How Contagious Your Cold Really Is?
It’s considered to be pretty inappropriate when you have flu to still go to work or hang out with your friends. People do this for different reasons, sometimes unaware that they can spread the flu among their colleagues and friends.
According to expert, Margarita Rohr, MD, clinical instructor of internal medicine at NYU Langone Health: “In general, cold/flu symptoms may last for about a week to ten days. And you are most contagious one day prior to the start of symptoms until five to seven days after symptoms start. In some cases, you can still be contagious for up to two weeks after onset of symptoms.”
In other words, you should consider yourself contagious and sick as long as you feel under the weather. Why? “When a sick person sneezes or coughs, the virus can be sent up to 6 feet away,” notes Dr. Rohr.
According to Dr. Rohr you should avoid social activities for five to seven days after you feel the symptoms of flu/cold. Always remember to wash your hands frequently especially after touching your mouth, nose and eyes. Also, if you find yourself on the other side be careful around people who feel sick and don’t forget it can take up to a week from time of exposure to develop the symptoms of flu. When you find yourself feeling sick, do the right thing and stay home.
Would you Donate your Brain?
Older people in the UK are being urged to think about donating their brain after they die to help scientists research dementia.
Researchers at Cardiff University are looking for brain donors who are over 85 who have or do not have dementia. Researchers are working on identifying which genes contribute to developing Alzheimer’s disease. They hope that they will be able to find out more about the disease and to predict which people are more likely to get it.
While they are also recruiting donors with dementia they need healthy brains as well for comparisons.
It’s easier to find donors who have dementia than donors who have healthy brains. Donor Ken Baxter from the UK is 75 years old and he said: “When I’m finished, it isn’t any use to me.” Mr. Baxter decided to donate his brain when he saw how dementia affected a friend. He said that not everyone has a positive reaction to this plans. Many people are willing to help but donating the brain is a completely different thing for them. Others are not keen on donating their organs for religious reasons. However, many people simply don’t think about donating organs and they don’t have a particular opinion about that.
At the moment, UK researchers are looking for healthy brains from individuals of age of 85 and above.
Millennials – the Fattest Generation?
Health experts say that millennials are on track to become the most overweight generation since the record began.
More specifically, more than seven in every 10 people who are born between the early 1980s and mid-90s will be too fat by the time they reach middle age.
On the other hand, approximately half of the “baby boomer” generation, was fat at that age.
Being overweight is linked to 13 different types of cancer including breast, kidney and bowel cancer. Smoking has been recognized as a great risk factor that has a great impact on developing cancer. Also, being overweight should be recognized as a great risk to developing many diseases such as cancer or heart disease.
Prof. Russell Viner, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: “There is a danger that being overweight is becoming normalized, as we know that many people struggle to recognize obesity in themselves, and often are unable to see when their child is overweight.”
Millennials are following healthy food trends, but what matters the most is eating a balanced diet. Prof. Linda Bauld said: “Eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and other fiber-filled foods like whole grains, and cutting down on junk food is the best way to keep a healthy weight.”