Top 5 Health Trends for 2012

leading cause of death: trends analysis chartNational Consumer Research Institute Predicts Top Five Health Trends for 2012

Liquid Energy Shots and Health-Related Smartphone Apps Top List of Consumer Health Trends That Will Dominate in the New Year
SANTA ANA, CA, Dec 28, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — The need for better sleep and a growing appetite for liquid energy shots and health-related smartphone apps are among the top consumer health trends expected to make headlines in 2012, according to a leading national research group studying health-related attitudes and behavior in America.

The Values Institute at DGWB, a social science research entity based in Santa Ana, Calif., used observational studies to identify five health and wellness trends that Americans are most likely to embrace in 2012. The list is an extension of the Institute’s extensive work in values-based marketing and social entrepreneurialism, as well as a long-term partnership with the international research firm Iconoculture of Minneapolis.

The top five consumer health trends for 2012 are:

1. America’s Infatuation with Boosting Energy… Naturally. The recent surge in the popularity of liquid energy shots like Red Bull, Monster and 5-Hour Energy should continue. Far beyond a Millennial-only trend, these products are increasingly popular with seniors, as evidenced by 5-Hour’s partnership with John Ratzenberger. There is a potential for a backlash as health-seeking consumers look for the same boost from 100% natural sources with ingredients they can pronounce. These could include green tea extract, vitamins, whole grains, raw foods like bananas and dates and specifically designed products like Jamba Juice and V8 Energy Shots. Continue reading Top 5 Health Trends for 2012

First aid after tick bites

illustration of tick life cycle from the CDCIt may be a little early in the season for tick information, but file this away for “brushing up” on all you need to know about ticks in advance of springtime (aka “Tick Season!). The link at the bottom has first aid information.

Medical Authors: Barbara K. Hecht, PhD, Frederick Hecht, MD, FAAP, FACMG
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

Ticks carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. People contract Lyme disease by being bitten by these ticks.

In order to investigate whether specific human behavior increases the risk of tick exposure, researchers from the University of California at Berkeley took to the woods. They found that sitting on a log carried with it the greatest risk of picking up a tick. If you sit on a log (at least in Northern California) for only five minutes, you have a 30% chance of getting a tick on you! Gathering wood was also cited as a risky activity as well as leaning up against a tree.

Comment: Aside from issuing a press release (below) about this study, it was also published in the current issue of the Journal of Medical Entomology. In case you aren’t familiar with this journal, it is chock-full of everything you might want to know (or not know) about the dangers that mosquitoes, cat fleas, ticks, flies, scorpions, mange mites and other insects pose to you. We don’t recommend it for bedtime reading.

First aid after tick bites.

More tick information here.

Workers Comp Claims from Spiders, Bees, Fire Ants, Fleas, Mosquitoes, Bedbugs, Wasps, Hornets, Lice, Scorpions, Ticks, Mites, Bites, and Stings… Oh My!

illustration of bee stinging someone

Most workers compensation managers do not think twice about the workers comp claim for the employee stung by a bee or bitten by a flea. It is usually a first aid only claim or at worse, a medical only claim, right? Wrong! While the majority of claims for biting and stinging insects or spiders (spiders are not insects, they have 8 legs and are technically classified as arthropods) will be minor, there can be some nasty injury claims, especially from spider bites or multiple bees/wasp stings.

Employees that work outside like construction workers and landscapers are the most likely to encounter a bite or a sting, but warehouse workers and others who work around products or inventory where items set stationary for a while can come into contact with insects and spiders. While office workers, retail employees, and other indoor occupations have less exposures to bites and stings, the risk manager needs to be sure the people in pest eradication do the job, or even office workers can encounter a bite or a sting.
People often refer to insects and spiders as poisonous, but all insects and spiders are poisonous only if they are eaten. What they are is venomous. Insects and spiders normally inject a venom into the victims either through a bite or a sting. It is the venom that creates the work comp claim, not the actual bite or sting itself.
Rarely are bites or stings serious enough to require hospitalization or are deadly, but there are known cases where people with a weak immune system, elderly or very young children have died from bites or stings. Spider bites create the most work comp claims, especially bites from brown recluse, black widow, brown widow, and hobo spiders.
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