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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Washington, DC, USA


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Do You Get Frequent Severe Shoulder Pains?
You May Have This Condition

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THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a group of disorders that occur when blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and your first rib (thoracic outlet) are compressed. This can cause pain in your shoulders and neck and numbness in your fingers.

TREATMENT – Treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome usually involves physical therapy and pain relief measures. Many people show signs of improvement with these approaches or improve completely. However, in some cases, the doctors might end up recommending a surgery.

SYMPTOMS OF THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME

Severe Shoulder Pain - Main symptom of this condition, often severe, may subside on its own.

WASTING IN THE THUMB – When the patient suffers from neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome, often they experience wasting in the fleshy base of the thumb. 

NUMBNESS IN THE HANDS AND FINGERS – experience numbness in hands and fingers because of reduced blood flow to the extremities. 

DISCOLORATION OF THE ARMS N HANDS – When the arteries and veins of the shoulder get compressed, This poor circulation can also result in a weakened or even absent pulse in the arm.



Ways You Can Help Protect Your Vision
Practical Eye Protection Tips

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Nine ways you can help protect your vision

Get regular comprehensive dilated eye exams.
Know your family’s eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition, since some are hereditary.
Eat right to protect your sight: In particular, eat plenty of dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens, and fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, albacore tuna, trout, and halibut.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home, such as painting, yard work, and home repairs.
Quit smoking or never start.
Wear sunglasses that block 99 percent-100 percent of ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation.
Wash your hands before taking out your contacts and cleanse your contact lenses properly to avoid infection.
Practice workplace eye safety.

15 Top Cleanest Hospitals in the US
The List May Suprise You

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The following is a list of hospitals for which 89 percent or more of patients reported on their HCAHPS survey that their room and bathroom were always clean.

The figures are from CMS' Hospital Compare and represent HCAHPS scores collected from April 2015 through March 2016, the most recent data available.

For reference, the national average is 74 percent.

Note: Hospitals with fewer than 100 completed surveys were excluded from consideration for this list.

1. North Canyon Medical Center (Gooding, Idaho) — 96 percent

2. Osceola Community Hospital (Sibley, Iowa) — 95 percent

3. East Texas Medical Center Pittsburg — 95 percent

4. Rockcastle Regional Hospital & Respiratory Care Center (Mount Vernon, Ky.) — 94 percent

5. Sebasticook Valley Health (Pittsfield, Maine) — 94 percent

6. Marion Regional Medical Center (Hamilton, Ala.) — 93 percent

7. Hopedale (Ill.) Medical Complex — 93 percent

8. Bigfork (Minn.) Valley Hospital — 93 percent

9. Fayette (Ala.) Medical Center — 92 percent

10. Patients' Hospital of Redding (Calif.) — 92 percent

11. Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley (Yuba City, Calif.) — 92 percent

12. Rochelle (Ill.) Community Hospital — 92 percent

13. Salem (Ill.) Township Hospital — 92 percent

14. Iowa Specialty Hospital-Belmond — 92 percent

15. Floyd Valley Hospital (Le Mars, Iowa) — 92 percent

National Center For Health Statistics
Leading Causes of Death in the US Shows a drop in Cancer Rate

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The new data comes from the National Center for Health Statistics, which concludes that death rates rose across the board. (Though one bit of good news, cancer rates dropped.)

Last year Case and another researcher sounded the alarm about a surprising increase in mortality rates for white middle-aged Americans – thanks to a phenomenon poignantly referred to as the “diseases of despair” – overdoses, alcoholism and suicide. The new numbers point to the possibility that a wider group of Americans are becoming prone to major diseases.

Here are the top causes for 2015 according to the report, ranked high to low; numbers represent deaths per 100,000 of the standard population:

1. Heart disease: 168.5
2. Cancer: 158.5
3. Unintentional injuries: 43.2
4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 41.6
5. Stroke: 37.6
6. Alzheimer’s disease: 29.4
7. Diabetes: 21.3
8. Influenza and pneumonia: 15.2
9. Kidney disease: 13.4
10. Suicide: 13.3

Brain, Eye and Nerve Damage
In Diabetic Patients

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Brain, Eye and Nerve damage:

Popularly called diabetic neuropathy, this damage is common in people with diabetes. Symptoms typically appear after several years but may be present when diabetes is diagnosed, as the disease may have gone undetected for many years. Diabetic nerve damage known as peripheral neuropathy is most common in the legs and feet. According to a 2005 statement by the American Diabetes Association, up to 50 percent of people with diabetes have peripheral neuropathy. This typically starts as numbness or tingling that progresses to loss of pain and heat and cold perception in feet or hands, making it difficult to sense an injury. Another type of nerve damage called diabetic autonomic neuropathy affects nerves regulating the heart, blood vessels, and digestive and other systems. This condition can lead to problems with blood pressure, heart rhythm and digestion, among others.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2005 to 2008, 28.5 percent of adults with diabetes 40 years or older had diabetic retinopathy. This eye disease is caused by high blood sugar levels leading to blood vessel damage and fluid leakage in the vision-sensing part of the eye called the retina. Diabetic macular edema is a complication of diabetic retinopathy wherein the center of the retina, which is responsible for detailed vision, is affected. These conditions can eventually lead to blindness. High blood sugar can also lead to an increased risk of cataracts and glaucoma. These eye disorders occur earlier and more often in people with diabetes, compared to those without the disease.

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