• July 04, 2013
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Stay Younger Longer

As we age we begin battling against getting older, trying to find the so called “fountain of youth”, most of the time only to be unhappy because getting older is something that unavoidable. But who wouldn’t want to stay young forever without being predestined to those scary wrinkles and crumples. With determination and hard work it is definitely possible to stay younger for longer. For those who are looking out to beat the clock of life here are a few secrets to stay young for long.

Beat the stress

Many of us may not be aware of the fact that both stress and aging are closely related. Stress leads to a rise in cholesterol levels which in turn leads to diabetes, high blood pressure, increase weight etc.  Therefore the first secret to beating the clock of life is to beat the stress.  Meditating, practicing yoga or playing your favorite game can contribute significantly in reducing stress.

Do it the “loving” way

A sexual feeling never gets faded and that is why it is so rewarding. Many of us are not aware that another secret to staying young is to keep the passion alive. According to a recent study, women who enjoy sex lives longer.

Never overeat

If you really are worried about aging, never overeat. With age it becomes really important to keep a close check on your diet. Eating right largely contributes in cutting down your calorie intake thereby lowering the T3 levels which in turn slows the aging process. Also include a lot of green leafy vegetables in your diet.

Say yes to Red Wine

Drinking a glass or two of red wine contributes to anti-aging. It is the antioxidants in red wine that works wonders when it comes to aging and thus is associated with longer lives.

 

 

 

  • July 03, 2013
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Telemedicine- A Boon to All

The advancement in technology have had a huge impact on the medical field making its way for use of sophisticated techniques in providing medical aid. One such outcome of this technological advancement is “Telemedicine”.

Telemedicine is nothing but using information technology and telecommunication in order to provide medical assistance. In other words it provides a platform to transfer medical information for consultation, examination and medical support through electronic means like the phone or the internet. By using telemedicine the distance barrier can be eliminated as it provides an easy way to reach out for medical assistance even from remote areas.

Off lately with the concept of telemedicine getting more and more popular it is now being adopted throughout the world. Telemedicine may be considered to be both a simple as well as a complex mechanism. It may be discussing a case over the phone or using the internet to conduct real time consultation.

When it comes to categorizing Telemedicine, it falls under three main categories. They are:

  •     Remote monitoring
  •     Store and forward
  •     Real-time interactive services

Remote monitoring allows the doctor to examine the patients who are located at a distance by means of technology. It is generally used to examine health problems like diabetes, heart disorders etc.

Store and forward Telemedicine comprises of a technique wherein the medical data of the patient in the electronic form is been stored and transmitted (forwarded) to the doctor as and when required.

Real Time interactive Services as the name suggests real time interactive services allows the doctor-patient to have a real time interaction by means of the internet or through the phone and thereby providing apt medical aid accordingly.

Although telemedicine has proved to be extremely beneficial in terms of providing distant medical care and in terms of cost effectiveness, there is a major drawback i.e. the doctor being unable to examine the patient physically. However, with so many pluses, the benefits of telemedicine outweigh the downsides.

 

  • July 02, 2013
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Diabetes Type 1 Vaccine

Diabetes is considered as a global health crisis. Many individuals including children and teenagers are susceptible to the disease. In fact, the World Health Organisation or most commonly known as WHO predicts that it will be included in the top ten leading causes of death in 2030. Despite the alarming statistics, many people are still unaware of the illness. If you are one of them, some important information that you should know about the disease include:

Understanding diabetes

Insulin normalizes sugar in your body. It also has the ability to store excess glucose inside the liver. The lack or absence of it causes higher concentration of sugar in your bloodstream, resulting to diabetes mellitus. There are two types of diabetes - Type 1 and Type 2. The latter is due to unhealthy consumption of food while the former is because of genetics.

Consequences of diabetes

Some effects of diabetes such as lower energy levels and eye complications are not life threatening. However, over the long run untreated diabetes can suffer from serious health issues such as kidney failure and nerve damage. There is also higher risk of developing a heart disease and dying from a stroke. According to statistics, at least 50% of diabetics died not because of diabetes, but due to cardiovascular illnesses.

Prevention and cure

Diabetes may be a serious disease, but it can be prevented through wiser lifestyle and food choices. For instance, instead of having ice-cream or cake for dessert, opt for a healthier alternative like mango or strawberries. If you frequently consume sugary beverages such as energy drinks and sodas, drinking water is a refreshing substitute. As for the cure, experts believe that the disease is irreversible. However, a latest research suggests otherwise. According to an early trial conducted by Stanford researchers, effects of Type 1 diabetes can be reversed by injecting a DNA vaccine that triggers the immune system to attack beta cells present in the pancreas.  

Diabetes is a serious health issue. When you become a victim, expect occurrence of other complications like low blood pressure and kidney failure. Once the damage is too extensive, premature death can be the only outcome. With that in mind, it is important to reconsider your lifestyle and food choices. As much as possible, you should regularly exercise and eat a healthy diet.  

  • June 28, 2013
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The Art of Building A Muscular Body for Skinny People

People are broadly classified based on their body type as Ectomorphs, Mesomorphs and Endomorphs. Ectomorph is a body type which is categorized by long and thin muscles/limbs and low fat storage. Ectomorphs are usually considered to be slim and are less prone to store fat in their body thus making it very difficult for them to build muscles. Though these ectomorphs tend to have a lean body structure they too can successfully build muscles if they follow a thorough routine which is a combination of both a strict diet and regular exercise.    

Nutritious Diet for Ectomorphs

Whenever it comes to building muscle the most important nutrient is protein. Therefore it becomes really important to include sources of protein in regular meals and snacks. Chicken, Beef, Fish, Nuts and Beans are some of the best sources of protein. Carbohydrates too when taken in right proportions will induce the right amount of calories which in turn will help in gaining weight and thereby increase muscle size. The saying eating six small regular meals works best here as well. Eating six small meals including three small meals and three snack meals is definitely better than three square meals.  

Training and Workout for Ectomorphs

It is really important to include a thorough training session in one’s routine if they want to build muscle being an ectomorph. However working out smart is more important than working out hard. Sufficient amount of care needs to be taken because the recovery ability of an ectomorph is more prolonged. Therefore ectomorphs are advised to take sufficient rest to recover between consecutive workouts. However it is important to note that weight gain and cardio workouts do not go hand in hand and thus it is advised not to perform cardio which would in turn nullify all the efforts made to gain weight. Also, during this course of time, one should develop the habit of drinking a lot of water to keep the body hydrated.  

It can thus be concluded that a balanced diet and a training routine matters the most when it comes muscle building for ectomorphs. Therefore taking all this into consideration with adequate sleep, a good diet, unstrained workouts and mental rest every ectomorph will master the art of muscle building.

  • March 20, 2013
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Music Lessons Early in Life Enhance Brain Development

A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience state that musical training before 7 years of age has a significant effect on the development of brain structure, mainly the part of the brain which helps in motor abilities. Studies also showed that the benefits obtained persist throughout life.
Several earlier studies have proven that music training or any musical instrument lessons benefit children in many other ways more than entertainment. Musical studies involve the usage of the both motor and sensory regions of the brain. It involves auditory, visual and motor skill. It also enhances the co-ordination between these activities. It is known to improve the cognitive skills and memory of the person.  
Researchers from the Concordia University studied 36 adult musicians who had same years of training and experience. Half of these have started musical training before seven years of age and the remaining half started at a later age.   Brain scans of the people who started their training before seven years showed an enhanced white matter in the corpus callosum (nerve fibres interconnecting the right and left lobes of motor regions of the brain) and the motor skills of this group showed more accurate timing than the other half.  The findings revealed that the earlier the training started the greater was the connectivity.
The brain scans of those who started their training at later age and the brain scans of non-musicians showed no difference. This suggests that the brain development in this aspect happens early in childhood or not at all.
Experts concluded that the music training early in childhood is more effective as certain parts of the brain are more sensitive at that early age, and the cognitive and motor skills help them beyond the ability of playing a musical instrument.

  • February 22, 2013
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Medical GPS Tracking Device in Heart Surgeries Cuts the Radiation Exposure

Doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital used a Medical GPS technology to navigate the catheter through a blood vessel in the leg in to the heart to repair Atrial Fibrillation (AF or A-fib) by reducing radiation exposure to the patient by 90 per cent.  This was reported to CBS operated WBZ-TV station located in Boston.
Irregular heart beat or arrhythmia occurs in AF due to the disorganised electrical impulses send to the atria causing accumulation of blood in the auricles. This in turn, leads to irregular conduction of impulses to ventricles which generates the heartbeat. Atrial fibrillation is often associated with chest pain, fatigue, decreased stamina, shortness of breath and palpitations. Its occurrence increases with age and nearly 8 per cent of people above 80 years have AF. AF can be treated with medications, surgery and catheter-based therapies. If left untreated, it may lead to stroke or even may cause congestive heart failure.
Boston doctors used a Mediguide technology to locate the defective part with its medical position system (gMPS) which is similar to GPS navigation system.  It can trace the exact position and configuration of the sensors inside the heart passing through the difficult paths of the body. This 3D navigation technology assesses the heart and blood vessels on a recorded X-ray image. Usually, surgery or catheter-based therapies to treat AF involves a series of X-rays, this according to the doctors can be avoided with this revolutionary system. Constant radiation exposure increases the risk of cancers in the later years.
Experts believe that cardiac surgical procedures can be completed quickly and safely with minimum radiation exposure with the help of this new mediguide navigation technology. 

  • January 16, 2013
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Ten unfamiliar but healthy foods that everyone should try

We hear many times people saying that they are fed up of eating the same food every day at the dinner table. Many of us also spend hours and hours in the food stores looking at the ingredients of food packs; find an unfamiliar ingredient, afraid of trying new foods end up buying the same old regular food items again and again.
Fear of eating unfamiliar foods is called “food neophobia”.  Scared of trying new foods, many of us avoid healthy food. It is important to give them a chance to boost our health.
Some of the food items which seem strange but healthy are:
Kale: A coarse curly-leafed cabbage with bushy appearance. It is rich in fibre, calcium, iron and vitamin A, C and K. It protects against many pulmonary diseases.
Quinoa: The difficulty in pronouncing it keeps many people away from it.   These are edible grains rich in protein with nine amino acids.
Goji berries: These are dried red berries containing powerful antioxidants. It is a rich source of Vitamin A.
Hemp seeds or Hemp milk:  Hemp seeds contain magnesium, iron, potassium and fibre plus several essential amino acids.
Kelp noodles: These are brown algae with leathery fronds. They are served raw and are packed with dietary fibre, Vitamin C, vitamin K, riboflavin, copper, zinc, calcium iron magnesium and manganese. They are very low in cholesterol.
Nori: It is a sea weed with the highest amount of nutrition. They are also called as “Flavour of Japan”.  It contains iron, calcium and fibre. The amount of protein is much more than the soybeans.
Prunes: These are dried plums. These are Very good for heart health and also contain cancer fighting antioxidants. It is rich in fibre and potassium.
Cacao nibs: Cacao is the source of chocolate and cacao products. These are the good source of beta-carotene, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium and magnesium.
Wheat germ and flax: Food with a nutty taste, rich in fibre.
Gluten-free granola: Made out of whole grains like oats, nuts, seeds and raisins. It is a good source of fibre and protein. It is good for those people who want to avoid gluten.
Ghee: Mainly used in Indian food.  Ghee is produced when butter is boiled to remove the moisture. It is incorporated with many foods because of its delicious flavour and nutty taste.
Food is essential for life so why not try different foods and bring variety to daily life.

  • January 10, 2013
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Give up smoking - Reduce stress and anxiety

Recent research conducted on smokers who could successfully quit smoking showed considerable difference in their anxiety levels than those who failed to quit. The findings of researchers from Oxford and Cambridge universities and Kings College London published in the British Journal of Psychiatry revealed that those who quit smoking successfully show lower anxiety levels. This study was conducted on 491 smokers attending national health services (NHS) stop smoking clinics in England. Remarkable decrease in the anxiety levels was found in 68 participants who managed to quit smoking in six months. They analysed smokers who smoked for pleasure or to cope and also those with mental disorders, the results obtained were variable. Decrease in anxiety was found in those who smoked mainly to cope with stress and with psychiatric disorders than those who smoke for pleasure. Failed quit attempt of smoking showed increased anxiety levels.
Studies found that the Nicotine of cigarettes reach the brain within seconds and create a sense of relaxation. This was found to be temporary and soon leads to the withdrawal symptoms and more craving. Continuous craving makes it a habit. Smoking also reduces nicotine withdrawal symptoms which appear similar to anxiety symptoms, but does not work on anxiety as such instead puts them at a greater risk of physical and mental ill health.
An age old belief that smoking relieves signs and symptoms of stress and depression was proven wrong by this recent research. Smoking is an undisputed reason for cancers and heart diseases. Not just their health they also put the health of people surrounding them at a stake.
Several treatments and counselling programs are offered to people who want to give up smoking these days. All a person needs is a strong resolution to quit smoking.

  • January 09, 2013
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Cycling and walking for better health and environment

A study published in the medical journal the Lancet reported recently that inactivity is costing equal number of lives as smoking. Several studies conducted also revealed that inactivity is increasing steeply leading to overweight which is the basic reason for many diseases for all age groups.


The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has suggested cycling and walking for commuting short distances to combat inactivity for better health. NICE also suggested that councils should introduce bicycle-friendly infrastructure of the cities with better cycle-routes, bicycle parking, and better sigh posts for pedestrians and signalling and maps to encourage more and more people to take up this healthy way of travelling either to schools or offices. Bicycle-hire schemes to a greater extant promote cycling positively.


We all know that cycling is the easiest and cheapest way of exercise with innumerable benefits. It maintains weight, builds stamina, improves heart health, reduces stress and helps in overall fitness of the body. Moreover, cycling outdoors with family and friends is the best form of recreation. Apart from health benefits there are several proven environmental benefits of cycling and walking. It substantially reduces the pollution caused by the emissions of motor vehicles. People get to breathe fresh air. Fewer cars on the roads also solve many traffic problems and reduce road accidents. In addition, it saves your money. To achieve this and reap all the benefits people all over the world should be educated and encouraged to use this healthier mode of transportation. This positive change in commuting to short distances is possible only by collective effort of the transport authorities, health officials and the general public working together.

  • January 01, 2013
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Gender specific benefits for women with exercise

Researchers specify that physical activity gives certain gender-specific benefits to women. Scientists from the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggest that exercise is necessary for women to avoid the risk of breast cancer, osteoporosis and other weight related diseases like heart diseases, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

Women’s body is subjected to constant change due to puberty, child births, pre-menopausal and menopausal changes. The ups and downs in hormone levels bring out many physical and emotional changes. Oestrogen hormone helps in the absorption of calcium and maintenance of bone density, decrease in the levels of this hormone in post-menopausal women causes’ osteoporosis. Constant changes in shape and weight of the body, anxiety, stress and depression become part of most of the women’s life. Weight gains during different phases of life in women, not only increases the risk of breast cancers, but also increase the chances of several other diseases.

Routine exercise and healthy eating are essential for healthy living for both men and women. For women, exercise is the miracle medicine which helps in battling both physical and psychological problems. Experts suggest weight bearing exercises in combination with jogging or cycling or swimming helps in reducing the risk of many diseases. Yoga is another practice, suggested by experts, which helps in posture and balance maintenance. It also strengthens the immune system, relives from depression and anxiety.

Centres for disease control and prevention, US revealed that women are more likely to be inactive than men and are not even getting minimal exercise required per week.

As it says it is never too late to start, everyone should add physical activity to their daily routine and reap all the benefits of healthy living.

  • December 17, 2012
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Aloe Vera - A miracle medicine for many ailments

Aloe vera is the natural medicine with miraculous healing ability. Most of skin care products, topical medicines; shampoos and many other cosmetics have aloe vera as an active ingredient. Aloe drinks and aloe gels are gaining popularity due to their innumerable health benefits.

Studies conducted on aloe vera gel revealed the presence of water, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, digestive stimulants, glyco-proteins, and enzymes along with several active phyto-nutrients that are necessary for the human health.
Aloe vera is not only used externally for several skin ailments, but also used internally as the nutrients present in the gel are vital for the body.
Health Benefits When Used Externally: Direct application of aloe vera gel on the skin is more effective and safe than commercially available skin care products of aloe vera.

  • Anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera help in curing the pimples and acme.   Regular application in the affected area reduces scarring.
  • Aloe vera works as an anti-septic. It halts infection and accelerates wound healing.
  • It is very effective on sun burns, cuts, bruises, scrapes, eczema, bites and stings and also gives relief from the radiation treatment burns.
  • Moisturises, hydrates and nourishes the skin, it also enhances the skin glow.
  • Excellent conditioner of the hair also gives relief from dandruff.

Health Benefits When Used Internally: The health benefits of aloe vera when used internally outnumber the topical uses of it.

  • Aloe vera enhances the digestion, improves bowel movement, helps in the absorption of nutrients, reduces acidity and functions as a natural detoxifying agent.
  • It supplies the daily dose of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients.
  • Aloe vera boosts the immune system with its anti-oxidants, which are in abundance in its juice.
  • Its anti-inflammatory function helps in healing painful joints.
  • Increases the energy levels. It also helps in maintaining body weight.

Apart from these, other health benefits like lowering of cholesterol, prevention of kidney stones, maintenance of blood sugar and halting of tumour growth are also experienced by many regular users.

Therefore, with all these benefits we all should accept that it is a “Miracle Plant”.

  • December 12, 2012
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Say 'NO' to stress and depression through dancing

A recent study by Orebro University Hospital and Orebro University, Sweden, indicated that the teenage girls who attended dance sessions twice a week showed great improvement in the self-esteem, mental health and ability to cope with daily   problems of stress. This study, which was published in the American Journal Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (JAMA), showed that the positive effects of dance training were observed in the follow-ups for 4 to 8 months.
Not only in kids, multiple studies conducted on middle aged and older women indicated that dancing reduced the chances of heart diseases, blood pressure, and stroke. It strengthens bones and muscles. Dancing twice a week made them more active, agile and flexible and improved their concentration. Findings also indicated that older women who are normally prey to depression and loneliness at that age could overcome them due to group dancing.
Dancing requires coordination between the mind and body, and memorising of sequences of steps sharpens the brain and enhances cognitive function. Research revealed that dancing showed positive results with patients suffering from Insomnia, Dementia and Alzheimer diseases.                                                                         
Whatever may be the type of dance, ballroom dancing, belly dancing, hip-hop, disco and jazz and partner dance or musical accompaniment or any other type of traditional dance, apart from being fun and enjoyable, keeps the person fit and healthy. Although the amount of benefits depends on the intensity and duration of dancing, the recreation provided by it cannot match with any other type of physical activity.
Today, there are many fitness centres and recreation centres where dancing is introduced as a group exercise programme, which is likely to increase due to its overall benefits to man.