Monday, January 31, 2011

Prevention of cancer now

Most people feel that cancer is purely genetic, and this allows a person to consider it cannot be avoided, well that is not entirely true. Scientists and Researchers with Cancer Society, feel that Healthy behaviors could possibly prevent half of the cancer deaths that are prevalent in today's society. Highlighted below are some guides that will assist you in prevention of cancer:  

1. Don't smoke
If you do smoke or use other types of tobacco products, try to quit, speak with your Doctor for any aid that will help you, there are many programmes now, just remember there has to be ONE that will finally work for you.

With both men and women, screening is extremely important for the most prevalent types of cancers including screening for colon, breast, prostate, cervix, skin and lung cancer. It is a known fact that finding cancer early will greatly increase your chance for a cure and reduce your risk from dying from any cancer diseases.

2.  Reduce your Alcohol intake
Keep your alcohol intake to a minimum of no more than 2 drinks per day for men and one for women. This is another means of preventing cancer.

High fat is another problem because it is associated with obesity. Team this up with estrogen in women and research tells us that obese women produce more estrogen, which can fuel the development of cancers, especially breast cancer in women. Eating healthier Fruits and Vegetables is highly recommended.

4. Watch your Daily use of Cosmetics
Be knowledgeable about what your daily use of personal products contain, some chemical components have been deemed by Governments and Researchers to have carcinogenic infusions of chemicals that can mutate cells, and can cause an abundance of estrogen, which feeds certain cancers, especially in women’s bodies.

5.  Protect your Skin
Always protect your skin when outdoors, use safe sunscreen. Sun Hats should be worn with wide brims and of course sunglasses that protect against dangerous sun rays.

6.  Exercise your Body Regularly
Be a physically active person, not necessarily an athlete to get the benefits of exercise. They can be straight forward brisk walking, biking, dancing, swimming, aerobics or any type of exercise that raises your heart rate, with some sweating would be most beneficial.

7.  Maintain an Appropriate Body Mass Index
Do your best to keep your weight to a normal range for your height, and keep your body mass to 25 or less. You can go on line to calculate the BMI rates. If possible try to stay 5 to 10 lbs of what you weighed at 20 years of age. Get medical help if necessary to accomplish this.

8. Listen to your Body 
This comes more easily when you start to age, you seem to know when something isn't going right, then make the all important appointment with your Doctor, this is the best way to get all of the screening you may need to save your life.
Be knowledgeable, read and understand what you are reading, discuss any areas of concern with a Medical Professional, this is mandatory to ensure that YOU are taking all the correct steps to ensure you stay Healthy and Wise.

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Cancer | What you need to know

Cancer is a class disease characterized by out-of-control cell growth.There are over 100 different types of cancer, and each is classified by the type of cell that is initially affected.

Cancer is a life threatening killer disease. It is a long term disease and the chances of survival are very poor. But thanks to the advancement in the field of medicine, scientists have come up with rewarding solutions to cure or prolong the killer disease.

Cancer harms the body when damaged cells divide uncontrollably to form lumps or masses of tissue called tumors (except in the case of leukemia where cancer prohibits normal blood function by abnormal cell division in the blood stream). Tumors can grow and interfere with the digestive, nervous, and circulatory systems and they can release hormones that alter body function. Tumors that stay in one spot and demonstrate limited growth are generally considered to be benign.

More dangerous, or malignant, tumors form when two things occur:

i. A cancerous cell manages to move throughout the body using the blood or lymph systems, destroying healthy tissue in a process called invasion

ii. That cell manages to divide and grow, making new blood vessels to feed itself in a process called angiogenesis.

When a tumor successfully spreads to other parts of the body and grows, invading and destroying other healthy tissues, it is said to have metastasized. This process itself is called metastasis, and the result is a serious condition that is very difficult to treat.

Mechanism of Cancer development (video)

Cancer is ultimately the result of cells that uncontrollably grow and do not die. Normal cells in the body follow an orderly path of growth, division, and death. Programmed cell death is called apoptosis, and when this process breaks down, cancer begins to form. Unlike regular cells, cancer cells do not experience programmatic death and instead continue to grow and divide. This leads to a mass of abnormal cells that grows out of control.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cancer Fighting Super Food

If you want to reduce your risk of cancer, look no further than your fridge. Aim for at least five to nine daily servings of all kinds of fruits and vegetables especially these six:

1. BROCCOLI: All calciferous veggies contain cancer fighting properties, but broccoli is the only one with a size able amount of sulforaplane, a particular potent compounds that boosts the body's protective enzymes and flushes out cancer-causing chemicals. It also targets cancer stem cells. Brocooli helps fight: breast, liver, lung, prostrate, skin, stomach and bladder cancers so add broccoli  to whatever you can, from salads to omelets to the top of your pizza.

2. BERRIES: All berries are packed with cancer fighting phytonutrients.But black raspberries in particular contain very high concentrations of phytochemicals called anthocyanins which slow down the growth of premalignment cells and keep new blood vessels from forming. Berries help fight colon, esophaeal, oral and skin cancer. A half cup serving of berries a day may help your health.

3. TOMATOES: This is the best dietary source of lycopene, a caroteniod that gives tomatoes their red colour. Lycopene was found to stop endometrial cancer cell growth in a study in nutrition and cancer. Endometrial cancer causes nearly 8000 deaths a year in the United States. 
Tomatoes help fight  endometrial, lung, prostrate and stomach cancers. The biggest benefits care from cooked tomatoes, since the heating process increases the amount of lycopene your body is able to absorb.

4. WALNUTS: Their cholesterol-like molecule found in plant have been shown to block estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells, possibly slowing the cells growth. Walnuts fight breast and prostrate cancer. An ounce of walnuts a day may yield the best benefits.

5.GARLIC: Phytochemicals in garlic have been found to halt the formation of nitrosamines, carcinogens formed in the stomach and intestines when you consume nitrates, a common food preservative. Garlic helps to fight breast, colon, esophageal and stomach cancers. Sprinkle crushed garlic into rich tomato sauce while it simmers.

6. BEANS: Black beans significantly reduces colon cancer. Dried beans is particularly effective in preventing breast cancer. Beans help fight breast and colon cancers. Add beans to your usual rotation of greens and veggies a few times a week; either can, dry soaked or cooked beans.

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Tips on Dental Care

Taking easy steps to create a healthy set of teeth is a deliberate habit you must maintain, if you want to keep dental problem at bay. Gum disease happens to be one of the commonest diseases in the world and if untreated can lead to the loss of all the teeth over time.

By now you should know the importance of brushing your teeth twice a day with toothpaste which contains fluoride but some people still skip this and then push it forward till another day such practice is inimical to good oral health.

Gum disease is primarily caused by dental plaque and calculus with usually results from poor oral hygiene. Dental plaque can be easily removed through regular brushing and flossing.

Remember it takes only 21 days to form a habit. Once you brush twice for 21 days it is likely to form par of you. Don't stop there, clean your teeth at least for two minutes.

Prevent gum disease by flossing between your teeth.This is where food get stuck. Flossing helps to remove food traps in between your teeth better than using toothpicks.

Avoid the use of hard bristled tooth brushes unless recommended by your dentist. Dispose your brush after three months. And if you have any problem while brushing always use soft toothbrushes.

A healthy gum is pink in colour and firm in texture. When you notice redness and swollen gum, it is an indication of a diseased or inflamed gum,report to your dentist for proper evaluation.

Finally, it good for you to note that we need our teeth to be strong and healthy for them to be fully functional.

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Importance of Physical Exercise

It is more annoying today as many people have shunned physical exercise. It is good to know at this juncture that exercise is another way of strengthening human body as well as elongate life span. It is pertinent for people to see reasons as to what physical exercise is all about and how it is useful to ones health.

However, the decline in recent years were mostly traced to the stalled in undergoing physical exercise.Many societies of Physiotherapy in various nations of the world do encourage her citizens to engage in exercise.

This is because exercise can improve young and old living conditions. It also reduces blood pressure, osteoarthritis, depression and anxiety among others.

It is also good we know that physical exercise will give more flexibility and normal health condition if it is carried out constantly.

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Blackcurrant Juice can prevent aches and pains

New Discovery by scientists has revealed that drinking blackcurrant will effect some changes in the body system especially by preventing aches, strains during exercise.

Several medical practitioners in various research had also corroborated this facts by itemizing the importance of the juice and how helpful it is to the body system.

One Dr. Roger Hurst at the New Zealand Institute for plant and food researches monitored the impact of blackcurrant extract on ten(10) untrained volunteers. Blackcurrant when taken will coordinate and oxidative stress especially when is taken to control piles.

Conclusively, it is believed that blackcurrant is will work effectively and it is advisable that you at least take it on daily basis especially if you are involved in any sporting activities.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Prevention and Control of Female Infertility

Infertility in a woman goes beyond what mouth can express; sometime will lead to serious emotional and psychological problems that can also lead to other disease of the body. The following highlighted tips will help in prevention and controlling of this malfunctioning of the reproductive system:

i. Women should be very observant in order for them to detect early irregularities in their menstrual period and  some other irregularities mention in my earlier post on female infertility;

ii. Indiscriminate use of contraceptives and abortifacients should be avoided;

iii. Fatty food should be avoided because it will develop around the reproductive organ and sex glands;

iv. Examine the nature of your food intake;

v. Simple exercise that will aid effective circulation of blood should be encouraged.

Finally the use of herbs of natural formation will go a long way to help in finding solution to female reproductive problems and even other ailments.


Female Infertility

What is fertility in a female ? 
It is a process by which reproduction takes place in the female thus making her to conceive and putting to birth. Pregnancy become the utmost issue in these process. In ability to experience these process occuring to lady or a woman could be traced to some tests with the following explanation of what such tests implies:

The observation from this test imples that linning from uterus is found outside the uterus. This mainly affect women in their 30s to 40s and thus causing problems for them to conceive. The main cause of infertility from endometriosis seems to be scarring and adhesion that result in blockage. This however prevent eggs from being fertilized or either plant egg transfer from the fallopian tubes as such often result in ectopic pregnancy. Meaning the fertilized egg transplant itself somewhere other than the uterine linning.

Endometriosis can  be treated with surgery. It is good to note that when you are experiencing pains while you are having sex or have very painful menstrual cramps or heavy bleeding during your period or un-usual spotting it could be endometriosis. Also, it should be noted that about 30 percent of women with endometriosis will never show symptoms except for fertility problems.

   It is quite sadden that PCOS is the main cause of infertility among women yet severely under diagnosed (less than 25% of women who suffer from the syndrome have been diagnosed). This could also be detected not only through search for pregnacy but circumstances shows from the nature of the body at such period. This include 
   i.  Weight gain;
   ii. acne;
   iii. Irregular or absent periods;
   iv. infertility; and 
   v. Failure to ovulate.

 However, this can be diagnosed through a series of blood tests, manage through the use of hormones that will trigger ovulation thus helping the woman getting pregnant.

Ovulation disorder is another crucial issue here where statistics given about 40% of female infertility problems are caused by it, this include irregular period, or failing to ovualte at all. This is cause by disordeliness which could be attributed to excessive weight loss, stress, thyroid problems or hormone in-balances.
Premature ovulation failure (POF) look more upsetting because you are diagnosed as no more menstrating even though you are still under age of 40. POF is often traced to defect from birth like chromosonal abnormality that results in defective ovaries to your ovaries becoming resistance to your body's natural hormones when you are in 20s and 30s. Pelvic surgery,  chemotherapy and radiation have also been known to result in POF while understanding these you experience failure in your ovulation, seizures of menstrual period for months, sudden appearance of such menstrual period etc.

The treatment for such is often difficult but it is advised you try hormone pills in order to promote ovulation but this often not successful. Another option is In vitro fertilization (IVF) with a donor egg that is fertilized by your partner's sperm.

In vitro fertilization, a laboratory procedure in which sperm are placed with an unfertilized egg in a Petri dish to achieve fertilization. The embryo is then transferred into the uterus to begin a pregnancy or cryopreserved (frozen) for future use. IVF was originally devised to permit women with damaged or absent fallopian tubes to have a baby. Normally a mature egg is released from the ovary (ovulated), then enters the Fallopian tube, and waits in the neck of the tube for a sperm to fertilize it. With defective Fallopian tubes, this is not possible. The first IVF baby, Louise Joy Brown, was born in England in 1978.
In Vitro fertilization literally means "fertilization in glass." A child born by in vitro fertilization is inaccurately known a "test tube baby."

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The Best Oil for your Cooking

Knowing fully well that cooking as paramount to human existence cannot be overemphasized because quite every human beings knows the importance of food especially to the body system. 

Based on the knowledge we have about he various class of foods and how they functioned, fat & Oil also formed one of these classes which will help our focus on oil best for cooking. Therefore we shall discuss the following oils and how they remain best for our cooking:

1. CANOLA Oil: Nutritionists often asked people to stay away from canola oil if possible. This is due to Vitamin E content resulting to heart disease as well as rancid measure in context. It is therefore advisable for you to use canola for baking sauteing;

2. GRAPE SEED Oil: It is quite good for various cooking purpose. This is because it reduces cholesterol and is good for cooking, sauteing and frying;

3. PEANUT Oil: This is not well recommended becuase of the content of mono unsaturated fatty acids but it is good for frying in a little content. It is also Vitamin E rich oil that adds flavours to food especially in meat and chicken. It is recommended that you keep it in fridge.

4. SOYA BEAN Oil: It is good in margarine, salad dressings and it is good for hastening food digestion.

5. WALNUT Oil: Research revealed that this oil can reduce risk of coronary heart disease. It is good for salad finish or finish off a fish dish.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Human infection with avian influenza virus

Usually, avian influenza refers to influenza A (H5N1) viruses found chiefly in birds, but the infections with these viruses can occur in humans. The risk from avian influenza is generally low to most people because the viruses do not usually infect humans. However, confirmed cases of human infection from several subtypes of avian influenza infection have been reported since 1997. Most of which was as a result of having contact with infected poultry or surfaces contaminated with secretions or excretions from infected birds. Symptoms of avian influenza in human have ranged from typical human influenza-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches to eye infections, pneumonia, severe respiratory diseases and other severe and life threatening complications.

Since 2003, a growing number of human H5N1 cases are reported in some countries such as Azerbaijan, Cambodia, China, Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam and Nigeria lately. More than half of the people infected with H5N1 virus have died; most of which all believed to have been caused by exposure to infected poultry. Expert worldwide are concerned at how quickly the H5N1 bird flu virus strain can spread and become firmly establish in poultry. So far, World Health Organization (WHO) update revealed that over One hundred and fifty (150) million birds have died over the last two (2) years while one hundred and sixty-five (165) humans have died as at 3 rd February, 2007 out of a total of about two hundred and sixty-four (264) infected since 2003.

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An Overview of Avian Influenza in Nigeria

Avian influenza virus started affecting domestic and wild birds and humans in South-East Asia in mid-2003 and has now spread to Africa and Europe. It is the largest and most severe outbreaks on record. Previously, outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry and wild bird were rare but since December 2003, some forty- five (45) countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Middle East have reported outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in poultry and or birds.

This highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus has developed into a concern for human health in two major areas. First, the virus has caused very severe disease in people since December 1997, with more than two hundred (200) human cases and a fifty-five percent (55%) mortality rate. The second, and a far greater concern for human health is the risk that the virus if given enough opportunity; will develop the characteristics needed to start an influenza pandemic.

The recent confirmation of the death of a twenty-two (22) year old woman in Lagos through the contraction of the avian influenza virus, commonly called “bird flu” signifies the presence of serious threat to human health and this cause for concern in Nigeria. The epidemic was first reported in Sambawa Farms in the Northern state of Kaduna in February 2006 and since then, several of such cases had also been reported in at least Seventeen (17) states, which include Anambra, Bauchi, Borno, Edo, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. Federal Government took drastic measures to reduce or even eliminate the further spread of this scourge by ordering killing of all chickens in infected farms and a compensation of two-hundred and fifty Naira (N250) per bird was paid to the concerned farmers.
In view of this development, many Nigerians had lost their main source of livelihood as chicken posed threat to consumers and most people decided to remove it from their food menu. The fear of the bottlenecks experienced by poultry farmers that reported the symptoms of the flu in their farm and collection of their compensation for all the killed birds makes other farmers to be quiet about reporting the disease to relevant authority; thereby increase the spread of this flu in the country. This is evident by the resurgence of the outbreak in some states such as Edo, Kwara and Sokoto in January 2007 coupled with claiming of first human life on 17th January, 2007 in Lagos by this same H5N1 strain of avian flu.
Definition of Terms
The following are terms that are used frequently in this discussion that might not be so common to those that are not scientifically biased:
i. Avian Influenza (“avian flu” or “bird flu”): - This is flu from viruses adapted from birds, but is sometimes mistakenly used to refer to either other flu subsets (such as H5N1 flu) or the viruses that caused them.
ii. Flu: - This is culled from the word influenza, which is an infectious disease like a very bad cold that causes fever, pains and weakness.
iii. H5N1: - This is a subtype of the influenza A virus that can cause illness in humans and many other animal species.
iv. H5: - Stands for fifth of several known types of the protein hemagglutinin.
v. N1: - Stands for the first of several known types of protein neuraminidase.
vi. Pandemic: - This term means disease that spreads easily from person-to-person, causing serious illness over a whole country or the whole world in a short time.
vii. Epidemic: - Is a large number of cases of a particular disease happening at the same time in a particular community.
viii. Mutation: - This genetic term means the evolution of one organism from one form to another. This is more common in microorganisms that cause diseases; trying to build resistance to their cure.

Appraisal On The Outbreak Of Avian Influenza Virus In Nigeria
Avian influenza is an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) viruses. These influenza viruses occur naturally among birds, wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines but usually do not get sick for them. However, avian influenza is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated birds, including chickens, ducks and turkeys very sick and kill them. Domesticated birds may be infected with avian flu virus through direct contact with infected water foul or other infected poultry or through contact with surface such as dirt or cages or materials such as water or feed that have been contaminated with virus.

Team of professionals have found evidence that migrating birds introduced the virus into Nigeria at least in three separate times, possibly. Believing that the country is at this risk because it has many bird sanctuaries along two flights paths that connect with other infected parts of the world.

The impact of avian flu virus in Nigeria since its outbreak cannot be over emphasized as it has affected the country in various ways such that health capacity, human and financial resources are overstressed due to demands of the disease coupled with the laboratory confirmation of human H5N1 infection is technically challenging, expensive and highly demanding on human resources. To eliminate this deadly disease and total prevention of likely human pandemic, the federal government of Nigeria should channelled the credit of fifty million dollars ($50m) given to her by the World Bank towards fighting against the further spread of avian influenza virus without any compromise.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Avian Flu : The Nigerian Experience

   Since the first reported case of bird flu in Nigeria in year 2006, the scourge had unleashed untold economic hardship on poultry farmers especially those in the infected states as poultry farming is second only to oil production in Nigeria. Initially, the compensation announced by the government for affected farmers has now appeared to get bogged down in red tape, as some farmers were never paid. The fear of loosing their birds that will never be paid for discouraged them from reporting the outbreak thereby contributing to the spread of this epidemic.

   Apart from farmers millions of Nigerians keep poultry in their backyards, making human-to-bird contact more common and surveillance more difficult as majority live below the poverty line and cannot afford luxury of rejecting sick or dead birds. It will be necessary to note that this virus spread to virtually all parts of an infected birds including blood, meat and bones. The viruses survive in contaminated raw poultry meat and therefore can be spread through the marketing and distribution of contaminated food products, such as fresh or frozen chickens (meat). 

  This is because the viability of the avian influenza virus is maintained at low temperatures, which can survive in faeces for at least thirty-five (35) days at 4oC and at least six (6) days at 37oC. H5N1 avian influenza virus has also been shown to survive on surfaces for several weeks at ambient temperatures. The trend has raised concern among professionals that Africa’s most populous nation is at risk of becoming a permanent host to this virus. With these indicators it is glaring that this virus poses a serious threat to human health and urgent attention is required by all and sundry in containing its further spread.

Impact Of Avian Flu On The Immediate Environment

The effect of bird flu in the country is felt by almost every Nigerian as more than four hundred and fifty thousand (450,000) infected chickens have been killed since it was first reported in February, 2006 and the federal government has lost fifty five million eight hundred and ninety-one thousand, seven hundred and twenty Naira(N55,891,720.00) to compensation. There is a kind of unavoidably phobia for consumption of poultry products by citizens causing poultry sales and prices to fall in the affected areas and beyond such as Lagos where there was confirmation of a 22-year old female death caused by this H5N1 avian flu virus. The following are the highlights of the impact of this outbreak on affected areas of the country: (i) Unemployment: - Many Nigerians working in these affected poultry farms all over the country lost their jobs following the culling and killing of the infected birds from their various farms.

(ii) Increase in Crime rate: - Idle mind they say is devil’s workshop, the rate of crime will definitely increase as the laid off employees of the avian flu infected farms may want to find a means of livelihood either legal or illegal. This constitutes increase in various unpopular acts such theft, armed robbery, smuggling, vandalization of pipelines even political thugs to mention a few.

(iii) Scarcity of Poultry Products: - Most Organisation that rely on poultry products for their operationability such as eateries, restaurants and others will be out of stock as all the required chickens needed to meet their demand have been killed due to the outbreak of avian flu in the area. This further reduces their sales and may also result in laying off some of their staff in order to remain in business.

(iv) Health Hazard: - Employees, owners and the immediate neighbours of infected farms or backyard poultries are also exposed to the danger of contacting bird flu, since all those reported to have died of the virus have one way or the other have contact with infected poultry. For instance, it was reported that labourers at Adiya Farms about 16 kilometres away from Sokoto metropolis where the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza was detected in January, 2007 were ignorantly not wearing any protective masks to dug a pit to bury the twenty-one thousand (21,000) infected chickens. This is against expert recommendation of a specially made mask to be worn by anybody that will have contact with any infected birds.

(v) Food Insecurity: - One of the Millennium Development Goals is food security but the outbreak of avian flu in Nigeria is a great threat to both local and global food security. Infected poultry products are nothing but food for the maggots rather than contributing to availability of save food for human consumption.

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What is a pandemic?

A pandemic is a global disease out break. A flu pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges for which people have little or no immunity and for which there is no vaccine. The disease spreads easily from person-to person causing illness across the globe in a very short time. It will be difficult to predict when the next flu pandemic will occur or how severe it will be, wherever and whenever a pandemic starts, everyone around the world will be at risk. Health professionals are concerned that the continued spread of a highly pathogenic avian H5N1 virus across various countries of the world in which Nigeria is one, poses threat to human health.

Already, avian flu experts have tipped Nigeria as one of three countries that are weak areas in the global attempt to stem the spread of the virus. Do we allow the pandemic to start in Nigeria? No, then avian flu outbreak must be addressed immediately to avert a potential human pandemic that could lead high levels of illness, death, social disruption and more economic loss.

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Writing can reduce stress of cancer

Encouraging cancer patients to write down their deepest fears about the disease may improve their quality of life, a United States study has revealed.

A writing clinician, Nancy Morgan, approached patients waiting in a clinic at a cancer centre in Washington DC.

According to the BBC, half of those who took part said the exercise changed the way they thought about the illness, according to the journal, The Oncologist. Younger people, and those recently diagnosed, were most likely to benefit. Thoughts and feelings, or the cognitive processing and emotions related to cancer, are key writing elements associated with health benefits.

Morgan developed her role as part of the Arts and Humanities Programme at the Lombardi Centre.  Her “expressive writing” exercise, lasting just 20 minutes, posed questions to leukaemia or lymphoma patients about how the cancer had changed them and how they felt about those changes.

When those taking part were contacted again a few weeks later, 49 per cent said that the writing had changed their thoughts about their illness, while 38 per cent said their feelings towards their situation had changed. While there was no evidence of direct impact of the session on their illness, where the patients had reported greater changes in their mindset during the writing, this could be linked to more positive reports of quality of life given to their doctors during follow-up appointments.

Ms Morgan said, “Thoughts and feelings, or the cognitive processing and emotions related to cancer, are key writing elements associated with health benefits, according to previous studies.

Dr. Bruce Cheson, the head of haematology at Lombardi, said: “I’m pleased to see that so many of our patients were interested in this kind of therapy. “Our study supports the benefit of an expressive writing program and the ability to integrate such a programme into a busy clinic.” 

Be a helper to a cancer diagnosed patient today by encouraging him or her to be writing their feelings about the deadly disease and the outcome of these researches will be their lots.

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Air Conditioning And Your Health

Does Air Conditioning really affect your health? 
Find out how you can enjoy the benefits of air conditioning without the problems.

Who would be without air conditioning.
In hot, humid climates it is more than a modern comfort – it is an essential element in getting through those sweltering, sticky days. But, like most modern conveniences,air conditioning has its down-sides. Are they sufficient to make you think twice about having an air conditioner at your place? Many researchers believe they are. Let’s find out why. The problems associated with air conditioners arise out of overuse. With the ease of fingertip control many people assume that the more they use their unit the better it will be. 

This, however, is not the case. Air conditioning aggravates the effects of arthritis and neuritis. It also causes trouble for those with sinus trouble, causing their heads to become blocked. In addition to these obvious reactions to an air conditioned environment there are many far more subtle reactions that can adversely affect a person’s health. Studies between those who have worked for prolonged periods in air conditioned offices and those who work outdoors, have consistently shown that the people exposed to air conditioning are more susceptible to colds, flu and other minor ailments. It has also been proven that the body undergoes a certain amount of stress when it is forced to go from a boiling hot environment into an air conditioned one. 

Over time this, too can cause problems.
It is also apparent that those who spend an inordinate amount of time in an air conditioned environment are not able to readily cope with hot summer temperatures. As a result, severe heat waves are now taking a higher death toll. In addition to this many people have been made sick by extreme variances between outside and inside temperatures. Going from an outside temperature of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit to an inside one of less than 78 degrees F (26 degree C) is, for example, bound to play havoc with one’s health.

Air conditioners in cars also have their problems. Micro-organisms have been found within the units that may cause breathing problems. Researchers at Louisiana State Medical Center identified eight different types of mould living inside of 22 of 25 cars tested. Air conditioning units can also circulate air-borne diseases, most famously Legionairre’s Disease. 

If the unit has cheap filters or is not properly maintained it will simply recalculate pollutants. Cutting back on air conditioning is also a way to conserve energy. It takes 60 % more energy to cool a home to 72 degree F (22 degree C) than it does to 78 degree F. In fact, as an energy saving measure, the United States Government issued a directive in 1980 making it illegal to cool public buildings below 78 degree F (26 degree C). Of course there are also positives to air conditioning. It creates a pleasant atmosphere inside, regardless of what is going on outside. It may eliminate heat rash and help hay fever sufferers by removing pollens from the air. 

The removal of dirty and dry air is also accomplished by air conditioning. The decision to use air conditioning is, of course, yours. Having weighed up the pros and cons, you may decide that the best option is to use it, but do so sparingly, not going below 78 degrees (26 degree C), and not becoming reliant on it. Then, you’ll get the benefits while, hopefully, avoiding the detriments of air conditioning.

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Useful Tips on Mobile Phone

The brand of phone does not matter, but how it is being used is the most important, when talking about the control of the amount of radiation one is exposed to. This article will highlight some simple tips that can considerably reduce radiation and health risks exposed to.

1. Use Of Hard Free Set
The further away from your body the phone is, the less radiation you are exposed to. Using a hands-free set is the easiest way to radically reduced the amount of radiation you are exposed to if you use a mobile phone.

2. Hold Your Phone At The Bottom
Covering a large areas of the phone with your hand will reduce its ability to send and receive signals. Thereby the phone increases its power in order to transmit stronger radiation to compensate for this poor handling. For your phone to operate at low power hold it as far down as possible.

3. Get In The Best Position
Locate a position where you can receive good signal because the good the signal the lower the phone power and radiation. If reception is poor, the phone uses maximum power and radiation.

4. Use A Regular Phone If Possible
If you have a regular phone, them make calls with it. This is because the amount of radiation is directly proportional to the length of time you talk on the mobile phone.

5. Don’t Talk Too Long
In case you want to make a long call it is safer and cheaper suing a regular phone. This is because the radiation you are exposed to is directly related to time spent on mobile phone.

6. Hazardous Areas To Use Mobile Phone
a. Don’t use a mobile phone when driving, it is rather safe to stop and talk in a safe place;
b. Mobile phone should not be used where there is a lot of electrical equipment, such as hospitals and aircraft;
c. Do not bath with your mobile phone; and
d. Do not let small children talk on your mobile phone for long periods. They are more susceptible than adults.

7. Mobile Phone Ethics
i. Show consideration to those around you when you have phone with you;
ii. Your colleagues may not be as keen on your phone as you are; and
iii. Turn off your phone when you are in a public place such as movie theaters, cafe even at public gatherings.

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How to cleaning Sandwich Toaster

A sandwich toaster  is a kitchen appliance designed to quickly toast your sandwich on both sides without using the traditional butter and skillet method. The machine's non-stick coating guarantees that the sandwitch won't stick to the cooking surface even without the use of cooking spray, butter or margarine. As with any other cooking appliance, you must clean the sandwich maker after each use.

To clean it follow the highlighted tips:

i. Switch off, unplug and allow the sandwich toaster to cool off;

ii. Run a dish cloth under hot water, squeeze out the cloth and wipe it over exterior frame of the sandwich toaster;

iii. Dip the cloth in soapy water, squeeze out and wipe down the grill plates of the sandwich toaster and repeat until all sandwich residue is out;

iv. Rinse the cloth with hot water again, squeeze out and wipe the grill plates to remove any leftover dish soap; and

v. Never use abrasive cleaners as they will damage the non stick coating.

This information was culled from Punch newspaper of 12th November, 2010 for all those that may care for maintenance of their home appliances.

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