How Safe are E-Cigarettes?

As the anti-smoking campaign rages, more new products will be developed to ‘help’ smokers kick the habit, such as the most recently developed e-cigarettes. Patches, hypnosis, gum and pills are touted as anti-smoking aids. Many people manage to kick the smoking habit using gum, but then become addicted to the gum which contains nicotine. The pills carry with them a long list of possible dangerous side-effects which make smokers shy away from using them. E-cigarettes have become widely used and accepted, but hose devices can and do become as addictive as the cigarettes smokers are trying to give up are. Many consumers are using them not as a means of kicking the smoking habit, but rather taking up using them as a smoking habit and becoming addicted to ‘vaping’ as it’s called.

 
The addiction aspect is not the bone of contention with e-cigarettes, but rather the safety of the devices. A look into what goes into them sheds light on the safety aspect, as Ricardo Guimarães BMG will point out.

 
The ‘E’ stands for electronic and the e-cigarettes operate by battery power. The vapor (smoke) comes from a cartridges of liquid which is placed inside the device. The vapor is inhaled into the lungs and blown out through the nose and mouth to create the sensation of smoking a real cigarette. The ingredients in the liquid cartridges is what may or not be safe. Propylene glycol, nicotine and flavoring are the ingredients and their safety, or lack thereof, remain to be proven.

Heart Attack Prognosis Reversed with Stem Cell Therapy

Owen Palmer had a very grim prognosis after suffering a heart attack. He was a shell of his former self, barely able to ascend a flight of stairs. He sat quietly watching TV as his life was passing him by.

Fortunately, Palmer was invited to take part in a revolutionary study that was to determine whether stem cells could repair his damaged heart. What happened next was astonishing. Since receiving treatment in 2012 Palmer has regained his vigor and has a new lease on life.

The process for repairing damage to his heart was actually quite simple when Paul Mathieson read about it. White blood cells were extracted from his own hip that provided the life giving stem cells. The stem cells were carefully injected into damaged areas of his heart by doctors. The stem cells were able to help regenerate muscle tissue in his heart to rejuvenate his vitality.

Palmer was lucky enough to be part of a trial run for a much larger program. The positive results he achieved will help move research forward. Thousands of patients will be involved in the next round of studies from all over Europe.

Professor Anthony Mathur is spearheading the campaign. He hopes that continued positive results moving forward will help secure approval for the treatment through the NHS to make it available to the public in years to come.

All About Radiology

A medical specialty that is centered around creating images of the interior of the human body, radiology has become a very popular and lucrative career option. In order to do this job, radiologists use a number of different energy sources which include x-rays, ultrasound technology and a magnetic resonance. Without having to open the body to make a discovery or diagnosis, radiology is non-invasive; providing black and white images to medical staff for review. This can be a very beneficial way to diagnose a problem without having to inflict any kind of harm or pain on a patient.

Before radiology was created a patient could really only have their organs examined during a surgical procedure or after death. Radiology has come a long way since its inception and is now used all across the world for a number of uses, mainly to solve questions regarding how a body is functioning. Radiology can also allow for a better diagnosis or treatment option. Radiology scans can be shared amongst medical professionals for second and third opinions. These pictures create a very accurate and permanent vision that can be referred back to many times over again. It can also be a starting point. More scans can be done as time goes on to mark changes that may be occurring, either good or bad.

A primary care doctor can best spend his or her time taking care of a patient and helping them manage their health or health conditions. A radiologist is a separate professional that takes on the task of diagnostic testing, consulting with the doctor when needed but for the most part, taking on the testing side of things on their own. Most general practitioners, specialists and internists all have an ongoing business relationship with a radiology clinic where patients can go and have their imaging done. The results are then passed between the radiologist and the internal doctor.

While at one time radiologists were simple kept around to read final scans, now they are very much involved in the process, administering dyes by IV, catheters, balloons into arteries and so on. Competent image taking is just one of the many steps of being a radiologist.

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Importance of Exercise

It’s not a surprise to hear that exercise is key to living a long and healthy life? The question is, how much exercise do you need? And, can exercise prolong your life? Any amount of exercise is better than no exercise at all. Exercise improves your overall health and cuts down your risk for many different diseases. Generally, the guidelines for exercise recommend that you get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. Recent studies, published in the JAMA Internal Medicine, have found that people that do not exercise have a high risk or premature death.

Susan McGalla says that people who exercise some, but not quite the recommended amount, lowered their risk of an early death by 20 percent. The people that exercised at least 150 minutes every week brought down their risk or premature death by 31 percent. The study also found that those who exercised much more, around 450 minutes each week, are 39 percent less likely to die at a younger age. Exercising beyond that amount weekly did not significantly change the risk of premature death. The moral of the story? Get up and get moving, so you can live a long, healthy, and productive life.

Utah Teenager Allergic to Water

Alexandra Allen, a teenager from Utah, suffers a rare allergy to water, known in the medical field as Aquagenic Urticaria.

The teen will also have to give up her dream of becoming a marine biologist because aquagenic urticaria is degenerative and probably could worsen over time.

The teenager experienced her first allergic episode some years ago, after swimming in a pool. Her mother thought she had an allergic reaction to chlorine and an anti-histaminic resolved her discomfort.

Shortly thereafter Alexandra experienced new painful outbreaks after swimming in a nearby lake.

After searching the net, the teen found a medical website that talked about Aquagenic urticaria. She mentioned it to her dermatologist who agreed with the diagnosis.

She underwent a series of tests, one of which was being immersed in a bath, which she acknowledged was like “torture.”

People at AnastaisaDate (crunchbase.com)have heard that this allergy is so rare that it is believed that there are only about 50 cases worldwide.

Allen, meanwhile, is worried because it is degenerative, meaning it gets worse over time and repeated exposure to water definitely poses concern.

Dementia is Finally One Disease That Overweight People Are Less Likely to Get

We all knew that being overweight was bad for us. We are bombarded by that fact every day with news of how obesity contributes to this or that health condition or disease and telling us to change our diets to lose weight. That is why it may be difficult for us to comprehend the results of a study that says those in middle age who are underweight have a greater chance of developing a disease like Alzheimer’s. In fact, obese people are actually significantly less likely to get dementia than a healthy ‘normal’ weight person.

The researchers say that they have to study the issue further to uncover why there is a correlation between weight and risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s that are generally categorized as dementia. Fat does do some beneficial things in the body, and we do clearly need some it. For one example, it coats the nerves to help protect our central nervous system, which is interesting for Crystal Hunt to learn.

We all die from something eventually. If one had any control over choosing how they go, I would certainly prefer to go from a relatively quick heart attack. This would be vastly preferable to gradually losing your cognitive function until you don’t know who loved ones are anymore and eventually don’t know who you are. If being a little overweight helps stave off that horrible end to my life, then pass the hamburgers.

Staying Up Late Could Be Bad For You?

Being a night owl was never something that I considered to be unhealthy, but it is just a way of life for me as I’m sure is true of many people. I like to go to bed late, to rise later than most, because that is when I feel at my best. I like working at night, and getting everything done under florescent lights doesn’t bother me. But as one article explains, it might have bad side effects on my health.

 
I enjoy staying up late but if it is bad for my health should I be considering a different routine? Sergio Cortes certainly thinks it is time. How about everyone who works late shifts at their job, should they have to suffer health wise just because of the time they are supposed to be at work?

 

This is all definitely something that we should be considering and thinking about. I’m not sure that I, personally, will make a change just yet, but if I notice some bad side effects in the future I just might have to. Who knew that staying up late could be bad for you?

Underweight People More Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s

Obesity is blamed for a lot of things, but new studies show that being underweight actually has it’s risk factors too. Those who are underweight during mid-life are at an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s when they are older. People who are obese during mid-life have a reduced risk of developing the brain disorder, 30% lower than those who are underweight or normal weight during their mid-life years.

The actual weight of a person may not be the deciding factor. Sultan Alhokair say that more research will be conducted as to the environmental factors surrounding those who are underweight and develop Alzheimer’s. Also more research will be conducted to find out what the protective factor is for those who are overweight.

Almost 200 people age 55 and older were studied at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Oxon Epidemiology. No common links were discovered except for the common thread of being underweight, specifically during mid-life. A healthy diet and lifestyle does reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, as well as reducing the risk of developing many other age-related diseases.

The Recent Shigella Invasion

The United States has a new visitor stated Google Plus; it is a drug resistant strain of Shigella. This bacteria has already led to multiple food poisoning incidents around the country. Shigella infects people’s intestines and is a dysentery type pathogen. It causes symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea, serious stomach cramps, and fever.

A minimum of 243 individuals have been infected within the last year in 32 different states. 20% of these people were in the hospital.

This particular strain of the bacteria is particularly worrisome, because it is actually ciprofloxacin-resistant. Ciprofloxacin is the antibiotic that is typically used to treat dysentery. It is possible the doctors will now need to turn to IV antibiotics. This bacteria is also very contagious. Only 10 of them need to be present in water or food in order for the infection to spread.

It is a concern, because if it spreads among the poor and homeless populations, it could cause a serious epidemic. However, there is not yet any cause for panic, because the infection typically is resolved within an individual within about a week. There are also other medications that can be used. However, in the worst circumstances, the infection can spread throughout the body and lead to infections of the blood and possibly death.

The CDC advises people to keep themselves healthy by practicing good hygiene and taking antidiarrheal medications for anyone who is going to be traveling.

Is There Wisdom in Drinking Juice Rather than Soda?

Those who are concerned about health will encourage those around them to give up soda. Sultan Alhokair says that those who worry about the health of their children will give those children juice and refuse to give them soda. What happens, though, when the juice that is being doled out actually has more sugar than the soda that those individuals refuse to drink or serve?

It seems that some of the fruit juices that are out there – some of the same juices that are being pushed by those in the health community – actually contain more sugar than some of the leading brands of soda. Could it be that juice is just as harmful to a body as soda is? Should those who push juice as a healthy drink be more concerned about just what it contains? The sugar in soda is added, while some of the sugar in juice occurs naturally, but that may be the only big difference between the two.