Monday, February 20, 2012

Parkinsons Disease: Myths and Facts

A degenerative neurologic disorder that progresses gradually, Parkinsons disease typically impairs motor skills, speech, writing, as also certain other functions. Certain misconceptions surround this neurologic disorder.

Myth: Only elderly people get Parkinson’s disease.
Fact: This is not true. While this disease does tend to affect those in their fifties or early sixties more often, it does occur in younger people as well. Early-onset of Parkinson’s disease has been frequently found in people under the age of 40. It has been identified in someone as young as two years old. The younger patients often experience vibrations and more involuntary movements. They do not tend to suffer from balance or walking problems as much or have their thinking processes impaired like the older patients.

Myth: All Parkinson patients suffer from tremors.
Fact: Tremors which are the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, are found in approximately 70% of those affected. No form of tremors is experienced by 15 to 25% of those affected.

Myth: Those suffering from Parkinson’s disease are mad, sad, or just plain grumpy.
Fact: Parkinson’s patients have what is called a masked face or may lack expression. They lack the muscle control of their facial muscles. With progression of the condition their ability to communicate with others also suffers. Additionally, these patients may struggle with depression. This gives an impression of being sad or grumpy.

Myth: Parkinson’s disease can be prevented.
Fact: Parkinson’s disease is said to be caused by a combination of a genetic predisposition and environmental factors. The exact cause of the disease remains unidentified. Without this information, prevention is not possible.

Myth: Modifying lifestyle cannot help to improve symptoms of the disease.
Fact: Lifestyle changes can help reduce the severity of symptoms. Regular exercise, particularly muscle strengthening exercises and walking and dietary changes may not slow the progression but can reduce the severity of symptoms.

Myth: Those suffering from Parkinson’s disease cannot live independent and productive lives. Fact: This is not true. The disease progression varies from person to person. Some suffer milder forms of the condition compared to others. Even the symptoms and their severity differ. Regular exercise, dietary changes and proper medication can help those suffering to be independent and lead productive lives. In many cases individuals are able to continue their jobs.

Myth: Parkinson’s disease will cause death.
Fact: While individuals who suffer from Parkinson’s do have special health concerns it has not been proven to be fatal. Respiratory infections especially pneumonia is of special concern. Inability to move around may also make them more prone to other infections.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The RICE method for treating sprains

Sprains and strains are ­often linked with sporting activities as they are caused by sudden tearing or overstretching of soft tissues around bones and joints, which can cause pain or discomfort.
You can use the RICE ­procedure to treat a sprain:
R. Rest the affected area by sitting or lying down comfortably.
I. Put an Ice pack or a cold compress on the injury. This will help to reduce any pain and swelling.
C. Give the injured area Comfortable support. Soft padding and a ­support bandage will help. If your bandage feels too tight or circulation feels reduced, loosen your support bandage.
E. Elevate the ­affected area.
If you have any concerns about the severity of your injury, arrange transport to the hospital and treat it as a fracture.
Source: Daily Mirror

Friday, February 10, 2012

5 simple ways of maximizing your performance while walking

1. Use a weighted belt or wrist bands.
2. Lengthen your stride smoothly and slowly, but make sure it’s comfortable.Think about your posture and correct it and don’t lean from your waist or you’ll put undue stress on your back.
3. Always keep your arms swinging. The forwards swing should end with your fists at about shoulder height.
4. Stop halfway and do stretches.
5. Ski poles will help burn 25% more calories.
Source: Daily Mirror

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Busting the myth – is honey better for you than sugar?

Honey may be less refined and more natural than white sugar, but it’s high in calories. In fact, higher than sugar.
One teaspoon of natural honey contains 22 calories and one of sugar 16. However, honey does provide some nutritional benefits.
However honey in general have a lower Glycemic Index (value depending on how quickly the carbohydrates they contain reaches the bloodstream) than typical variants of table sugar.
Honey contains vitamins including riboflavin, niacin, thiamin and vitamin B6 – in traces.
But honey beats sugar in alleviating some cold symptoms, especially sore throats. It coats the surface of your throat and soothes the pain.
Source: Daily Mirror

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

12 fruits and vegetables that help beat cancer

This world cancer day we give you a lowdown on the top 12 anti-cancer fruits and vegetables to include in your diet
Cauliflower: Cauliflower is a saviour when it comes to cancer. The indole-3-carbinol combats breast cancer by converting the cancer-promoting estrogens into a more protective variety.
Tomato: Tomatoes boast of a high content of lycopene, which attacks free radicals that trigger cancer and vitamin C which prevents cellular damage. Scientists proclaim that lycopene not only kills mouth cancer cells but helps ward off breast, prostate, pancreas and colorectal cancer.
Avacado: Though avocados anti-cancer studies are at its preliminary stages, these properties are related to the mix of inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients it contains. Avocado helps increase oxidative stress in cancer cells with shifts them to a programmed cell death cycle, thus lessening the numbers of cancerous cells.
Raspberry: They maybe small red berries but they can pack in a punch that can scare cancer away. Being an excellent source of antioxidants and phytochemicals, raspberries can help tackle lung and colon cancer and leukaemia. That’s not all, the ellagic acid present blocks metabolic pathways that lead to cancer and cancerous cell growth stemmed from carcinogens.
Papaya: Papaya contains folic acid, which minimises cervical dysplasia and cancer. Along with that the vitamin C present reduces the absorption of nitrosamines from processed food, which in turn causes cancer.
Grapes: The flavonoids, antioxidants and resveratrol present in red grapes act as cancer preventives. They inhibit the enzymes that stimulate cancer cell growth, which in turn also helps slow down the growth of tumours.
Orange: These colourful, citrus fruits contain limonene. This substance not only stimulates cancer-killing immune cells like lymphocytes but also breaks down carcinogenic substances as well.
Figs: The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Tokyo has reported that the benzaldehyde present in figs helps shrinking to tumours. In addition to this fig juice also helps kill potent bacteria.
Mushrooms: Shitake, maitake, reishi, Coriolus Versicolor and Agaricus blazei Murill – in short mushrooms contain polysaccharides which not only help boost the immune the system but fight cancer as well by attacking the cancerous cells and preventing them from multiplying.
Carrot: A substance known as falcarinol that is present in carrots reduces the risk of lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestine, bladder, prostate and breast cancer. However, to get the best anti-cancer benefits from cancer have it raw or in a fresh juice form.
Broccoli: Did you know that regular consumption of broccoli helps lowering the risk of cervical, breast, colon, lung, prostate, bladder, larynx and oesophagus cancer. The indoles present destroy harmful estrogens that aid tumour growth while vitamin C and beta-carotene reduce the damage caused by free-radicals.
Lettuce: These green leafy vegetables are filled with abundant health benefits and contain a host of cancer fighting minerals, which help combat lung and mouth cancer. So, next time indulge a little more in those salads.