Saturday, 16 August 2014

HOW OVEREATING CAN CAUSE DISASTROUS DECLINE IN HEALTH

Overeating affects the liver, heart, pancreas, stomach, and intestines. It also impacts additional organs and tissues throughout the body. The scale of damage is extensive and should not be underestimated.

For example, poor liver function, a direct result of overeating, is linked to cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis . The excessive protein leading to a malfunctioning liver also causes kidney damage, pyorrhea, schizophrenia, atherosclerosis, heart disease, and cancer. When the liver malfunctions the intestines step in, but this excess workload may only speed up intestinal deterioration, leading to a further list of complications.

The proper functioning of every organ in the body is key for ultimate health. Once one is compromised a vicious domino affect is seen that affects multiple body systems and results in several serious complications. Excess eating can cause each, and over time possibly every, body organ to malfunction.
Eating anything in excess is dangerous. This includes even healthy foods--the over consumption of which results in disease and accelerated aging, just as their less healthy counterparts. Whether an individual eats too much fruit or too much pizza, excess calories from any source is not good for the system.

Treat Your Body Right
Problems can be prevented. Instead of stressing out the body with large meals, soothe the digestive tract by eating multiple smaller sized portions during the day . Each meal should be about the size of the consuming individual's fist and liquids should be drunk in quantities half that amount . To eat or drink more than this at a time exhausts the body and forces it to store whatever quantity is over consumed.
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Friday, 15 August 2014

WHY RAMEN NOODLES COULD CUT YOUR LIFE SHORT. HOW ABOUT INDOMINE NIGERIANS ????

Yahoo Health.

Holy hotplates! Instant ramen noodles, beloved cheap dinner of college kids and budget eaters everywhere, have been linked to heart attacks and diabetes. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that the ramen, along with other instant noodle products, may increase a person’s risk for cardiometabolic syndrome — a risk factor for severe cardiovascular disease and stroke — especially in women.

“This research is significant since many people are consuming instant noodles without knowing possible health risks,” said lead researcher Hyun Joon Shin, MD, in a press release. Shin, a clinical cardiology fellow at Baylor University Medical Center and a nutrition epidemiology doctoral student at the Harvard School of Public Health, could not be reached for further comment.

For the study, researchers looked at the data of 10,711 adults between the ages of 19 and 64, collected via the nationally representative Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2007-2009. They found that eating instant noodles — ramen, lo mein, glass, Thai, or other — twice or more a week was associated with cardiometabolic syndrome, a collection of abnormalities affecting the body’s cardiovascular, renal, and metabolic systems.

Although the specific cause of the problem was not immediately clear, Shin noted that it might stem from the fact that most instant noodle meals come packaged in Styrofoam, which contains bisphenol A (BPA), a known hormone disruptor — which is also why women could have been more affected in this study. But the food product contains plenty of unhealthy ingredients, including MSG and the chemical preservative tertiary-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), and is also high in saturated fat.

The study focused on individuals in South Korea, Shin said, as the country has the highest per-capita number of instant noodle consumers in the world, and because, in recent years, health problems there, including heart disease and obesity, have been on the rise. But the findings appear to be quite relevant to consumers stateside too, as the United States ranked sixth globally in instant noodle sales, according to the World Instant Noodles Association, which found that the United States accounted for 4,300 billion units sold in 2013 (coming in just behind China, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam, and India — and one spot above South Korea, in fact).

This is not the first time ramen noodles have been publicly maligned. In 2012, a viral video taken from inside the digestive tract, part of a small and inconclusive study by Dr. Braden Kuo, showed just what happened after instant ramen was ingested — and it wasn’t pretty. The stomach worked overtime, struggling for hours to grind up the strands; TBHQ, a petroleum byproduct, was named as a possible culprit. Years earlier, Malaysian health officials issued a warning against eating instant noodles because of ingredients such as thickeners, stabilizers, sodium, and preservatives that have been linked to heart disease, stroke, and kidney damage.

Nissin Foods, maker of the first instant ramen noodle in Japan in 1958 (and the company that brought Top Ramen to the U.S. in 1972), did not respond to a request for comment from Yahoo Health.

The bottom line? Ingest the cheap and filling noodles at your own risk.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

DOES HAVING ONE TESTICLE REDUCE FERTILITY?


Does Having One Testicle Reduce Fertility?
By Richard Banks 09/28/2012 11:39 AM

In all honesty, this question is one I’ve thought about time and time again. If men have two testicles and both testicles produce sperm how would the removal of one testicle, or being born with only one testicle, impact fertility. The answer, to my shock, was that a man with one testicle produces just as much sperm as a man with two testicles.

Semen and Sperm Production
If a man is born with two testicles, he will produce sperm and semen in both. Tubes connect the testes to the penis where semen and sperm are moved out of the body during ejaculation. If one testicle is not present at birth or if one is removed at some point in life, the other testicle takes over semen and sperm production.

There could be reduced semen production as a result of having only one testicle, but fertility is not affected in most cases. Let’s take a look at this in numerical terms. Sperm production in excess of 20 million per sample is considered normal. If a man produces 100 million sperm with two testicles and that number is cut in half due to the loss of one testicle, sperm production is still within normal levels. However, the remaining testicle will pick up sperm production so the total number of sperm may not be halved in a real life situation, so more than 50 million sperm could be produced in reality.

What About Those Rare Cases?
Sure, there are rare cases where testicle removal or being born with only one testicle affects fertility, but it takes only one sperm to fertilize the egg, so any production is good enough for conception with assisted technology, in most cases.

If you feel you could be producing less sperm than needed to conceive and you’ve been having problems with fertility, a spermanalysis can put your mind at ease. Sometimes, the cause of infertility has nothing to do with sperm production at all, but it’s nice to see the normal numbers on paper and may be enough to reduce stress and increase your chances of natural conception.
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Saturday, 9 August 2014

NOW EBOLA VICTIMS ARE LEFT TO ROT IN THE STREETS: TERRIFIED RELATIVES DUMP THEM OUTSIDE FOR FEAR OF CATCHING DEADLY VIRUS.

Ebola prevention: How to protect yourself from Ebola
If you have recently travelled to an area that has been affected, such as Liberia, Ghana or Sierra Leone, or have come into contact with someone who may at risk, there are several ways of limiting your chance of catching Ebola
Despite the seriousness of the disease preventing it spreading is relatively simple

By Hannah Flint

EBola is spread by contact with the fluids of someone who is infected with Ebola, including saliva, sweat, blood and vomit. No vaccine or cure is available.

But there have been no reported cases in the UK, so coming into contact with the disease at this stage is really unlikely.

However, if you have recently travelled to an area that has been affected, such as Liberia, Ghana or Sierra Leone, or have come into contact with someone who may at risk, there are several ways of limiting your chance of catching Ebola.

Despite the seriousness of the disease, which causes bleeding from the mouth, ears and eyes, preventing it spreading is relatively simple.
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, it is important to wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap or, if that is not available, a hand sanitiser can be used.
Avoid any contact with someone you believe is infected, especially with their bodily fluids, advises the World Health Organisation (WHO).
If you need to go near someone with the virus, use protective gear such as face masks and gloves.
Health workers in West Africa have taken full precautions, wearing protective suits that cover their entire bodies, as well as hosing down areas infected patients have used.
WHO states any areas an infected person could have had contact with, such as bed linens, should be disinfected.

If you believe someone you know has been infected, or if you think you might have contracted Ebola, the best thing to do is isolate yourself from any other people around you and call medical help immediately.

A sudden temperature, muscle aches, vomiting or a rash might indicate you have the disease.



Monday, 4 August 2014

IS THERE A CURE FOR EBOLA?

 MDTV
Is There a Cure for Ebola?
There is no cure for Ebola to kill the virus; however, research scientists are working on a new vaccine that may prevent infection. When symptoms of Ebola do begin, healthcare providers can only offer supportive care.
Can Ebola Be Cured?
Time is the only Ebola cure. There are currently no proven Ebola treatment options that can kill the Ebola virus, and there is no Ebola vaccine that can prevent an infection.

Time as an Ebola "Cure"
A person will not feel sick for several days to a few weeks after being infected with the Ebola virus. When Ebola symptoms do develop, healthcare providers can only offer supportive care. Supportive care involves treating symptoms and complications of Ebola while the body fights the infection. Supportive care for Ebola can include:

    Good nursing care
    Oxygen and devices that help with breathing
    Intravenous (IV) fluids to maintain fluids and electrolytes
    Medications to control fever, help the blood clot, and maintain blood pressure
    Antibiotics to prevent secondary infections.
    
Despite supportive care, 50 to 90 percent of Ebola patients do not survive the infection.

Could a Vaccine Be a Cure for Ebola?
Some Ebola research scientists have focused their efforts on developing a new Ebola vaccine. This vaccine may prevent Ebola hemorrhagic fever from developing, but will not be a cure for Ebola. The Ebola vaccine is currently being tested in clinical trials.

Friday, 1 August 2014

HEALTH BENEFITS OF BITTER KOLA

HEALTH BENEFIT OF BITTER KOLA
Health Benefits Of Bitter Kola The bitter kola is a type of kola found in parts of Nigeria. Its biological name is “Garcinia kola” and it belongs to the family of “Guittiferal”. Among the Yorubas, it is called ‘Orogbo’, the Igbos call it ‘Agbilu’, ‘Adi’ or ‘Aki ilu’ while among the Hausas, this very popular nut is known as ‘Namijin Gworo.’ It is a wonderful agricultural product with a wide range of applications in natural and orthodox medicine . informationng.com gathers that bitter kola is a potent antibiotic, which could be effective in the treatment of many ailments and infections. Dr Bartholomew Brai, Nutritional Biochemist at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos, said that bitter kola was used in the preparation of herbal drugs either as nourishment, supplement or herbal remedy. Brai said, “If a patient on medication chews bitter kola, it will make the drugs ineffective. Aside this, I do not think bitter kola has any other side effect. “Bitter kola has lots of health benefits, like the treatment of cough, sneezing, cold, diarrhoeas, tuberculosis, bacterial infection and fever. “It improves lungs function by expanding the alveolar ducts and sac in the lungs thereby improving and strengthening the fibres in the lung tissue.” He said that there was no recorded side effect to the regular intake of bitter kola, adding that it was all round medicinal. So, what are you waiting for? Look for the closest bitter kola seller and buy some for yourself, and even friends

Thursday, 31 July 2014

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF EBOLA

Health 24

The 2014 Ebola outbreak in west Africa is the worst outbreak of the haemorrhagic disease since it was discovered in 1976.

In total, 1 201 cases including 672 deaths (case fatality rate 56%) have been reported during the 2014 outbreak.

Since Ebola was discovered in 1976, some 1 200 people have been killed by the virus from 3 147 cases - illustrating the virulence of the virus this time round.

Signs and symptoms of Ebola

Symptoms present themselves anywhere from 2 to 21 days after infection, but mostly between day 8 and 10. The symptoms are similar to the flu, cholera, typhoid and malaria.

Signs and symptoms: Fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain and lack of appetite.

This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Bleeding can occur from the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and anus.

The WHO reports that laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes.

People are infectious as long as their blood and secretions contain the virus. Ebola virus was isolated from semen 61 days after onset of illness in a man who was infected in a laboratory.

Science writer David Quammen, who has investigated the origins and spread of the virus, writes that “RNA viruses (of which Ebola is one) produce acute infections, severe for a short time and then gone. Either they soon disappear or they kill you.”

Take a look: Symptoms from onset, from the US Centres for Disease and Control ebola path

Diagnosing the disease in someone who has been infected for only a few days is difficult because early symptoms, such as eye inflammation and skin rash, resemble symptoms of several other more common conditions.

If Ebola is suspected, laboratory tests should be done promptly. Only one laboratory in South Africa (the National Institute for Communicable Diseases NICD) is equipped to perform tests for Ebola.

This laboratory serves as a World Health Organisation reference centre for haemorrhagic diseases and also provides this diagnostic test service to many other African countries.

There is no treatment or cure.