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    WE all have days when we'd rather sit in front of the couch than head into work. Not only do they pay the bills, but experts have now warned that your job could also predict your risk of dementia. 1Different jobs suit different people, but experts have also found your profession could increase your risk of dementia It's estimated that around 676,000 people in England have the condition, which is a syndrome associated with the decline of brain function. Now medics have warned that those in low-paid jobs are at risk of developing the illness. In the UK, some of the worst-paid jobs include cleaners, catering assistants and even teaching assistants - with average salaries under £12,000. Experts at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health found that sustained low wages are associated with significantly faster memory decline. Read more on dementia BERRY BELIEVE IT Simple item added to diet could slash dementia risk, study suggestsMISSED SIGNS My husband chased an imaginary dog in house - it was sign of killer disease Such jobs have previously been associated with depression,...
    EIGHT factors have been discovered that increase the risk of the top killer dementia. The condition is diagnosed in one in six people over the age of 80 in the UK. 1Regardless of whether you are 18 or 80, eight factors are important for reducing the odds of dementia, experts sayCredit: Rex Features Dementia is largely diagnosed in the elderly, but experts say lifestyle choices over decades can accumulate risk. A new study has found that, regardless of whether you are 18 or 80, eight factors are important for reducing the odds of dementia.  Each one, the researchers said, can reduce brain age by three years. It means that with several, a person could have a similar brain age as someone 10 or 20 years older than them. Read more on dementia PENMANSHIP How you hold a PEN can predict your risk of biggest killerMIND MATTERS I'm a GP - here's the truth behind Davina McCall's claims about HRT & dementia Dr Annalise LaPlume, the study’s lead author, said: “Our results suggest lifestyle factors may be more important than age...
    DIABETES is an illness that impacts close to four million people in the UK, with 90 per cent having type 2. Type 2 diabetes can occur when the body struggles to regulate blood sugar levels. 1Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition, and experts have revealed the different things that can increase your risk of the illnessCredit: Getty This is because the insulin your pancreas makes doesn’t work properly, or because your pancreas can’t make enough insulin.  In turn, your blood sugar levels keep rising, making them difficult to control, which means more insulin is then released. It's a serious condition and can lead to complications, causing damage to your feet, eyes and crucially, your heart. There are some things that can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, some of which you have no control of. Read more on diabetes COVID 'LINK' Our kids caught Covid & were diagnosed with diabetes…it can’t be a coincidenceCUT IT OUT The 5 high fat foods you need to avoid 1. Gender Dr Wendy Denning said that if you are male and overweight,...
    ALZHEIMER'S is the most common form of dementia and accounts for up to 80 per cent of cases. If you want to predict your risk of the condition in the next decade, then experts say there are ten things you should be looking out for. 1Alzheimer's is one of the most common forms of dementia and experts say that there are ten symptoms that could linger years before diagnosisCredit: Getty - Contributor The NHS says that the main symptoms of Alzheimer's include confusion and disorientation and difficulty making decisions. The first signs usually include minor memory problems, but experts say that signs could actually be lingering long before this. Researchers at the Paris Brain Institute looked at the health records of over 20,214 people with Alzheimer's in the UK and 19,458 people in France. From this data, they compared each person's medical records over 15-years and looked at people who had and hadn't received a diagnosis of a progressive brain disease. Around 123 health conditions were reported and from this ten had a higher association with Alzheimer's disease. The study...
    LONG Covid has baffled scientists more than the virus itself. Millions of people are grappling with long-term effects of Covid illness, sometimes with no answers for how to relive their symptoms. 1Long Covid plagues sufferers with fatigue In the UK, an estimated 1.3 million people - one in 50 - are likely to be suffering from long Covid. The figures from the Office for National Statistics, collected in the month to December 6, suggests rates of long Covid are the highest they have ever been. Some 809,000 people said long Covid adversely affected their day-to-day activities.  Fatigue is the most commonly reported symptom (51 per cent), followed by loss of smell (37 per cent) shortness of breath (36 per cent) and difficulty concentrating (28 per cent). Now, scientists led by the Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle, Washington, say they have been able to pinpoint four key factors that may help predict who will end up with the condition. These can be identified at the original point of Covid diagnosis. They are: Type 2 diabetes High viral load Reactivation of...
    THERE are four risk factors for sudden infant death in England and Wales, new data has revealed. Babies have an increased chance of dying unexpectedly if they are boys or underweight, the Office for National Statistics found. 3Baby boys are more at risk of unexplained infant deaths in England and Wales 3Babies born to mums under 20 are also at risk of the tragic syndrome During the postneonatal period (between the firs month after birth and the end of the first year of life) is also a risky time, the data found, and if babies are born to mums under 20 years old. It's not clear why being male is a factor in early deaths, but more baby boys do seem to die from unexplained infant death. The latest report looked at unexplained deaths in infancy in 2019 in the two countries - after 170 took place that year. Although alarming for parents, this is still a low number - with the risk of babies suffering an early unexpected death in the UK very rare. The ONS found: "In 2019,...
    Why health screenings are important: Knowing your risk factors for disease is one of the first steps toward prevention and treatment. At Northwell Health, we recommend regular health screening tests so that you truly understand your risk factors. Then you and your primary care physician can work together to address health problems before they start. What are health screenings? Health screenings are tests that find serious conditions before they cause symptoms, during the early stages when they can be cured. This is important for certain malignancies that occur commonly and cannot be as easily treated once they cause symptoms. The tests should be relatively specific, meaning they don’t produce many false-positive tests that can lead to further (unnecessary and sometimes potentially dangerous) testing. Screening tests meeting these criteria don’t exist for all malignancies, but they do for breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer. Breast cancer screening: Mammography remains the best screening test for breast cancer, but the evidence about the frequency of testing and the age at which to begin testing is not so clear cut. Most experts...
    (CNN)With the end of the year fast approaching, a new tool sponsored by the National Institutes of Health may be helpful in keeping holiday gatherings -- or any other meeting -- as safe and as coronavirus-free as possible.The Safer-Covid tool assigns a score based on the risk level associated with a given activity. Users can input information such as setting, number of people and duration, and the tool rates it on a scale of 1 to 10. The higher the score, the riskier the activity.CDC recommends against travel for ThanksgivingFor example, a long Thanksgiving gathering with more than 25 people, indoors, with no social distancing earns a score of of 8. But a smaller, shorter, outdoor event with social distancing earns a score of 3.The tool aims to guide consumers through four factors critical in making plans during the Covid-19 pandemic, said Dr. Vik Kheterpal, the product lead for this project. Those four factors are activity risk, local spread, risk of severe illness, and personal risk tolerance.By putting in their zip code, users can see data on local spread. They...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most believe genes and age are risk factors for cancer, but there are some other lesser known factors. And not knowing these risks can increase your chance of getting it. We’ll reveal that what you don’t know can kill you. What causes breast cancer? Did you know after not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight is the second most important way to reduce cancer risk? According to the CDC, cancers associated with overweight and obesity account for 40 percent of diagnosed cancers. Alcohol consumption is another risk factor. Women who have three alcoholic drinks per week have a 15 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer. A rash can even mean breast cancer. “Having redness or a rash can be a sign of breast cancer, actually a sign of really aggressive breast cancer that shows up really quickly and then metastases and results in death really quickly,” said Svasti Haricharan, PhD, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Tumor Microenvironment and Cancer Immunology at Sanford Burnham Prebys. And just because...
    Dr. Mehmet Oz said on Thursday that he loves the fact that the Texas Medical Association and other groups are releasing information on which activities are riskiest for potentially contracting coronavirus. “It treats us like adults,” the host of the "Dr. Oz Show" told “Fox & Friends.” “This is a movement that we’re starting to see now by medical groups. Physicians have a civic responsibility to speak out on things that matter to society. Last week, the American Pediatrics Academy spoke bravely about what they think is best for our kids. They filtered out all the politics, all the special interest groups to see what’s in it for the kids to go back to school,” Oz said. HERD IMMUNITY MAY NOT BE ACHIEVABLE IN FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS With the coronavirus spiking in a number of states, a group of Texas doctors has released a ranked list on how risky certain activities are when it comes to contracting COVID-19. The Texas Medical Association’s COVID-19 Task Force and Committee on Infectious Diseases ranked 37 activities on a scale of 1-10. VideoOpening the mail? The lowest risk activity, with a...
    If diabetes runs in your family, you're more likely to have it. PixelsEffect/Getty Images Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be genetic.  However, there are also other risk factors that will determine whether you actually develop type 1 or type 2 diabetes.  Here's what you should know about your risk for diabetes and what to do if it runs in your family.  This article was medically reviewed by Stephanie Redmond, PharmD, a certified diabetes educator and co-founder of Diabetes Doctor.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10% of Americans suffer from diabetes. Type 2 diabetes makes up 90% to 95% of these cases, while type 1 diabetes is much less common. However, both are heavily influenced by genetics.  Here is what you need to know about the causes and risk factors for diabetes, and what to do if you have a family history of the disease. Is diabetes genetic? Scientists know that both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can have genetic components....
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