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Obesity in China Skyrocketing
i'm fat and lovin' it
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What Is The Difference Between Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplifiers?

By D. Eze - September 8th 2014.

Hearing Aids

If you look for hearing aids on Amazon you will not be taken to the hearing aids section of the site. Instead you will be taken to the personal sound amplifier products (PSAP) section of the site. The PSAPs are very low in cost and can seem like a good option if you are having hearing problems. But hearing aids and PSAPs are not the same.

The main difference is that only hearing aids can improve impaired hearing. That is to say, if you have a hearing problem due to damage or degeneration then hearing aids will improve your hearing while PSAPs will not.

You may have seen the commercial where people are sitting watching television in bed, having a nice dinner out or playing with their grandkids and they are unable to hear the people around them. A device, a PSAP, is offered to remedy the situation and all the poor people having the hearing issues suddenly have smiles on their faces because they are now able to hear. It may appear that the people were having impaired hearing issues but they were actually having difficulty hearing in condition that were not optimal.

How are they different?

The PSA is only able to amplify the sound so that it is more easily heard. They are intended for people who are non-hearing-impaired. They are substantially cheaper.

Hearing aids not only amplify sound, they compensate for hearing loss. They are intended for people who are hearing-impaired. They are more expensive.

Personal Sound Amplifier

When should I use a PSAP and a hearing aid?

PSAPís should be used when you are in an environment not conducive to hearing, which may include, a sporting event, a loud restaurant or to hear a television that is far away. In conditions that are conducive to hearing you will find that you do not need your PSAP.

Hearing aids should be used when you have a hearing impairment that has been diagnosed by a health care professional. In which case, you should use your hearing aid as directed.

How do you know which you should choose?

The first thing you should do is find out if you have a hearing impairment. Go see an audiologist to get tested. If you are not sure if you need one use this FDA test to see if you might need to see an audiologist:

  • people say you are shouting when you talk to them
  • you need the TV or radio turned up louder than other people do
  • you often ask people to repeat themselves because you canít hear or understand them, especially in groups or when there is background noise
  • you can hear better out of one ear than the other
  • you have to strain to hear
  • you canít hear a dripping faucet or a high note of a violin

    The bad side to PSAPís

    PSAPís can be useful but they can only be so if they are used properly. People with hearing impairments have been ignoring their issues and substituting hearing aids or PSAPís because PSAPs are available. This is doing a lot of hear to people whose lives would be greatly improved if they had hearing aids. PSAPís are just a stopgap that temporarily and insufficiently deal with the problem.

    Bibliography

    Mann, Eric A., M.D., Ph.D., ďHearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplifiers: Know the DifferenceĒ, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Consumer Updates website, Oct. 20, 2009. Retrieved 2014-09-03.

    Hearing Products and Audiology Services - Omni Hearing in Woodbridge and Oakville. Retrieved 2014-09-03.


    10 Ways to Exercise as a Family

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    1. Go for pre- or post-dinner walks
    Whether you head into town or just cruise the neighborhood, building a walk into your daily schedule ensures that it won't get put off. Brookline, Massachusetts, master Pilate's instructor Lisa Johnson and her husband take evening walks with 3-year-old Alex, who alternates time in and out of the stroller. To make walking more enticing, Johnson makes a sport of it. "At one house we look for a cat sitting in the window, at another we run up and down a short flight of stairs," she says.

    2. Crank up the music and boogie down
    Betsy Murphy of Coral Gables, Florida, holds disco nights with her four kids and several neighbors. She moves the furniture aside, fills the CD player with dance tunes, and lets the kids take turns using a flashlight as a strobe light. "They dance for three hours straight," Murphy says. "The older ones know all the words to the songs and really dance; it's hilarious to see the younger ones try to mimic them. Their favorite song is 'Brick House!'"

    3. Make a game out of household chores
    Pretend that dust creatures are invading earth and it's up to Captain [insert child's name] to save the day by capturing them with his broom, suggests registered dietitian Juliet Zuercher of Wickenburg, Arizona. "Make believe he's one of the Rescue Heroes, and have him save his teddy bears from the slimy pit of the floor by putting them safely in his toy chest," she says. Jodi Arlen of Bethesda, Maryland, turns folding laundry into a guessing game. "It started when my daughter would ask, 'Is that mine?' and it grew into 'Guess whose this is!'" she says. After her daughters, 3 years old and 20 months old, correctly identify the clothing, they help fold them.

    Woman Swimming

    4. Sneak workouts into other activities
    Have your toddler walk instead of riding in the cart at the supermarket, and take the stairs or walk up the escalator whenever possible. Nancy Twigg of Knoxville, Tennessee, drives partway to her daughter Lydia's preschool, parks the car, and walks the rest of the way.

    5. Turn TV commercials into fitness breaks
    Invent silly names for simple exercises like squats, push-ups, and sit-ups, and then do them together till the show comes back on. "Call them princess sit-ups or Bob the Builder muscle builders," says physical therapist Peter Kofitsas, of New York City, who does the moves with his 4-year-old and 20-month-old daughters. You can also play "coach," in which you take turns "ordering" each other to "drop and give me five," or "follow the leader," in which one person leads the others in fun, simple moves like clapping, wiggling, and marching.

    6. Have a weekly sports night
    Every Wednesday, for example, get everyone up and moving. One game to play is the fit-deck shuffle. Create a series of playing cards featuring family-friendly exercises, such as bear-crawling or ape-walking. Each family member picks a card and performs the exercise pictured until all the cards have been dealt. You can also buy a ready-made set of exercise cards from FitDeck (fitdeck.com).

    Jogging in Water

    7. Walk or run for charity
    Model the value of exercise-and of giving back to society-by teaming up with your children for a fund-raising race. When her husband and father-in-law participated in the Father's Day Race for Prostate Cancer, Jodi Zielinski, of Upper Montclair, New Jersey, took her 3-year-old daughter, Noa, to watch them run. When the race was over, she entered Noa in the kids' race that followed. "She didn't win but she had a great time," says Zielinski, who hopes to make it an annual family tradition.

    8. Put kids to work in the yard
    If autumn brings down leaves in your area, make a game out of catching them on a windy day-see who can catch the most yellow, orange, or red ones, suggests Zuercher. Then rake them into piles-give the kids child-sized rakes so they can help-and have fun jumping in them, or take turns completely covering one another in leaves. After a snowfall, let kids help clear the porch or walkway, then see who can make the most snow angels. Older kids can help build a snowman-and even toss a few snowballs.

    9. Team up for gardening
    Kids are great at digging up dirt, so let them turn over the soil and help you plant new bulbs. Research shows that gardening is as good as weight training when it comes to preventing osteoporosis, and if you're planting vegetables, it can make them more appetizing to kids. Dawn Schwartz, of Livingston, New Jersey, has her 3-year-old daughter, Samantha, help water the plants. "She loves to mush her hands in the soil," she says. In the summer, set up a sprinkler to water the lawn and challenge kids to duck the droplets.

    10. Walk the dog
    New research from North American Association on the Study of Obesity shows that dog-owners had more fun losing weight and were able to keep it off longer than non-pup-owners. Don't have a pooch? Go look for some. Somers, New York, mom Mary Rose Almasi gets her two kids, ages 5 and 3, to go for a walk after dinner by suggesting they go "looking for dogs." "Luckily, there are a few at the end of my long street. That's the carrot I dangle," she says. "It works like a charm."

    5 Ways to Be Healthier and Live Longer

    #1. Get plenty of sleep. Afternoon naps are good too.

    #2. Eat lots of healthy food - especially green tea which is a proven detoxifier and prevents cancer.

    #3. Exercise daily - and try to do a wide range of exercises, including stretching, cardio, and even weightlifting.

    #4. Stop stressing over things that don't really matter. The stress isn't worth it. Live small, but enjoy everything big time.

    #5. Don't make excuses so you can be lazy or because you failed. Take action instead and keep trying until you succeed.

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    Cigarettes Get A Technological Facelift

    There is a new cigarette available in Ontario and its going to dramatically change the industry. It may even spell the end to traditional cancer-causing cigarettes.

    Imagine smoking without the smoke? Or the cancer? Or the horrible stench?

    Three Ontario entrepreneurs have created a smokeless and tobacco-free cigarette and are hoping to capitalize on the province wide smoking ban.

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    Young people can stop deadly diseases with diet, exercise

    Young adults in mid-Michigan have been given a gift that could save their lives -- the chance to prevent one of the nation's leading killers. Heart disease kills more people in Midland, Bay, Saginaw, Isabella and Gladwin counties than it does on a national average, according to a 1999-2003 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Young adults, don't stop reading, because doctors say prevention must begin in youth, since arteries of people in their teenage years can contain the plaques that cause heart disease and eventually heart attacks.

    "With the way that our culture is, with our genetics, the things that we eat, consume, smoke and whatever else, we're definitely starting this process at a young age," said Dr. Susan Sallach, a cardiologist at St. Mary's of Michigan. "We see people with chest pains younger and younger all the time, so it's definitely important."

    In mid-Michigan, the increased death rate could be from a sedentary lifestyle, a greater rate of smoking and even the state's poor economy, which can cause more people to turn to the less expensive foods that tend to be worse for the body.

    No matter the cause, local doctors are taking note of the deadly trend and want area residents to turn it around.

    Why stop heart disease?

    Woman Stretching

    It's better to prevent heart disease than deal with damage later on.

    Just ask Ray Fryar, the 59-year-old principal of Jefferson Middle School in Midland. It was the fall of 2003 when he began progressively losing energy, and then felt a pain grow in his stomach.

    The pain got so bad he had to leave a meeting at work, thinking he might be able to sleep it off. The next morning he discovered you can't sleep off a heart attack, and was rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment.

    "Once you've had the heart attack you can have irreparable damage that you can avoid," he said. "If you can avoid that attack in the first place you're so much further ahead of the game."

    Sallach, who works with new cardiac MRI imaging technology at St. Mary's, agreed.

    "To have the choice to do things that can potentially prevent problems down the road -- what a huge advantage; what a gift," she said.

    Sallach said it comes down to knowing personal risk factors and family history, as well as beginning to take better care of the body.

    Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol levels. Keeping those in check could go a long way in preventing major problems later.

    Knowing each parent's heart health also matters. If either parent had a heart attack early in life, it ups a person's chance of having one, too.

    Taking care of the body is another key factor, but it's also a tough one. Sallach said everyone falls victim to being a couch potato or grabbing convenient fast foods, but it's important to get back on the path to good nutrition and exercise.

    Take it one step at a time

    Improving heart health begins with finding fun ways to get moving, along with eating meals with better nutritional value.

    "Finding novel and innovative ways of exercise is an important part of keeping doing it," Sallach said. "If you don't like it, or you pick something you hate doing, you're not going to stick to it."

    She's even heard of people making workouts a social event, where people focus on the interaction with friends and happen to be getting their exercise in at the same time. The recommendation is 30 minutes of brisk exercise most days of the week.

    Then there is eating right, with the most important point being moderation, Sallach said. It also includes avoiding foods high in fat or containing trans fatty acids and saturated fats.

    "I think you can probably eat healthy for a reasonable price if you're willing to take the time to do it," she said. "That's the major thing, because most people want pre-prepared meals, frozen meals, canned foods. They want quick meals, and that's where you lose the quality of food and quality of nutrition."

    Staying healthy also means giving up smoking.

    "Even a little bit of smoking is bad. It still increases your risk for stroke and heart attack, as well as cancer," Sallach said. "There's no amount of smoking that's acceptable, and secondhand smoke counts, too."

    Staying away from recreational drugs also is vital, since they can speed up the blockage of arteries and damage the heart muscle itself.

    "Those are things that are important for a younger age group to think about," Sallach said. "Everything that you do will have a consequence at some point. It may be mild and go unnoticed, or it may be severe and life changing."

    Be Healthy, Look Great

    Fight Cancer with Exercise

    Someone with a family history, who smokes, has a high-fat diet and doesn't exercise, says oncologist Dr. David Nanus, who has been treating cancer patients for more than 20 years.

    "If you're obese or overweight, you have an increased incidence in a number of cancers ó colon cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer," Nanus says.

    According to the American Cancer Institute, about one-third of cancer deaths in 2006 were related to nutrition, physical inactivity and being overweight or obese ó and therefore, could have been prevented.

    So what can you do to reduce your risk?

    Start by eating a diet that contains lots of fruit and vegetables. For example, studies show broccoli, especially broccoli sprouts, may help prevent colon and rectal cancer.

    You can control your lifestyle, but not your family history. Five to 10 percent of all cancers are strongly hereditary. There are genetic tests for some kinds of cancers including breast, colon, and ovarian.

    "It's important if you know you're from a cancer family, then you need to get screening," Nanus says.

    Nanus believes those mammograms after age 40, and colonoscopies after age 50, may be the most powerful weapon in the battle against cancer.

    "The biggest problem is the fear factor," he says. "People are so afraid of being diagnosed with cancer they wait." Nanus says waiting even three months can mean the difference between life and death.

    Tone up memory with exercise

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    Exercise, researchers have found over the years, appears to help people fight the memory loss that comes with aging.

    A new study suggests a possible explanation for why this is so. The report, which appears online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, says working out may stimulate the growth of neurons in a part of the brain associated with memory loss.

    Researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center, using 11 volunteers, an MRI machine and equipment like treadmills, were able to see that blood flow increased to the hippocampus part of the brain as the volunteers exercise, suggesting that working out may help produce neurons in a part of the hippocampus that loses them disproportionately as people age.

    The researchers also found that as the volunteers went through a three-month exercise period, their scores on memory tests went up.

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