Promising But Costly Cancer Drugs Introduced

New drugs have been introduced that may reduce the amount and severity of cancer treatment side effects. The news is welcome to many suffering from cancer treatment’s adverse effect, though the price of these newly introduced drugs may cause concern. The new and improved cancer treatment options may cost patients well over $100,000 a year.  Additionally, many oncology experts around the world continue fighting to lower cancer treatment costs. More here

Future Dementia Risk Can Be Lowered

The World Alzheimer Report for 2014 states that with the control of certain health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, the risk for dementia can be reduced. The study also found that people with better educational opportunities may have a lower risk of developing dementia in the future. The report urges people to make changes as soon as possible to decrease dementia risk, and experts believe that the future of dementia rates will depend on the population’s overall health. The Global Director of Dementia Care, Professor Graham Stokes said, “while age and genetics are part of the disease’s risk factors, not smoking, eating more healthily, getting some exercise, and having a good education, coupled with challenging your brain to ensure it is kept active, can all play a part in minimizing your chances of developing dementia.” More here

Migraine Prevention Tips

Migraines can be a painful and uncomfortable health problem. Migraine symptoms can vary from person to person and can include vision problems, sensitivity to light and noise, vomiting and nausea. A few things you can do to help prevent an oncoming migraine are: Keep a diary, describe what you are doing and how you feel before the headaches occur; This may help you identify triggers. Eat a healthy daily diet with foods rich in magnesium, which can help prevent migraines. Get regular exercise. Manage your stress in a healthy manner. Try to reduce tension in your shoulders and neck by participating in yoga or meditation exercises. You can also help prevent migraines by observing a consistent eating and sleeping cycle. More here

Chokeberries May Aid Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

A new study reports that certain berries may help pancreatic cancer drugs work more proactively. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology, posits that chokeberry extract when combined with chemotherapy, may help destroy more cancer cells than chemotherapy alone. While the research is still in its early stages, experts are hopeful that this may be an aiding factor in treating pancreatic cancer. Cancer Research’s Henry Scowcroft said, “it’s far too early to say from this small laboratory study whether chemicals extracted from chokeberries have any effect on pancreatic cancer in patients.But innovative approaches are urgently needed to improve treatment for people with pancreatic cancer – a disease for which there has been precious little progress over recent decades.” More here

End Of Season Tips For Cleaning Patio Furniture

Fall is here, and many people will soon begin packing up outdoor furniture until next year. If some pieces appear damaged, don’t immediately assume they are ready for the trash. A few things you can do to save money and preserve your outdoor furniture for future seasons are: Brighten your light colored lawn chairs with bleach, liquid detergent, and warm water. This solution will help get rid of the dingy look caused by sun and rain damage. If your picnic table is looking old and grungy, you can scrub it with ammonia, vinegar and water to make it look new again. For patio umbrellas covered in mildew, you can mix liquid bleach and dish-washing detergent, apply the solution and then scrub with a soft-bristle brush to remove mildew stains. Rinse off the umbrella with a hose and allow to dry.  Remember to check washing instructions before applying the bleach. More here

Tips To Maintain Brick Siding

Generally, brick siding on a home requires less maintenance than a wood-sided home, although brick still necessitates minimal yearly maintenance to keep the brick working efficiently and looking good. A few things one should do to maintain a brick home are: Yearly cleaning, use mild detergent and a brush to scrub off mildew and other unwanted stains on your home. Using a pressure washer may cause damage to your home, so try to avoid using harsh water treatments. After washing the home with the detergent and brush, gently rinse the brick to get rid of extra suds. You can also use an acid wash brick cleaner for hard to clean water spots. Protect your brick sided home with a siloxane-based or silane-based sealer, this will help protect your brick home from moisture related problems. You should also inspect your home for broken, bowing, or loose bricks. If water has gotten underneath the bricks, they will need to be repaired. More here

Certain Foods May Be Draining Your Energy

If you have noticed feeling fatigued after eating, it may be the food you are consuming that is sapping your energy. A few foods that may make you feel lethargic or lazy are: Bananas, they are full of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a natural muscle relaxant. White bread and white rice have a high glycemic index and make you feel sluggish after consumption. Red meat can also drain your energy due to its high-fat content and the energy required to break it down. Surprisingly, coffee and tea made the list, as well. While many people think of coffee or tea as a pick-me-up, data suggest that it may do the reverse. R.D., Dawn Napoli said, “they give you a quick burst of alertness for maybe an hour or an hour and a half but eventually you to crash and burn when the caffeine wears off.” More here

Boomer Generation May Be Delaying Downsizing

Home price appreciation is growing, and many baby boomers are intimidated by rising prices, causing some to stay in their over-sized family homes. Some experts forecast things to change over the coming years, expecting the baby boomer generation to move out of their current single-family homes and downsize to apartments, condos, and smaller homes. Data suggests that downsizing is not as common as it used to and may come later in life than in years past. Experts expect the big baby boomer downsize movement to take place within the next ten years when the generation hits the age where downsizing is more a necessity. More here

Top Fears Among Those Approaching Retirement

As retirement comes closer, stress usually increases. Every retiree wants to be sure they will be comfortable during their years of leisure. Early preparations can help decrease stress and make you feel more at ease as retirement years come closer. Some fears that most retirees worry about when approaching their retirement are: Running out of funds; do some estimations and research to figure out how much needs to be saved to be comfortable during retirement, and work toward that goal to help eliminate concerns. Being bored; during retirement you typically don’t work, and you may have a few extra hours of free time. Take this time to take up a new hobby or learn something new. New activities will also help keep your mind fresh and engaged. Health care is another major concern for many; insurance will cover most costs, but you should also try to build an emergency health fund to ensure all problems will be covered. More here

Tips To Naturally Repel Mosquitoes

As summer winds to a close, mosquitoes can still be a problem in parts of the United States. There are plenty of products on the market that promise to repel mosquitoes or to relieve the itch caused by their bite. Experts say there are safer ways to keep mosquitoes away without buying chemical solutions. Keeping your outdoor area free of standing water will help decrease the amount of mosquitoes near your house, as they will have no place to lay their eggs. Lay sand underneath moist decks, and if you have an ornamental pool, you can stock it with mosquito fish (top-feeding minnows). Set up a fan to create a wind effect, wind stops mosquitoes from biting. There are also devices available to purchase such as  LarvaSonic, bug zappers, ultrasonic mosquito repellents, citronella smoke, and home misting systems. Experts advise that if you know you will be outside for a long period, putting on a bug repellent with the ingredient Picaridin is a safe option. More here