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Poll Shows Many Americans Don’t Understand Zika Virus Risks

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The Healthscopenews-week of April 25, 2016

Quote of the week

“Addiction is a preventable disease” – President Obama before an audience at the National Rx and Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. Indeed

What’s up?

Many Americans are misinformed about the Zika Virus and pregnancy. A recent Harvard poll found that 40% believe Zika Virus can harm future pregnancies for a women not pregnant when she gets infected. Stop.

 What do we know?

First things first. Zika can only affect an unborn baby when mom is infected while pregnant.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says there is no evidence that prior Zika virus infection poses a risk of birth defects in future pregnancies.”

What should we know?

Women who have the Zika Virus should wait at least eight weeks after symptom onset before trying to get pregnant, and men should wait at least six months. That means men should wear condoms or completely abstain from sex during this time.

So if you’ve recently decided to throw precautions to the wind and try for a baby; beware. If your Zika symptoms started less than six months ago (guys) or less than 2 months (girls) you’ll need to salvage those precautions from whatever windy place they were thrown to. Or hang on a bit longer. Before unprotected sex, that is.

For more answers to your questions on Zika, click here: Or visit the CDC website for updates

Give Peace Sleep a Chance

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What are people are complaining about?

 Being discriminated against for sleeping in.

Have you recently caught flack or abuse for sleeping in? Have been bugged by phrases such as, “the early bird gets the worm”, or “the second mouse gets the cheese?”

Or was it more like: “Nice of you to join us today” (snarky dictum of teachers, parents, and bosses everywhere) (from Brian Resnick on the discrimination against late sleepers.)

‘Oh well’, you might be thinking, ‘I’ve been this way my whole life, and it’s not going to change anytime soon.’ The truth of the matter is, and contrary to what your mother thinks, sleeping in may not be so bad after all.

What to say to your boss when you show up late

“Chill. Not everyone has the same internal sleep-wake cycle or biological clock.”

You can explain that the majority of us go to bed somewhere between 10-11pm and wake up around 6 or 7am. However, 20% of people are night-owls and have the unique ability to override their internal clocks.

Not only are they in good company, after all, President Obama is a night-owl, but research shows that people who like to burn the midnight oil often reap the daylight benefits.

They might just have a higher IQ, and could even be more creative (hint to bosses everywhere). Starting tomorrow, let’s all hit the snooze button. Twice.

And just when you thought things were getting better

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The good news?

Soda consumption fizzles to new 30- year- low. The bubble may have finally burst for soda manufacturers.

Beverage Digest, an industry tracker, found that falling demand led soda consumption in 2015 to hit its lowest since 1985.

The bad news?

Energy drinks and other sports drinks sales have been rising over the last few years, especially among Millennials. Market research provider Mintel expects the energy drink market to grow by 52% from 2014-2016.

Sorry folks. Expect Gen Y to become even more jittery.

Health Tip For Week of April 26, 2016

Do this…



………and don’t forget to breath!


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