Rat lungworm parasite reported in Florida counties – Story | FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Researchers at the University of Florida have discovered a parasite that can cause meningitis in humans and animals, in five Florida counties.

Rats and snails in Alachua, Leon, St. Johns, Orange and Hillsborough counties tested positive for the rat lungworm parasiteaccording to a study in PLoS ONE by researchers in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Researchers say people and pets can become infected by eating snails, infected frogs and crustaceans, causing potentially fatal meningitis.

Source: Rat lungworm parasite reported in Florida counties – Story | FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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6 Surprising Signs of Dementia Slideshow – Sharecare

Developing dementia is one of the biggest fears of getting older. Learn how to recognize unusual signs your brain health is at risk.

 

Some forms of dementia affect the parts of the brain that govern judgment, self-control, violence and sexual behavior. As they become more compromised, you might find yourself in trouble with the law for the first time. Crimes commonly committed by people with dementia include theft, trespassing and public urination. Aggression and violence is also a common manifestation of dementia, with one long-term study reporting that up to 96 percent of people with dementia become aggressive at some point.

Source: 6 Surprising Signs of Dementia Slideshow – Sharecare

Common Pain Relievers Are Causing Heart Attacks

The signs of a heart attack are not always straightforward. There are several early signs that may not even seem related to your heart. Although chest pain is the most common, you may experience other symptoms and women may have a heart attack without feeling pressure in their chest

Source: Common Pain Relievers Are Causing Heart Attacks

Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Nearly 100 Shampoos and Soaps

You shouldn’t ignore this article. With as many brands as are guilty of containing this Cancer causing chemical, chances are very high that you are already using one of them and have at least one of these shampoos in your house right now!

In addition to many brand name shampoos and personal care products (see the full list, below), the CEH testing found cocamide DEA in store-brand products purchased at Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Pharmaca and Kohl’s. A store brand children’s bubble bath from Kmart and a children’s shampoo/conditioner from Babies R Us were also found with cocamide DEA. Falsely labeled organic products from Organic by Africa’s Best also tested for high levels of the cancer-causing chemical (CEH previously won a legal settlement with this company requiring it to end its use of phony organic labels).

Source: Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Nearly 100 Shampoos and Soaps

11 Basic Guidelines for General Health and Longevity Infographic

This infographic gives you healthy lifestyle tips that will not only guide you toward optimal wellbeing, but will also improve your longevity.

Source: 11 Basic Guidelines for General Health and Longevity Infographic

6 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers Slideshow – Sharecare

#6 WORKING OUT TOO HARD.

We all know exercise is good for the heart, but couch potatoes who suddenly jump into vigorous workouts are upping their risk for a heart attack. Doing too much too soon is dangerous, so talk to your doctor before starting any exercise routine. And remember, just because you look healthy on the outside doesn’t mean you’re healthy on the inside: Hypertension and other heart-related conditions often have no symptoms. Marathoners aren’t off the hook, either. Extreme athletes may push their bodies too hard, bringing on heart problems that otherwise wouldn’t occur, says Rafii. This doesn’t mean you have to hang up your sneakers. Just talk to your doctor before signing up for your next race.

Source: 6 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers Slideshow – Sharecare

Smoking, Gum Disease, and Tooth Loss | Overviews of Diseases/Conditions | Tips From Former Smokers | CDC

Do you still smoke?….Do you still have your teeth? It’s no longer debatable whether it will harm you or not, It’s a fact, Smoke and you will suffer!

You can deny and make excuses for smoking all you want but, in reality, there is no excuse for smoking!

How Is Smoking Related to Gum Disease?

Smoking weakens your body’s infection fighters (your immune system). This makes it harder to fight off a gum infection. Once you have gum damage, smoking also makes it harder for your gums to heal.

What does this mean for me if I am a smoker?

  1.   You have twice the risk for gum disease compared with a nonsmoker.
  2. The more cigarettes you smoke, the greater your risk for gum disease.
  3. The longer you smoke, the greater your risk for gum disease.
  4. Treatments for gum disease may not work as well for people who smoke.
  5. Tobacco use in any form—cigarettes, pipes, and smokeless (spit) tobacco—raises your risk for gum disease.7

Source: Smoking, Gum Disease, and Tooth Loss | Overviews of Diseases/Conditions | Tips From Former Smokers | CDC