Since the hormone estrogen is involved in thickening the lining of the uterus during the menstrual cycle, trying to lower levels of estrogen in the body can help a woman to keep the endometriosis risk at bay.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in every human cell. Not only does it
help our bodies to make vitamin D, it's necessary for the absorption of
essential fatty acids and for the production of sex hormones. 'Good'
cholesterol, or high density lipoproteins (HDL), occurs naturally in the blood
and disposes of surplus cholesterol, helping to protect us against heart
Stroke risk rises with age, and women tend to live longer than men. Women are also more likely to be living by themselves when they have a stroke, to have a more complicated and prolonged recovery, and to require assisted living or institutionalized care after suffering a stroke.
For a long time heart disease has had a reputation of a strictly male
malady. But it has been observed that, once women reach menopause, this
advantage quickly dissipates. In fact, 11 times as many women die from
heart disease as from breast cancer.
Stroke attack, is a lack of blood flow to the brain. Lack of oxygen and
nutrients to a small or large portion of the brain can result in tissue injury
or death. Stroke symptoms usually come suddenly, within minutes to an hour. They
may come and go, go away entirely, or get progressively worse over several
hours. If the symptoms go away completely in a short time (fewer than 24 hours),
the episode is called a transient ischemic attack (TIA).
Am I Having a Heart Attack?
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, which is why it is imperative that women learn the warning signs and symptoms, see a doctor regularly, and learn their family history.
to Get Your Heart Healthy
According to new research from Yale University School of Medicine. Findings show that people who practice yoga and meditation at least three times a week may reduce their blood pressure, pulse and -- most importantly -- their risk of heart disease.
Diet to Prevent Cervical Cancer
The doctor believes only about 15% of cancer is hereditary—that leaves 85% that is environmental. And one of the biggest environmental aspects we have control of is our diet.
Cervical Cancer and Pregnancy
Cervical cancer occurring coincident with
pregnancy is, fortunately, quite rare, probably less than 1 in 10,000
Pregnancy and cervical cancer can be categorized under two categories for a
According to WHO, coronary artery disease (CAD), ischemic stroke, diabetes, and some specific cancers, which were common only in high-income countries, are now becoming the dominant sources of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The striking changes in disease rates within countries over time and among migrating populations indicate that the primary determinants of these diseases are not genetic but environmental factors, including diet and lifestyle.
The HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society
of America (IDSA) updated its 2009 guidelines regarding needed
primary care interventions, including preventive measures, for
persons with HIV infection.
infected with the HIV virus the body's defence system - the immune system -
works harder to fight infection. This increases energy and nutrient
requirements. Further infection and fever also increase the body's demand for
Anorexia a lethal mental disorder characterized by emaciation, the intense
fear of weight gain, poor self-esteem, and often depression as well as lack of
menstruation in women.
Many cancer scientists now believe this same state of affairs is one
reason cancer is more common among the overweight and obese.
The chances of cancer are less on a
diet which is vegetarian, raw and free of hydrogenated fat and heated oil.
According to researches, diet is a risk factor for the disease.
Very few pregnant women are diagnosed with breast cancer. But because more
women are choosing to have children later in life, and because the risk of
breast cancer increases as women age, there may be more cases in the future.
Today about 1 out of 3,000 pregnant women is diagnosed with breast cancer.
and breast cancer management
A yoga research on 126 women revealed that, the
ladies taking yoga exercise experienced a 12%
betterment in physical weakness, physical
functioning, and quality of living unlike those in
the program who didn't take the yoga classes. Yoga
lessons had been shown to enhance the stress degrees
and sense of well-being of breast cancer patients.
The practice of yoga improves the blood and oxygen flow around the body which
aids in the removal of toxins and waste. For yoga to be truly beneficial to the
lowering of your unwanted bad cholesterol it must be practiced on a regular
Stomach Bloating: Preventive Strategies
Bloating is a condition characterized by a feeling of unnatural fullness, also caused by the accumulation of air in the stomach of elsewhere in the abdomen. Because of this accumulation, food, drink and other substances tend to move more slowly through the gut.
Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. It is the
second most common type of major surgery performed on women of
The European Society of Cardiology and the American Heart Association has come up with a document based on a consensus between doctors on how to resume a healthy sex life after having suffered a heart attack.
Muscles pain is usually not a signs that there is something
violent or destructive going on in our muscles. Rather, pain in
a result of the massages about substances imbalance being
conveyed between, the nerves and the brain.
Exercise plays an important role in building bone in childhood and adolescence,
maintaining bone before 50, and slowing down bone loss after 50. But exercises
are not equal. Brisk walking (as if you are late for an appointment) for 30
minutes four days a week can help reduce bone loss before and after menopause.
Nearly 3.7 million skin cancers are diagnosed in the US annually, and the vast majority of them are caused by solar UV radiation (UVR). Clothing is the single most effective form of sun protection. It is our first line of defense against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Thing to be noted here is that, not all clothing offer equal sun protection, the tightness of the weave, the weight, type of fiber, color and amount of skin covered all affect the amount of protection they provide.
A drop in athletic performance or a general feeling
of fatigue may indicate you are suffering from anemia, a condition in which the
production and amount of your red blood cells is below normal. Red blood cells
which carry oxygen from the lungs to muscle tissues and organs are synthesized
in the bone marrow. Each cell lives for about 120 days in the circulation.
Damage to spinal discs, pressure on nerves, misalignment or inflammation of
joints, damaged ligaments, or diseased vertebrae can all lead to backache. A
good chiropractor or osteopath should be able to cure most forms of backache,
but in the long term a healthy diet may prevent it occurring in the first place.
Tennis elbow is typically brought on by repetitive motion, overuse, or a direct injury. INuts: adding a hand full in your dietour diet be sign of tennis elbowNuts: adding a hand full in your dietl epicondyle.
swim suit season pushes scores of otherwise health-conscious women to
deprivation diets or intense exercise regimens, often in blazing hot weather, to
look slimmer in revealing clothes. Early June and January are the two times of
year ladies and girls do crazy, desperate things to get thin fast. They opt for
crash diets without realizing the health hazards. Juice diet,7-day colour
diet, Cookie diet, Ice cube diet, Purple food diet, Sitcom diet, Wine diet are some
of the bizarre diets.
Herbs are very complex, therefore, one thing you need to remember about herb for
headache is that, although herbal remedies tend to be gentler than drugs, if you
take too much they can not only make your headache worse, but do real harm to
Altitude sickness or snow sickness as is commonly called generally occurs when you are travelling above 2500m (8000ft). Every year many travellers die due to altitude sickness.
Headaches may occur at any time during pregnancy, but they tend to be most
common during the first and third trimesters. In the first trimester, headaches
occur because of hormone changes you experience while in the third trimester,
headaches are felt because of your having to carry additional weight and changes
in your usual posture.
Targeting Urinary Inconsistency with Yoga
In the present scenario where women have developed a sedentary lifestyle urinary inconsistency is increasingly becoming a problem.
Inconsistency is a condition when the bladder stops functioning normally. There are a number of people who suffer from a weak bladder from time to time when they laugh, cough or sneeze. These actions put a sudden stress on the bladder and when the bladder is not supported by strong muscles the sphincter can lose control and the urine might flow resulting in a bladder weakness.
Headaches can be caused by eyestrain,
indigestion, allergies, sinusitis, exhaustion or poor posture. Types
of headaches vary according to the cause and so do the remedies.
Migraines and cluster headaches can be helped with yoga, but you
must have the supervision and approval of your doctor.
Reduce the Osteoporosis risk by Weight bearing
The human body is constantly producing two types of bones cells -
one that makes new bones and one that reabsorbs bone back into the
circulation system. Bone, like any living organism, adapts to its
Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI): a Hip Dysfunction
FAI is a pathomechanical process in which abnormal-contact stresses between the ball and socket cause joint damage around the hip, predisposing the patient to osteoarthritis and labral degeneration.
Sattvic Diet: nourishing and purifying
It is repeatedly signified that one needs to follow a healthy
balanced diet. The sattvic diet, also called the yogic diet, is a
nutritional approach to achieving higher consciousness through the
consumption of fresh, whole foods.
Exercise Benefits for Those Suffering from Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a medical illness marked by alternating periods of elation and depression. While medications and psychotherapy are usually recommended to treat bipolar disorder, there are additional steps a person can take to improve their condition.
Smoking as a Serious Health Issues on Women's Day
Increasing awareness about women health issues that usually remain the last in
the list of priorities in a family.
Cleansing With Yoga
Colon cleansing is extremely essential in each human being's life however many
of us do not even recognize it. Colon cleansing just refers to the cleaning of
the large intestine. But it is not enough. The entire organ, that is, including
the small intestine has to be cleaned. The colon tends to accumulate a lot of
toxic materials than any other part of the body and as a result becomes thicker.
Age is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease including heart disease.
After menopause, the incidence of heart disease in women rises and eventually
virtually mirrors heart disease rates in men. Though heart disease once was
regarded as a "man's disease," it is the leading cause of death in both men and
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition where an excessive accumulation of fats (such as triglycerides) build up in the liver cells known as hepatocytes. The biochemical processes in our body that provide fuel generate toxic by-products.
A coronary artery dissection (also known as spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD) is a rare, sometimes fatal traumatic condition, with eighty percent of cases affecting women. The coronary artery develops a tear in the inner lining called tunica intima, causing blood to flow between the layers which forces them apart.
venus sinus thrombosis (CVST) occurs when a blood clot forms in the brain’s
venous sinuses that prevents blood from draining out of the brain. As a result,
blood cells may break and leak blood into the brain tissues, forming a
hemorrhage. This chain of events is part of a stroke that can occur in adults
and children, even in newborns and babies in the womb. A stroke can result in
damage to the brain and central nervous system. A stroke is serious and requires
immediate medical attention. This condition may also be called cerebral
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer. Conventional treatments
for cervical cancer such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, hysterectomy, or
the removal of lymph nodes and ovaries can often leave the woman infertile.
Cervical cancer vaccines protect against the virus that causes almost all
Diabetes means that the body does not
produce or use insulin properly. Many studies have reported the
beneficial effect of the practice of yoga on diabetes. Some studies
have mentioned up to 65 percent beneficial effect of yogic therapy
In a new randomized controlled trial,
both aerobic and resistance exercise improved glycemic/blood sugar control in
people with type 2 diabetes. The greatest improvements came from combined
aerobic and resistance training.
Cancer is a complex disease and much is still unknown about it. But having a
good understanding of what cancer is will enable you to take a more active role
in your treatment.
Diet plays an important part in Phase II of the detoxification
process. Follow these practical guidelines to prevent toxic build up
within the body and elimination of toxins if present.
Uncovering the Myths Surrounding Breast Cancer
Recently, Dr. Barbara Levy, vice president for health policy for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Health magazine teamed up to survey 753 of the magazine’s readers and 1,248 OB-GYNs. The survey results uncovered some persistent myths and Health.com reported on 25 of them.
Nutrients Essential to Prevent Dementia
Forgetfulness, lack of orientation, cognitive decline ... these are some of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Now researchers from the University of Ulm, among them the Epidemiologist Professor Gabriele Nagel and the Neurologist Professor Christine von Arnim, have discovered that the serum-concentration of the antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene are significantly lower in patients with mild dementia than in control persons.
Good, Bad, and Ugly about Cholesterol
About two in three adults have a cholesterol level that is higher than
recommended. Having high cholesterol affects your heart and blood
vessels and increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).
High cholesterol causes fatty deposits (known as plaques) to build up
inside your blood vessels.
Pregnancy is a time
of intense change within the female body. The hormones of
pregnancy have steroidal type effects and which can dampen down
Arthritis is a very common disease seen in the elderly. It is of two types:
Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common one
and occurs after the age of 40 but rheumatoid arthritis can occur at any age.
The latter is more disastrous as it destroys the ligaments and tendons that join
the bones and muscles.
Regulating Dietary pH- Acidic or Alkaline
A pH (potential of Hydrogen) measurement reveals if a food/solution is acidic or alkaline (also base or basic). If the food/solution has an equal amount of acidic and alkaline molecules, the pH is considered neutral.
Managing Arthritis Pain: Herbal Way
Pain is a significant symptom of
arthritis. Along with commonly prescribed painkillers, surgeries and other
medical interventions, there are also a number of complementary approaches
specialists use that can decrease inflammation, reduce pain and promote
New Guidelines on Blood Sugar 2012, Released!
The recommendations are a joint effort by the American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.
Anger: learning to control the volcano
Anger can be described a consequential behavior of many causes such as
cognitive, social/or behavioral models that we have learned from others, the
lack of social skills and problem solving strategies, and several biological
The American Cancer Society released new screening recommendations(14 March,2012) for the prevention and early detection of cervical cancer. Screenings are tests for women who have no symptoms of cervical cancer. Among the changes: the American Cancer Society no longer recommends that women get a Pap test every year.
A bowel movements eight hours after every significant meal ensures utmost cleaning of gastrointestinal (GI) tracts. Since the mid-1990s, clinical studies have established that probiotic therapy can help treat several gastrointestinal ills, delay the development of allergies in children, and treat and prevent vaginal and urinary infections in women.
If you think you’re too young to be worrying about osteoporosis think again.
While bones become more fragile with age structural weakening begins much
earlier and is invisible. One in two women over fifty will have an osteoporosis
related fracture in her life-time and some women might have to face it in their
twenties and thirties.
Depression: the silent epidemic
Every one of us experiences depressed feelings from time to time; no
one can escape the hurtful things in life. Its how we react that matters in the
face of adversity.
Exercise plays an important role in both the prevention and rehabilitation
of many forms of heart disease. Exercise can have a positive influence
on many of the factors that increase the risk for heart disease such as
high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.
Degenerative disc disease refers to the changes in the spinal discs resulting from chronic wear and tear, injury, or simply aging. These changes include loss of fluid in the discs (a condition called disc desiccation), tears of the disc annulus (the outer layer of the disc), and growth of nerve fibers in the damaged discs.
When blood cells dry out (dehydrate), the density of hemoglobin S within the cell increases, thereby speeding the sickling process. The higher the concentration of sickle hemoglobin and the more acidic the environment, the faster the sickle cell process.
The term STDs is used to refer to a variety of clinical syndromes caused by pathogens that can be acquired and transmitted through sexual activity.
The present guidelines represent an update of CDC's 2006 recommendations, based on consultation with a group of experts knowledgeable in the area of STDs who were convened in Atlanta on April 18 to 30, 2009.
Anemia is one of the common conditions affecting human being
especially women around the world. In general anemia is considered
to be a condition characterized by lack of blood. But medically
anemia can be referred as a condition where the iron content or
hemoglobin of blood decreases below the normal level.
is a medical condition in which the blood has a deficiency of red blood
cells or of the hemoglobin these cells need to carry oxygen. Nutritionists
feel that blood nourishing herbs aid in the absorption of iron as well as
providing other benefits to the blood. And with lower doses of iron, the
unpleasant side effects can be avoided.
When you sit in a standard chair, some important postural control muscles are inactivated, while others are being asked to work overtime. The Hamstrings are shortened by long hours of sitting. Also, during sitting, the Gluteus maximus (GM) is relaxed and unable to tension the lumbosacral fascia. The Erector Spinae (ES) muscle group therefore is made perform the entire lumbar extension workload. Assuming you are not using a full and appropriately shaped chair back, your Iliopsoas muscles must pull your torso forward to stop you falling backward, and they have to do that at the short end of their range of contractile length. All these triggers are responsible for Iliopsoas muscle shortening and development of trigger points.
Management of Diabetes
with diabetes should have blood pressure levels less than 130/80
and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels < 100 mg/dL (2.60
mmol/L). If left uncontrolled, diabetes and hypertension are a
the pregnant woman's eating disorder
According to some experts, images of svelte celebrity mums-to-be such as
Nicoles Kidman and Richie with their “barely-there” bumps are inspiring
expectant mothers to diet and exercise to excess to stay slim during
pregnancy and speed the departure of those post-baby pounds.
A recent research confirmed weight training benefits in breast
cancer survivor. The women who trained with weights had increase in
lean muscle mass, compared with those who did not. If you're being
treated for breast cancer, try to make exercise (and a healthy diet)
part of your daily routine.
According to a recent news (Oct 17,2011) published by Medscape.com "Screening for cervical cancer is equally effective with conventional Pap testing and liquid-based cytology with human papillomavirus (HPV) testing."
Exercise helps patients with depression re-establish positive behaviors. For patients with anxiety disorders, exercise reduces their fears of fear and related bodily sensations such as a racing heart and rapid breathing. After just 25 minutes of your workout, the mood improves, you are less stressed, you have more energy — and you’ll be motivated to exercise again the next day. WF experts suggest 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week to overcome depression.
20 Foods to Save Your Heart
To help you get in the swing of heart-smart eating, WF health experts have come up with a list of 20 foods put your heart performance to pinnacle.
According to newly updated (2011) guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA), women are now classified in three groups: high risk for heart disease, at risk, or ideal cardiovascular health. The high-risk group changed little from previous years and includes women with established heart disease, chronic kidney disease, or diabetes, among other risk factors.
New Thyroid Guidelines Released for Pregnancy
The new clinical guidelines focus on several key areas in the diagnosis and management of thyroid disease during pregnancy and postpartum: thyroid function tests, hypothyroidism, thyrotoxicosis, iodine, thyroid antibodies and miscarriage/preterm delivery, thyroid nodules and cancer, postpartum thyroiditis, recommendations on screening for thyroid disease during pregnancy, and areas for future research.
Research published in the prestigious journal Diabetes Care (July edition) (published by the American Diabetes Association) suggests that two ounces of nuts consumed daily when substituted for refined carbohydrate foods can prevent diabetes and the deadly complications caused by the disease.
Toxic Shock Syndrome
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a serious but uncommon infection caused by either Staphylococcus aureus
bacteria or by streptococcus bacteria.
Portuguese researchers discovered that sudden heavy physical exertion releases
high levels of nitric oxide into the bloodstream of migraine-prone individuals,
prompting the dilation of blood vessels and the onset of a migraine headache
within the next several hours.
are the most common benign tumors in the female reproductive tract
whose exact cause is unknown, but it is known that fibroids are fed
by hormones and blood. They can be as small as a millet seed or
large enough to fill the entire abdominal cavity.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is the combination of light and light sensitive agents (such as porphyrins) in an oxygen-rich environment. The treatment uses a drug, called a photosensitizer
or photosensitizing agent, and a particular type of light.
Asthma results when triggers cause swelling of the tissues in the air passages
of the lung, making it difficult to breathe. Typical symptoms of asthma include
wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Food triggered asthma is unusual.
Although food allergies may trigger asthma in a small number of people.
Check out how diet can affect asthma in different ways.
An explosion Monday(14/3/11) rocked the second of three reactors at
earthquake-ravaged Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, but officials
insisted that radiation levels near the facility were safe, according to news
reports. A similar explosion at a second reactor at the complex occurred on
Saturday. The explosions prompted an order for hundreds of people to stay
indoors, the Associated Press reported. Following Monday's explosion,
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yukio Edano, said the containment vessel
holding radioactive nuclear rods at the reactor was intact, allaying some fears
of health threats to the public.
Stomach Bloating: Its Herbal Management
Your intestines are home to hundreds of good and bad bacteria and in a healthy individual the amounts balance each other out. When you ingest certain foods high in sugar or gas producing ingredients, the bad bacteria multiply at a rapid pace, causing excess gas and bloating. Lack of water intake and exercise also contribute to bloating and gas issues.
Tennis Elbow: an insight into elbow pain.
According to new research from Yale University School of Medicine. Findings show
that people who practice yoga and meditation at least three times a week may
reduce their blood pressure, pulse and -- most importantly -- their risk of
Paying attention to the patterns of your menstrual cycle offers a window
into your overall health. Abnormal periods aren't just wacky; they may be clues
to your health — signaling that you're at higher risk for osteoporosis, heart
disease, infertility, or certain cancers.
Thyroid disease is present in 2-5 percent of all women and 1-2 percent of
women in the reproductive age group. Thyroid problems are common in women who
are pregnant. Several of the thyroid disorders which tend to occur during
pregnancy are autoimmune in nature.
Heartburn during Pregnancy
One possible cause of heartburn in pregnancy; is the
extra pressure on the stomach (during the third trimester) exerted by the
growing baby. Also, during pregnancy, the placenta produces the hormone
progesterone, which relaxes the smooth muscles of the uterus.
Heartburn or Gastro esophageal Reflux
Disease (GERD) means acid indigestion. This occurs when the lower esophageal
sphincter (LES) does not close properly and the stomach contents reflux or
return into the esophagus. This may create a burning sensation in the chest or
throat when the refluxed stomach acid touches the lining of the esophagus. The
burning sensation is the one called Heartburn.
All women who will be pregnant through the influenza season (October - May
in the United States) should be vaccinated against influenza, according to
recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) and supported by the COP.
The first thing a depressed person stops doing is
moving. Regular exercise becomes intolerable. But Yoga exercise, starting with
as few as three poses a day in just a few minutes' time, coupled with correct
breath patterns, can become so pleasant to you that soon you will want to do
more and more.
Genetic Predisposition to Obesity
Obesity tends to run in families, suggesting that it may have a genetic cause.
However, family members share not only genes but also diet and lifestyle habits
that may contribute to obesity. Separating these lifestyle factors from genetic
ones is often difficult. Still, growing evidence points to heredity as a strong
determining factor of obesity.
At birth, our 270 bones lack calcium. As we grow, a bone's soft
collagen framework rapidly stores calcium. Bones lengthen
at special structures near their ends called growth plates.
Immunization by vaccination is a
way of provoking the body into producing antibodies to an
infection without being submitted to the full-blown
It is true that positive stressors can be good for us and good for our nervous
system. It is only when the stress is too extreme, too prolonged, inappropriate
to the challenge or accompanied by strong negative emotions like fear that the
stress load gets unmanageable.
If the immune system is weak, the bacteria can
go into the lungs and cause bronchitis or pneumonia. Viruses go deeper into the
system, causing chills, fever or pain and aching in the joints. Here are 6 yoga postures that should be practiced on a regular basis
to build a strong immunity.
Foods for a healthy heart
Any woman looking out for a heart healthy diet should eat foods that
help obtain or maintain healthy levels of cholesterol and lipids (fatty
molecules). Besides a heart healthy diet should promote healthy level of blood
pressure and promote maintenance of weight.
UFE offers another route for treatment against uterine fibroids while
preserving the uterus. Uterine fibroids are also called fibromyomas, leiomyomas
or myomas and usually appear during an adult woman's childbearing years. Uterine
fibroids are noncancerous growths inside the uterus. They affect as many as
three out of four women sometime during their lives.
Large-scale research projects are underway worldwide in an effort to discover
and measure the effectiveness of therapies long-used by non-Western cultures to
combat illness and promote health. One of these research projects, taking place
in California, is the screening of Chinese herbs and compounds to measure their
ability to fight breast cancer cells.
Mastitis is inflammation of tissue in one or both mammary glands
inside the breast. Mastitis usually affects lactating women - women
who are breastfeeding, producing milk. Hence, it is often referred
to as lactation mastitis. The patient feels a hard, sore spot inside
the breast. Mastitis can occur as a result of an infection or a
blocked milk duct.
Sleep Factor in Muscle Building
Sleep research indicates that the average sleeper will sleep
approximately eight hours and fifteen minutes when uninterrupted. During
this research, there were no alarm clocks or disturbing noises to
interrupt normal sleep patterns. When we deprive ourselves of sleep,
there is a delicate cycle that we disrupt.
Blood Stem Cell: an upcoming life saver
Although a wide assortment of methods are used to treat and cure these
serious diseases, since the late 1980s, cord blood stem cells have
increasingly been used to effectively treat a number of life threatening
The World Health Organization has not declared swine flu to be a pandemic.
The WHO wants to learn more about the virus first and see how severe it is and
how deeply it takes root.
Scientists have presented a new study showing infection with the
adenovirus-36 (Ad-36) virus, long recognized as a cause of respiratory and
infections in humans, may be a contributing factor.
The purpose of sweat is to cool the body by sitting on the surface of
the skin and allowing heat to escape from the body. Effective sweating
is when someone is glistening as the moisture forms a cooling film over
the skin. An abnormal lack of sweat in response to heat may be harmful,
because sweating allows heat to be released from the body.
While dermatologists are still debating whether stress actually causes skin
disorders, they seem to agree that stress definitely triggers or aggravates skin
conditions such as acne, hives, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, warts, cold sores
Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease in which the normally round
cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. This cone
shape deflects light as it enters the eye on its way to the
light-sensitive retina, causing distorted vision. Keratoconus can
occur in one or both eyes.
Yoga for Managing Insomnia
Insomnia is a huge problem in this fast-paced, sugar and caffeine addicted
country. But if we can first identify the habits we have that contribute to our
sleeplessness and slowly change them, and at the same time add more relaxation
and deep breathing to our pre-sleep routine, we will sleep better.
A lack of quality sleep may lead to love handles and double chins. Doctors at
the University of Chicago found that not getting enough sleep altered basic
bodily functions such as regulating blood-sugar levels, storing away energy from
food and the production of various hormones.
Fast Food & Bone Health
Fast food constitutes high content of fat, sodium, and sugar and have been
categorized as bone robbers. The main reason that you should avoid fast food is
that it doesn't maintain nutritional balance as it is not easy to have control
over how they are cooked.
Management of Heartburn
Heartburn (Acid Reflux) is a digestive problem: it has nothing to do with your
heart. It occurs when small amounts of stomach acid accidentally rise up the
esophagus (the food canal running from the mouth to the stomach) causing
symptoms like a burning pain in the chest which rises towards the throat.
Sufferers may even taste the fluid in the back of the mouth, and this is called
Studies indicate that beta-carotene has potent anti-cancer properties and may
actually reverse precancerous conditions such as oral leukoplakia, a pattern of
abnormal cell growth that often leads to mouth cancer in people who chew
tobacco. Additional studies indicate that other members of the carotene family
may have similar cancer-fighting potential.
The World Cancer Research Fund found a link to obesity in six types of
cancers. Women who were overweight were four times more likely to develop cancer
of the uterine lining while obesity boosts the risk by six-fold. Obese women
also are at greater risk of breast and colon cancer.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to increasing
public awareness of early detection and the value of early treatment. Although
mammogram rates have risen, it is still crucial to understand the importance of
early screening. At Women Fitness you will learn more about breast cancer
diagnosis and treatment.
A little bit of exercise helps people improve their memory and brain function,
according to a new study. Exercise is recommended for weight loss, stress relief
and energy boosts -- and now, exercise may also be used as a weapon in the fight
against Alzheimer's Disease (AD).
Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes deformed nails and horrible itchy
plaques, primarily on the elbows, knees and scalp. According to studies reported
-Diet may be important in the management of psoriasis.
Diabetes can decrease the body's ability to fight infection. When diabetes
is not well controlled, damage to the organs and impairment of the immune system
is likely. Foot problems commonly develop in people with diabetes and can
quickly become serious.
Trouble sleeping - either falling asleep or staying asleep - is a common problem
that affects everyone at some time. There is no "normal" amount of sleep. Some
people need ten hours a night, while others do well on as little as four hours
Traditionally, many types of make-up, lotions, creams and beauty
preparations have used chemical antioxidants, or vitamins A, C and E as
preservatives for their products. Now, with research indicating that green tea
has even more antioxidant properties than these powerful vitamins, there is a
surge in products capitalising on its natural benefits.
Healing with herbs is the oldest therapy in the world and remains the
medicine on which many countries, including China and India, largely rely.
Herbalists in the western tradition combine the examination methods of
conventional medicine with a “mind and body” approach to diagnosis and
treatment. The results can be remarkable.
Obesity has been rapidly increasing in prevalence over the past two
decades—in children as well as in adults. Although obesity is a recognized risk
factor for type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and some
forms of cancer, evidence suggests that obesity may also contribute to or even
Health experts are calling for women to avoid alcohol completely during
pregnancy in the light of a new study has found a little evidence that binge
drinking while pregnant seriously harms the developing foetus.
Anxiety is an emotion everyone has
experienced. It is a distressing feeling of apprehension and uneasiness. Being
anxious causes changes in your thinking (fear, worry), bodily functions (rapid
heart beat, sweating), and behavior (pacing, tapping the table), all of which
only reinforce your feelings of distress.
Colorectal cancer, or cancer of the rectum and large intestine (colon), is a
major public health problem in every corner of the developed world. Roughly
speaking, a diet containing less than 40 grams of animal fat per day conveys
one-half the risk of colon cancer of a diet containing 65 grams or more per day.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued a
practice bulletin for management of asthma during pregnancy. The new
recommendations appear in the February (2008) issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
In addition to fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, scientists
have discovered that plants also contain substances known as phytonutrients, or
phytochemicals. There are literally thousands of these chemicals present in
cereals, fruits, and vegetables.
Diabetes can affect every part of the body, including the skin. As many
as one third of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or
affected by diabetes at some time in their lives. In fact, such problems are
sometimes the first sign that a person has diabetes. Luckily, most skin
conditions can be prevented or easily treated if caught early.
Many studies have been performed on
various naturally occurring herbs and other compounds, demonstrating
their ability to lower blood sugars. While many of these compounds
decrease the blood glucose level by stimulating the pancreas to
produce more insulin, one particular herb, Goat's Rue or French
Lilac, chemically known as guianidine, is particularly effective in
reducing the blood glucose level utilizing a different mechanism.
The chances of cancer are less on a
diet which is vegetarian, raw and free of hydrogenated fat and heated oil.
According to researches, diet is a risk factor for the disease.
Asthma is a lung disease that is usually chronic and can be
life-threatening, if not managed properly. With proper
management, most people can lead a normal, active life.
Allergists define allergy as a reaction of the
body's immune system that take place after the body becomes sensitized to a
substance (allergen), usually a protein. Allergic reactions result when
allergy-causing proteins combine with antibodies to trigger the release of
histamine and other chemicals that can cause skin rashes and various other
There are two forms of bronchitis-
chronic and acute, the chronic forms is more common in Britain
than anywhere else in the world and is often the result of
smoking. In the UK it is the second most frequent cause of lost
working days—30 million are lost each year. Yet it is known that
the condition can be alleviated by giving up smoking and
adopting a sensible diet.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a
chronic degenerative inflammatory neurological disease that affects the brain
and spinal cord. Dietary recommendations for people with MS are similar to those
for the general population.
Linked to Lower Prostate Cancer Risk in Humans
evidence of an overall link between allium vegetables and cancer
prevention continues to mount, the new JNCI study is one of the
first published studies to explore the specific link between allium
vegetables and prostate cancer.
Hormone-Related Disorders - Their Symptoms &
Disorders of the endocrine glands can have wide-ranging effects
throughout your body. A malfunctioning gland influences all of the parts of the
body that are stimulated or controlled by the hormones which the gland secrete.
National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is an annual
campaign produced by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA-US) to
encourage at-risk individuals to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing.
A disorder characterized by a distorted body image, an extreme fear of getting
fat, and a rejection of food, with a relentless pursuit of thinness. To reach an
"ideal" weight, a female may follow increasingly restrictive diets, often
accompanied by hours of aerobics, weight training, calisthenics, or running.
Colorectal cancer -cancer
of the colon or rectum
The colon and the rectum are part of the large intestine, which is part of the
digestive system. Because colon cancer and rectal cancers have many features in
common, they are sometimes referred to together as colorectal cancer. Colorectal
cancer includes cancers of both the large intestine (colon), the lower part of
your digestive system, and the rectum, the last 8 to 10 inches of the colon.
Diet to Prevent Thrombosis
A diet that is low in saturated fats, high in fibre and contains plenty of fruit
and vegetables helps to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, a form of heart
disease, in which fatty deposits build up in the linings of the blood vessels.
A bloated stomach is often caused
by a sudden increase in fiber from vegetables, fruits and beans. If this is the
cause of your bloating, you might ease up on these foods and reintroduce them
more gradually into your diet.
Approximately I80, 000 American women are newly diagnosed with breast cancer
disease each year, and it is the leading killer of women in midlife (ages forty
to fifty– five) . The only cancer that kills more women overall is lung cancer ,
but breast cancer is actually responsible for more years of life lost because it
generally afflicts younger women.
Standard medical treatment for leukemia usually involves either chemotherapy,
radiation therapy or both. There is no evidence that anything but current
medically approved standard therapy can stem the progression of or cure these
cancers. Therefore, standard therapy should not be replaced by any unproven
Severe pain on one side of the face due to compression, inflammation, or damage
to the trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve transmits sensation from parts of
the face to the brain and controls some of the muscles that are involved in
From the Greek meaning "white blood". Leukemia is a cancer
of a marrow cell. The term refers to a group of closely related malignant
conditions affecting the immature blood-forming cells in the bone marrow. so is
that certain cells in the body become abnormal. Another is that the body keeps
producing large numbers of white cells.
In people with diabetes the amount of glucose (or sugar) in the
blood becomes abnormally high. This is due, either to failure of the
pancreas to produce enough of the hormone insulin or to the lack of
For Lower Cholesterol Make It A Double
effects of red wine have been attributed to several polyphenolic
antioxidants including resveratrol and proanthocyanidins.
Age spots known medically as lentigos and seborrhoeic keratoses are
brown patches which commonly appear on the back of the hands the
face and the back.
A normal, healthy eye is nourished and protected by fluid, which,
just like your blood, has pressure. Glaucoma is a condition that
results in damage to the optic nerve, which carries images from
the eye to the brain when the eye pressure rises to a dangerous
Heel pain is generally the result of faulty biomechanics (walking
gait abnormalities) that place too much stress on the heel bone
and the soft tissues that attach to it.
to fight Heartburn
When large amounts of acidic stomach contents are regurgitated past
the stomach's valve and up into the gutter, heartburn occurs.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Fitness (WF) provides this resource on the Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome (SARS) for the convenience of the public.
Identifying appropriate strategies for
Recent Clinical Practice Recommendations 2003 by American Diabetes
Association have indicated that there are now interventions capable of delaying
the onset of diabetes.
Anaemia: Still a
Problem in 21st Century
Anaemia is a global problem and unless dealt with effectively may
prove to be the most hazardous deficiency. We may end up losing many to this
disease unless we start fighting it NOW.
An Optimum Diet to manage PMs
Nutrition is undoubtedly a good starting point for the treatment of
PMS ; it is safe, relatively cheap, effective and puts the sufferer in control
of her own treatment.
Amount of exercise- a key in cutting
The best way to lower your high blood cholesterol is to eat foods
low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol, be more physically active, and
lose weight, if you are overweight.
Coping with Chondromalacia
The best way to minimize the chances of developing chondromalacia
patellae is to warm-up and stretch out before sports, especially your quadriceps
Women and Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease that affects the body's ability to produce or
respond to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose (blood sugar) to enter
the cells of the body and be used for energy.
Dairy Intake Linked to Diabetes Prevention
For those concerned about weight and health, the first things often
cut from the diet are high-fat dairy products. But new research suggests high
dairy intake may be healthier than once thought.
How Far is diet linked with Arthritis?
A good "arthritis diet" is one that helps you maintain a weight
appropriate for your age and body type, offsets the effects of your arthritis
medications and improve your overall health.
Diet plays an important part in Phase II of the detoxification
process. Follow these practical guidelines to prevent toxic build up
within the body and elimination of toxins if present.
Mills Calls on Women to Spread the Word About
Actress Donna Mills, best remembered as Abby Cunningham on Knots
Landing, stepped forward earlier this year in a new role to raise awareness
about arthritis, a condition that is more common for women than for men.
Coping With Chronic Pain In And Out of the Bedroom
Women should consult a doctor if they have joint pain. Your doctor
can help you and may recommend the following steps.
Lifestyle changes suggested by WF team of
doctors can help the drug work better, or can help keep the dosage