Last week was the 50th anniversary of the 1st Star Trek Tv show. Star Wars and Star Trek have their respective camps and followers but Star Trek was way ahead of its time in terms of a healthy lifestyle.
- “Star Trek” featured the first interracial kiss on TV
- Star Trek put LGBT issues at the forefront.
-The show addressed issues of morality and technology
-1967’s “The Deadly Years” exploring aging
- Ageism became an issue again in “ The Next Generation” episode “Half a Life”
A 22-year-old student has developed a portable cooling system that can keep vaccines at the ideal temperature while they're transported across developing countries. The design was created as part of a university project by Will Broadway, an industrial design and technology graduate from Loughborough University in the UK. Dubbed the “Isobar”, it’s able to maintain a stable temperature between 2 and 8°C (35.6 and 46.4°F) for up to 30 days. The device has the potential to make some real change to vaccination distribution. His idea is inspired by the 2-phase ammonia-water absorption refrigeration invented by none other than Albert Einstein in 1906. The Isobar works through heating ammonia and water, resulting in evaporation, which provides a powerful endothermic cooling effect. This cooling effect is then maintained in a separate chamber and released by an automated valve that monitors the internal temperature. The heating element can be recharged within an hour using either electricity or a propane burner in emergency situations when a power supply isn’t available.
As Broadway explains on the Dyson Award website: “I came up with my solution while camping in Mexico. My friends brought 13kg of ice with them and I thought that there must be a better system of cooling than this. I saw that we had 4 propane stoves and wondered if you could make a cooling effect by heating it. I discovered a 1929 forgotten cooling invention called "Icyball" that had no moving parts and provided rural farmers access to off the grid refrigeration." There are now plans to present the idea to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or the World Health Organization to run a pilot study using the unit.
Canadian men could be wealthier and healthier if they curbed their spending on things like tobacco and alcohol, lost a few pounds, and invested the money instead, says a new report released on the eve of Canadian Men's Health Week. In fact, a very unhealthy guy could stand to lose $8.6 million over his lifetime. The Canadian Men's Health Foundation (CMHF), a not-for-profit organization, commissioned the report to illustrate how men can make small lifestyle changes and get big results that will benefit their health – and their bank balance. H. Krueger & Associates Inc. conducted the study. The report, "How Much Does Tobacco Smoking, Alcohol Use and Excess Weight Cost Individual Canadian Men," examines the financial burden on those risk factors on men and the Canadian economy. It not only estimates the out-of-pocket costs of purchasing cigarettes and alcohol and the additional life insurance premiums that are charged to individuals with any one of the three risk factors, but also considers lost investment opportunities.
The costs vary substantially depending on the level of consumption or excess weight. To illustrate this point, three hypothetical "Joes" were created:
• Low-Risk Joe, who smokes five cigarettes per day, consumes one alcoholic drink per day and is six-feet-tall, weighing 258 lbs. (BMI of 35), could save $275,000 over his lifetime. If Joe took this money and, instead of spending it on cigarettes or alcohol or additional life insurance premiums, invested it between the ages of 30 and 75, the cost increases to $1.7 million.
• Medium-Risk Joe, who smokes 20 cigarettes per day, consumes three alcoholic drinks per day and is six-feet-tall, weighing 295 lbs. (a BMI of 40), could save $628,000 over his lifetime. Invested, costs go up to $3.2 million.
• High-Risk Joe, who smokes 40 cigarettes per day, consumes five alcoholic drinks per day and is six-feet-tall, weighing 332 lbs. (a BMI of 45), could save $1.1 million over his lifetime. Invested, costs go up to $8.6 million.
The health consequences associated with tobacco smoking, alcohol use and excess weight in middle-aged men cost the Canadian economy $20.3 billion annually in treatment costs, disability and premature mortality.
Cigarette smoking, alcohol use and excess weight all result in a shortened lifespan. The life expectancy of the typical Canadian male is 79 years. On average, smoking cigarettes will cost you 10 years of life, drinking alcohol will cost you 7.9 years of life and being obese will cost you 5.8 years of life.
Smoking just five cigarettes and consuming one alcoholic drink per day can cost an individual $1.5 million. Across Canada, 26.4 per cent of males between the ages of 30 and 64 smoke cigarettes. Over one-third of these smokers are heavy smokers, meaning they smoke at least one pack (20 cigarettes) per day. More than three-quarters (75.6 per cent) of Canadian males aged 30-64 also consume alcohol. Some 14.8 per cent of males in this age group consume daily levels of alcohol that would be considered hazardous or harmful to their health.
Consider the importance and value of a good night’s sleep (beyond the price tag) when you are looking for a new mattress. A 2011 study by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) reports that 41% of women and 36% of men claimed their back pain was caused by a poor night’s sleep. The pain can often be attributed to the firmness, size, or the offered back support of the mattress. If you’ve ever woken up with a sore neck or back, you may want to evaluate the quality of your mattress. Your mattress can play an important role in maintaining your spinal health. Here are a few tips to consider when making a purchase.
When to replace your mattress
Waking up from slumber with a sore back on repeated occasions can be a sign that it is time to switch to a newer mattress. Typically, it is said that after 10 years, the bed will begin to deteriorate, which is the best time to consider buying a new one.
What size do I need?
Mattress size depends on the number and size of people sleeping on the bed; therefore, consider the following1,2:
Buy a mattress that provides the proper support for your entire body and promotes good posture.
The sleeper’s spine should lay parallel to the mattress and not sag in any area because the bed is too soft, or bend because the bed is too hard.
The mattress should be six inches longer than the tallest person sleeping in the bed.
The width of the bed should allow enough space for the person’s pillow and even for a person to put their hands behind their head without their elbows touching any other person sleeping.
If the person is a restless sleeper, it is recommended that the bed be wider to accommodate some tossing and turning.
Take time to try out the bed before you buy and see if it’s right for you.
Antibacterial soaps may claim to kill 99.99 percent of all bacteria, but their days are numbered in the US. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now banned all products claiming to be “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial”, stating that the health claims are false and that they are no better than regular soap and warm water. “Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” explains Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. The chemical triclosan. Developed back in the 1960s for use in hospitals, the antimicrobial was later added to liquid soaps in the 1980s and marketed to consumers for household protection. But recent studies have linked long-term exposure of triclosan to altered microbiomes in human guts, which can have adverse health problems.