Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Freedom Of Sleep

I found a very interesting post related to my earlier post. Thought my readers would enjoy reading it :).

Having A Good Sleep Helps You Get Rid Of Pressure

Too little sleep can lead to great problems or troubles. A significant risk factor for high blood
pressure is sleeplessness, as identified by the American Heart Association Journal Hypertension.

James E Gangoisch, PhD, lead author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow at the Columbia University Medical Center, says, "It has been known that one of the reason for hypertension is, sleeping disorders. This could be the reason for not getting enough sleep."

High blood pressure and short sleep (five hours or less) relationship is showed in first study. High blood pressure is significantly less in people who get sever hours or more of sleep than those who sleep five to six hours. A normal healthy person is advised to have at least 8 hours of good sleep.

Lack of sleep also can also result in obesity. The heart rate and blood pressure are normally low during sleep. Over a long period of time, the average work done by the heart increases in people deprived of sleep, which causes irreversible changes in the heart and blood vessels.

All in all a good night sleep is very essential for good health.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Everything You Need To Know About Bird Flu

Bird flu can be one of the most dangerous epidemic if not taken care of at an early stage. Read more to know how to protect yourself and your family from bird flu.

What is avian influenza (bird flu)?

Avian influenza is an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) viruses. These flu viruses occur naturally among birds. Wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines, but usually do not get sick from them. However, avian influenza is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated birds, including chickens, ducks, and turkeys, very sick and kill them.

Infection with avian influenza viruses in domestic poultry causes two main forms of disease that are distinguished by low and high extremes of virulence. The “low pathogenic” form may go undetected and usually causes only mild symptoms (such as ruffled feathers and a drop in egg production). However, the “highly pathogenic” form spreads more rapidly through flocks of poultry. This form may cause disease that affects multiple internal organs and has a mortality rate that can reach 90-100%, often within 48 hours.

How does avian influenza spread among birds?

Infected birds shed influenza virus in their saliva, nasal secretions, and feces. Susceptible birds become infected when they have contact with contaminated excretions or with surfaces that are contaminated with excretions or secretions. Domesticated birds may become infected with avian influenza virus through direct contact with infected waterfowl or other infected poultry or through contact with surfaces (such as dirt or cages) or materials (such as water or feed) that have been contaminated with the virus.

Do avian influenza viruses infect humans?

Bird flu viruses do not usually infect humans, but more than 100 confirmed cases of human infection with bird flu viruses have occurred since 1997.

How do people become infected with avian influenza viruses?

Most cases of avian influenza infection in humans have resulted from direct or close contact with infected poultry (e.g., domesticated chicken, ducks, and turkeys) or surfaces contaminated with secretions and excretions from infected birds. The spread of avian influenza viruses from an ill person to another person has been reported very rarely, and transmission has not been observed to continue beyond one person. During an outbreak of avian influenza among poultry, there is a possible risk to people who have direct or close contact with infected birds or with surfaces that have been contaminated with secretions and excretions from infected birds.

What are the symptoms of avian influenza in humans?

Symptoms of avian influenza in humans have ranged from typical human influenza-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches) to eye infections, pneumonia, severe respiratory diseases (such as acute respiratory distress syndrome), and other severe and life-threatening complications. The symptoms of avian influenza may depend on which specific virus subtype and strain caused the infection.

How is avian influenza detected in humans?

A laboratory test is needed to confirm avian influenza in humans.
What are the implications of avian influenza to human health?
Two main risks for human health from avian influenza are 1) the risk of direct infection when the virus passes from the infected bird to humans, sometimes resulting in severe disease; and 2) the risk that the virus – if given enough opportunities – will change into a form that is highly infectious for humans and spreads easily from person to person.

How is avian influenza in humans treated?

Studies done in laboratories suggest that the prescription medicines approved for human influenza viruses should work in treating avian influenza infection in humans. However, influenza viruses can become resistant to these drugs, so these medications may not always work. Additional studies are needed to determine the effectiveness of these medicines.

Friday, November 17, 2006

PARKINSON’S DISEASE – very common among the older age group! What is it?

PARKINSON’S DISEASE is a progressive degenerative disorder, mostly affecting the older people.

Why is PARKINSON’S DISEASE called so?
James Parkinson first described it in 1817.

What are the causes for PARKINSON’S DISEASE, a very common ailment?
Well most of the times it is idiopathic (i.e. the reason is unknown). But other causes may be trauma, toxic agents, drugs (dopamine antagonists)

What are the clinical features of PARKINSON’S DISEASE ? How does it present itself?

· Diminished facial _expression
· Stooped posture
· Slowness of voluntary movement
· Festinating gait (progressively shortened, accelerated steps)
· Rigidity
· “Pill rolling” movements of the fingers
· Tremors
· Dementia may also occur

If untreated the symptoms progress over several years to end stage disease in which the patient is so rigid that he is unable to move, unable to breathe properly; succumbs mostly to chest infections/ embolism.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A Perfect Solution For Hair Loss Problem As a Result Of Wearing Helmet

I've always hated wearing helmet. No, not that I don't love my head or want to keep it safe. I understand the importance of wearing helmet. But it has a purpose, you too would hate to wear a helmet in a slow moving traffic, (I'm talking about traffic which moves at around 10km/hr !! ).

Recently Karnataka Government came up with a new rule stating everyone ( riders only thankfully, lucky pillionz ) must and should wear a helmet else they would be fined. Now you might call this a very crude way of making money government has come up with, getting to the purpose of this article, which is not discussing whether the decision made by government is right or wrong but is to discuss some other serious problems involved with wearing a helmet.

The most common problem everyone will face as a result of this new rule is Hair Fall. Imagine wearing those heavy helmets, travelling on a average for about an hr or more a day, and spending even more time waiting for those traffic signals to go green. Spending hours together in those "always exepected" traffic jams. None of this is going to do any good for your hair.

All the dust, wear and tear just helps your hair grow much weaker which eventually will end up with experiencing hair fall.

But by following a few steps you definitely can protect your hair from all the wear and tear and also from getting spoilt because of the Helmets you wear.

Wet a piece of cloth and wear it as a "Bandana" before you wear your helmet. This protects your hair in two ways.

One, it keeps the moisture in your hair, which is the most essential part in mainiting your hairs bounciniess and retaining life in them.
Second, it reduces the friction between your hair and the soft sponge inside your helmet. the friction between your hair and the sponge inside your helmet does not do any good for your hair.

It also becomes very important that you buy a helmet which fits you nice and tight. This also helps in reducing the friction.

Don't forget to regularly oil your hair. There is nothing like a good oil massage.

Wash and clean your hair regularly. Rinse it thoroughly. The more clean you keep them, the more healthier your hair will be.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

How Long Does It Take For Hoodia Gordonii To Work ?

Hoodia Gordonii is a succelent generally found in the Kalahari desert. It is believed to have hunger suppressing powers.

Nutrition and Diet is one of the biggest industry today where thousands of people are looking for new ways to loose weight. What they actually look for is an "easy" way to loose weight and hence there is great demand for diet pills and diet syrups.

Hoodia Gordonii is a diet pill, which has been discussed regularly and is seemingly popular amongst people planning on a diet.

Generally Hoodia Gordonii takes just about half an hour to start showing it's supressing effect and this makes it extremely popular.

Individuals who plan to take diet pills, should consult their doctors before they try testing any of the diet pills available in the market. There are a lot of chances that more than 60% of those pills, don't live up to what they claim.

Source : Hoodia Gordonii