Osteoporosis in Minority Women Underdiagnosed

Madagascar Woman Carrying Fruit on Head Anyone can be affected by osteoporosis, yet it is most common in postmenopausal women. Fractures resulting from Osteoporosis are about twice as common in women than in men. Many do not become aware of their condition until they suffer a painful fracture.

It is a common misconception that osteoporosis only affects white women. Incidence of osteoporosis and fracture is often under reported, especially in minority populations. While African American women tend to have higher bone mineral density than white women throughout life, they are still at significant risk of developing osteoporosis.

Asian and Hispanic Women

What is Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is also known as the insulin resistance syndrome and syndrome X. People who have this syndrome are typically overweight, have slowed metabolisms that cause their bodies to store fat and are reluctant to exercise.

One in every five overweight individuals you meet on the street has this syndrome. This syndrome can lead to other serious disorders such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and hardening of the arteries.

Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome


High blood pressure

Central obesity (apple-shaped) with fat deposits around the waist

Decreased HDL cholesterol

Elevated triglycerides

Foods that Speed Metabolism

girl eating a cupcakeYou hear talk of the possibility that food can speed up metabolism. Do you ever wonder if the talk is true?

The truth is that any food will increase your metabolism in the first hour after the food is eaten. Protein foods require approximately 25% more energy than other foods to digest so they may rev up the metabolism a little bit more. This is why models eat a high-protein snack as a way to get their metabolism moving.

Red Pepper and Green Tea

Studies have shown that when red pepper is eaten after high-fat foods, metabolism shows the most increase in rate. Another study, of athletes who ate red pepper with high-carbohydrate meals boosted their resting and active metabolic rates, but it does not have a lasting effect on the metabolic rate.

What is Metabolism

Metabolism is important because it establishes the rate at which calories are burned from the food that we consume and it can also determine how easily we lose weight or how quickly we can gain weight. Not every individual will burn calories at the same rate.

There are many things that influence our rate of metabolism. Metabolism is influenced by age. Every decade of life, our metabolisms slow at a rate of about 5% per decade after we turn 40. Sex, also can determine our metabolism rate because males generally burn calories when they are resting than females do.

The proportion of lean body mass, which is the amount of muscle you have) determines the rate of metabolism too because the more muscle the faster your metabolic rate tends to be. Heredity also can make a difference in your metabolic rate too. Defects in the thyroid gland can also slow down metabolism, although this is a rare occurrence.

Continuous Asthma Monitoring System Helps Pinpoint Cause of Asthma Attacks

Experimental Continuous Asthma Sensor DeviceA personal sensor system which continuously monitors the environment air around persons prone to asthma attacks has been developed at Georgia Tech Research Institute. Designed to be worn in the pockets of a vest, the system should help researchers understand the causes of asthma attacks.

The system measures airborne exposure to formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, temperature, relative humidity and total volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are emitted as gases from products such as paints, cleaning supplies, pesticide formulations, building materials and furnishings, office equipment and craft materials.

5 Questions to Ask When Visiting an Eye Doctor

optometristWhen visiting the eye doctor, it is important to remain well informed about your eyesight and the eye exam procedures. The better informed you are about the eye exam, the more capable you will be to make educated decisions and to keep yourself on the right road to good eye health. A part of being informed means asking the eye doctor specific questions and understanding the meaning of their answers.

1. What is my Visual Acuity?

Night Sweats and Caffeine

Caffeine Espresso and Night Sweats Night sweats, also known as sleep hyperhidrosis, may be a symptom of some underlying cause. Some possible causes include: diabetes insipidus, hyperthyroidism, cerebral palsy, hypothalamic lesions, head injuries, epilepsy, sleep apnea, sudden onset migraines, hepatitis-C, AIDS-related lymphoma, tuberculosis, anemia, any illness with fever, spinal cord infarction, familial dysautomia, and cerebral stroke. Now that I’ve scared you, don’t panic. Although night sweats can be a symptom of many serious conditions, they can also be much simpler to get rid of sometimes.

Perfusion MRI for Brain Cancer Detection

MRI How do you tell when a low-grade glioma will turn into an aggressive high-grade glioma, before it’s too late? It just so happens that a specialized kind of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can predict cancerous transformation of brain tumors up to a year prior to when the malignancy would be visible on regular contrast-enhanced MRI, according to a new study[1].