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Good News for Folks with Asthma? And, will Camel Milk Cure Diabetes?

Will the Flu Shot Worsen My Asthma?

If you were one of the nearly two-thirds of people with asthma who did not get vaccinated because they feared the flu shot would worsen their asthma symptoms or provoke an attack, we have good news for you.

New research shows that the flu vaccine does not affect people suffering from severe asthma. While suffering from asthma itself doesn't cause the flu, it raises the risk of complications from pneumonia. During flu season, asthma sufferers are particularly encouraged to get vaccinated to prevent respiratory flu complications.

Camel Milk Could Be the Next World Superfood

CNN reports that camel milk could be the next big superfood. While camels only produce half of the amount of milk compared to a cow, a camel's stomach is more similar to a human's stomach. What's more, camel milk contains three times more vitamin C than cow's milk.

Some claim camel milk can help cure autism, diabetes, AIDS and cancer, and because of its high nutrient content, it's being produced widely in Somalia and Saudi Arabia. Dubai features an array of camel milk chocolate that is popular among American tourists.

Camel milk is not yet approved by the FDA and is not sold in the United States.

More Incentives Than Ever to Get Healthier

Employers are trying to encourage their employees to take on a healthy lifestyle. Many companies offer cash, low insurance premiums, high deductibles and contributions. Some health plans and incentives are linked to a health savings plan with a reimbursement plan, and there's a big push to get employees involved.

According to the 2013 annual health benefits survey by Towers Watson, two-thirds of large companies offer some kind of account-based health plan. Twenty-six percent of those employers associated their benefits with wellness or health management behaviors.

A 2012 survey released by Kaiser showed that employee out-of-pocket costs are getting lower each year; many of these companies offer health savings accounts that can be funded only with employer money. Kaiser reports that these contributions can equal up to $1800 on average for a family.

Employee participation shows evidence of healthy, long-term outcomes.

Readers – Would you try camel milk? What do you think of these stories? Are there other pieces of health and fitness news you'd like to see us writing about? Leave a comment below, and let me know!

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