4 Surprising Everyday Items That Can Hurt Your Health

SPECIAL FROM You may watch what you eat, drink filtered water, and use your seat belt to protect yourself on the road. Yet many health hazards are lurking around us in not-so-obvious places. Here, a few to steer clear of:  1. Scented candles A fragrant candle may help you unwind and de-stress. But burning those containing a chemical calledlimonene, often used for citrus-scented candles, as well as many cleaning products, can produce fumes that are downright unhealthy. Recent British research found that households with a high levels of limonene correlated with high levels of formaldehyde, which irritates the eyes and throat and may lead to nose and throat cancers. Limonene reacts with gases in the air to create formaldehyde. What’s more, “just burning something is a source of particle pollution,” Janice Nolen, assistant vice president of national policy for the American Lung Association. The smallest of these particles can permeate the lungs, kicking up irritation and asthma, and may over time set the stage for cancer. Smoke may also penetrate blood vessel walls leading to heart attack and stroke. Burning the occasional candle is fine, she says, just don’t make it an everyday ritual. 2. Pizza boxes Your pizza man delivers more than a scrumptious cheesy treat. That greaseproof pizza box is likely to contain perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs. Also used in outdoor clothing, non-stick cookware, Chinese take-out boxes, furniture, and carpets, PFCs are ...
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Conclusions: The use of mHealth for obese adults showed a modest short-term effect on body weight and BMI. Although the weight loss associated with mHealth did not meet the recommendation of the Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network, which considers a reduction of approximately 5 to 10 kg of the initial body weight as a successful intervention. Well-designed RCTs are needed to reveal the effects of mHealth interventions. PMID: 30788177 [PubMed]
Source: Healthcare Informatics Research - Category: Information Technology Tags: Healthc Inform Res Source Type: research
TYPE 2 diabetes sufferers are advised to eat healthily in order to control the condition, but everyone deserves a treat every now and then. Burgers are generally considered an unhealthy food, but if you have diabetes and love a burger, this is the type you should opt for.
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Appropriate pre-procedure communication is critical to a successful interventional radiology procedure. In the traditional approach, a healthcare professional contacts the patient to discuss issues such as pre-procedure fasting, blood thinners, and medication/contrast allergies. We use machine learning to create a virtual agent that can perform these tasks in an automated way.
Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Session 4: Step Up Your Game Source Type: research
Knee OA is a common cause of pain and disability, with many patients relying on chronic pain medications and/or joint injections. These options unfortunately result in short-term relief, or have associated increased morbidity, and knee replacement surgery may ultimately be performed. Researchers have postulated that synovial neovascularity develops as a result of inflammation and subsequently leads to knee pain. While previous overseas reports of success with GAE have been published, we present our final results from a prospective US multicenter clinical trial.
Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Session 3: Not Your Run-of-the-Mill Embolization Source Type: research
The objective of this compound is to decrease the rate of rectal toxicity related to radiation therapy, by creating a gap between the prostate and rectum. Secondary benefits include decreased urinary complications and improved sexual quality of life. The hydrogel spacer maintains space for approximately 3 months, and is absorbed in about 6 months.
Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Session 43: Follow Your Gut Source Type: research
To evaluate the efficacy and clinical impact of 3 Tesla in-bore trans-rectal magnetic resonance-guided biopsy (3T MRGB) for prostate cancer (PCa) detection based on PIRADSv2 in patients with either suspected prostate cancer or under active surveillance.
Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Session 43: Follow Your Gut Source Type: research
A pulmonary arteriovenous malformation (PAVM) is an anomalous connection between a pulmonary artery and a pulmonary vein that lacks a capillary bed. The most common symptoms of PAVM are dyspnea, exercise intolerance, migraine, stroke or transient ischemic attack, and lung hemorrhage. The treatment of choice is transcatheter embolization with the most common embolic devices being coils (multiple manufacturers) or Amplatzer plugs (AVP) (St. Jude Medical, Plymouth, MN) to occlude the malformation. The newest embolic device for PAVM occlusion is the microvascular plug (MVP) (Micro Vascular Plug System, Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN).
Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Session 42: Need Some Inspiration Source Type: research
We describe our experience using MRI fused CBCT guidance for prostate biopsy. There are no published reports on the use of CBCT guidance in prostate biopsies. We hypothesize this technique will have an adequate safety profile while accurately detecting prostate cancer.
Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Session 39: Needle in a Haystack (Biopsies) Source Type: research
This study tracked the utilization of this service from 2014 –17. It also compared diagnostic rates between bedside and fluoroscopic-guided BM biopsies to define decision criteria for determining which patients might benefit most from image guidance.
Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Session 39: Needle in a Haystack (Biopsies) Source Type: research
Image-guided thermal ablation has become the standard of care for treating early stage liver cancer. However, a significant limitation to a successful ablation procedure is the heat-sink effect, which may lead to suboptimal thermal dose delivery. Currently, there is no reliable method for quantifying the heat-sink effect due to limited information on blood vessel flow and its associated anatomy relative to the ablation zone. The purpose of this study was to use 4D-flow MRI to map out liver flow patterns and correlate flow rates with ablation zone volumes.
Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Session 38: All Kinds of Thermal Source Type: research
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