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Why a weak handshake is bad news for your heart

Why a weak handshake is bad news for your heart | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
The strength of your handshake could indicate the chance of a future heart attack, a major study suggests. - New Zealand Herald

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Singing could boost health of cystic fibrosis sufferers

Singing could boost health of cystic fibrosis sufferers | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
SINGING could be used to help cystic fibrosis patients after a Glasgow study found lung health improved by 13% after lessons.
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Call to ban energy drinks for kids

Call to ban energy drinks for kids | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
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Can't remember the last time I had a "full fat" soft drink - probably when cycling in France (coke is cycling fuel, fact).  My kids only ever get diet soft drinks, and they get those rarely.  But is this more nanny state?

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Your kids are thin...
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The blind breast cancer detectors

The blind breast cancer detectors | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
Unpublished research suggests that blind people can detect breast tumours earlier than their sighted counterparts, and may save lives.
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There's no evidence e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking

There's no evidence e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
A recent article claimed there’s no evidence that vaping is less harmful than smoking. Tobacco expert Linda Bauld argues otherwise
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The debate continues...

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Here's the Minimum Exercise You Need for Maximum Results

Here's the Minimum Exercise You Need for Maximum Results | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
The message for most of us is this: it doesn’t take much physical activity to start reaping its health benefits. “These findings may offer some hope—and even perhaps a dash of inspiration—to the estimated 30% of adults worldwide who struggle to achieve the recommended levels of physical activity,” Huxley writes.

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Does cancer get too much attention?

Does cancer get too much attention? | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
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Does the focus on Lung Cancer detract from other serious lung diseases?

 

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Banning the Handshake From the Healthcare Setting

Banning the Handshake From the Healthcare Setting | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it

Banning the handshake from the health care environment may require further study to confirm and better describe the link between handshake-related transmission of pathogens and disease. Moreover, given the profound social role of the handshake, a suitable replacement gesture may need to be adopted and then promoted with widespread media and educational programs. Nevertheless, removing the handshake from the health care setting may ultimately become recognized as an important way to protect the health of patients and caregivers, rather than as a personal insult to whoever refuses another’s hand. Given the tremendous social and economic burden of hospital-acquired infections and antimicrobial resistance, and the variable success of current approaches to hand hygiene in the health care environment, it would be a mistake to dismiss, out of hand, such a promising, intuitive, and affordable ban.


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Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, August 9, 2014 4:34 PM

The fist bump although a challenge for the older generation may be the best alternative, if it became socially accepted and widely adopted.

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Mobile Game From Former EA Devs Taking On Teenage Eating Disorders

Mobile Game From Former EA Devs Taking On Teenage Eating Disorders | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it

 

High School Story, the iOS and Android game from former Electronic Arts developers that previously took a stand against cyberbullying, is now aiming to raise awareness for another issue affecting teenagers: eating disorders.

 

 

Pixelberry Studios has partnered with the National Eating Disorders Association to create a new in-game storyline centered around eating disorders. The game will also offer educational resources to the estimated 20 million teenagers across the United States who are not happy with their bodies.

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Less Call of Duty, more sense of Moral Duty from EA.

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COM SALUD's curator insight, July 10, 2014 7:46 AM

Los juegos de salud encaminados a concienciar sobre estilo de vida saludables son un arma efectiva de educación pero el resultado es muy superior si se parte de un juego popular existente que se adapta a los argumentos de concienciación.

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Caroline Aherne has lung cancer

Caroline Aherne has lung cancer | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
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It seems that Caroline Aherne has a genetic predisposition to malignancy, but all the smoking in the Royal Family can't have helped...?

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'Complacency' leads to asthma deaths

'Complacency' leads to asthma deaths | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
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"Nearly half of the cases they look at, asthma sufferers did not receive any medical help during their final asthma attack" - surely it is *because* they sought or received any medical help it was their final asthma attack?  

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High air pollution 'set to spread'

High air pollution 'set to spread' | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
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Biggest single threat to health, says the WHO.  Not certain how much air pollution there is outside London, though.

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Homeopathy not effective for treating any condition, Australian report finds

Homeopathy not effective for treating any condition, Australian report finds | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
Report by top medical research body says ‘people who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments’
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The Australians, saying it as it is...

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UK health and safety chiefs hit back in asbestos app row

UK health and safety chiefs hit back in asbestos app row | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it

outAn asbestos removers' trade group had criticised the HSEs new Beware Asbestos app, but now the authority has moved to counter criticism

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Asbestos clear-out DIY?  Not for me...

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Dispute over outdoor smoking ban call

Dispute over outdoor smoking ban call | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
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Should the indoor smoking ban be extended to outside too?  A simple measure of removing the benches from outside our office window at work has stopped patients smoking there - I can finally open my office window!

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E-cigarettes more effective than patches to help quit smoking, says study

E-cigarettes more effective than patches to help quit smoking, says study | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
Study challenges negative views of health experts who argue that allowing use of e-cigarettes risks re-normalising tobacco
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More evidence.

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The Genetics of Being Injury-Prone

The Genetics of Being Injury-Prone | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
Researchers are beginning to understand how DNA makes some athletes more likely to get hurt.

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Walking, biking and taking public transit tied to lower weight

Walking, biking and taking public transit tied to lower weight | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
People who walk, bike or take public transportation to work tend to be thinner than those who ride in their own cars, according to a new study from the UK.

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Do more, lose weight!
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Concussion expert: World Cup sets bad example

Concussion expert: World Cup sets bad example | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
World Cup organizers repeatedly failed to follow their own concussion protocol and then failed to take advantage of the international interest in the tournament to teach soccer fans - New Zealand Herald

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A bit off topic, but I did think that there was a whole heap of head injuries at the World Cup that went without anyone seemingly batting an eye...

 

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Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic Cigarettes | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it

Electronic cigarettes (E-cigarettes) are devices that deliver nicotine to a user by heating and converting to an aerosol a liquid mixture typically composed of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavoring chemicals, and nicotine. E-cigarette use doubled in just 1 year among both adults and children, from 3.4% to 6.2% in adults (2010–2011) and 3.3% to 6.8% in youth (2011–2012), with high levels of dual use with tobacco cigarettes.  Although most youth using e-cigarettes are dual users, up to one third of adolescents who tried an e-cigarette have never smoked a conventional cigarette, indicating that some youth are initiating use of the addictive drug nicotine with e-cigarettes.

Smoke-free policies are a critical intervention both to protect nonsmokers and to support smoking cessation attempts. To avoid reversing the effectiveness of these policies, e-cigarettes should not be used anyplace where smoking cigarettes is not allowed (including in homes that are smoke-free). There is no reason to reintroduce toxins into clean indoor air environments.


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Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, June 1, 2014 9:14 PM

I tell patients who want to use  E-cigarettes that we don't have adequate information to say that these new nicotine drug delivery devices are safer than cigarettes.  For patients who are motivated to quit smoking, use of  E-cigarettes has not been shown to be an effective  aid to end the addiction of smoking.

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Obliterative Bronchiolitis — NEJM

Obliterative Bronchiolitis — NEJM | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
Review Article from The New England Journal of Medicine — Obliterative Bronchiolitis
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Great review of a poorly understood, and under-recognised disorder.

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App-Using Patients Less Likely To Be Readmitted

App-Using Patients Less Likely To Be Readmitted | Thorax Weekly | Scoop.it
The Mayo Clinic has found cardiac rehab patients who use apps to monitor their health were less likely to be readmitted. By Katie Wike, contributing...

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Take 2 iPhone apps, three times a day.

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Sven Awege's curator insight, April 11, 2014 3:10 AM

.... so yes,  going the extra mile with the CE can be worth it!