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Death Rate From Alzheimer’s Disease Has Risen By 55%

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Death Rate From Alzheimer's Disease Has Risen By 55%
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [1] have released very startling data about Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The morbidity rate from the neurodegenerative disease posted an astonishing 55% increase between 1999 and 2014. The CDC’s Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report noted that the death rate of people with AD rose from 16.5 to 25.4 deaths per 100,000 during this time.

Symptoms of AD include memory loss, impaired language, confusion, disorientation, and difficulties in decision making.

A fatal form of dementia, AD is now the sixth [2] leading cause of death in the U.S. Almost four percent of deaths in 2014 were attributed to AD which is also one of the top ten causes of death among people ages 65 years and older.

the report, written by Christopher Taylor, an epidemiologist at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, highlighted AD as a public health problem that affects both the patients and the people who provide care for them. Family members take on the difficult burden of caregiving in almost 25 percent of Americans who died from AD.

According to CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat, AD is now affecting millions of Americans. The growing number of aging adults in the U.S. has made the situation even worse. One of the most basic risk factors or AD is age. As more baby boomers age, there is an inevitable increase in deaths from AD. Other factors that have contributed to the increase include greater diagnosis of the disease in its earlier stages, fewer deaths from other causes such as heart disease, and better reporting by physicians.

Recent data from the Alzheimer’s Association [3] revealed that more than five million Americans have AD. By 2050, Americans living with the disease are expected to rise three-fold
For Keith Fargo, director at the Alzheimer’s Association, the 55 percent rise in AD deaths is just an adjusted number. He insisted that the death rate should be higher, 83 percent when the math on the unadjusted numbers is considered.

The 2017 study is commended for providing county-level rates for deaths caused by AD. The National Vital Statistics System [4] was the source of the CDC report which gathered state- and county-level death certificate data. Researchers identified deaths with AD cited as the underlying cause. Counties in the Southeast, Midwest, and West Coast registered the highest death rates. Forty-one states of the District of Columbia recorded age-adjusted rates of Alzheimer’s mortality.

The CDC stressed the importance of caregivers as AD progresses. The health agency pushed for programs that would benefit caregivers and patients including education about AD, construction of systems of care that suit the patients and their caregivers, and how AD patients could take care of themselves and their loved ones.

While the country has made great strides fighting HIV/AIDS and many cancers, Americans still have a pessimistic view about dementia. [5] Fargo believes that the eradication of AD could be made real if there is a commitment to research, primarily at the federal level.

Health experts are urging the U.S. government to have more federal funding funneled into Alzheimer’s that will not only help support families but also allot more funds for research to discover a cure which is nonexistent, as of this writing.


[1] Taylor CA et al. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2017. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/pdfs/mm6620a1.pdf

[2] Hannah Nichols. 2017. Medical News Today. The top 10 leading causes of death in the United States http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282929.php

[3] Alzheimer’s Association. 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimer’s and Dementia https://www.alz.org/documents_custom/2016-facts-and-figures.pdf

[4] U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Vital Statistics System https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/

[5] Levvy B et al. 2016. Pschology and Aging. Negative age stereotypes predict Alzheimer’s disease biomarker http://psycnet.apa.org/psycarticles/2015-54839-001

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Master List Of Tips For Dealing With Mosquito Problems

Master List Of Tips For Dealing With Mosquito Problems
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Did you know what has caused more human deaths than anything else since the beginning of time? No, it’s not cancer, heart attacks or car accidents.

It’s the mosquito.

Mosquitos are one of the most dangerous of all spreaders of disease – including various kinds of hideous fever, malaria, blood poisoning, West Nile virus and more. It’s somewhat embarrassing for us to admit that our greatest enemy of all is such an infinitesimal little squirt – but what makes mosquitos so effective is their stealth. In most cases, people do not even realize that they have been bitten until that telltale itch starts, followed by the angry red bump that can drive you crazy for several days. If you are lucky. If you are not so lucky, you could get a nasty infection, a serious illness or even something fatal. It happens. Even in the most “civilized” countries.

Until the day when we can all have our own personal shoulder-mounted micro-laser bug-defense system that automatically zaps any mosquito audacious enough to fly within three feet (while detecting and auto-avoiding butterflies and so on)… it looks like mosquitos are here to stay. And it’s a known fact that mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus are on the rise. The fact is, unless you are prepared to spend your entire life wearing full protective clothing, you’re going to get exposed to mosquitos at some point. So it’s time to do what you can to reduce your risks.

We’ve compiled a great “master list” of tips and techniques to approach every aspect of risk reduction. This could actually be a life saver:

1: Defend Your Home.

Fit self-closing screen doors and window screens, plus repair any existing mesh that has damage. This way, apart from the occasional one that flies into the house right when you open the door, you will almost eliminate the critters from entering your home (as well as flies, yellow jackets, and other flying critters).

2: Invest In Some Mosquito Nets For Your Bed (And For Camping).

In the tropics, these are essential – though (surprisingly) one does not see this so much in non-tropical countries such as the USA – even though there are mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus. I personally really enjoy mosquito nets. You can wrap them around a four-poster bed, or obtain the tent-style nets that hang from above any other type of bed. These nets give any sleeping space a cozy, cocoon-like feel. Also, you have the relaxing benefit of knowing that not only are you protected against mozzies, but you can also be safe from spiders abseiling down from above, scorpions, and other critters! Mosquito nets are easy to obtain, for example, here’s one I found for $15 on Amazon that got great reviews http://amzn.to/1E6vC7u (affiliate link)

3: Eliminate Standing Water Around Your Home.

Many people create ponds and even leave barrels or buckets of water free standing near their homes – but these things are absolute open invitations for mosquitos and will become breeding grounds in no time. One of the best tips for ponds is to bear in mind that mosquitos much prefer still water and avoid breeding in moving water. So you can introduce a water feature such as a fountain, waterfall, fountain, or aerator and this will solve the problem. If you have rainwater barrels, keep these covered over. If there are any other containers of water sitting around open, empty them out and leave the bucket upside-down to stop it from filling with water again.

4: Use Organic Mosquito Dunks

If it’s not possible for you to eliminate still water around your home, you can use commercially available mosquito dunks. These are tablets you can use on bodies of water to release naturally occurring organisms that are specifically toxic to mosquito larvae alone. Mosquito dunks can protect you for several weeks at a time and are guaranteed by the EPA to be safe for pets and wildlife. [1]

5: Own / Breed Larvivorous Fish

Another effective way of dealing with mosquitos breeding in the water around your home is to use fishes that eat mosquito larvae. Examples of larvivorous fish include kois, guppies, and the aptly named mosquitofish, a natural mosquito predator. They can be effective in controlling the mosquito population around your home since some fish species can eat up to 100 larvae in 24 hours. [2]

6: Copepods

If the price of buying a fish for your garden pond is too steep, you can opt for the cheaper copepods from specialty aquarium stores. Copepods are small crustaceans typically used by pet owners to feed seahorses. They are low maintenance and can survive for a long time. However their use as natural mosquito predator is highly regarded; even the World Health Organization lists them as one of their mosquito control recommendations.

7: Lure Bats To Your Garden

Bats are often given a bad rap, however, they actually contribute a lot to our ecosystem. They help pollinate plants, supply us with natural fertilizers and even help control the pest population. Bats are voracious predators with high-tech guidance systems and can (astonishingly) eat up to 20 mosquitos per minute. [4] So when mosquitos are a problem, bats are definitely our friend. You can make your garden more inviting to bats by planting night blooming flowers, installing a bat house (Amazon link) in the trees and providing them a source of water like a conventional bird bath we typically use.

8: Make Your Garden More Inviting To Dragonflies

Dragonflies are harmless to us and enjoyable to see, but they are anathema to mosquitos. Throughout their life cycle dragonflies feed on those pests. Dragonfly larvae feed on mosquito larvae while the adult dragonfly eats the adult mosquito. To attract dragonflies, add water plants to your pond to provide the adults a place to perch while the young ones have a place to hide underwater.

9: Mosquito Repellant Plants

See our full tutorial: 26 Plants That Repel Mosquitos These plants contain essential oils known for their insect repellent properties. Basil, Rosemary, Lavender, Neem, and Citronella are just a few of the plants capable of driving away mosquitos and on the plus side; these herbs can be used for making a homemade bug spray.

10: Make Bug Spray From Herbs At Home

Natural bug sprays are a safer choice considering the fact that most commercial brands contain the chemical DEET. DEET or N, N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, is a common insect repellant that is EPA approved. However, there had been cases of adverse effects reported with the use of DEET. Some reports include cases of skin irritation, neurologic effects, and even cases of fatalities in adults. [5] Making your own bug spray is simple and economical, especially if you already have the herbs mentioned above growing around your home. To make your own insect repellant, simply boil the herbs in one cup of water and let it simmer for 20 minutes while covered. After letting the mixture cool down, strain the herbs and add to the liquid 1 cup of rubbing alcohol or witch hazel. Use it as an alternative to store-bought bug spray and store it inside your fridge when not in use.

11: Vacuum Them Right Out Of The Sky

This may sound weird but wait for it: If you live in an area of massive mosquito infestation, you can eliminate vast numbers of them with powerful fan traps. These work, quite simply, by sucking in large quantities of air and filtering it through mesh that is fine enough to catch all mosquitos. This actually works incredibly well. Check out the full tutorial on how to make these traps (it’s inexpensive) here: VIDEO – How To Make A Serious Mosquito Trap (catches thousands!)

12: You Already Got Bitten. Now What?

Check out our tutorial References:

[1] BTI for Mosquito Control https://www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol/bti-mosquito-control##2

[2] Guidelines on the use of larvivorous fish for vector http://nvbdcp.gov.in/Doc/Guidelines-larvivorous-fish.pdf

[3] Dengue control http://www.who.int/denguecontrol/control_strategies/biological_control/en/

[4] The Northern Bat of Sweden: Taking Advantage of a Human Environment (1990) http://www.batcon.org/resources/media-education/bats-magazine/bat_article/435

[5] DEET (Cornell Profiles) http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/profiles/extoxnet/carbaryl-dicrotophos/deet-ext.html

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Top 10 Things You Must Avoid To Prevent Lifestyle-Related Kidney Damage

Top 10 Tips To Avoid Lifestyle-Related Kidney Damage
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Kidney disease is now the 9th leading cause of death in the United States with an estimated 31 million people suffering from it. [1] Kidney disease does not happen overnight. Most causes of renal damage occur cumulatively – gradually over several years and often as a result of poor lifestyle choices – however it is known as a “silent killer” because loss of kidney function may not be accompanied by any symptoms until it is too late. Fortunately, lifestyle choices are modifiable so it’s not yet too late. Here are the top 10 deadly habits that can lead to kidney disease.

1. Avoid Smoking

By this time, everyone should know that smoking is bad for your health. It is carcinogenic, triggers respiratory disease, causes hypertension and is bad for your kidneys. Smoking causes vasoconstriction. When blood vessels tighten it impedes circulation towards the kidney. This deprives the organ of nutrients, causing it damage.

2. Avoid Holding In Your Pee

Not voiding when your bladder is full makes you more prone to UTI. When you don’t empty your bladder on a regular basis, your urine becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Even more dangerous is the fact that holding in your pee can cause the infection to move up from the bladder towards your kidney and consequently leading to kidney damage.

3. Avoid A Diet High In Simple Sugars

Eating a lot of sweet foods like soft drinks and desserts not only puts you at risk of developing diabetes but it can also cause kidney failure. When your blood sugar is too high, some of that sugar spills out into your urine. Normally, there shouldn’t be any sugar in your pee, but when you experience hyperglycemia over a prolonged period, the excess sugar begins damaging the structures inside your kidney. [2] In addition to that, when urine contains sugar it causes bacteria to grow at a faster rate, putting you at a higher risk of developing a UTI.

4. Avoid Hypertension

The kidneys are our body’s filter for the blood. High blood pressure can damage the delicate blood vessels within the kidney making the organ work harder to filter and clean the blood. Eventually, the blood vessels become scarred and weak with all the trauma hypertension has caused, and this ultimately leads to kidney disease. [3]

5. Avoid Inappropriate Use Of Over The Counter Medications

Some OTC medications are known to be nephrotoxic aka. damaging to the kidneys, when taken in excess. OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen and aspirin, when abused, can damage the insides of the kidney. Hyperacidity medications like omeprazole have also been listed as a cause of nephritis aka. inflammation of the kidneys, when taken in high dosages. [4]

6. Avoid Lack Of Exercise

This one is bad news for people who sit in a chair all day. Sorry but it’s true: Not moving enough can be bad for your body in several ways. It can increase your chances of getting a stroke, pneumonia, blood clots and yes you’ve guessed it, even damage your kidneys. When you don’t move a lot or you don’t exercise regularly, the flow of urine is not helped by gravity. This makes it easier for kidney stones to form inside your body. In fact, the relationship between a sedentary lifestyle to kidney disease is so strong, researchers have figured that just as little as 80 minutes a day of inactivity can increase the likelihood of renal disease by 20 percent. [6]

7. Avoid Drinking Too Much Alcohol

It’s a well known fact that overindulgence in alcohol affects our bodies drastically. It can cause blood pressure to shoot up and can damage our liver over time. When both blood pressure and liver function deteriorate, it makes the job for the kidneys harder. [7]

8. Avoid Not Drinking Enough Water

Staying well-hydrated is good for your body. It prevents kidney stones, flushes out toxins, makes it hard for bacteria to grow inside our urinary tract, and ensures our kidneys are functioning properly. Not getting enough water to drink throws a wrench in the works and can significantly decrease kidney function.

9. Avoid Excess Sodium

A diet high in salt leads to hypertension. Hypertension, as mentioned previously, can damage the circulation of blood in our kidneys. Excess sodium in the body causes water retention and makes it hard for our kidneys to regulate fluid balance.

10. Avoid Excessive Stress

Normal levels of stress are necessary for us to grow as a person but when it becomes unchecked, it can cause serious life-threatening conditions. Chronic stress can cause your blood pressure to increase and makes you more likely to eat unhealthy foods. It can also trigger you into drinking alcohol and using medications inappropriately.

Summary: Your kidneys won’t necessarily warn you that you are harming them. Be good to yourself. Taking care of your internal organs through good lifestyle is an investment in your future, take the steps now and get the benefits later.


[1] 2015 Kidney Disease Statistics (2015) http://www.kidneyfund.org/assets/pdf/kidney-disease-statistics.pdf

[2] Diabetes and Kidney Disease (2014) https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/Diabetes-and-Kidney-Disease-Stages1-4

[3] High Blood Pressure & Kidney Disease (2014) https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/kidney-disease/chronic-kidney-disease-ckd/high-blood-pressure

[4] Drug-Induced Nephrotoxicity (2008) http://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0915/p743.html

[5] People with Sedentary Lifestyles Are at Increased Risk of Developing Kidney Disease (2015) http://www.newswise.com/articles/people-with-sedentary-lifestyles-are-at-increased-risk-of-developing-kidney-disease

[6] Alcohol consumption and 5-year onset of chronic kidney disease: the AusDiab study (2009) https://academic.oup.com/ndt/article/24/8/2464/1940047/Alcohol-consumption-and-5-year-onset-of-chronic

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