Archive for the ‘Conditions and Diseases’ Category

Support Groups For Caregivers, Part 2

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

When the caregivers get together, “a lot of times you hear laughter coming out of that group. Sometimes you need a chance to let your hair down, ” she said. Or show your fears and worries, since “in the persona of the caregiver, you have to be the strong one.” (more…)

Support Groups For Caregivers, Part 1

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

These days, my life is very hectic while I maintain a home, build a career and monitor teenagers, among other demands. But, with rare exceptions, you can always find me once a month at the same time and place: meeting with a support group of people who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. (more…)

Daytime Wetting

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Your son certainly has control of his bladder at night and in many other circumstances but is not using the toilet in the day as often as he needs to. You can be assured that his wetting is not due to a urinary tract infection or other disease process. (more…)

Leg Presses

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

If you belong to a health club, you probably have access to a wide range of resistance equipment, including a leg press machine that targets the legs (quadriceps and hamstrings) and also works the buttocks. Here is how to perform the movement correctly: (more…)

Nutritional Cure for Anemia

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Our bodies need oxygen to live. Oxygen is carried throughout our body in the red blood cells in our blood. Your body can’t make red blood cells without iron. When you lose blood or are not getting enough iron in your diet, you may develop iron-deficiency anemia. This will cause your blood to carry less oxygen to your body, making you tired, weak, cold and unable to think clearly. (more…)

Homocysteine and Cardiovascular Disease Post 2

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Evidence is rapidly accumulating which suggests that elevated blood levels of homocysteine, a sulfhydryl-containing amino acid formed by the demethylation of methionine, may increase the risk of vascular disease. Several recent studies have established that moderately elevated levels of homocysteine are associated with CHD, independent of other risk factors. Epidemiological studies have been invaluable in delineating this relationship; more than 20 case-controlled and cross-sectional studies of more that 2000 subjects have demonstrated that subjects with stroke, hypertension and/or atherosclerosis tend to have relatively high blood levels of homocysteine compared to individuals free of disease . (more…)

Homocysteine and Cardiovascular Disease Post 1

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Cardiovascular disease remains by far the leading cause of premature death for men and women in the U.S., the disease itself the consequence of a variety of factors, both hereditary and environmental.

Of the major risk factors, namely, high low-density lipoprotein (LDL), cholesterol and/or low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, old age, male gender, premature menopause in women, hypertension, smoking, diabetes mellitus and a family history of heart attack, three are related to diet: HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, hypertension and diabetes. Much research time has been spent exploring potential dietary intervention strategies and preventative measures. (more…)