Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Urinary Tract Infections Don't Sound Too Bad

I decided to write a blog about this just because I was recently diagnosed with it. And let me tell everyone who reads this blog, UTI's are no joke. I remember reading that they were really common, especialy towards women of all ages. I never would have thought that I would get it and I did. I think I remember readings that one out of every five women have come across a Urinary Tract Infections. But how could we stop this?

There's a few ways of catching a UTI that everyone should avoid. Sexual Intercourse is one of the ways you can get it. When you have sexual intercourse it is vital that you urinate right after so you can flush all the germs out of your body. Another way of catching it is wearing tight clothes, and last but not least: you can get it by not drinking enough water. I'm sure there are other ways of catching the virus.

What is UTI? Urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common infections of childhood. It distresses the child, concerns the parents, and may cause permanent kidney damage.

In some instances, UTI results in recognition of an important underlying structural or neurogenic abnormality of the urinary tract. The febrile infant or child with clinically significant bacteriuria and no other site of infection to explain the fever, even in the absence of systemic symptoms, has pyelonephritis (ie, upper UTI). Children with a UTI and voiding symptoms, little or no fever, and no systemic symptoms have lower UTI (cystitis).

The site of infection is often unclear when a child with pyuria and clinically significant bacteriuria has another potential source of fever (eg, otitis media, pharyngitis). When UTI is diagnosed in a child, an attempt should be made to identify any risk factors for the UTI (eg, anatomic anomaly, voiding dysfunction, constipation).

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Monday, November 24, 2008

High-Protein Meals Help Heavy Folks Burn Fat

Higher-protein meals may help overweight and obese people burn more fat, the results of a small study suggest. Research has shown that overweight people are less efficient at burning fat after a meal than thinner people are. In the new study, Australian researchers looked at whether the protein composition of a meal affects that weight-related gap. They found that overweight men and women burned more post-meal fat when they ate a high-protein breakfast and lunch than when they had lower-protein meals. That is, the added protein seemed to modify the fat-burning deficit seen in heavy individuals.

"Our research suggests that people with higher body fat burn fat better after a high-protein meal than people with lower levels of body fat," lead researcher Dr. Marijka Batterham, of the University of Wollongong in New South Wales told Reuters Health. A number of studies have suggested that high-protein diets may help people shed weight more easily — possibly, in part, because protein suppresses appetite better than fat or carbohydrates do.

The current study did not look at weight loss, so it's not possible to tell whether the increased fat-burning seen in overweight participants would translate into fewer pounds over time, Batterham said. But answering that question, she said, will be the next step.

Just in time for Thanksgiving!

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Prostate Cancer and Selenium

Cancer is no doubt a scary word. I spend a great portion of my life staying healthy and avoiding becoming succeptible to cancer. Being a woman, I know of the cancers that can affect women such as Breast, Ovarian, Cervical..etc. I also know of the cancers that do not discriminate against gender such as Colon cancer, Lung cancer, and Thyroid cancer. However I've recently learned of a cancer that targets men, Prostate Cancer.

According to MedlinePlus, Prostate cancer is the third most common cause of death from cancer in men. Scary statistics! However, there are ways to fight and avoid being part of the stats. Selenium, is a mineral that has been studied and found to decrease the risk of prostate cancer in men. From the Office of Dietary Supplement, "Selenium is incorporate into proteins. Which are important antioxidant enzymes."

How do you get selenium? Selenium can be found in most plants foods, but the amount of selenium depends on the soil content. Most people are aware that living a healthy life style, which includes, eating balanced meals and incorporating consistent excercise into daily activity is crucial. Unfortunately, sometimes due to factors beyond your control such as geography, you may not being able to incorporate enough selenium into your diet.

Luckily, selenium supplements are available. According to the Prostate Cancer Research Institute, organic selenium supplements are recommended to prevent the incidence of prostate cancer. Mixture of organic forms found in brewer's yeast have a better safety profile. So do your research! Find out if selenium supplements are right for you and start fighting your way from the scary prostate cancer statistics.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

1 in 4 U.S. girls received HPV Vaccines

HPV is the most common STI nect to HIV/AIDS. Yet it is not as known. Why is that? HPV could be cause for STI's or especially cervial cancer. I'm sure all of you guys have seen commercials on it, but haven't really done it. I think it's time that every woman should! The vaccine protects against strains of the virus that cause about 70 percent of cervical cancers. Health officials recommend that girls get the shots when they are 11 or 12, if possible, before they become sexually active. Also, age 11 is when kids are generally due for another round of vaccinations.

The survey only covered children in the 13-17 age range.

Vaccine proponents had been hoping for much higher vaccination rates, saying the shots could dramatically reduce the nearly 4,000 cervical cancer deaths that occur each year in the United States.

But many families are cautious about the safety of new vaccines, said Patti Gravitt, a Johns Hopkins University associate professor of epidemiology.

Other things about the vaccine may give some families pause. It is expensive, retailing for about $375, although many health insurers now cover it. And there are questions about whether it confers lifetime immunity or if a booster shot will be needed.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Food Allergies on the Rise

I dont know about you guys, but i have really bad allergies. Especially with all the fires in Southern California, the air quality has been disgusting. It seems now a days that more and more kids are having the same symptoms as I am. Even with food allergies too, although i do not (or at least i don't think) i have food allergies. So why the sudden increase in allergies?

Experts said that might be because parents are more aware and quicker to have their kids checked out by a doctor. About 1 in 26 children had food allergies last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. That’s up from 1 in 29 kids in 1997. The 18 percent increase is significant enough to be considered more than a statistical blip, said Amy Branum of the CDC, the study’s lead author.

The 18 percent increase is significant enough to be considered more than a statistical blip, said Amy Branum of the CDC, the study’s lead author. Nobody knows for sure what’s driving the increase. A doubling in peanut allergies — noted in earlier studies — is one factor, some experts said. Also, children seems to be taking longer to outgrow milk and egg allergies than they did in decades past. But also figuring into the equation are parents and doctors who are more likely to consider food as the trigger for symptoms like vomiting, skin rashes and breathing problems.

“A couple of decades ago, it was not uncommon to have kids sick all the time and we just said ’They have a weak stomach’ or ’They’re sickly,”’ said Anne Munoz-Furlong, chief executive of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, a Virginia-based advocacy organization. Parents today are quicker to take their kids to specialists to check out the possibility of food allergies, said Munoz-Furlong, who founded the nonprofit in 1991. The CDC results came from an in-person, door-to-door survey in 2007 of the households of 9,500 U.S. children under age 18.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Holiday Season is Here! (Step Away From the Food!)

The holiday's are coming, there practically already here. And you know what that means, some of us just cat help but be tempted and put on a few extra pounds. Food temptations are everywhere during the holidays. Office parties, tins packed with homemade cookies, and festive cocktails offer little escape. But if you follow these tips, you’ll survive the season a little happier and healthier.

I know that I always tell myself that it's okay to over eat because it's the holiday season, but not anymore! Don't tell yourself, "It's okay, it's the holidays." That opens the door to 6 weeks of splurging. Switch out of holiday mode as soon as the party's over. Don't turn Thanksgiving through New Year's into one long binge. For the duration of the holidays, wear your snuggest clothes that don't allow much room for expanding waists or bums. Wearing sweats -- or your favorite fat pants -- is out until January.

It's all about calories in vs. calories out, so make exercise a nonnegotiable priority. Try squeezing exercise minutes into each day to get your heart pumping. Remember: minutes, not hours. Ten minutes is better than nothing. In fact, 10 minutes in the morning is often the best time for weight loss during the holiday since our days get busy with extra to-do’s and social events. A mere 10 minutes can burn off a few hors d'oeuvres, a glass of wine or it can just simply be a healthy release of stress. A brisk walk on the treadmill or elliptical can keep your jeans from feeling tight, especially at this time of the year when you're ingesting more calories.

Try using a schedule, I heard it really helps. Make sure to get your fruits and vegetables. In a bid to cut calories and save time, we often forgo the foods that would nourish us during the holidays. The excess sugar often consumed during the holidays gives us an energy high and then a crash. So fill up on healthy food -- eat five fruits and vegetables a day BEFORE you allow yourself to snack on holiday treats. Those few extra minutes you take to plan some healthy snacks and meals will save you many minutes of burning off extra calories later!

Try your hardest to not be tempted. I know it's hard, but I think you can do it. Avoid constantly putting yourself in situations that tempt you. For example, don’t walk through the break room at work 10 times a day when you know it's filled with holiday treats and candies. Spend a few minutes in the morning packing a healthy snack (like almonds, a piece of fruit or a yogurt) so you'll have a healthy weight-loss alternative. And don't place treats on your kitchen counter to stare you in the face or take four desserts off the buffet vowing to take only one bite of each. Remember, EAT before you meet. Have this small meal before you go to any parties: a hardboiled egg, apple, and a thirst quencher (water, seltzer, diet soda, tea).

If you absolutely need to indulge in something, dont waste it on the little stuff, wait for holy grail. Indulge only in new, interesting foods; have one taste of each. Avoid feeling deprived and distracted by food all evening long —allow yourself one dessert or holiday truffle per event. When you’re done, destroy the plate. If you've had enough to eat but others are still picking, dump salt over any food you have left.

I've also heard that by keeping a food journal help keep off the pounds as well. Just the simple act of recording what you eat can help you cut calories. In a recent study of 1,685 adults published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the more food records a person kept, the more weight they lost. For a modern method, try e-mailing the information to yourself or using a computer program such as http://www.prevention.com/foodlog.

Happy Holidays!

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Migraines Reduce Women's Chances of Getting Breast Cancer?

What would you rather have? Migraines or breast cancer? Well there's a new study that shows that women who have a history of pain headaches, or migraines, then the chance of getting breast cancer is cut by 30%!

The study is the first to look at the relationship between breast cancer and migraines and its findings may point to new ways of reducing a woman's breast cancer risk, they said. "We found that, overall, women who had a history of migraines had a 30 percent lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who did not have a history of such headaches," said Dr. Christopher Li of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, whose findings appear in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

Li said the reduction in risk was for the most common types of breast cancers — those driven by hormones, such as estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer, which is fueled by estrogen, and progesterone-receptor positive breast cancer, which is fueled by progesterone. Hormones also play a role in migraines, a brutal type of headache often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and heightened sensitivity to light and sound. Women are two to three times more likely than men to get migraines.

While it is not exactly clear why women with a history of migraines had a lower risk for breast cancer, Li and colleagues suspect hormones are playing a role. "Women who have higher levels of estrogen in their blood have higher levels of breast cancer," Li said in a telephone interview. And he said migraines are often triggered by low levels of the hormone estrogen, such as when estrogen levels fall during a woman's menstrual cycle.

Women who get migraines "may have a chronically lower baseline estrogen. That difference could be what is protective against breast cancer," Li said.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Important New Hair-loss Gene Discovered

At least one person in your family must be bald right? It could be your grand-father, your father, or even you! Male Pattern Baldness comes from genetics, yet we want to know where it all came from and how to keep your hair from losing. It could hit a person at any age possibly. for example. my brother is 27 and his hair line is already receiding. But the real complication goes out that no one in our family is bald (immediate family). Researchers have been trying to find ways of removing that and other methods of hair loss. In 2005, these scientists had already characterized the first hair-loss gene inherited through the maternal line, which explained why hair-loss in men often reflects that of their maternal grandfathers. This newly discovered gene, on the other hand, may now account for the similarity in cranial hair growth between father and son.

The researchers had concentrated their attention on the genomes of just under 300 men suffering from marked hair loss, investigating for this purpose over 500,000 variable sites in the genomes of their test subjects. Two positions frequently displayed a clear correspondence with baldness in these men – a clear indication that the genes located at those points were involved in hair-loss. "In one of these conspicuous regions lies the gene for the androgen receptor", Dr. Axel Hillmer of the Life & Brain Forschungszentrum (research centre) in Bonn states. "We had already learnt from an earlier study that this receptor was linked to hair loss. However, the other region was new to us".

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pregnant Women must Avoid Caffeine

We all know that any sort of Caffeine stunts your growth when your body is still trying to grow. But it actually effects a woman who is pregnant and stunt HER babies growth. weird right? I found this really interesting article that caught my eye. I knew that Caffeine was bad when you are having a baby but didn't know the effects would be if you did put that in a woman's body. It does make a dramatic difference in the baby's life.
The researchers report that the average caffeine intake during pregnancy was 159mg/day, much lower than the limit of 300mg/day recommended by the UK government's Food Standards Agency. Interestingly, 62% of the caffeine use reported came from tea. Other sources were coffee (14%), cola (12%), chocolate (8%), and soft drinks (2%).

Most of the babies were born at full term, with an average birth weight of 3450g (which is around the UK average), while 4% were born prematurely, 0.3% were stillborn, and 0.7% were miscarried late. Overall, the results confirmed that these were low risk pregnancies. However, the authors found a 'dose-response relationship', showing that increasing caffeine intake was associated with increasing risk of fetal growth restriction (FGR).

Compared to pregnant women consuming less than 100mg/day (the equivalent of less than one cup of coffee), the risk estimates of having a lower birth weight baby increased by 20% for intakes of 100-199mg/day, by 50% for those taking between 200-299mg/day, and by 40% for over 300mg/day.

There was no level of caffeine intake at which the increased risk of FGR stopped increasing during pregnancy. Caffeine consumption of more than 100mg/day, the equivalent of one cup of coffee, was associated with a reduction in birth weight of 34-59g in the first, 24-74g in the second, and about 66-89g in the third trimesters. This effect was significant and consistent across all trimesters with consumption of over 200mg/day. The authors also noted that the link between caffeine and FGR was stronger in women who metabolised caffeine more quickly.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Red Wine is Good for the Heart

Who knew that alcohol could be good for the heart? Not quite a hard liquor or other things like that. It's a simple red glass of wine that can make a difference in a person's health life. Don't mistake a bottle of Patron to be good for the heart. Who would have thought right? I remember my mom drinking a red glass of wine on a weekday night. I wondered to myself, "What's the occassion?" It's actually a miracle that it's good for the heart!
The new study, scheduled for the Aug. 23 issue of the ACS Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, challenges the idea that red wine is more heart-healthy white wine.

Past studies indicated that the cardioprotective compounds in grapes -- polyphenolic antioxidants -- reside in the skin and seeds. Grape skins, which contain purple pigment, are crushed with the pulp to make red wines. But the skins are separated from the pulp to make most white wine. That situation led to the conventional belief that red wines and red grape juice are the most heart healthy.

Dipak K. Das, of the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine, headed the study. It was done with colleagues form the University of Milan and several other research institutes in Italy.

"Although further study is needed to identify the principle ingredients responsible for the cardioprotective abilities of the grape flesh, to the best of our knowledge, our study provides evidence for the first time that the flesh of grapes is equally cardioprotective with respect to the skins," the researchers report.

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