Jobless face more risk of heart attack

A new study emerging from the report of the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina presented by the lead researcher – Matthew Dupre states that the people who had recently lost their jobs are more likely to suffer a heart attack than their employed peers are. Researchers found that each successive job loss was tied to a higher chance of heart problems among older adults. However, it is still not yet confirmed that how unemployment itself might have caused extra heart attacks.

The possible reasons as per the study are the combination of stress, worsening lifestyle and poor management of chronic conditions without any health insurance. The other factors that play their role may be that those without job may be unable to control their high blood pressure or manage their diabetes, or rate of smoking. Still, Dupre says that it is too early to know for sure what is behind the link and it is too early to recommend ways to way off the heart problems among the recently unemployed.

This new study is based on the data collected from a large U.S. study of about 13,451 adults who were interviewed every other year for an average of 12 years about their health, lifestyle and life events such as employment and job loss. The participants of this study were aged 55-years old at the onset on average and about two-thirds were overweight or obese. One in seven was initially unemployed. The risk of heart attack is not seen in people who gave up the work voluntarily. Previous studies have also suggested that doing a stressful job may similarly increase the risk of having a heart attack.

Problems about Wi-Fi and other issues grips Microsoft surface users

The Microsoft surface tablet that was launched with much fanfare  during the month of June by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at a Los Angeles event at Milk Studios is now drawing flack with some users complaining about Wi-Fi connectivity issues that are preventing them from getting on to internet. The first complaints appeared within two days of Microsoft shipping the tablet on October 25. Some users had posted complaints on the Microsoft’s Surface support forum stating that the wireless option showed “limited” connection and rebooting the tablet had temporarily resolved the problem.

Some users even thought that the problem could be with their wireless router instead of the tablet, but the connectivity problems appeared to be consistent across different router brands. Other users complained that the problem was happening with their Surface tablet only and not with other wireless devices. Microsoft declined to comment immediately on the issue.

According to Zeus Kerravala – founder and principal at ZK Research, the problem may be due to software issue caused by buggy code or it may be due to a driver conflict. Kerravala opines that limited connectivity was a problem with older Windows laptops resulting from conflicting Wi-Fi drivers. Microsoft is now required to patch the Windows RT OS on the surface tablet.

Barack Obama wins presidential election for a second term

President Barack Obama won for a second term in the White House by defeating his opponent – Republican Mitt Romney. Obama in his victory speech said that in his second presidential term he would reach out to Republicans. He further called on for a compromise and pledging to work with leaders of both the parties to reduce the deficit, to reform the tax code and immigration laws and to cut dependence on foreign oil.

President Barack Obama delivered the victory speech at McCormick Place convention center in Chicago that stuck on to the themes about his rise to top of the American politics and that there is more that unites Americans than that divides them. This election battle was quite long, bitter and expensive with the nationwide popular vote that remained extremely close with Obama taking about 50 percent to 49 percent for Romney. The election campaign resulted in both candidates and their party allies combined spending an estimated amount of $2billion. President Obama scored impressive victories across the country so much so that the big build up over Ohio, Florida and Virginia just tapered out.

Obama reached the 270 electoral votes needed for presidential victory even without those three states. The winning was further strengthened with rolling up wins in Democratic strongholds that included Nevada, Iowa and Colorado. In the end, Obama won Ohio, Virginia and was far ahead in Florida.

Mitt Romney – the 65-year-old former Massachusetts governed conceded to his defeat in a gracious speech that was delivered to his disappointed supporters at the Boston convention center saying that this is a time of great challenge for the nation and would pray that the president will be successful in guiding the nation. He further warned against partisan bickering and requested politicians on both sides to put the people before the politics.

American voters go to polls to give their final verdict

The curtains are almost down after a long and bitter White House campaign with Americans began casting their votes on Tuesday with polls showing President Barack Obama and Republican challenger – Mitt Romney in a neck and neck election that will be decided in a handful of states. The voting is currently underway in twenty-six states in the United States to elect their 45th president of the country. Polling has already opened in most eastern states and is slated to commence in mid-western states. The states currently undergoing voting include Ohio and North Carolina. Voting will begin in Florida within a few hours.

Vice president Joe Biden voted along with his wife just a short while ago in Delaware. This election is a close race between the U.S. President and Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama and the Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney for 538 Electoral College votes. To be a winner, the candidate needs 270 electoral votes. The results depend upon the Electoral College in which each state is given a number of electoral votes in a rough proportion to its population. The outcome of the election will rest on a thin margin based on few key results.

High Blood Pressure can damage the brain

A recent research carried on by the University Of California (UC) has found that the high blood pressure among young-middle aged people is leading to accelerated brain damage. Even in those whose blood pressure would not be considered high, to warrant clinical intervention are at the risk of developing brain damage. Even a slight rise in blood pressure can have a disastrous effect on the brain and this damage is not just confined only with older people. The researchers state that their findings lays bare the fact about the need for “early and optimum control of blood pressure”.

The research team analyzed the blood pressure readings and brain scans of almost 579 people taking part in the Framingham Heart Study, a longitudinal investigation that started following the cardiovascular health of the people living in Framingham – Massachusetts over sixty years ago. The participants in this study were mostly in the age group of late thirty’s are when they were joined this part of the study in the year-2009.

An open debate on organic food

Organic food that includes farm produce, milk and meat are becoming popular among the consumers every year. The sale of organic food now accounts for almost $26 billion per year which is up from $1 billion some few decades back. The reasons for the popularity of organic food include potential health benefits and environmental impact. Despite the popularity of organic food among the masses there is a debate going on whether organic food is better for our health and is worth to its higher price in the United States. The studies carried on the aspect of health benefits of organic food is quiet unclear.

The controversy once again raised its head when The American Academy of Pediatrics, this week highlighted some aspects related with the supposed benefits of eating organic food but said that it is not clear whether parents are actually getting the healthier food by spending extra amount on these foods.


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