Therapy

A New Therapy for Tuberculosis

It is often tempting to abandon old ways for glamorous new ones. Such is certainly the case for antibiotic development. However, a recent study by Andries and colleagues1 shows that established methods, enhanced by modern techniques, can be used to generate exciting results. Traditionally, we have identified antibiotics by looking for compounds that block microbial growth. Since many pathogens...

Hormone Replacement Therapy (Hrt) Does Not Reduce Stroke Risk

The Heart Estrogen-progestin Replacement Study (HERS) conducted by Dr. Joel A. Simon and colleagues at the VA Medical Centre in San Francisco found that HRT does not reduce the risk of stroke among postmenopausal women with coronary artery disease. According to Dr. Simon this is the first large randomised clinical trial to examine the effect of HRT on risk of strokes in women already compromised...

Prescribing Notes: Pain Assessment

Prescribing Notes: Pain Assessment Assessment of pain is essential for its correct treatment. As pain is subjective any assessment is best based on the patient's own verbal report and clinical signs. In addition to taking a full clinical and analgesic history, to making a physical examination and psychosocial, assessment, the patient should be questioned on the severity, quality and site of pain, its frequency and duration, and...

Stay Active When You Have Degenerative Arthritis

Stay Active When You Have Degenerative Arthritis Arthritis -- a chronic inflammation of the joints -- affects more than 37 million Americans and comes in more than 100 varieties. The most common type of arthritis is degenerative arthritis (also called osteoarthritis). It has no cure and tends to get worse over time. However, arthritis sufferers can do many things to stay active. Degenerative arthritis breaks down cartilage -- the coating on the...

Egyptian Medicine Magic Spells as Psychotherapy

They fought disease with lettuce, onions and positive thinking The people who settled the Nile Valley believed that disease came from evil spirits that entered the body through the mouth, nose or ears and devoured the victim's vital substance. To combat these spirits, a magician uttered spells over the afflicted person and applied ritual remedies. In the case of burns, he swabbed the wound with...

Treating Arthritis More than Just Physical Healing

Treating Arthritis More than Just Physical Healing Patient education as important as drug therapy The latest and most effective way to treat arthritis, to-date, is through an individualized approach combining drug therapy, diet, exercise, patient education, and as a last resort surgery, according to Lee S. Simon, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., and the Education Council Chairman of the American...

What You Can Do For Attacks of Dizziness?

What You Can Do For Attacks of Dizziness Each year, more than two million people visit a doctor for dizziness, and one of those was Olympic figure skater Scott Davis. In Davis' case, he was diagnosed with benign positional vertigo, an abnormal sense of motion that commonly results in dizziness. For some, the symptoms include feeling dizzy, lightheaded, unsteady or giddy. This feeling of imbalance, without a sensation of turning or...

Stress and Infertility

Stress and Infertility -Relax, -Take a vacation, -Stop trying so hard, -Adopt, these are among the well-intended suggestions from family and friends heard often by infertile couples. Frequently, infertility causes couples to struggle with feelings of inadequacy and failure. To suggest that they are to blame for their infertility because of an attitude or difficulty coping with the stress of the process causes couples...

Group Therapy

Class work is used when a more competitive activity is desirable to make exercises more interesting and stimulating for the patients. Group teaching may range from ward classes to encourage maintenance of muscle tone in the unaffected parts of the body, or ante- and post-natal exercises, to classes in the Physiotherapy Department for those who need remedial exercise for hands, for legs, for...

Eat Fiber-Rich Foods: Live Longer, Healthier

Eat Fiber-Rich Foods: Live Longer, Healthier You don't need high-priced dietary supplements or fancy breakfast cereals to put more fiber in your diet. Many foods contain dietary fiber which, according to medical studies, may help lower cholesterol, as well as prevent heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. To get the right amount of fiber, adults should do the following: Eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables each...

FACT SHEET: Facts about Nutrition and Eating Disorders

FACT SHEET: Facts about Nutrition What We Know At any given time 50 percent of women and 25 percent of men are trying to lose weight. More than $33 billion per year is spent on weight control products and services, according to the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 52 percent of women consider themselves to be overweight, and 50 percent are trying to lose weight. The National Institute of Mental Health says more...

Estrogen Replacement Therapy

If you are approaching the menopause, discuss the risks and benefits of estrogen replacement therapy with your doctor. Administered over a period of years, estrogen can relieve unpleasant symptoms related to reduced estrogen levels. For women at high risk of osteoporosis, long-term therapy substantially reduces the chances of bone fracture. In addition, some studies show that estrogen lowers the...

Bone Basics for Baby Boomers

Bone Basics for Baby Boomers There are presently millions of "baby boomers" in the United States. Baby boomers...that's the term we give to individuals in this country born between 1946 and 1964...a time in our culture when having babies was all the rage...very much in vogue. The boomers already make up a significant portion of the American population. As we age as a nation, and extend our longevity, too, the boomers will...

Home and Industrial Treatment For Physiotherapy

Preparing for the Return Home The physiotherapist influences the patient's attitude to his future. He or She endeavours to draw out the maximum capacity of which each patient is capable and she is helped by the co-operation and understanding of the relatives who must be guided by the rehabilitation team in handling and managing the disabled person. Over-protectiveness and too much help are just...

The Safest Way for Children to Ride in a Car...

The Safest Way for Children to Ride in a Car... Injuries and deaths of children associated with child safety seats and passenger-side air bags have been reported. Parents, therefore, should be reminded that the safest place for any infant or small child when riding in a car is buckled into a safety seat or seat belt in the back seat. This is true whether or not the car is equipped with a passenger-side air bag. Any child who rides unrestrained...

Master the Art of Relaxation

Master the Art of Relaxation The techniques you use (or don't use) to unwind can have a tremendous impact on your mental health. Here are a few tips on learning to unwind: Relax by trying something new and different. If you think you'll enjoy an activity -- whether it's needlepoint or mountain biking -- don't be afraid to try something just because it's new. Take a night course at a community college. Learn to dance. Swim...

Climbed the Mountain, Therapy for Brain

Climbed the Mountain, Therapy for Brain Want to have a greater power of concentration and synthesis in daily activities? Climbed the mountain is the action that you need, researchers think. But this exercise is not only good for the brain. Do not forget that in an hour of walking on the mountains Burn 1,500 calories. According to a New Zealand study, people who often climb the mountain are more optimistic and believe that they have...

Humor Me, Please

Humor Me, Please "Laughter is free, legal, has no calories, no cholesterol, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, and is absolutely safe." Dale Irvin Between the home and office, I was running ragged. My friend Sandy, who had been patiently listening to me complain about the housework piling up, suggested I shouldn't let the stress of it all get me down. Grinning, she added, "I would let the mess build up...

Knife Features of Key Gamma

Knife Features of Key Gamma Gamma Knife is not really a knife. There is no anesthesia and no incision except for certain cases that require local anesthesia for the frame fixation. It is a bloodless and almost painless procedure. It uses Gamma rays that is powerful enough to destroy the undesirable tissues in the brain, such as a tumor or arterio-venous malformation (AVM). GK treats a lesion precisely without harming...