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Too much texting leads to neck pain

Excessive text messaging among youngsters can put them at increased risk of suffering from neck and shoulder pain, say researchers.
Judith Gold, College of Health Professions and Social Work, examined the effect of too much texting on college students.

The expert in her preliminary research suggested the more college students texted, the more pain they suffered in their neck and shoulders.
Judith, who directs the Ergonomics and Work Physiology Laboratory, said: “Looking around our campus, you see every student on their cellphones, typing away.”

“It’s the age group that texts the most, so it’s important to know what the health effects may be to learn whether it will cause long term damage.” She added: “What we’ve seen so far is very similar to what we see with office workers who’ve spent most of their time at a computer.”

“The way the body is positioned for texting — stationary shoulders and back with rapidly moving fingers — is similar to the position for typing on a computer.”

No need to fast for cholesterol test

People may no longer require to fast before having a cholesterol test, for a new study found that the results were just as accurate if the patient had eaten before the test.

Cholesterol tests have long been a key part of assessing a patient’s risk of cardiovascular problems and for decades patients have been asked to not eat food 12 hours prior to a test.

It was believed that body required enough time to digest food in the system and to clear any fatty particles from the blood in order to produce an accurate reading of so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol — or low-density lipoprotein (LDL). However, Cambridge researchers suggest the contrary.

Smoking can harm asthma patients

Tobacco smoke can prove extremely harmful for patients with asthma, rhinitis and nasal obstruction, according to an international health expert.

Smoking has always been associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Now, Carlos Baena-Cagnani, Catholic University of Cordoba in Argentina, has emphasised on the ill effects of smoking and its effect on asthma patients at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) in Miami Beach, Florida.

He said: “Recent studies have shown that smoking can be linked with other respiratory diseases such as asthma exacerbations and rhinitis.”

“Both active and passive smoking has been shown to be involved in uncontrolled asthma and associated with asthma exacerbations in children and adolescents.”

He explained that smoking causes changes in inflammation in asthma patients and diminishes their response to anti-asthma drugs.

Brisk walk can save your life

Older adults who walk slowly are about three times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than those who go at a brisk pace, research shows. It is already known that walking pace is linked to increased hospital admissions and the incidence of falls and disability. Now experts say walking slowly is ‘strongly associated’ with an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.

To reach the conclusion, researchers reviewed 3,208 men and women aged 65-85 over five years.