Archive for October, 2009

Sleep Soundly for Heart Health

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

About one-third of Americans sleep 6.5 hours or less a night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. While these Americans may be putting their health at risk, people shouldn’t spend all of their time sleeping, either; research shows that sleeping more than nine hours may also have deleterious effects, although the reasons for this are less clear.

I think there are two or three things that may be important. Short-term studies show that with sleep deprivation, the sympathatic nervous system becomes activated. As a result, your blood vessels constrict and your blood pressure tends to go up. And we think that may play a role in heart disease. Sleep deprivation probably also affects the regulation of blood sugar. If you’re sleep deprived, it requires more insulin to keep your blood sugar where it should be than it does if you’re not sleep deprived.

There have been at least three major studies of huge groups of people to look at the relationship between sleep duration and some of these outcomes, and they’ve all shown that if you sleep too long, you tend to get adverse outcomes. In some cases, the outcome was heart disease.

Treatment for Swine flu

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

The Swine flu is on everyone’s mind these days and if you are unfortunate to catch the swine flu there are few things you can do to treat it and keep from spreading it. This of course depends on the severity of the case of the flu get as well. First off there is a vaccine now to prevent the swine flu. Right now there is a bit of controversy with the swine flu vaccine so it’s up to you decide if you want it or not.

During the mid-20th century, identification of influenza subtypes became possible, allowing accurate diagnosis of transmission to humans. Since then, only 50 such transmissions have been confirmed. These strains of swine flu rarely pass from human to human.

Swine influenza virus is common throughout pig populations worldwide. Transmission of the virus from pigs to humans is not common and does not always lead to human influenza, often resulting only in the production of antibodies in the blood. If transmission does cause human influenza, it is called zoonotic swine flu.

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A FAMILY HEALTH GUIDE FOR CHICKEN POX

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

No specific medical treatment is usually required for chicken pox. Painkillers (ibuprofen, paracetamol) can help to reduce pain and fever. Calamine lotion is also commonly used for local application to reduce itching. Over the counter treatments like antihistamines may be used for the relief of severe itching. Some of these cause drowsiness and may help the patient sleep at night.  Frequent baths may also help ease itching. Finely ground oatmeal or baking soda may be added to the bath water to soothe the skin. Avoid tepid sponging.

Antiviral drugs may occasionally be prescribed for people who have a high risk of complications from chicken pox. These reduce the duration of the infection and minimize the risk of complications.

If your child has chicken pox they should stay away from school until the last blister has crusted over. He or she should also avoid contact with others who might be at a high risk of infection, such as newborn babies and people with a weak immune system.

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Home Treatment for Chicken Pox

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Following are some of the effective home remedies for chicken pox:

  1. Pure honey smeared on the scabs helps in clearing up scars.
  2. Another way to clear scars quickly is to apply Vitamin E oil on the affected areas.
  3. Prepare a mixture by adding ½ tspn of Baking soda in 1 glass of water. Sponge the person with this. When soda dries on the skin it controls the itchiness and irritation.
  4. Boil two cups of oatmeal in two liters of water for fifteen minutes. This mixture is then put into a cloth bag, preferably cotton, and a string is tied tightly around the top. This bag is allowed to float in a tub of warm water, and swished around until the water becomes turbid. Precaution should be taken to ensure that the bag is not torn. It is an effective natural remedy for relieving the itch due to chicken pox.
  5. Take 100 gm of carrots and 60 gm of fresh coriander. Cut them into small pieces and boiled for a while. The residue should be discarded. This soup should be taken once a day for treating chicken pox.

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Causes of Chicken Pox

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Chicken Pox may caused by at least two factors:

  1. Contact irritation,
  2. Local skin infection due to overgrowth of various bacteria.

Chickenpox is mainly caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is also known as human herpes virus 3. Causes of chickenpox usually not apparent but may be associated with hunger, swallowed air, overfeeding, and foods with high carbohydrate content.

Other Causes of chickenpox, may include:

  • You may have a Sensitive skin.
  • You may have used a Strong soap or taken a long bubble bath.
  • Long Illnesses.
  • Changes in diet such as weaning or changing from breast milk to formula.

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What are the sympotoms of Chicken Pox

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

The symptoms of laghu masurika (chickenpox) begin to appear one or two days after the entry of the varicella zoster virus in the body of the person. The sequence of symptoms is as follows:-

(i) The initial symptom is that of a common cold. The person will have a runny or a stuffy nose. There will be a burning sensation in the eyes and they will water and become red.

(ii) Two or three days after the onset of the common cold, a rash appears on the skin. This rash may begin on the face, but will continue to cover the chest, back, arms and legs.

(iii) The initial rash is pinkish, but the color deepens in a day or two. Blisters develop on the rash, which are pimply bumps filled with a fluid.

(iv) In another day or two, the fluid in the blisters becomes cloudy and it begins to flow out. The blisters begin to crust.

(v) The initial blisters disappear in a couple of days, but new spots appear. Hence, the blisters appear in cycles.

(vi) This cyclic formation of blisters may continue for up to two weeks, though in some cases it may stop on the third day itself.

(vii) When the chickenpox is subsiding, the blisters develop into scabs and dry off. The passing away of the blisters might be accompanied with stomachache and mild fever.

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An Overview on Chicken Pox

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Chickenpox is a highly contagious illness caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), a type of herpes virus. It is often a mild illness, characterized by an itchy rash on the face, scalp and trunk with pink spots and tiny fluid-filled blisters that dry and become scabs four to five days later. Serious complications, although rare, can occur mainly in infants, adolescents, adults and persons with a weakened immune system. These complications include bacterial infections of skin blisters, pneumonia, and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). In temperate climates, such as the Northeast, chickenpox occurs most frequently in the late winter and early spring.

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India’s swine flu toll jumps to 329

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Thirteen swine flu deaths, 10 in Maharashtra alone, were reported on Thursday in the country, taking the total toll to 329, health authorities said in New Delhi.

Also, a record 142 fresh cases were reported in the country, taking the number of people affected with the flu to 10,375.

While three deaths were reported from Maharashtra, that tops the chart of recording the maximum deaths in the country Thursday, seven deaths that had occurred earlier were found to be due to the contagious virus, health authorities said. The seven deaths in the state were reported between Sep 26 to 29.

“The laboratory confirmation came Thursday, which showed that all these deaths were because of the flu,” an official said.

With these ten deaths, the toll in the state has gone up to 130 – the highest in the country.

In Andhra Pradesh, two people died due to the flu, taking the total toll in the southern state to 36. The two people had died Wednesday, but laboratory confirmation came on Thursday.

One death was also reported in the Indian capital. With this, the toll in the state state has gone up to 14.

Three suspected deaths were also reported from Gujarat, but officials said they are awaiting the laboratory reports for confirmation.

“Till date, samples from 43,421 people have been tested for Influenza A (H1N1) in government laboratories and a few private laboratories across the country and 10,375 of them have been found positive,” a statement issued here said.

The national capital reported the maximum fresh cases Thursday. A total of 39 people were tested positive for the flu in Delhi, followed by Maharashtra where 35 people were detected with the virus.

The other states were – Tamil Nadu (18), Karnataka (12), Haryana (12), Andhra Pradesh (10), Kerala (9), Uttar Pradesh (6) and Gujarat (1).