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Oct 28
2010

Vitamins and the "Niacin Flush"

Posted by MichaelSwedenberg in Untagged 

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Niacin (Vitamin B-3) is a water soluble vitamin that is essential to your body's well being.  In addition, it is a great way of reducing your cholesterol. Many over-the-counter cholesterol medications include high does of niacin, among other ingredients. However, one of the side effects of niacin is niacin flush.

Niacin works by causing small blood vessels to expand and thus allows the body to rid itself of harmful toxins in your body – which is a good thing. The niacin flush is redness and a sense of heat to your face, arms and back.  This can last for about 10 minutes.  This shows the Niacin is working.  The dosage will determine how much of a flush you get and how long it will last.

In summary, the Niacin Flush is a healthy reaction for your body. As the vessels widen, more blood reaches your cells and carry away the toxins.   Simple Google search on Niacin Flush will reveal a tremendous amount of information on the vitamin, it’s benefits and side effects. 

Oct 27
2010

Four Loko - A Dangerous Combination of Alcohol & Caffeine (BANNED)

Posted by jay11284 in Students , Four Loko , Four Loco , Drinking , College , Blackout in

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EDIT: Since I originally wrote this article Four Loko has been banned in New York State. An energy drink is dangerous enough, but once you add the alcoholic content of 6 beers things get kind of crazy. New York State seems to agree that this drink is too dangerous, especially for the young children who are buying and drinking it. 

The last shipments into New York City will happen on November 19 which places the last available cans around early December. After those sell out people will have to go to New Jersey to buy the beverage. Selling it online to New York residents will be illegal so don't get any ideas.

Oct 27
2010

8 Things That Make Pain Worse

Posted by jay11284 in Treating Pain , Pain Killers , pain , Depression , Chronic Pain

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It's estimated that 43 Million people in The States live with chronic pain. Chronic Pain is when pain doesn't go away and lasts for at least three months. Even though many suffer from Chronic Pain it often goes under-treated. It may surprise you that Chronic Pain is now believed to be a disease not just a symptom. Treating Chronic Pain isn't just about targeting the specific source, it's about targeting the whole person. We aren't going to say there's a way to completely eliminate the pain in every case, but there are some ways to lower your pain levels to improve your day-to-day life. Exercise, Medication, Relaxation and Talk Therapy can help, read on to learn more.

1 - Don't Wait, See Your Doctor

Oct 26
2010

Study finds new risks associated with smoking

Posted by Magnolia172 in vascular dementia , effects of smoking , dementia , Alzheimer's

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Smoking a cigarette A new study has found that heavy smoking in middle life nearly doubled the risk for dementia later on, in both men and women across all races. The study, done by Rachel Whitmer and her team at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California recently published their findings in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The team looked at data from 21,123 members of a health plan who participated in a survey when they were in their 50s and 60s and then checked back with them periodically for 20 years. This is the first study that has been able to document the effects of smoking over a long period of time since smokers usually die of other complications before results can be tabulated.

 

What the scientists found in the 20 years of follow up was that about a quarter of the group or 5,367 volunteers were diagnosed with some form of dementia; 1,136 of those were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s affects more 26 million people around the world and is one of the most common forms of dementia. Those who smoked 2 packs a day had a particularly elevated risk for both Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia (the second most common form of dementia that results from multiple cerebral strokes). Compared to nonsmokers, for those that smoked the 2 packs every day the risk of dementia increased by 114%, risk of Alzheimer’s was up by 157% and vascular dementia risk increased by a whopping 172%. While it is widely known that smoking causes various types of cancers and heart disease, this is the first time that a study has shown that smoking also negatively affects the brain. Why anyone would want to add dementia to the list of already life threatening complications that smoking is responsible for, by continuing to smoke, is just beyond my understanding.

Oct 26
2010

A piece of my mind: finding a diagnosis

Posted by mm2010 in unipolar , moodiness , mood disorder , bipolar

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For what seems like always, I have suffered from having moodiness and other symptoms. I would go through a number of moods in a day. I have physical aggression that stems from anger and memory loss.

 

Oct 26
2010

Energy Drinks - Do They Work?

Posted by jay11284 in work , Red Bull , Glucose , Ginseng , Energy Drinks , caffeine

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Last year Americans spent over $4.2 Billion on energy drinks. Most energy drinks contain a few ingredients that we are familiar with like: Caffeine and Sugar. Some also contain small amounts of Ginseng, Guarana and Taurine. Do these ingredients really help you gain energy in a normal, healthy way? Some research shows that people who drink a lot of caffeine crash and feel tired often. When someone craves more caffeine, in the afternoon for example, they are simply going back up to have normal energy from their low, not extra energy.

Caffeine

Oct 25
2010

Can You Remember the Facts about Memory Loss?

Posted by lovetowalk84 in Stress , Parkinson's , memory loss , head injury , epilepsy , drugs , Depression , 

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Do you remember where you put your keys everyday? Can you remember that one time when you and your parents went to the carnival? Do you know what you ate yesterday?

Memory loss

If you cannot answers these questions easily, it is very likely you have some form of memory loss.

Oct 25
2010

Mutated H1N1 flu virus may be back

Posted by nat_bez in WHO , vaccine , swine flu , H1N1 , flu , Australia

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New reports have been released that H1N1 flu strain may have mutated as a new form of the virus has been active in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. More research is needed, however, to ascertain whether or not the new flu mutation will be more deadly and if the current vaccine will fully protect against it. Flu viruses mutate all the time, but the H1N1 strain has not shown any changes since it first emerged in 2009. While H1N1 was not especially deadly, it did spread quickly around the world, and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). It was also responsible for more child and young adult deaths than regular flu usually is. The WHO declared the pandemic to be over in August of this year, but H1N1 has now become the main seasonal flu strain almost everywhere but South Africa. Ian Barr of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, Australia said that his team wrote a report about N1H1 last year and reported several changes in the virus even back then. These changes were noticed in Singapore in early 2010, and while they are not particularly dangerous just yet, several people who have received the vaccine have been infected with the new strain.
Oct 20
2010

FDA & Amylin - Taking Too Long to Approve

Posted by jay11284 in medicine , Food and Drug Administration , FDA , exenatide-LAR , diabetes , Bydureon , 

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The Food and Drug Administration is set to protect what Americans consume but are they helping or hurting when it comes to the Diabetes Drug Bydureon by Amylin?

This week, of October 18th, the FDA was expected to give final approval on Bydureon a drug by Amylin that helps Diabetes patients. Because the FDA hasn't approved the drug, more than 400 people have been waiting for the company to launch, are out of work. Another obvious problem with the wait is the fact that people who may want to use this drug to help them get healthier and live a better life. 

Oct 20
2010

5 Workouts That Battle Stress

Posted by jay11284 in workout , work out , Stress , Relief

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Most people have probably heard that working out can help relieve stress. But do you know which workouts are best for stress relief? Exercise doesn't just make you look and feel healthier physically, it's helps you feel better mentally too. Sticking to a workout program involves discipline but in the end your efforts are worth your time. 

Five Approaches to Relieving Stress while Working Out:

1. Check Yourself Out /  Master a Skill Sport