January 29: Weekly Health Roundup

Zika Virus ‘Spreading Explosively’

The WHO is convening an emergency meeting to “try and find ways to stop the transmission of the Zika virus” that is spreading across the Americas. The United States has experience s31 confirmed cases, though all those afflicted can trace their infection back to travel throughout the Bahamas and South America. The real danger is to pregnant women, where first and second trimester fevers have been found to cause serious birth defects. Scientists are currently working on developing a cure for the spreading virus, via Washington Post

Too Much Social Media Could Mess Up Your Sleep

Do you find yourself checking Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at all hours of the night? If you answered yes, your sleep may be suffering. According to a recent study, “people who checked social media most often during the week were also three times more likely to have sleep problems” The study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship but did provide that “difficulty sleeping may lead to increased use of social media, which may in turn lead to more problems sleeping”., via NWI Times

Five Common Heart Health Myths Debunked

February is National Heart Health month and in honor of that, we’ve found some interesting myths that many hold when it comes to your heart health. Curious what misinformation you may be holding onto? Check out this article that will help you dispel those myths and move towards a healthier heart today, via El Dorado Springs Sun

Study Finds No Proof of 'Seasonal' Depression

As winter blizzards wreak havoc across the US and sunshine is becoming scarce, many find themselves afflicted with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – a condition “recognized by the mental health community for nearly 30 years” is actually unsupported by concrete data. Scientists argue that big pharma companies pushed to have the condition recognized so they could market drugs to the population. Sounds pretty underhanded to us, via US News

Will to Quit Smoking is Key to Success

One of the most addicting substances known to man, Nicotine is a hard habit to quit. Researchers found that efforts to kick the habit to the curb really come down to the users will to do so. From patches, to gum to going cold turkey – there are a variety of methods that work for different people. Unfortunately, the one thing all these methods need is the desire to actually quit. So if you’re hoping to quit smoking in 2016, take a second to examine your resolve before charging ahead, via Examiner

Time to Weigh In

Have you heard about the Zika virus? Are you nervous about the spread or think it’s the media blowing things out of proportion again? Do you find yourself turning to social media if you can’t sleep or unable to sleep after scrolling through your social feeds? Did you take a peek at the heart health myths? Which debunked myths did you find most fascinating? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!