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Crazy: A Women Rushes to the Hospital for Kidney Stones. One Goes in, Four Come Out

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Ever think you have kidney stones and then surprisingly end up expelling other human beings out of an orifice?

It happened to a woman in South Dakota.

Dannette Giltz had had kidney stones previously — she should know the feeling. So on August 10th, she was rushed to the hospital for more of that same ol’ kidney stone crampin’.

But the medical masters told her: Those aren’t stones, lady; they’re people.”

She was in labor.

She didn’t even know she was pregnant.

What’s more — she’d actually had a baby before, too.

Twice.

Still, nothing had rung a bell. Just memories of the stones.

But doctors told her to expect twins.

One came out, and within 4 minutes, there was another.

She started thinking about names.

But POW! A third popped out within another 4 mins.

It was Surprisebabies on Parade.

She and her husband, Austin, named the kidney st– I mean, children…Blaze, Gypsy, and Nikki. Two chicks and a dude.

Each rugrat weighed just 4 pounds.

Lotsa 4’s in this story..

Dannette and Austin — who’ve been married for 12 years (a multiple of 4)– hadn’t planned to have any more kids.

Austin told Rapid City’s KOTA TV, “Once we left the hospital, she’s out of the hospital, I know she’s okay. I’m overwhelmed, honestly. It’s still exploding in my head.”

Dannette still can’t figure out how she was 34-weeks knocked-up without knowing. And the trio’d troop was a particular shock, given that she’d received no outside help:

“You don’t ever see triplets being conceived naturally, let alone going 34 weeks without knowing. So, everyone’s like I can’t believe it, I’m like we’re still in shock, trust me, we know what you mean like I go to the doctor’s thinking I’ll have surgery for kidney stones and end up going into labor with a c-section that night. It’s crazy.”

Yes. It is.

According to the new mommy, the family’s received a ton of support, from both friends and strangers:

“It’s amazing in a small town how many people will come together for stuff that’s not expected.”

You know what’s really unexpected? A woman having two ladies and a gentleman inside her without realizing it.

I guess sometimes you don’t know if you’re dealing with a kid or kid(ney).

A little wordplay there. That’s what I’m here 4.

-ALEX

 

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In Order To Save The Planet, President Jair Bolsonaro Asks Brazilians To Hold In Every Bowel Movement For Two Days

The 10 Stages Of Genocide: A Social Media Marvel Provides A Window Into America’s Growing Mental Disorder

At Playboy, #TimesUp: The Woke Rabbit’s New Man In Charge Is A Gay Millennial

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MSNBC Talks Trump Removal Due to His Mental State from Alzheimer’s, But I’ve Got Something More Serious for You

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In this photo taken on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, a six-meter high cartoon baby blimp of U.S. President Donald Trump stands inflated during a practice session in Bingfield Park, north London. Trump will get the red carpet treatment on his brief visit to England that begins Thursday: Military bands at a gala dinner, lunch with the prime minister at her country place, then tea with the queen at Windsor Castle before flying off to one of his golf clubs in Scotland. But trip planners may go out of their way to shield Trump from viewing another aspect of the greeting: an oversize balloon depicting the president as an angry baby in a diaper that will be flown from Parliament Square during what are expected to be massive gatherings of protesters opposed to Trump’s presence. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

 

 

When I was a kid, I watched cartoons. I thought all the grownup shows — like the national news — was a bunch of boring, serious stuff.

I had no idea I’d one day discover that much of the adult media — particularly related to politics — was as daffy as anything on Bugs Bunny.

In short, these days, the news is filled with ridiculousness that can’t be taken seriously.

Example: On Friday afternoon, MSNBC eschewed discussion of political principles, debate of economic ideology, and stuff like…adherence to reality…in order to talk up the removal of President Trump due to his aberrant mental state — likely enhanced by Alzheimer’s.

Yes — it was that punishingly dumb.

Host Nicholle Wallace offered the following:

“He attacked a man who turned out to be one of his own supporters. I don’t know where there are many schools in America you can bully somebody like that and not get suspended.”



To what was she referring? According to The Washington Free Beacon, it was this:

[A] supporter…was removed from a Trump rally after the President made fun of his weight. Afterward, the supporter said Trump had nothing to apologize for and that “he’s the best thing that ever happened to this country.

Nicholle continued, bringing into the goofiness a chronic neurodegenerative disease:

“[Trump] repeated points he had already made earlier in the evening as if he did not remember already making them. David Brooks reported in 2017 that a bunch of Republicans came out of a meeting where Donald Trump explained some signs that were similar to the early stages of Alzheimer’s.”

And:

“[I]n and out of the rooms, people — either disparagingly or affectionately — are saying at an increased clip: He’s crazy.”

An “increased clip”: Have you noticed that it’s always worsening? And not only that, it’s worse than people could’ve imagined.

That’s especially something I don’t understand that rings out from the far Left–

Around the time of the 2016 election, extremists made the most absurd claims — I have to believe — in the history of American politics: If Trump was elected, black people would hang on the White House lawn; American citizens would be rounded up and placed into concentration camps; jackbooted thugs would murder all those in Trump’s way to planetary Dr. Evil-style megalomaniac rule. It was nothing short of mental insanity.

But he won, and nothing happened. Yet, some of those prophets now claim it’s worse than they could’ve ever imagined.

That reminds me of my article, “The 10 Stages Of Genocide: A Social Media Marvel Provides A Window Into America’s Growing Mental Disorder.” Please check it out if you haven’t already.

Back to MSNBC, here’s what panelist and former U.S. attorney Joyce Vance had to say:

“You know, there’s pervasive reporting in this regard and if it was grandpa, you would probably take him to see a neurologist or someone who specializes in geriatric medicine. That hasn’t happened here that we know of. The remedy is the 25th Amendment and that requires an intact cabinet, which Trump does not have. Whether by design or by accident, most of the cabinet is acting. We don’t know what the mix would look like in a vote, and there’s no will to take that on in any event.”

Nicholle was down. And down about it:

“There’s no will to fill a cabinet with the kind of appointees that would have that power. I would posit that there’s not a lot of will to have this conversation, but when it shows up in black and white in the hard copy print of The New York Times it’s impossible for me to ignore it. You’ve now got the White House beat reporters including in their stories about the rally, it says the man repeated himself as though he didn’t know he’d already made those points.”

Al Sharpton joined in:

“You’re talking about a man yesterday that at one point in his speech was attacking Hillary Clinton, which was two-and-a-half years ago, kept repeating himself, attacks an overweight supporter of his that he didn’t know was there supporting him. We’ve been hearing over and over again he’s losing it, and I think what is driving this even more, Nicolle, is that with the economy appearing to be headed at least downward, if not a recession—what you have in England and other problems in Europe—it drives him even further into whatever cloudy area he is in mentally and he’s becoming desperate because the race card he used the last couple of weeks is not working.”

Hankering for something more serious? Here ya go:



-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here.

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At Playboy, #TimesUp: The Woke Rabbit’s New Man In Charge Is A Gay Millennial

Hollywood’s Rosanna Arquette Apologizes For Being White. She Announces Her Shame & Disgust Over Her Birth

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Here’s where to find low-impact, osteoarthritis-friendly workouts in NoVA

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Workouts are tough. Some days you’re ready to get up and out the door for a long walk, and other days a comfy chair is a welcomed relief.

Living with osteoarthritis is the same way.

According to “Exercise and osteoarthritis,” an article published in the Journal of Anatomy by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, osteoarthritis is the leading cause of disability in older people.

For those living with it, some days are free from pain, and others feel as if you’re carrying the weight of the world in your hands, hips or knees. So, how does one continue to exercise while living with joint pain?

Maintain a schedule of consistent, low-impact exercise that allows the body to continue to move freely, while releasing tension in joints and maintaining a level of flexibility. Low-impact exercises are often prescribed to promote weight loss, preserve joint range of motion, improve strength and reduce symptoms, according to the article.

In order to get yourself moving in ways that strengthen, alleviate and contribute to better overall health, here’s where to find osteoarthritis-friendly activities in NoVA that are more than just taking a walk or jumping in the neighborhood pool.

New Trail Cycling
You may own a bicycle and want to use it for a low-impact workout, but you’re concerned about falling, distance or balance. No need to worry about any of those when spinning on a stationary bike, says New Trail Cycling. The studio offers a 55-plus class designed specifically for riders looking for a great workout, but who aren’t looking for the Soul-Cycle-style endurance push. Also, according to Lifespan, cycling classes offer a high-intensity workout without impacting the joints, and can have cardiovascular benefits that lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. // New Trail Cycling Studio: 1641b Washington Plaza N., Reston; Prices vary

PIES Fitness Yoga Studio
PIES specializes in being an all-inclusive health and wellness location and offers a wide array of osteoarthritis-friendly exercise classes. Stretch your body gently and practice your balance in the “My Body Don’t Bend that Way,” class, grab a chair and join the “My Body Don’t Sit on the Floor,” class or find yourself in one of the longer restorative classes for deeper stretching and tension relief. // West End Village Studio: 374 S. Pickett St., Alexandria; Valley Forge Studio: 33 S. Pickett St., Suite 200, Alexandria; prices vary

Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese practice that focuses on energy within movements, implementing balance and strength techniques, and focuses on the mental, physical and spiritual connections of the specific movements. Several studies have been conducted on how tai chi impacts bone mineral density, which directly relates to the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis. Take an energy movement class, a self-healing class or a body and brain yoga class at this location. // Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi: 123 Church St. NW, Vienna; prices vary

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Reston’s Race to Make it All Better aims to raise $75,000 this September

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It’s time to get up and get moving for a good cause.

The Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV) are set to host its fifth annual Race to Make it All Better on Sept. 28, where local residents can participate in the 5K (3.1-mile) run and walk, the Tot Trot (for ages 3 and under) and the free Family Health Fair.

The event is the sole fundraiser for the local 501(c)(3), which was created as a children-focused medical group by the Children’s National Health System and Inova Health System.  It has eight locations across the NoVA region and specializes in everything from allergy and immunology in children, to oculoplastics and orbital surgery.

According to the organization’s website, the 2018 event had over 500 registrants, 32 health fair booths and raised an all-time high of over $61,000 for the PSV. The 2019 goal is $75,000, which the organization hopes will be gathered from race revenue, community donations and event sponsorships.

Attendees are welcome to browse the health fair to find out more about local health companies and provided services, enter the raffle-ticket giveaways and enjoy the kid activities throughout the day, such as face painting, interactive games and live music from DJ Chris Styles.

Early-bird registration for adults is $35 through Aug. 31. For more information on the Pediatric Specialists of Virginia, visit the website, and follow along on social media for more upcoming news on the 2019 Race to Make it All Better. // Reston Town Center: 11900 Market St., Reston; $35 5K registration for adults, other ages vary

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What is reiki and where can you find it in NoVA?

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In the past decade, the discussion of alternative health practices (with things like healing crystals, acupuncture and homeopathy) has continued to grow, leaving people both interested, yet confused. And perhaps one of the most popular practices is reiki, a form of energy therapy that emerged in Japan thousands of years ago. 

Reiki, which translates to “universal life energy,” activates the parasympathetic nervous system to heal the body and mind, serving as a complementary therapy to other practices and medicine, according to an article published in 2017 by the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine

People who offer reiki treatment are known as “reiki masters,” and are certified to practice the alternative method, which is a noninvasive technique, costing anywhere from $20 to $200 in most cases. According to the Center for Young Women’s Health at Boston Children’s Hospital, a reiki practice can leave individuals feeling comfortable and warm, emotional, calm and relaxed, ultimately uplifting one’s overall energy. 

Whether you are feeling joint pain, high levels of stress or simply want to understand the hype surrounding the concept, here’s where you can try reiki for yourself in Northern Virginia. 

Reiki Sanctuary of Northern Virginia
Yvonne Gleason, owner and certified reiki professional, has been guiding women in the Reston area who are either at a crossroads in life or are experiencing change with her reiki practices for about 20 years. In addition to traditional reiki treatments, Gleason provides aura clearing sessions to block long-standing issues, healing sessions for balance and even distance reiki treatments, which are conducted over the phone, for both you and your pet. // Contact directly

Reston Reiki and Self Healing Arts
From classes to individual sessions, Karuna Joy practices “self-healing arts,” according to her website, including reiki. Joy ensures the client is comfortable by using non-invasive techniques and a gentle touch to sooth all forms of pain you may be feeling, ranging from anxiety to body aches. // Sunrise Valley Drive and Barton Hill Road, Reston; prices vary

PS Reiki
After years of undergoing reiki treatments herself due to anxiety, fatigue and depression, now-reiki master Pratima decided to pursue her desire to assist others with their journey of healing. At PS Reiki, clients can choose from four options of sessions, ranging from a 90-minute experience for first-timers focusing on chakra balance to a 45-minute session for children. // 44927 George Washington Blvd., Suite 210, Ashburn; prices vary

Four Directions Wellness
At Four Directions Wellness, the client will receive a holistic treatment, focusing on four aspects of the individual: emotions, mental environment, inspirations and passions, and physical health. Mara, the owner and reiki master of the practice, believes reiki is an ideal complement to health problems you may be facing, as each session is said to promote a person’s natural healing process. // 2001 Mount Vernon Ave., Unit 202, Alexandria; $110 for one session, $295 for three sessions

Medium Annie Larson
In 25-minute sessions, you’ll be given the chance to relax in a safe space, whether that be over the phone while in your home or in person in owner Annie Larson’s studio. Plus, Larson offers a reiki experience combined with the use of vibrational sound tools, that is said to bring more balance to your body and mind. // 44330 Mercure Circle, Suite 240A, Sterling; $90-$180

Healing Hearts With Reiki
After finding the art of reiki, Bekah Weiderman felt immediate relief from her chronic illness that once disrupted her daily routine. As a result, she founded Healing Hearts With Reiki in order to bring relief to others. Weiderman offers a variety of reiki sessions, all of which promise to be a safe method worth implementing into your wellness practice. // 44081 Pipeline Plaza, Suite 105, Ashburn; $115-$235

Mindful Soul Wellness
While energy healing through reiki is the main focus of this business, owner Tracy McKee has degrees in religious studies, elementary education and is also certified as a soul coach, vibrational sound therapist, past life regression therapist and hypnotist. Through the use of specific hand positions at key areas of pain in the body, McKee says she can empower your own energy for healing. // 9113 Church St., Suite 101, Manassas; $100-$150

Your Life Energy
This establishment prides itself on the staff’s ability to teach clients about their own bodies and best practices for well-being. At Your Life Energy, you’ll find small-group sessions for meditation, reiki and yoga that help calm the mind, as well as individual reiki sessions that range from 60 to 90 minutes in length. // 705 Prince St., Suite 100, Alexandria; $75

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3 key tips for establishing a healthy morning routine

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Everybody has a different ritual that sets them up for the day ahead. For some, it’s waking up 20 minutes before you have to be out the door and for others, it’s rising two hours ahead of schedule to read a book while sipping coffee before you have to be at your desk.

But the latter might provide more benefits, according to an article from the Academy of Management Journal, as a bad mood in the morning can affect your frame of mind and productivity throughout the entirety of a day. 

Fairfax-based psychologist Jennifer Shore, Psy.D, owner of Fairfax Mental Health & Wellness, Inc., says the feeling of stress or anxiety one feels when rushing in the morning can be really hard to overcome throughout the rest of the day, as those feelings linger. But with a stable routine, you can start your day with a sense of peace and calmness that will allow you to be less emotionally reactive and more rational.

“There’s comfort and familiarity in routine and it helps us keep a sense of normalcy,” says Shore. “It’s those small things that we can do each day to keep our stress a little more easily managed and anxiety at bay, ultimately feeling grounded.”

Here, we share Shore’s three essential tips for easing into a morning routine that works for you.

Understand your sleep cycle
In today’s society, the typical 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job schedule isn’t as common as it once was, which means everyone’s sleep cycle is different. Whether you start your day at 4 a.m. or work into the late hours of the evening, you need to get the right amount of sleep, which is relative, according to Shore.

“Clearly the standard is eight hours, but everyone has their own individual amount of time that they need,” says Shore. “I need nine hours, for example, if I’m going to be at my peak, but my husband’s requirement is seven hours. You really have to know your body.”

Plus, quality is key. Getting six or seven hours of quality sleep will always trump getting nine hours of restless sleep.

Don’t hit the snooze button
We’ve all had those mornings where the confinements of your bed seem so cozy that getting out of it at the sound of the first alarm is simply impossible, so of course, we hit snooze. But according to research from staff at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, this seemingly harmless act interferes with your body’s natural wake mechanisms, leading you to be more exhausted for the rest of the day.  

“You are not sleeping once that first alarm goes off, so all you’re doing when you hit snooze is prolonging it,” says Shore. “It causes a disruption to your brain, often leaving you with headaches or pain.”

Wake up an hour before you actually start the day
According to Shore, waking up at least an hour before you have to partake in productive behavior, like making breakfast, driving to work, etc., allows your body and mind to really get ready for the day ahead. 

One of the biggest complaints we here from people is there’s no time to do the things they love to do,” says Shore. “But by waking up earlier in the morning, you’ve just given yourself the gift of time. Do something for you, no matter what it is.”

The easiest way to implement this hour-long block into your morning is by easing into it with increments. If you woke up 30 minutes before your day really began today, then set your alarm 15 minutes earlier tomorrow and continue with that routine for a few days until you feel ready to set the time even earlier. Eventually once adjusted, you will have enough leeway in your schedule to really do something you love, like meditate, exercise or watch the news. 

“You suddenly feel as if your world opens up when you add that extra time,” says Shore. “I think if there’s one thing we could all do to better ourselves, that would be it.”

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Arlington set to host The Reducetarian Summit this September

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If you haven’t heard of the book The Reducetarian Solution or The Reducetarian Cookbook, there’s a good chance you’re wondering what exactly the term “reducetarian” means.

There’s a lot of terminology out there to keep up with, but here’s what you need to know: a reducetarian is someone who practices a lifestyle of eating less meat. You could be one without even knowing it, alongside vegetarians, pescatarians and vegans, who are known to limit their meat consumption, with many avoiding it entirely.

In order to spread further awareness of the lifestyle, which organizers say helps personal health and the global environment, The Crystal Gateway Marriot in Arlington is set to host the third annual Reducetarian Summit on Sept. 28 and 29. This is the first time the event will be held in the DMV after a 2017 kickoff event in New York City (the 2018 event was held in Los Angeles).

The summit’s two-day span will explore new strategies for living and working within the reducetarian lifestyle, with over a dozen workshops, more than 70 speakers and a keynote address by bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer.

Foer, author of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, which later became a 2011 blockbuster film, has authored the forthcoming book We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast, hitting stands on Sept. 20. The book is nonfiction and focuses on humans’ task of saving the planet, based on shifting the common behaviors of overconsumption and unhealthy factory farm practices.

The Reducetarian Summit is packed with healthy-planet initiatives and networking opportunities throughout the weekend, and, according to the event’s website, hopes to bring people together who are developing strategies to reduce consumption in their everyday lives, as well as those who are founding companies and creating technology that can help the movement grow.

Other notable speakers at the event include Amanda Hearst of Maison de Mode, a luxury ethical fashion brand, Annie Ryu of The Jackfruit Company, and local yoga guru Faith Hunter of Embrace Yoga DC. Workshop topics (with more to be posted) include “Conscious Capitalism: How to Invest in Breakout Food Technology,” and “Mindshare: How to Market Plant-Based Products and Ingredients.”

Also, attendees can browse the plant-based food expo, meet health-focused authors and journalists at the book fair and breakfast and lunch buffets, which will offer reducetarian-focused dishes consisting mostly of fruits and vegetables. // The Crystal Gateway Marriott: 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington; Sept. 28-29, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tickets begin at $20 

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Here’s what women need to know about their risk for heart disease

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By Tania Chao, M.D.

Tania Chao, M.D., is a board-certified cardiologist with Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. She sees patients at the Kaiser Permanente Tysons Corner Medical Center.

Heart disease is an equal-opportunity killer—the No. 1 cause of death for both women and men worldwide. As a cardiologist who treats many women in my practice, what concerns me most are women’s unique risks.

Perhaps the most critical is a lack of awareness among women that they are at risk for a heart attack. Despite decades of public health campaigns, many women—nearly half in a recent American Heart Association (AHA) survey—don’t realize a heart attack is by far their biggest serious health hazard. Among women of color, some two-thirds are unaware of their risk, according to the survey. But the reality is that more women die from heart disease each year than men, and heart disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Further, cardiovascular death rates for American women and men have actually increased in recent years after decades of declining, according to a recent study. Consider this startling statistic from the AHA: While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease is the cause of one out of every three deaths.

This lack of awareness can have serious consequences. It has been estimated that as much as 80% of heart attacks are preventable with lifestyle changes—healthy diet, regular exercise and managing weight, blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. But if you don’t realize that you are risk, you may not take these steps in time, and you might ignore symptoms when you have them. Researchers have found that women wait longer than men to call 911 when they have their first heart attack, often because they see themselves as caregivers for other people and are more inclined to dismiss their own symptoms, especially when symptoms temporarily subside.

Even when women do show up with symptoms, heart trouble may not be the first thing on their primary care provider’s mind. This is especially true if the symptoms are atypical for heart problems: nausea, faintness and extreme fatigue, for instance. And in some cases, the patient is young and has few of the traditional risk factors. These risk factors apply to both men and women and include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, diabetes, smoking, high alcohol intake or drug use, being overweight or having a family history of heart disease.

Some risk factors for heart attacks that are more prevalent in women (depression, for example) aren’t even included in standard risk assessments. Women are also more likely to be sedentary than men and more likely to be obese. Many common risk factors increase women’s heart attack risks much more than men’s. For example, women smokers have a 25% greater risk than men of developing heart disease, and women with diabetes have a 44% greater risk.

It’s also a myth to assume that heart disease is only something to worry about when you are very old. I remind my patients that heart disease impacts women of all ages. In fact, for younger women, the combination of taking birth control pills and smoking can increase your risk by 20%. Along these lines, a study published last year in the AHA journal Circulation has been a cause of concern for me and my colleagues. It showed an increase in the number of hospitalizations for heart attack among young people, most dramatically among young women between the ages of 35 and 54.

Recognize the Symptoms

Heart attacks occur when the blood supply to the heart is severely reduced or cut off, most often because of a blocked artery. For most people, this results in uncomfortable pressure or fullness in the center of your chest. Some describe it as the feeling of an elephant sitting on your chest. It’s hard to ignore.

But for some women experiencing a heart attack, the symptoms can be less obvious, and thus easier to miss. Some of my women patients, for example, experience pain in one or both arms, feel short of breath and/or feel extremely exhausted. Some feel pain in areas of the body not typically associated with the heart, like the neck and jaw, the shoulders, upper back or abdomen. Sometimes these symptoms are accompanied by nausea or vomiting. If you or someone close to you experiences these symptoms, you may be having a heart attack and it is important to call 911 immediately. The longer the blood supply is cut off, the more likely your heart will be damaged.

Prevention is Key  

While it’s important to know your risk and to recognize the signs of a heart attack, remember that the overwhelming majority of heart attacks can be prevented. Here’s how:

  • Keep your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol and triglyceride levels in check, and if they’re not in a healthy range, work with your doctor to better manage them.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Limit alcohol to one drink a day.
  • Manage stress with meditation, yoga, massage, qi gong or a related therapy.
  • Get treatment for grief or depression.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity (e.g., walking) a day.

I’ve seen patients change their lives, especially after a heart attack, which is for many a wake-up call. My goal as their doctor is to help them realize how much power they have, not only over their heart health, but over their general wellbeing.

To read more about women and heart disease, visit the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the website of the Office of Women’s Health at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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5 back-to-school tips from a pediatrician to parents

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As the new school year approaches, there may be some anxiety for parents and students as they prepare. Summer months can lead to a lack of consistent routines and it’s time to start thinking about getting back into the swing of things. Linda Fu, M.D., pediatrician at Children’s National Health System, has some advice on how to make the transition from summer vacation to school easier and less stressful for everyone.

A good sleep routine
During the summer, children may shift their bedtime, so now is the time to start getting them back into a good sleep routine. In general, it takes a day for every hour that you need to move back to the bedtime. For example, if your child is going to bed three hours later than what will be usual for the school year, then it will take three days. Sufficient sleep is important for children to mentally function at their best throughout the school day. Lack of sleep may make retaining new information difficult and even lead to behavioral issues including, somewhat counterintuitively, hyperactivity. Parents should make sure their child gets at least eight to 12 hours of sleep each night, especially younger children, who need more hours of sleep than adolescents.

Reducing screen time
Along with a good sleep routine, it’s also important to develop good screen habits before school starts.  Keep screen time to two hours or less per day for school-aged children. Ideally, these limits should be applied throughout the summer.

Getting an annual physical
Another item to check off your list is making sure your child receives an annual physical exam. Children should have a health maintenance exam once a year to make sure they’re developing and growing properly and are up-to-date on all recommended vaccines. It’s important that your child is healthy to function their best throughout the school year.

Helping deal with anxiety and fears
The transition back to school can be a source of anxiety for some children. It’s important for children to be able to speak about their fears as they prepare for the school year. If your child seems anxious in the weeks before school starts, help them  work through their fears by asking what they think are the most exciting and worrisome aspects of heading back to school. Attend the school’s open house so that the transition goes more smoothly, especially if your child is going to a new school or starting school for the first time. Meeting the teacher and seeing the classroom can help your child get a sense of what to expect. Let your child pick out school supplies to get him excited about going back to school.

Having a balanced diet
Children need energy to function optimally throughout the day mentally and physically. That’s why it’s important to make sure they eat breakfast every morning and have a healthy lunch. Overnight you’ve been fasting and your energy stores are low. Breakfast is needed to restore that lost energy. Healthy lunches will help maintain that energy throughout the day. The food pyramid is a good guide to follow when making your child’s lunch. The majority of what children should eat are fruits and vegetables, as well as sufficient dairy and grains.

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Linda Fu, M.D., M.S., is a general pediatrician at Children’s National Health System and an associate professor of pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Fu also serves as the director of academic development for Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health.

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A UK-US trade deal. Never mind the economics (at least for a moment). Feel the politics.

“While trade deals have taken on an important political and symbolic value in the context of Brexit,” Dominic Walsh of Open Europe wrote recently on this site, “their economic benefits are typically smaller and slower to materialise than many realise.” This is the place to start when considering a possible UK-US agreement on trade.  Boris Johnson’s enthusiasm for one is as much political as economic: a successful deal would show Britain, as it moves a bit further from the EU, also moving a bit closer to America.

Such a rebalancing is a strategic consequence of Brexit, at least in the eyes of many backers of leaving the EU.  Future trade deals were a Vote Leave EU referendum priority – though it may be significant that the United States was not one of the headline countries named.  Perhaps the reason was a wariness of anti-American sentiment among a section of the voting public.  None the less, the prospect of a trade agreement with the United States was mooted during the 2016 campaign: hence Barack Obama’s line, written for him by Team Cameron, of Britain being “at the back of the queue” for such a deal.

The obstacles to one are formidable.  For while the Prime Minister is bound to view it through the lens of politics, Donald Trump is more likely to do through that of economics – though the one admittedly tends to blur into the other.  America’s approach to such matters as food safety and animal welfare, environmental protection and intellectual property rights is different from ours in any event.  Never mind the red herring of chlorinated chickens – so to speak – or autopilot claims from Corbynistas about NHS selloffs. The real action is elsewhere.  The United States has long had a protectionist streak, and is resistant to opening up its financial services markets, for example.

The conventional view is that Trump is the biggest America Firster of all; that he would drive a hard bargain, that he has the muscle to do so – and that he wouldn’t be in control of an agreement anyway.  Congress could block one if it wished, and might well do so in the event of No Deal, since the Irish-American lobby is as well-entrenched as ever.  It has been a headache for British governments over Ireland-linked matters before: remember the McBride principles.  A different take is that politics may win out in the end, because both Trump and Congress will want a UK trade deal in order to put economic and political pressure on the EU: we will publish more about that later this week.

John Bolton, Trump’s National Security Adviser, is visiting Britain.  He said yesterday that the UK will be “first in line” for a trade agreement post-Brexit – a deliberate counter to Obama’s line.  Bolton will be dangling the prospect as an inducement.  He will want Johnson to take a more resistant line to Huawei than Theresa May did, and for the UK to move closer to America’s position on Iran.  But the possibility of early sector deals – or at least the exclusion of Britain from new pro-protection moves – seems to be real enough.  As with the NHS, policing, immigration and stop and search, so with trade.  Johnson wants progress towards a quick win as a possible election looms.

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