The Telemedicine Reporter – International Edition – November 11, 2011

Telemedicine technologies necessary in Singapore for Aging population

By 2030, some 30 percent of Singapore’s citizens will be part of the aging population, according to Singapore HealthPartners CIO James Woo, who noted that elderly folks are less mobile and face difficulties making regular trips Continue reading

Eight Remedies for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are a common and unsightly — and often painful — problem for many adults. But there have been many health breakthroughs in the area, and many herbal remedies and natural medicine options are available. Here are your top eight.

1. Horse Chestnut
Containing the active ingredient saponin, horse chestnut could boost circulation in your veins and reduce varicose symptoms. The herb helps reinforce veins by helping your body repairs leaks or holes in the blood vessels. This, in turn, makes them more elastic, which improves blood flow to the heart.

One review of studies found that extract from horse chestnut is just as effective as the best medication for varicose veins. Continue reading

Two Herbal Remedies to Help Ease IBS Symptoms

For those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), good news is often in short supply. Symptoms can be a nagging presence every day, with stomach pains and problems with constipation or diarrhea. It can also be somewhat tricky to treat IBS. Prescription meds don’t always help and sometimes they add prescription side effects on top of everything else. Well, here’s some side- effect free relief discovered by Australian researchers: slippery elm and licorice root.

The Aussie scientists looked at the effects and tolerability of two natural medicine supplements in improving bowel function and abdominal symptoms in patients with IBS. One supplement was designed to treat IBS with diarrhea as a symptom, while the other was designed to treat IBS with constipation.

The study included 31 patients, 21 one of whom were classified as suffering from diarrhea-predominant IBS and 10 of whom were classified with constipation-predominant IBS. The patients were given either a supplement containing powdered bilberry fruit, Continue reading

Five Top Foods for Healthy, Youthful Skin

Everyone likes the look of healthy skin. A beautiful complexion is not only attractive, but it’s also a sign that the rest of your body is pretty healthy, too. When your skin is supple and free from blemishes, you look younger and feel younger, too. With that in mind, this health e-letter is going to offer some health advice about the five foods you should include in your weekly diet to help protect your skin from aging.

Number five on the list is oysters. Don’t like oysters? You might want to rethink your position. Oysters are very high in zinc. Zinc is a mineral that is needed for the production of new skin cells and for getting rid of old, dead skin. The two actions together help, to give your skin that healthy glow.

Food number four is grapefruit. Grapefruit — and other citrus fruits — are high in vitamin C. Continue reading

This Rice Could Combat Cholesterol

Red yeast rice is a part of Chinese cuisine (food coloring for Peking duck) as well as a medicinal agent. It is prepared by using a type of yeast, “Manascus purpureus,” fermented with rice, which was first recorded as being used during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It also carries some excellent possibilities for lowering cholesterol.

There are many chemicals in red yeast rice, including starch, sterols, isoflavones, monounsaturated fatty acids, and monacolins. Monacolin K is actually a statin; specifically, lovastatin, a commonly prescribed cholesterol- lowering drug. Continue reading

Does Grapefruit Really Help Reduce Body Weight?

Have you ever wondered whether there’s any real benefit to following a grapefruit diet? Does it really work? According to researchers at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, grapefruit does help when it comes to shedding pounds — but only modestly.

The researchers based this health advice on a recent clinical trial they conducted. They noted at the outset of the study that reducing dietary energy density has proven to be an effective strategy to promote weight control. This effect appears most strong when a low-energy dense “preload” is eaten before meals. In other words, eating foods low in energy output before a meal, should, in theory, help to control weight. What is up for debate, according to the research team, is what the best food would be for the preload. So they set out to investigate the effects of grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and water preloads consumed before meals.

Eighty-five obese adults participated in the study. Continue reading