Winter may be about fun celebrations, but it’s also a time to keep your personal health a priority.
For many people, it’s the end of the calendar year that proves most enjoyable. Between holidays like Christmas and New Year’s, there is plenty to celebrate as we look forward to what comes next. Despite winter in general being so ripe with promise, it does present a few health concerns, especially given the cold weather and tendency to overindulge during your many festive gatherings.
Exercise is vital to a healthy and happy life, but isn’t always easy to jump into. Here’s how to get started safely.
Every day, people hear about the importance of regular exercise. Yet as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed in spring 2013, millions of people simply don’t heed that advice. In all, over 80 percent of American adults don’t exercise per the daily recommendations of groups like the CDC.
Those people are being denied the many benefits of exercise, including strong muscles and bones, lower risk for cardiovascular disease and streamlined wound healing. For some people, not exercising is a matter of time, while others may not know how to get started. Remember, before you start an exercise program discuss with your physician to determine the best approach.
A good diet can make all the difference when it comes to your health and wellbeing.
Diets are a great way to help realign your approach to eating and develop better, healthier habits. Not only that, but a balanced diet can also ensure more effective wound healing. However, people often don’t know how to approach a diet, and that means they either abandon it prematurely or negatively impact their health in some other way.
The team has developed a special emergency care spray from the enzyme chitosan, found in crab shells.
These days, wound care dressings are made of an increasingly interesting selection of materials. That includes chitosan, which is a special mineral found within crab shells. The reason for using chitosan lies in its sturdiness, as the resulting bandages and dressings are especially strong and durable. There are already several effective bandage types made using chitosan, including a unique biofoam pad designed by a team from Penn State.
A new, portable approach could help millions of patients living with chronic wounds.
In late 2015, a team from the U.K.’s University of Sheffield launched a study with a simple premise: Could ultrasounds help heal chronic diabetic ulcers. Publishing their results in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, the scientists found that wounds in laboratory mice healed up to 30 percent faster. According to the study’s results, the ultrasound works by facilitating cellular movement, actually “waking up” those in your skin to begin the healing process.
Now, another similar project is being launched using ultrasound, and it may be ready to use in just a few years’ time.