EHE Perspectives Blog

The Prescribed Painkiller Problem in the U.S.

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12/15/15 4:10 PM

People suffer from many issues, from psychological, to emotional, and of course physical, but dealing with these issues sometimes compound the problem rather than alleviating it; for instance, painkillers are commonly prescribed for those who are in pain, however, many prescribed painkillers (such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, and their generic incarnations/derivatives) contain the inherent risk of dependence, whether it stems from a psychological dependence from being prescribed this medicine for a particular issue, an emotional dependence from the thought of having to deal with life without the effects of the drug, or a physical dependence from the drug’s active ingredient.
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Topics: Wellness, preventive healthcare, healthy living, chronic diseases, psychology, painkillers, morphine, common drugs, health, prescription drugs, health guide, pain relievers, prescriptions, opium

Putting on Modified Genes

Posted by EHE Blogger

12/3/15 4:33 PM

An individual’s genetic makeup has a lot to do with how they live their life: It determines if they will be predisposed to certain behaviors and diseases, and if they will inherit certain traits. Genes are so influential to animals, plants, and microorganisms (which all pass along their genes to their offspring) that the manipulation of them has become an area of great study, and great concern because the consequences of passing on engineered genes have unknown consequences so far.    
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Topics: Wellness, preventive healthcare, healthy living, genes, chronic diseases, genetics, health

Working Memory in the Information Age

Posted by EHE Blogger

11/24/15 4:04 PM

The information age can broadly be defined by the famous Steve Jobs quote about “…standing at the intersection of computers and humanism.” This is to say that the prevalence of data processing machines in a society that bonds through the passing of information is where we are now, and will be for the foreseeable future. While the ability to communicate and collaborate instantly across vast distances has been a boon, the access this has granted us to each other and to large data stores has allowed for a certain issue to arise: How do people with limited working memory behave when their lives have been integrated with machines which have unlimited recall?    
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Topics: Wellness, preventive healthcare, healthy living, chronic diseases, psychology, cognitive, working memory, health

The Secret to Good Health, Now With Even More Evidence!

Posted by EHE Blogger

11/16/15 11:59 AM

The NY Times recently posted an article with the headline “ Cutting Sugar Improves Children’s Health in Just 10 Days,” where they cite a study where foods with added sugar (as distinct from naturally-occurring sugar found in fruits) were removed from children’s diets and replaced with carbohydrates to keep overall calorie intake the same. This is significant because added sugar is typically refined sugar and is therefore stripped of all nutrients, essentially making them empty calories. But we’ll get back to that. 
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Topics: Nutrition, Wellness, preventive healthcare, healthy living, chronic diseases, health, refined sugars

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