Many injuries are treated with RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. RICE helps reduce inflammation and swelling. Some of these solutions are obvious. But compression warrants a closer look. Compression works by helping the circulatory system do its job. The circulatory system consists of veins, which carry oxygen-poor blood from the body’s tissues to the heart and lungs; and arteries, which recirculate oxygen-refreshed blood. With each heartbeat, blood circulates quickly throughout the body. This infographic from LymphedemaProducts.com looks at the science behind compression garments.
Sleep is one of the main factors in predicting how well you function the following day. Adequate sleep, when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, are components of an active, well-balanced lifestyle. A good night’s rest also helps in regulating your mood, maintaining a positive outlook and improving social interactions with others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 70 million Americans suffer from inadequate sleep due to various reasons including sleeping disorders, and irregular sleep patterns. Many of us lay awake into the wee hours of morning due to overthinking, stress, and unnecessary planning. While we cannot always control our racing thoughts, it is helpful to know that there are many ways to trick yourself into falling asleep. Whether it be a little math or a warm glass of milk, it is important to figure out which sleep remedy works for you. The following infographic from 1800Mattress.com highlights some different tried-and-true techniques that can help you reach that blissful state of uninterrupted slumber, and wake up feeling well rested and alert for the rest of the day!
KD Smart Chair, a manufacturer of lightweight folding power wheelchairs and the KD Smart Chair Electric Wheelchair, has released an infographic that visualizes 13 stretching exercises for wheelchair users. The stretching exercises provide many benefits and can be done at any time to help relieve stress, back pain, tightens of muscles and stiff joints. This infographic provides specific directions on how to stretch properly in your wheelchair to increase circulation and ease muscle tightness. Sitting too long in a wheelchair may cause discomfort and muscle cramps. Solution to this is doing some stretching that may help reduce pain and help relieve any cramps or joint stiffness. Once you receive approval from your doctor or physical therapist, you can begin enjoying these stretching exercises. Remember to carefully and gently do each exercise to avoid injury.
Did you know that certain foods can enhance our brain function? Natural foods like carbohydrates, protein, fats and even water can help increase our intelligence and prevent our brain from shrinking down in size and becoming less efficient. Find out what natural foods can make you smarter in this infographic.
This simple routine can keep your skin looking bright, fresh, and young with just a few easy steps after you wake up in the morning and before your head hits the pillow at night.
Diabetes: The Facts The number of Americans with diabetes has tripled over the last 30 years – and experts see no end to the trend. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that the number of people with diabetes will continue to rise, until 1 in 3 people could have the disease by 2050. Getting more physical activity and sleep, eating a healthier diet, and managing stress are all lifestyle changes that can cut the risk for diabetes – and obesity. This infographic from Tractivity Online shows the Causes, number of affected people, the cost related to diabetes and ways of prevention.
Think you’re invincible? You’re not alone. Most working Americans drastically underestimate the odds of experiencing an income-interrupting injury or illness that will last an extended period of time. Now consider that more than one in four of today’s 20-year-olds will have their income interrupted by a disability before they retire. That’s because some top causes of long-term disabilities aren’t catastrophic accidents, but common, everyday health issues like back pain, heart disease, arthritis, cancer, even pregnancy. No matter how healthy, everybody has a risk that is too high to ignore. You’ve probably protected your most prized possessions from damages and accidents, but what about the resource that makes all others possible — your paycheck? Learn more about the causes of disability and how you can defend your income from them at DisabilityCanHappen.org.
Did you know that there are braces that go behind your teeth? Or that some braces take a shorter time to work than others? These are the kinds of things you should be aware of before you step into an orthodontist’s office. There are many styles of braces, and not all orthodontists are properly trained to apply them all. If you decide which type of braces you would like before you go, traditional or hidden, you can find someone who can definitely give you the treatment options you are looking for. However, these aren’t the only factors to consider. Use this infographic to make an informed decision.
Binge drinking is not a problem that is just limited to what people consider alcoholism, but it can still have severe and long-term consequences. A person is binge drinker if they have consumed more than four or five drinks (for women and for men, respectively) in a sitting, which is usually a 2-3 hour period. Binge drinkers may not be physically addicted to alcohol, and may even drink once a week or less. However, because drinking too much impairs many brain and body functions, binge drinkers are often at higher risk of performing dangerous behaviors, both violent and sexual.
Oxycontin is one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the United States. Prescribed as a painkiller, Oxycontin’s packaging contained a warning not to crush the drug. This was meant as an honest warning against people mixing it in their drinks to make it easier to take. However, most people were curious about the warning, so they crushed the tablets, resulting in a strong high. Because of the opiates in Oxycontin, it became very easy for those who abused this high to become physically addicted. This infographic by the Delray Recovery Center.
Rehab in Florida Crack cocaine is an addictive substance that has become widespread in the United States because of its addictive qualities and relative cheapness. Using crack results in a strong high, with an equally strong low afterwards. These severe ups and downs can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke due to high blood pressure. Rehab in Florida has created this infographic to help you learn more about the risks.
The number of babies prescribed acid suppression drugs such as H2 blockers and PPIs grew 8-fold during 2002 to 2009, but fewer than 10% received any diagnostic testing for GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). Some pediatricians are growing concerned that the “epidemic” of infant GERD cases is actually due to over-diagnosis, especially since clinical trials show acid blockers work no better than a placebo and can actually lead to short term and long term side effects. The FDA has not approved PPIs for treatment of GERD in children younger than one year.
Each year over $230 million is spent on sleep related research. The lack of sleep can cause a number of health related issues which include depression, disorientation, reduced energy levels, and irritability. People turn to just about anything to help them relax and fall asleep. It is really important that your body gets an average of 8 hours of sleep each night. People can turn to exercise, natural supplements, or a warm baths to help them relax. There are many natural sleep aids.
With this month’s release of the new movie Contagion, everything and anything about germs and disease are in high demand. The following infographic covers interesting facts and figures about H1N1.
With this month’s release of the new movie Contagion, everything and anything about germs and disease are in high demand. The following infographic covers interesting facts and figures about HIV and AIDS.
With this month’s release of the new movie Contagion, everything and anything about germs and disease are in high demand. The following infographic covers interesting facts and figures about smallpox.
With this month’s release of the new movie Contagion, everything and anything about germs and disease are in high demand. The following infographic covers interesting facts and figures about Cholera.
With this month’s release of the new movie Contagion, everything and anything about germs and disease are in high demand. The following infographic covers interesting facts and figures about the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak.
This simple infographic shows the different types of asbestos cancer as well as a short description of each.
This infographic shows 10 ways that medical marijuana has helped people with migraines, tumors, Alzheimer’s, and more.
This infographic covers various statistics about alcoholism, the official distinction between alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse, and more.
This infographic looks at the top 10 most prescribed psychiatric drugs, the symptoms they are prescribed for, and the amount spent on these medications in 2009.
This infographic shows the scientific evidence of the effectiveness of popular health supplements.