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Jan 28
2011

Medical news: Blood test could detect heart disease in people who show no symptoms

Posted by jfrancis in UT Southwest Medical Center , testing method 2011 , symptoms , Protein , 

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blood testWhat if you could find out if you are at a high risk of heart disease before showing any symptoms? What if you had the opportunity to save your life before you were even aware that you were at risk of a premature death in the first place? You'd probably go for it, right? Well thanks to new information provided by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center this may all be possible one day. These researchers have recently discovered a new blood testing method that could help doctors detect heart disease in patients who show no symptoms.

This new test looks for a protein called cardiac troponin T (cTnT), which research has discovered that people with detectable levels of this protein are about seven times more likely to die within six years from heart disease. So far researchers have tested for this protein on more than 3,500 different samples of blood provided by individuals, and out of that 3,500 25% of the samples were detected to contain cTnT with the use of this highly sensitive testing method.

This new testing method is actually just a more sensitive version of a standard blood test normally used to determine if someone is having a heart attack. What makes the sensitive test so different from the standard test is that the standard test can only detect cTnT in a very small percentage of the population, limiting it's ability for assessing risk in people who show no symptoms of heart disease. The sensitive test however can detect cTnT in almost everyone with chronic heart failure and chronic coronary artery disease, even before they show any symptoms.

Jan 27
2011

Cold, Ice and Snow Safety for children

Posted by Cathy in winter sports saftey 2011 , winter snow , winter safe , winter

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Winter isn't a time to just stay indoors and wait for spring. There's a whole wonderland of sports out there for the entire family — sledding, snowmobiling, and snowboarding, to mention a few. Plus, someone has to shovel the snow, right?

Once outdoors, however, take precautions to keep your family safe. In ice and snow, accidents can occur easily, and before you know it you might be on your way to the emergency room.

It's easy to keep safe — and stay fit — during the cold months. By following a few tips, you can have a great time, no matter how much white stuff piles up outside.



Jan 26
2011

How to motivate yourself to exercise

Posted by jfrancis in workout motivators of 2011 , work out , staying active for

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Are you having trouble motivating yourself to work out? exercisDo you often find yourself creating a slue of excuses as to why you should exercise later? Well, by coming up with these excuses you are doing your body an injustice. Just as college freshman learn that they have to take responsibility for themselves when it comes to their duties as a student, we too must learn to take responsibility of our bodies. By coming up with these excuses you aren't hurting anybody but yourself. Thousands, possibly millions, of people in America are also suffering with lack of motivation to exercise, but in actuality it doesn't have to be a dreadful chore. In fact, it can be a highlight of your day, all you have to do is find the right motivators. Try giving these tips a try and see if they help motivate you to get up and work out.

Do something you enjoy

There's nothing worse than doing something you don't want to do or have no interest in. It's a known fact that people who have to do things they don't like normally find it harder to get through that task. So why do the same thing with exercising, because that sure won't motivate you to do it again. Just because you're exercising doesn't mean you have to follow some of the more common ways to get active like using exercise machines. Maybe you like to ride bikes, play tennis, roller blade, run, power walk, play baseball, walk, play soccer, jump rope, do gymnastics, or whatever else you can think of, the options are endless! With all these options chose something that would actually make you want to get up and get moving.

Jan 26
2011

Release Your Life Pressure 2011

Posted by Cathy in release stress , relax , psychology 2011 , pressure 2011 , Motivation , life

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Sometimes it can feel like you are carrying a piano on your back. Pressure can really weigh you down. Too much pressure can make a lot of us angry, feed up or sad. Or simply, over time, knock you out cold with a burnout.

Now I don’t know your mind works but personally I perform better without a lot of pressure. It’s easier to focus on your task and not second-guess or hold yourself back when you feel light and relaxed. Like most problems in life this one is mostly in our minds. You can actually remove some of that pressure before it gets the best of you.

Now, here are a few of the things you can do to accomplish that.

Jan 25
2011

Keep Your Children Away From Junk Food

Posted by Cathy in parenting 2011 , nutrition 2011 , lunch box 2011 , junk food

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5 reasons to away from Junk Food:

Reason 1: High salt content: Junk foods are mostly the processed foods such as potato chips, and are loaded with salt. The amount of salt intake for children aged in between 7 to 10 should be 5 gram per day; however, it has been found that in an average the children of that age has about three times more than 5 gram! This excess intake of salts can dehydrate the body and in future it could hamper the kidneys.

Reason 2: High oil amount: Junk foods also contain too much oil that is rich in saturated fats which are considered unhealthy for everyone. Apart from increasing the fat amount, it also increases the chances of developing cardiovascular problem early in one’s life. Additionally, such saturated fats are not easy to digest and also they produce excess toxins after they are digested. These toxins are harmful for our major organs and can also increase the change of premature aging.


Jan 24
2011

Ten foods of 2011 that will give you more energy

Posted by jfrancis in Yogurt , vitamins , Sugar , nutrients , more energy 2011 , lifestyle , healthy

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Our world today is a world filled with constant movement. There is no such thing as slowing down, only speeding up and those who can't keep up with this pace are at a high risk of being left behind. So how do we keep up with this fast pace world? For those who are not designed like the energizer bunny, many of us turn to coffee and other energy drinks and foods riddled with high doses of caffeine, sugar, and other unknown substances. But did you know there are other, healthier alternatives to these quick energy boosters that are not only good for your body but will also give you more energy over longer periods of time without the risk of a sugar crash side effect? It's true, Mother Nature has provided us with an abundance of resources that can help us keep up with this fast pace world and still feel good.

Here is a list of ten foods that will give you more energy:whole grains

Whole grains

Jan 24
2011

How to Prevent Flu 2011

Posted by Cathy in spring 2011 , preventative health , preventative care , prevent flu , nutiriton

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Maintaining a health immune system is your best bet for avoiding the flu. Avoid the tissue box this year by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Avoid sharing drinking and eating utensils with people who are sick.

Step 2: Wash your hands before eating it really does help keep germs away.

Jan 19
2011

Childhood Obesity Facts Which Could Save Your Child

Posted by in Obesity , childhood obesity

 

While we all are planning for a greener and brighter future, our children are tackling a new health dispute with rising obesity rates. Recent research shows that around 400 million people are obese in the world and around 10% of these are children. Children suffering from childhood obesity have a high possibility of emerging heart disease, diabetes and emotional trauma or depression. Here are numerous childhood obesity facts that can help your child better save your child’s life.



Jan 18
2011

7 steps to away from pollen allergy

Posted by Cathy in spring allergies , spring 2011 , pollen count , pollen allergy , pollen

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Spring will come soon. At this time, I’d like to introduce all of you how to treat pollen allergies, which is one of the most popular diseases during the spring. Springtime brings not just deliciously longer days, warmer weather, balmy breezes and blooming flowers. For people with allergies, it means the return of pollen. Pollen and allergies don’t mix.

There’s not much of you can do to avoid pollen altogether --- after all, it’s produced by lots of plants, such as grasses, trees, flowers and weeds. However, you can minimize the misery. Here, I’d like to introduce the 7 steps to help you all away from the pollen problem.

“Complete avoidance of pollen is impractical. In Connecticut, spring brings tree pollens, late spring and summer brings grass pollens. Late summer and fall brings weed pollen.” Said by Daniel Waggoner, who is an allergist in Mystic, Conn. He said: “That in general holds true across the country; however, if you travel south, some types of pollen may linger year round, with the warmer temperatures.” But the problem is most of us have to work and cannot to leave our places to avoid pollen. So, the next 7 steps are more important for us to minimize the pollen allergy symptoms.

Jan 18
2011

No more shots: New magnetic pill system

Posted by jfrancis in vaccine 2011 , new shot method , new pill system , new

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If you had the option of getting a pill or a shot when visiting the doctshot vs. pillor many of us would ask for the pill hands down. It's quick, simple, and a lot less painful. Unfortunately many of us do not have this option because of the fact that pills, along with other orally administered medications, do not dissolve at the exact location in the gastrointestinal tract needed that would allow it to be absorbed into the blood stream. Thanks to researches at Brown University this may soon change because of their new magnetic pill system.

This harmless system works by holding a pill in place inside the intestines wherever it needs to be. It is believed that this new breakthrough could allow a whole new way to deliver drugs to patients, including those with cancer and diabetes. This system can also allow scientists to understand where in the intestines different drugs are best absorbed.

So far the magnetic pill system has only been tested on rats, but progress to larger animals is on the way. How this system works relies on two key components. An ordinary looking gel capsule containing a tiny magnet and an external magnet that can sense the force between it and the capsule and alter that force as necessary to pull the pill as needed. And because the pill is detectable by x-rays, the researchers have been able to track the pill as it passed through the rats.

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