Source:https://newsroom.heart.org/news/got-menopause?preview=f7e8be1b7b9d12d7eec8234a2f9ea083 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 28 2018A healthy lifestyle during the transition to menopause may offset the acceleration of atherosclerosis, the slow narrowing of the arteries that increases with age, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.Women participating in the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), ages 42-52 at enrollment, were evaluated using a 10-year “Healthy Lifestyle Score,” developed for this study. Each woman had annual medical exams and completed questionnaires about their physical activity, eating habits and tobacco use. In addition, participants had at least one coronary artery ultrasound, which is a non-invasive test that provides images of the inside of an artery leading to the heart.Related StoriesStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesLiving a healthy lifestyle may help offset genetic risk of dementiaHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionCompared to women with the lowest “Healthy Lifestyle Score,” those with the highest scores had significantly wider arteries, less arterial thickening and buildup of fatty plaque. The risk factor most associated with unhealthy arteries was smoking tobacco.”Midlife is a crucial window for women to take their cardiovascular wellness to heart and set a course for healthy aging. The metabolic changes that often occur with menopause, especially increases in cholesterol levels and blood pressure, can significantly increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and cognitive impairment later in life, said Ana Baylin, M.D., Dr.P.H., an associate professor of nutritional health sciences and epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.”The good news is that middle-aged women can take their wellbeing into their own hands and make healthy lifestyle changes, such as avoiding tobacco smoke, eating a healthier diet and getting more physical activity to reduce their cardiovascular risk,” Baylin said.The study also notes that only 1.7 percent of the study population adhered to the three components of the “Healthy Lifestyle Score” throughout the study.”The low prevalence of a healthy lifestyle in this group of midlife women highlights the potential for lifestyle interventions aimed at this vulnerable population,” added co-author Dongqing Wang, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan. “Our prospective analysis clearly suggests that women approaching menopause can significantly lower this risk if they adopt healthier behaviors, even if cardiovascular issues have never been on their radar.”The National Institute of Aging’s Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation is a long-term, multi-institutional study of 3,302 women in their middle years as they transition to menopause. It started in 1996 and the women included in the new research were followed for about 15 years, with their most recent medical exams in 2015-2016. 1,143 women were included in this analysis.
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Physical examinations aid in early detection of diseaseA team of researchers at Calgary, Alberta wanted to determine if physical examinations are still necessary in the modern world and what do family physicians think about the process.To land to their findings, they conducted in-depth qualitative interviews with 16 family doctors in Canada. They include those who have 20 years of practice experience, a recent family medicine graduate, a public health doctor, and a retired internist.The researchers explored the clinical experiences of doctors in conducting a physical examination. The respondents include 7 men and 9 women, whose clinical experience varied widely from both rural and urban locations.The team recorded the interviews, transcribed, and determined initial themes using template analysis.The study, which was published in the Annals of Family Medicine, revealed that physical examinations, according to physicians, is an important part of being a doctor. Moreover, they found that physical examinations gather data from patients, in addition to diagnostic laboratory procedures.Physical examinations are important in the doctor-patient relationshipRelated StoriesPersonalizing Nutritional Medicine With the Power of NMRGood health goes beyond having a doctor and insurance, says AMA’s equity chiefStudy finds link between healthcare utilization practices and relative levels of threat sensitivityThe participants were asked to describe two aspects of the physical examination – diagnosing and estimating prognosis and responding to patient’s illnesses. These procedures form relationships between the two parties, the doctor and the patient. The procedure allows doctors to use their bodies to experience their patients’ illnesses.The doctors also said that aside from diagnostic data gathered during physical examinations, the process helps with empathy, as laying on hands during the procedure strengthens the role of doctors as healers. Physical examinations also strengthen the relationships between doctors and patients, developing trust and establishing rapport.“Physical examination is part of the identity of family physicians. It not only contributes diagnostic information but is a therapeutic intervention in and of itself. Physical examination contributes to relationship-centered care in family practice,” the researchers concluded in the study.However, the researchers also said the study has limitations.“We do not know what patients experienced or what they expected. However, previous studies indicate that patients expect to be examined and are less satisfied when physicians do not examine them,” they explained.“We did not directly observe participants’ physical examinations and relied on their self-reports, sometimes long after the events they described. A key feature of this type of work, its interpretive nature, limits its generalizability,” they added.What happens during a physical assessment?Physical assessment or examination involves many procedures. All these contribute to a diagnosis that can be confirmed through diagnostic tests. First off, the doctor may need to conduct an interview for updated health history.The physician will ask certain questions related to healthy history, changes, and developments in health. These may include questions about the job, relationships, allergies, family history of illness, recent surgeries, supplements, and medicines.During the physical examination, the doctor will also check the patient’s vital signs, including blood pressure, respiratory rate, pulse rate, and temperature. A visual exam will follow, which involves reviewing the patient’s appearance for any signs of possible conditions. A head-to-toe examination is done involving the head, eyes, beck, chest, abdomen, musculoskeletal system and nervous system functions.Aside from a visual exam, the doctor conducts palpation or touching parts of the body such as the abdomen, to determine abnormalities. Motor functions and reflexes are also included in the examination. Journal reference:Kelly, M.A, Freeman, L.K., and Dornan, T. (2019). Family Physicians’ Experiences of Physical Examination. Annals of Family Medicine. http://www.annfammed.org/content/17/4/304.full By Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSNJul 10 2019Are you wondering if an annual or regular physical examination is still necessary? A new study reveals that it’s an integral part of relationship-centered care and detection of diseases early on.The increased availability of state-of-the-art and modern diagnostic technologies has sparked debate on whether the conventional physical examination is still needed in the clinical practice. One of the procedures done in clinics is physical examinations.Physical examination is a requirement not only in school admission, employment opportunities, or sports activities but also, in families. Family doctors play an important role in the conduct of these examinations to diagnose and treat many diseases.Otherwise known as medical examination or physical assessment, it’s a process that ensures that individuals stay in good health. Aside from this, it’s mainly a preventive process. Early detection and diagnosis of diseases will eventually lead to immediate treatment. Hence, it helps improve prognosis. As technology has gained ground in medicine and critics have called into question the diagnostic accuracy of physical examinations. Image Credit: Zetar Infinity / Shutterstock
Citation: UK bank bans bitcoin purchases via credit card (2018, February 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-uk-bank-bitcoin-credit-card.html Lloyds Banking Group on Monday joined major US banks in banning purchases of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies via credit card amid debt and security concerns. Explore further © 2018 AFP Hold your horses on those card bitcoin purchases This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. An LBG spokesman said the ban was across its Lloyd Bank, Bank of Scotland, Halifax and MBNA branded credit cards.In a brief statement, he said LBG does “not accept credit card transactions involving the purchase of cryptocurrencies”.Over the past few days, US lenders Bank of American, Citigroup and JPMorgan each introduced the same ban.There is a concern that customers who bought bitcoin late last year when crytocurrencies in general surged in value have been left with big losses following massive declines in recent weeks.On Monday, the price of bitcoin tumbled to $7,950, two months after breaking through the $20,000 mark.It comes as China plans to stamp out all remaining cryptocurrency trading in the country by blocking access to overseas-based websites and removing related applications from app stores.The international value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have plunged this year amid fears of a crackdown in Asia and concerns that many currencies’ rapid rise in value last year could reflect an bubble.-Bloomberg News contributed to this story – China looks to stamp out cryptocurrency trading
Judge Barry Ostrager of New York’s Supreme Court in Manhattan temporarily blocked the planned takeover of Xerox by Japan’s Fujifilm This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 AFP The CEO of US photocopier and printer maker Xerox is stepping down to end a battle with shareholders opposed to a planned takeover by Japan’s Fujifilm. Explore further US judge temporarily blocks Xerox takeover by Fujifilm Citation: Xerox CEO to resign in settlement with top shareholders (2018, May 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-xerox-ceo-resign-settlement-shareholders.html Major shareholders Darwin Deason and Carl Icahn, who together control 15.2 percent of Xerox’s shares, have vigorously opposed the takeover and have filed a suit to block it.On Friday, a US court ordered a temporary block of the takeover, saying it prioritised the interest of Xerox’s CEO over its shareholders.In a statement issued Tuesday in the US, Xerox said Jeff Jacobson would be replaced John Visentin as CEO, with Keith Cozza taking on his role as board chairman.Both men are backed by Deason and Icahn.Under the planned deal, Xerox would be absorbed by an existing joint venture known as Fuji Xerox, falling under the control of Fujifilm.After the transaction is completed, Fujifilm would hold 50.1 percent of Fuji Xerox, while current Xerox shareholders would receive a special cash dividend of $2.5 billion. Deason and Icahn sued in February claiming a secret 2001 deal between Xerox and Fujifilm contained a clause that prevented the Xerox board from seeking another buyer, effectively shortchanging the company’s shareholders.Six board members will step down along with Jacobson, and the newly formed board will “meet immediately to, among other things, begin a process to evaluate all strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value,” Xerox said.It will weigh all options, “including terminating or restructuring Xerox’s relationship with Fujifilm and the proposed transaction with Fujifilm,” the statement said.On Wednesday in Japan, Fujifilm said it had “serious concerns” about the resignation of Jacobson and the other board members.”We believe the combination of Xerox and Fuji Xerox is the best option to provide exceptional value to shareholders of both companies,” it said, adding it believed the new board had an “obligation” to uphold the deal.Fujifilm said it would appeal against Friday’s ruling “as we believe the record shows our good faith and arms-length negotiations for the benefit of all shareholders.”Fujifilm shares plunged 5.45 percent to 4,123 yen in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Left: Pipo screams from the tree days after being abandoned. Right: Pipo sits on the ground. Credit: Liz A. D. Campbell/Springer, the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) This seemed to attract the attention of another group of macaques. “At 14:40, a neighbouring group (MonkeyWatch Group) arrived,” Campbell wrote. “A juvenile approached Pipo, inspected his injuries, and groomed him. Approximately 20 min later, an adult male also approached and groomed Pipo. When MonkeyWatch Group left the area later in the day, Pipo left with them. He did not scream again after MonkeyWatch Group arrived.” Image Gallery: Sneezin’ Snub-Nosed Monkeys Precious Primates: Images of Chimeric Monkeys Even monkeys know it’s right to care for strangers in need. (Or maybe their parents just didn’t teach the helpers about “stranger danger.”) In a new paper published in the July issue of the journal Primates, scientists document for the first time Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) fostering an older juvenile macaque — a stranger to them — after finding him lost and hurt on the side of the road days after he had been struck by a car inside a park in Morocco. The monkeys groomed and cared for the injured juvenile, named Pipo and almost 3 years old, and socialized with him until he was healed and ready to return to his own group. The observation was surprising, study author Liz Campbell, a zoologist at the University of Oxford, wrote in the journal article, because “intergroup encounters at this [national park in Morocco] range from immediate withdrawal by one group to lengthy, sometimes aggressive, contests.”Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65917-macaque-comfort-monkey-child.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35 Researchers had never seen monkey strangers getting along like this before. [8 Human-Like Behaviors of Primates] That was good news for Pipo. After a car struck him on March 20, 2018, Campbell wrote, he retreated to a nearby tree while other members of his home group looked on. “Several group members displayed affiliation towards him, and a juvenile sat with him and groomed him as he appeared to be losing consciousness,” she wrote. “At approximately 17:35 (1 hour before sunset), his group left for their sleeping trees, but Pipo was left behind in the tree.” The next day, Pipo was nowhere to be found, Campbell wrote, and she and her colleagues assumed he had died. But on March 22, she wrote, “he was found in the same tree, alone and screaming repeatedly. He later left the tree to feed on the ground but continued screaming intermittently, then returned to the trees.” Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndo Photos: Adorable and Amazing Guenon Monkey Faces The young monkey from the neighboring group grooms Pipo and appears to inspect his injuries. Credit: Liz A. D. Campbell/Springer, the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Pipo ended up hanging out with the MonkeyWatch group for four months, long after his injuries appeared to have healed, according to Campbell. During that time, he was “fully integrated” into the new group’s social structure and got along with them before eventually departing and returning to his home group. This finding is also good news for Barbary macaques as a species, Campbell wrote. There are only about 10,000 individuals left in the wild, and their numbers have fallen significantly in recent years. Poaching is a significant problem, with monkeys removed from the wild and sold into the pet trade at 150% the rate the population could sustain, according to a 2008 study in the journal Traffic Bulletin. Efforts to restore wild Barbary macaque populations rely on the hope that young poached macaques, often very young monkeys, can be returned to groups they weren’t born into, where strangers can take care of them. (Adult males of this species especially love babies and often “sandwich” them in three-way male-baby-male group hugs, Campbell wrote.) But up until this point, researchers had assumed that only baby monkeys and very young juveniles were candidates for this sort of rehabilitation. Pipo’s case suggests, Campbell wrote, that older juveniles might also be able to return to the wild to live with groups of strangers.
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