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Life-Saving Screening Tests for Men

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Why Screening Tests Are ImportantGetting the right screening test at the right time is one of the most important things a man can do for his health. Screenings find diseases early, before you have symptoms, when they're easier to treat. With early detection, colon cancer can be nipped in the bud. Finding diabetes early may help prevent complications such as vision loss and impotence. The tests you need are based on your age and risk factors. Prostate CancerProstate cancer is the most common cancer found in American men after skin cancer. It tends to be a slow-growing cancer, but there are also aggressive, fast-growing types of prostate cancer. Screening tests can find the disease early, sometimes before symptoms develop, when treatments are most effective. Tests for Prostate CancerScreenings for healthy men may include a digital rectal exam (DRE) and possibly a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. Government guidelines recommend against the routine use of the PSA test. The Am…

12 Clues You Might Have Heart Disease

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Sleep ApneaWhen your snoring is broken up by pauses in your breathing, your brain may not be getting enough oxygen. It will send signals to your blood vessels and heart to work harder to keep blood flow going. This raises your risk for high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, strokes, and heart failure. Fortunately, sleep apnea is treatable. Yellow-Orange Bumpy RashExtremely high triglyceride levels can make your skin break out around the knuckles of your fingers and toes and on your bottom. A lot of these fats in your blood may play a role in hardening your arteries, and high numbers are often related to other conditions that put you at risk for heart disease and strokes, too. Poor Grip StrengthThe strength of your hand may tell you something about the strength of your heart. Research suggests the ability to squeeze something well means a lower risk of heart disease. If it's hard for you to grasp an object, odds are higher that you have or could develop problems. (But improving…

Inspirational Quote – January 06, 2018

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“Don’t do something permanently stupid because you are temporarily upset.”

I can so relate to this and I expect many of you can too. It is so easy and tempting to strike back in retaliation when we feel we've been attacked. In these days of the internet and global messaging the temptation to put fingers to keyboard, press a button and, hey presto, it’s out there for not just our “antagonist” but the whole world to see. Unfortunately, it’s out there forever and can’t be taken back when we’ve had time to cool down and perhaps realize that, you know what, it wasn’t said or meant in the way we initially thought. However, by then, it can be too late and we may not have just lost the friendship of one person but caused everybody else to look at us in a different, even not very favorable, way. Not easy I know, but in situations like this, take a deep breath, walk away, have a cuppa, go for a walk, anything to give you time and space to look at what’s happened more rationally and calmly. C…

Fleeing the Mouth of the Shark

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Bill Dienst, MD, is a rural family and emergency room physician from north central Washington who has been volunteering for humanitarian medical missions since 1982, when he was a young man in medical school. His first experience profoundly changed his life and he was "hooked," he says, volunteering repeatedly for medical exchange programs in Veracruz, Mexico, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Most recently, he served as the medical coordinator for Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM), a Seattle-based nonprofit conducting humanitarian and medical relief work with refugee populations in Jordan, Lebanon and Greece. In this interview with Moon Magazine, Dr. Dienst offers his unique perspective on the refugee crisis as well as some practical suggestions for how others might help.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1706/fleeing-the-mouth-of-a-shark-bill-dienst-on-the-refugee-crisis-the-moon-magazine/

How Inequality Thwarts the Promise of College for All

A new book explains how poverty and inequality put students at a disadvantage—and how we can better support them.BY DIANA DIVECHA

Four years ago, a high school senior from an Oakland charter school reached out to me to ask if I could help her apply to college. Jennifer was a first-generation student of Salvadoran and Guatemalan immigrant parents, a conscientious person with straight A’s at school. Piece of cake, I thought, having already launched two daughters to college. Over weekly coffees at Starbucks, we decided which colleges Jennifer would apply to and laid out a timeline of application tasks. Just to be sure, I passed her qualifications by a friend who is a professional college counselor. “Aim for community colleges,” she advised. Well, that’s a low bar, I thought to myself. Not very optimistic of her. Jennifer was admitted to all of the University of California schools, and we were jubilant—and vindicated. Little did we know that getting into college was the easy part. Staying in wa…

What Happens When Older Adults Take a Class on Gratitude?

An instructor shares her experience teaching older adults the science (and practice) of gratitude.BY SARA OREM

This fall, fifteen adults over the age of 50 gathered together in a university classroom to learn about gratitude. They were students at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of California at Berkeley, who had registered and paid to take a module on gratitude from the Greater Good Science Center’s online course The Science of Happiness. I taught the module as a “flipped classroom”: Participants read articles, watched videos, and worked on gratitude practices at home each week, and then came to five live, weekly classes to discuss the content they had studied.  Before and after the course, we asked participants to fill out surveys about their gratitude and life satisfaction. Over the course of those five weeks, the average gratitude score went up from 5 to 6.6 (out of 7), and the number of people who were highly satisfied with their life doubled. But those resul…