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Let’s Learn About Medical Facts

The world of medicine is full of surprising developments. These four medical facts from around the world will blow your mind.

– Use Pill Organizers with Caution
People sometimes experience adverse results, such as falls or low blood sugar, when they first use a pill organizer, according to research from the University of East Anglia in England. The probable cause: when patients forget to take their pills, they don’t see the desired health results, and their doctors increase the amount prescribed. Once they start regularly consuming all of their medication, thanks to the pill organizer, the dosages may be too high, resulting in side effects.

Card Games Aid Stroke Recovery
Virtual reality and video games are often used to help stroke survivors regain strength and co-ordination. However, a clinical trial involving patients from rehabilitation centres in Canada, Argentina, Peru and Thailand has found that playing cards, bingo or dominoes is just as effective. Subjects who spent 10 hours using a Nintendo Wii and those who spent the same amount of time playing low-tech games both improved their motor skills by 40 per cent.

Caffeine No Good After Three Nights of Little Sleep
In a recent study published in a Sleep supplement, subjects limited their shut-eye to five hours a night for five nights. Two hundred milligrams of caffeine (equivalent to two cups of drip coffee) improved their alertness in the first two days, but made no difference in the final three. Since caffeine is relied upon to compensate for lost sleep, it’s worth knowing it works for only a short period of time.

Nearly Half of Heart Attacks Are “Silent”
Sometimes heart attacks are so subtle that the damage is only seen during an MRI or an electrocardiogram. A study in Circulation looked at 9,498 subjects who’d been monitored for nearly 30 years. Around 45 per cent of the attacks that hit participants during the first decade went unnoticed initially. Over the following two decades, these “silent” episodes tripled the risk of dying from heart disease. Once they’re detected, they should be aggressively treated by controlling blood pressure and making lifestyle changes.

Know More About How to Manage Your Asthma

Wheezing, coughing, chest tightness-asthma is breathtaking, and not in a good way. Though there is currently no cure for the condition, the majority of sufferers can live full lives with the help of medication and trigger management. Here are three ways you can manage your asthma.

How to Prevent Asthma Attacks: Aerobics
Regular aerobic exercise helps strengthen the lungs and control weight, which, in turn, minimizes symptoms. Asthma should not be getting in the way of an active lifestyle, but if it does, try using a reliever inhaler (which relaxes the airways quickly) about 15 minutes before working out and take time to thoroughly warm up.

“If exercise continues to trigger symptoms despite these steps, it’s a sign your asthma isn’t properly controlled,” says Dr. Guy Brusselle, the science council chair of the European Respiratory Society. Adjustments to your medication routine, made by a GP or a specialist, may be in order.

How to Prevent Asthma Attacks: Beware of Cold Days
When winter arrives, many people find that the cold air sets off their symptoms and can worsen existing complaints. If you’re among those sufferers, drape a scarf over your nose and mouth when you’re outdoors on sub-zero days. Ideally, asthma patients should also get the annual flu shot and the one-time pneumonia vaccine to help avoid illnesses known to bring on attacks.

How to Prevent Asthma Attacks: Visit Your Doctor Annually
What works one year might be less effective the next, as asthma tends to change over time. At least every 12 months, check in with a doctor who will track changes and administer a peak expiratory flow test to measure the amount of air you can move through your airways. You and the physician can then ensure your regimen is still appropriate for your asthma’s severity.

Whatever you do, don’t skip the annual visit, even if the coughing and wheezing have mostly subsided. You may be able to cut back on your controller medication (pills or inhalers designed to continually prevent inflammation), since you should be taking the lowest amount necessary. Still, sufferers should carry a reliever inhaler at all times. No matter how mild the asthma, being prepared is always the smartest plan.

How to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

hh3It’s that time of year again-cold and flu season is just around the corner. This year, be proactive by taking steps to prevent these illnesses before they start. Here are some strategies for staying healthy.
Get Your Flu Shot

A cold is a mild infection of the upper respiratory tract that causes a runny nose, cough and sore throat. The flu hits much harder: Symptoms usually include fever, headaches, muscle aches and, at times, nausea and vomiting.

You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: Get your flu shot! It’s the best way to prevent the illness, and it’s safe. Keep in mind that the vaccine’s effectiveness wears off, so it’s important to get inoculated every year.

Wash Your Hands

Both the common cold and the flu are contagious viral infections; you can catch a cold or flu if you come into contact with a contaminated person or object and then proceed to touch your face. Both viruses are airborne, and the influenza virus spreads particularly easily, so protect yourself, and those around you, by practicing good hygiene.

Wash your hands often-scrub with hot, soapy water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water isn’t an option. Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands; use tissues or your sleeve. And always avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Keep it Clean

Virus droplets from a sick person’s sneeze or cough can land on all kinds of surfaces, so make sure to disinfect things like doorknobs, remotes and phones. This is especially important if someone in your home or office has a cold or flu. Don’t share drinking glasses, utensils or-yikes!-a toothbrush with anyone who’s sick.

Regularly clean kids’ toys. And when you hit the gym, remember to wipe down equipment before and after using it.

Boost Your Immune System

Speaking of the gym: Don’t neglect your workouts as the weather cools down. Exercising is key to preventing illness because it keeps your immune system strong and healthy.

Eating a balanced diet will help stave off illness, too. Make sure you’re consuming plenty of fruit and vegetables daily, and stay well-hydrated by drinking lots of water or herbal teas. Finally, make sure you’re getting enough zz’s: A restful night’s sleep is crucial to a healthy immune system.

And if You Do Get the Flu…

Keep Oscillococcinum® readily available. One of the most popular homeopathic medicines, Oscillococcinum (Oscillo for short) helps reduce the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, body aches and headaches.

Listen to your body and give yourself the rest and recovery time you need. If your symptoms worsen-if you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, severe vomiting, or fever lasting more than 3 days-see your family doctor right away.