Adolescence is difficult. Not only are teens under stress to be liked, do well in school, and get along with family, they must cope with hormonal changes and make important decisions about their lives. Continue reading “Just Released: Mental Health Information for Teens, 5th Edition”
On average, men live five years less than women and die at higher rates than women from the top causes of death. Men are also more likely than women to smoke and drink, more likely to engage in risky behaviors, and more likely to put off checkups and regular preventative care. National Men’s Health Week, observed annually in the week leading up Father’s Day, is intended to heighten awareness of preventable health problems, and to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early detection and treatment for disease and injury.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stroke kills nearly 130,000 Americans each year—one out of every 18 deaths— making stroke the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Continue reading “Just Released: Stroke Sourcebook, 4th Edition”
Statistics indicate that women—on average—live approximately five years longer than men, but this longevity, unfortunately, is not linked to better overall health. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, women have more physically and mentally unhealthy days than men. Part of this disparity is related to age; because of their longer life expectancy, women are at greater risk for age-related conditions, like Alzheimer disease. Beyond that, however, women experience gender-specific health care needs throughout their lives and are more likely than men to have certain conditions, including asthma, arthritis, migraine headaches, osteoporosis, thyroid disorders, and chronic pain.
Mental health issues affect a large segment of society in the United States — adults, young adults, and children. In a give year, approximately one in five adults (43.8 million, or 18.5%) and the same proportion of young adults aged 13 to 18 (one in five, or 21.4%) experience some form of mental illness. And younger children are not immune — for those aged 8 to 15, the estimate is 13%.
Recent statistics show that more than 39 million Americans have low vision or a disorder that can lead to it. Together these impairments cost $68 billion in annual direct healthcare costs, as well as lost productivity and diminished quality of life.
There are more than 15.5 million cancer survivors alive in the United States today, and that number will grow to more than 20 million by 2026—a number made possible through better and earlier detection of cancer, advances in medical technologies, and improved treatments.
Everyone needs salt. The cells in our muscles and nerves need it to function and it helps our bodies keep fluids in balance.
But most everyone knows that too much salt isn’t good for you. What’s not so clear is where we get most of the sodium in our diet (hint: it’s not just that shaker on your grandmother’s table or an unholy combination of bacon, french fries, and pretzels).
A young woman with an ankle sprain spends six hours on a Sunday in the emergency room because that’s where the recording on her doctor’s office phone “told her to go.”