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Arthritis and its Effects on Seniors

Arthritis is a family of diseases that can affect people of all ages. Often, those who first hear about this type of rheumatoid disorder consider it to be something that only is found in the elderly. This is largely because seniors are the most at risk age group for arthritis, with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis being the most common kinds of senior arthritis.

Living With Arthritis Pain

Arthritis can be a very serious disease that there is no cure for. To reduce reliance on medicine and help improve quality of life, reducing the difficulty of activities of daily living can be very important.

What is a Lift Recliner?

Seniors are one of the most common groups to make use of lift recliners, which are special types of chairs that help make it easier to stand up without any assistance. Lift recliners are powerful allies for elderly people who have arthritis and also provide all the functionality of a regular recliner.

What Are Stair Lifts?

Stair lifts are a common type of home medical equipment, which are designed to help make the stairs much easier to use. Unlike an elevator, which can be quite expensive, the stair lift offers a low cost way of allowing someone to safely use the stairs, without requiring a great deal of renovation.

Will Food Taxes Be Enough to Get People to Eat Healthy?

In a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers set forth to analyze existing studies on food price as it relates to demand, in an effort to better understand the relationship that an increase or decrease in food cost causes. This study is important, as it helps provides an indication of the effect of food taxes, such as a soda tax, and how they could influence people to eat healthier.

Understanding the Lower Rate of Autism in Hispanic Children In Texas

A study recently set forth to determine why school districts in Texas with higher Hispanic populations had lower rates of autism. It was found that diagnosis of autism was lower in Hispanics than whites. In white children, differences in autism diagnostics were found to be related to population density, economic status, and the number of health care providers in the area, but this relationship was not found in Hispanic Children.

Study Finds Environmental and Socioeconomic Factors are Related to Senior Health

In a study of the rapidly aging Chinese Population, it was found that the condition of the environment and economic status are both tied to the health of the elderly. Further, improving the condition of the environment, which includes reducing air pollution, could drastically reduce the rate of disease across the world.

Study Confirms Findings that Advertising Plays a Large Role in Child Obesity

Often, television gets the rap for childhood obesity and to an extent this may be true, but not for the reasons usually presented. Instead, a recent study found that the targeted advertising that children are constantly exposed to on commercial television plays an alarmingly significant role in the development of childhood obesity, while noncommercial television does not have a major impact on obesity levels.

Mortality Rates Among Blacks and Whites Stagnant Throughout Twentieth Century

In a recent study, it was found that even with many progressive changes in regards to legal and social standings, mortality rates are still higher among blacks than whites, with these rates not changing significantly during the twentieth century.

The Role of the Environment in Our Health

The Environment is important for a number of reasons and is closely tied to our health. Often, many of the disease and plagues that have affected mankind can be traced back to an unhealthy living environment.

Water in the Niger Delta Has Dangerous Levels of Nitrites and Nitrates

Of all areas of Africa, those living in the Niger Delta often are reported as having the worst health. Traditionally, this is blamed on oil production facilities, but in a recent study it was found that most of the water has very high levels of nitrites and nitrates in it, both of which are toxic to humans. This is attributed to poor waste management, as well as manufacturing techniques.

Study Finds No Link Between Small-for-Gestational-age Births and Video Displays

Today, people are bombarded by electromagnet fields from video displays on a regular basis, some more than others. The risk of these fields to reproductive health is something that has been extensively tested, both on animals and humans, with some studies showing that electromagnet fields are dangerous to those giving birth. However, a recent study has found that electromagnet fields likely do not play a role in Small-for-Gestational-age Births.

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Common in Schools Athletic Programs

In the hospital, few infections are as common as Staph Infections, which are caused by the staphylococcus aureus bacterium. Traditionally, these infections have been most common at hospitals and other health care facilities, but they are becoming much more common in other communal areas. A recent study found that Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, which is resistant to traditional treatments, is very common in sports settings, such as athletic programs at schools.

Ability to Take Care of Ones Self and Social Support Networks Related to Senior Health

A recent study found that in seniors, preforming regular self care activities, such as bathing and walking, was an indicator of better health later in life. These results were not terribly surprising, but the study also found that having a strong social and spousal support network was not always a good thing.

Dislodgeable Arsenic From Pressure Treated Wood Decks Poses Threat

While Arsenic is a poison and carcinogen, it also has many commercial uses. Up until 2003, it was used frequently to weather treat wood that was going to be used outdoors, such as on a deck or in a playground. However, scientists discovered that this caused the poison to leach out of the wood into the environment and those who used the structures. A recent study determined that those with decks with easily dislodgeable arsenic on them had increased levels of arsenic in their home.

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