Sunday, May 30, 2010

Art-xiety: Art Therapy for Asthmatic Children

Many people may think that only the adults can feel stress and depression but the truth is that even children can also experience these things. As you can see, there are many children who can be very depressed, stressed, and very anxious. And most of the time, these anxieties on children is caused by their health problems. This is the reason why anxiety is very evident to children who have asthma.

Why are they anxious because of asthma? The thought of their past asthma attack can cause anxiety for the children. And a study stated that art can help children be relieved from this problem.

Their parents can get art therapy for their children. The therapy will include crayons and other art materials with the help of an art therapist so they will be able to express or translate their feelings on the art work. According to Anya Beebe, who is an art therapist, the therapy is not about creating beautiful art pictures but will help them be in touch with their deepest emotions and deal with it. And usually, the children who have these anxieties feel better after they finished their art work.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Working and Snacking: Not a Good Thing

Let’s face it. A lot of people these days are having problem with weight gain. And most of the time, this is very noticeable for people who are working in their homes. Primarily, since they are just in the house, food is just very accessible in their homes. They can just stand and grab any from their refrigerators. This leads to continuous snacking and thus gaining more weight in the process.

If you are among these homebased employees that notice continuous snacking, you have to do a number of things in order to help you prevent snacking and help you lose weight.

First, you have to make sure that food is not within the accessible area of your workstation. The accessibility of food in your computer area will only increase the instances of snacking on impulse. Also, make sure not to associate computer with food. Hence, it is better to eat on the dining area at an allotted time instead of eating in front of the computer.

Second, be a watchful eater. Once you are about to grab a snack from your refrigerator, check first whether you are really eating because you are hungry. Most of the time, eating can be one way to alleviate work-related stress. If you think that you are not really hungry, don’t eat that snack and look for other ways to divert your attention from food.

So if you want to prevent weight gain due to snacking at home, make sure to do these steps and you will surely be successful on your goal.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Calling All Women in Their 30s and Going

Avoid the scare and face the facts - age does matter when it comes to health, especially for women when they reach their 30s. So better prepare yourself and be open to the idea of how important it is to visit your OB-gynecologist and have an ultrasound, a Pap smear or a breast exam whichever your symptoms fancy.

One disorder that seems prevalent these times is what is known as ovarian cyst. It happens when an ovarian follicle becomes larger than 2 cm which can be the size of a pea or as large as a golf ball. Most often these cysts are benign and do not cause a health threat, but when they start to cause bleeding and pain or any other symptoms such as stated below, that could be a signal to go and have that appointment with your doctor.

These are the possible symptoms that may indicate you have ovarian cysts:

* Dull ache or severe abrupt and sharp onset
* Discomfort in the lower abdomen (left and right or either)
* Pain in the pelvis, vagina, lower back, or thighs that may be constant or intermittent
* Abdominal fullness, pressure, heaviness or bloating
* Breast tenderness
* Pain pre, peri and post menstrual period
* Unusual uterine bleeding or spotting
* Difficulty urinating or incomplete emptying of the bladder
* Bowel movement changes or difficulty because of pressure on the pelvic anatomy
* Weight gain
* Nausea or vomiting
* Fatigue
* Strange nodules that feel like bruises under the layer of skin

If you sense any of these, go and have that nice picture taken of your abdomen and pelvis. A simple ultrasound might even save you from sleepless nights and useless worrying.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Introducing The Geek Desk For A Healthier Back

Are you the type of person who cannot sit nor stand too long? If you happen to have work that requires you stay in just one position, then you might find working tables from GeekDesk very helpful.

This could work well especially for writers who always seem to not have the chance anymore to get out of their seats, meeting deadlines and stuck with being just a total nerd. On the other hand, to be able to shift into another position, like working while standing up can really help not just ease your back but your writer’s block.

Their wide desk which measures 45 inches can be bought for $749 while the 79 inch model is priced at $799. With this furniture, shifting from sitting to standing and vice versa can really be done smoothly. This could also help fight obesity since studies say that you tend to get hungrier when you slump most of the time on your chair.

So practice something new… work while standing up.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

San Franciscans Get Veggies for Mondays

The Board of Supervisors of the city passed a resolution that would declare Monday as a “meat free” day. The resolution was sponsored by the vegetarian Supervisor of the Board, Ms. Sophie Maxwell.

According to her, they are encouraging every food establishments, schools and other stores to render plant-based food options once a week, particularly on Mondays for the benefit of everyone’s health and a step to fight global warming as well. They also passed another non-binding resolution which commended establishments who use the cage-free eggs alone.

The entire board was invited to Ms. Maxwell’s office for a full vegetarian treat.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

FDA To Ban Menthol Cigarettes?

It was just recent this week when it was in the news that FDA was in the process of reviewing whether to ban menthol cigarettes in the market, this despite being known to be the most popular flavor of cigarettes that Americans smoke. This is also known as the one most popular with African Americans.

Surveys say that most of the young smokers of today started their smoking habit with menthol cigarettes. They said this is due to the reason that the mint taste of the favor tones down the strong flavor of the tobacco which could be overwhelming for a smoker who is just starting on the habit.

On the other hand, most African Americans describe it as something soothing to their throats each time they smoke it compare to the average cigarettes. However, the whole point here is that there was no study that says menthol cigarettes are less dangerous than the regular ones. In fact, many African Americans get to have lung cancer and other ailments related to tobacco even if they smoke less than the white smokers.

The scientific advisory panel of the FDA is still yet to make a decision for they still await more results from further studies and surveys from the actual communities.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Let's All Turn It Off For Earth Hour 2010

Join the rest of the world for Earth Hour 2010 on March 27, 830pm. Regardless if it would once again spark some controversy with pushing people to turn off the lights for an hour, still it wouldn’t hurt that much if we follow, right

Last year, millions supported this action call for a global cause, coming from whatever level of business and community. It may be a simple gesture, but do you think you what it takes to stand to this call?

Then let’s turn the lights down this Saturday and altogether rock the earth with some goodness this time..

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cetaphil For Head Lice Cure?

A 2004 study was made and published in the Journal Pediatrics that involved curing 133 kids who are infested with head lice with the popular skin care product Cetaphil. They coated the hair with Cetaphil, combed it, performed blow drying until it stiffens and they shampooed it after eight long hours have passed.

The study said that there is 95 percent success rate of the alternative cure for lice if done about once a week for three consecutive weeks. According to the article, it creates the concept of a helmet head that would trapped all the lice and eventually eradicate them once you shampoo. With Cetaphil being an extremely mild skin care product, it is not been reported causing any alarming side effects.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Engaging In Deep Conversations Can Make You Happier

Despite the usual perception that to talk deep all the time about what’s happening in and around your life can make you feel depressed and unhappy, well think again. A psychologist from the University of Arizona by the name of Matthias Mehl, created an experiment which led to the conclusion that those who engage in substantive conversations are more likely to be happier than the rest who only engage in small talk.

There were basically just two simple reasons. First is that we are social beings who have the need to interact with others. While the second reason lies in our longing to find the deeper meaning in the lives we live every day.

So probably this time, aside from just giving love, we can also encourage other people to make each other happier by being involved with quality conversations and less of the crappy, shallow talks.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Resveratrol in Red Wine

The Resveratrol is the reason behind the healthy advantages brought by red wine. This is usually found in the skin of the red grapes which are usually used in the production of red wine. The most common health advantages that the red wine is most known for would be its capability to improve the cardio system of the body and slows down the speed and eventual effects of cancer.

Red wine may be a bit acidic in nature and its having to contain ethanol makes it capable of fighting all kinds of bacteria in food and the resveratrol once again proves itself contributory in this aspect. As this triggers more scientific research by the experts, more question arise too in terms of the linking of resveratrol to red wine such as the following:

- How much resveratrol content should be present in red wines?

- Should this have some sort of legal regulation, like having to state it in every red wine bottle packaging?

- If this happens to encourage more to drink wine, will overconsumption lead to alcoholism as well?

Regardless of all these questions, moderate consumption is still what’s matters most. Resveratrol can also be found in red grape juice and not just in red wine. However, such juices should not contain any artificial coloring or compounds.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Retinol and Its Amazing Benefits for Anti Aging and More

Retinol has made its mark in the world of anti aging treatments which can also make any skin look younger and more healthy. Here are the amazing benefits that the anti aging product can do for your sensitive skin:

Rejuvenates Skin

The product is a Vitamin A derivative which helps in the acceleration of the production of collagen which are in the skin cells. This can make the skin firm and healthy looking. With the higher production of Collagen, wrinkles and other fine lines can be easily prevented.

Effectively Exfoliates

Retinol contains effective exfoliating components that can stimulate impressive cell turnover. It eradicates dead skin layers which gathers up in the surface and thus improves the appearance of healthier skin on top. This can make your complexion look better and brighter since the product is capable of penetration deep into the skin.

Treats Acne

It is not just great for anti aging purposes but also in the treatment of Acne. It steers away the skin from becoming clogged since the skin can sometimes be prone to collecting bacteria which can cause acne.

There are lots of skin care products that are Retinol based which you can find over the Internet when you search for other valuable health sites.

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Smoking is Problematic for Your Baby

Smoking can be very problematic for every user and it becomes a major problem once the user is a pregnant women. Primarily, this is because smoking affects both the mother and the fetus.

With the increasing number of tobacco users and the number of tobacco-related studies, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is now starting to give more attention to pregnant women who smoke. For them, they believe that the main solution for women who are having some smoking problem is counseling. They have come up with five steps in doing the counseling for these pregnant smokers.

To summarize the whole five steps, it includes proper interaction with the primary care provider about the issue with smoking. Basically, the physician should be able to ask them about smoking and that the patient should tell them the truth. Aside from this, there should also be willingness on both parties about helping each other to achieve smoking cessation. This means that the patient should be serious in quitting and that the physician will be of support in terms of the medical approach.

Smoking can cause different pregnancy complications and even affect the fetus’ development so it is better to increase the awareness of women about this problem.

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Overseas Screening - Possible Reason for TB Cases Decrease

Throughout the history, it has been noted that one of the major causes of death to humans is tuberculosis. This is because it can be highly contagious and can cause death if not taken seriously with medication.

But there has been a significant decrease to the number of tuberculosis cases in the United States. And one of the reasons that they give credit on is the advancement on the medical field with the help of screening and advanced treatments given to people infected with this disease.

Screening is where a person will be subjected to a number of tests to know whether he or she has a disease or not. The screening for tuberculosis are administered not only for the country’s residents but also to the immigrants whoa re about to enter the country. With this, it is possible for them to detect the problem early on and give them the proper treatment to avoid further infection.

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Too Much Salt - Not All White Stuff is Healthy

It has been a fact throughout the world of health is that excessive salt use can be a problem to people’s health. But for people who are not taking this warning seriously, they should know that too much salt intake can cause more health problems than what they expect.

First of all, it can cause osteoporosis for women. It has been associated that excessive salt content lowers down the bone density thus resulting to bone weakness and osteoporosis.

Next is hypertension. It has been noticed that the increased salt intake can also increase a person’s blood pressure and many cases have already proven this association.

Third is cancer of the stomach. This disease has been associated with increased sodium level in the body. However, this type of cancer can be prevalent on countries or places where there more salt is included in food preparation such as in Japan.

There are still other problems that can be associated with excessive salt consumption or salt levels in the body. And these problems can cause death once the lifestyle has not changed and without proper medication. So better take this issue seriously and watch out your sodium consumption starting today.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Dealing with Hair Loss Problem

Although it may seem like only the guys are the ones affected by alopecia or hair loss, even women and children can have this problem. This is because hair loss is not only caused by old age, as what most people believe, but also hereditary components.

The problem with this condition is that not all people may accept that it happens to them. With this, they will not feel good about themselves and may result to loss of self-confidence.

The good news is that there are now a number of approaches available for people to treat this type of problem. There are some medication can be taken to help people take care of it. However, it is important that these medications should be asked from the physicians as there can be specific medications for men and women as well as the age group. This will help them get the right medication without any problems.

The next approach is surgical treatments. On this type of treatment, the patient may undergo hair restoration or hair replacement surgery to incorporate growth of new hair to the balding are. Again, these procedures will require advise from the physician to see if it is the best solution for the patient.

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Will Acupuncture Help In Anti-Aging?

Acupuncture has always been related to treating numerous kinds of diseases. However, this may seem something new to hear that it can possibly deal with anti-aging.

Acupuncture is defined as a kind of therapy which started with early Chinese tradition. It involves the working of needles being pointed into certain parts of the body. The ancient theory behind it says that it spreads out the energy flow evenly throughout the entire system of the body.

In relation with anti-aging, acupuncture seems to really sound a new alternative. When it is done for anti-aging, the needles are inserted in particular points to encourage a better production of collagen and promote proper blood circulation. This would surely result to less wrinkles and fine lines in your face. This method can also toughen up the muscles which can tighten up the facial muscles to help the patient look way younger than her age.

Acupuncture is some new alternative for anti aging which is worth trying for everyone these days. Just make sure that you get an expert acupuncturist to do it for you. So do your research well before you head on to a session. If you have a great fear with needles, then you may not like the idea at all.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cinema Warning: Going To The Movies Can Be Dangerous For Your Health

It was in one recent article that the Chairman of Sony Picture Entertainment Chairman Michael Lynton made a gentle scolding to the public on how unhealthy the kinds of food being served in theaters. He took the time to remind all owners of these theaters that health surveys say that almost 1 out of 3 young people already suffer from obesity. This then puts everyone’s health at a higher risk of having asthma, heart failure or diabetes.

Health experts agreed that humongous portions of popcorn and candies can really be a major factor in causing such diseases. Nevertheless, parents say that it won’t be that easy to give their kids instead healthy snack bars or a frozen yogurt.

To control what is being offered in theaters as snacks can really play a crucial role in everyone’s health, I believe. But like everything else in life, if put in moderation, we can still not deprive ourselves of these foods that simply make us happy. Not unless you go to the theaters every day.

What do you think?

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Dieting with Your Mobile Phone

Technological advancements make life very convenient for people like the internet, mobile phones, and other gadgets. With this, it will be beneficial if people will also use it for weight loss.

However, this doesn’t mean that the mean that the gadget will be placed on top of your problem area to lose weight. What you can do is to put in some application on your mobile phone that will be a great help when it comes to weight loss since mobile phones nowadays are capable supporting different software.

There are now lots of software available for people who want to lose weight. Examples of these are calorie calculators and other food generator. This food generator would suggest the right food that will provide the needed calorie need for the day. Calorie counters on the other hand would count the number of calorie that you will get in eating a food.

With this, it is now possible for people to watch out their diet and their food intake. With these applications being with them all the time, they will be able to control and watch out what they eat and live healthier.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Eradicating Skin Wrinkles The Natural Way

Here are some quick tips to say goodbye to skin wrinkles that keep showing on your face without paying a visit to the office of the cosmetic surgeon:

Wash Your Face Easy

If you would ask common dermatologists, most skin problems, especially on the face are caused by over washing. This actually becomes more of a problem compared to when you do not clean it. Over washing your face can lead more blemishes since you change your skin’s natural pH level which can lead to inflammation.

A Good Moisturizer Always Comes Handy

Did you know that plain tap water can also lessen the natural oils of your skin? Even soap does the same negative effect. Hence, you need a good moisturizer that can replenish all the health that your skin needs. Choose a moisturizer that also has skin firming characteristics and that which can also treat wrinkles. Choose the anti-aging and anti-wrinkle products that contain natural ingredients like grape seed.

Eat Right For The Health Of Your Skin

Eat right and include in your diet a good number of antioxidants that can be found in a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, salmon, and green tea. Such examples of natural antioxidants can ameliorate the firmness level of your skin by 10% or even more. This can also offer utmost protection from sun damage and make better the blood circulation of your system.

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The Taste of Healthy Living

People would like to be healthy but sometimes, the will power may not be enough to do away with the deliciously unhealthy stuff. With this, most people fail to do their part in living healthy just to continue eating the stuff that they like.

However, it is possible for people to make their favorite “unhealthy” food healthier by changing some of the ingredients. This means that instead of using the original or usual ingredients with better alternatives from oils, shortening, seasoning, dressings and a lot more. And if you will look at the market these days, there are now lots of manufacturers that make their product have smaller amount of fats, salt, and others. By using these ingredients, people will be healthier yet get tasty meals each and every time.

Aside from using alternatives, there are some ingredients that can be totally removed on the food. For example, removing whipped cream on milk shakes will be helpful to everyone’s health as calories have been removed.

Remember, healthy foods can have the best taste as long as the one who will prepare their food know these alternatives. In this way, people can step a level higher towards living a healthier life, be at their best, and live longer.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Conquering The Hurdles Towards Anti-Aging

The trouble of anti-aging has been becoming a serious problem to many individuals today. This is known to be fought with all the psychological and medical means to halt or reverse the natural effects of aging -- and eventually help people to live more years in a happier and healthier lifestyle.

The first phase of this health blog would concentrate on giving you tips, products, expert profiles on how to fight effectively the adverse effects of aging.

We will present to you wide marketplace for anti-aging diet, physical fitness, vitamins, and even the latest herbal supplements.

So read on and stay young with us!

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