Archive for May, 2013

Nutritional Contents of Apple

ID-100116213It is important to know the nutritive values of apple to understand the health benefits of apple. Knowing the nutritive values of apple also makes it easier to for us to decide how much apple per day should we consume and how much is recommended daily by nutritionists and nutrition scientists and why.

The nutritive values of apple per 100 grams are given below:

Major components:

  • Calorie: 60 (approximately)
  • Water: approximately 83 grams
  • Protein: 0.2 gram
  • Total fat: 0.35 gram
  • Carbohydrates: approximately 14 grams
  • Dietary fibers: 2.7 grams

Vitamins:

  • Vitamin A: 900 I.U. (international units)
  • Vitamin B1: 0.07 mg
  • Vitamin B2: 0.05 mg
  • Niacin: 0.07 mg
  • Pantothenic acid (B5): 0.06 mg
  • Vitamin B6: 0.04 mg
  • Folic acid: 2.8 mgs
  • Vitamin B12: nil
  • Vitamin C: 5.7 mgs
  • Vitamin E: 0.32 mg

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Posted by - May 30, 2013 at 11:39 am

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Stem Cell Heart Therapy Trial Reports Exciting Results

ID-10076611(1)Stem cell therapy has brought exciting news to many medical fields, and heart patients are just one of the groups who should be interested in the results. New medical trials are ongoing for various treatments, and one trial that just wrapped up involves heart therapy. The results from this trial are not just interesting, but downright exciting.

A trial involving stem cells for heart failure demonstrated significant results. Here is what you need to know about the therapy.

Control group versus treated group
Reputable medical trials always include a control group, but this can be a difficult ethical conundrum – do you deny potentially lifesaving therapy to one group just to make them controls? In this trial, the control group received full standard care treatment in accordance with the typical medical guidelines, and the cell therapy group received the same care along with injections of cardiopoietic stem cells. This type of stem cell is harvested from bone marrow from a patient’s hip, then treated with protein to replicate heart development cues.
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Posted by - May 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

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How Much Exercise do You Need

ID-100112871If you exercise regularly or if you are planning to exercise regularly, you might have one important question in mind. And the question is “How much exercise do I need and what type of exercise do I need”? The answer to the question is not simple. The answer depends on several factors such as the reason for your exercise, your ability to exercise, if you have any cardiovascular disease etc.

The recommendation of the Surgeon General of United States, Center of Disease Control & Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine is 30 minutes of moderate physical exercise or activity such as brisk walking on most of the days or at least 5 days a week. The 30 minutes of moderate physical activity can be divided into two parts of 15-20 minutes period.

The word “moderate intensity exercise or activity” should be clearly understood. Moderate intensity exercise or activity can be defined as noticeable increase of heart rate and breathing with some sweating, but less than the intensity which makes carry out of conversation uncomfortable or difficult. Brisk walking is one of the best moderate physical activities. Brisk walking is walking at the speed of approximately 6 km per hour or 3-4 miles an hour. In simple term brisk walking is the speed of walk you do if you are late for meeting or a ball-game.   Read more…

Posted by - May 23, 2013 at 11:47 am

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Health Benefits of Apple

ID-100140646Apple is the most commonly eaten fruit in the world, as apple production is largest among all fruits in the world. There are several health benefits of apple. Apple is a health fruit (as most of the fruits are) with many benefits and apple has the following health benefits:

  1. Apple contains large quantities of vitamins and minerals, which can strengthen immune system of our body. Vitamins and minerals are the essential components of our immune system and they are also required in routine body function.
  2. Apple is very rich in antioxidants like, flavonoid, polyphenols etc. which are mainly present in the skin of apple. 100 gram of whole apple (including skin) can provide antioxidant which is equivalent to the antioxidant effect of 1500 mg of vitamin C. Antioxidants are the most effective fighter against development of cancer in humans.
  3. The tartaric acid and malic acid that are present in apple in high amount can help in preventing liver problems and digestion problems.
  4. Eating of at least one apple a day can help in controlling blood cholesterol level to normal limit. By keeping blood cholesterol level under control, apples can prevent many heart diseases from emerging and keep us healthy. Read more…

Posted by - May 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

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Natural Ways to Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

ID-10075944Fibromyalgia is something you know all about. The weakness, the pain, and the chronic fatigue are getting to you. You’ve tried drugs, or you’ve been told that they’ll help. You’re skeptical. While there is no known cure for this illness, there are things you can do to try and ease the pain.

Get Outside

Vitamin D, called “the sunshine vitamin,” is known to be low in many people with fibromyalgia. According to doctor Laura J Martin, contributor for WebMD, not getting enough vitamin D in your system may be linked to chronic pain. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2009 showed that vitamin D levels are really low in the majority of people living in the U.S.

 

Some experts believe that, in some people, it may trigger some symptoms of fibromyalgia. To get the benefit of sun exposure, you will need to go outside when the UV index is high (i.e. greater than “3”), since UVB light is what is responsible for vitamin D production. The UVB light hits your skin, and your body starts converting cholesterol to the hormone we call “vitamin D.” Read more…

Posted by - May 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm

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Health Benefits of Exercise

ID-10089670We all are aware of the health benefits of exercise, but very few of us know the exact benefits of regular physical exercise. Although we all know and aware of the health benefits of regular physical exercise only few of us are engaged in regular physical exercise. Only small percentage of population does regular physical exercise to keep them fit and healthy. Knowing the exact health benefits of regular physical exercise may help people to adapt the healthy living by doing regular physical exercise.

The health benefits of regular physical exercise are enormous and include improvement of mental health (psychological health) too along with physical health. Regular physical exercise improves mood, reduce depression and anxiety and also help to cope with stress better.

Some of the important health benefits of regular physical exercise are:

  • Regular physical exercise increase chance of living longer and healthier life, in compare to people who do not do regular physical exercise.
  • Regular physical exercise improves quality of life by reducing risk of several chronic diseases and also by preventing several diseases. Read more…

Posted by - May 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

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Vitamin K Deficiency Treatment and Toxicity

ID-10042016Deficiency of vitamin K

Deficiency of vitamin K is mostly seen in infants. In adults the deficiency of vitamin K is not common. The causes of vitamin K deficiency in infants and adults are different.

In adults the deficiency of vitamin K is mainly due to chronic small intestinal disease like celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, in patients with obstruction of biliary tract or due to resection of small intestine. Treatment with broad spectrum antibiotics like tetracycline, chloramphenicol etc. can lead to aggravation of vitamin K deficiency by reducing the intestinal flora which synthesize menaquinones, and by inhibiting the metabolism of vitamin K. In patients with warfarin (an anti coagulant) therapy, the hypoloipidemic drug Orlistat can lead to INR (international normalized ratio) changes due to vitamin K mal absorption.

The diagnosis of vitamin K deficiency is usually made on the basis of an increased prothrombin time, reduced clotting factors and also by directly measuring vitamin K level in blood. Read more…

Posted by - May 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

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Endocrine Disturbance And IUCD Can Cause Menorrhagia

ID-100152318Menorrhagia is a presenting symptom in many endocrine diseases. In patients with hyperthyroidism, menorrhagia is a frequent symptom, especially in early stage of the disease. In advance stage of hyperthyroidism patients usually have amenorrhea (absence of menstruation). In hypothyroidism menorrhagia is generally seen in the advanced stage of the disease. Menorrhagia is a common symptom in myxedema (disease of hormonal disturbance), especially in women above 40 years of age. In acromegaly (due to excess production of growth hormone in adults) menorrhagia can be a symptom in early stage and in the late stage usually there is amenorrhea.

Iatrogenic causes of menorrhagia:

Menorrhagia may also develop due to use of estrogen for prolonged period for non gynecological condition (especially use of synthetic estrogen prescribed by dermatologists, for relief of symptoms which is not a gynecological problem). The use may be for long duration and at a dose that may be of high. Estrogen is also frequently prescribed by many doctors for menopausal symptoms, and this prescription (of estrogen) may itself cause menorrhagia. Both of the above instances can be regarded as iatrogenic (caused by doctor’s prescription or hospital acquired). Read more…

Posted by - May 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm

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Learn Electrocardiography from a Reputed Healthcare Training Institute

ID-100162272Electrocardiography (commonly known in abbreviated form ECG) is an important diagnostic tool (it is also an important tool for monitoring as well as for knowing prognosis of various heart problems such as heart attack or myocardial infarction or MI) in cardiac healthcare.  Electrocardiography is measurement or recording of transthoracic electrical activity of heart and its interpretation for a period of time. The recording or measurement of electrical activity is detected by electrodes (known as ‘leads’), which are placed over the skin at various points across the chest. The electrode/leads are attached to a machine and this procedure is a non-invasive technique.

What are the interpretations that can be done using ECG?

Electrocardiography can measure heart rate, regularity or health rate or rhythm of heart, size of heart, position of different chambers of heart, presence of any damage in heart as a result of heart attack. ECG can also detect presence of artificial devices such as a pacemaker. EGC is also useful in recording the effect of any drug/medication on heart. Read more…

Posted by - May 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

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Become a Pain Detective: Find Out What Triggers Your Aches

ID-100148433Whether you find yourself with aching shoulders or cramped leg muscles by the end of the day, aches and pains can be caused by a variety of factors. Many of these triggers are things you might not even think about such as texting a lot, wearing the wrong shoes, or a sudden weather change. If you can figure out what’s causing your pain, it’s much easier to solve your body woes.

If you want to alleviate or avoid pain, it’s smart to become a pain detective and figure out what might be triggering this unexpected ache. Here are some pain factors you might not have thought about when complaining about your latest ache, and several ways you can alleviate your pain.

Wearing flip-flops can cause leg pain.
If you tend to trot around the city in flip-flops during the summer months, you can experience foot, ankle, and knee pain. The lack of arch support in foam-soled or thin flip-flops leads to a chain reaction of problems in your legs that can make you ache. To avoid this pain, if you know you’ll be walking a lot, wear sneakers with ankle socks to help keep cool. Read more…

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Posted by - May 1, 2013 at 11:40 am

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