Monthly Archive: February 2011

Glasses, Vision & The Mind 0

Glasses, Vision & The Mind

Glasses, Vision & The Mind Vision plays a large part in the memory’s process. The better an image is processed the easier it is to recall later. The more relaxed the eyes are, the better they can absorb an image. Too much stress and strain on the eyes are the main causes of most eye problems and ailments. Glasses, Vision & The Mind   The brain and the eyes work closely as a team. The eyes have to first capture an image and focus on the shape, size, and colors. The mind needs to interpret that information which is seen and then store it for recall later. Images that we see daily take mere seconds to interpret and remember. New images take a little bit longer. The more focused the eyes are on an image the more strong the memory will become. When looking at new object, pay attention to the lines around it, the borders, colors, size, shape, and anything else that will make recall easier later. Of course, the more relaxed the eyes are the quicker the mind can process and memorize new objects.   Concentrating too hard or focusing on images that doesn’t interest us causes unneeded...

Diverticulitis of the Colon 0

Diverticulitis of the Colon

Diverticulitis of the Colon Diverticulosis is very common, being found in more than half of Americans over the age of 60. Only a small percentage of these people will develop the complication of diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is caused by inflammation or a small perforation with a diverticulum. Direct risk factors for diverticulitis are not known, but they may include older age or a low fiber diet. To prevent diverticulitis, eat regular, nutritious meals containing high fiber foods, such as fruits and vegetables. It is also vital to drink plenty of water and to watch for changes in bowel movements, get enough rest and sleep, and to avoid foods such as popcorn. Diverticulitis of the Colon   Diverticulitis typically causes pain, tenderness, and fever, but unlike diverticulosis, diverticulitis does not generally cause gastrointestinal bleeding. If a doctor has diagnosed diverticulosis, a diagnosis of diverticulitis may be based almost entirely on the symptoms. Many other conditions involving the large intestine and other organs in the abdomen and pelvis can cause symptoms similar to diverticulitis. These symptoms are similar to appendicitis, colon or ovarian cancer, an abscess, which is a pus filled pocket of infection, and non-cancerous growths on the wall of the uterus....

Standard Tests for Diagnosing Cystic Fibrosis 0

Standard Tests for Diagnosing Cystic Fibrosis

Standard Tests for Diagnosing Cystic Fibrosis The standard and most common test for cystic fibrosis is the sweat test. Mothers often are performing this test in a maternal way when they kiss their infant and realize they have a salty taste. The sweat test measures the chloride or sodium (salt) is in the child’s sweat. The test is normally painless and is conducted by placing a chemical that induces sweat to a portion of the body, usually an arm or leg. Then an electrode is attached to that spot and a mild electric current are passed through the area causing that spot to sweat. The small amount of current may feel tingly or cause that area to feel warm but is harmless and weak. Sweat is collected and sent to a laboratory for analysis for the mutant gene that carries cystic fibrosis. Standard Tests for Diagnosing Cystic Fibrosis   The sweat test is the most common test and it is done with two separate samples. Both samples may be taken together but will make sure a patient is not given a false-negative or false-positive result. A high slat signals the mutant gene is present in the body and the diagnosis...

Choose the best quit smoking aids 0

Choose the best quit smoking aids

Choose the best quit smoking aids The will to stop yourself from smoking can very well fill up your passion to do so. However, certain circumstances may challenge this endeavor of yours. This does not mean the end of your goals. Instead, you have to motivate yourself to surpass this kind of hindrances. Other than this, you can always make use of available help. Choose the best quit smoking aids   The support of family, friends and even colleagues can help you get by. They are likely to show their love for you in this challenging time. Try to make them your source of inspiration and pride. Think that by quitting smoking, you are also able to protect them from getting diseases caused by second-hand smoke. Aside from the support of your inner circle, you can also take advantage of available quit smoking products and services. Take a look at the following: Nicotine patches Nicotine patches are one of the top quit smoking products that people rely on. These patches effectively drive away the feeling of having to smoke even in overly stressful situations. These products also relieve withdrawal symptoms. Stop smoking tea One of the natural and healthiest options for those who want to quit is the stop...

Tests and Diagnosis of Diverticulitis 0

Tests and Diagnosis of Diverticulitis

Tests and Diagnosis of Diverticulitis Diverticulitis is a condition in which diverticuli in the colon rupture. The rupture results in infection in the tissues which surround the colon. The colon is the large intestine and is a long tube like striation that stores and then eliminates waste material. As a person gets older, pressure within the colon causes bulging pockets of tissue, or sacs, that push out from the colon walls. A small bulging sac pushing outward from the colon wall is called a diverticulum. More than one bulging sac is referred to as diverticula. Diverticula can occur throughout the colon, but most are common near the end of the left colon. This is referred to as the sigmoid colon. The condition of having these diverticula in the colon is called diverticulosis. Tests and Diagnosis of Diverticulitis   More serious complications include diverticulitis, abscess in the pelvis, colon obstruction, and bacterial peritonitis, plus bleeding in the colon. A diverticulum can become infected with bacteria and ruptures, causing diverticulitis. Fever, tenderness, and pain of the lower left abdomen are common symptoms. Constipation or diarrhea may also occur. A collection of pus can develop around the inflamed diverticulum, which leads to the...

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Zooming in on tobacco control

Zooming in on tobacco control The number of people dying from smoking-related incidences has alarmed a lot of people worldwide. Thousands, if not millions, die of lung cancer and other diseases practically caused by smoking over a lot of countries. It is for this reason that concerned groups and citizens of the Unites States have continuously patrolled for stricter tobacco control. Zooming in on tobacco control Last 2007 alone, a lot of states in the United States of America have taken notable moves to protect residents from the harmful effects of smoking. As the habit of smoking contributes to the health conditions of many people, laws were made to ensure that public spaces are protected from smoke. Declaring public places and work places as smoke-free areas, people would be guaranteed that they can assert the right to have smoke-free air in these areas. Aside from this, smoking has also been linked as one of the causes of unexpected fire in private and commercial areas. Cigarette-caused fires have become alarming according to studies made by experts. Thus, smoking prevention is now also considered as fire-safety measures in some states across the country. Advocates of the American Lung Association also encouraged US states to employ and create stricter smoking rules in 2006. The...

Cystic Fibrosis and Pregnancy 0

Cystic Fibrosis and Pregnancy

Cystic Fibrosis and Pregnancy Scientists and researchers recently released a study showing a decline in birthrates of babies with cystic fibrosis since genetic testing became available. The general public has more knowledge and understanding of the disease that was a mystery for so long. In medieval times the people believed a baby was “bewitched” when they displayed symptoms of what we now know is cystic fibrosis. With new research and new methods of genetic testing, many hope there will be an another reduction in the birthrate for CF babies. Cystic fibrosis in men will make them sterile, but a woman may still conceive and carry a child to full-term or near full-term. Cystic Fibrosis and Pregnancy   A child cannot be born with cystic fibrosis unless both of his or her parents are carriers of the mutant gene. That gene was identified in 1988 and is called the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene. It is associated with the number seven chromosomes. If only one parent is a carrier of the gene, there is a 25 percent chance their child will be a carrier for the disease. There are millions of people in the United States alone who are carriers...

Selecting a Remedy for Hemorrhoids 0

Selecting a Remedy for Hemorrhoids

Selecting a Remedy for Hemorrhoids Hemorrhoids should not be a cause of embarrassment as there are several hemorrhoids remedy methods available now and are of various types:   Soft and easy bowel movements – Don’t strain your bowel because it is one of the best curative and preventive measures for hemorrhoids remedy. Diet and food habits- Eat only food which helps to ease digestion and smooth stool passage. Take more natural fluids (plain water), fruits and vegetables rather than processed food like bread, soda, etc. Home treatments – These consist of applying ice on the area, and the use of Sitz bath. The herbal remedies like the horse chest nut extract, etc. are some of the home treatment methods. Creams- Another common hemorrhoid remedy that helps to alleviate irritated hemorrhoid tissues are hemorrhoids creams. These creams give immediate and temporary relief from the painful burning, itching and discomfort of hemorrhoids. Internal and External Hemorrhoids   Treatment for External Hemorrhoids remedy:   The hemorrhoids may be removed by surgery or through other methods in extreme cases. There are three surgical procedures to remove external hemorrhoids and these are: a) Laser coagulation- An electric probe is used to clot the hemorrhoid and...

Meat and Health Risks Moderation and Elimination are Both Options 0

Meat and Health Risks Moderation and Elimination are Both Options

Meat and Health Risks Moderation and Elimination are Both Options Every year, and probably even more often than that, there are new rules sent out to the general population. These are not laws governing finances or behavior. They are not laws that will be enforced by the legal system. These rules have to do with dietary restrictions and guidelines. The Food Guide Pyramid is a familiar sight to most Americans. While it maintained the standard for food group quantity requirements for decades, even it has changed in the last couple of years. It seems that the only constant as far as eating guidelines goes is the constant flux in the advice that comes from professional nutritionists. In all fairness, as research continues into the effects that different foods have on our bodies, the researchers continue to learn more. When tobacco was first being raised as a cash crop in the United States, no one knew of the harmful effects that the plant could have. When tomatoes were first discovered, they were believed to be poisonous. Both of those popular beliefs have obviously since been overturned. Still, as the research into positive and negative effects of different foods continues to refine....

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