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Jan 28

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 , 


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 26

How to motivate yourself to exercise

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


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 24

Ten foods of 2011 that will give you more energy

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


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

How to Prevent Flu 2011

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


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 18

7 steps to away from pollen allergy

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


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 17

Top 5 tips for 2011 to naturally improve the skin

Posted by jfrancis in Wrinkles , skin diet 2011 , skin care diets 2011 , skin


It's not unknown that today's societyHealthyskin is obsessed with looking young and beautiful. You can't even go an hour without hearing or seeing at least one promotion for some type of beauty product. There are a whole range of products available to enhance different parts of the body such as hair, eyes, teeth, feet, hands, etc. Out of all these areas though, it's our skin that is targeted the most because it is our skin that is the most noticed part of our body. When we see another person for the first time it's their skin that in one of the things we notice first, and with that in mind it is no wonder why we want to take such good care of our skin. It's not difficult to get your hands on some kind of skin enhancement product today, especially with all the vast variety of brands offered. There are products to remove acne, reduce wrinkles, cover up blemishes, add lift to the skin, make your skin look younger, hydrate, add color and so much more! Unfortunately, although these products may make your skin look better at the moment many of these products can result in irritation, dehydration, peeling, and acne. So before reaching for the Revlon or Almay first try using these natural skin improvement methods, that are not only good for your skin and your body but have no negative side effects.

  1. Improve your digestion- Many skin disorders such as acne and rosacea are often associated with a bad digestive system. So improve your digestive system by drinking eight glasses of water daily and eating foods rich in fiber.
  2. Invigorate your circulation- An inactive body negatively affects the skin and can cause puffiness, bloating, and acne. Strengthen your circulation by exercising, stretching, doing yoga, walking, running, getting a therapeutic massage, or what ever else you can think of. 
  3. Avoid excess sugar- Most people are unaware of this but excess sugar is a major cause of premature aging. As more and more sugar enters the bloodstream, over time this could result in a process called glycation which reduces elasticity in the skin and causes it to wrinkle and sag.
  4. Eat good fats- Essential fatty acids are needed for your body to function properly. Essential fats make cell membranes, hormones and other body chemicals. They are also believed to keep your hearty healthy, reduce inflammation, and possibly prevent cancer. A few sources that contain essential fats are flaxseed and walnut oil, cold water fish such as salmon and sardines, and fish oil supplements.
  5. Sleep regularly- sleeping regularly gives our body the chance it needs to work on repairing cells.

Our skin has the potential to appear at it's fullest, but in order for it to get there we have to take care of our skin as best as possible. Just throwing on some cover up and lip gloss is not taking care of your skin, it's just making it appear better at the moment when the truth is it is still as damaged as it was when your put on the cover up in the first place. In order to enhance your natural beauty you need natural techniques, and no artificial product can ever be the perfect substitute for the real thing.

Jan 13

Know your health from your finger nails in 2011

Posted by Cathy in yellow nails , white nails , rippled nails , puffy nail fold , 


You may notice subtle variations in the texture or color when you take a good look at your fingernails. Actually, our fingernails may have a touch of white there, a rosy tinge there, perhaps some rippling or bumps in the surface. These imperfections may not look like much to you; however, they can provide valuable clues about our overall health to the trained eye.

A dermatologist with Cleveland Clinic Florida, Tamara Lior, describes the nails: “Just like the eyes are the windows to the soul, so are the nails.” Lior says she once convinced a patient to have his lungs checked after noticing a bluish tint to his nails, a sign that he wasn’t getting enough oxygen. Sure enough, he had fluid in his lungs.

Warning signs for many other conditions, from hepatitis to heart disease, may also appear in the nails. According to Joshua Fox, who is a director of Advanced Dermatology and a spokesman for the American Academy of Dermatology, “Changes in the nails can be a sign of a local disease like a fungus infection or a sign of a systemic disease like lupus or anemia.” Sometimes, he tries to guess if a person has anemia by looking at his or her nails. Fox explains that pale, whitish nail beds may indicate a low red blood cell count consistent with anemia.

Jan 06

Ways to maximize sleep efficiency

Posted by jfrancis in sleep , night terrors , medical , MD , insomnia , health , apnea


Today's world ways to maximize your sleep efficiencyis a fast pace world filled with busy schedules, long work hours, and never ending movement. With all this restless energy it is not uncommon to hear many people complaining about how little sleep they are getting and how sleeping disorders such as insomnia, night terrors, and apnea are on the rise. Because of its accessibility, many people have turned to sleeping pills filled with unneeded chemicals and dangerous side effects , but in reality reaching maximum sleeping efficiency is as easy as just altering a few personal habits.

Here are a few tricks that can help you achieve more sleep without the requirements of any medical substances.

  • Create and maintain a sleeping schedule by going to bed the same time every night and waking up the same time every morning. Keep to this schedule even on weekend and when life is getting a little bit hectic.

Jan 04

Health Tips in Spring 2011

Posted by Cathy in wash hands , spring , salt , health , Food , fire , exercise , emergency


        As the new years coming, can spring far away? So, what's shall we notice in this spring has became more and more concentrated. Here, let me share 14 spring tips for all of you to take care of our health in this spring.
 1. We should prevent the spread of germs and wash our hands frequbest way to wash our handsently with soap and warm water for at least fifteen seconds.

2. When we travel outside, we should travel safely. Wear our seat belt every time and always buckly our children in the car using safety seat, booster seat or seat belt.
 3. We should keep a watchful eye on our children when they are outside playing - away from streets or other dangerous areas.

4. Have you ready to let the spring air in? We need to consider safety guards allowing our windows to only open to four inches, or better yet, open windows from the top.

5.Are you going to do spring cleaning? It's also a good time to change the batteries on your home smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.

6. Next, we should always have at least one working fire extinguisher at home.

7. Do some excercises in this spring. As temperatures rise, it's a great time to get some fresh air and work-out. Be sure to stretch and warm-up first.


Jan 03

Top 10 foods to help you lose weight

Posted by jfrancis in weight loss , Nutrition , health , Diet


Have you ever had that problem where you’re trying to do your body right by eating better and less but for some reason no matter how much you eat you still feel hungry? Well here is a list of the top ten foods that you can eat that is not only healthy for you but will also make you feel fuller with fewer calories per gram. In addition, some of these foods will make you feel less hungry all together by altering some of your intestinal hormone levels.