Lung Diseases/Respiratory Illnesses

A Helpful Tool For People Searching For Clinical Research Trials



Sometimes the search for a good doctor can be quite nerve wracking even under the best of circumstances, but the emotional burden becomes even greater when searching for doctors who are participating in clinical trials.

Trial Reach and CureClick know this; so they developed a tool which makes the search for clinical research trials a bit easier.

Last July CureClick and Trial Reach asked if I would like to help out with this task; since I'm a CureClick Ambassador I was happy to help.

At this very moment you can use the Trial Reach Clinical Trials Search Tool that I embedded in the sidebar of Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM).

The clinical trials search tool is absolutely amazing! The tool is designed so that users can search for any clinical trial for any condition. Then the tool provides relevant results based on the user answering a few questions. Now you can search for clinical trials that best fit your needs.

Although I receive a small one time payment for installing the Trial Reach Clinical Trials Search Tool on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM), the potential benefit to all of you is what inspired me to install it on this website. So, please take the time to use it. And tell all of your family and friends about it, too!

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5 Tips For Healthy Lungs

5 Tips For Healthy Lungs

Submitted by: Kya Grace

Like every other organ of your body, your lungs need attention too. Breathing is the most important means of survival and the lungs help us to do so. It is therefore extremely essential that we take proper care of them and prevent them from getting damaged. They are an indispensible part of your life and any negligence on your part can turn out to be fatal. This article will particularly deal in the ways and means which can be adopted to maintain a healthy pair of lungs so that you can breathe easy and live longer.

Avoid smoking: Smoking is the worst kind of news for your lungs. If you are a smoker, it is highly recommended that you stop immediately. COPD, Emphysema and Lung Cancer can be the resultant effects of a smoke infested pair of lungs. If you do not smoke but are always amidst smokers, there are equal chances of you to being exposed to such lung infections. Passive smoking is as harmful as active smoking and it is important that you move away immediately when you are surrounded by people who are smoking. Try and dissuade any friend or family member who you notice smoking.

Breathing exercises: Practice regular breathing exercises in the form of yoga. You could also begin paying a wind instrument so that you can successfully increase the capacity of your lungs. If the lungs work with their full capacity, then they can optimally supply the body with oxygen. The different parts of the human body require oxygen to carry out the regular metabolic processes. Regular exercising can also help to increase your lung capacity so try and skip the idea of being lazy at home. Climb up and own the stairs at east five times a day.

Eat right: A healthy diet is absolutely indispensible for the well being of your lungs. Try and include a lot of antioxidants in your diet like apples, broccoli and other fruits and vegetables which will help to restore your lungs and enable them to function properly.

Clear mucus and phlegm: When you catch a cold, your lungs become damp due to the accumulation of a lot of mucus as well as phlegm in them. This happens mainly due to the intake of food which encourages the growth of mucus like dairy products and ice cream. It is therefore extremely essential for you to avoid these whenever you are suffering from cold and cough.

Get in touch with a doctor: If you are already suffering from any lung ailment like asthma, you need to be in touch with a medical practitioner at a regular basis. They will guide you as to how you can be on your guard to avoid breathing trouble and what you can do if you face a problem all of a sudden. You must never neglect a problem but try and address it soon enough so that it gets eradicated from the root itself.

If you are able to follow the above steps religiously, you will surely live a better life with stronger lungs.

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What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer and the Treatment of Lung Cancer

What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer and the Treatment of Lung Cancer

Submitted by: Dr. Tony Talebi

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers that people have at the moment. It is also one of the most deadly cancers because it metastases.

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers that people have at the moment. It is also one of the most deadly cancers because it metastases. This makes the diagnosis difficult therefore making the treatment of lung cancer even harder. Most people do not exhibit the symptoms of lung cancer and will admit that they discovered it during a routine chest X-ray. This is one of the many ways that are used to test for this disease. There are many other sophisticated methods but a majority of doctors use this method. The development, management and treatment of lung cancer is one of the field that is seeing a lot of innovation and the hemotology board review course explains these developments for people who would want to find out more on this disease.

Discovering the cancer in its early stages is an advantage because the cancer would not have spread to other parts of the body. This makes the treatment of lung cancer difficult. There are two main types of lung cancer; non small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. It is crucial to know the type that you have because it determines the treatment of lung cancer that you will have to go through. The main cause of lung cancer is smoking, actively and passively. It causes small cell type of lung cancer that is more severe than the non- small cell type. To understand the difference between these two types it is essential to get resources that will help you discover like the hemotology board review course that extensively covers the classification and even the treatment of lung cancer. Another excellent resource would be the hemotology book review that gives simple explanations on this disease and many other of its kind.

The treatment of lung cancer is determined by the stage of the cancer and the medical history of the patient. In its early stages lung cancer will be limited to the lung. This is what is known as stage one. In the next stage the cancer affects the lungs and nymph nodes. As the cancer progresses it affects other parts of the body and this is usually the last stage. When treatment of lung cancer begins when it is limited to the lung it is easier.

Treatment of lung cancer includes surgery that you have to qualify for. Cancer educational videos explain the different types of surgeries that you can have as treatment for cancer. The hemotology board review course goes into detail. Therefore, if you want to find information you can easily do so. The doctors observe the health of the patient to determine whether this would be an excellent option for them. Radiation is used in combination with other treatment or exclusively when you do not qualify for surgery. Chemotherapy is also used as treatment of lung cancer. Studies show that a combination of chemotherapy and palliative care for the treatment of lung cancer was effective for people who had non- small cell lung cancer. This treatment was seen to improve the quality of life of the patients.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Usually Diagnosed In People 40 Years Old Or In The Senior Years

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Usually Diagnosed In People 40 Years Old Or In The Senior Years

Submitted by: Connie Limon

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) develops slowly over many years sometimes before you notice symptoms such as “feeling short of breath.” Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD. It can also be caused by breathing in lung irritants like pollutions, dust, or chemicals over a long period of time.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is usually diagnosed in people 40 years old or older, and is a major cause of death and illness throughout the world. In the U.S.A., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the 4th leading cause of death. There is no cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is not a contagious disease. Damage to airways and lungs cannot be reversed. There are only things you can do to feel better and slow the damage to your lungs.

In a healthy person airways of the lungs are clear and open and the air sacs are small, elastic, and springy. In people diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the airways and air sacs lose their shape and become floppy.

Causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease include:

•Cigarette smoking (most common cause)
•Breathing fumes and other pollutants that irritate and damage the lungs and airways
•Pipe, cigar and other types of tobacco smoking can cause COPD especially if the smoke is inhaled.
•People with a family history of COPD are more likely to get the disease if they smoke
•Secondhand smoke plays a role in causing COPD
•Frequent, severe lung infections in childhood may increase the risk for acquiring COPD later in life

Symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease start years before the flow of air in and out of the lungs is reduced and include:

•Cough with sputum production (most common is a cough that does not go away and coughing up lots of sputum)
•Shortness of breath especially with exercise
•Wheezing or whistling sound when you breathe
•Tightness in the chest

It is important to note that not everyone who has a cough and sputum goes on to develop chronic pulmonary obstructive disease.

A doctor looking for chronic pulmonary obstructive disease will examine you, listen to your lungs and ask you questions about your medical history. Physician questions will include what kind of lung irritants you may have been around for long periods of time and if you smoke.

A breathing test called “spirometry” may be used. It is painless and used to show how well your lungs work. Based upon this the spirometry test results, your doctor can determine if you have chronic pulmonary obstructive disease and just how severe it is. There are four levels of chronic pulmonary obstructive disease severity, they are:

•People at risk for COPD
•People with mild COPD
•People with moderate COPD
•People with severe COPD

Goals of treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease include:

•To relieve symptoms with no or minimal side effects from the treatments
•To slow progress of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
•To prevent complications from the disease
•To improve overall health

The exact treatment plan for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can be different for each person and is based on whether symptoms are mild, moderate or severe.

Treatments used for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease include:

•Medications such as bronchodilators that work by relaxing the muscles around the airways to open them up and make it easier to breathe. Bronchodilators are inhaled directly into the lungs via an inhaler
•Pulmonary or lung rehabilitation
•Oxygen treatment
•Treatments to manage complications or sudden onset of symptoms
•Pneumococcal vaccine may be recommended to prevent pneumonia
•Annual flu shot to avoid breathing complications from the flu

Surgery is usually done for patients with severe symptoms that do not improve from other types of treatments, and have a hard time breathing most of the time. The two types of surgery that are considered in cases of severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are:

•A bullectomy to remove a large air sac that may compress a good lung
•A lung transplant

Hospitalization may be needed if:

•You have a lot of difficulty catching your breath
•You have a hard time talking
•Your lips or fingernails turn blue or gray

Source: The American Lung Association

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All health concerns should be addressed by a qualified health care professional.

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The Symptoms and Effects of Gum Disease (a.k.a. Periodontal Disease)

The Symptoms and Effects of Gum Disease (a.k.a. Periodontal Disease)

Submitted by: Dr. Pandya

Even though we refer to it as “gum disease,” there are actually a variety of types of gingival or periodontal diseases which affect a large percentage of adults at some time in their lives. In fact, research indicates that over 75 percent of people who are over 35 years of age and are living in North America have some form of periodontal disease. Yet, most of these people aren’t aware that they have any issues in their mouths because gum disease is typically absent of any symptoms until it is already doing damage to gum tissue or even to the jawbone.

Periodontal diseases fall into two main categories: Gingivitis and Periodontitis. The first is a very mild form of gum disease and is usually caused by poor oral hygiene habits and can also be halted and any damaged reversed by simply improving those habits. Periodontitis on the other hand, is much more serious and it usually results from untreated gingivitis. The gum diseases that fall under this category are infections that break down and destroy both tissues and bones. And while this kind of destruction is taking place in your mouth, there may be very little if any symptoms of the disease.

The best way to prevent or halt gum disease is to be consistent with your dental checkups, making sure you see a dentist at least once every six months or more if you are prone to dental issues. In the interim, watch for any of the following signs that could indicate that gum disease has taken hold in your mouth:

• An onset of bad breath that won’t go away, even with regular brushing and flossing.
• Gums that have started to be tender and bleed whenever you brush or floss.
• Gums that are red or swollen.
• A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite or chew.
• Pain in your mouth when you chew your food.
• Teeth that have become sensitive.
• Teeth that have become loose or have gaps between them that didn’t exist before.
• Pus between your gums and your teeth.

If you notice any of these symptoms, get in to see a dentist as soon as possible so that any damage that has taken place can be assessed, treated and stopped. Gum disease, if left unchecked, will not go away and will continue to get worse until it has caused serious damage in your mouth and even to your overall health. Periodontal disease has been documented as a factor in other serious diseases in other parts of the body. In fact studies show that the destructive bacteria that cause gum disease can get into the blood stream and travel to the heart and lungs where it can be a factor in cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Gum disease has also been connected with diabetes, and when present in pregnant mothers, has contributed to pre-term, low birth-weight babies. The longer the bacteria that are behind gum disease goes untreated, the more destructive it becomes.

While it can do some nasty damage in your mouth and body, the good news is that gum disease can be prevented and/or stopped. Good daily oral hygiene habits and regular visits to a dentist for checkups and professional dental cleanings are the two strongest tools in the defense against gum disease. And if periodontal disease does get started, there are a variety of methods that a dentist can use to stop the onslaught of the disease and return the mouth to health…but the disease has to be diagnosed in order for that to happen.

Gum disease should be taken seriously since it can have a huge negative impact not only on your oral health but on your overall health as well. When it comes to keeping gum disease at bay, a dentist is your best and strongest ally.

About the Author: Dr. Pandya received his D.D.S. degree in 2001. He then completed additional training in Aesthetic at University of California Los Angeles. He also completed certificate in Boston Implant Institute for surgical implant and reconstructive surgeries. Dr. Pandya

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Travel Smart-Make Plans to Keep Your Body Moving

Travel Smart-Make Plans to Keep Your Body Moving

Submitted by: Michelle Stewart

I've just returned from a conference and car fatigue was the catalyst for today's post. One of the key things to remember in laying out your travel plans is to consider how to get the exercise in. When you're traveling it's not all about burning calories and keeping the energy level up---get that body moving to avoid deep vein thrombosis or DVT. DVT is the formation of alias blood clots. These clots can break off, travel through the bloodstream and lodge in the lungs. If they lodge in the lungs they're a pulmonary embolism (PE). This ailment can affect all of us, even the most seasoned road warriors whose professions make traveling a necessity and not an option.

A few years ago professional tennis player Serena Williams developed blood clots in her leg that lodged in her lungs and required surgery. Athletes considering themselves in great shape may be reluctant to consider an atypical body ailment serious. But DVT can be life-threatening and we should all take steps to avoid developing this condition.

This problem can be caused by a number of factors, and I'm going to focus on immobility which may be the result of prolonged travel and sitting in a car or on long airplane flights. Hospitalization, surgery, and obesity can also lead to immobility. Symptoms of DVT include pain, swelling, warmth and redness---you may have several of these symptoms or none of the symptoms. If any of these symptoms occur in combination with chest pain, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, you should seek medical attention immediately.

When traveling consider wearing compression socks that will help reduce any swelling and avoid crossing your legs for prolonged periods of time. If you are driving several hours, stop every hour to walk around. If air travel is your plan, move around in the plane cabin, flex your feet and curl or press your toes down often during your trip. If you have connecting flights, take a walk through the terminal. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid dehydrating beverages such as alcohol and coffee.

When hospitalized, try to keep the foot of the bed elevated and get up and walk about as soon as you can. If post-surgery moving about is creating pain or discomfort, talk to the health professionals and take any medications that are prescribed to make you more comfortable. Doctors may also prescribe leg lifts or ankle exercises to help you avoid DVT.

Maintain an active lifestyle by including exercise as part of your daily routine. Focus on weight management by making wholesome food choices that are lower in fat and calories. Check your blood pressure regularly and if needed take steps to reduce it. If you're a smoker change your behavior and stop smoking. You may need help in weaning off of cigarettes, if so, talk to your healthcare provider about smoking cessation aids.

I'm not trying to frighten you, but I do want you to know the facts and consider how you can make choices to ensure that your travels are enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons.

About the Author: Michelle J. Stewart MPH, RDLD/N, CDE is an experienced food and nutrition communication expert specializing in wellness with a holistic approach to living your best life. Michelle has been leading the way to a healthier you for more than 25 years. She is zealous when it comes to wellness from the inside out and empowering whomever she comes in contact with to take charge of their health and wellbeing. Her motto is "EAT LESS MOVE MORE." This article was originally published at and has been syndicated with permission. Sign up for her Free Report 10 Weight Loss Tips for Life when you visit

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The Healthy Obese Is A Myth - Being Overweight Will Kill You



Nearly six years ago, I published The Healthy Obese? Don't Bet Your Life On It which was a criticism of the extremely dangerous conception that people can be healthy and obese simultaneously. Six years later, new research shows that obesity can be quite deadly. Hopefully this will serve as a wake up call to anyone who still wants to believe that its physiologically healthy to carry around excess body fat.

Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of approximately 10.6 million people residing on four continents, and published their findings in the Lancet. They learned that overweight and obese people suffered from all cause mortality. All cause essentially means that these people died from diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, obesity related respiratory disease, etc.

None of this should be taken lightly.

The research paper, prepared by The Global BMI Mortality Collaboration, sought to understand more about mortality in obese and overweight populations. Therefore they analyzed hundreds of studies involving approximately 11 million people across North America, east Asia, Australia, Europe and New Zealand.

Their findings are astounding. During nearly 14 years of follow up, more than one million people died. In an analysis of 237 studies involving 10 622 450 participants, the researchers noted that 1 601 774 people died from all cause mortality.

The results of 189 studies involving 3, 951, 455 participants, showed that approximately 400,000 of them passed away. At the time of their recruitment, those people had never smoked and did not suffer from chronic diseases, even though they survived the first five years of the study, 385, 879 of them eventually died.

In a word, that's pretty sad.


Obesity Is Going To Kill You Sooner Or Later

There is no doubt that obesity related illnesses killed those people.

The authors said their findings challenge conclusions that overweight (BMI 25.0 - < 30 kg/m2 ) and slightly obese people (BMI 30 - <35.0 kg/m2 ) were healthy.

In fact, analyses by The Global BMI Mortality Collaboration showed that morality was lowest among people with a body mass index (BMI) ranging from 20.0 - 25.0 kg/m2 but that the number of deaths increased "significantly" for those with BMI 18.5 - <20.0 kg/m2 and throughout the range of overweight participants (BMI 25.0 - 30.0 kg/m2 ). Participants with BMI exceeding 30 kg/m2 were also highly susceptible to obesity related mortality.

The research team noted that mortality risk was greatest among younger participants compared to older people in each of the major regions they studied. But I wouldn't interpret that to mean that older people are less likely to perish from obesity. Quite the opposite - the reason why mortality decreased with age is because many of the participants died before they reached old age!

What can be said of this? Why is excess body fat so unhealthy?

In a nutshell, excess body fat has the potential to throw the entire system out of whack.

But that answer won't be enough to satisfy some folks. So I'm going to present you with supporting examples. Get ready for a shock.

Visceral body fat - the fat which accumulates in and around the heart, lungs, spleen, liver and other organs - can impede their function.

Fat cells release chemical messengers known as cytokines. These chemicals can trigger inflammation. Inflammation is painful. But even worse, inflammatory cytokines have the power to turn on uncontrolled cellular growth i.e. cancer.

Excessive body fat weakens bones. It also makes life very uncomfortable for arthritis sufferers.

Excess fat makes it incredibly difficult to breath. Sleep apnea, a physical condition wherein people intermittently stop breathing during sleep, is often correlated with obesity.

Obesity is also known to aggravate asthmatic symptoms.

Obesity and diabetes often go hand in hand. People who suffer from insulin resistance tend to be overweight or obese. The Global BMI Mortality Collaboration noted as much in their meta-analysis. But there is scientific data supporting a relationship between diabetes, air pollution and heart disease risk. Indeed research coming from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston found a connection between air pollution and increased risk of heart disease among diabetic women.

There are ample studies that show a relationship between obesity and heart disease. Allthough too numerous to discuss in this article, and important study from conducted by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity found that overweight and obese American teens were at risk for at least one cardiovascular disease factor; even worse, the heaviest teens were at greatest risk for cardiovascular disease.

Obesity also increases stroke risk.  Diabetes increases risk of stroke as does high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Obese and overweight people tend suffer from high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

You're beginning to get the picture. One way or another, excess body fat is connected to each of the aforementioned maladies.

Therefore, it's absolutely dangerous underestimate the risks that being overweight or obese can do to the human body.


What Can Be Done?

The safest and most effective means of shedding the excess pounds is to change lifestyle habits. Fat accumulation is often the end result of an energy imbalance. Quite simply, most folks whom are overweight or obese eat more calories than they expend. Choosing to eat healthy foods and participate in physical exercise will help most people.

But for other people, the problem may require greater intervention. Hormonal imbalances and even medicinal side effects can cause people to gain weight. In such instances, health care professionals will have to take other steps to help their patients lose weight.

Some people may even find weight loss surgery effective.

Regardless of the method, exercise, nutrition, surgery, etc. it is vital to seek medical advice before making any changes.

Based on the result of their findings, The Global BMI Mortality Collaboration said:"The associations of both overweight and obesity with higher all-cause mortality were broadly consistent in four continents. This finding supports strategies to combat the entire spectrum of excess adiposity in many populations."

I agree. Obesity is a global epidemic; if steps aren't taken to reverse the problem, we can expect millions more to be killed by it.


But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

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Article References

The Global BMI Mortality Collaboration (2016). Body-mass index and all-cause mortality: individual-participant-data meta-analysis of 239 prospective studies in four continents The Lancet DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)30175-1

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Beware of Food Additives!


Praveen Pandey

A food additive is any substance (not commonly regarded or used as food) which is used to modify a food's chemical, physical, or organoleptic (affecting the senses) characteristics. It is commonly added to stabilize a product or to change the flavor, color, texture, or consistency of food items or as a preservative so that they retain their properties for longer periods of time. With an increase in the usage of food additives since the 19th century, there has been a great concern with regard to their safety in relation to human health. Today, there are scientific evidences that prove the link between the use of food additives and the development of various physical and mental disorders.


Saccharin and aspartame are the most commonly used sugar substitutes. They are added to beverages, diet sodas, or soft drinks and are used in the sweet food industry as sweetening agents. Research has shown that these food additives can result in birth defects, neurological imbalances, and even cancer. Overuse of saccharine has been associated with bladder cancer, while excess consumption of aspartame containing products has been related to skin and breathing problems, seizures, headaches, and mood disturbances.


Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an additive that is often added to soups, sauces, frozen foods, and Chinese preparations to enhance the overall flavoring. But little do people know that eating too much of monosodium glutamate can damage the nerve cells of the body and cause frequent, throbbing headaches. Further, it has been found to elevate the risk of suffering from obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disorders.


Sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate are another form of preservatives, which are detrimental to health when consumed. Frequently used as a meat preservative, these are suspected to be one of the causes for stomach cancer. The nitrite present in the additive combines with a harmful compound to form nitrosamines - an extremely powerful cancer-causing chemical. Similarly, potassium bromate, usually used in breads and rolls, has been reported to increase the possibility of developing certain types of cancer.


Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are preservatives added to fats and oils to prevent them from getting oxidized and going rancid. These additives have been found to be carcinogenic. Therefore, consuming them in large amounts can actually trigger cancer. In addition, butylated hydroxyanisole has also been associated with the development of bronchial asthma, cholesterol imbalances, and hyperactivity. Reading the food labels of products before buying them is the best way of keeping away these unsavory additives. Moreover, going natural - eating more of fresh, whole organic foods, and cutting down on processed, canned, and packed products - can help you make your diet healthy.

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People With Sleep Apnea More Prone To Get Hurt At Work



People who suffer from difficulty breathing during sleep are in danger of becoming injured on the job, new research suggests. According to the results of a study published in Thorax, people with sleep apnea are at great risk for occupational injuries and decreased concentration. This startling study tells us that lack of sleep caused by breathing problems is a health concern that should not be treated as a trivial issue.

Canadian scientists made the connection. Najib Ayas from the Department of Medicine at University British Columbia, led a research team which sought to ascertain whether people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) were more likely to suffer from occupational injury (OI).

To find the answer, Ayas et al recruited 1236 patients from the University of British Columbia Hospital Sleep Laboratory whom were believed to be suffering from OSA between May 2003 to July 2011.

The research team had information about the types and rates of occupational injuries of the patients during the five years prior to undergoing polysomnography, a special sleep test.

Ayas et al discovered that sleep apnea patients were twice as likely to suffer at least one occupational injury than patients who did not suffer from sleep apnea. When the team investigated further, they learned that OSA patients were three times more likely to suffer from an injury that is more likely to be tied to lack of paying attention (e.g. commercial motor vehicle crash or fall).

These results tell us something about the problems associated with lack of sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea is disorder wherein some physical object prevents the person from breathing. The disorder is so common that the National Institutes of Health estimate that every 4 out of 100 middle-aged men and every 2 out of every 100 middle-aged women suffer from OSA with symptoms.

People over age 45 years are more likely to develop OSA. Other health issues that increase the chances of developing OSA include:

  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • decreased muscle tone
  • enlarged tonsils or tongue
  • small jaw
  • small soft palate

According to the NIH, symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include the following:

  • frequent urination
  • night sweats
  • suddenly waking up, often times with a racing heartbeat and shortness of breath
  • dry mouth when waking up
  • headaches in the morning
  • exhaustion during the day
  • difficulty concentrating

Getting back to the current study, Ayas et al found that OSA patients were nearly three times more likely to become involved in accidents involving a lack of vigilance.

If you don't get sufficient sleep, you're less likely to pay attention to what's going on around you. But it's also possible that you won't even hear danger approaching.

Interestingly, some years ago Taiwanese scientists noted an association between sudden deafness and sleep apnea. In that study, researchers discovered that men who experienced sudden hearing loss were more likely to suffer from sleep apnea than healthy men.

If OSA patients happen to suffer from impaired hearing, it may increase the likelihood that they will become involved in work related accidents.

Sleep apnea is also associated with obesity which itself is often associated with diabetes.

Lack of sleep can lead to insulin resistance. When this occurs, cells will ignore signals take up sugar, which will eventually cause blood sugar levels to rise. Elevated blood sugar levels can trigger the onset of type 2 diabetes. High blood sugar causes cellular metabolism to slow down (the sugar isn't getting into the cells to be used for energy) thereby causing weight gain.

At this point in the article, you now know that OSA is a physical obstruction of the airways. Now, think about something. Excess fat weighing down on the windpipe will cause breathing problems. I hope that you can see the connection.

Obstructive sleep apnea also increases risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke and even depression.

NIH says numerous options are available for the treatment of OSA including mouth guards, surgery as well as special machines that facilitate sleep. But the first treatment they suggest is weight loss.

Considering the seriousness of OSA, is this a problem to be ignored?


But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

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Article Reference

Hirsch Allen AJ, Park JE, Daniele PR, Fleetham J, Ryan CF, & Ayas NT (2016). Obstructive sleep apnoea and frequency of occupational injury. Thorax PMID: 26980010

Obstructive sleep apnea: Overview - National Library of Medicine - PubMed Health

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Antibodies In Saliva Could Predict Cancer Mortality Risk



Antibodies secreted from the mouth could be useful for predicting cancer risk, research suggests. According to the results of a study published in PloS one, scientists have found an inverse relationship between levels of salivary antibodies and cancer mortality in older adults. This finding could be useful in diagnosing cancer and developing potential treatments for disease.

A research team led by Anne C. Phillips from the School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences, at the University of Birmingham in England selected 639 participants of the oldest cohort of the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study; in 1995, the volunteers provided salivary immunoglobulin A (sIgA)  samples when they were 63 years of age. Researchers then measured saliva volume and sIgA concentration.

Scientists followed the participants for 19 years. They learned that participants with the highest concentration of sIgA had lower risk for all-cause mortality than volunteers who had very little salivary IgA.

In fact, the associations with all-cause mortality was found to be due to an underlying association with cancer deaths and particularly cancers other than lung cancer. Put another way, people who produced very small amounts of sIgA were at great risk for cancers that were not lung cancer.

On the other hand, people who produced high volumes of saliva immunoglobulin A were much more likely to not die from cancer (particularly non lung cancer) and respiratory diseases.

Immunoglobulin A is a special protein the body uses to protect itself from diseases such as the common cold and the flu; it is also very prolific in human saliva.

Phillips et al speculate that lower concentrations of sIgA makes people susceptible to disease, allowing cancers to emerge. That hypothesis could explain the higher association between cancer deaths and low sIgA observed in their study.

The research team recommended that future studies track cancer and respiratory disease deaths so that scientists can develop a better understanding of the associations in the current study.

In this regard they believe that "[a] comparison of sIgA and serum IgA in the context of specific mortality risk would also be informative in terms of the comparability of the prognostic value of these indicators."

"This is the first study to show this specific link between sIgA and mortality, and suggests that salivary IgA secretion rate could serve as an easily measurable marker of general mortality risk and particularly cancer-specific risk." Phillips et al concluded.

The work of Phillips et al is profound because it gives medical science another tool in the search for a cure for cancer.


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Article Reference

Phillips AC, Carroll D, Drayson MT, & Der G (2015). Salivary Immunoglobulin A Secretion Rate Is Negatively Associated with Cancer Mortality: The West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study. PloS one, 10 (12) PMID: 26699127


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