Health

Zika Impact: British Pregnant Women To Be Given Immediate Ultrasound Scans

Immediate ultrasounds are being given to British women who are pregnant or have conceived within a fortnight of their return from Zika- infected countries, so as to make sure their baby is growing correctly. Britons, especially couples have been warned to put off trying for a baby for up to at least six months if either partner has been experiencing unexplained rashes or fever after they have come back from any one of the 23 countries that have been infected with Zika.

Pregnant women who have traveled to Zika infected regions would be closely monitored even if no signs of the infection are seen. They would be given immediate ultrasound. Even if they have tested negative for Zika, just to be sure, they would be given monthly ultrasounds. According to the figures provided by the Office for National Statistics, there are around half a million people that are believed to be traveling to Zika infected regions in the last six months.

Last week, The World Health Organization issued warnings, that the disease was spreading very quickly and that by the end of 2016 there would be about four million people who would be infected with this disease. Already six Britons who have been traveling to Suriname, Colombia, Mexico, the Cook Islands and Guyana have been infected with Zika.

This disease was mostly found in Africa, the Pacific Islands, and Asia. But by last May, the first outbreak of this disease was found in Brazil. Since then Zika has spread to 22 other countries.

Most people contract this disease by being bitten by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which is found commonly in the equatorial regions. But recently it has also been found in southern states of America and Australia. The Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes have also been blamed for the spread of the dreaded dengue fever. Currently, there are many countries infected with Zika. Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Guyana, Paraguay, Panama, Dominican Republic, Barbados are some countries where many cases of Zika were reported.

American Young Adults Communicate Only Through Cell Phones

The latest report of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on phone use shows that most 25-29 years-old Americans use cell phones in order to communicate and half of them do not even have a traditional landline telephone in their households. The age of cell phones has started some time ago but predictions are that in the near future cell phones will completely eliminate traditional landlines telephones.

This, at least for young adults living nowadays and for future generations. The report also found that most children live in households where the telephone system is only wireless, proving once more that this telephoning system seems more appealing and in handy to most young parents.

Stephen Blumberg, a senior scientist at Centers for Disease Control indicated that the results of the report point indeed that for the younger generation the wireless system is the only one that they need at this time. This new inclination towards cell phones is changing also the telecommunication industry as more and more people give up using the traditional telephone landline.

The increase in the usage of cell phones is visible from year to year. In the last half of 2009, 25 percent of U.S. households had only cell phones while in the first half of this year the number of households had increased with 2 percent. Over the years the growth of cell phones households has been substantial if we take into account the fact that in 2007 only 14 percent of the households were functioning on cell phones alone. The numbers of cell phones households is higher among 25 to 29 years-olds. In the first half of this year, 51 percent of households had only cell phones while now the number is higher by 2 percent. The wireless-only area is quickly approaching and it will not be long until traditional landline telephones will cease to exist.

Waking 10,000 Steps Daily May prevent Diabetes

Physical movement is recommended by most doctors and specialists in order for us to be in good physical health and avoid all sorts of medical problems. Exercising is good for the heart and body and helps us stay in shape. It seems that exercising can also prevent some diseases and conditions such as diabetes. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal by a team of Australian specialists proves this. The risk of diabetes is much lower is we just walk some steps every day. It seems almost too easy to be true.

The study was made during a five year period of observation, between 2000 and 2005.It involved 592 adults and its main concern was indeed to find out whether walking could really prevent the apparition of diabetes. The participants were given a pedometer and were medically examined at the beginning of the study. After a five year period data was compared with the initial one but mostly among participants in the study.

The pedometer showed the daily number of steps made by each person and it revealed the fact that those who had the highest number of steps were in far better condition than those with lower numbers of steps. The weight and the insulin sensitivity of those with high number of steps were better than for those who did not walk a lot daily. For those people who had gathered 10,000 steps per day, there was a visible improvement in insulin sensitivity and the level of improvement was three times higher than for those people who only walked 3,000 steps per day