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  • How to reduce chronic back pain?
    By Health Blog on May 17, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Back pain is one of the health problems that are very difficult to deal with because no one can exactly say the origin of this problem. The intensity of pain varies from individual to individual. Our way of handling pain is also of a different nature. One may have the capacity to bear the pain whereas the same pain can be intolerable to the other person. All of us experience toothache, headache, and several other painful health problems in our lives. In short to handle pain is not an easy task and this article will advise you on how to handle chronic back problem.

    back pain

    back pain

    The term chronic suggests that it has come to stay with us and back problem that stays with us throughout is difficult to deal with. The solution lies in the way the problem is dealt with. You can enter a phase of depression thinking about your pain and the amount of trouble it is causing you.

    Prepare your mind: This can cause only harm to your body and mind as well. The best approach is to inculcate positive thoughts and register this fact in your mind that the pain is quite bearable and is not bothering you at all. But a person experiencing chronic back problem probably may not agree with you on this point saying that only the person undergoing the pain can know the trouble lying behind it.

    Stretch exercises: But I would like to defer on this point. You are ultimately what your thoughts make you. Exercise plays a dominant role in chronic back pain. Certain back exercises can stretch your muscles and this can prove to be an advantage to you as this enhances their strength. A person having chronic back pain may find it a Herculean task to exercise as it causes pain to him.

    Lack of exercise will only worsen the situation as the muscles become quite weak and then your slight movement can increase your pain. Chronic back pain should be handled in its initial stages and the person should click upon a solution to deal with his back problem.

    Never delay: Delays can increase your torture and make the pain unbearable. Your positive attitude towards life can help you take a step towards exercise and sort out many health problems.

    Medication: Medicines usually go a long way in treating chronic back disorders. Pain killers relieve you of your pain but they also carry a certain amount of addiction with them.

    Certain drugs should be consumed after much research on that particular medicine as you become immune to them and then the dosage of the medicine need to be increased to relieve you of pain. Stronger doses of any medicine can only carry an adverse impact with it on your body.

    Drowsiness sets in and your active life is adversely affected by it. Eventually your functioning of the brain becomes slow. Accelerate your positive thinking process and get hold of the right medicines with no side effects and get relief from chronic back disorders.

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  • What are the things that make asthma worse?
    By Health Blog on May 4, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Asthma is one of the major breathing problems that people are suffering with. There are several reasons for this health problem but there are no strong and supporting reasons behind these causes. One of the main things to avoid or reduce the severity of the asthma is to avoiding yourself from some conditions which make the condition more severe. The following are the things that make your asthma more badly. So try to avoid these situations as soon as possible.

    asthma

    asthma

    Dust Mites

    Many people who have asthma are allergic to dust mites. Dust mites are like tiny “bugs” you cannot see that live in cloth or carpet.

    Things that will help the most:

    • Encase your mattress in a special dust-mite proof cover.
    • Encase your pillow in a special dust-mite proof cover or wash the pillow each week in hot water.
    • Water must be hotter than 130 °F to kill the mites. Cooler water used with detergent and bleach can also be effective.
    • Wash the sheets and blankets on your bed each week in hot water.

    Other things that can help:

    • Reduce indoor humidity to or below 60 percent, ideally 30–50 percent. Dehumidifiers or central air conditioners can do this.
    • Try not to sleep or lie on cloth-covered cushions or furniture.
    • Remove carpets from your bedroom and those laid on concrete, if you can.
    • Keep stuffed toys out of the bed, or wash the toys weekly in hot water or in cooler water with detergent and bleach. Placing toys weekly in a dryer or freezer may help. Prolonged exposure to dry heat or freezing can kill mites but does not remove allergen.

    Cigarette smoke:

    Keep away from cigarette smoke and if you have the habit of smoking, it is very important that you have to stop smoking as this makes the situation more badly than anything.

    Animal Dander

    Some people are allergic to the flakes of skin or dried saliva from animals.

    The best thing to do:

    • Keep pets with fur or hair out of your home. If you can’t keep the pet outdoors, then:
    • Keep the pet out of your bedroom, and keep the bedroom door closed.
    • Remove carpets and furniture covered with cloth from your home. If that is not possible, keep the pet out of the rooms where these are.

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  • Asthma care during pregnancy and surgery
    By Health Blog on May 4, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Pregnancy

    Maintaining asthma control during pregnancy is important for the health and well-being of both the mother and her baby. Maintaining lung function is important to ensure oxygen supply to the fetus. Uncontrolled asthma increases the risk of perinatal mortality, preeclampsia, preterm birth and low-birth-weight infants. It is safer for pregnant women to be treated with asthma medications than to have asthma symptoms and exacerbations.

    Monitor the level of asthma control and lung function during prenatal visits. The course of asthma improves in one-third of women and worsens for one-third of women during pregnancy. Monthly evaluations of asthma will allow the opportunity to step up therapy if necessary and to step down therapy if possible.

    pregnancy with asthma

    pregnancy with asthma

    Surgery

    Patients who have asthma are at risk for complications during and after surgery. These complications include acute bronchoconstriction triggered by intubation, hypoxemia and possible hypercapnia, impaired effectiveness of cough, atelectasis and respiratory infection and if a history of sensitivity is present, reactions to latex exposure or some anesthetic agents.

    The following actions are recommended to reduce the risk of complications during surgery:

    • Before surgery, review the level of asthma control, medication use (especially oral systemic corticosteroids within the past 6 months and pulmonary function.
    • Provide medications before surgery to improve lung function if lung function is not well controlled. A short course of oral systemic corti-costeroids may be necessary.
    • For patients receiving oral systemic corticosteroids during the 6 months prior to surgery and for selected patients on long-term high-dose ICS, give 100 mg hydrocortisone every 8 hours intravenously during the surgical period and reduce the dose rapidly within 24 hours after surgery.

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  • Causes of Asthma
    By Health Blog on May 3, 2010 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    The development of asthma appears to involve the interplay between host factors (particularly genetics) and environmental exposures that occur at a crucial time in the development of the immune system. A definitive cause of the inflammatory process leading to asthma has not yet been established. But some of the following are the most common causes of asthma.

    Innate immunity: Numerous factors may affect the balance between Th1-type and Th2- type cytokine responses in early life and increase the likelihood that the immune response will down regulate the Th1 immune response that fights infection and instead will be dominated by Th2 cells, leading to the expression of allergic diseases and asthma. This infects early in life, exposure to other children (e.g. presence of older siblings and early enrollment in child care, which have greater likelihood of exposure to respiratory infection), less frequent use of antibiotics, and “country living” is associated with a Th1 response and lower incidence of asthma, whereas the absence of these factors is associated with a persistent Th2 response and higher rates of asthma. Interventions to prevent the onset of this process (e.g. with probiotics) are under study, but no recommendations can yet be made.

    asthma

    asthma

    Genetics: Asthma has an inheritable component, but the genetics involved remain complex. As the linkage of genetic factors to different asthma phenotypes becomes clearer, treatment approaches may become directed to specific patient phenotypes and genotypes.

    Environmental factors: Two major factors are the most important in the development, persistence and possibly the severity of asthma: airborne allergens (particularly sensitization and exposure to house-dust mite and Alternaria) and viral respiratory infections (including respiratory syncytial virus [RSV] and rhinovirus).

    Other environmental factors are under study: Tobacco smoke (exposure in utero is associated with an increased risk of wheezing, but it is not certain this is linked to subsequent development of asthma), air pollution (ozone and particular matter) and diet (obesity or low intake of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids).The association of these factors with the onset of asthma has not been clearly defined. A number of clinical trials have investigated dietary and environmental manipulations, but these trials have not been sufficiently long term or conclusive to permit recommendations.

    Implications for Treatment

    Knowledge of the importance of inflammation to the central features of asthma continues to expand and underscores inflammation as a primary target of treatment. Studies indicate that current therapeutic approaches are effective in controlling symptoms, reducing airflow limitation and preventing exacerbations, but currently available treatments do not appear to prevent the progression of asthma in children. As various phenotypes of asthma are defined and inflammatory and genetic factors become more apparent, new therapeutic approaches may be developed that will allow even greater specificity to tailor treatment to the individual patient’s needs and circumstances.

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  • Prostate cancer – its detection, prevention and treatment
    By Health Blog on May 3, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer (other than skin cancer) and the second leading cause of cancer death. The prostate gland is walnut-sized and is located in front of the rectum, behind the penis, and under the bladder. It contains cells that produce seminal fluid, which protects and nourishes sperm cells in semen. Most prostate cancers grow very slowly, but when they spread, they can do so quickly. Most early cases of prostate cancer cause no symptoms, but some early signs may be frequent urination, especially at night; blood in urine; difficulty starting urination or inability to urinate; and weak or painful urination. However, these symptoms may be signs of other conditions. Men who experience these symptoms should see a doctor.

    Prostate cancer

    Prostate cancer

    Detection: At this time, there is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine prostate cancer screening for average-risk men. Health care professionals discuss the potential benefits and limitations of prostate cancer early detection testing with average-risk men beginning at age 50, to decide if testing is right for them. Men at higher risk, with a first-degree relative with prostate cancer, should have this conversation with their doctor beginning at age 45. Men at even higher risk should have this discussion with their doctor at age 40. If a man chooses to be tested, the two recommended tests are the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and digital rectal exam (DRE).

    Prevention: Although the causes of prostate cancer are not yet completely understood, researchers have found several factors that increase the risk of developing the disease. Many risk factors, such as a man’s age, race, and family history, are beyond his control, but since high-fat diets have been linked to prostate cancer, eating a diet that is low in saturated fat and red meats may help reduce a man’s risk for developing the disease. A diet that is high in fruits and vegetables may also help prevent prostate cancer.

    Treatment: If prostate cancer is found early, treatment with curative intent is often initiated. Such treatment usually consists of either radical surgical removal of the prostate gland or radiation treatment (of which there are multiple forms). If the cancer is believed to be slow growing and is not causing symptoms, “watchful waiting” may be chosen initially, especially for older men. Active treatment will be started later if the cancer begins to grow more quickly or symptoms appear. For cancer that has spread beyond the prostate gland, treatments such as hormone therapy and/or chemotherapy may be recommended. Each of the surgical and nonsurgical treatments has side effects that should be considered when deciding how to proceed.

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