Dengue Fever Outbreak Hits Hawaii — Will It Last

Four more people were diagnosed with dengue fever on Hawaii’s Big Island today (Nov. 5), raising the number of locally transmitted cases to 19 people, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health.


Health officials say these “locally transmitted” cases are concerning because, although dengue has popped up sporadically in Hawaii before, in most previous cases, the disease was imported, meaning travelers brought it to the islands from elsewhere. In the new cases, people are contracting dengue from the bites of local mosquitoes.

“Although dengue is not endemic to Hawaii, we do have the mosquito species capable of transmitting the disease,” Dr. Sarah Park, the state epidemiologist for Hawaii, said in a statement last week. It’s likely an infected traveler was bit by a mosquito and infected the local mosquito population, which led to this cluster of cases, Park said. “We want the public to be aware of this mosquito-borne disease and the steps they can take to prevent infection,” she added.

The outbreak likely started in mid-September, and has infected people on all sides of the Big

Low-Carb Diet Facts, Benefits & Risks

A low-carb diet focuses on cutting carbohydrates from a person’s diet. Many people think of low-carb as a fad diet, but it has been around for decades, and many have made this diet their lifestyle. While it can help some lose weight, it can also deprive the body of needed nutrients if taken to extremes.


What are carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are the starches, sugars and fiber found in fruits, vegetables, grains and milk products. They are macronutrients, meaning they are one of the three main ways, in addition to proteins and fat, the body obtains energy, or calories, said Paige Smathers, a Utah-based registered dietitian. The American Diabetes Association notes that carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy.

While other diets may monitor calories or grams of fat, low-carb dieters track the net carbs found in foods. The goal of carb limitation is to burn off the body’s fat stores.

“The term ‘low-carbohydrate diet’ is basically applied to diets that restrict carbohydrates to less than 20 percent of caloric intake, but can also refer to diets that simply restrict or

Eating Heart Healthy Which Foods Actually Help

More and more evidence shows that the foods people eat can play a powerful role in heart health, affecting a number of different risk factors for heart disease.


And while researchers have known for years that trans fat and added sugar are bad for the heart, new information about other food ingredients — such as coconut oil, artificial sweeteners and compounds called plant sterols — is still coming to light.

“There are numerous rigorous studies being performed linking nutrients to levels of risk factors, like cholesterol levels or body weight,” said Dr. Amit Khera, the director of the Preventive Cardiology Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Khera gave a talk on plant sterols on Monday (Nov. 9), here at a research meeting called the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

Larger studies are still needed to make definitive recommendations, but researchers are increasingly carrying out these types of studies, Khera told Live Science.

From Khera’s research and other work presented at the meeting, here is a roundup of four foods that are sometimes thought

Limiting Excessive Intake Of Sugar In Small Children

Besides filling up your stomach, eating is an important social activity for many individuals. Weddings, special occasions, and celebrations are associated with dinners and meals, and participating in communal dinners is often a part of most cultures. However, for children, it is very important to regulate their food intake, and ensure they develop good and healthy eating habits. There are many sources of fining out the ideal and recommended diet for children. It is not that difficult to find information as to what the ideal diet should consist of for your child. However, very few articles cater to what is more harmful to your child, and what kind of food should be avoided to ensure good health. One of the commonest factors, which is often overlooked by parents, is how much sugar the child consumes each day. A couple of tips can help you limit sugar, which can prove to be very harmful to your child when he or she grows up. Too much of sugar can lead to blood sugar problems.

Limiting sugar intake

According to the American Heart Association, the sugar intake should be controlled to around 3 teaspoons or 12 grams each

The Many Advantages to Using Himalayan Salt

People are taking their overall health into consideration from healthy eating to detox to using only organic products to reduce the harmful effects of pollutants and chemicals. Over the years we have become more aware of what our bodies need and how to ensure maximum health and wellness.

One of the products that has taken center stage in recent years is Himalayan salt. This is different from the traditional table salt and is completely natural without any harmful toxins or pollutants.

In fact, what many people don’t realize is this products is over two hundred and fifty million years old and it’s completely pure. The Himalayan salt also includes over eighty minerals needed to ensure your body is at maximum health.

When you think of the number of organs that makes up your body, there are so many different organs and systems you need to keep healthy to ensure your body is in good condition. From your liver to your stomach and from your kidneys to your lungs, heart and more.

With so many chemicals and pollutants filling our lives from the daily household cleaners we use to our everyday toothpaste, taking a

Surgery – Doesn’t Change Your Mind

This is the time of year when people have over-indulged their desires in relation to luxurious foodstuffs, chocolate and rich confectionary. But in January each year they start to focus on how they feel about themselves based on what they have eaten in December. Most rush to the gym, others start daily walking or running regimes and there is another group who take it to the extreme of booking themselves in for gastric band surgery. This is pretty drastic and generally the option that people with larger amounts of weight choose to feel good about themselves quickly. But quick fixes are not the answer when it comes to lasting success in the age old battle against obesity.

Sheila Grainger Lifestyle Engineer, and active proponent of the VGB (Virtual Gastric Band) says that the most important difference between the virtual gastric and the actual gastric band is that the virtual version deals with the issues in a person’s mind and their relationship with food. “Having a foreign body inside your stomach simply does not deal with psychological factors. A surgical patient can still over eat and burst the band. With the virtual band, if they find they are

Why Men And Women Have Different Types Of Brains

Apart from the physical and biological differences between men and women, recent studies carried out by the National Academy of Sciences indicate that there are marked differences in the way human brain has evolved – not just socially and culturally, but also physically. From the findings, it would appear that men and women have brains with subtle differences, in the manner in which the physical arrangement of the neurons and nervous tissues is concerned. While people tend to confuse between the “mind” aspect and the “brain” aspect, it should be made clear that when we talk about the “mind” aspect, we basically refer to the thought processes and the conscious, preconscious, and the unconscious states of the mind i.e. the manifestation of the physical brain. The brain, per se, is actually the physical composition of cells and tissues – the tangible part. The studies carried out involving 1,000 young adults aged between 18 to 22 years reveal that there could be a physical difference in the arrangement of neurons and structure of the brain between the two genders.

The differences in brain pattern

Even though physical development and sexual dimorphism gradually starts diminishing once the

Diabetic Foot Problems Need A Doctor’s Care

Diabetes is a condition in which too much sugar is in the body, and that sugar can cause a lot of damage throughout the body. One of the most affected parts of the body that can be affected by the sugar is the circulatory system. The circulation of blood through the body can be made slower from the sugar, and the lower half of the body can be most affected especially the feet.

Diabetics Need Special Care For Their Feet

Without the proper treatment to keep the blood sugar under control, diabetics can start to suffer many ill effects like problems with their nerves. People can report having numbness or burning sensation especially in the legs and feet. Orthopedic doctors are consulted with simple numbness in the legs ends up going down to the feet, and the sugar in the circulation is going to cause problems to develop with the feet known as diabetic foot, and here is more information on what it is:

• Numbness in the feet: With diabetics, it is common to occasionally have numbness in the feet because of the amount of sugar in the body, even if there is

Diet Tips for the Endomorph Body Type

The human body comes in all shapes and sizes. There are a number of body types out there. For instance, individuals with pear shaped bodies are known for having the characteristic wide hips and slim upper bodies. Individuals with apple shaped bodies, on the other hand, tend to have heavy upper bodies and slimmer legs. Both the pear shaped and apple shaped body types fall under the endomorph category. Both these body types have a rounded and wide appearance.

Of course, appearance isn’t everything. You are also considered to be an endomorph if you put on weight rather quickly. This is especially true when you are not getting enough exercise. However, endomorphs also possess the ability to bulk up quickly when they are living active lifestyles.

Unfortunately people born with an endomorph body type usually have a hard time losing weight. However, this does not mean that there is nothing an endomorph can do to improve their physique. There are a number of things one has to keep in mind when one is following an endomorph diet.

The following are a few tips for effective endomorph dieting:

    • Take Note of the Carbs You

Thinking About Having Back Surgery

The back is the most important part of the body, and when there is a problem with it, it can make every day living very hard. There can be specific reasons why the back is hurting, and when the pain becomes too much, people need to go see what is going on. An orthopedic surgeon is the doctor that would perform the back surgery, and while the idea of going under the knife is frightening, but people can only stand so much pain especially when it is in their backs, and they will do anything to finally have some pain relief.

Back Surgery Gives People Back Their Lives

People may be terrified at the idea of someone operating on their back, but an orthopedic surgeon knows what to do, and it is not as traumatic or painful as it once was. These days, surgery is not as serious as it once was, and many procedures are even done with the help of laparoscopy, which involves small incisions. With a laparoscopic surgery, and its small incisions, people experience a lot less pain and they are able to heal a lot faster. For people who are unsure

What to Consider When Choosing an Air Ambulance Service Company

There are a lot of factors to consider when you choose an Air Ambulance Service company. Sometimes these important factors can be overlooked or not considered because this may be a stressful time. The key is to find a company that makes this a easy experience for you. Look for a company that can handle all of the details for you.

Air ambulances come in all different sizes, from helicopters to large jets. You’ll want to determine the type and size of the aircraft the company uses. This will determine if family members can go along on the flight. We know of one Air Ambulance company that allows pets to travel, as well as several family members. Arranging transportation to and from the airport is another consideration. There are companies that will provide transportation as part of their service and others that you’ll need to arrange this on your own.

The aircraft that is used is perhaps one of the most important factors. Factors to consider when looking into aircraft types are the patient’s condition, length of flight, number of passengers that can be taken aboard, the life sustaining equipment on board and the experience

Man Dies After Tapeworm Inside Him Gets Cancer

A Colombian man’s lung tumors turned out to have an extremely unusual cause: The rapidly growing masses weren’t actually made of human cells, but were from a tapeworm living inside him, according to a report of the case.

This is the first known report of a person becoming sick from cancer cells that developed in a parasite, the researchers said.

“We were amazed when we found this new type of disease — tapeworms growing inside a person, essentially getting cancer, that spreads to the person, causing tumors,” said study researcher Dr. Atis Muehlenbachs, a staff pathologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch (IDPB).

The man had HIV, which weakens the immune system and likely played a role in allowing the development of the parasite cancer, the researchers said. Although the man’s case is probably a rare one, the researchers noted that both tapeworms and HIV affect millions of people worldwide, “so there may be more cases that are unrecognized,” Muehlenbachs said. [10 Deadly Diseases That Hopped Across Species]

The 41-year-old man first went to doctors in Colombia after experiencing a fever, cough and weight loss for several months.

A Beginner’s Guide to Antioxidants

What are some well-known Antioxidants?

Vitamin A – found in carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, kale, collard greens, cantaloupe, peaches and apricots.

Vitamin C – found in oranges, lines, green peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, strawberries and tomatoes.

Vitamin E – found in nuts and seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables and vegetable oil.

Selenium – found in fish and shellfish, red meat, grains, legumes, eggs, chicken and garlic.

Some antioxidants are naturally occurring plant chemicals (phytochemicals):

Flavonoids/polyphenols – found in soy, purple grapes, pomegranates, cranberries and tea.

Lycopene – found in tomato and tomato products, pink grapefruit and watermelon.

Lutein – found in kale, broccoli, kiwi, Brussels sprouts and spinach.

Lignan – found in flax seed, oatmeal, barley and rye.

As you can see antioxidants are in lots of healthy foods, particularly grains and fruits and vegetables. While it’s best to get as many as possible from whole foods, a good antioxidant supplement can do the job, provided the ingredients are made from real whole foods.

Why Do We Need Antioxidants?

Our bodies are constantly protecting us from infection and diseases. Additionally, normal

Food Combining Myth

Food combining myth – The Truth about Food Combining

Food combining myth:

There is so much nutritional information out there and I think that, in some respects, there may actually be too much information, especially on the internet. People who don’t have a lot of nutritional knowledge are being bombarded with all kinds of conflicting opinions about all kinds of diets and nutritional strategies and it can be confusing at best and downright dangerous at worst. Among the concepts that are confusing people today is the strategy of food combining. I was recently asked by a fan on my Facebook page if I thought that food combining was important. I answered the question on my YouTube channel and it wasn’t a short answer. It definitely wasn’t the “yes” or “no” answer he may have been hoping for. In fact, it took me a full ten minutes to address his question.

The reason for that is that food combining can be an important and very effective strategy, but only for the people who are ready for it. Food combining is an advanced nutritional strategy, not a tool for nutritional beginners. Let me explain this by

Got a Whole House Humidifier You’d Better Have A UV Light System, Too

Whole house humidifiers and portable room units can be a good way to add back the necessary moisture to the air in your home, preventing allergy & asthma attacks, and other respiratory problems. There is something to be careful of, however: since a whole house humidifier is adding moisture to the air going through the duct work (where mold & bacteria often live), if you don’t have a UV light system that’s killing those mold spores and bacteria, you’re feeding them the moisture they need to multiply and grow, which can flood your house with ten times the airborne mold and bacteria that you had before the humidifier was added.

A lot of home owners don’t realize it, but the ducts in our homes, unless brand new or recently cleaned (within 2 months) is usually loaded with dust mites, viruses, pet dander, and other pollutants, as well as live mold spores and bacteria. Those live mold spores and bacteria tend to live pretty well there because there’s lots of organic material to feed on, as well as moisture from the cooling coil. And we’re talking about the duct work after the filter-between the unit and your

Less Is More – The Hardgainer’s Journey to Success A Three Year Study on How to Work Out Correctly

It dawned on me in October of 2010 that I was interested in how the body works. It is truly one of the greatest wonders of the world, and we have just started to scratch the surface on how it works down to the cellular level. My first real interest was becoming fit. I did not know where to begin with all of the information presented to me, and honestly the fitness magazines and the forums were telling me different ways to work out. I figured I would go with the latest, greatest, most talked about fitness program around, P90X. While this was a good program, and it helped me, the time and effort I put in to it did not add up in gains. What was I doing wrong? Maybe I was not doing enough. This lead me to believe the only way was to add in more workouts to “mix it up”. So, I added Shaun T’s Insanity to the mix. This lasted for a year and a half. Did I get any stronger? Yes – But my gains did not add up to the amount of effort I was putting forward. Needless to say, I

5 Signs of Menopause You Should Know

Menopause is a term used to describe the changes women go through around the time they stop menstruating. Generally this happens around the age of 50. Not only does menopause represent the end of a woman’s reproductive cycle but it also is associated with a variety of other changes.

Women do experience menopause in a variety of different ways. Some women go through menopause over a long period of time while others describe a much briefer and more subdued menopausal experience. Hormonal changes including declines in estrogen are thought to be at the heart of many of the changes associated with menopause.

Some women also go through a sudden onset of surgical-induced menopause if they have a hysterectomy or any other medical procedure that limits the flow of blood to the ovaries. This menopausal experience can be more dramatic since hormonal changes happen very quickly rather than over the course of many years.

Regardless of individual differences, there are certain signs of menopause that tend to be quite common for women. It is helpful to be aware of changes related to menopause since it can sometimes be mistaken for other physical conditions.


Four Easy and Beneficial Habits Commonly Skipped

Depending on lifestyle and upbringing, everyone develops different habits. There are many very simple habits that are easy and beneficial to maintain, and yet are commonly overlooked. You may read a point below and think, “I thought everyone did that!” only to find another that you’re guilty of skipping. Here are some commonly skipped beneficial habits:

1. Dental hygiene beyond brushing

In 2013, the majority of Americans said they only see a dentist when they have a problem, and the average length between dentist visits was around three years. Studies say that only around half of Americans floss daily. Flossing is important to dental and overall health-many people may be surprised to find that some studies have shown a link between flossing and preventing a number of serious or life threatening diseases, including heart disease, bone loss, and strokes. Flossing along with regular dental visits can also prevent more costly and painful dental problems in the future. Mouthwash is also commonly skipped even though rinsing with mouthwash can prevent cavities and plaque buildup,

2. Drinking enough water

The Center for Disease Control found that 43% of adults drink less than four cups of

Tips for Providing Alzheimer’s Care to a Loved One

Providing Alzheimer’s care to a relative can be difficult and stressful. Watching an elderly parent or relative suffer from this disease can be heartbreaking, especially if you’re the primary caregiver. The skills that your loved one loses generally can’t be regained, and you will have to help them adjust to the disease and alter their daily routine accordingly.

One of the most important things to remember is that proper health, nutrition, and socialization are essential elements of proper Alzheimer’s care. You should work to create a diet that will help your loved one eat well and stay healthy. You may want to talk to a nutritionist to figure out what vitamins and minerals they need and how best to incorporate those nutrients into a balanced diet. Exercise is also important. You should take your loved one for walks or figure out a way for them to exercise inside your home. In addition to nutrition and exercise, you should give your loved one many opportunities for socialization. Visit with them often and take them on outings to see family or friends. If your loved one has limited mobility or is not well enough to go out much,

Three Types Of Casts For Broken Bones

For many of us of a certain vintage, a cast is a chunky, white thing made of plaster of Paris that the orthopedic doctor puts on your broken arm or leg and all of your friends at school sign their names and draw pictures on it. But that isn’t the only option out there these days. A child with a broken arm now might be sporting a funky, brightly colored fiberglass cast. And in the future, casts might have a whole new look if a newly developed 3D cast design proves to be as great as its inventor hopes.

– The Standard Plaster of Paris Cast: This is the old reliable cast from way back when. It has a soft, cotton layer next to the skin, and a hard layer on the outside made of plaster of Paris. It will dissolve in water and is notorious for being itchy on the inside, but you can write on the outside, as generations of children have enjoyed doing for their friends with broken limbs.

– The Newer Fiberglass Cast: This is not very different from the old school plaster of Paris cast. Although the fiberglass