In August 2107, our very own Dr. Andrea LaCroix presented the health benefits of sleep during the Howell Lecture Series Improving the Snooze: Sleeping Better as we Age. "Almost everything is related in some way to our ability to function as we grow older; and sleep is perhaps one of the most important functions," comments Dr. LaCroix. She, along with Dr. Carole Banka, Dr. Meg Richman and Board Chair and Registered Nurse Abigail D'Agostino, are part of the Foundation's Speakers Service; a newly launched initiative focused on extending the organization's mission of "keeping the women we love healthy."
The 5 takeaways of her presentation are:
1. Sleep is regulated by a process called homeostatic process. It means that the body is set up to want to be in balance with other internal processes. Our sleep drive -- when we get tired and feel sleepy, that drive to sleep -- is balanced with the way we operate while awake. There are many internal and externa…
It really isn't about hamburgers... it's about all the contributing factors that lead to heart disease.
Ultimately, the question isn't whether to eat it, it's how much! When discussing heart disease, obesity plays perhaps the most important role. If we as a society are used to ingesting 1,500 calories for lunch well... no wonder our country is pretty bad shape when discussing the causes and risk factors of heart disease! Do we REALLY need the extra butter on the bun?
In February, Dr. DeMaria’s presentation talked about the most common heart afflictions, the risk factors and the new technology being developed to diagnose, treat and, most importantly, prevent heart disease.
Today, 1.4 million people per year have a heart attack; 800,000 people have strokes. As a matter of fact, he estimated that in the time it took us to eat lunch during his presentation (20 minutes), around 60 Americans had already lost their lives from heart disease. The sad truth is that cardiova…
The Howell Foundation will be kicking off the
year with a presentation on tattoos… not the kind that stay with you for life,
but the one that can definitely help in saving your life. What was once thought to be science fiction is
becoming a reality, thanks to the research of Dr. Todd Coleman at UCSD.
His research is making strides in marrying computer sciences with biology and
neurology through the elaboration of a flexible, portable “tattoo” that picks
up electric signals in the body and transmits them wirelessly to any medical
electrical device through applied mathematics. This “tattoo” seems to have all the components
of your cell phone: a wireless antenna that allows gathered information
to be transmitted, the ability to wirelessly transfer power onto the device,
Light Emitting Devices (LED) and light sensing devices to pick up information
on the body’s blood oxygenation, temperature, your body’s
mechanical strains and a variety of electrical signals on the surface of the
body -- …