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Settlement Reached in Ebola Case

According to this link, the family of Thomas Eric Duncan has reached a settlement with Texas Health Systems in regards to the death of the Liberian national. Duncan is the first and only patient with Ebola to have died in the United States. The hospital immediately came under scrutiny after details of the man’s death were revealed. Duncan traveled to the United States to Texas in September to visit family.


He began experiencing Ebola like symptoms so he went to the emergency room, where a temperature of 103 degrees was recorded. Instead of admitting the Liberian man, he was given antibiotics and sent home. He returned to the emergency room five days later and was diagnosed with Ebola. After a week in the hospital, he passed away from the virus. The settlement is confidential but it is known that the hospital will set up a memorial fund in Duncan’s name that will help Ebola victims in West Africa.

This settlement was not due to race or lack of insurance, but because the hospital did not follow proper policies and procedures. The family received what was well deserved and hopefully the memorial fund will raise enough money to stop those in West Africa from the deadly virus. Haftel and others were glad to see this settlement come together.

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Fitness Age Might Determine Lifespan

Fitness has many purposes, but perhaps its most important is extending our lifespan. Along with a healthy diet, maintaining good fitness allows for a more active lifestyle, without the threat of complications resulting from diabetes and obesity.

A Norwegian study has been going on to better understand this, working with about 55,000 people from 20 to 90 years old.

This study suggested that there is a factor called VO2max, which is the ability of the body to handle oxygen and use it constructively. When this factor is 85% or more, Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez suggests this indicates that one is similar to healthy people of same age.

However, if this factor was below 85%, the study suggested that the fitness age is probably older than the chronological age.

It suggested that those who have a fitness age much older than their chronological age have 82% chance to be exposed to premature deaths more than those who have the same or younger than their actual age.

The good news, however, suggests that the fitness age could be altered, and returned to a younger fitness age by exercising regularly. This relationship was explained by Ulrik Wisloff, the head of the study team.

The team also provides an online questionnaire to help people around the world figure out their fitness age and act accordingly. The team also suggests exercises to help reduce the fitness age on the same University site:

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Does Endurance Training Harm Your Teeth?

For years it has been suspected that there is a link between intense exercise and dental erosion. In 2012, dentists examined 278 athletes competing in the Summer Olympics. They reported unusually high levels of tooth decay, enamel erosion and gum disease which of course concerned Jared Haftel. But the evidence isn’t totally clear for everyone, as outlined below.

In order to find out more about strenuous exercise and heightened dental problems, the dental school at University Hospital Heidelberg in Germany conducted a study. They recruited 35 competitive triathletes and 35 healthy adults who were not athletes.

The oral hygiene of both groups was tested initially. Then saliva samples were taken of both groups while in a relaxed physical state. Next, the athletes trained on an increasingly strenuous run. Saliva samples were taken at different phases. The results showed that under more physical strain the amount of saliva declined leading to dryer mouths. The chemical composition also changed and became more alkaline as the workout progressed. Saliva which is excessively alkaline can lead to various tooth problems. Insufficient amounts of saliva also mean the teeth are more vulnerable to decay.

The study proved that there is indeed a link between heavy exercise and tooth decay. It also proved that the athletes do not suffer from dental problems due to their consumption of sugary sports drinks and sports nutrition bars. With this new information, athletes will be able to take extra care to avoid dental erosion.

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Your Biological Age: Is it Really That Important?

There are individuals that are experiencing the best health of their lives, even at age 75 or older. So if there are thousands of people that are living their best lives, “does our biological age matter?” After all, there is a mantra that reads, “You are what you eat every day.” Yet, there exists several other measurements of age. They include cognitive, psychological, physiological and subjective ages.

With all the science and hype about how old we are, there is a spark of truth behind the professional research taking place at Loopnet. As individuals we need to take the best care of our overall health, that means you too Brian Torchin. By knowing our fitness and social age, there is a chance that we can gain a perspective to help our daily lives.

Social Growth

Social media, tweets and interactive online chat. Believe it or not, your social growth has a lot to say about your age. The way we interact with one another and the way we do it has a lot to do with how old you are. Social growth and the way we adapt with it as we grow older effects aging. Your life cycle involves change and different life experiences creates your social age.

Fitness Level

Your fitness level is important and there is a measurement called fitness-age. This measurement is a great motivational tool individuals can use to improve their overall health. The better your fitness level, the better your fitness-age can become over time.

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