Category: Health

Health Matters: Losing NFL Teams Could Have Negative Effects on your Waistline

A new study finds that fans of losing NFL teams may be bad for your waistline and mental health. The study linked sports outcomes with eating behaviors of fans. French researchers Pierre Chandon and Yann Cornil found that after defeat, NFL fans ate 16 percent more saturated fat and 10 percent more calories. And for cities that call an NFL team home like Green Bay or Pittsburg, the calorie consumption only increased—Chandon and Cornil found fans ate 28 percent more saturated fats. But after a victorious game, fans ate 16 percent less saturated fat and fewer calories. Researchers point...

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Health Matters: Valley Woman Helps Mastectomy Patients Recover

For women dealing with mastectomy surgery—which is the removal of one or both breasts due to breast cancer, sometimes its difficult to know what resources are available. And with the few mastectomy boutiques and resources in the south Texas area, breast cancer patients and survivors are left with few options. That reason—and her boss—is what prompted Kiko Francisca Villarreal to quit her job as a pharmaceutical technician four years ago and devote her life to finding breast cancer patients and survivors the proper mastectomy products. Villarreal has a range of products and customized tops for women to use while...

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WHO: Air pollution causes lung cancer

LONDON (AP) — What many commuters choking on smog have long suspected has finally been scientifically validated: air pollution causes lung cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation. The decision came after a consultation by an expert panel organized by IARC, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, which is based in Lyon, France. “The air most people breathe has become polluted with a complicated mixture of cancer-causing substances,” said Kurt Straif, head of the IARC department that evaluates...

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Health Matters: Cold & Flu Tips To Avoid Discomfort

Well some of us are already feeling the effects of a cold or flu—a sore throat, headache, fever, runny or stuffy nose but aren’t sure what to do about it. According to a recent CNN article, it is common for the body to reach a temperature of 103 degrees Fahrenheit when you have the flu. Doctors say making a trip to the emergency room won’t help as ERs cannot provide much relief and will send you home. The best suggestions are to get plenty of rest and take pain medications for muscle aches. Taking antiviral medications like Tamiflu and...

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Fertility clinics help more gay couples have kids

BOSTON (AP) — Fertility clinics have put a new twist on how to make babies: A “two-mom” approach that lets female same-sex couples share the biological role. One woman’s eggs are mixed in a lab dish with donor sperm, then implanted in the other woman, who carries the pregnancy. A New York doctor described 18 of these cases Tuesday at a fertility conference in Boston that featured other research on ways to help same-sex couples have children. Dr. Alan Copperman is medical director of Reproductive Medicine Associates, a New York City clinic that does the “two-mom” approach. A New York...

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Health Matters: New Valley HIV Test Takes Less Than 1 Min.

Those waiting for the results of an HIV test won’t have to wait more than a minute thanks to the unveiling of a new medical testing program. In honor of National Latino Aids Awareness Day, the Valley AIDS Council or VAC added the INSTI HIV test to its list of available services. The one minute test requires a simple prick of the finger. Other testing methods include a traditional blood test. Results can be produced in as little as 20 minutes or up to 10 days. The procedure has been around for about a year, but VAC is the...

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McAllen Library Holds Weekly Cancer Support Group

Cancer patients and loved ones seeking a shoulder to lean on can count on a grassroots organization offering a non-conventional way to help. Helping other patients emotionally or “HOPE” is a group of volunteers, cancer patients and cancer survivors who have offered psychological courses every Wednesday for the past 2 years at the McAllen Public Library. The organization is funded by project insight and it supports those battling the disease by an approach that does not involve the use of pharmaceutical drugs. “That’s what we help people do to find their creative strength, their inner strength so they can...

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Study: High levels of BPA might raise the risk of a miscarriage

BOSTON (AP) — New research suggests that high levels of BPA, a chemical in many plastics and canned food linings, might raise the risk of miscarriage in women prone to that problem or having trouble getting pregnant. The work is not nearly enough to prove a link, but it adds to “the biological plausibility” that BPA might affect fertility and other aspects of health, said Dr. Linda Giudice, a California biochemist who is president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The study was to be presented Monday at the group’s annual conference in Boston. Last month, ASRM and an...

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Health Matters: Breast Cancer Awareness Month Proclaimed in Hidalgo County

Well it’s official! Hidalgo Commissioners Court officially proclaimed this October 2013 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Hidalgo County. The Commissioners Court and representatives from the Doctor’s Hospital of Renaissance met Tuesday to bring awareness to breast cancer and encourage the community to get involved in various activities and initiatives to support the cause. And there are plenty of ways for the community to get involved this month. Here are just a few. Tomorrow, Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance is holding a Power of Pink Bra Decorating Contest. The event will be held in the Main Lobby from 9 am...

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Health Matters: Study: Fast Food Chain Chicken Nuggets Contain Less Than 50 Percent of Meat

Kids cannot seem to get enough of those fast food chain chicken nuggets, but a new study finds they might not be the healthiest source of protein. Mississippi researchers tested chicken nuggets from two national fast food chains and found the nuggets contained 50 percent or less of actual chicken meat. The other half contained fat, blood vessels, cartilage and even bone pieces. Researchers state that nuggets should only be eaten on occasion. The National Chicken Council insists chicken nuggets are an excellent source of protein, especially for picky eaters. Researchers note the study involved a very small sample...

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