Personal Care

Health and Fitness Make the Difference Between Living Well and Living

Quality of life is what we all want. Good health helps us achieve a high quality of life. Fitness makes us want to live it every day. If you agree with these three premises, keep reading. The Purpose of Health and Fitness Tips To inform you of new developments in the health and fitness fields is our aim. We'll do the research; we have the resources. You get the results. The name of the game is '...

Find out Which of the Myths about Health are Real and Not!

Find out Which of the Myths about Health are Real and Not! Here's proof that you should not believe everything you hear about health. Nancy Snyderman, surgeon and editor of NBC News, tells you which are the myths about health that you may cause problems. Here are some stories that you hear every day and find out which ones are true: Myth: Annual Medical Control is Beneficial The Truth: it is! If you go to regular monitoring, as otherwise you discover...

Healing With Poison

Surprisingly, Indian physicians, as elsewhere in the world, are finding new therapeutic uses for a dreaded biological weapon Cleverly camouflaged in our food, sneaking into our guts, throwing our nerves into utter disarray, causing severe vomiting, paralysis and frequently death. For most of human history, the bacterium called Clostridium botulinum has evoked more fear among those who know it...

Drug Puzzle: When Do Risks Outweigh Benefits?

In one of the great examples of the mixed messages of science, the same study that killed the blockbuster arthritis drug Vioxx after showing that it had heart risks also found that the drug had a significant benefit: It prevented precancerous colon polyps in some patients, one of the study's principal researchers said. But the drug's maker, Merck, and the researcher, Dr. Robert Bresalier, said...

Deferring Termination of Life Death with Dignity

A century ago, most people who suffered traumatic injuries or contacted serious infections died soon afterward. Even those who developed heart disease or cancer had little expectation of a long life, after the disease was diagnosed. Death was familiar experience, and most people expected, little more than comfort care from doctors. Today, death is often seen as an event that can be deferred...

Beating Migraines

Migraine isn't just any headache. It's a severe, throbbing pain that can keep you home from work, disrupt your family life.. and leave you with significant disability. Migraines are very common. In fact, they affect 18 per cent of women and 6 per cent of men in the US. Without treatment, they can recur year after year. A Typical Migraine... Occurs on one side of the head. Is of moderate to...

Make the Home Safer for Young and Old

Make the Home Safer for Young and Old More children under age 10 die from home accidents than from any single disease. Older Americans are also at a higher risk from home accidents which, each year, kill more than 21,000 and injure 25 million Americans of all ages. However, with a little planning, any home can be made safer for its youngest as well as its oldest residents. Child Safety. Here are a few tips to make your home safer for...

Family Planning Can Offer "Dual Protection"

Many of today's couples carefully plan the number of children they will raise, often with the help of modem contraceptive choices available from their physicians or family planning clinics. But against sexually transmitted infections, including the virus that causes AIDS, most modern contraceptives offer no protection. As a result, many family planning clinics are helping their clients understand...

29 Secrets to a Good Night's Sleep

If you are having sleep problems, whether you are not able to fall asleep, wake up too often, don't feel well-rested when you wake up in the morning, or simply want to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep, try as many of the following techniques below as possible: My current favorite for insomnia is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Most people can learn this gentle tapping technique...

Brain Disorders and Mental Subnormality

There is great variation in the degrees of incapacity, both mental and physical, of infants born with inadequate brains, inborn errors of metabolism, or inherited degenerations, as well as those whose brains are permanently affected by birth injury or by early illness such as meningitis. Each case needs assessing separately as the incapacity can be alleviated in some cases and little can be done...

China's Family Planning Program is Just the Beginning

The Bush Administration has all funding for Family Planning in its Crosshairs In July 2002, the Bush administration caused rejoicing in its right-wing base by rescinding $34 million that Congress had appropriated for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. The move was a major escalation in the torture of a thousand tiny cuts that ultra-conservatives are inflicting upon family planning...

Young Athletes Must Drink Enough Water

(HealthDay News) -- If you have a young athlete at home, it's important to educate him about the importance of drinking enough water, advises the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Here's what your child should know: Drink before you're thirsty. Avoid caffeine. It causes water loss and can deplete calcium levels. The best drink choices are water, 100 percent fruit juice and milk. During...

A Good Flight's Sleep

Chkistopher Lotz, an attorney from San Antonio, Texas, has his travel routine down to a science. Three days before a transatlantic flight, he begins going to bed and waking up earlier, nudging his body clock toward European time. Then, on the day of his flight, he cats his last meal at 2 p.m. (dinnertime in Europe) and heads to the airport for a late evening depar-ture. Once onboard the plane,...

Getting the Most Out of Your Workout

If you already exercise regularly at a moderate or intense level and you have checked with your doctor about any heart problems or other health risks, you can gain maximal cardiovascular benefits by walking 5 to 7 days a week for 30 to 45 minutes at your target heart rate. During exercise, your target heart rate should be between 70% and 85% of your maximum heart rate (in beats per minute). To...

Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea affects around one in 100 people. Overweight men between the ages of 30 and 65 are most commonly affected, but it may also occur in children with enlarged tonsils or adenoids. About 2-4 per cent of the middle-aged population suffers the consequences of recurrent upper airway obstruction during sleeps in the past decades. The pause in breathing or period of very restricted breathing,...

Your Postpartum Fitness Program

You've recently had a baby and are anxious to return to your pre-pregnancy weight. You're probably relieved to be able to sleep on your stomach again, but you may be discouraged with your postpartum potbelly. If you are an average woman who has gained 25-35 pounds during pregnancy, your weight should come off gradually without having to do much more than increase exercise and eat fewer empty...

Self - Consciousness and Excercising

Easier ways to exercise If you're overweight, exercising can be an "exercise" in feeling self-conscious -- especially if you must go to a gym filled with thin, muscular types. Ideas that can help Join a health club that caters to heavy individuals. These facilities downplay mirrored walls and other bodybuilder trappings. Check your phone book to see if there's one near you. Buy a piece of...

Choosing the Right Shoe

Finding the Right Support Walking shoes are designed specifically for the heel-to-toe roll your foot makes each time you take a step. Some manufacturers make special models for individuals who may turn their foot either inward or outward -pronation or supinatien, respectively. Running shoes are okay to walk in (and they have extra cushioning), but they do not provide as much stability as walking...

Customised Care at NHG Hospital

A new IT system spanning all four hospitals under the National Healthcare Group (NHG) ensures all this and more, not just during the length of a patient's stay, but every time he or she returns. Called Nauticus, the system is designed to make hospital care more personal and help patients manage chronic diseases better, the group said recently. The system is already live at Alexandra Hospital,...

Hit the Deck for a Whole Body Workout

Sports technologists at a university are behind an innovative exercise system about to take the fitness world by storm. Reebok Deck is an evolution of the original Reebok Step, launched in the early 1990s and still used by millions of exercise fans worldwide. The Deck, a multi-purpose whole body exercise system, transforms from a step platform for aerobic workouts into an incline/decline bench or...