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Nine Factors That Appear to Elevate Alzheimer's Risk Evidence suggests benefit from addressing related potentially modifiable risk factors.
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Jin-Tai Yu, M.D., Ph.D., an associate specialist in neurology at the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues reviewed the findings of 323 studies completed between 1968 and 2014. Collectively, the studies involved more than 5,000 patients and looked at 93 conditions with the potential to affect Alzheimer's risk. The team set out to determine which factors appeared to offer some protection against developing Alzheimer's.
The strongest evidence suggested that:
Patients battling several serious health conditions also seemed to see their risk fall, including those with:
By contrast, a complex statistical analysis enabled the research team to zero in on the nine factors that appeared to elevate Alzheimer's risk among 66 percent of those who ultimately get the disease.
Effective interventions in diet, medications, biochemical exposures, psychological condition, pre-existing disease and lifestyle may decrease new incidence of AD.
Say No To Alchol During Pregnancy. Prevent Fetal Alchol Spectrum Disorder(FASD): a very serious group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.These effects can include physical problems and problems with behavi
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Chills & Fever : Chills are feelings of coldness accompanied by shivering Chills can be a symptom of a serious or life-threatening infection or hypothemia. Fever is the body's normal and healthy reaction to infection and other illnesses, both minor and se
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Chills and fever are signs that something is wrong. If you treat your chills and fever but they persist, you should see your doctor to determine the underlying cause. Chill is a sensation of cold, with convulsive shaking of the body, accompanied by an elevation of temperature in the interior of the body; usually a symptom of an infectious disease.
Chills can occur after exposure to a cold environment. They also occur as a response to a bacterial or viral infection that causes a fever.
Chills are often related to fever; Every one of you may have experienced the wave of chills and exhaustion that a fever causes. When the brain increases the body's temperature set-point, the rest of the body gets confused and feels like it needs to meet that higher temperature.You feel cold because technically you are colder than your body's new set-point. In turn, the body works to generate heat to warm itself by contracting and relaxing muscles, hence the shivering.
Although a fever is easy to measure, determining its cause can be hard. See your Doctor if you are experienceing any of the following:
Treatments vary depending on the cause of the fever.
Nosebleeds Nosebleeds are due to the bursting of a blood vessel within the nose.Nosebleeds aren't usually serious. However, frequent or heavy nosebleeds may indicate more serious health problems, such as high blood pressure or a blood clotting disorder.
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Consult a doctor for a nosebleed if bleeding cannot be stopped, there is a large amount of blood lost, or you feel weak or faint.
Nosebleeds (epistaxis, nose bleed) can be dramatic and frightening. Most often they are considered to be a nuisance and not a true medical problem but, they can be both. Nosebleeds are divided into two types, Anterior and Posterior.
1. Anterior nosebleeds The bleeding usually comes from a blood vessel at the very front part of the nose. Anterior nosebleeds are usually easy to control, either by measures that can be performed at home or by a doctor
2 .Posterior nosebleeds: The bleeding usually comes from an artery in the back part of the nose. These nosebleeds are more complicated and usually require admission to the hospital and management by an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat specialist).
Nosebleeds are fairly common and most people will experience them every now and again. Anyone can get nosebleeds, The cause of most nosebleeds are unknown, but they may also result from trauma, medication use, tumors, or nasal/sinus surgery. Common causes of nosebleed include:
Many nosebleeds can be treated at home, but some do require medical care. Holding pressure, nasal packing, chemical cautery, and use of nasal decongest sprays represent the first line of treatment for a majority of nasal bleeding.
Here what you can do when there's a nosebleed!
Gently applying Vaseline or other ointment to the front of the nose with a Q-tip on a daily basis helps to moisturize the nose and prevent nose bleeds due to dryness. It is also very important to avoid any trauma to the nose after a nose bleed by picking healing scabs or blowing the nose too aggressively.
Consult a doctor for a nosebleed if bleeding cannot be stopped, there is a large amount of blood lost, or you feel weak or faint.
Protect your baby from group B strep. If you have GBS, your baby can get very sick and even die if you are not tested and treatedGetting screened for GBS late in pregnancy – and receiving antibiotic treatment during.
|Posted on 3 July, 2015 at 3:05||comments (5)|
While GBS is generally harmless in healthy adults, it may cause stillbirth and serious infections in babies. Getting screened for GBS late in pregnancy – and receiving antibiotic treatment during labor if you're a carrier – greatly reduces your baby's risk of becoming infected. .
What Does Being a GBS Carrier Mean?
Carrying GBS bacteria also does not mean that you are not clean, and it does not mean that you have a sexually transmitted disease. The bacteria are not spread from food, sex, water, or anything that you might have come into contact with. These bacteria can come and go naturally in the body.
The group B strep test is done during pregnancy to identify women who carry this common bacterium.
What are the consequences of early-onset GBS disease?
If you're pregnant, your health care provider will likely recommend a group B strep test during the third trimester. Because you can test positive at certain times and negative at other times, you'll need to repeat the group B strep test each time you're pregnant.
April 2015 is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. According to the Women’s Eye Health Task Force, risk factors for premature death due to heart disease or cancer are the same as those for blindness and vision impairment. These factors include
|Posted on 12 April, 2015 at 1:04||comments (0)|
Every woman, especially those who are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or diabetic, should make it a priority to get a comprehensive, dilated eye exam.
There are a number of health factors and differences between men and women that put women at greater risk of serious vision loss; two-thirds of Americans with vision impairment are women. However, through early detection and treatment vision loss can be lessened.
Regular dilated exams are essential to prevention, early detection of eye disease — and to keeping you and your eyes healthy. So in honor of Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, schedule a routine eye exam, if it’s been more than a year and encourage the women in your life to do the same also.
Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a very common condition in which nearby objects are visible but faraway objects are out of focus and difficult to see.
Farsightedness, or hyperopia,is a common vision impairment in which you are able to see things that are far away, but have trouble seeing things that are up close.
Risk factors for vision problems in women include:
The main Eye-related Health Risks Faced by Women include:
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, an appointment with an eye care professional should be made immediately:
An eye emergency is when chemicals or a foreign object gets in the eye, or an injury affects the eye area. Emergencies require immediate medical attention to help prevent permanent vision damage.
Eye injuries can be prevented by the use of protective eyewear at work, at home, at school and in sports. You should have your eye health evaluated annually. Recognizing vision problems early may prevent long-term complications and blindness.
Abdominal pain may be minor and of no great significance, or it can reflect a major problem involving one of the organs in the abdomen.The characteristics of the pain -- location, timing, duration, etc. are important in diagnosing its cause. Persisting ab
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Abdominal pain (Pain in the belly) can be associated with a variety of conditions both within and outside of the abdomen. Abdominal pain can be acute and sudden in onset, or the pain can be chronic and longstanding.
The cause of abdominal problems can be hard to pinpoint. Sometimes minor and serious abdominal problems start with the same symptoms. Pain that increases with movement or coughing and does not appear to be caused by strained muscles is more likely to be a symptom of a serious problem.
Severe abdominal pain is a greater cause for concern. If it starts suddenly and unexpectedly, it should be regarded as a medical emergency, especially if the pain is concentrated in a particular area.
Whether it's a mild stomach ache, sharp pain, or stomach cramps, abdominal pain can have numerous causes. Fortunately, most abdominal problems are minor, and home treatment is all that is needed. Some serious causes of sudden severe abdominal pain include:
Some of the more common causes include:
In order for your health care provider to assist you in managing your pain, it is helpful for you to be able to adequately describe your pain. If your abdominal pain lasts longer than 24 hours, or gets worse as time passes, call your doctor right away.
Hemorrhoids, also called piles, are swollen, inflamed veins around the anus or lower rectum.PILES: Ignoring piles can just pile on problems: As doctors say too many of us are embarrassed to seek help !.‘If you’ve got blood in your stools, get
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Piles are hemorrhoids that become inflamed.Hemorrhoids are masses, clumps, cushions of tissue in the anal canal - they are full of blood vessels, support tissue, muscle and elastic fibers.
Common symptoms of hemorrhoids may be a sign of other serious health problems.
Call your doctor if you have symptoms like these:
Both hemorrhoids and bowel cancer can cause rectal bleeding, any such bleeding should be investigated to rule out pre-cancerous polyps or bowel cancer. Colon or rectal cancer and other conditions have many of the same symptoms as hemorrhoids.
Piles can occur at any age, but are more common in older people. They affect both men and women. In fact, most people suffer from piles at some time, but usually they are nothing more than a temporary problem.
Piles can be of various sizes and may be internal (inside the anus) or external ones (outside the anus). Typically, internal piles occur from 2 to 4cm above the opening of the anus. External piles (perianal hematoma) occur on the outside edge of the anus. The internal ones are much more common.
Many experts believe that they are caused by continuous high pressure in the veins of the body, which occurs because humans stand upright. Sometimes they result from straining hard to pass faeces, which is more likely if you do not eat enough fibre, or lifting heavy weights.
The symptoms of piles can come and go. There are five main symptoms:
Regardless of the size or swelling of a hemorrhoid, no treatment is required if symptoms do not exist. Hemorrhoids are either inside the anus or under the skin around the anus, and often result from chronic (long term) straining to have a bowel movement.
Be sure to see your healthcare Provider, if:
Prevention is perhaps the most effective treatment for piles:
Though hemorrhoids are thought of as a minor health problem, you shouldn't let that notion keep you from getting them examined. The ultimate goal is hemorrhoid relief, and for many people, that means an office visit.
Ringworm is a fungal skin infection. It is caused by a fungus that grows on the skin. Once the fungus is established, it spreads out in rings.
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Ringworm is a common fungal infection of the skin and is not due to a worm. Ringworm occurs when a type of fungus called tinea grows and multiplies on your skin.
The fungus that causes ringworm thrive in warm, moist areas. Ringworm is more likely when you are often wet (such as from sweating) and from minor injuries to your skin, scalp, or nails. Try not to scratch the rash, as this may spread the fungus to other areas of your body.
Ringworm can affect the skin on your:
Ringworm is characterized by a red ring of small blisters or a red ring of scaly skin that grows outward as the infection spreads. The center of the ring may clear up, while a new ring of infection develops at the edge of the old ring. Keep the affected area clean and dry.
It's really important, where possible, to prevent spreading the infection. You should avoid sharing towels, bedding or clothes with anyone diagnosed with ringworm.
You need to see your GP if you or your child have ringworm of the scalp. Ringworm can be successfully treated with antifungal medications used either topically or orally.
Seizures: Seizures are uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain that may lead to symptoms that may range from mild loss of attention to violent muscular contractions that can lead to death
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Seizures: Sudden, uncontrolled body movements and changes in behavior that occur because of abnormal electrical activity in the brain Seizures are classified as either generalized or partial depending upon how much of the brain is affected. Symptoms include loss of awareness, changes in emotion, loss of muscle control, and shaking. Seizures may be caused by drugs, high fevers, head injuries, and certain diseases, such as? Epilepsy .
Seizures are symptoms of a brain problem, temporarily affecting the way a person behaves, moves, thinks or feels. Seizures are common. A person may have only one seizure without a recurrence. In about 1 of 10 cases, however, seizures continue to occur, and the person is diagnosed as having epilepsy.
Whats is Epilepsy? epilepsy is the term used to describe when you have recurring seizures. Epilepsy is caused by irregular brain activity and can develop at any age. Some people are born with a defect in the structure of their brain. Others have had a head injury, tumor, lead poisoning, stroke, or an infection If you have experienced recurring seizures (2 or more) and all other possible causes have been ruled out—such as:
When you think of seizures, you often think of convulsions in which a person's body shakes rapidly and uncontrollably however not all seizures cause convulsions, Because there are different types of seizures, the first step is to have your physician identify which type you have. Seizure activity may range from simple blank staring to loss of consciousness with plasticity or muscle jerking.
Most seizures last from 30 seconds to 2 minutes and do not cause lasting harm.However---
Whichever kind of seizures you’re experiencing, they may take an emotional toll. You may feel alone or self-conscious. They may affect your relationships. But most of all, you live with a feeling of uncertainty, not knowing when the next seizure may occur.
The good news is there are things you can do that may help you live your life as fully as possible with epilepsy.Treatment for epilepsy includes medications, lifestyle changes, and sometimes surgery.
Many epilepsy medications cause birth defects. Women who plan to become pregnant should tell their doctor in advance in order to adjust medications.
Many epilepsy medicines may affect the health of your bones. Talk to your doctor about whether you need vitamins and other supplements.