Friday, August 18, 2017

How to Treat Dry Eyes?



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Sometimes when you are staring too much into your computer monitor or smartphone your eyes become dry and really tired. If you have any symptoms of dry eye, you can try natural remedies, over-the-counter drops, or prescription treatments that will help you deal with it.

Dry eye syndrome, or dry eye disease, is a common condition that occurs when the eyes don't make enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly. This leads to the eyes drying out and becoming red, swollen and irritated. Dry eye syndrome is also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or simply "dry eyes."

Some people are at higher risk of dry eye than others. Tears are really important for the eyes since it contain antibodies, lubricants, and nutrients that protect the eye. If dry eyes is untreated for too long it can cause damage to your eyes.

OTC eye drops - this is the first line of treatment for dry eye. They are called artificial tears and are available over-the-counter. It is really effective as long as it is applied consistently.

Wash your eyelids - "meibum" which is basically oil is a very important component of tears, and they are produced by meibomian glands found on the rim of eyes, near your lash line. Blocked meibomian glands can lead to dry eye. Washing your eyelids regularly and using a warm washcloth as a compress can help keep inflammation under control and restore the flow of oil to the eye.

Block your tear ducts - Tear ducts or puncta are found in the inner corners of your upper and lower eyelid. They drain tears away from the eye into the nose. Plugging the ducts with sterile lacrimal plugs or punctal plugs can keep both your own tears and artificial tears in the eye. It can be plug with a silicone that is reversible.

Wear therapeutic contact lenses - wearing regular contact lenses can cause dry eye specially if worn for a long period of time. Special contact lenses called scleral lenses or bandage lenses can fix the problem by protecting the surface of the eye and keeping moisture from seeping away.        

Eat more food that are rich in omega-3 - Adding more omega-3 fatty acids to your diet may also help relieve dry eye. Dietary sources include salmon, sardines, tuna, walnuts, and flaxseed.

Prescription meds - eye drops that contain the anti-inflammatory compound cyclosporine (Restasis) needs prescription, there's also a a new type of dry eye treatment that is approved by the FDA it is called lifitegrast ophthalmic solution (Xiidra). There are also eye drops that contain corticosteroids, which also control inflammation. 


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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Are you "Overfat"?

 


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Overfat is a word that describe people who have a body fat level that is harmful to their health. An overweight person has a BMI (body mass index) between 25 to 29.9, while an "obese" individual has a BMI of 30 or above. Even if that individual has normal weight or is non-obese using traditional standards, those with high fat level can still be categorized as "Overfat."

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Being overfat will have some seriously negative consequences for a person's overall health since excess body fat is associated with cardiometabolic dysfunction, a clinical situation that can progressively worsen, potentially leading to various common disease risk factors, chronic diseases, increased morbidity and mortality, and reduced quality of life.

A recent study about "Overfat Adults and Children in Developed Countries" reveals that overfat people in the top 30 industrialized countries eclipse the all of the obese and overweight people in the world. In fact, they estimate that 90% of the men and 50% of the children in the US, New Zealand, Greece and Iceland are overfat. In the top overfat countries, researchers found 80% of the women were overfat, too.

The authors of the new study argue that using BMI will not account about 50% of the people who still have dangerous amounts of fat. Those are typically people who have the proverbial beer belly, but are otherwise in decent shape.

Author Paul Laursen, an adjunct professor and performance physiologist at the Sports Performance Research Institute in New Zealand said: "We shouldn't be as much worried about weight, what we should really be worried about is the fat part and where your fat is concentrated."

Abdominal overfat is the most unhealthful form of this condition, since the fat that is in your stomach area grows deep inside your body and it wraps around your vital organs. Your liver borrows this fat and turns it into cholesterol that can sneak into your arteries and start collecting there. When it collects, your arteries start to harden, and when they get hard, this can lead you to having a heart attack or stroke. This is why it is concerning that average waist circumference measures, generally indicative of abdominal overfat, have increased. Despite a leveling off appearance of being overweight and/or obese in some developed countries, the overfat pandemic continues to grow.

This deep layer of belly fat is also what makes your body insulin-resistant, which can lead you to having type 2 diabetes. It can also cause inflammation, which scientists are finding at the root of many chronic diseases and even cancer and Alzheimer's. Excess belly fat can also raise your glucose levels and decrease your muscle mass. You need good muscle mass to help keep good heart health.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

How to Deal with Hair Loss




If you are experiencing excessive hair loss there may be an underlying reason, it can be poor diet, illness, excessive dieting, tension, work pressure, too much exposure to sun, frequent coloring of hair, or bad reaction from hair treatment chemicals

Here are some tips on how to deal with hair-fall:

- Eat protein rich food like fish, eggs, milk, and meat.
- Eat a balance diet with more green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits.
- Eat nuts that have high vitamin E content like walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts daily.
- Apply vitamin E to your scalp. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps repair and build tissue. It helps reduce inflammation and repair damage to the follicles, and healthy follicles encourage hair growth.
- Eat plenty of fruits with antioxidants like strawberries, prunes, plums, oranges, blue berries, black berries, currants, and grapes. They help in lessening the negative effects of sun-rays on hair.
- Fruits rich in vitamin C like oranges, lemon and guava are good for health of hair.
- Avoid eating food that have high content of refined and processed carbohydrates like white bread and white rice.
- Food that contains whole wheat flour, pulses, curd and vegetables is good for over all health including hair.
- Drink plenty of water daily, at least 10-12 glasses.  
- Engage in physical activity everyday to relieve stress and improve blood circulation.
- Take iron supplements, since many women and men have iron deficiency (anemia). The symptoms of iron deficiency include fatigue, shortness of breath, frequent infections, pica (craving non-food items such as chalk or ice), brittle nails and hair loss.
- Use some oil like almond, castor, olive or coconut oil once a week to massage the scalp thoroughly.
- Keep your hair clean by washing it often (twice a week) with mild shampoo.
- Use Henna as a hair conditioner but not too frequently since it can weaken the hair strand.
- Don’t wash hair with too hot water.
- Restore moisture through hot oil treatments

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Friday, June 30, 2017

The Dangers of Placenta Pills - CDC




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Health officials issued a warning about possible dangers of taking encapsulated pills made from their placenta, after an Oregon infant's infection was tied to the practice. The baby was born healthy and without complication in September, but then its health began to deteriorate rapidly.

The practice of ingesting the placenta after giving birth is believed by some to help with postpartum depression, breast milk production and increase energy levels. It's trendy now since a lot of celebrity moms and bloggers are doing and promoting it.

In a CDC report published last Thursday, a group of doctors and health officials say the capsules appear to have caused an infant's illness in Portland, Oregon, last fall. The authors said moms should avoid taking them, noting that the making of placenta capsules is not regulated and there's no guarantee they are free of harmful germs.

Last fall, the Oregon baby fell ill twice with a strep infection. Doctors of the infant transferred the baby to the neonatal intensive care unit and began a series of tests. Those tests revealed a deadly blood infection known as late-onset group B Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) bacteremia, which doctors treated with an 11-day course of antibiotics. Investigators believe the mom passed an infection to her child during birth. Later, the mom started taking placenta capsules. The child got sick again weeks later, and health officials think the pills played a role. Tests found the bacteria in the placenta pills.

The mother had sent her placenta to a company that offers to clean, slice and dehydrate it, then grind it and put it into gelatin capsules, according to the report. It's possible the company which was not identified failed to heat the placenta enough to kill germs, the authors said.

The placenta grows in the uterus during pregnancy and provides oxygen and nutrients to the fetus. Most mammal mothers eat placentas after giving birth — camels and humans traditionally were the exceptions. Ground placenta was a treatment in ancient Chinese medicine, though it wasn't standard practice for new mothers.

CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr








Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2 Billion People are Overweight, USA is on top




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- 2.2 billion people in the world are overweight or obese.
- Egypt is on the top country with the highest percentage of obese adults while U.S. has the highest percentage of children.
- A rising number of deaths is resulting from diseases attributable to obesity.

According to a new study published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine, about 30% (2.2 billion people) of the world's population is affected by weight problems, with 10% listed as obese. People were classified as overweight if their body mass index was in the 25 to 29 range, while obesity is defined as anyone with a BMI of 30 or more. 600 million adults and 150 million children have body mass index numbers above 30, which is a metric used to determine obesity.

The results show "a growing and disturbing global public health crisis," according to the study.

The United States had the highest percentage of obese children and young adults at nearly 13%, while Egypt had the highest number of adults at 35%. Bangladesh had the lowest rates of obese children, and Vietnam the lowest number in adults which are about 1% in both country.

The U.S., with 79.4 million, had the most obese adults, followed by China. The research found obesity has tripled in youth and young adults in countries such as China, Brazil and Indonesia.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Single Mosquito Bite Is Enough To Transmit Multiple Viruses - Study





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Mosquitoes are annoying and their bite will give you an itchy pink or reddish skin bumps. They can also cause serious public health issue like the mosquito-borne Zika outbreak that spread all over the world last year. Not only that according to a recent study published in the Nature Communications journal reports that mosquitoes might be even more adept at spreading disease than previously thought. The research was aiming to find out if the infamous Aedes aegypti mosquito may be able to spread multiple diseases at once. Aedes aegypti mosquito, also called the cockroach of mosquitoes, is known to be among the primary way diseases like chikungunya, dengue and Zika virus spread.

Researchers from Colorado State University exposed hundreds of mosquitoes to either chikungunya, Zika or dengue and different combinations of the three. They also exposed 48 mosquitoes to the three viruses namely chikungunya, Zika and dengue so that they can analyze if one or all three of the diseases could appear in the saliva, which could then potentially infect a person.

The researchers examined the saliva, gut and legs of the insects for signs of viral infection. They found that 92% of the mosquitoes tested positive for all three viruses. Of the 48 just one remained uninfected.  

They found that 6 saliva samples from the mosquito tested positive for all three viruses 14 days after the insects were exposed. Another two saliva samples tested positive 21 days after exposure.

Even if not all the insects had the virus in the saliva, the researchers said that the virus' presence in the saliva happens only after the infection has traveled through the body. As a result, the other mosquitoes that tested positive may still have been able to transmit the disease in the future even if the virus was not found in the saliva.

 "Based on what I know as a virologist, epidemiologist and entomologist, I thought that the viruses would either compete or enhance each other in some way," Greg Ebel, director of the Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory and co-author of the study, said in a statement today. "On the one hand, all of these viruses have mechanisms to suppress mosquito immunity, which could lead to synergy. On the other hand, they all likely require similar resources within infected cells, which could lead to competition."

But Ebel said, "we didn't see much evidence of either one of these things in mosquitoes that were infected in the lab by multiple viruses."

According to CDC the only way to protect yourself and your children from mosquito-born illness is to prevent the bite by using insect repellent. The CDC recommends using EPA-registered insect repellents that include at least 20% DEET. Though products with higher DEET concentration does provide longer protection, this peaks around 50% DEET.



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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Common Painkillers May Cause "Heart attack risk"

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According to the new study, there may be a link between taking high doses of common anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen and heart attacks. Over-the-counter common painkillers known as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen are sold under brand names that includes Motrin or Advil, these are used to treat minor pains and aches, it also reduce fever.

People who take these medicine have a higher risk of heart attack or stroke, according to National Institutes of Health. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682159.html
The likelihood of experiencing a heart attack was calculated to increase by an average of 20% to 50%, compared with someone not taking the drugs, regardless of the dosage and amount of time  they are taken.

The findings are observational and based on an association, however, with the drugs not proved to be a a direct cause of heart attack.

This group of drugs includes ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib and naproxen, which are available over the counter or by prescription for higher doses, to relieve pain or fever resulting from a range of causes that may include flu, headaches, back pain and menstrual cramps. Their range of uses also means they are often taken as needed, for short periods of time.

The level of risk increased as early as one week into the use of any drug in this category and at any dose, and the risk associated with taking higher doses was greatest within the first month. The overall findings suggest that people who take any dosage of these drugs for one week, one month or longer was linked to an increased risk of a heart attack. The risk appeared to decline when these painkillers were no longer taken, with a slight decline one to 30 days after use and a greater decline, falling below 11%, between 30 days and one year after use.

"We found that all common NSAIDs shared a heightened risk of heart attack," said Dr. Michèle Bally, an epidemiologist at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center, who led the research. "There is a perception that naproxen has the lowest cardiovascular risk (among the NSAIDs), but that's not true."

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death globally, according to the World Health Organization, with 80% of all deaths in this category due to heart attacks and strokes. Each year, it's estimated that 735,000 people in the United States have a heart attack. In the United Kingdom, more than 200,000 hospital visits each year are due to a heart attack.


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