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    5 Common Signs of Dehydration

    5 Common Signs of Dehydration

    Dehydration can catch many people by surprise during various activities. Your body may lose fluid from excessive sweating, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, frequent urination or other physical obstacles. Older adults and diabetic patients are at a greater risk of dehydration.
    There are two main forms of dehydration, moderate and severe dehydration. Some common signs and symptoms of moderate dehydration include:
    1. Thirst. Due to hypertonicity which stimulates thirst and compensation (ADH release). Elevations in the hormones ADH, Angiotensin II, and aldosterone promote sodium and/or water conservation during dehydration.
    2. Dry mouth. 
    3. Muscle Cramps. Due to overheating of the muscle groups and/or deficiencies in electrolytes. 
    4. Concentrated Urine. Due to the kidneys ability to absorb more water when the body is facing a deficit, thus making highly concentrated urine.
    5. Dehydration headache.
    Some common signs and symptoms of severe dehydration include:
    1. Dry, shriveled skin. Dehydration causes a decrease in blood volume which leads to very dry skin.
    2. Shock. Due to a lack of blood flow through the body.
    3. Unconsciousness, delirium. Since the brain sits inside a fluid sack it is protected from bumping against the skull. However, when dehydrated, the fluid sack can become depleted or decreased in size, allowing the brain to push against parts of the skull and the brainstem.

    Treating dehydration:

    • Sip water or suck on ice cubes.
    • Drink water or sports drinks that contain electrolytes (Be careful not to drink too much water as this can lead to further complications).
    • Do not take salt tablets. They can cause a serious complication.
    • Learn to properly eat and drink if diarrhea occurs.

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    Reduce High Systolic Blood Pressure to 120

    Reduce High Systolic Blood Pressure to 120

    Doctors generally use the systolic blood pressure reading to determine if a patient has high blood pressure. Patients with a systolic blood pressure around 140 may have high blood pressure, while pressures around 120 are considered normal with lower risks for heart disease and kidney problems.

    However, a recent study conducted at the National Institutes of Health now suggests that it may be beneficial to treat patients in the prehypertension gray area of 120 to 140 mmHg, in order to prevent future hypertension. 

    Nutrition Corner

    The average American consumes about 3,400 mg of salt per day, as reported by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). However, the standard salt intake for a healthy diet is less than 2,300 mg per day. This means that the average American is over the daily salt guideline by 1,100 mg. Salt is one of the major players for increased blood pressures.

    Biology Corner 

    In the human body, salt (sodium) and water move together. Sodium and water are partners in crime. When sodium moves, water moves and vice versa.

    Kidneys utilize receptors and channels to create the perfect balance to make concentrated urine. Excessive sodium intake disrupts this balance by dragging more sodium into the arteries. More sodium into the arteries means more water as well, resulting in a rise in blood volume, correlating to high blood pressure.

    High blood Pressure damages the walls of arteries. Damage to artery walls can cause aneurysms (excessive enlargement of an artery) to develop. Aneurysms can burst and bleed into surrounding the surrounding tissue. The open wall can then attract cholesterol, fat, and calcium, allowing for plaque formation, which decreases blood flow and causing the heart to work harder and beat more forcefully, leading to stroke, heart attack, or kidney disease.


    Some recommendations given to those looking to reduce their blood pressure include:

    1. Leave the saltshaker off the table. If you don't see it, you're more unlikely to use it.  
    2. Reduce processed food intake. Processed foods tend to be high in salt content.
    3. Use more herbs when cooking. Fresh and dried herbs, with other spices provide additional flavor without the need for added salt.
    4. Learn to look at food labels. Getting into the habit of checking food labels frequently while increase awareness of sodium content.
    5. When eating at restaurants, ask for your food to be cooked without salt or MSG (monosodium glutamate). Another option is to request sauces and dressings (high in salt) to the side.
    6. Avoid excessive alcohol intake. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to liver damage and kidney complications. 
    7. Exercise regularly. Regular exercise strengthens the hearts ability to pump blood efficiently throughout the body.
    8. Quit smoking. Over time, smoking weakens the walls of arteries. 

    In order to reduce symptoms of high blood pressure, doctors recommend checking blood pressure regularly. It is essential to use correct medical devices and supplies while managing normal blood pressure.

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    The 10 Most Important Healthcare Blogs

    The 10 Most Important Healthcare Blogs

    If you have the burning desire to learn about the changing landscape of the healthcare and medical industry, you have come to the right place. If you are in your mid-20's and no longer qualify under your parents insurance, welcome to the Real World of Insurance: Health Care Edition.

    Over the last few years, health care has undergone a drastic makeover in the United States. Many policyholders are unsure of their benefits and are completely oblivious to the many changes that affect their health care policies. Certain insurance plans discretely implement restrictions on specialty medication and medical supplies without proper notification. Others raise the cost of plans due to mandated employer obligations enforced by the Affordable Care Act.

    Whether you are eager to learn about the many changes in healthcare or simply interested in science and medicine, the blogs below are great resources to follow (including ours of course):

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    E. Coli Outbreak at Chipotle

    E. Coli Outbreak at Chipotle

    As of Tuesday, 37 people have been identified as ill due to a recent E. Coli outbreak at Northwest Chipotle Mexican Grill chains. This comes to no surprise as the highly addictive fast food chain has battled with similar events in the past:

    La Mesa, California (2008): More than 28 people came down with Hepatitis A, with no source found. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that is generally transmitted from contact with feces or drinks of an infected person.

    Kent, Ohio (2008): More than 500 people fell ill to a Norovirus outbreak near Kent State University. The Norovirus was linked to an infected employee.

    Six states including Colorado, Utah, and New York (2009): A total of 29 customers were infected by an E. Coli outbreak linked to Chipotle’s iceberg lettuce.

    California (2015): Norovirus strikes again, infecting about 80 customers and 17 employees. Health inspectors attributed the contamination to dirty and inoperative equipment, connected to the sewer, and other sanitary and health violations.

    Minnesota (2015): Tomatoes are the culprits again, as 64 people were sickened after eating at Chipotle locations in Minnesota. The salmonella was linked to the tomatoes, which were then swapped out from a different supplier.

    It is fairly reasonable that tomatoes, lettuce and sanitation have a role in the frequent transmission of these contagions. However, there seems to be little discussion of the potential contamination due to poultry, cattle, or dairy products as a possible source. WebMD indicates that “Beef, poultry, milk, and eggs are most often infected with Salmonella” and “E. Coli is a bacterium that lives in the digestive tract of humans and animals”. As consumers, the demand for proper grazing and handling of meat should be a top priority. Although it is financially convenient to shame fresh fruits and vegetables, is fresh produce the real reason for the reoccurring outbreaks? You be the judge.

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    Toyota Lends Helping Hand to Patients with Failing Vision

    Many large corporations tend to only care about their bottom line. However, once in a while you will come across a company that has a genuine interest in the advancement of medical devices and technologies. Kief Davidson, an Oscar-nominated director, visited a busy eye clinic at Harbor-UCLA hospital where patients were going blind waiting for medical services.

    The famous director captured a unique partnership between one of the largest automobile companies and Harbor-UCLA hospital. Davidson focused on the results of the hospital's partnership with Toyota, through the failing eyes of a diabetic patient who was hoping for a positive outcome.

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