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Holistic Health and Burn Treatment

You have no doubt incurred some sort of burn in your lifetime. Whether you’ve scalded your hand with boiling water while cooking, developed a blistering sunburn after a long day at the beach, or something worse, burns can range from slight annoyance to life-threatening.

Thanks to advances in medicine and our overall understanding of what happens when a person gets burned, we are now more than ever better equipped to treat victims of burns. This has drastically decreased the mortality rate that we see from severe burns today—in 1952, victims of more than 50 percent total body surface area burns had only a 50 percent chance of


Diabetes Breathalyzer Could Replace Need For Pricking Finger

Most diabetics are familiar with the daily task of pricking their finger to draw blood, it’s something they must do to test their levels. But a new tool on the horizon will allow diabetics to ditch the pricking and it’s as easy as breathing.

Oxford University researchers have developed an breathalyzer that replaces the need for drawing blood, according to ExtremeTech.

As pointed out in the report, published in the American Chemical Society journal Analytical Chemistry, diabetics can have fruity smelling breath, which indicates acetone. It’s a natural byproduct of the metabolism.

A strong presence of acetone signifies ketoacidosis. This could mean that there isn’t enough insulin in the bloodstream to handle glucose, wh


Study Finds Diabetes Can Damage Your Brain, Affect Daily Activities

The damage diabetes can cause to important organs like the kidneys, heart and even eyes are pretty well known, but new research reveals that poor blood sugar levels can damage the brain as well.

The study, published in the Neurology journal, found that brain damage from diabetes can result in lower cognitive function and the loss of ability to complete daily functions.

Dr. Vera Norak, an associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, led the research group in the diabetes study.

Norak and her associates monitored 66 people who were on average 65-years-old, over the course of two years.

About half of the group had diabetes w


Nurses Should Embrace a Little Chocolate

The Easter holiday is now behind us, but one thing sure to be left over everywhere is chocolate.

You may have already spotted a couple chocolate eggs or chocolate Easter bunnies at your hospital’s receptionist desk.  Or maybe they were tucked in various areas near nurses’ admin area.

Either way, professionals like you already know the fat, sugar and calories in chocolate is filled with threats to your waistline and overall health---like obesity, diabetes and a number of other complications. 

There’s no doubt that’s it’s easy to give into a craving and take a bite, but you may appreciate the fact that certain chocolate has some seriously redeeming health benefits.

The cocoa bean used to make chocolate contains plant sterols and flavanols, which are very powerful antioxidants.

Chocolate rich in plant sterols and flavanols have been linked to improved memory, blood circulation, prevent strokes, lo


Why Love is Literally Medicine to the Body

Every February, tons of chocolate is sold in heart-shaped boxes, adorable teddy bears are dressed up in top hats with “I Love You” messages, and millions of people hang out at the card section of the store as Valentine’s Day nears, trying to find the perfect words to express how they feel.

Aside from the commercialism of it all, love is truly a splendid thing, but it’s more than just the euphoric high of falling in love or that safe, familial feeling people experience with friends and family. Love has a  measurable impact on the heart and overall well-being.

Here are just a few ways love makes you healthy.

Heart Health

A 2013 Finnish study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found cardiac events (both fatal and non-fatal) were 58 to 66 percent higher in unmarried men and 60 to 65 percent higher in unmarried women. Married people who underg


The Night Shift Weight Gain: Why Pounds Creep Up on Night Nurses

There are many reasons to enjoy working the night shift if you’re a nurse---many times you can earn more money, less management is present, the patient visitations slow down, less tests are being administered and fewer phone calls are being made.

However, one of the most dreadful parts of working the night shift for many nurses is the dreaded weight gain. If you feel like you’ve gained weight since working at night, you’re not going crazy.

Research Finds Weight Gain Trends in Night Shift Nursing

Several nurses complain of weight gain when working the night shift, and over the years, plenty of research has shown that this is a real problem. According to a study published in the May 2012 issue Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, an experiment conducted with 2,000 Australian nurses found that nurses who switched from the day shift to the night shift gained weight over a two-year period, with their Body Mas


National Diabetes Month: Great Tools For Diabetic Patients to Manage Disease

When we think of November, we often think of Thanksgiving, turkey and our favorite rich meals and decadent desserts that families eat on the holidays, but November is Also National Diabetes Month.

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, but thanks to advancements in modern technology, diabetic patients are literally taking their health issues into their own hands.

Diabetes Type 1 usually develops in the average person by age 20, when the pancreas can no longer develop insulin, so patients have to be treated with insulin along with other medications.

However, the most common type of Diabetes is Type 2, which causes excess glucose in the blood, and it can be controlled through diet and exercise, or in some cases, reversed.  

Whether you are concerned about becoming diabetic, have been diagnosed as prediabetic, or you have full blown diabe


Lack of Vitamin D May Lead to Premature Death

Lack of Vitamin D May Lead to Premature Death

People who are deficient in vitamin D may be twice as likely to die prematurely than those who have adequate levels of this vitamin.

According to a  recent study, a research team discovered, as observed over nine years, that people with less than 10 nanograms per milliliter of vitamin D present in their blood levels are twice as likely to die early than people with at least 30 nanograms/milliliter of the vitamin.

This is based on a review of 32 studies conducted on vitamin D blood levels and the death in 566,583 participants from 14 countries, including the United States, whose average age is 55. Their 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels, referring to the vitamin D present in blood, were studied.

Based on the results of the study, people should try to increase their vitamin D levels, according to the study author and UC San Diego professor Cedric Garland. Three years ago, the Institute of Medicine has


Chocolate May Help Solve Obesity and Diabetes Problems

Obesity is a common health problem in the US, with more than a third of its population suffering from the condition. Obesity greatly increases the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. But recent study shows that both conditions can be prevented by eating the right type of chocolate. Cacao and cocoa powder, for instance, are among the types of chocolates with the highest levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

If you eat high levels of flavanols, it could reduce insulin resistance and enhance glucose regulation, effects which may protect you from type 2 diabetes.

The research team of a mouse study was led by Andrew P. Neilson, a researcher from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s Department of Food Science and Technology. They found out that cocoa, the main component of chocolate, restricted the mice’s ability to gain weight and reduce their sugar levels.

This study was also supported by a study conducted ea


Preventing Diabetes with the Right Meal Size

Putting your meals of the day into two large meals instead of six smaller ones will give you the same amount of calories while controlling your blood sugar levels and weight among patients with type 2 diabetes.

This is according to a recent study in the Czech Republic, which was published in Diabetologia, the official journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

The research consisted of 54 patients, 25 women and 29 men. They were under medication for diabetes. Many of them were between 30 and 70 years old. They were distributed into two groups of 27 members each. Each group had to follow one of the two diets with limited caloric content for 12 weeks. After such period has passed, the group switched to the second diet and con


Coffee May Help Prevent Retinal Damage

Coffee has a compound that could lower the damage to your eyesight and prevent blindness often caused by aging, glaucoma, and diabetes, according to a study.

Raw coffee contains 1% caffeine, but it has 7% to 9% chlorogenic acid (CLA), which is a strong antioxidant. When tested on mice, it lowers the effect of retinal degeneration. This is based on a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

The retina requires a high level of oxygen, which puts it at risk of experiencing oxidative stress. If it does not get enough oxygen, it will be exposed to free radicals, which could cause blindness.

During the research, which was funded by The Korea Institute of Science and Technology, the mice were exposed to nitric oxide, which led them to experience free radicals and oxidative stress. Eventually, the mice showed signs of retinal degeneration. However, those which were treated with CLA before they were treated with nitric oxide showed no s


Being Underweight Is More Lethal Than Being Overweight

People who are underweight are in more danger than obese people, according to a study.

Researchers concluded that extremely underweight people have double the risk of dying, based on 50 studies that were previously conducted on the subject.

Health campaigns have been so far focused on obesity, but it is also a must to ensure that there are campaigns aimed to prevent underweight problems among adults and fetuses alike. The anti-obesity campaign should be staged in a way that it would not lead to underweight problems.

The dangers of being underweight were the subject of a study that was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health.

The study was conducted on people who were monitored for five years or more. Their BMI and its relationship to fatalities were analyzed.

Dr. Joel Ray, the head of the research team, also studied how weight among stillborns and newborns are related to their death.

They found out that u


Honey Can Help Resolve Issues With Antibiotics Resistance

Honey may be a solution the medical community is looking for to help them resolve problems brought about by antibiotics resistance.

Honey has the ability to attack bacteria causing infection on various levels, hindering bacteria from being resistant to drugs. That’s because this natural sweet food is equipped with weapons of its own, such as osmotic effect, hydrogen peroxide, acidity, polyphenols, and high sugar concentration. All these natural weapons can eliminate bacterial cells. Its osmotic effect alone dries the bacterial cells out and kills them.

Another attribute that makes honey effective in killing bacteria is that it prevents the formation of any biofilm, which refers to the bacteria communities that cause diseases. This is due to the fact that the honey prevents quorum sensing, the bacteria’s method of communicating with each other that could possibly lead to biofilm formation. Without quorum sensing, some bacteria cannot even produce toxin


Caffeine Beneficial for Memory

Caffeine has long established to have health benefits. However, a new study has shown that it may improve long-term memory when consumed after studying.

This is based on a paper published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The study was led by Daniel Borota from Baltimore’s John Hopkins University. He considered how previous research has looked into caffeine as a cognitive booster, but not its effects on long-term memory.

The team studied 160 participants who are 18 to 30 years old. They were all shown photos to be classified as indoor or outdoor. Half of the subjects were administered a caffeine pill after they are asked to classify the photos, while the other half were given a placebo. The next day, they were shown the same photos and some new ones. They were asked which photos were old, new, or similar to the ones shown before.

Although both groups were able to identify new photos from the old ones, the group that was given caffeine pills knew


Not Enough Sleep Among Kids Lead to More Food Consumption

Kids who don’t get enough sleep tend to make up for it with food, according to research.

The study was conducted on 16-months-old kids. It showed that those who only slept for less than 10 hours at night ate 150 kcal more than those who slept for 13 hours or more.

The research studied the children of 1,303 UK families, particularly their sleeping patterns at 16 months old and their diet at 21 months old.

Figures showed that there is a difference of in the kcal consumption between the two groups, as the kids who sleep more only consumed 982kcal, while the kids who sleep less consumed 1087kcal. This was the first research that showed the relationship between sleep and energy intake among kids younger than three-years-old.

The study was targeted towards this age group when weight gain is still uncommon, helping establish the possibility that kids this young gain weight from increased energy intake due to lack of sleep.

However, th


How to go International with Your Home-cooked Meals and Why

Are you tired of eating the same meals day in and day out? Why not spice it up a little and experiment by trying some international foods at home. Some new flavors may be a little overwhelming at first but there’s a world of culinary possibilities waiting for you to explore.

For starters, international recipe books, such as David Joachim’s “Cooking Light Global Kitchen” can give you healthy and absolutely tasty foods straight from your kitchen.

The good news is that many international foods are effortlessly healthy. According to Joachim, many of their recipes are made of a reasonable amount of meat with plenty of vegetables. But his cookbook isn’t intended for vegetarians alone.

The delicious Thai curry, for instance, uses ingredients such as antioxidant-rich mashed chili peppers, shallots, and lemongrass. These are then mixed with shrimp or any other food that you might want to try.

There are a number Internation


Is Vegetarian Diet Effective in Lowering Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease. But according to the latest research  findings in Japan, this doesn’t seem to be a problem for vegetarians, who have lower blood  pressure than those who have a largely omnivorous diet. Then, is vegetarian diet good for  preventing high blood pressure?

The Osaka research findings that are published in JAMA Internal Medicine have a meta-analysis based on the millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) of the participants who are divided into vegetarians and omnivores. The study found that vegetarians have lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure than omnivores in both clinical trials and observational studies. This reduction is consistent with that of a 11lb weight loss or a low sodium diet. Even a 5 mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure can shave 14% off your risk of dying from stroke and 9% off your risk of dying from coronary heart disease.

But the researchers also consider sever


How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Having trouble conceiving? It can be quite frustrating having to wait for months or years for  some good news, while it seems too easy for other couples to get pregnant. It’s still hard for  experts to determine what could be the reason behind this. However, there are some tips that  may increase your chances of finally having a baby, including the following:

  • Get over your soda addiction. Two or more servings of soda reduce women’s ability to conceive by 16%.

  • Take better care of your teeth. Women with gum disease may delay your conception by two more months. Dental health should be maintained if you want to get pregnant fast.

  • Reduce TV time for him. Spending over 20 hours watching TV can reduce your man’s sperm count as much as 44%.

  • Sleep better. IVF treatments are best supported with seven to eight hours of sleep every day.