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Everything You Need to Know about Prostate Cancer

 

Prostate cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells develop in prostrates, and multiply uncontrollably. This causes the disease to spread into nearby areas or even distant body parts depending on the severity.

Prostate cancer can either be low grade or high grade. In the former case, the disease grows slowly and the symptoms aren’t apparent in the early stages. Low grade cancer isn’t lethal. However high grade prostate cancer is fatal and spreads quickly through the body. It can only be treated and cure when managed appropriately.

Here are some key facts which you should know about prostate cancer.

The Organ

Prostate cancer initiates from your prostate, which is a part of male reproductive system. Resembling a walnut, this gland has a small size but it plays an important role in regulating your urine flow and semen production.

Survival Chances

Prostate cancer was the fourth most common cancer type in Australia in 2017. In 2018, 17,729 new cases of prostate cancer are expected to show up, which equal to around 23.8% of all new cases. But also keep in mind that the chances of survival are as high as 95%.

Early Detection

Some symptoms do exist for prostate cancer like urgent urination needs, discomfort when doing so, blood in the semen or urine and pain in the lower part of your body. But all these can also be symptoms of other diseases. So visit your doctor and take their advice if you experience any one of them.

Generally, treatment for prostate cancer is most effective if the disease is detected at an early stage.  The survival rate increases up to 99% in this case.

Diagnosis

Targetingcancer.com.au detects prostate cancer through a blood test or a digital rectal examination or DRE. The first of these tests shows if levels of a specific protein have increased. Accordingly, further investigation is carried out. Higher values don’t always mean that you may be suffering from prostate cancer. DRE involves the doctor assessing the size of your prostate and checking for abnormalities.

Biopsy is performed after the above two tests have been carried out.  Only then can your doctor confirm whether or not you’re suffering from prostate cancer.

Risk Factors

Generally one out of 7 men is diagnosed with prostate cancer. Common risk factors include increasing age, family history and even your ethnicity to a certain extent.

While increasing age does increase chances, it doesn’t mean that only old men are expected to suffer from prostate cancer. Younger men can also be diagnosed, and as per the numbers, 1 of 325 men will be diagnosed with this disease before they cross 50.

Risk Reduction

You can reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer if you lead a healthy lifestyle. Work out regularly, eat right, drink lots of water and keep a check on your weight. Also quit smoking and drinking.  In general, anything that you do to keep your heart healthy also reduces your risk of prostate cancer and helps you fight the disease.

 

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Posted by - May 1, 2018 at 12:15 pm

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Driven by High Incidence of Nosocomial Infections, Global Hospital Acquired Disease Testing Market to Grow Exponentially

When a patient is hospitalized, their families expect them to get adequate treatment and healthcare facilities. However, the increasing morbidity rate of nosocomial infections presents a completely different picture altogether. Since hospitals are filled with sick people, the chances of getting an infection can drastically increase if proper hygiene is not maintained. Hospital authorities understand and acknowledge the seriousness of the problem. Hence, to combat the rising incidence of hospital acquired diseases, authorities have taken recourse to appropriate testing and diagnostic procedures that can help with the treatment and prevention of the disease.

High Neonatal and Geriatric Population to Drive Global Hospital Acquired Disease Testing Market

High neonatal population in developing countries and increasing geriatric population worldwide are the major factors impacting for global hospital acquired disease testing market. In addition, patients with weak immune system and those exposed to inadequate healthcare conditions are also highly vulnerable to nosocomial infections. Getting in contact with nosocomial infection prolongs the hospital stay of patients, which unduly increases the cost to the patients. To counter the growing prevalence of hospital acquired diseases, many diagnostic tests are introduced in the market, though approximately 70% of the pathogens spreading such infections have become resistant to at least one type of anti-bacterial drug commonly used in nosocomial infection treatment. This has further intensified the challenge for healthcare professionals.

As a potent solution, the healthcare industry has developed a microorganism-specific detection test, which at present is highly in demand from healthcare professionals worldwide for better assessment of disease. Some of the major techniques used in the market today for nosocomial infection diagnosis are PCR, molecular diagnostics, solid phase hybridization, and microarrays. The development of NAT or nucleic acid testing diagnostic products for accurate diagnosis of hospital acquired diseases has paved the way for several players to enter the market.

Hospital Acquired Disease Testing Market to Grow at 19.3% CAGR

According to a research report by Transparency Market Research, the global hospital acquired disease testing market was valued at US$2.2 billion in 2012 and is projected to be worth US$7.5 billion by 2019. If these estimates by research analysts are justified, the hospital acquired disease testing market is likely to grow at a strong CAGR of 19.3% between 2013 and 2019.

To reduce the high incidence of hospital acquired infections, governments across developed countries such as the U.S., Australia, and Canada, and major economies of Europe have acted to control and prevent the prevalence of nosocomial infections through several inspective and in-house initiatives. Authorities such as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in the U.S. and National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia have designed rules and recommendation for hospitals and other healthcare institution to manage the numerous types of nosocomial infections.

Asia Pacific to Emerge as a Lucrative Market for HAI Diagnostics

Diagnostic methods such as quantitative PCR, blood culture tests, wound culture, tissue biopsy, and latex agglutination are performed most commonly to diagnose nosocomial infections. HAI diagnostics contributes to 64% of the total molecular diagnostic market. Advent of contemporary diagnostic tools with reduced turnaround time and greater accuracy will further propel the HAI testing market. Asia Pacific is the most lucrative market for HAI testing owing to the high incidence of hospital acquired diseases in countries such as India and China. Geographically, North America dominates the global market for hospital acquired disease testing market at present.

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Posted by ramsonagara - November 11, 2015 at 12:53 pm

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Athlete’s Foot-Natural Cures and Remedies

Athlete’s Foot-Prevalence in General Population

Why write an article about curing athlete’s foot? Well, for many good reasons. To start with, it’s not an exclusive club limited to just athletes, or feet for that matter. It is the most common fungal infection of the skin. Athlete’s foot effects about 15%-25% of all people at any given time. UK findings suggest that athlete’s foot is present in about 15% of the general population. Dermatology clinics in Italy found prevalence’s of 25%. In China it came in at about 27% and in Israel the prevalence among children clocks in at around 30%. Secondly, over 70% of all people worldwide will contract the condition during some point in their lives. That’s a lot of fungus!

Before we investigate some of these miraculous cures, let’s first take a look at just what athlete’s foot is all about.

 

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot, scientifically known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the upper layers of dead skin on the foot. There are several subspecies of fungus found in Africa and Europe, however, the two types of fungus that most commonly cause athlete’s foot are Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. T. rubrum usually effects the area between the toes and is easily treated. T. mentagrophytes can effect the entire foot, causing what is known as “moccasin foot” and would be considered a chronic condition that is much harder to treat and eradicate. The fungus is a parasite and feeds on keratin which is a protein found in dead skin, hair and nails. They do not attack or feed on living tissue and prefers dark, moist, warm conditions to thrive, and the foot in our shoe is the ideal habitat for the fungus to grow and multiply.

 

Symptoms

The symptoms which might present themselves, depending on which type of fungus you have been affected with, are many. Some of the more common symptoms are itching, burning and stinging between the toes, usually between the last two smaller ones. You may also experience these symptoms on the soles of your feet. The skin may become red and raw and the sweat may seem to be sticky or tacky with a foul smell akin to vinegar and/or yeast. Cracking, peeling and dry skin anywhere on the foot are less common and may indicate a more invasive chronic infection. The infected areas may also show signs of swelling and small blisters may appear on the surface of the skin.

 

How Do You Get It?

Athlete’s foot is a contagious disease and can be contracted in a number of ways. It can be transmitted through direct or indirect contact. Direct contraction can occur when an individual comes into direct contact with the skin of another individual who is infected. Indirect contact can occur when an individual comes into contact with the fungus on inanimate objects such as towels, locker room floors, shared showers in the home, gym, pool or workout center. Sharing socks and footwear with an infected individual can also lead to a cross infection. Pets who are allowed to roam outdoors can also carry the fungus and transmit it into the dwelling where it may infect the entire family or household.

The spores, or “seeds”, of the fungus can survive for years in a dormant state, without food or moisture, when conditions are less than favorable for it to thrive. As soon as an unsuspecting host, a foot we’ll say, comes walking along and comes into contact with these spores, they soon emerge from this dormant state and begin to proliferate.

 

Susceptibility

Some people are more susceptible in contracting athlete’s foot. Certain individuals may come into contact with the fungus and never develop the condition at all or even know that they are carrying it. They are, however, able to act as carriers and in turn infect other people. The reported prevalence of athlete’s foot in men is higher than in women. Susceptibility also increases with age. If you have a history of being susceptible to fungal infections, you stand more of a chance of contracting athlete’s foot. Certain medications such as antibiotics, birth control pills and corticosteroids also increase your chances of contracting the condition. If your immune system is impaired or compromised due to conditions such as diabetes, HIV or cancer, you may contract the disease more readily than others. If your immune system is weakened due to stress, poor diet, smoking or the over consumption of alcohol, you also may be at risk of contracting athlete’s foot. You may also be more susceptible in contracting it if you live in a climate that is warm and humid most of the time.

 

Just For Feet?

Not many people are aware of the fact that the same fungi that causes athlete’s foot can spread to other parts of the body. It is confusing to many due to the fact that the fungus that causes athlete’s foot is most usually termed a different name when it affects other parts of the body. It is called jock itch when it affects the area of the groin, ringworm when it affects areas of the skin other than the feet, Tinea capitus when it affects the scalp, Tinea barbae when found within the beard, Tinea faciei when it grows on the face and Tinea manuum when it infests the palms of hands. It can also infect the underarms, legs nails and virtually any other part of the body. All of these conditions are caused by the identical organism. The fungus can spread to these other areas simply by touching an affected area with your fingers and transmitting it to another part of the body or by spreading the fungus around with a towel. If you have athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you dry your feet first with a separate towel other than the one you will be using to dry off the rest of your body.

 

Complications

Normally, athlete’s foot is a fairly common condition that, with a little effort and diligence, can be effectively treated and eliminated. However, there are several things to watch out for if you are suffering from athlete’s foot. The main concern is secondary bacterial infection. This can occur when the skin becomes broken due to scratching which can be an open invitation to pathogens. If left untreated, the bacteria can migrate to the deeper tissues of the body and can cause septicemia (blood poisoning), which can be a life threatening condition. Patients who are considered obese, or have HIV, diabetes or cancer pose a higher risk of contracting a bacterial infection than do the average populace due to the fact of them having a lowered immune system. Diabetics in particular need to take certain precautions to prevent any bacterial infections of the feet from becoming dangerous foot ulcerations.

 

Prevention

The first and foremost tactic in preventing an infection by athlete’s foot fungus is to keep your body healthy. When your body is experiencing optimal health, your immune system also tends to be operating and functioning at its maximum efficiency thus has the ability to fend off undesirable pathogenic invaders. A diet rich in fresh, whole food while avoiding denatured processed food is a must. This aspect will be further addressed in a future article.

 

  • Ensure that your feet are completely dry prior to putting on socks and footwear. If you are prone to athlete’s foot or have had it in the past, you may opt to “finish” off the drying process by using a blow dryer set on low.
  • Keep your feet clean and be sure to never wear the same socks twice.
  • If your feet are prone to heavy sweating, you may choose to change your socks twice daily.
  • Wear socks that are made from natural fibers such as cotton or wool.
  • If at all possible, air out your feet as much as as you can throughout the course of the day. Exposing them to sunshine can also be extremely beneficial.
  • If you live near the beach, a barefoot wade in the salty water can work wonders.
  • Wear shower sandals in gym showers, locker rooms, hotel rooms and whenever you frequent public pools.
  • Ensure that your feet are completely dry prior to putting on socks and footwear. If you are prone to athlete’s foot or have had it in the past, you may opt to “finish” off the drying process by using a blow dryer set on low.
  • Keep your feet clean and be sure to never wear the same socks twice. If your feet are prone to heavy sweating, you may choose to change your socks twice daily.
  • Wear socks that are made from natural fibers such as cotton or wool.
  • If at all possible, air out your feet as much as as you can throughout the course of the day. Exposing them to sunshine can also be extremely beneficial.
  • If you live near the beach, a barefoot wade in the salty water can work wonders.
  • Wear shower sandals in gym showers, locker rooms, hotel rooms and whenever you frequent public pools.
  • Try to wear shoes that are well ventilated and choose ones that are not entirely made from plastics and rubber.
  • If you have an active case of athlete’s foot, wash out the shower or bath with a strong disinfectant after each use. Never share towels and always wash your hands well after coming into contact with the effected areas.

 

Natural Remedies and Home Cures

There are many natural remedies that can alleviate and cure athlete’s foot just as effectively as over the counter or prescription drugs, creams and ointments. In many cases, I have found that these home remedies actually work faster and are more effective when it comes to eradicating athlete’s foot. The benefits of using these methods is that there are virtually no side effects; most of us may already have the items in our house. The treatment also works out to be drastically less expensive then doctors visits and medically prescribed pharmaceuticals.

Some methods may seem to be a bit bizarre such as using bleach, deodorants and antiperspirants, Vicks Vaporub, yogurt and iodine. I won’t get into every proposed cure that’s on the internet. Instead, I will focus only on the methods that I have used and which have had the most positive results.
Note: Fungus and yeasts, much like bacteria, have the ability to build up an immunity and resistance to certain treatments, so alternating and combining remedies will produce the most beneficial results. Also, it is advisable to continue the treatment for a period of time after the symptoms have disappeared to ensure that all of the fungus is killed off. A periodic treatment every now and again, even when you are symptom free, is also extremely beneficial at keeping the invaders at bay.

 

  1. Ozonated Olive Oil or Paste- This oil or paste, originally developed by Nikola Tesla, has the remarkable ability to cure and treat many different ailments and conditions; from warts, poison ivy, poison oak, blisters, burns, acne, sunburn, cuts, bruises, and many more. It is basically highly oxygenated (O3) infused oil. Massage well into your feet, at least up to the ankles, being sure to get in between the toes and under the nails as much as possible. Do this once in the morning and once in the evening before going to bed. Condition usually clears up within 2-4 days.
  2. Tea Tree/Lemongrass Oil- This is one of my favorites and by far one of the most effective. You can apply these essential oils, in equal parts, directly onto the effected areas straight out of the bottle. Use a cotton bud or cotton ball to apply evenly. Considering that some people are sensitive to essential oils, be sure to first dab a small bit on your skin to ensure that you won’t have a reaction. Do this once in the morning and once in the evening before you go to bed. Depending on the severity of the infection, you may observe noticeable results the following day. I also recommend rubbing a generous amount of this mixture to the inside of your shoes. If you are sensitive to either of these oils you may want to try diluting them in a pan of warm water or foot bath. Add 30 drops of each and soak feet for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar/Himalayan Sea Salt- This is also another highly effective method that is used to banish athlete’s foot fungus. This will create a highly acidic environment in which the fungus simply can not survive. Dissolve 3 tablespoons of the salt in warm water and add a 1/2 cup of the vinegar. Raw, organic, unfiltered vinegar seems to work the best. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Other Essential Oils- Neem, Lavender and Oregano- These oils contain compounds which possess highly anti-fungal properties. They can either be used on their own or combined with each other. Use neat or 20 drops of each diluted in warm water. Twice daily.
  5. Coconut Oil- The effects that coconut oil has on killing yeasts and fungus can not be over emphasized! It is a truly amazing remedy for a plethora of ailments. Be sure to use raw, cold pressed unbleached oil. Coconut oil contains high amounts of caprylic acid which is highly anti-fungal. Apply twice daily to affected areas.
  6. Fresh Raw Ginger- Grate about an ounce of ginger into 1 cup of water and simmer for twenty minutes. Let cool and either soak or apply the liquid directly onto your feet. Again, twice daily seems to yield the best results.
  7. Fresh Raw Garlic- Although this may not seem to be the easiest, and odor friendly way of eradicating athlete’s foot, it still is highly effective. Crush about 4 cloves of garlic into a smooth paste. Apply to the effected areas paying particular attention to the areas in between the toes. This could be done twice per day.
  8. Ginger and Turmeric Essential Oils- These oils on their own have amazing anti-fungal properties, but when combined, they exert a synergistic effect which increases their potency. Combine the oils in equal proportions and apply directly onto the affected areas or dilute 30 drops of each into a warm foot bath.
  9. Olive Oil and Sesame Oil- These two oils have good anti-fungal properties. Mix both together and apply to affected ares twice daily.
  10. Olive Leaf Extract- Olive leaf contains natural anti-fungals and when extracted in its concentrated form it is even more effective in treating athlete’s foot. Apply directly to effected area twice daily. It can also be purchased as a tea where it can be infused in hot water to make a foot soak. Twice daily.
  11. Pau d’arco- Pau d’arco is a truly amazing natural medicine; to amazing to list all of its benefits here. I Suggest you do a little research into this powerful healing aid. Pau d’arco is a tree found in South and Central America in which the inner bark of the tree is used medicinally. It has incredibly strong anti-fungal properties. Simply add 3 tablespoons to 1 quart (litre) of cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool and soak feet for 30 minutes. This brew can be used several times. To enhance the properties, squeeze half a lemon into the water when simmering and add in 1 lemongrass stalk.
  12. Cinnamon and Lemon Soak- Break up about 10 cinnamon sticks and add to 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool the liquid down and squeeze in 2 lemons just before you soak your feet. Twice daily. This mixture can be used multiple times.

 

So, I hope that this information served you well and good luck trying out these remedies to finally wipe out that bothersome fungi.

Be sure to check out my next post which will cover what you can do to effectively combat athlete’s foot from a dietary standpoint.

 

Author: David Rossi is a Certified Nutritional Therapist at Back To Life Therapies, http://backtolifetherapies.weebly.com/ and operates a clinic in Wicklow Town, Ireland. He also consults national and international clients through a confidential Skype session. With a strong university medical back round in biology, chemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, David is able to apply this knowledge to his current field. His main focus is Nutritional Therapy, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Management, Reiki and Body Detox.

Posted by backtolifetherapies - November 4, 2015 at 12:33 pm

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Common Weight Loss Errors to Avoid

Reducing pounds boils down to a simple formula: use more calories than your intake; eat less and move more often. But anybody who has ever cut calories and ramped ups a workout strategy in an effort to trim down. These may all sound so simple but we all know that it takes a lot of hard work.  All weight-watchers unavoidably make errors along the way—and most of the time they don’t even understand it. Here are the common faults and mistakes that everyone does when they’re attempting to trim down fat and are believed to be linked with reports of negative side effects .

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Overdosing on protein

Protein is significant, but if you get too much of it, the extra you get is being kept as fat as per health experts. And in contrary to the famous brands of protein shakes and bars’ claims, these items can contain very high sugar and fat. As per health experts, women must get about 46 grams of protein a day.

 

Sparing on veggies

Many of us lacks veggie intake versus the suggested 2.5 cups daily. This is according to health experts. Nutritionists suggest making sure to eat some into every meal, whether it’s cut tomatoes on your a.m. toast or cabbage on your turkey sandwich.

 

Taking just a big glass of juice for mealtime

Most juice increases blood sugar, so your body makes more insulin. You’ll get starving and overindulge later according to studies. One should always remember to get in protein and fiber, such as eggs and whole-grain bread. Read more…

Posted by - April 29, 2015 at 6:45 am

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How Exercise Imparts Health Benefits?

Exercise has many health benefits and all of us are aware of these facts. But not many of us know what exactly helps us to get benefited by doing regular moderate physical exercise. There are several mechanisms by which moderate physical exercise helps us remain fit and live longer and healthy life. Some of the main ways how exercise gives us health benefits and keep us healthy and wealthy.

  • By doing regular physical exercise we burn lots of calories daily and keep our body weight under control. Keeping body weight within normal limit has its health benefits, which we all are aware of.
  • During physical exercise our heart pumps more blood to meet the increased oxygen demand by the exercising muscles, which keeps heart healthy and do not allow harmful cholesterol to be deposited in the blood vessels (arteries) and prevent cardiovascular diseases. Regular moderate physical exercise increases the working capacity of heart and keeps us healthy.
  • Regular moderate physical exercise can bring blood pressure down (it may not bring down to normal, but it brings the blood pressure down to some extent) in individuals with high blood pressure.
  • Exercise which are weight bearing can make our bones stronger by promoting mineralization of bones and reduce/prevent osteoporosis, which is common among women after menopause.
  • Reducing body weight by regular moderate exercise can help reduce backache by reducing the load of the spine and also by making the muscles of the spine stronger. Exercise makes our muscles strong and more flexible which also help in reducing back pain.
  • Regular moderate physical exercise can elevate our mood and keep us energetic, which can help us remain healthy. Exercise reduces anxiety and depression and also management of stress becomes easier by doing regular moderate exercise.

 

Posted by - April 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm

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Hidden Health Dangers For People 50+

ID-10040940It’s clear that an individual’s health becomes even more fragile over the age of 50 and requires a greater degree of care. Regular check-ups and screening tests are vital to sustain a healthy lifestyle as well as protecting yourself, both mentally and physically. Obviously it differs between men and women but recognising the signs and symptoms of any illness should become an absolute necessity.

Key Tests
There are a collection of key tests that, if you’re over the age of 50, you should be having when your visit your doctor. Blood pressure and cholesterol levels will routinely be checked as poor levels are major factors in eventual heart disease which is one of the leading killers, prompting its importance.

For both men and women, diabetes can be a silent killer and can certainly lead to significant health problems, including cancer, so needs to be examined thoroughly. Blood sugar levels are what is important here and patients will needs to ask their doctor all about this.

Mental Health
As you get older, conditions such as Alzheimer’s can present themselves so it’s important to keep the mental health in check as well as the physical. As an individual ages, it’s likely, and natural, that there will be some lapses in memory but it’s vital to differentiate between Alzheimer’s and slight dementia. As exercising the heart can keep it healthy, many experts suggest keeping the brain warm and loose and certain elements, such as refraining from smoking, eating wisely and drinking plenty of water, has been suggested as a possible aid. Read more…

Posted by - February 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm

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Few Important Aspects About Hypertension

ID-10038425It is important to understand what is hypertension or high blood pressure. Hypertension is “the pressure exerted by the blood on its vessel wall, due to the volume of blood and speed of the blood flow”.

It is actually difficult to determine a cut-off blood pressure (both systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure) above which it can be considered hypertension. That is why, ideally we should consider a blood pressure, above which it put risk of hypertension related medical complications/complications in a significant number of people. In another simple word a blood pressure level above which one is at risk of developing complications (such as cardiovascular, renal, cerebral or brain and other complications) that are seen with individuals with hypertension.

Several studies have shown that systolic blood pressure of more than 115-120 mm of Hg and diastolic blood pressure of more than 80 mm of Hg, increases the risk of hypertensive complications in significant number of people. Therefore, ideally systolic blood pressure should be below 120 mm of Hg. The risks of cardiovascular and other complications of hypertension double with every 20 mm Hg increase in systolic pressure and 10 mm Hg increase in diastolic pressure. Read more…

Posted by - December 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm

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Vitamin E: Deficiency and its Treatment and Toxicity

There is no clearly known deficiency disorder of vitamin E. But there is also no doubt that humans need tocopherol or vitamin E in his diet. The deficiency of vitamin E is seen only after resection of small intestine and in prolonged malabsorptive diseases, like celiac disease. There is also a very rare familial form of vitamin E deficiency disease, which is due to defect in alpha-tocopherol transport protein.
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Children may develop vitamin E deficiency due to prolonged cholestasis (stasis of bile) or cystic fibrosis of long duration and this is characterized by hemolytic anemia and areflexia. If children suffer from abetalipoproteinemia, they develop vitamin E deficiency very rapidly as they can not absorb or transport vitamin E.

Symptoms of Vitamin E Deficiency:

Vitamin E deficiency causes degeneration of large myelinated axons. Peripheral neuropathy is also a major sign which is characterized by at first areflexia that progresses to ataxic gait and decrease in position and vibration sensation. Pigmented retinopathy, ophthalmoplegia and skeletal myopathy are some other symptoms of vitamin E deficiency. Deficiency of vitamin E increases virulence of viral infection due to increase in viral mutation.

Diagnosis of Vitamin E Deficiency:

Laboratory diagnosis of vitamin E deficiency is done by measuring the blood levels of ? tocopherols. Vitamin E deficiency is if the level of ? tocopherol is less than 5µgm/ml or ? tocopherol is less than 0.8 mg per gram of total lipids. Read more…

Posted by - December 14, 2012 at 1:17 am

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Hypertension and its Treatment during Pregnancy

During pregnancy marked physiological changes occurs and for successful and happy outcome of pregnancy the female body has to undergo successful physiological adaptation. If the adaptation process is not perfect or appropriate medical disorders may occur during pregnancy. Some of the medical disorders are fairly common during pregnancy and increase in blood pressure is one such common medical problem during pregnancy.

During pregnancy the cardiac output (which the quantity of blood heart has to pump every minute) increases by approximately 40% and the heart rate or pulse rate increases by approximately 10 beats per minute mainly during the last three months of pregnancy. But despite the increase in heart rate the increase in cardiac output is mainly due to increase in stroke volume, which is the amount of blood heart pumps out in every heart beat.

During second trimester of pregnancy there is reduction in the vascular resistance and there is reduction in blood pressure in normal pregnant women. Blood pressure is the result of cardiac output and degree of vascular resistance and if there is reduction in the vascular resistance, blood pressure falls. That is the reason blood pressure of 140/90 mm of Hg is considered very high during pregnancy (mainly during second trimester), whereas the same pressure is considered only the beginning of high blood pressure in general population. High perinatal (4 weeks before delivery to 4 weeks after delivery is the perinatal period) mortality and morbidity is associated even at blood pressure of 140/90 mm of Hg.

The diagnosis of hypertension (high blood pressure) is different in pregnant women in compare to general population. Blood pressure in a pregnant woman should be checked in sitting position, because if blood pressure is taken in lateral recumbent position, as is the practice in general, blood pressure may be lower than in sitting position. The diagnosis of high blood pressure in pregnant woman requires measurement of at least two elevated blood pressure of at least 6 hours apart. Blood pressure of 140/90 mm of Hg is considered very high blood pressure during pregnancy as generally blood pressure is low during pregnancy due to reduction in vascular resistance. 140/90 mm of Hg is considered only mild hypertension in a normal subject, but in pregnant women the same pressure is considered very high blood pressure.

High blood pressure in pregnancy may cause intrauterine growth retardation, increased perinatal mortality etc. Pregnant women with hypertension are also at risk of development of medical problems like preeclampsia and abruptio placenta. To prevent the complications of hypertension, women with chronic hypertension should be thoroughly evaluated for to identify the remediable causes of hypertension and also to prevent adverse effects of anti hypertensive drugs during pregnancy. Read more…

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Posted by - August 29, 2012 at 11:30 am

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