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Cancer Drug Shortages Force Doctors to Ration, Delay Treatment
by Shannon Pettypiece
June 3, 2013
Shortages of medicines for some of the most common cancers have caused nearly half of doctors to delay treatment and forced about a third to choose between patients needing a particular drug.
The findings from a survey of 250 cancer doctors highlight the anxious situation some of their patients have faced during the past year as manufacturing lapses and changes in the generic-drug industry have cut off supply of key medicines, said Keerthi Gogineni, a cancer doctor at the University of Pennsylvania, who presented the finding in Chicago at the meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. More than 80 percent of cancer doctors surveyed said they haven't been able to get needed medications, including potentially life-saving drugs for breast, ovarian and prostate cancers.
Turpentine for Baby: Dangers of Vicks Vapor Rub
by Beth Maxwell
January 9, 2017
Are you still smearing Vicks all over the kids when they have a cough or cold? This lovely winter weather is bringing on the cold and cough season with a vengeance this year but you might think twice before reaching for the familiar green Vicks jar.
Vicks Vapo Rub is said to cause breathing problems in babies. Vicks Vapor Rub contains ingredients that "can be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the airway," according to a doctor who has been doing studies on the product. In a study released by the Wake Forest University of Medicine (in North Carolina), pediatricians warn that the ingredients of Vicks Vapo Rub could turn out to be harmful for young children and babies. The reason for this is that it can cause severe respiratory distress when applied.
11 Remedies for Sciatica Pain You Need to Try Before Using Any Painkiller
May 21, 2016
Sciatic pain causes a lot of discomfort and 40% of the world's population will suffer from sciatica at some point in their lives. It occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed by inflammation or physical damage.
It is that pain which affects your back, hip, and outer side of your leg from the buttock down to your foot. Sciatic nerve is the biggest nerve in the human body. It runs through deep in your rear and back of the thigh from both sides of your lower spinal column. It goes to the foot and therefore joins and foot muscles and your spinal cord.
The Best Dietary Sources of Iodine
by Michael Ravensthorpe
March 8, 2014
Iodine is an essential trace nutrient that is responsible for producing thyroid hormones. These hormones are responsible for regulating the metabolism, which affects the speed with which our bodies use energy, cholesterol, and heart rates...
Sea vegetables, or seaweeds, are the kings of iodine - which makes sense, since iodine ions mainly concentrate in oceans and saltwater pools. Though all sea vegetables are rich in iodine, perhaps the greatest source is bladderwrack.
Hydration and Health
January 26, 2010
H2O!!! Ever thought about how much water impacts your life? How much water do you drink every day? How does your water intake and hydration levels affect your overall health?
As a general rule, your daily intake of water should be equal to half your body weight in ounces. If you drink one cup of coffee you need at least two additional cups of water per day to replenish your daily need of H2O.
Natural home remedies: Coughs
December 30, 2015
Coughing not only annoys you but also makes you persona non grata at the movies, the symphony, and any other place where people congregate. But if you have a "wet" cough, you don't want to suppress it...
Blend lemon juice with a little honey, then add a pinch of cayenne pepper and swallow. The honey coats your throat, soothing irritated tissues, while the lemon reduces inflammation and delivers a dose of infection-fighting vitamin C. The red pepper increases circulation to the area, which hastens the healing process.
Natural Labour vs Induced Labour - 6 Main Differences
by Sam McCulloch
October 8, 2015
These days, a very common decision many parents-to-be face is whether to induce labour or wait for labour to begin spontaneously.
Women and their partners should be aware that induction of labour for a low risk pregnancy introduces a number of risks to a potentially normal labour and birth. Many parents are not aware of the reasons why waiting for labour to start without any interference is preferable and beneficial, when there are no medical complications. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as having some medication and labour begins (and ends) just as it would normally - it's actually very different.
Trouble sleeping? Experts say skip antihistamines
December 17, 2016
For people who take an antihistamine such as Benadryl for a cold or allergies, drowsiness is often a welcome side effect. But a Baylor College of Medicine sleep expert cautions against turning to this type of medication as a sleep aid.
"Many allergy sufferers know that antihistamines work for their symptoms but also make them sleepy. People sometimes turn to these medications to help them sleep, even when they're not sick. But the use of medication to force children or adults to sleep is generally not the best idea," said Dr. Philip Alapat, assistant professor of medicine.
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis for Better Health and Wellness Practices
October 22, 2012
A Los Gatos chiropractor wishes to make area residents aware of a technology that can yield important information about their body composition and point them toward better health and wellness practices.
According to Dr. Judy McGrain of McGrain Chiropractic, a technique known as BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) Assessment uses digital calculating technology and electrical sensors to determine the ratio of fatty tissue versus lean tissue.
The Most Common Symptoms of Mineral Deficiency
by John Borsov
April 3, 2016
Different mineral and vitamin deficiencies can lead to a variety of health issues provided through several symptoms indicated on particular parts of the body. But how to tell which symptom is related to which deficiency?
Presenting you the meaning of the most common symptoms which can clearly state you what vitamin or mineral you need to increase on with consumption. Muscle cramps or headaches can be a result of magnesium deficiency Magnesium as the most common mineral is a really essential nutrient for the function of the nervous system. It not only helps you relax nerves and tense muscles, but can alleviate headaches and muscle cramping too.
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