Monthly Archives: September 2012

exercise for older people

Language: English Spanish Why is exercise important? Older adults who exercise regularly have more strength, better balance, and better coordination than older adults not getting regular exercise. Regular exercise makes it easier to do daily chores and to not become dependent on others. Fitness is having the health, strength, endurance, and range of body movements […]


What is polycystic ovary syndrome? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone disorder that affects the ovaries. The 2 ovaries are part of the female reproductive system. The ovaries produce eggs and the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone. PCOS prevents release of an egg from the ovaries. When you have PCOS many small benign cysts […]


While most of us don’t prefer to talk about it, every person experiences some intestinal gas. This is a natural by-product of the digestive process. According to the National Institutes of Health, intestinal gas is a mixture of oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and often methane. If stools float in the toilet, this indicates intestinal […]

quality control in imported generics is a significant problem.

Eight years ago, I was emailed by a whistle-blower at the big Indian pharmaceutical company Ranbaxy who claimed that the company had falsified data on drugs destined to be purchased with U.S. tax dollars. Most of the problems were with HIV medication sold to Western donors for use in Africa. But the more I probed, […]

painkillers could be causing their patients’ headaches

Doctors urged to consider whether painkillers could be causing their patients’ headaches Wednesday, September 19, 2012 London: People who regularly take medicines, such as aspirin, paracetamol and triptans could be causing themselves more pain than relief. New guidance issued on Wednesday from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises GPs (general practitioners) […]

passive aggressive personality

Language: English What is passive aggressive personality disorder? People who have passive aggressive personality disorder (PAPD) seem to go along with what people want even though it upsets them. They tend to see others as nosy, demanding, and pushy. They do not express feelings directly, but instead find indirect ways to try to punish or […]

head banging

Head banging is when a child bangs his head against a solid object such as a wall or the side of a crib. It is most common at naptime, bedtime, or when the child wakes up at night. Head banging usually lasts 15 minutes or less, but may go on for over an hour. What […]

late teens

Some attitudes, behaviors, and physical milestones tend to occur at certain ages. It is perfectly natural for a teen to reach some milestones earlier and others later than the general trend. The following are general guidelines for the stages of normal development. Emotional Development Has a better sense of self. Emotions become more stable. Has […]

What are signs that my child is at risk at internet use?

Children are going online at younger and younger ages. In fact, the fastest growing group of Internet users is now preschoolers. Schools, libraries, coffee shops, and most homes now have Internet access. This can be a useful tool in helping children with homework and helping them learn. Unfortunately, access to the Internet also increases the […]

What is reactive attachment disorder?

What is reactive attachment disorder? Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is condition in which a child is unable to trust. This creates frightening and sometimes violent behaviors. Any child who lives through loss of their primary caretaker, separation, neglect, or multiple caregivers in the first 2 years of their life can suffer from RAD. What is […]

raising your clild’s self esteem

The way that a child sees him- or herself depends on messages from others, especially parents. A child is not born with a self image. A self image is learned through experiences beginning from birth. Self-esteem is how people think and feel about themselves. Children with high self-esteem tend to be more productive, adventuresome, and […]

breath holding spells

A breath-holding spell is an episode in which the child stops breathing involuntarily and loses consciousness for a short period immediately after a frightening or emotionally upsetting event or after a painful experience. Breath-holding spells occur in 5% of otherwise healthy children. They usually begin in the first year of life and peak at age […]

When should I call my child’s healthcare provider?

During the first 2 years of a child’s life, most parents feel uncomfortable and inadequate in determining how sick their child is during a cold or other infection. Since the child can’t talk, he or she can’t help much with the diagnosis. How sick your child looks or acts is much more relevant than the […]

Asperger syndrome

Language: English What is Asperger syndrome? Asperger syndrome is a pervasive developmental disorder. Children who have it do not develop normally in several basic areas: They behave oddly at times and have trouble with social skills. They may not want to interact with others or may have trouble doing so. They may not be able […]

compensation or neuroplasticity

It’s an oft-repeated idea that blind people can compensate for their lack of sight with enhanced hearing or other abilities. The musical talents of Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, both blinded at an early age, are cited as examples of blindness conferring an advantage in other areas. Then there’s the superhero Daredevil, who is blind […]

Amazing Frozen Lemon

· Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted. How can you use the whole lemon without waste? Simple…place the lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) […]

What is osteoporosis?

What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens bones to the point where they may break easily. This disease most often causes fractures of the bones of the hip, spine, and wrist. How does it occur? Studies indicate that bones keep their strength by being used, supporting the body’s weight. Bone-forming cells […]

well child care at 8 years

With supervision, your child may enjoy helping to choose and prepare the family meals. This will help teach him good food habits. Mealtime should be a pleasant time for the family. Keep healthy snacks on hand. Choose meals that have foods from all food groups: meats, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and cereals and grains. Most […]

How do male hormones change as a man gets older?

Men have less testosterone, the male hormone, as they get older. This may cause problems with erections and less interest in sex. There’s a good chance you can keep having an active, enjoyable sexual life as you get older. However, you may find that: Erections during sleep and when you wake up happen less often. […]

planter fasciitis

You may begin strengthening the muscles of your hip and stretching the muscles of your foot right away. Prone hip extension: Lie on your stomach with your legs straight out behind you. Draw your belly button in towards your spine and tighten your abdominal muscles. Tighten the buttocks and thigh muscles of the leg on […]

different strokes. males and females.

shed in BioMed Central’s open access journal Biology of Sex Differences, men and women have different ways of using the visual centers of their brains. Experts suggest that while females are better at distinguishing colors, males are more sensitive to fine detail and rapidly moving stimuli. There are high concentrations of the male sex hormone […]

head injuries

There are 3 main types of head injuries: Scalp injury: Most head injuries are a scalp injury. It is common for children to fall and hit their head at some point while growing up. This is especially common when a child is learning to walk. Falls often cause a bruise on the forehead. Sometimes black […]


Diarrhea is the sudden increase in the frequency and looseness of stools. Mild diarrhea is the passage of a few loose or mushy stools. Severe diarrhea is the passage of many watery stools. The best indicator of the severity of the diarrhea is its frequency. The main complication of diarrhea is dehydration from excessive loss […]

sleep problem

About 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep problem, and nearly 60% of them have a long-term disorder. Even though sleep problems are very common, they are very often undiagnosed and untreated. Some of the most common problems are: Bruxism Bruxism is grinding, gnashing, or clenching your teeth during sleep or in situations that make […]

prolong life

medwireNews: Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle, to include physical exercise and leisure and social activities, prolongs life even among the elderly, show results of a Swedish study involving individuals aged 75 years and over. Compared with their counterparts with a high-risk lifestyle that involved none of these elements, low-risk individuals lived an average 5 […]


Sarcopenia (from the Greek meaning “poverty of flesh”) is the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength associated with aging (0.5-1% loss per year after the age of 25). Sarcopenia is a component of the frailty syndrome As of 2009 there is no generally accepted definition of sarcopenia in the medical literature.[1] The European […]

Monthly sunlight increase linked to age at BD onset

Sep. 06, 2012 Springer Healthcare Send to a colleague Language: English medwireNews:Greater monthly increases in solar radiation at any given geographic location are associated with an earlier age at onset of bipolar disorder (BD), researchers report. Michael Bauer (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany) and team found that each 0.1 kWh/m2 per day increase in maximum monthly […]

vomiting in children

When your child throws up, it is often caused by a virus. Your child may also have watery bowel movements (diarrhea). Most of the time, vomiting stops in 6 to 24 hours. The diarrhea may keep going for a day or 2 more. If your child has vomiting without diarrhea, and it lasts more than […]

vegetarian diet

What is a vegetarian diet? A vegetarian diet does not include meat. People who follow a vegetarian diet are called vegetarians. They do not eat animal meat, poultry, or fish. Many vegetarians also avoid other animal products such as gelatin, rennet (used to make some kinds of cheese), and animal fats. Vegetarians who eat eggs […]

infants massage

Touch is an important way to communicate with your baby. Infants need touch to be healthy, to grow and develop. Infant massage is a special way of touching your baby that has many benefits. What are the benefits? Relaxation. Gently massaging a baby eases their muscles and reduces tension. This can help with colic, releasing […]


medwireNews : Middle-aged people who have a high level of physical fitness have a significantly lower and later incidence of chronic conditions in old age than those who are less fit, report researchers. “We’ve determined that being fit is not just delaying the inevitable, but it is actually lowering the onset of chronic disease in […]

The Physician’s Daily Prayer

******* The Physician’s Daily Prayer (attributed to Maimonides) Almighty God – You have created the human body with infinite wisdom. In Your eternal providence, You have chosen me to watch over the life and health of Your creatures. I am now about to apply myself to the duties of my profession. Support me in these […]

mild hypertension

New Study Says Medication For 4-5 Years In Vain Malathy Iyer TNN Mumbai: It’s a potential bombshell in the medical arena. A new study suggests that people with mild hypertension – a reading of 140/90 mm – should not be popping daily pills to control their condition. In India where every fifth, if not every […]