Archive for December, 2009

Preventing heat-related Illnesses

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

The best defense is prevention. Here are some tips for prevention:

  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of how much activity do. Do not wait until thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Do not drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar-these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if possible, in an air-conditioning. If your house has no air conditioning, go to a mall or public library, even a few hours in an air conditioned environment can help your body stay cooler when you return to heat. Check with your local health department if there are shelters for refuge from the heat in your area.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is about 100 ° F, fans will not prevent related illness in the heat. Take a shower or a cold bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
  • Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light colored clothing.
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
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Snake Bites: Reducing Your Risk

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

How can avoid snakebites?
Snakes are most active in spring, early summer and autumn. Most snakebites occur between April and October when the weather is warm and outdoor activities are popular. Although most snakes are not poisonous, there are several types of snakes in the United States of America are. These include the rattlesnake, The copperhead, the water moccasin or head of cotton and coral. In the United States occur approximately 8,000 venomous snakebites a year. Listed here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of being bitten by a snake:

  • Regularly trim hedges, keep your lawn mowed and remove brush from your yard and nearby vacant lots. This will decrease the number of places where snakes like to live.
  • Do not let children play in vacant lots, weed-infested.
  • Always use tongs when moving firewood, brush or timber. This allows you to safely see any snakes that may be hidden underneath.
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How to improve Muscle Strength?

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Muscle strength is needed to perform activities of daily life with as little inconvenience and risk of injury. The age, especially from the 2nd half of life, and lack of exercise also act together to reduce the strength and muscle mass. Even those individuals who are stronger, slowly and imperceptibly may find themselves too weak to perform the most routine tasks in the last decades of his life. The effort to develop and maintain muscle strength in the present, will be rewarded to ensure the ability to live independently and normal in the future.
The strength training also increases:

  • Bone mineral density
  • LBM
  • The strength of the connective tissues

Although the increase in aerobic capacity and carries a certain increase in strength, this is small, especially in the upper body. So work is necessary to develop this capacity specifically at least 3 times a week. Generally, to increase muscle mass is necessary to act against resistance or lifting. To work the major muscle groups (legs, arms, abdomen, upper body) is convenient to choose different exercises. (more…)

Attack ataxia, discovered how to form Tumors

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

A study financed by Telethon and conduct IFOM, Milan sheds light on the main risk associated with this genetic disease.
Unveiling the mechanisms of tumor formation in patients with ataxia telangiectasia (AT) and related conditions: announces a study financed by Telethon and conducted by Marco Foiani, scientific director of ‘The FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology’ (IFOM), Milan. Published in the journal Cell – which has also earned the cover – the work was conducted in collaboration with the University of Milan, thanks to funding from the Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC), the European Community, Ministry of Health and the Fondazione Cariplo.
Ataxia telangiectasia is a hereditary disease characterized by the combination of a progressive ataxia (loss of coordination of movements) and a severe immunodeficiency. (more…)

Medicinal plants against PMS

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Cramps before menstruation and abdominal pain plaguing many women. In addition to painkillers and synthetic drugs from medicinal plant extracts to ease some of the “premenstrual syndrome” (PMS). In mild to moderate symptoms ranging from herbal medicines in general alone. It is important that the medicinal plants used in the long term, at least four to six months. Severe pain should be examined by a doctor so he can rule out organic causes.
Chaste Tree (Agnus castus) has proven itself above all against the PMS. High-dose preparations should be used only once a day. They lower the hormone prolactin and act normally after three months. (more…)

Asthma

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

What is asthma?
Asthma is an inflammatory disease. This disease is linked to inflammation of the bronchi face many substances that contaminate the air we breathe. The inflamed airways can then react quickly by tightening so exaggerated in all kinds of attacks (allergens, stress, cold air).

Asthma

How to recognize the crisis?
Faced with a crisis, the doctor will discuss asthma because of the whistling breathing. The crisis manifests itself most often:

  • difficulty breathing
  • shortness of breath, cough
  • wheezing
  • chest tightness

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Protein Diet

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

A protein diet is a type of diet that forbids the consumption of carbohydrates and fats to achieve weight loss by burning fat reserves in your body.
The protein diet reduces the consumption of fats and carbohydrates to increase the protein, for that way to force the body to consume its own fat stores. Then there is the loss of weight due to the disappearance of body fat.
Foods containing sugars and fats should be eliminated from the diet and protein should be eaten only at breakfast, lunch and dinner:

  • seafood
  • fish
  • eggs
  • beef, pork, chicken and turkey

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First aid for Burns

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Thermal burns to the skin in the home – it burns from boiling water, hot steam, flame, hot metal – in other words, from the effects on the skin at high temperatures. This skin cells are dying. The higher the temperature, the deeper the burn. I degree burn – is a reddening of the skin burn of II degree – blistering of the skin; III degree burn – skin necrosis; IV degree burns – the deep tissue necrosis. The severity of the burns depends on the area of destruction.

First aid for Burns

First aid – to cool the surface of the burn with cold water to stop the further effect of temperature, and subjective – to reduce the sensation of pain. At 10-15 min cool down the affected areas with cold water, ice, snow, and then close them with a dry antiseptic dressing. (more…)

Taking care after 40

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Taking care after age 40 is necessary if weight control and care for heart health by preventing cardiovascular disease.

Taking care after 40

From the forty is really important to exercise, walk or bike regularly helps build muscle tissue, but also is beneficial in maintaining good cardiovascular health and burning calories.
From the 40 muscle mass is lost thereby reducing caloric needs too. It’s normal to gain weight more easily, especially among women and at the waist. The main cause is that the metabolism slows down with what you should eat less and doing more physical activity. (more…)

Bronchiolitis

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Inflammation of lung bronchioles. It may be due to an acute viral infection, often very serious in infants.
Etiology:
The viruses are primarily responsible for respiratory infections in infants and small children. The broncho-pneumonia are often epidemic.
Viruses are implicated in the majority of RSV (Respiratory Virus Syncicial) and influenza viruses and adenoviruses.

Bronchiolitis

Note the notion of repeated infections caused by a deficiency of immunoglobulins (IgA, IgG). Other factors may encourage respiratory infections: passive smoking, pollution, community development, psychological factors (overprotection of the mother anguish …), gastro-esophageal reflux. The hereditary factor is not negligible: the existence of an allergic component with an atopic family plot (often in association with skin reactions). (more…)

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