We outline them in our full report. Click here to go to our main FLU COVERAGE Page.






AbledHealth: Rx: UK flu shot shortages worry General Practitioners. Image: Photo shows elderly man holding a water cup with a straw in his left hand, while his right hand holds the hand of his wife who is lying in a hospital bed.

FastFacts

1.3 Million fewer UK pensioners vaccinated this year

Figures from Public Health England show that up until November 11 only 52 per cent of over-65s – around 5.2million – had received the vaccine.

This is well below the 65 per cent who had been vaccinated at the same point last year.

Meanwhile, nearly 69 per cent of GPs say they have experienced a shortage of the jab, according to a survey by doctors’ magazine Pulse, forcing them to turn away elderly patients as a result.

Click here to read the full report.






AbledHealth: Lyme Disease: Explosive rise in cases. Image: Photo of ticks on a forefinger near the ground show stages of growth.

FastFacts

Record Number of Tickborne Diseases Reported in U.S. in 2017

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show tickborne diseases are again on the rise.

In 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of tickborne disease to CDC.  Cases of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis/ehrlichiosis, spotted fever rickettsiosis (including Rocky Mountain spotted fever), babesiosis, tularemia, and Powassan virus disease all increased—from 48,610 cases in 2016 to 59,349 cases in 2017.

  • 43,000 of those were Lyme disease, accounting for 75%

These 2017 data capture only a fraction of the number of people with tickborne illnesses. Under-reporting of all tickborne diseases is common, so the number of people actually infected is much higher.

This increase follows an accelerating trend of tickborne diseases reported in the United States. Between 2004 and 2016, the number of reported cases of tickborne disease doubled, and researchers discovered seven new tickborne pathogens that infect people.

Click here to read our full report.






AbledHealth: mRx: Dangerous supplement / prescription mixers. Photo montage shows 6 photos. One of a box of Statins above a photo of grapefruit juice; another photo shows a box of anti-depressants above a box of ibuprofen; and a photo of a St. John's Wort Plant above a photo of packages of contraceptives.

FastFacts

Did You Know These 6 Combinations To Avoid?

Drugs can interact with food and drink – not just other medicines

  • Philip Crilly is a pharmacy teaching fellow at Kingston University in the UK

In a piece for The Conversation, Philip Crilly says be wary of these:

Grapefruit juice and statins can cause liver damage, while St John’s Wort can make the contraceptive pill ineffective;

Warfarin, used to prevent blood clots, can be weakened by vitamin K found in green leafy vegetables;

Taking Ibuprofen with certain anti-depressants can cause internal bleeding;

Click here to read the full article and learn more about three other dangeroous combinations to avoid.






AbledHealth: Rx: Choosing the right pain med. Image: She;ves of pain medication in a store.

FastFacts

When To Use Aspirin | Ibuprofen or other pain meds

When to use Aspirin

High-risk of heart attack: A daily, low-dose of aspirin could help prevent a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. That’s because aspirin reduces blood clumping and keeps blood flowing to your heart. Of course, consult with your doctor before starting daily or regular aspirin therapy. Note, anyone with an aspirin allergy or history of bleeding (more on that later) should avoid this therapy, Mayo Clinic also reports. These are the 12 times aspirin won’t work—and could be dangerous.

When to use Ibuprofen

Children under 12: Young people under 12 years old should use ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) if they are recovering from the flu or chickenpox. Although aspirin is OK for children over 3 years old, it’s not the safest option for these symptoms and could be deadly for children under 12, Scaffidi says. That’s because aspirin increases the risk of developing a serious, often fatal condition, known as Reye’s syndrome.

If those categories don’t apply, Scaffidi recommends ibuprofen over aspirin for pain relief and headaches, regardless of location, in most patients.

Ibuprofen’s effect on blood cells or platelets is less significant, making it her go-to option for personal relief.

And what about other pain meds and a more recent option such as Cannabis Oil? Click here to read more in our full report.






AbledHealth: Prostate Cancer: Cut risk by 30 percent. Image: Middle-aged man wears a helmet as he cycles on a road.

FastFacts

How Much Exercise Will Cut Your Risk Of Prostate Cancer?

In the new study, researchers at Harvard analyzed self-reported exercise data from more than 49,000 men aged 40 to 75 and followed up with them every two years over a period of 26 years.

They discovered that men who reported the greatest amount of vigorous physical activity-which would equate to roughly 25 minutes of high-intensity cycling each day, on average-over that time frame were 30 percent less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer, and 25 percent less likely to develop lethal prostate cancer, than those who exercised the least.

There was no relationship between vigorous exercise and prostate cancer overall, showing that the benefit of exercise might be specific for the more aggressive forms of the disease, study author Claire Pernar, Sc.D., told Bicycling.

Click here to read more in our full report.






AbledHealth: Anxiety-Eat-these-foods-to-beat-it. Image:A bowl of oatmeal porridge with blueberries, raspberries and sliced almonds on top.

FastFacts

These Foods May Help To Ease Anxiety

Dr. Uma Naidoo, director of nutritional and lifestyle psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and a psychiatry instructor at Harvard Medical School.

“I’ve actually seen in my patients a significant reduction in their level of anxiety as they pay more clear attention to what they’re consuming,” Naidoo told TODAY. “But if you’re eating poorly… it will drive your anxiety in the wrong direction.”

Certain foods like sugar and processed fare lead to a rise in the brain chemicals that don’t help us feel good, Naidoo said. A sugar rush can mimic a panic attack.

Go for complex carbs

The advantage of complex carbohydrates, found in foods like oatmeal, quinoa and sweet potatoes, is that they break down more slowly in the body. You feel fuller longer and this provides a more even, steady state to your blood sugar. You’ll experience calmer feelings psychologically as well, Naidoo said.

Pay attention to nutrients

Foods rich in magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B may help ease anxiety, Naidoo noted. She’s not advising taking supplements without knowing if you’re deficient. But eating those foods may help to balance out your body.

Click here to see the list in our full report.






AbledHealth: Dementia: Town Square Therapy. Image: A vintage Thunderbird auto is parked at a mock-up 1950's style gas station in an indoor Town Square.

FastFacts

1950’s Era Towns Helping Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patients

At least 5.7 million Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s, and only 200,000 of those patients are younger than 65. The United States keeps getting older as the baby boomer generation ages, and the number of Alzheimer’s patients is expected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050.

When they are not at home with a caregiver, many patients spend time at day centers, where they can participate in activities and interact with other people.

A nonprofit that runs these centers, the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Care Centers, has begun creating faux towns resembling the 1950s and 1960s to remind dementia patients of when they were young.

In August, the San Diego-based nonprofit opened the first so-called Town Square in Chula Vista, just outside the city’s downtown area. Town Square designs reflect a technique known as reminiscence therapy, which is used in clinical settings to help those with dementia recall decades-old memories. According to The Atlantic, studies show that such therapy helps improve patients’ quality of life and heightens their cognitive function.

Learn more about this therapy in our full report.






AbledHealth Box. Image: Middle aged man and woman sit cross-legged on cushions smiling in a meditative pose with the ocean in the background.

About Abled.Health

Our Abled.Health Networks bring you the latest information about Conditions, Fitness, Food, Rx, and Wellness to help you make informed choices about your health.

Our content is for information purposes only.

It’s meant to better inform you so that you can ask the most relevant questions of your medical health practitioners for your needs.

It is not meant to take the place of professional diagnoses or advice.






Abled Health: Rx: 2018 Flu Shots: Inform yourself. IMage: Flu Myths versus Flu Facts.Round bubbles contain text next to a side silhouette of a woman's head.

FastFacts

What flu vaccines are recommended this season?

For the 2018-2019 flu season, providers may choose to administer any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine (IIV, RIV4, or LAIV4).

Options this season include:

There is a table showing all flu vaccines that are FDA-approved for use in the United States during the 2018-2019 season.

What viruses will the 2018-2019 flu vaccines protect against?

There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. We outline them in our full report. Click here to go to our main FLU COVERAGE Page.






AbledHealth: Rx: UK flu shot shortages worry General Practitioners. Image: Photo shows elderly man holding a water cup with a straw in his left hand, while his right hand holds the hand of his wife who is lying in a hospital bed.

FastFacts

1.3 Million fewer UK pensioners vaccinated this year

Figures from Public Health England show that up until November 11 only 52 per cent of over-65s – around 5.2million – had received the vaccine.

This is well below the 65 per cent who had been vaccinated at the same point last year.

Meanwhile, nearly 69 per cent of GPs say they have experienced a shortage of the jab, according to a survey by doctors’ magazine Pulse, forcing them to turn away elderly patients as a result.

Click here to read the full report.






AbledHealth: Lyme Disease: Explosive rise in cases. Image: Photo of ticks on a forefinger near the ground show stages of growth.

FastFacts

Record Number of Tickborne Diseases Reported in U.S. in 2017

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show tickborne diseases are again on the rise.

In 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of tickborne disease to CDC.  Cases of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis/ehrlichiosis, spotted fever rickettsiosis (including Rocky Mountain spotted fever), babesiosis, tularemia, and Powassan virus disease all increased—from 48,610 cases in 2016 to 59,349 cases in 2017.

  • 43,000 of those were Lyme disease, accounting for 75%

These 2017 data capture only a fraction of the number of people with tickborne illnesses. Under-reporting of all tickborne diseases is common, so the number of people actually infected is much higher.

This increase follows an accelerating trend of tickborne diseases reported in the United States. Between 2004 and 2016, the number of reported cases of tickborne disease doubled, and researchers discovered seven new tickborne pathogens that infect people.

Click here to read our full report.






AbledHealth: mRx: Dangerous supplement / prescription mixers. Photo montage shows 6 photos. One of a box of Statins above a photo of grapefruit juice; another photo shows a box of anti-depressants above a box of ibuprofen; and a photo of a St. John's Wort Plant above a photo of packages of contraceptives.

FastFacts

Did You Know These 6 Combinations To Avoid?

Drugs can interact with food and drink – not just other medicines

  • Philip Crilly is a pharmacy teaching fellow at Kingston University in the UK

In a piece for The Conversation, Philip Crilly says be wary of these:

Grapefruit juice and statins can cause liver damage, while St John’s Wort can make the contraceptive pill ineffective;

Warfarin, used to prevent blood clots, can be weakened by vitamin K found in green leafy vegetables;

Taking Ibuprofen with certain anti-depressants can cause internal bleeding;

Click here to read the full article and learn more about three other dangeroous combinations to avoid.






AbledHealth: Rx: Choosing the right pain med. Image: She;ves of pain medication in a store.

FastFacts

When To Use Aspirin | Ibuprofen or other pain meds

When to use Aspirin

High-risk of heart attack: A daily, low-dose of aspirin could help prevent a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. That’s because aspirin reduces blood clumping and keeps blood flowing to your heart. Of course, consult with your doctor before starting daily or regular aspirin therapy. Note, anyone with an aspirin allergy or history of bleeding (more on that later) should avoid this therapy, Mayo Clinic also reports. These are the 12 times aspirin won’t work—and could be dangerous.

When to use Ibuprofen

Children under 12: Young people under 12 years old should use ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) if they are recovering from the flu or chickenpox. Although aspirin is OK for children over 3 years old, it’s not the safest option for these symptoms and could be deadly for children under 12, Scaffidi says. That’s because aspirin increases the risk of developing a serious, often fatal condition, known as Reye’s syndrome.

If those categories don’t apply, Scaffidi recommends ibuprofen over aspirin for pain relief and headaches, regardless of location, in most patients.

Ibuprofen’s effect on blood cells or platelets is less significant, making it her go-to option for personal relief.

And what about other pain meds and a more recent option such as Cannabis Oil? Click here to read more in our full report.






AbledHealth: Prostate Cancer: Cut risk by 30 percent. Image: Middle-aged man wears a helmet as he cycles on a road.

FastFacts

How Much Exercise Will Cut Your Risk Of Prostate Cancer?

In the new study, researchers at Harvard analyzed self-reported exercise data from more than 49,000 men aged 40 to 75 and followed up with them every two years over a period of 26 years.

They discovered that men who reported the greatest amount of vigorous physical activity-which would equate to roughly 25 minutes of high-intensity cycling each day, on average-over that time frame were 30 percent less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer, and 25 percent less likely to develop lethal prostate cancer, than those who exercised the least.

There was no relationship between vigorous exercise and prostate cancer overall, showing that the benefit of exercise might be specific for the more aggressive forms of the disease, study author Claire Pernar, Sc.D., told Bicycling.

Click here to read more in our full report.






AbledHealth: Anxiety-Eat-these-foods-to-beat-it. Image:A bowl of oatmeal porridge with blueberries, raspberries and sliced almonds on top.

FastFacts

These Foods May Help To Ease Anxiety

Dr. Uma Naidoo, director of nutritional and lifestyle psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and a psychiatry instructor at Harvard Medical School.

“I’ve actually seen in my patients a significant reduction in their level of anxiety as they pay more clear attention to what they’re consuming,” Naidoo told TODAY. “But if you’re eating poorly… it will drive your anxiety in the wrong direction.”

Certain foods like sugar and processed fare lead to a rise in the brain chemicals that don’t help us feel good, Naidoo said. A sugar rush can mimic a panic attack.

Go for complex carbs

The advantage of complex carbohydrates, found in foods like oatmeal, quinoa and sweet potatoes, is that they break down more slowly in the body. You feel fuller longer and this provides a more even, steady state to your blood sugar. You’ll experience calmer feelings psychologically as well, Naidoo said.

Pay attention to nutrients

Foods rich in magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B may help ease anxiety, Naidoo noted. She’s not advising taking supplements without knowing if you’re deficient. But eating those foods may help to balance out your body.

Click here to see the list in our full report.






AbledHealth: Dementia: Town Square Therapy. Image: A vintage Thunderbird auto is parked at a mock-up 1950's style gas station in an indoor Town Square.

FastFacts

1950’s Era Towns Helping Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patients

At least 5.7 million Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s, and only 200,000 of those patients are younger than 65. The United States keeps getting older as the baby boomer generation ages, and the number of Alzheimer’s patients is expected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050.

When they are not at home with a caregiver, many patients spend time at day centers, where they can participate in activities and interact with other people.

A nonprofit that runs these centers, the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Care Centers, has begun creating faux towns resembling the 1950s and 1960s to remind dementia patients of when they were young.

In August, the San Diego-based nonprofit opened the first so-called Town Square in Chula Vista, just outside the city’s downtown area. Town Square designs reflect a technique known as reminiscence therapy, which is used in clinical settings to help those with dementia recall decades-old memories. According to The Atlantic, studies show that such therapy helps improve patients’ quality of life and heightens their cognitive function.

Learn more about this therapy in our full report.






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And only their families can describe the sweep of emotions of witnessing their blind child becoming more self-directed, and self-confident as they fearlessly deploy our FlashSonar™ Echolocation to light-up the world around them with flashes of sound that enable them to see in a new way. Read and hear for yourself what our Student Visioneers and their families have to say about their life-changing experiences on our Results & ImpactPage.

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MEET SOME HIGHLY ACCOMPLISHED PEOPLE WHO DON’T NEED FIXING.

They don’t need pity. Or lowered expectations. They deserve dignity, opportunities, and respect for their achievements. We expect nothing less for all blind people.

When it’s a beautiful day, our students ‘see’ it in a new way. Our scientifically-proven FlashSonar™ echolocation lights-up the brain’s Visual Cortex with audible spatial ‘mapping’ to light-up their world and enable them get the most out of every day. Read their stories, and those of other blind people we admire. We begin by introducing our own Perceptual Navigation Instructors, and other members of our Team who live a ‘NO LIMITS’ day everyday. Learn more on our #BlindNotBrokenPage.

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BE A FLASH OF INSPIRATION AND BECOME ONE OF OUR CHAMPIONS!

Even in this day and age, many blind children in the United States and around the world are ‘falling through the cracks’ of society due to a lack of funding or lack of access to educational resources and services, resulting in language and mobility delays and leading to isolation and dependence. The situation is even worse if they have been diagnosed on the Autism spectrum or with other sensory conditions. For over 18 years, World Access For The Blind | Visioneers has specialized in working with these students, their families and school districts. We need to train and hire more instructors in the USA to meet the backed-up demand for our services. Be a flash of inspiration for a blind student by contributing to our FlashSonar™ Tuition Scholarships, so that they can learn to light-up their world and leave the darkness behind. Make an online contribution through our secure payment options. Thank you!

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OUR PEOPLE AND RESULTS ARE WORLD RENOWNED

Whether as the ‘real-life Bat Man’, or as co-stars with over 27 million views in X Ambassadors’ RENEGADESvideo, our FlashSonar™clicks have echoed to over 2 billion global viewers and listeners via top international Radio|Podcastsand TV|Videonetworks and well as in top international onlineand offline newspapers and magazines, and across the Internet via the major Social Mediaapps.

In fact, many of our students first learn about our work via programs about us that have aired or been published in the media in their country, bringing us students from Australia, Austria, Belize, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Kenya, and many more. Sample some by starting out on our Media DirectoryPage.

KEEPING UP WITH OUR GROWING FAMILY OF STUDENT VISIONEERS

One of the great privileges in our line of work is meeting so many fascinating students and their wonderful, supportive families all around the world.

Many have been blind since birth, and some have lost their sight later in life. The common goal is that no matter the cause of blind, and no matter the age, we visioneer an Activational Instruction Plan tailored to the specific requirements of each student.  Some are musical prodigies, while others are gifted in other pursuits, or simply just extraordinary based on their personal character. We like to keep up with as many as we can and share their accomplishments as inspiration for their fellow Student Visioneers. Learn more at our News Page.

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VISIONEERS | WAFTB WINS A PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL AWARD 

We’re very proud that our work has been recognized and rewarded by The Zero Project as an Innovative Practice, selected by The Zero Projects selection committee of renowned disability and accessibility experts.

The Zero Project was initiated by the Essl Foundation in 2008 and focuses on the rights of persons with disabilities globally. It is a platform where the most innovative and effective solutions to problems that persons with disabilities face, are shared. Its mission is to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and to work for a world without barriers. Learn more about the work of Zero Project and Ashoka , and watch Lead Visioneers and Ashoka Fellow Daniel Kish’s Keynote on our Special Report Page.

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