A Medical Warning for Video Gamers

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Video gamers who participate in marathon sessions may be putting their health at risk.
In May 2011, a 20-year-old video gamer from England died when a blood clot formed in his leg and moved to his lungs. The man often remained in the same position playing video games for 12 hours straight.
“Movement is essential for proper blood flow,” said Anil Hingorani, MD, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery. “Sitting in the same position for long periods of time — whether playing video games or cramped in a car or on an airplane — can result in pooling of the blood in the veins. Blood clots known as deep vein thromboses (DVT) can form.”
The 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics reveal that 300,000 to 600,000 Americans die each year from blood clots in the lungs. In 2003, 39-year-old NBC News reporter David Bloom died when a blood clot in his leg traveled to his lungs. The clot formed after weeks of driving around Baghdad in a cramped military tank.
“Stand up and stretch,” advises Dr. Hingorani. “Walk around. Raise and lower your heels and toes. Tighten and release your leg muscles. This will help promote blood flow.”
DVTs usually occur in persons who are sick and have had long hospital stays. The risk factors for DVTs include the following:
* obesity
* a history of heart attacks
* strokes
* congestive heart failure
* inflammatory bowel disease
Women who are pregnant, nursing or taking birth control pills are also at increased risk for DVTs.
Half of DVT patients do not experience the warning signs, which include:
* swelling
* tenderness
* leg pain
* a sensation of warmth
* skin that turns blue or red
Ultrasound tests can detect blood clots. Treatment options typically use anticoagulant medication.
For additional information about DVTs or other vascular health conditions, visit www.VascularWeb.org.

Innovations in Women’s Health Shine Brightly at Local Events Nationwide

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of women’s health conditions have come a long way, baby. In honor of women’s health, the popular health and wellness website, EverydayHealth.com, is working with the HHS Office on Women’s Health and da Vinci Surgery to present “Women’s Works: Tools for a Healthier You.” Free educational programs are taking place at over 250 hospitals nationwide throughout the month of May. Each will shine a light on the advances and innovations in some of the conditions that affect women.
“Fear prevents a lot of women from making the necessary appointments for medical tests to stay healthy,” explained Jenny Sucov, editor, EverydayHealth.com. “We wanted to focus on five major conditions affecting women — from fibroids to breast cancer to osteoporosis — and dispel some old beliefs about what’s involved in certain procedures. Ultimately, we want to educate women and encourage them to take charge of their own health.”
Here’s a glimpse at some of the findings:
* Heart Disease. Researchers are working on better ways to evaluate heart disease in women, and even routine assessment of risk factors like high cholesterol. For example, a recent study showed that a woman’s menstrual cycle can impact her cholesterol levels.
* Breast Cancer. A new Computed Tomography (CT) scanner, custom designed for the breast, eliminates the need to compress breast tissue and produces a 3D image in as little as 10 seconds. The CT scanner can also detect tumors as small as 3 mm that are difficult to see on a mammogram.
* Fibroids. Some fibroids don’t need treatment, or can be managed by taking birth-control pills or other drugs. But others do require surgery, in some cases a hysterectomy. In the past, a hysterectomy would require many weeks of painful recovery, leaving large scars. Thanks in part to newer robotic surgery techniques, like da Vinci Surgery, hysterectomy patients can leave the hospital the next morning with only a few tiny (1/2 to 1 inch) incisions to heal, reaching full recovery within days.
* Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis. Advances are being made in the treatment of osteoporosis, including new drugs, like Forteo, designed to increase bone mass rather than just prevent bone loss
* Gestational Diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can lead to overweight babies. New testing standards announced in March, according to the American Diabetes Association, may mean more women affected by the condition will have the chance to reduce their blood-sugar levels.
For more insights on the innovations in women’s health and to find a free, educational event near you, log on to EverydayHealth.com.