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LYME DISEASE

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:43:00 +0000

This is a disease caused by bacteria and spread through the bite of a deer tick.If the disease is left untreated it may cause serious health problems including skin problems, problems to nervous system, heart and joints.The bites of ticks carrying Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium is the cause of disease.Spreading of this disease is highly related to climate, ie.climate favorable for the deer ticks. Person to person transmission of disease does not occur. The symptoms may appear within 3 days to one month of tick bite. An infected tick bites and stay attached with a human more than thirty six hours may have high chances of Lyme disease.which There are three stages of the disease-Primary ,secondary or disseminated and tertiary or chronic persistent Lyme disease.Deer Tick (Ixodes ricinus) By WHO [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsBorrelia Burgdorferi BacteriaSymptomsIn most cases a approx. two inch sized rash appears like 'bulls eye' around the site of tick bite.Other symptoms include fever, chills, body wide itching,headache, fatigue,muscle/joint pain,stiffness in neck etc.If untreated and disease reaches progressive stages symptoms like, severe fatigue, joint swelling, abnormal muscle movements, tingling and numbness in arms and legs,speech problem and facial paralysis etc. may appear.Bull's eye rash around the site of Tick biteBy Photo Credit: James Gathany Content Providers(s): CDC/ James Gathany [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons DiagnosisA physician's physical examination of symptoms and ELISA test for Lyme disease following a western blot test for confirmation of Lyme disease.For assessing the damage and functioning of other organs and systems of the body the following tests may also recommended ECG, Echo cardiogram,Spinal tap, MRI or CT scans.TreatmentTreatment in early stages with antibiotics are very much useful to cure the disease.Type of antibiotics may vary according to the stages of the disease. Drugs for relieving symptoms are also prescribed. [...]



ARTHRITIS

Sun, 09 Feb 2014 05:25:00 +0000

Arthritis is not a single disease, it is a term used to denote various problems related to joints.It is an inflammation of joints and a symptom more than a disease and associated with many diseases. The most common types of arthritis are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Systematic lupus Erythematosus, Rheumatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Arthritis, Gout etc.Arthritis is considered as an autoimmune disease and the exact reason behind this problem is still unknown and many factors including genetic reasons are suspecting to the development of arthritis.But external factors include smoking, injuries, jobs which demand high body strain etc. are proved to be increase the possibilities of arthritis.A condition among young people named joint hyperlaxity, high flexibility of joints, obesity, less or no exercise etc. and diseases like diabetics etc. are also increase the possibilities. Arthritis can be occurred in any person at any age group. But osteoarthritis are found mostly among old aged people. A preliminary condition of rheumatic arthritis, the rheumatic fever appears among the teenagers.Fingers with OsteoarthritisPhoto by Paul Goyette http://flickr.com/photos/pgoyette/102438517/Hand affected with Rheumatoid arthritisBy Arnavaz at fr.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia CommonsGoutBy Gonzosft (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0-de (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons As earlier stated arthritis is an autoimmune disease.Under this condition the immune system of our body which is supposed to protect our body from external threats will attacks our own body tissues due to unknown reasons. This causes destruction of bones and cartilage and wear and tear to tendons around joints which further leads to malfunctioning or nil functioning or fingers, arms, legs, joints etc. In some case it may affect liver, lungs, eyes,skin etc. If not treated in time Rheumatoid Arthritis may cause damages to eyes, heart,liver etc.and further leads to cancer and heart diseases. Osteoarthritis is also become catastrophic if not treated in early stages, that in final stages the cartilage become completely worn-out and the ability of body movements become affected.Foods containing omega-3 fatty acid is useful for controlling SLE. It may als  be useful to avoid soft drinks, alcohol,non-veg food etc. to reduce the severity of  gout. Regular exercise is a good option for easing the disease. Specially designed exercises are found effective in reducing the intensity of arthritis. These exercises increase the strength of muscles and reduces muscle atrophy.Quadriceps exercises are one of the exercises designed for arthritis patients.  Now due to the advancement of technology and research arthritis can be regulated to comfortable levels if detected earlier.More effective medicines are also available to ameliorate the symptoms of arthritis.Steroids are used to relieve symptoms of arthritis.In extreme case doctors may recommend arthroplasty ie. joint replacement.Stem cell therapy for curing arthritis is also in the pipeline, which is highly expected to emerge as a remedy for this problem.  [...]



ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:24:00 +0000

Memory, Thinking and Reasoning skills differ human beings from other animals. The condition of gradual and progressive decline of these skills is known as dementia. The most known and widely seen dementia is caused by Alzheimer's Disease. It is a progressive, irreversible brain disorder that destroy a person's health and ability to carry out daily activities . This is caused due to the incapability of brain cells to communicate with each other. The significant symptoms are memory loss, inability to learn and communicate and the patients may have personality and behavior disorders, anxiety, suspicious and agitated. Due  to these reasons this disease will adversely affect not only the patients but also their families.Alzheimer's disease usually affects people above 65 years of age. There is a high chance for people having health problems like Hypertension and Diabetics to become an  Alzheimer's patient.                                                                 Normal BrainBy US National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center[Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsBrain with Alzheimer's Disease           By US National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center[Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsDiagnosisAlzheimer's disease can be diagnosed by scanning, neuro psychological testing, blood tests, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan, Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scan, Magnetic resonance spectroscopy imaging (MRSI) etc. Treatment No effective treatment or vaccines have been developed to combat Alzheimer's disease, but only medicines are available to regulate the disease up to reasonable levels. The best and only one way of prevention or delaying the disease is by switching to a healthy life style.Control Hypertension and diabetic to healthy levels.Do regular exercise and have health diet by including Vitamin-E contained vegetables and fruits.Be a Social man - spend more time with family, friends and relatives.Tacrine(Cognex), aricept are widely used drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Exelon and Razadyne ( formerly reminyl) are newer drugs found equally effective, but require small doses.Researches about using stem cells in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease are also progressing rapidly.According to latest researches carried out in England, a group of scientists have became successful to identify the genes behind Alzheimer's disease. Interesting fact is that these are the genes that are behind the cholesterol hike and inflammation. The scientists hope that prevention of this disease is not too far away. [...]



MEASLES

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:17:00 +0000

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus belong to the genus of Morbillivirus. Usually the children are more susceptible to this disease. Even though this is not a disease of concern now a days, but if we leave this disease untreated or under treated it may cause some serious health problems. The typical and well known symptom of measles is the skin rashes throughout the body.This infection spreads through respiratory system. Respiratory droplets, cough, sneezing etc. from an infected person may cause the disease spread to another person.Now a day effective vaccination for this disease is available.Symptoms may start to appear within 8 days to 12 days of exposure.Measles virusBy Photo Credit: Cynthia S. Goldsmith Content Providers(s): CDC/ Courtesy of Cynthia S. Goldsmith; William Bellini, Ph.D. [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsSymptomsPhoto phobia, runny nose,cough, fever,itchy skin rashes,red coloured eyes,white spots inside the mouth,sore throat etc. The rashes may first appear within 3 to 5 days of infection and first appears on head or face then spreads to other areas of the body and lasts for 4 days to a week.Child with typical skin rash symptom of measlesBy CDC/NIP/Barbara Rice (http://phil.cdc.gov/phil/ (ID#: 132)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons DiagnosisFor diagnosing the disease measles serology is being done and in some cases a viral culture is also recommended.TreatmentNo specific treatment is available for the disease.Treatment is given to relieve symptoms and to regain normal health condition. Measles vaccine given within 73 hrs. of exposure is found effective for people who is susceptible for infection.Immune Globulin is also effective to prevent infection within six days of exposure. [...]



FIFTH DISEASE

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:00:00 +0000

Fifth disease is a viral infection caused by a human parvovirus (B19). It may affect any individual at any age group irrespective of their health condition, but affects mostly children between 5 to 14 years of age.The disease spread through  respiratory outlets from nose and throat of an infected person.Symptoms may appear within 7 days to 14 days after exposure.If pregnant women exposed to virus it may cause some serious problems to her baby.Human Parvovirus  By Nephron (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons.Please Read GFDL SymptomsLow grade fever, weakness, fatique in the early stages, and then a rash may appear around the cheeks like the child has been slapped on both the cheeks. After sometimes the rashes may appear on other parts of the body.Joint pain is also reported in many cases.Baby with fifth diseaseBy Andrew Kerr (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsDiagnosisPhysical examination of a physician by examining the appearing and texture of the rash and other associated symptoms.Antibody tests to find out antibodies against the virus.TreatmentThere is no specific treatment for the disease. The rashes may return for two to three weeks and will disappear.Symptomatic treatment is given to patients to regain normal health condition. [...]



LEPTOSPIROSIS

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:51:00 +0000

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease caused by a bacteria named Leptospira. This bacteria spores are found in fresh water resources contaminated with animal urine. It is an occupational disease and affects mostly farmers,farm house employees, animal care takers etc.Fortunately this disease does not transmitted from person to person. The symptoms may appear in between four days to twenty days. Leptospirosis affects may leave some health risks even after it is cured.LeptospiraBy CDC/ Rob Weyant [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons SymptomsFever, headache,Dry cough,chills, muscle pain,nausea and vomiting, jaundice, chills,skin rashes etc.DiagnosisAntibody detection, Urine analysis, Complete blood count,Creatine kinaze, Lifer function test etc. are used for diagnosis.TreatmentAntibiotics include Ampicillin, Penicillin, Doxycycline etc. are used for treatment.DoxycyclineBy CDC (http://phil.cdc.gov/) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons [...]



COMMON DISEASES AND SIMPLE FOOD REMEDIES

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 15:10:00 +0000

According to Ayurveda food not only pacify appetite, but cure diseases and ailments and helps to maintain good health condition. Researches have proved that daily diet including some specific items can boost good health and can cure or prevent diseases.Arthritis - Fish items like tuna,mackerel,sardines can prevent Arthritis.By Jessica (originally posted to Flickr as Shiny mackerel) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Asthma - Red shallots can control the severity of Asthma and its symptoms. Fromhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shallots_-_sliced_and_whole.jpgBone diseases - Pineapple can prevent breakage and several other bone disease and can maintain the health of the bones in good condition. The manganese contained in pineapple can strengthen the bones. Fromhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ananas_comosus_slices.jpgBreast Cancer - Normally breast cancer is caused by the deficiency of estrogen. To maintain the levels of estrogen in the body, including wheat and cabbage in the diet can be helpful. By Eitvydas (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsCold - Curd can prevent common cold and associated fever.By Christopher (Water Buffalo Yogurt and Honey) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsCough - Pepper can alleviate cough.It is an active ingredient in many ayurvedic medicines. Raw red colored pepper is excellent for the purpose.Honey is also an alternative medicine.By Ragesoss (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons , Please See GFDLDiabetics -The chromium contained in Broccoli can regulate the levels of glucose and insulin in the blood.By Quadell from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Broccoli_in_a_dish_2.jpg,Please See GFDL, Diarrhea - Use ripe apple with skin. By Photo by Scott Bauer [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsGastro-Intestinal diseases - Banana and ginger can give relief to gastro intestinal diseases.It is also good to maintain the health of Gastro intestinal system.By User TimothyPilgrim on en.wikipedia (Taken by TimothyPilgrim.) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons,Please See GFDLHeadache - Eating ample of fish can reduce headache(Omega-3 fatty acids contained in fishes are good for heart's health). Ginger is also a pain killer.By Gregg Tit con ! from Tel Aviv, ISRAEL (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsHeart attack -Tea, particularly green tea can prevent heart diseases, a recent study states.By Creator:Anarkia777 (Own work Moi.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsHigh Cholesterol -Use ample of avocado fruit. This contains lot of unsaturated poly acids which are helpful in reducing the cholesterol in the body.From http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Avocado.jpegHypertension - Extra virgin olive oil and pomegranate fruit can reduce hypertension.By Badagnani [CC-BY-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsFrom http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pomegranate_01.jpg Insomnia(sleeplessness) - Daily use of honey can prevent insomnia.By Scott Bauer [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsMemory problems - Include clams & oysters in your food, the zinc contained in oysters can increase memory and brain health.By Tory (Stuffed Clams  Uploaded by Diádoco) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Menopause related problems - Cornflakes can reduce severity of symptoms related to menopause.By Jorge Barrios (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsUlcer - Cabbage can reduce the severity of many types of ulc[...]



SESAME OIL MAGIC FOR HYPERTENSION

Fri, 23 Nov 2012 14:56:00 +0000

By Steven Fruitsmaak (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsAs you know hypertension,ie. high blood pressure is a common lifestyle disease affecting the health of many people. Many assumptions are prevailed about it's exact cause and it's regulation and treatment. Everybody knows that consumption of salt is directly related to hypertension and diet control is the most effective way to control the disease. But there is no idea so far about the effects of various cooking oils in relation to hypertension. However a group of researches come up with a strong recommendation of usage of a particular oil for hyper tension patients and that is"sesame oil". Through the research they have proved that the oil not only lowers the B.P. levels but also helps to reduce the quantity of medicines used to lower hypertension.The researchers proved that poly unsaturated fatty acids when mix with sesamin a compound found in sesame oil effectively reduces hypertension.Sesame fibers included in sesame oil can reduce absorption of cholesterol.Sesame oil contain poly unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E.  Moreover Ayurveda suggests the use of sesame oil for maintaining a good health condition.I, Avenafatua [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons,Please See GFDL [...]



IDEAL DIET PLANS FOR VARIOUS BODY SYSTEMS

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 17:55:00 +0000

Our body is a complex mechanism consists of many independent systems.The efficient performance of these systems are vital for maintaining the health of the whole body.If we know ideal diet or food for each systems which can help them to maintain their health and improve their functioning. Researches conducted worldwide were able to identify some diets suitable for some of the body systems and the more researches are going on.By Nillerdk [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons,Please see GFDL For healthy Digestive systemFiber contained food is very good for digestive system. Cereals, vegetables, fruits, oats etc. are rich in fibers. These soluble fibers can lower the levels of cholesterol. They are able to prevent cancers in digestive system too. But it doesn't mean that only fiber contained food are healthy for digestive system. There are some other foods which are also helpful for the health of system.For healthy Cardiovascular systemFor the health of cardiovascular system also fiber contained vegetables and fruits can contribute a lot.Olive oil, soya,nuts etc. are also helpful to make the system healthier. The most important thing is to avoid fatty food as much as possible, because heart is also a part of this system.For the health of Skeletal systemCalcium is the most essential substance to maintain the health of this system. Calcium is needed for maintain the strength of bones and joints.Green leafy vegetables, less fat contained diary products, fish etc. are rich sources of calcium.For the Health of nervous systemNervous system controls all the organs in the body, hence its proper working is so much important for the proper functioning of all other body systems.Food contains omega-3 fatty acid can protect the structure and health of nervous system. Omega-3 fatty acid is rich in fresh water fishes, seeds, nuts and oil like canola oils.Other substance required for the health of nervous system is vitamin B.Green leafy vegetables are excellent source of vitamin B. Amino acids  contained in beans, seeds, meat, egg and diary products are also good for the system.By Rainer Zenz at de.wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons For the health of Respiratory systemRespiratory system supplies oxygen to blood. For its health Omega-3 faty,antioxidants,Vitamin C etc.are important.The recommended food items are milk and diary products, fatty fishes,herbal tea,fruits include pappaya,orange, lime etc.and leafy vegetables. attributed to Joe Mabel [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons,Please see GFDLFor the health of Endocrine systemEndocrine system controls day to day activities include, moods, appetite,immunity,growth etc.Omega-3, Omega-6,Omega-9 fatty acids can contribute greatly to maintain the health of this complex system along with Vitamin C and Vitamin B. Recommended food items are Fish, garlic, citrus fruits,pepper, grains, beans, nuts etc.file from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Orange_Crop_Kufr_Jammal.JPG by Jak [...]



BELLY BREATHING-FOR LONG LASTING BREATH

Tue, 15 May 2012 02:27:00 +0000

We are living in a polluted atmosphere.Smoke, dust, poisonous gases etc. are contained in our breathing air.Moreover it is a fact, we use a small part of the lungs for breathing, while majority of our lung area may become idle. You may aware that our body cells require oxygen to carry out metabolism and in it's absence the cells may grow unhealthy or diseased. Sometimes it may leads to cancer.A solution for this problem is belly breathing.In this style of breathing we are able to use full capacity of our lungs for breathing.Lay on bed in straight position and put both your hands on the belly area in one over the other position. Slowly inhale and store air in the stomach area and let the stomach to expand to it's maximum.Hold it for some time and exhale slowly and maximum. Practice this as much as many times possible in a day.This style of breathing not only gives health to lungs, but also provides calmness of mind too.By John Pierce (Own work) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, Please see GFDL [...]



MUMPS

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:53:00 +0000

Mumps is a viral infection which affects salivary glands.This disease causes painful inflammation and swelling of the salivary glands.Mumps spread through the saliva or through discharge from nose of infected person exhaled while breathing.This disease is usually found more among children.The incubation period of the virus is between 12 to 25 days.In some extreme cases mumps may affect central nervous system,pancreas and testes.Mumps virusSee page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons SymptomsPainful swelling of salivary glands, facial pain,sore throat, fever, headache etc.Enlarged salivary glandsBy Photo Credit: Content Providers: CDC/NIP/Barbara Rice [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons DiagnosisMumps can be diagnosed by physical examination of an expert physician.TreatmentNo specific treatment is available for mumps, gargling saline water can reduce the severity of pain and inflammation of salivary glands. [...]



PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT-THE MICROBIAL WAY

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:23:00 +0000

We Know that our body, especially intestine carries many colonies of different micro organisms. But have you ever thought these parasites can change or shape our personality. Yes, it is a real fact. The chemical substances produced by these micro organisms can alter or change functioning of body organs. Some toxins or chemicals can change the patterns of brain chemistry.The researchers of McMaster University of Canada conducted studies among mice about the influence of bacteria in behavioral patterns. They fed the mice with Lactobacillus Ramnosuss, a bacteria which is common in curd. The mice fed with this bacteria exhibited less fear and stress.They also observed the changes occurred in the brain after feeding the bacteria.Toxoplasma bacteriaCredit: Image provided by Ke Hu and John Murray.,DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.0020020.g001Scientists already established the link between Toxoplasma bacterium and schizophrenia. This study points out the need of more studies in this regard. It could be a good thing that if we can control or alter our moods by in taking food or supplements contain good bacterium or substances for regulating the activities of harmful bacterium. By Christopher (Water Buffalo Yogurt and Honey) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons [...]



SCLERODERMA

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:15:00 +0000

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease resembles rheumatoid arthritis.This disease immediately affects and make significant changes in heart, lungs, blood vessels,skin, muscles etc.This disease occurs due to the immune system of the body mistakenly attacks the healthy cells.The exact reason of scleroderma is still unknown.Under this conditions a substance named collagen accumulates in various parts of the body.It causes reduction in blood circulation to the fingers and causes destruction of cells and finally results in a painful wound.This conditions commonly found among the people aged between 30 to 50 years and affect women more than men. Usually two types of scleroderma is occurred - localized scleroderma and systematic scleroderma or sclerosis.Sclero derma leaves different symptoms depends on the infected organ or part.SymptomsScleroderma on handsBy AVM (talk) 02:54, 9 January 2009 (UTC) (Own work) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, Please See GFDL Skin and joint symptoms include carpal tunnel syndrome,Raynaud's phenomenan (Fingers or toes became blue while exposure to hot or cold temperature),  joint pain, swelling,stiffness, muscle weakness, hair loss,skin hardness, tightness of fingers and arms, sores on tips and toes of fingers, white coloured skin rashes etc.Lung symptoms include dificulty in breathing,coughing, shortness of breath, pneumonia, alveolitis (inflammation to air ways) etc.Heart symptoms include high blood pressure, irregular rhythm of heart beat, enlargment of heart etc.Digestive system symptoms include diarrhea, damage to esophagus, acid reflux, heart burn,pain and bloating etc.Diagnosis An expert can diagnose scleroderma by examining the symptoms, in most cases the Reynaud's phenomenon is present along with other symptoms.A doctor may recommend the following for diagnosing the disease. Antinuclear Antibody (ANA) Test, Antibody test,Rheumatoid factor,ESR with other supporting diagnosis tests like skin biopsy, Routine blood tests, urine analysis,X-ray and CT scan etc. TreatmentThere is no specific treatment is available for scleroderma. Treatment is given to releive symptoms.Treatment includes using immuno suppressive drugs though this is an autoimmune disease.Recently a medicine named Tadalafil found very effective to cure Reynaud's syndrome, and it acts by increasing blood flow to fingers and toes.TadalafilBy Jean-Patrick Donzey (Own work) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons,Please see GFDL [...]



KAYA CHIKITSA-THE PHYSICAL MEDICINE OF AYURVEDA

Mon, 02 Jan 2012 03:50:00 +0000

Kaya chikitsa is the branch of ayurvedic treatment system which is almost similar to the physical medicine specialisation of modern medicine and deals with the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases include arthritis, diabetics, common fever, tuberculosis,skin problems etc. Charaka samhitha is the referance text book used for kayachikitsa treatment.It contains causes for diseases, various diagnostic and treatment procedures.Ayurveda believes diseases are the outcome of imbalances between three main bodily forces namely Vata, Pitha, and Kapha and the causes of  such a condition are mainly our mind, dathu(tissues), and mala(toxins). The toxins accumulate inside the body are the main causes of diseases and the toxins are coming from the food, water and air and detoxification only can cure the diseases.Kaychikitsa have a holistic approach to the treatment and it advises for a total life change along with medications and it is useful for the total rejuvenation of the body. The famous panchakarma treatment is also part of the kayachikitsa. Panchakarma procedure aims to purify the body from biological toxins and to rejuvenate entire body mechanism and include various steps of emesis, enema and purgation. By KondottySultan (Photo took by the uploader.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Kaychikitsa treatment is proven effective for curing diseases like paralysis, skin problems,ADHD, thyroid malfunctions, obesity, infertility problems,weight loss, arthritis etc. and no significant side effects have been discovered so far. [...]



GONORRHEA

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 14:36:00 +0000

Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacterium named Neisseria gonorrhoeae.This infection occurs through sexual contact with infected person and from infected mother to her baby..The bacteria is seen in genital organs, throat and in rectum.If gonorrhea is left untreated, it may cause many other problems, particularly problems relating to skin,genital organs, joints and heart valves.The incubation period of the bacteria is usually 4 days to one week.Neisseria gonorrhoeae By Photo Credit: Content Providers(s): CDC/ Dr. Norman Jacobs [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsSymptoms Main symptoms are burning with urination and yellowish white discharge from penis among men and vaginal discharge and pelvic pain in women.Pain during intercourse, irritations and infections in throat and rectum etc are also common symptoms. In few cases there may appear skin lesions.Some people may show no symptoms, and in such cases there are high chances to worse development of the disease and they become continue as carriers till the disease is diagnosed in its final stages.Skin lesion due to Gonorrhea See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsDiagnosis Gram stain test and culture is usually used to diagnose gonorrhea.PCR(Polymerise Chain Reaction) tests are also done now a days.A physician may recommend other common tests to diagnose the damages done by the disease.TreatmentThe bacterium is more resistant to conventional type antibiotics due to their regular usage. Now a days antibiotics like cephalosporin or quinalone are used to treat the disease. Ceftriaxone is the new kind of antibiotic used to treat the disease which is found more effective. By Grook Da Oger (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons [...]



ENCEPHALITIS

Mon, 26 Dec 2011 13:12:00 +0000

Encephalitis is a disease which affects the brain.Under this disease the brain may swell and some times cause meningitis. Such a condition is called meningoencephalitis. Encephalitis may occur due to microorganisms, ie. virus, bacteria, parasite, protozoa etc. or due to other conditions like allergy, auto immune disease and existing diseases like cancer or syphilis. But the viral infections are most common. The disease spreads in many ways- through  the respiratory outlets from an infected person, bite of mosquito or ticks and other insects, contaminated food or water and direct contact with infected person etc. are some of the common modes. Among viral infections the most common causes are herpes virus, flavivirus, adinovirus, cytomegalovirus, echovirus or Togaviridae viruses. The disease is named according to the infected virus and common types of encephalitis are West Nile Encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, Western equine encephalitis,Venezuelan equine encephalitis, Japanese encephalitis etc.Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus      See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Eastern Equine EncephalitisBy CDC/ Dr. Fred Murphy; Sylvia Whitfield [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsWest Nile VirusSee page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons SymptomsSymptoms may vary according to the type of infection and infection agent. However common symptoms are low grade fever, mild headache, body weakness, drowsiness, vomiting, light sensitivity etc.. But in chronic stages, symptoms like, high fever, severe headache, seizure,memory loss, confusion etc. may occur.DiagnosisA physician analyse the symptoms, will do a physical examination and correlate with laboratory results. Diagnosis tests are - examination of the cerebrospinal fluid obtained by a lumbar puncture procedure,serology test, tests for detecting virus DNA or RNA CT scan, MRI scan,EEG along with usual blood and urine examinations.TreatmentAntivirul, antibiotic medications are given along with symptomatic treatments. Anti viral drugs like Acyclovir and Foscarnet are prescribed for viral infections and antibiotics are prescribed after confirming the type of microorganisms behind the infection. Corticosteroids are used to reduce swelling of brain and anti seizure drugs for control seizure. [...]



NIGHTMARES? DON'T WORRY!

Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:57:00 +0000

By Rarmin (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Dreams are part of our life. Some people may see day dreams, and most people may see night dreams, but all of them hate nightmares. Nightmares cause insomnia to many people. Many people frightened to sleep due to the fear of nightmares.So those people are desperate to ask," is there is any solution to get a good sleep". Yes, this good news is for them. A new therapy is introduced to solve the problem named Lucid Dream Therapy. In different phases of our sleeping there is a particular phase where we are in semi consciousness state, while our conscious mind can recognise that we are dreaming and in such situations we can change the course of our dreams with the help of conscious mind.These dreams can be able to recalled later. Such dreams are called lucid dreams.The real life happenings and experiences are the root cause of nightmares. By practicing lucid dreaming we can reduce the number of nightmares.So good night,sweet"lucid dreams".By Paul Sapiano from San Diego, USA (Angel) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons [...]



TIPS TO CONTROL HYPERTENSION (B.P.)

Sun, 18 Dec 2011 14:51:00 +0000

Hypertension ie. Blood pressure is a silent killer. Many people may not aware about it's presence until it become worse, and those who are fortunate to know about it's attack are worrying that, how to control this killer. Nothing else a healthy life style is the only way to control it.Some tips exclusively for you.Reduce the quantity of salt in daily diet.Avoid food which contain high salt content.By Christian Mertes (Mudd1 12:26, 18 April 2007 (UTC)) (Own work) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Include fresh fruits and fresh vegetables in daily diet, because they contain potassium, calcium,magnetism and fibers which can control hypertension. Banana, orange, skimmed curd,diary products, small fishes, beans, dried grapes, green leafy vegetables etc. are rich sources of these substances.Green teas is also a good option. taken from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Platano_de_canarias.jpg Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.Do regular exercise.Regular exercise could increase the heart's pumping ability and during the exercise all the blood vessels will expand and allow free flow of blood. Attribution Link Requirements - Online usage: A link back to www.localfitness.com.au. Offline usage: the following text must appear under the photo "Credit: LocalFitness.com.au" [Attribution, GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, Please see GFDL Maintain healthy body and avoid obesity.Due to obesity the heart has to take more efforts to sent blood in all parts of the body. Obesity is also directly related to hypertension. Fromhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Central_Obesity_008.jpgAvoid smoking and drinking as much as possible.Alcohol consumption increases the blood pressure levels.So hypertension patients should avoid alcohol.Smoking causes nicotine to accumulate in blood vessels and may cause myocardial infraction.By James Cridland from London, UK (Drinking and driving) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Practice relaxation techniques.Breathing exercises,yoga, music, playing with children etc. can reduce your mental stress as well as hypertension.By http://theholisticcare.com [CC-BY-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons [...]



OLIVE OIL IN INFLAMMATION OUT

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 01:55:00 +0000

Olive oil is used as a cooking oil and also used to get soft,glowing skin.It also have many other medicinal properties. Now the scientists in Pennsylvania university has discovered that olive oil can effectively prevent inflammation in the body. A chemical substance contained in olive oil, named Oleocanthal is working behind the magic.
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Many people are suffering from inflammation due to many diseases and ailments, these findings would be a blessing for them. Moreover studies conducted earlier at different parts of the world has suggested that olive oil can prevent stroke, heart attack and reduce hypertension. So start cooking with olive oil today for good health.



ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

Wed, 14 Dec 2011 16:26:00 +0000

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AYURVEDA

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 15:57:00 +0000

Ayurveda, an ancient Indian treatment system which literally means the science of life and is already proven effective against many ailments and diseases.The main attraction of this system is that it sticks to the nature’s ability to cure diseases. The well known yoga is actually derived from Ayurveda. This treatment system says that diseases are the outcome of imbalance of four bodily forces named vatha, pitha, capha. However this theory is appears to be strange or baseless while looking through the modern theories, but the fact remains that Ayurveda is still effective against many ailments or diseases which are incurable in terms of modern medicine.An Ayurvedic Treatment Equipment By Karntheking (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsAccording to Ayurveda, you possess all innate qualities to frame your physical and mental characteristics while you are a new born and you will be in a condition in which what you really are called as ‘prakrithi”. So you starts your life with prakrithi nature and in each and every moment of your life external factors will start to influence your body and after many years it reaches into a conditions named “vikruthi”. Ayurveda insists one to sticks on to the prakrithi nature or to innate yourself. The more you deviate from your prakrithi nature there would be more imbalance of the three doshas and more the chances of diseases and health problems. Ayurveda classifies the people on the basis of the dominating doshas in their body.Ayurveda not treats the disease, but the patient by giving stress to change or modify his eating, sleeping, behavioural habits along with appropriate medicines for curing the health problem/s. In some conditions the patients has to avoid some food items for the effectiveness of the treatment. It uses a holistic approach to treat the diseases and there is more stress on the experience, skills and diagnosing ability of the practitioner. Massaging, sweating, oil bath,mud bath etc. are used for treatment. Massage bench used in AyurvedaBy Gabi from Frankfurt, Germany (Massage Bench) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsEven though it is safer there may be little points of wordy too.Under some specific branches of treatment Ayurveda uses medicines which contain heavy metals.Even though these medicines are effective there would be some serious side effects may occur. Like the modern medicine system, Ayurveda is also classified into specialities.Major classification of Ayurveda  General (Internal) Medicine  called as Kaya ChikithsaGeneral Surgery - Salya ChikithsaObstetrics and Gynecology and pediatrics - Griha Chikithsa Paediatrics - Kaumara BhruthyamOphthalmology,Head and ENT - Salakya Thanthra or Urdhwanga Chikithsa Toxicology - Agadathanthram or Damshtra ChikithsaPsychiatry - Bhutha VidyaMale infertility, impotency, male sexual problems - Vajikarana Immunity development and rejuvenation - Rasayana or Jara ChikithsaAyurveda has a rich tradition of many thousand years. In the early stages it is more related with religious aspects and later on it was grown as a separate treatment system. Later genius like Susrutha and Charaka contributed a lot to the growth of this treatment system. Susrutha who is believed to be the first person who conducted a surgery and plastic surgery ever also recorded his observation for the coming generations. Charaka is the writer of the Charaka Samhitha which is one among the major reference book for the [...]



EAT BEANS, SAY NO TO CANCER

Sat, 10 Dec 2011 16:48:00 +0000

Cancer is continuing its unbeaten run of taking lives among the killer diseases for many years. Researches are also going on worldwide on how to protect humans from the attack.However there are some good news from London, that Beans can combat cancer. The research conducted by the researchers of London University brought light on the ability of beans to combat cancer.

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An enzyme named Phosphoinositide 3-kinase is responsible for the growth of cancerous tumors. A substance named inositol penta kisphophate contained in beans can block the activity of the enzyme. According to researchers, beans is proved effective in mice against cancer in lungs and overy.So the researchers advise to include beans, cashew nut and grams seeds in diet to prevent cancer.



DIPHTHERIA

Fri, 09 Dec 2011 16:13:00 +0000

Diphtheria is a contagious, life threatening disease, and caused by a bacterium named Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Diphtheria is classified into two Cutaneous and Respiratory and among these respiratory is most widely seen and most dangerous but cutaneous diphtheria is the most contagious while comparing with respiratory diphtheria. Diphtheria spread by respiratory droplets or from discharges from eyes, nose and skin lesions from an infected person or from a carrier and from contaminated food intake. While cutaneous diphtheria infects skin, respiratory diphtheria infects tonsils,nose and throat,pharynx and airways to lung.Respiratory diphtheria may become fatal if no treatment is given in time.Corynebacterium diphtheriaeBy Photo Credit: Content Providers(s): [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsSymptomsRespiratory diphtheria:  Low grade fever, sore throat,swollen neck, muscle weakness, swollen glands,cough,skin lesions, bloody discharges from nose, throat covered by a Grey colored covering  etc.Swollen Neck due to Diphtheria By Photo Credit: Content Providers(s): CDC [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsCutaneos diphtheria:Skin wounds,pain, sores, blisters, swelling etc. Cutaneous Diphtheria By CDC [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsDiagnosisPhysical examination of a physician is important to diagnose the disease, especially, nose, throat and lungs. He may ask for Gram stain or throat stain for identifying the bacterium. He may ask to do blood test, chest x-ray, Electro Cardiogram etc.TreatmentThe toxins produced by the bacterium is the main cause of the ailments hence antitoxins are given through intravenous method. Antibiotics include penicillin or erythromycin are given. Symptomatic treatments are also given to relieve symptoms.Fortunately vaccines for children and adults are available against this disease.  [...]



FLU (INFLUENZA)

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 15:15:00 +0000

Flu ie. influenza is a serious respiratory disease caused by either influenza A or influenza B virus.While influenza A virus causes seasonal infection,the influenza B infection can be occurred at any time.The pandemic H1N1 is also another form of influenza.This infection affects nose, throat and lungs.The virus spreads through breathing tiny particles from respiratory droplets, cough, sneezing or by first touching contaminated substances with fingers and then touches the nose or mouth. Symptoms will appear within a day to a week.Influenza virus By Photo Credit: Cynthia Goldsmith Content Providers(s): CDC/ Dr. Terrence TumpeyTimVickers at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia CommonsSymptomsPreliminary symptoms are chills, nausea and vomitting, dizziness, body pain etc. Within two to three days time fever will start to appear.At this time breathing problems will increase and running nose with clear watery discharge will appear.By Mikael Häggström (All used images are in public domain.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons DiagnosisA physician can easily diagnose flu by analyzing the symptoms.Laboratory examination of swabs taken from mouth and nose is required to confirm flu.TreatmentIn most cases no treatment is required. Symptoms may disappear within 4-7 days after infection.Anti viral drugs and Ibuprofen,Acetaminophen etc. along with other medications (except aspirin) for relieving symptoms are given.Care and continuous monitoring is advised to elder people, children and people with weak immunity. [...]



HUG YOUR SWEETHEART FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 14:40:00 +0000

I am sure that you may little bit annoyed while watching the heading. But you can understand why I Used such a heading after reading this article.The researchers of North Carolina University have proved that hugging your girlfriend or boyfriend can give strength to your heart. While hugging, the body produces a hormone named Oxytocin. This hormone has the ability to increase the affection among the partners and at the same time it can reduce blood pressure. The researchers found that after each hugging the level of stress hormone,ie. Cortisol become low, which is also good for health.The researchers conducted research among thirty eight pairs. But hugging is more effective in women comparing to men. So don't waste time! start hugging your sweetheart for your own health.By Lazy_Lightning (http://www.flickr.com/photos/drienne/273467543/) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons [...]