Technology of Benefit in Dyslexia Cases

Dyslexia CasesDyslexia can be an extremely debilitating condition that affects not only the individual’s ability to read and write but can also result in lowered self-confidence. It’s a neurological condition that affects between five and 10 percent of the world. However, the advancement of technology over the past decade has been a huge benefit to numerous dyslexia cases.

How technology can help dyslexia cases

One of the major challenges of dyslexia is that it can cause individuals to lose belief in themselves. They’ll often assume that they simply aren’t as smart as their peers, which is rarely true. This lack of confidence can cause students with dyslexia to avoid asking for help, causing them to fall behind in their studies, which makes learning an even bigger challenge.

Fortunately, new advances in technology provide individuals with dyslexia the tools that they need to compensate for their learning disabilities, thereby giving them a much better chance to overcome their condition. This, in turn, can inspire them to greater things as a result of an improved self-confidence.

Traditionally, students with dyslexia were taught using modified teaching methods. However, new software programs and devices have proven to help students with dyslexia to not only improve their reading abilities but to help them learn to love reading.

One such type of software is the word-reading app. There are a number of these apps available for smartphones, tablets and laptops. These programs are text-to-speech software that allows dyslexic children to read books while the words are being read aloud at the same time. Basically, they act as a real-time assistant when dyslexic students get stuck on certain words.

There are also a number of dyslexic-designed fonts, including Dyslexie font and OpenDyslexic, which transform digital text into a font that’s more readable for those with dyslexia. Yet another useful tool is Livescribe Echo pen, which reads back what you’ve written to ensure that you wrote the right word.

Thanks to technology, students with dyslexia have more tools to help them learn! For more health news updates, visit The Benefits Store today.

Nonmedical Approaches Effective for Dementia

DementiaDementia is an incredibly debilitating disease without a cure. There are many different forms of dementia, but the most common is Alzheimer’s disease, which affects roughly five million Americans over the age of 65. However, there are ways to prevent dementia without having to take medication.

The Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care recently reported findings on how the onset of dementia can be prevented at this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

Preventing Dementia

The Lancet Commission was made up of 24 experts who identified six lifestyle factors along with 3 nonmedical interventions that could affect the development of dementia. According to their report, these combined nine factors affect an estimated 35 percent of all dementia cases.

The risk factors that were revealed can be diminished at every stage of life in order to help prevent the onset of dementia. The following are the stages of life and the risk factors for dementia that should be addressed at that time:

  • Youth – Young people should focus on educating themselves about dementia and the risk factors associated with its development so that they can begin taking steps and making changes in their lifestyle to help avoid dementia in their later years.
  • Middle age – Once people reach middle age, they should take steps to manage hearing loss, obesity and hypertension. Managing these risk factors can help reduce the occurrence rate of dementia by a combined 20 percent.
  • Old age – Once a person reaches old age, risk factors that can lead to dementia include smoking, diabetes and depression. In addition to managing these risks, older individuals should also focus on physical exercise and maintaining an active social life. Addressing all of these factors together could reduce the incidence of dementia by as much as 15 percent.

Although there is currently no cure for dementia, researchers have recently determined that managing the risk factors that can lead to its development may help to reduce the incident rate by a substantial amount. To keep up with all of the latest health news and health tips, be sure to visit us at The Benefits Store today.

Travel Health: Important Measles Precautions

Measles PrecautionsFor many Americans, measles is a disease of the past, like polio. Unfortunately, measles has been making a big comeback in several different parts of the world. If you are going on vacation to certain global destinations, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends you take certain measles precautions.

The Risk of Measles

Since January 2016, there have been more than 14,000 measles cases reported in Europe alone. Measles is no small matter, either – 35 people have died in Europe as a result of measles this year, according to the World Health Organization.

While there haven’t been any major outbreaks in the U.S., there have been a number of cases, most of which have been the result of international travel. This can be especially dangerous, since an American who contracts measles overseas and brings it home risks causing an outbreak here in the states.

There are currently travel health notices for five European countries that have experienced measles outbreaks since November of last year. These countries include Belgium, France, Italy, Germany and Romania. However, there have been measles cases reported in 15 countries throughout Europe this year alone.

Measles Precautions

If you are planning a trip to Europe this summer, then you and your family should take precautions by visiting your doctor at least four to six weeks before you travel in order to get vaccinated for the measles. The vaccination is a series of shots, which is why you may need up to six weeks to have them administered and for your body to build up immunity to the disease.

Measles is not something you should take lightly. It’s one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases. It’s estimated that 90 percent of susceptible persons who have close contact with someone that has measles will contract the disease. It’s a virus that can be spread via coughs or sneezes and that can live two hours or more in the air or on surfaces.

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4 Summer Travel Tips You Can Use

Summer Travel Tips Summer is one of the most popular times of the year to travel. This is because the weather is at its best during this time and children are out of school, making it ideal for family vacations. However, traveling to different places, especially overseas, increases the risk of exposure to illnesses not found near home. The following are four summer travel tips that you should follow to ensure that you stay healthy while on vacation:

  1. Get a checkup before leaving – Find out about the diseases that are prevalent in the area to which you are traveling traveling and then get a checkup with your doctor before you leave. Your doctor will make sure you’re in good enough health to travel and will provide you with any necessary innoculations to protect against region-specific diseases, such as yellow fever, malaria and hepatitis A.
  2. Pack a health kit – Bring a few basic health supplies with you in case you fall sick on your trip. You should bring an anti-inflammatory drug (such as ibuprofen), an anti-diarrhea medication (such as Imodium™), a motion sickness medication, antiseptic cream, drugs for an upset stomach and, last but not least, adhesive bandages.
  3. Always wash your hands – This may seem like a basic tip, but a lot of people forget to do this regularly while traveling. Always wash your hands before meals and after you’ve handled objects on public transportation or in tourist spots.
  4. Be careful about what you drink and eat – If you’re traveling in third world countries or developing nations, you need to be very careful about what you eat and drink. Only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled. Make sure the meat you eat is well cooked. Don’t put ice in your drinks and avoid foods and beverages from unhygienic locations, such as street vendors.

These four summer travel tips can help you and your family avoid getting sick while on vacation. For more health tips and to stay up to date with all the latest health news, visit us at The Benefits Store today.

Can Lung Cancer Screening Save Lives and Money?

Lung Cancer Screening A new study published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology suggests that lung cancer screening could be a cost-effective way to identify lung cancer if it is used to identify other conditions related to tobacco use in those who are high-risk as well.

How Lung Cancer Screenings Can Become More Cost-Effective

The study was performed by researchers from Canada who, following their research, believe that combining a CT (computed tomography) screening for multiple conditions along with efforts to manage heart and lung diseases that aren’t cancer-related (and efforts to stop smoking) can help make the screening a lot more cost-effective.

Over the past few years, lung cancer treatment has become more and more expensive, which makes early detection and prevention even more important. In fact, the ability to diagnose smoking-related diseases could help to improve the length and quality of people’s lives. Unfortunately, there is no national lung cancer screening program currently in place. This is because there was very little evidence available that a lung cancer screening would help improve a person’s life considering the costs associated with such a program.

Fortunately, this newly published research shows that lung cancer screening programs implemented on a national scale could become more financially viable if they target high-risk people and if the screenings are also used to identify non-cancer conditions; for example, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Using data gathered from two major screening trials, researchers found that if they targeted high-risk people, then they could reduce the number of people that would need to be screened for cancer by over 80 percent. They determined that it would cost slightly less than $21,000 CAD a year per life saved. This would be more cost-effective than the $100,000 that is often paid for other types of cancer interventions.

A national lung cancer screening program could become even more cost-effective if it is combined with smoking cessation. If done properly, a lung cancer screening program in the United States could be just as effective as well. For the latest on health news around the world, visit us at The Benefits Store.