Saturday, October 09, 2010

COPD Symptoms

Shortness of breath - dyspnea is the most common symptom of COPD - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. People with COPD commonly describe this as: "I feel out of breath," or "I can't get enough air in". People with COPD typically first notice dyspnea during intensive exercise when the demands on the lungs are greatest. Over the years, dyspnea tends to get gradually worse so that it can occur during milder, everyday activities such as housework. In the advanced stages of COPD, dyspnea can become so bad that it occurs during rest and is constantly present.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Colloidal Silica Gel

Qsilica - colloidal silica gel was launched by Australian natural health distributor Planet Health in the UK, and was part of the company’s exhibition at the annual Natural and Organics Products Europe trade show in London. Qsilica is mineral silica in a highly dispersed colloidal form, and is said to be a “scientifically researched ingredient for healthy skin, hair nails and connective tissue”. It’s available as a gel, capsules and as a combination CoQ10 Rejuvenation Masque, and just two months after being accepted into the exclusive Harrods outlet is now the pharmacy section’s third highest selling product.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Aerotitus - ears pain

When you fly on the airplane it is possible to get a sudden acute ear pain, or even a temporary hearing loss on takeoff or landing. Some people have acute pain in their ears while flying or even experience temporary hearing loss. This condition is called aerotitus and one third of all passengers will experience this ear pain at least once. As the aircraft climbs or descends passengers may experience discomfort or acute pain as gases trapped within their bodies expand or contract. The most common problems occur with air trapped in the middle ear (aerotitus) or paranasal sinuses by a blocked Eustachian tube or sinuses. Pain may also be experienced in the gastrointestinal tract or even the teeth (barodontalgia). Usually these are not severe enough to cause actual trauma but can result in soreness in the ear that persists after the flight and can exacerbate or precipitate pre-existing medical conditions such as pneumothorax (collapsed lung).

If you have an ear infection, congestion, or allergies you can be more prone to aerotitus. Your Eustachian tubes are already clogged enough and then to add the changes in air pressure of flying can really clog them more, causing great pain. If you have scarring in your middle ear from chronic childhood ear infections your Eustachian tube may be unable to adjust to the changes in ear pressure. The scarring may make the Eustachian tube less elastic or smaller. Maybe this ear pain is why some people hate flying, while it doesn’t bother others.

There are many things you can do to keep your Eustachian tubes working during a flight. Avoid flying if you have an ear infection, congestion, allergies or a stuffed up head. If you can’t avoid it, you can take some steps to make your flight more comfortable and maybe avoid aerotitus ear pain. Take a decongestant every 6 hours for 24 hours before and after your flight. This will shrink the swollen membranes in your sinus and ear canal. You can use a pediatric nasal decongestant spray immediately before you board the plane to shrink the nasal membranes and clear the sinus. Chewing gum during the entire flight, not just on take off and landing, will open up the Eustachian tubes and keep them open. There are also ear plugs available that decrease ear pain during flight. About half an hour before landing you can start to use the pediatric decongestant nasal spray every few minutes to keep nasal passages open.

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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Gallstones attack

A main symptom of gallstones is called gallstone attack, in which a person will experience intense pain in the upper abdominal region that steadily increases for approximately twenty minutes to several hours. A victim may also encounter pain in the back, ordinarily between the shoulder blades, or pain under the right shoulder. Sometimes, vomiting or nausea may occur. In some cases, the pain actually develops in the lower region of the stomach, nearer to the pelvis, but this is less common. One way to alleviate this feeling is to drink a full glass of water at the start of an attack to regulate the bile in the gallbladder, but this does not work in all cases. Often, these attacks occur after a particularly fatty meal and almost always happen at night. Other symptoms include abdominal bloating, intolerance of fatty foods, belching, gas, and indigestion. If the above symptoms coincide with chills, lowgrade fever, yellowing of the skin or eyes, and/or clay-colored stool, a doctor should be consulted immediately. Some people who have gallstones are asymptomatic and do not feel any pain or discomfort. These gallstones are called "silent stones" and do not affect the gallbladder or other internal organs. They do not need treatment.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Gilbert's syndrome

Gilbert's syndrome is a common hereditary cause of increased bilirubin. The main symptom is jaundice caused by elevated levels of unconjugated bilirubin in the blood. Reasonable levels of bilirubin can be beneficial to the organism. Evidence is being gathered that suggests bilirubin can protect tissues against oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Statistical analysis of people with high normal or slightly elevated bilirubin levels in blood shows that they have a lower risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. In infants it is not very common for the spleen to destroy red blood cells faster than the liver can conjugate the bilirubin. The effect of this would be increased bilirubin levels in the blood plasma.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Orthostatic intolerance

Orthostatic intolerance occurs in some humans while standing upright. This action is a fundamental stressor and requires rapid and effective circulatory and neurologic compensations to maintain blood pressure, cerebral blood flow, and consciousness. When a human stands, approximately 750 mL of thoracic blood is abruptly translocated downward. People who suffer from orthostatic intolerance - OI lack the basic mechanisms to compensate for this deficit. Changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and cerebral blood flow that produce OI "may be related to abnormalities in the interplay between blood volume control, the cardiovascular system, the autonomic nervous system and local circulatory mechanisms that regulate these basic physiological functions.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Calcium supplements

There is debate going on about safety of calcium supplements. The study published in British Medical Journal claims that taking calcium increases the risk of heart attacks. One of the other studies was showing a 40 per cent increase in the risk of heart attacks from the women who took calcium. Calcium supplements are often prescribed by doctors and have long been associated with better bone health, with many international trials showing a regular intake of calcium helps to cut the risk of broken bones in the elderly by almost a quarter. However buildup of calcium in blood vessels and heart valves increases a person's risk of heart disease but until now, the relationship between dietary calcium and cardiovascular problems is remaining uncertain.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Jugular Venous Pulse

Jugular venous pulse also known as jugular venous pressure - JVP can only be assessed when the patient is lying down and is used to estimate the right atrial pressure. The elevated JVP is the sign of venous hypertension which relates to right-side heart failure.
There are number of conditions which can cause elevated jugular venous pressure including: bradycardia, constrictive pericarditis, fluid overload, hyperdynamic circulation, obstruction of the superior vena cava and tricuspid valve disease.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Arthritis pain quiz

How well are you controlling your arthritis symptoms?
But taking this simple online quiz:
you will find out if you're doing all you can to keep your arthritis pain under control. It is suggested that joints pain may have more of an emotional impact and stronger association with fear and distress since osteoarthritis pain is processed in areas of the brain that also control emotions and fear.