Friday, 28 September 2018

How high blood pressure can give you dementia

Peter saw his doctor and was referred to a memory clinic for his memory problems, but in the weeks before the appointment, his problems took a turn for the worse.

In May 2015, he had surgery for a hernia — and the night after the operation, he had a stroke that left him temporarily paralysed on his left side. After this, it soon became clear that his memory problems had worsened. Peter was confirmed to have dementia in January 2016.

Yet could the answer be as simple as controlling your blood pressure? Although we tend to associate high blood pressure (or hypertension) with heart attacks and strokes, new evidence suggests it is also linked to dementia.

The findings could mean thousands of people avoid dementia by keeping their blood pressure at a healthy level — by exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and, if necessary, taking blood pressure pills.


Antibiotics for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed

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When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen's abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she'd be quickly wheeled into surgery. But doctors offered her the option of antibiotics instead.

A new study from Finland shows her choice is a reasonable alternative for most patients with appendicitis. Five years after treatment with antibiotics, almost two-thirds of patients had not had another attack.

Advances in imaging tests, mainly CT scans, have made it easier to determine if an appendix might burst, or if patients could be safely treated without surgery.

The results suggest that nearly two-thirds of appendicitis patients do not face that risk and may be good candidates for antibiotics instead.


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Kids getting too much screen time, too little sleep

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Only one in 20 kids in the United States meets guidelines on sleep, exercise and screen time, and nearly a third are outside recommendations for all three, according to a study published on Thursday (Sep 27).

On average, children aged eight to 11 spent 3.6 hours per day glued to a TV, mobile phone, tablet or computer screen, nearly double the suggested limit of two hours, researchers found.

Too little sleep and excess screen time were clearly linked to a drop off in cognitive skills, such as language ability, memory, and task completion, they reported in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

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Mum warns parents about hidden dangers of black marks on public baby changing tables in the US

Source: Jessica's facebook account

A mother has shared a warning to parents on the dangers of using public changing tables without cleaning them first.

Jessica Wayman from Indiana took to Facebook to claim that the black marks you often see on the device aren’t necessarily scuffs from wear and tear but proof that drug use has taken place in the past.

She took to the social media platform to warn parents: “Before putting your babies anywhere near these things, ALWAYS wipe them down first.”