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Getting Younger

September 27, 2019 Category :Health Watch 0

Getting younger—that phrase has reaped me so many smiles over the last few years. Somehow, it makes reality seem easier to accept. Nobody wants to grow old because accepting it may open the flood gates of aches and pains that come with age.

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Allowed to Grow Older

September 26, 2019 Category :Health Watch 0

There’s a saying in the vernacular (Tagalog), “Ang masamang damo ay matagal mamatay.”Translated literally, “Bad grasses (thorns and thistles) live longer.”This refers to the perception that wicked people or bad guys outlive their righteous counterparts—which has no statistical or scientific basis. You would also hear people say, “Ang bait mo naman, sana kunin ka no ni Lord” (“You’re so kind, may the Lord take you to heaven”). These messages seem to indicate that longevity rests on whether you are good or bad, preferably the latter, if you want to live longer.

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Delay Aging with Good Nutrition

September 25, 2019 Category :Health Watch 0

Aging is a complex process that accelerates as growth wanes, and continues relentlessly throughout life. While progressive changes in physiological function, body composition, sensory perception, and functional status may occur at any age, the rate of change is strongly influenced by the individual’s genetic background and life experiences.

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Compassion Fatigue

September 9, 2019 Category :Health Watch 0

It is an affliction rapidly and rabidly growing in number each day. A virulent and infective pathology silently spreading among the populace, gnawing their system little by little and slowly but steadily, attacking the core of their existence: humanity.

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Still Not Losing Weight

August 23, 2019 Category :Health Watch 0

Question: “I exercise 30 minutes a day and watch what I eat, why am I still not losing weight?”

Answer: Most people who have excess body fat leading to overweight or obesity have an imbalance between amount of food or calories taken each day (energy input) and amount of calories burned (energy output). The exact effects of the environment and genetics in the complex regulation of appetite and energy balance are still not fully understood and the consensus is that overweight and obesity result from multiple factors. However, there are certain diseases that lead to overweight and obesity that need to be worked up and treated—lest all forms of weight loss strategies be futile.

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Schizophrenia: High Suicide Rate

August 11, 2019 Category :Health Watch 0

There is a high suicide rate associated with schizophrenia. A recent study showed that 30 percent of patients diagnosed with the condition had attempted suicide at least once during their lifetime. Another study suggested that 10 percent of persons with schizophrenia die by suicide.

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Fish Oil Helps Patients with Heart Failure

August 10, 2019 Category :Health Watch 0

Cardiology has advanced considerably in the past few decades, but there is a downside — extending those advances further in treatment becomes more difficult. At the European Society of Cardiology meeting, many clinical trial results were reported but few of those “Hot Line” studies had positive results.

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Less-invasive Brain Surgery Advantageous to Patients

August 9, 2019 Category :Health Watch 0

At the Loyola University Hospital in Chicago, incising a big portion of the human skull or face and likewise exposing a big area of the brain have been replaced by less-invasive brain surgery techniques.

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Protein Interactions may Cause Co-occuring Neurological Diseases

August 8, 2019 Category :Health Watch 0

A collaborative study investigated how neuronal proteins involved in neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, interact and lead to the development of unique complexes. The study, which was performed by investigators from the Univeristy of California, San Diego and San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC).

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Excess Denture Cream Use may Lead to Nerve Damage

August 7, 2019 Category :Health Watch 0

Too much use of denture cream can lead to nerve damage, a recent study reveals. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas reported on four patients who habitually used “extremely large amounts”of dental cream and were found to develop neurological problems later on. All patients were found to have abnormally high zinc levels in their blood, along with abnormally low copper levels. Symptoms seen among patients included weakness in the hands, arms, and legs, poor balance, cognitive decline, and urinary incontinence.

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