Playing games can help improve one’s health

According to a brain-imaging study by researchers from Stanford University and HopeLab that was released in 2012, playing video games where the player needs to kill cancer in his or her body can benefit the cancer patient playing the game. It does that by activating brain circuits responsible for our positive motivation. And as so, it can shift attitudes and boost the player’s adherence to prescribed treatment.

Now HopeLab, together with a global service company Cigna, is trying to get the new game about killing cancer cells to the phones and tablets of every young cancer patient out there. The new game, a cancer-fighting app, is called Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge and it is available for Android and iOS devices as well as online at Obviously the games are available for everyone free of charge.

The new game app is meant for teens and young adults suffering from cancer and it was developed and tested with the help of 120 cancer patients around the world.

“Whether you have cancer, or a family member, friend or classmate does, Re-Mission 2 games are a fun way to help you understand what it takes to fight the disease. Playing these games can help you or someone you care about fight and beat cancer,” said Scott Josephs, M.D., Cigna national medical officer.

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Raise Your Hand for Anaphylaxis Awareness

Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that happens when you are exposed to an allergen. It is estimated that up to 2% of the world population might experience anaphylaxis during their life time. Based on estimates, the condition is the cause of 1500 deaths each and every year.

Actress Julie Bowen, together with Mylan Specialty L.P. recently launched a competitionRaise Your Hand for Anaphylaxis Awareness to make people aware of the condition. They have created a special website where people can share their personal stories about it and tell why they think the awareness is important. As part of the campaign, four school districts will also be receiving a grant of $15 000 towards educational programs. The competition is open until October 1, 2013. The winners will be selected based on which school districts have the most individuals participating.

How can You Raise Your Hand for Anaphylaxis Awareness? Go to, sign in and choose your school district in the U.S. Share your personal reasons for raising your hand. Spread the word and invite others to do the same. You can raise your hand once a day every day as they will all count towards the number of raised hands in your school district.

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When should you consider a laser eye surgery?

Tired of dealing with glasses? Is allergy season making it unbearable to wear you contacts? Are constant trips to the optometrist or eye doctor starting to take a hit on the pocketbook? Then Lasik might be the best option yet! What does that mean? Well, Lasik is the process of correcting eyesight to 20/20 by utilizing a state of the art laser technology and right now it is the fastest growing trend in eye care. Not only that, the process of obtaining corrective surgery has been enhanced over the last decade to provide you with a safe, efficient, fast, and most importantly affordable procedure. You just have to pay for the surgery once and you never have to mess with corrective lenses again. Continue reading

Teens missing out on annual checkups

Harris Interactive conducted a survey among 500+ teens, 500 parents of teens and more than 1300 health care professionals to understand perceptions about teen health. Based on the results revealed by the survey 60 percent of teens can find at least one reason why not to get an annual checkups, with one third of them saying that your doctor should only be visited if you are sick.

The survey was conducted together with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and support from Pfizer Inc.

Susan J. Rehm, MD, NFID medical director, said that “NFID has long been an advocate of preventive health. With the drop in annual checkups during the teen years, we wanted to take a look at the attitudes and behaviors of the people closest to teen health to see if we can better understand the reason for the decline.” She continued saying that “If we understand why, we may be better equipped to address those perceptions.” Continue reading

How to get rid of Smell Behind Ear – Odor behind Earlobe

Did you ever rub your finger behind your ear and accidentally smelled your finger and noticed an unpleasant smell, which some people compare it to the smell of Swiss cheese coming behind ears? This is sometimes a very stinky smell behind earlobes, its the smell that actually occurs in oily parts of body if mixed with bacteria. In other words, bacterial growth in oily parts can cause smell.

This is the smell that police dogs use to chase, the smell of a person especially if he has some bacterial issues, not the smell of perfume. Some people have it more prominent than others and there is very little a person can do to resolve this, however we will tell you how to almost get rid of it.

Some people use alcohol, especially few females use to take an alcohol pad and use it often. Mostly others won’t notice the odor behind your ear except you, if you rub a finger there, one can almost always detect some scent. It is almost certainly noticeable only to you, because you are self-conscious about it. Others would have to have their nose behind your ear – unlikely.

The odor behind your ears is due to oil-producing glands. These glands produce an oily fat called sebum. The body produces sebum naturally. Sebum in itself is odorless but its bacterial disintegration produces a smell.
These odors are most prominent in oily areas of the skin like the face, behind the ears, under the arms, around the nipples and at the groin. These are all natural odors the human body produces without will.

Getting Rid of Smell Behind Ears

Lets get to the fix, it is very simple and it will require some days. The fix is to keep the area clean and non oily. Oil will gather all kind of dust and bacteria and stick it in your skin, you need to make the oil go away. For that you need to take a shower daily, two times a day is even better. Keep these points in mind when you shower.

Use shampoo, and when you clean shampoo from hair, kindly remove all shampoo completely from ears, giving them a good rinse with fingers, clearing all the oil along with shampoo.

Often we are left with shampoo bubbles behind ear and we clean it with tower afterwards, but make sure you clean it with water and fingers first.

At-least 3 to 4 times a day, clean your ears completely with wet fingers, don’t let scalp and dandruff appear on your skin. You will see immediate effect after you apply these two simple cures.

For short its

a) 1-2 times shower with 1 time at-least shampoo and clearing shampoo from ear, focus on clearing ear oil.

b) Clean behind the ear with wet fingers and water. This will also help you restrict scalp forming.