Andy Rooneys views on Women in the Work Place

November 6, 2011 by  
Filed under VIDEO

I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

: Andy Rooney makes a public announcement denouncing sexual harassment, but he doesnt support it. Its a quite interesting video. Take a look! Looking to survive with better health visit Contact us at: Looking to survive in today’s economy visit

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Family history of breast cancer? There’s something you can do to reduce your risk!

October 18, 2010 by  
Filed under CANCER

It is Pink October, a month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness. In the next 2 weeks, Battling Cancer will focus on the latest news on breast cancer.

There is no denying the genetic component of breast cancer. But having a family history of the disease need not be a death sentence. Studies have shown that through healthy lifestyle and behavioral strategies, breast cancer can be slowed down, even stopped in its tracks.

Familial predisposition to breast cancer is for real and the risk should be taken seriously. However, women should not live in hopelessness because there are ways and means of reducing the risk.

According to Dr. Robert E. Gramling, associate professor of Family Medicine, and Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center:

“It’s important to note that a family history of breast cancer can arise in part due to shared unhealthy behaviors that have been passed down for generations. Untangling the degree to which genes, environments, and behaviors contribute to the disease is difficult. But our study shows that engaging in a healthy lifestyle can help women, even when familial predisposition is involved.”

Dr. Gramling and colleagues looked at data from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study which enrolled more than 85,000 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79, One group of participants had a family history of later-onset breast cancer (after age 45) and another group did not. The women were followed up for an average of 5.4 years.

Data analysis showed that three health behaviours were strongly associated with reduction in risk for breast cancer and the risk reduction was the same for women with and without a family history. These lifestyle factors were regular physical activity, a healthy weight, and less alcohol consumption.

Indeed, this is good news for women with family history of breast cancer. The study results show that even our grandmothers and mothers may have succumbed to the disease, we have great chances of beating it and so do our daughters and their daughters by reducing the risk through a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Gramling continues:

“Given the strong awareness of breast cancer and distress about inheritable risk, it is essential that scientists understand the actions women can take to reduce their risk”.

And here is another strategy to reduce breast cancer risk regardless of genetic disposition – breast feeding! I will tell you more about breast feeding and breast cancer in an upcoming post.

How subliminal words affect anti-obesity campaigns

May 4, 2009 by  
Filed under OBESITY

words-fitter_faster_strongerThe human brain is a complex biological machine that can sometimes act in ways unexpected in response to certain types of stimuli. Researchers have discovered, for example, that subliminal words (words that appeal to the subconscious) can trigger reactions opposite to what is actually desired.

Researchers from the University of Illinois investigated people’s subconscious responses to weight loss campaigns. It seems that when people read posters with messages that promote physical activity (e.g. take a walk, work out, etc.), the triggered reaction is – to eat more!

Study participants exposed to exercise messages ate about 20% more compared to peers exposed to other types of messages which have nothing to do with physical activity.

According to lead researcher Professor Dolores Albarracín

Those designing public health campaigns are in the habit of trying to change one behavior at a time…They should be aware that “whatever they communicate is likely to influence not only the behavior they had in mind but other behaviors that might be somewhat remotely linked,”

These findings are indeed very relevant in creating advertisements campaigns and public service announcement. The current strategy in fighting childhood obesity is curbing on advertisements of unhealthy food stuffs, which are to be replaced by messages encouraging healthy lifestyles that include good nutrition and physical exercise. It would be interesting to know whether the power of subliminal words have been taken into account in these messages.

In addition, it would also be important to know how other public campaign messages affect the target group’s behaviour. Some of the posters (aside from those against obesity) that I often see here in Europe are

  • campaigning for safe sex to fight AIDS
  • campaigning against drug addiction
  • campaigning against racism
  • campaigning against violence, child abuse
  • campaigning for the environment (e.g. global warming, overfishing, pollution, animal cruelty)
  • campaigning against world hunger

I really wonder whether these posters are getting their messages across.

So what goes in your mind when you see posters about weight loss and physical activity? Have you noticed how they affect your behavior?

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