Archive for the ‘Public Health’ Category

Allergist

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Allergies can cause a lot of discomfort. There are even times that people cannot eat certain foods because of their allergy. Their immune system overreacts to certain substances like dust, mold, pet hair as well as food particles. Specialists like the allergist austin wellness clinic has offer ways of training the body’s immune system to act accordingly instead of attacking the foreign substance which also causes the symptoms of allergies like swelling, runny nose and itching.

Accutane against Acne

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Accutane is effective in eliminating acne but unfortunately, it can also cause diseases like ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases. The diseases affect the colon and digestive tract. It can cause inflammation and ulcers. It is very inconvenient having inflammatory bowel disease. It can be the cause of pain, diarrhea mixed with blood, vomiting, weight loss and skin rashes. Those who are affected are not able to work or do their activities. Those who were affected by products with accutane asked for assistance from law firms for an Accutane lawsuit. Being injured is no laughing matter and can cause a person not to be able to earn for a living. It can also cost a person on medical bills and other damages.

Keeping Healthy

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Not all people keep a healthy diet or live a healthy lifestyle. Those who do, try to follow a program or at least try to eat healthy food with less junk food. They also try out healthy snacks. This is where some other people start with. We are all informed of what is healthy food and what is not but most of the things we like are not in the list of healthy food. Most of us are also so used to what we eat that it’s not easy to make changes. It may be time to start living a healthy life starting with the food we eat.

Knowing what food to eat may be the key to living a healthy lifestyle. Aside from the food we eat, we also need exercise. A bit of reading about Health Facts would be a big help in living a healthy life. We would know what type of food to eat, the proper exercise that we need and some other information that may be helpful to some of us. We never really know if we are experiencing some of the symptoms of a sickness until we know that they are the actual symptoms. It’s not a bad idea to be informed of what we need and what we really don’t.

Diet Programs

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Not every diet pill work for everyone and not all diet programs appeal or work for everyone. When regular exercise is not enough for a person, they try different diet programs until they find the diets that work for them. A diet program may require less meat or less food intake while others would give alternative or replacement food to take. Different programs have been developed for different people. For those who like physical activity, there are programs that may work for them.

Dr. Anders Cohen, Premier Neurosurgeon

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Good health, fitness, and wellness- these are the things that you want for yourself and your family. Even the flagging economy is not expected to significantly blunt the people’s need and desire to get healthy and stay fit. In fact, some US physicians and psychologists are quoted as saying in the New York Times article, health and fitness should matter more than ever when people get laid from their jobs.

Indeed, being and staying healthy is significant as well as finding the best health care provider that delivers quality service. If you need assistance about disorders affecting your central and peripheral nervous systems, or your spinal column, you can get the help of  Dr. Anders Cohen. He is a graduate of the prestigious New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and a former resident at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Cohen now serves as the head of the Neurosurgery Unit of the Brooklyn Hospital Center, and is also affiliated with the St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx. He is also known for being the first New York surgeon to perform the XLIF, AxialLIF (Trans1) and dynamic rod procedures. You are indeed certain to experience innovative technologies and techniques under Dr. Cohen’s care.

Some Office Ergonomics

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Many of us use a computer for a large part of our day. As the rising number of computer-related injuries and illnesses show, several factors may lead us straight from the workplace to the hospital. Among this are poor workplace design and layout, incorrect chair height, inadequate equipment placement, and damaging posture. Luckily for us, the applied science of ergonomics is developing side by side with many of our physical concerns.

Ergonomics is the study of design and arrangement of things people use, as in the workplace, to ensure an optimal relationship of efficiency, safety and comfort between work equipment and worker. Here are ergonomic factors to consider when setting up or adjusting workspace.

Your chair

The ideal swivel chair should have five feet. If used on carpet, it should be fitted with casters. On a smooth surface, it should have glides (flattened, smooth sliders fitted to the chair’s feet to protect the floor surface and allow easy movements.

Your monitor

The monitor should be roughly an arm’s length away from you. The top of the screen should be at eye level or just below so that you are able to look down slightly at your work.

Remember that eye muscles can become tired when you do nonstop close work. Rest your eyes every 10 minutes or so by looking away into the distance for at least 10 seconds at a time.

Your keyboard

When using the keyboard, your forearms should be close to horizontal and your wrists straight. Your hands should not be bent up, down or to either side in relation to your forearms. Your elbows should be close to your body. Align the keyboard with the monitor so you don’t have to twist or rotate to use it.

Your mouse

A mouse that fits the size of your hand is comfortable to work with. When you use the mouse, your wrist should be in natural and comfortable position, with minimal bend in any direction at the wrist. Your fingers should be able to rest on the push buttons between actions. It is good to position the mouse on the desk so that the weight of your arm is supported by the desk.

Posture, movement and stretching

Change your posture frequently to minimize fatigue. It’s a good idea to take short, frequent breaks from computer work while you carry out your other tasks for the day. This encourages physical movement and use of different muscle groups.


Brain Health

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Whenever we study and learn, several things happen in our brain: new cells generate, new connections are created between cells, and existing connections between certain cells are strengthened or removed. Studies show that stimulating environment and the presence of beta-endorphin (the good mood hormone) lead to good cell growth in our brains. The Neurological Foundation of New Zealand says these factors affect brain health:

Regular physical exercise. This protects the brain and the way it processes information. Exercise boosts levels of brain-protective chemicals and reduces stress.

Adequate sleep. A good night’s sleep recharges the brain and allows the body to rest and heal. Our brain consolidates memories while we sleep. Inadequate sleep affects the way our brain cells function and can increase the risk of stroke and depression. About seven to nine hours of sleep a night is ideal.

Balanced diet. Your diet should be low in cholesterol and saturated fat. Studies show that foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (e.g., fish) are good for the brain.

Social connections. Friendships and social networks are important as we age. Good mood hormones help us create new brain cells and keep them healthy.

Mental workout. Use it or lose it! Keeping the brain active and challenged increases its vitality, generates new brain cells, and bolsters connections and reserves.

A Better Alternative

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Here are some plant food alternatives to animal protein. You can use them to devise a diet that will help you lose weight without compromising bone health.

Almonds. A cup of dry, roasted, unsalted almonds contains about 30 grams of protein and very low amounts of cholesterol and sodium.
Tofu. Tofu is rich in both protein and calcium. From three ounces of tofu, you get about 20 grams of protein and about 170 milligrams of calcium.

Oatmeal. A cup of oatmeal yields around six grams of protein. Oatmeal is also low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol and sodium. It is good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, and selenium, and a very good source of manganese.

Spinach. There may be more to Popeye and spinach than a cartoonist’s tale. A cup of boiled and drained spinach has about five grams of protein. It is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and a good source dietary and other important minerals and vitamins.

Green peas. A cup of boiled green peas contains about nine grams of protein. Green peas provide a number of essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, and a very low saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Youthful Hands

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Your face may be baby-soft and creaseless, but your hands will always give your age away. The passing years show on an aging woman’s hands, however well-preserved the rest of her body may be. The wrinkles, enlarged veins, and prominent tendons on her hands tell the story of her years.

To prevent your hands from drying and wrinkling, it is necessary to improve blood circulation and hydrate them. Skin experts advise the following:

  • Wash without soap. Regular use of soap and hand cleansers dries skin easily. Hand sanitizers and alcohol are better alternatives.
  • Moisturize. Apply a moisturizing cream after washing. If your facial moisturizer contains retinoid and alpha hydroxyl acids, it will work as well for your hands. These ingredients will help build collagen and plump up skin for younger-looking hands. Other moisturizing ingredients are shea butter, olive oil, glycerin, and vitamin E. A product with sun protection factor of at least SPF 30 is also recommended.
  • Massage. Aside from stimulating blood circulation, massage speeds up absorption of moisturizers and creams. Massage palms and the back of your hands using upward and downward strokes.

Stop Varicose Veins

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Varicose veins are often inherited. If your mother has them, there’s a good chance you will, too. Here are some tips you can do to keep them in check:

  • Avoid standing still for long periods. If you have no choice, keep your calf muscles, rising up and down on your toes, and squeezing your feet together in your shoes.
  • Avoid wearing knee-high nylons or socks daily. They can block the movement of blood up the leg.
  • Wear support hose. These stockings apply a gentle, graduated pressure to the leg from the foot upward, which help decrease expansion of the vein wall.
  • Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes every day.
  • Exercise with care. A well-toned leg muscle will pump out more blood than a weak muscle as you walk or move. When you lift heavy weights, however, make sure you blow out. Increased abdominal pressure can block the flow of the heart, forcing your veins to expand to get around the block.