Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Soluble painkillers, paracetamol and vitamin C are used by billions of people and this may pose a health risk because of high salt content, researchers warned.
Some formulations taken at maximum dose may put users over the recommended daily sodium intake for an adult and this may cause a potentially dangerous consequences.
The researchers found a link between effervescent tablets and heart attacks and stroke.
Patients who regularly took effervescent or soluble medications increased their risk of having a heart attack, stroke or dying from a vascular disease compared to those patients that took drugs without salt. Patients who took medicines with salts were also seven times more likely to develop high blood pressure and hypertension, which the researchers say is at the root of the problem.
Dr Jacob George who is the lead researcher from Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, England said. "We know that high salt causes hypertension and that hypertension leads to stroke."
The British Heart Foundation gave a statement that it is important to remember that the research applied to people who were taking these medicines every day. It does not mean that occasional use could damage your heart health.
Most effervescent medicines contain salt. This is because in order to fizz and dissolve, they contain a substance called bicarbonate, which is often combined with sodium.
Dr Madina Kara a neuroscientist at the Stroke Association, said: “It’s crucial to be aware of our sodium intake, as it is a component of salt. Excess salt in our diet can lead to high blood pressure, which is the single biggest risk factor for stroke.
“A diet low in saturated salt and fat, regular exercise and blood pressure checks can go a long way to keeping your stroke risk down.”
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
As weird as it sounds Batman the son of Suparman broke the law and was jailed for it. AFP News reported that he will be jailed for up to three years for theft, housebreaking and drug offenses.
The 23-year-old Batman bin Suparman is an unemployed Singaporean who changed his named to a misspelled super hero name Batman bin Suparman (Batman son of Suparman).
He was arrested on August 19. He was caught on a security CCTV Camera sneaking into a store at night on two separate occasions. The total amount of the things he stole from the store amounted to Sg$500 ($400). He also plead guilty to other charges like stealing an ATM card from his brother to withdraw Sg$650 to buy heroin.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Pollution in China is in critical level and pollution related disease and deaths are piling up. Children are now being affected by smog, an 8-year-old has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Health workers in a coastal Jiangsu province hospital points to pollution as the cause of the girl's condition. The girl was not identified for her protection, it was reported that the girl lives near a busy road that is exposed to harmful dust and vehicle emission. she is China's youngest lung-cancer patient.
The World Health Organization has classified air pollution as a cause of cancer, they said that it caused 220,000 cancer deaths in 2010 and most of the deaths from air pollution were in East Asia.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
This dark cold night, the grave’s delight, the warlocks, werewolves, vampires, and zombies are at their play; Ye think that without… The wild shivering winds shout, But no, it is they – it is they…. Happy Halloween…
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
A study shows that you can burn a lot of calories just by standing more in a day that may give you major health benefits instead of sitting.
BBC, Dr John Buckley, and researchers from the University of Chester carry out an experiment by asking ten volunteers who work at an estate agents to stand for at least three hours a day for a week.
The volunteers wore accelerometers which is a movement monitor, heart rate monitors, and glucose monitors to measure blood sugar levels throughout the day and night.
The researchers noted measurements on when the volunteers are standing, and when they are just sitting. Comparing the two, the data shows striking differences. The blood glucose levels goes down to normal levels after a meal more quickly on the days when they are standing as oppose to when they sit. Also their heart rates remain higher when they are standing, recording about 10 extra beats per minute, that resulted into a bigger calorie burn.
"If we look at the heart rates," Dr. John Buckley said, "we can see they are quite a lot higher actually - on average around 10 beats per minute higher and that makes a difference of about 0.7 of a calorie per minute."
0.7 of a calorie per minute is not that much but if it accumulate, it can get to 42 calories an hour. If you find time to stand everyday for 6 hours, that's 252 calories a day and 1,764 calories a week.
Dr Buckley added that if you consider it as an activity level, "then that would be the equivalent of running about 10 marathons a year. Just by standing up three or four hours in your day at work."
So if you want to burn more, you need to practice doing your work while standing!
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
A new study shows that it is possible to grow new hair follicles from human skin cells that may cure baldness for both men and women.
Laboratories encountered a lot of difficulties in replicating human hair follicles. But using a new technique shows that it can trigger hair growth in skin tissues.
As an alternative to just transplanting hair follicles from one surface to another which is the norm in hair transplants, the skin tissue of the patient will be used to produce essentially large quantities of follicles for hair-transplant operations, study said.
The researchers believes that the study is a "milestone advance" in stimulating hair growth in people suffering from hair loss.
"This approach has the potential to transform the medical treatment of hair loss," Angela Christiano said. Angela Christiano is a Professor at the Columbia University in New York. She is one of the lead authors of the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"Current hair-loss medications tend to slow the loss of hair follicles or potentially stimulate the growth of existing hairs, but they do not create new hair follicles. Neither do conventional hair transplants, which relocate a set number of hairs from the back of the scalp to the front. Our method, in contrast, has the potential to actually grow new follicles using a patient's own cells. This could greatly expand the utility of hair-restoration surgery to women and to younger patients - now it is largely restricted to the treatment of male-pattern baldness in patients with stable disease," she added.
The treatment could make hair transplantation available to people with a small number of follicles, which includes patients with female-pattern hair loss, scarring alopecia and hair loss due to burns.
The new study results were published here.
Monday, October 7, 2013
IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is a common disorder of the digestive system that causes abdominal pain and cramping, changes in bowel movements, diarrhea, constipation, and other symptoms.
Probiotics are great options for treating IBS.
Our intestines are filled with different kinds of bacteria and they are called collectively as gut flora. They all get along with each other when you are healthy but oftentimes they are disturbed that results to unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms. There are a lot of reasons for it, like stomach flu or side effect of antibiotics.
“The thought is that if you can restore a balanced intestinal flora in somebody with IBS, you may be able to eliminate the symptoms. So a better biome may mean a better life,” explained Cmdr. Patrick E. Young, USN, a gastroenterologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria because they keep your digestive system healthy and the best studied probiotic in the treatment of IBS is Bifidobacterium infantis. Data shows that it reduces bloating, abdominal pain, and passing of gas, it also ease the bowel movement difficulty and normalize the aberrant peripheral cytokine levels.