Understanding Headaches: Aside from the common cold, headaches are the most reported medical complaint. According to WebMD, there are 150 different types of headaches. The severity of pain and triggers that cause them differ greatly. While genetics play a role in the development of these neurological disorders, there are a handful of environmental factors that may trigger headache disorders as well.
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Did you know that every 3 minutes someone in the US is diagnosed with blood cancer? The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is leading the way in funding research to advance breakthrough therapies and ensure access to treatments for blood cancers and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
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It’s that time of the year again where you may be start to cough, sniffle or sneeze. You may think it’s just a common cold, while others say that you may have the flu. Many get confused with identifying the difference between a cold and the flu; here are a few guidelines to figuring out whether you’re experiencing the common cold or the flu.
Did you know that 70 percent of all migraine sufferers are women? June is national migraine and headache awareness month. Throughout this month many people are helping one another to understand the symptoms, the causes, and to educate each other on how to prevent migraines and headaches in the future.
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From the young to the old, we spend a lot of time staring at those bright digital displays on our computers, tablets or smartphones. Sadly, prolonged exposure to bright screens is hard on our eyes, causing eye strain. Behold! Here some tips to prevent eye strain!
About 70 percent of adults in the United States have some form of computer eye strain according to a survey by the Vision Council.
C0mputer or digital eye strain does not cause permanent eye damage however the pain and discomfort can affect workplace performance. The symptoms include:
- Twitching around eyes
- Neck aches
- muscle fatigue
- Blurred vision
- Eye irritation (dry eyes, itchy or red eyes)
Here Are 9 Tips To Prevent Computer Eye strain
Now that we know what the symptoms are, here are tips to prevent computer eyestrain:
- Take frequent 'screen breaks' - for instance, you can walk over to the water cooler for a drink, call the person you were going to email instead (if you can)
- Observe the 20-20-20 rule - a rule that states that for every 20 minutes spent looking at the computer screen, spend 20 seconds looking at objects 20 feet from you. This lets your eyes relax, reducing eye strain. You want to make this a habit and can tweak it according to your individual needs
- Adjust the brightness of your screen. The white surface of most computer applications we use increase the strain on your eyes. Turning down the brightness setting can ease eye strain.
- Consider artificial teardrops as prolonged computer use dries out your eyes. They are over the counter (OTC) but your doctor can suggest which one is best for you. Artificial eyedrops are also called lubricating drops. Unlike allergy drops, artificial lubricants do not contain preservatives and can be used as needed. Avoid drops that contain redness reliever as they may worsen dry eye symptoms.
- Improving the air quality around your workspace can help prevent dry eyes, another symptom of eye strain. Some changes include lowering the thermostat or using a humidifier.
- Get appropriate eyewear if you wear vision devices such as eye glasses or contacts. For instance, eye glasses are fitted for reading but may not be good for computer work. You may want to look into getting a pair of computer glasses which are designed to reduce screen glare.
- Keep your distance (‘eye- ergonomics’) Increasing the font of your computer can help. Strive to keep an optimal distance (about a full arms length), from your eyes to the computer screen.
- Posture perfect - The American Optometric Association recommends seating upright, bending your legs at your knees forming a 90 degrees angle and keeping both feet flat on the floor. Proper posture can help correct any minor vision issues as well as reduce or prevent pain in the shoulders, neck or back.
- Lighting can have a positive influence on preventing eye strain. You want to position your computer away direct focus of lighting to prevent glare.
KATU/ABC News(WEST LINN, Ore.) -- Jake Stoneking's bucket list seems quite reasonable. A hunting trip, a tattoo and a trip to the local topless bar: all doable in the 19-year-old's hometown of West Linn, Ore.
"He put stuff on there that he knows can happen," said Jake's dad, Todd Stoneking. "We know the time's coming. We know it's coming. But he's doing pretty good and we can still do a lot of things."
Jake Stoneking has medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer. He was diagnosed at the age of 14 after a string of unbearable headaches.
"He had a tumor removed about the size of a golf ball," Todd Stoneking said, recalling the 12-hour surgery in 2009 followed by months of radiation and chemo. "It pretty much took him down to nothing."
Once a 140-pound wrestler with "six-pack abs," Jake Stoneking withered to 104 pounds throughout the grueling treatment as he re-learned how to walk and eat, according to his dad.
"We thought it was gone," Todd Stoneking said of the tumor in Jake Stoneking' cerebellum – the brain center for balance and coordination. "They did scans every three months for a year to make sure it was gone. After that they did them every six months, and then once a year. We found out in February it was back."
Back with a vengeance, the tumor stretches from Jake Stoneking's brain to the bottom of his spinal cord, where his nerves are "matted" with cancer, according to his dad.
"The doctor told us he'd have three months," Todd Stoneking said, adding that Jake Stoneking is taking two experimental chemo drugs that could buy him an extra year. By Tuesday, the drugs were starting to take their toll.
"They said he would drop down really low Tuesday and then start feeling better Thursday," Todd Stoneking said. "They're going to do two rounds, and if it starts shrinking with these two treatments, they'll go ahead and keep treating him for up to 12 months."
Jake Stoneking started his bucket list when one night he couldn't sleep, according to his dad.
"He was up late, thinking, 'I want to do this, I want to do that,'" said Todd Stoneking. "We're knocking 'em off as fast as we can and we're adding them in between."
So far Jake Stoneking has checked five items off the 17-item list, including a helicopter ride and a visit to Jiggles – the local topless bar. Still left on the list: hunting a black bear, laughing until he cries and getting "Stoneking" tattooed on his back.
"It's bittersweet," said Todd Stoneking, explaining how friends are rallying to help Jake check off the rest of Jake's bucket list. "Some 19-year-olds die in car crashes and their parents wish they could have one more day. We're getting lots of one more days."
Todd Stoneking said that Jake Stoneking is not only his son, he's his best friend.
"It'd be easier if he wasn't," he said through tears. "He's an awesome kid. And I'm not just saying because he's mine. There's something about him, his infectious smile.
"I know what they mean now about heartache," he added with a shaky voice. "It just aches."
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