Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Mesothelioma Symptoms

Mesothelioma is an uncommon form of cancer, usually associated with previous exposure to asbestos. In this disease, malignant (cancerous) cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body's internal organs. Its most common site is the pleura (outer lining of the lungs and chest cavity), but it may also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity) or the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart).

Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or have been exposed to asbestos dust and fibre in other ways, such as by washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos, or by home renovation using asbestos cement products.

Symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until 30 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. Shortness of breath and pain in the chest due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleural space are often symptoms of pleural mesothelioma.

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include weight loss and cachexia, abdominal swelling and pain due to ascites (a buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity). Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, and fever. If the cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, trouble swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face. These symptoms may be caused by mesothelioma or by other, less serious conditions.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Cholesterol Checkup

Is your cholesterol under control? Visit and see the tools section to rate your cholesterol and few other health indicators.
My results were not too bad:
Thank you for taking the cholesterol mini-checkup!
Your answers indicate your recommended LDL cholesterol is 160 mg/dL or less. Consider seeing your physician to determine if your LDL level should be lower.

If you appear to have too much "bad" LDL cholesterol (usually, it should be under 130), see a doctor. It can clog your arteries and prevent blood from flowing freely. Worse, the clog may eventually break loose and cause a heart attack or stroke.

In many people, a low-fat diet and exercise can dramatically reduce bad cholesterol levels. But some people have too much LDL no matter how hard they try to lower it. That's when a medication may be necessary. Work with your doctor to figure whether you need to improve your cholesterol and, if so, how.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Blood Type Diet

In the blood type diet, foods are divided into 16 categories from meat, poultry, seafood to herbal teas. It has been advocated by Peter D'Adamo and outlined in his book Eat Right 4 Your Type. Its basic premise is that blood type is the most important factor in determining a healthy diet. The recommended diets for the four blood types are:
Blood group O, the hunter, is believed to be the earliest human blood group. These people should eat a meat-rich diet.
Blood group A, the cultivator, is believed to be a more recently evolved type dating back from the dawn of agriculture. Members of this group should eat a diet free of red meat which emphasises vegetables.
Blood group B, the nomad, is associated with a strong immune system and a flexible digestive system, and is believed to be the only blood type which can thrive on dairy products.
Blood group AB, the enigma, is believed to be the most recently evolved type. In terms of dieterary needs, it is intermediate between A and B.
Based on Wikipedia