Friday, June 30, 2006

The Best Online Nursing Resources

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Everything About Pregnancy - The Best Resource

Learn about pregnancy from conception to the delivery of your baby. Find out what are the most common pregnancy signs, as well as how to identify when labor is imminent.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Effects Of Alcohol On Blood

One effect of drinking alcohol is "blood-sludging" where the red blood cells clump together causing the small blood vessels to plug up, starve the tissues of oxygen, and cause cell death. This cell death is most serious, and often unrecognized, in the brain.
With this increased pressure, capillaries break, create red eyes in the morning, or the red, blotchy skin seen on the heavy drinker's face. Blood vessels can also break in the stomach and esophagus leading to hemorrhage, even death.

Other effects of alcohol on the blood include: anemia; sedation of the bone marrow (which reduces the red and white blood count, and weakens the bone structure); lowered resistance to infection; and a decrease in the ability to fight off infections.

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Alcohol Effects The Endocrine System

Endocrine system controls the body's hormones and includes the pineal, pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands, and the ovaries or testes.

Alcohol sedates these glands, resulting in under-production of hormones; effects include increased susceptibility to allergies. Alcohol can effect sexual functioning in various ways. In low doses, it lowers inhibitions and may make a person feel sexier; but in higher doses, it can decrease sexual functioning: in men, by decreasing the frequency of erections, decreasing the maintenance of erections, decreasing penile size during erection, and increasing the amount of time between erections, in women by interfering with normal processes of sexual stimulation, and blocking orgasmic response.

With chronic and prolonged use of alcohol in men, there is a shrinkage of sex glands and an increase of the "female hormone" estrogen. This produces secondary sexual characteristics, such as enlarged breasts and a decrease in body hair. Prolonged use of alcohol can cause infertility in both men and women.

Heavy Drinking Dangers

Studies Reveal More Problems Facing Alcoholics

Two research studies have emphasized the serious health effects of long-term heavy drinking, from an increased risk for having accidents to developing liver cancer.
Heavy drinking has long be associated with other liver problems, such as cirrhosis, and now a new Italian study links heavy drinking to the development of liver cancer.

Dr. Francesco Donato, a professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Brescia in Italy, studied 464 Italian men and women diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common form of liver cancer, and 824 patients with no liver damage.
Donato's researchers found that drinking more than 60 grams of alcohol a day, equivalent to four to five glasses of wine, was associated with an elevated risk of developing liver cancer for both men and women.
They also found that the risk of developing liver cancer was even greater for patients who had been diagnosed with either hepatitis C or hepatitis B.

Increased Injury Risks

The second study conducted by the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, revealed that recovering alcoholics are much more prone to injury than recovering users of cocaine, heroin and other illicit drugs.
The researchers found at the start of a detoxification program, alcoholics were about twice as likely to have suffered a serious injury in the previous six months as compared to illicit drug users.
The significant finding of the study was the surprising revelation that higher injury rates to alcoholics continued for the following two years of detoxification; alcoholics continued to be more accident prone than drug users even after they quit drinking.

Jeffrey H. Samet, the study's senior author, said, "Our hypothesis was simply that when it comes to substance abuse, the consequences vary for each substance and for the group of users. What the substance is may be an important factor in the outcomes of the user."

Monday, June 05, 2006

Fats in Modern Diet

Some Fats Are Highly Nutritious

The higher-fat-low-carb diet trend is itself a reaction to the all-fat-is-bad viewpoint which was
a response to the high-cholesterol worries of the 70s and 80s. But as we now know, not all fat is
bad - on the contrary, some fats (eg. omega-3 fatty acids) are absolutely essential, highly nutritious and beneficial for weight control.

But We Eat Too Much Saturated Fat
Even though some fat is essential, we still eat too much heart-unhealthy saturated fat. Saturated fat is solid at room temperature and tends to clog up our arteries. By contrast, unsaturated oils are liquid in form and tend to be healthier. The fats used in baking and frying are typically saturated fats (eg. hydrogenated vegetable oil or shortening), as is the fat in fatty meats and dairy products. The fat in fish, olive oil, canola oil, as well as oils made from other seeds such as safflower and sunflower is the heart-healthier unsaturated kind.
Stone Age Hunter Gatherers Ate Less Saturated Fat.

Hidden Fat in Snack Foods

The increasing availability of modern convenience foods (including, prepared meats, hamburgers, and commercial snack-foods) is also a major contributor to increased intake of saturated-fat. We prefer to eat our potatoes as french fries or potato chips, our corn as tortilla chips, and our fish battered and fried. As a result, healthy vegetables and grains are often transformed into highly palatable but calorie-dense items that are high in saturated fat.

Exercise Helps to Reduce Cholesterol and Body Fat Medical experts now agree that falling physical fitness levels are linked with the rise in weight-related disease. So, as well as limiting our intake of saturated fat, it's important to get physically active in order to lower our cholesterol, burn excess body fat and obtain a healthy body-fat-percentage. When comparing present eating habits with those of our ancestors, it's worth remembering that in the Stone Age era, and for a long time afterwards, physical exercise was essential to survival.

Daily processes such as hunting, drawing water and collecting firewood burned large amounts of calories, and helped to develop significant muscular and bone strength. The contribution of physical fitness to the health and longevity of hunter gatherer and later generations should not be underestimated.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Smoking Injures Health - Example

This Is A Normal Healthy Lung Of People who do not Smoke

This Is the Lung Affected Due to Lung Cancer After Smoking