Higher cholesterol is associated with longer life

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Cholesterol, the soft, waxy substance found in every cell in your body, is used to produce several of your body’s vital functions, including hormones and vitamin D. High cholesterol is now recognized for its link to longer life
  • Faulty science says your total cholesterol is not a gauge of your heart disease risk, because when your levels are measured, elevated levels called triglycerides are also taken into account
  • Found in every cell of your body, cholesterol is used to produce several of your body’s vital functions, including those that involve hormones and vitamin D
  • Studies show a contrary or inverse link between all-cause mortality and total cholesterol levels; in other words, mortality is highest when your cholesterol is low, without exception
  • Considering the false information on cholesterol, continued prescriptions for statins, and the potentially devastating side effects they cause, it’s clear why researchers are calling for a paradigm shift in the way cholesterol is treated

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The Seven-Cent Cure for High Cholesterol

niacinA new report from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service (OMNS), a top research group, claims that niacin — and not dangerous statins — is by far the most effective and affordable cure for keeping your nagging high cholesterol in check.

Niacin — a form of vitamin B3 — has been studied in more than 42,000 scientific papers, Continue reading

Greeks Knew All About Rosemary Benefits…Now Making a Comeback

Rosemary a fragrant herb native to the Mediterranean region has many benefits it can reduce stress and anxiety, improve memory, mental performance, concentration–and even have a significant effect on your test-taking ability?

It appears that the ancient Greeks knew something about rosemary herbs that the rest of the world didn’t. Grecian scholars traditionally wore sprigs of rosemary when taking tests because they believed the herb would improve their performance.

Two recent studies prove that the Greeks’ use of rosemary didn’t just stem from a herbal folklore or superstition, but actually has scientific merit.

Both studies–one from the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in Boca Raton, and the other from the Department of Nursing at Nambu University in Korea–found that rosemary benefits has a significant and measurable positive effect on test takers! That same benefit carries over to any high-stress situation that requires concentration, memory, and cognition. Continue reading

What your Legs Say about your Heart Health

WASHINGTON – When it comes to heart health, you shouldn’t ignore your legs, say experts.

The Vascular Disease Foundation and its P.A.D. Coalition are urging people to listen to the legs and be alert to the signs of peripheral arterial disease, or P.A.D.

P.A.D. occurs when arteries in the legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits, reducing blood flow to the legs. This can result in leg muscle pain when walking, disability, amputation, and poor quality of life.

If you have blocked arteries somewhere in the body, you are likely to have them elsewhere.

Thus, P.A.D. is a red flag that other arteries, including those in the heart, are likely affected-increasing the risk of a heart disease, heart attack and even death.

People with P.A.D. may have one or more of the following symptoms: ‘Claudicating’ – fatigue, heaviness, tiredness or cramping in the leg muscles (calf, thigh or buttocks) that occurs during activity such as walking and goes away with rest.

Foot or toe pains at rest that often disturbs sleep kin wounds or ulcers on the feet or toes that are slow to heal (or that do not heal for 8 to 12 weeks).

“Often, people think leg discomfort or slow healing sores are just a part of aging, yet they can be signs of a serious disease. Through early detection and proper treatment, we can reduce the devastating consequences of P.A.D. and improve the nation’s cardiovascular health,” said Joseph Caporusso of the P.A.D. Coalition.

How Muscles Work

Every muscle is actually a wrapped package, containing other smaller wrapped packages of long, slender cells known as muscle fibers. The outer wrapping, made of connective tissue, is called the muscle fascia. The smaller packages are called muscle fascicles, and each one contains a bundle of up to 150 muscle fibers. At both ends of every muscle, the fascia covering the muscle tapers to form a strong, rope-like length of connective tissue called a tendon, which is connected directly to one of your bones. One end, which connects to a relatively unmoving skeletal part, is the origin of the muscle. The point where it’s attached to a moving bone is the insertion of the muscle. For example, the biceps muscle originates at the shoulder, and its insertion is in the forearm, near the elbow, which allows the forearm to flex during muscle contraction.

When the muscle contracts, it pulls on the tendon, and this causes the bone to move. The bigger the muscle, the more force it can generate on the bone. During contraction, the muscle pulls its origin and insertion closer together. Often a muscle is attached to either side of a joint, allowing motion of the joint during muscle contraction. For example, the biceps pulls the forearm up toward the body across the elbow joint.

Each muscle fiber shares a nerve ending with other nearby fibers, making up a group of fibers known as a motor unit. Every time the master motor nerve fires (sends an impulse to a muscle), this motor unit contracts simultaneously. This effect is called the “all-or-nothing” principle of muscle contraction.

So how many fibers are in a motor unit? It depends on whether the muscles are used for large, powerful movements, which require less nerve control, or for intricate activities, which call for more nervous system input. A typical finger muscle contains 40,000 muscle fibers divided into 120 motor units — a ratio of 340 fibers per nerve ending. The eye muscles are even more finely controlled, with 10 fibers per nerve. On the other hand, each of the 580 motor units in the large muscle of the calf is much bigger — averaging about 2,000 muscle fibers per nerve ending.

Every time a nerve ending fires, a burst of energy is released in each individual muscle fiber, causing tiny filaments to slide toward each other. The result is a significant shortening of the muscle fiber. When the fibers in a motor unit contract in unison, the result is a muscle contraction. Whatever form of exercise you’re doing, from swimming to bicycling; your movements depend on the repeated, coordinated firing of the appropriate motor units. Improved coordination of this firing sequence is a major reason you get more skilled at any physical activity with practice.

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1 in 5 U.S. kids found deficient in vitamin D

1 Million Premature Babies Worldwide Die Every Year

3 in 4 British Kids Don’t Know Junk Food Could Kill Them

3-D Structure of Human Genome Deciphered

540 Common Phobias

8 Million Americans Seriously Consider Suicide Annually

800-Year-Old Apple Could Be Healthiest to Eat

A Discussion on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

A Mind That Touches the Past

A Primer on Mineral Supplements and Dosages

Active Elders Live Longer: Study

Acupuncture, herbal medicine become more popular in U.S.

Adding Flaxseed to Juices, Salads, Jellies Fight Prostate Cancer

Alcoholism Affects Sleep During Sober Periods

Aligning Your Chakras

Alternative Supplements Can Now Be Claimed on Your Insurance and Get a Cash Refund

Alzheimers Risk Linked to Level of Appetite Hormone

Ancient Surgeries – Trepanation and Nose Jobs

Animals Using One Side of their Brains are More Successful

Anti-Ageing Creams Could Cause Cancer

Antidepressant Found to be Just as Effective as Placebo in Child Pain Relief

Antifungal Effects of Pumpkin Protein

Antioxidant in Melon Relieves Stress          

Ants Can Count

Anxiety, Depression Much More Common Than Thought

Appealing Health Insurance Denials

Are There Toxins in Your Herbs?

Are You Unwittingly Practicing Alternative Medicine?

Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Kidney Decline

Aspirin Is Only for Heart Patients

Aura’ Migraines a Stroke Risk

Aussie Scientists Find HIV Reservoir in Brain

Autopsy Reveals Ancient Egyptian Mummy Died of TB

Bacteria Can Help Convert Waste to Power

Bacteria Can Transform Minerals Electrically

Bad Drug Reactions, Side Effects – 500,000 US Kids to Doctor Each Year

Basic Diabetic Diet

Basic Hygiene More Effective Against Swine Flu than Drugs

Being Too Optimistic could Harm Weight Loss Efforts

Best Vitamins for Women

Better Ventilation May Ease some Asthma

Bike Rides for Women Over 50 Can Cut 16 Years off Age

Binge Drinking Weakens Body’s Ability to Fight Infections

Biodynamic the New Organic?

Biofeedback is the Best Stress-Buster for Students

Bionic Eye May Help Blind See: Retinal Prosthesis Shown To Restore Partial Vision

Blueberries Keep Brain Active In the Afternoon

Bone Strengthening Drugs Linked To Lower Breast Cancer Incidence

Brain Circuit That Controls Binge Eating Uncovered

Brain Function of Earthquake Survivors Acutely Affected

Brain Prods You Into Gorging on Good Food

Brain’s Face Processing Ability does Reduce with Age

Brains Can be Trained

Brain-to-Brain Communication Developed

Brainy Ingredients Get Brawny

Breakdown of Who Lacks Health Insurance by State

Breast Milk Best if Consumed as Soon as it is Expressed

Breast Tissue Feature Could Predict Woman’s Cancer Risk

 Breathalyzer Screening may Help Spot Lung Cancer Early

Breathing Technique can Reduce Asthma Severity

Brit Men Having Boob Jobs on the Rise

British Jail Staff Red-Faced after Inmates Get Drunk on Anti-Swine Flu Gel

Broken Heart ‘Ups Heart Attack Risk’

Brown University Study Of Marijuana Use In Head And Neck Cancer

California’s Real Death Panels: Insurers Deny 21% of Claims

Calorie Restriction Reduces Disease and Extends Life

Can Sweeteners Be Blamed For Rise In Obesity?

Cancer patients and their experiences of using the Internet  

Cannabis Helps Sleep Apnea

Cannabis in The Old Testament

Celiac Disease and Osteoporosis Link Brings Possible Treatment

Cherry Juice May Help Ease the Pain of Sore Muscles

Childhood Physical Abuse Linked To Arthritis, Study Finds

Chilling Brains Aids in Cardiac Care

Chinese Herbal Medicines For Preventing Diabetes In High Risk People

Chinese herbs may hold back diabetes

Chinese Martial Arts Tai Chi Offers Effective Treatment for Dizziness, Balance Disorders

Chlorophyll Compounds may Help Treat Cancer

Cholesterol Crucial to Brain Development

Chronic Rhinosinusitis Patients Going for Alternative Medicine

Chyawanprash: Ancient Indian Elixir

Citation for 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Cities, Human Brains Evolved in Similar Ways

Cocaine Changes How Genes Work in Brain

Cocktail with real snake venom has bite

Coffee Can Give Kids Sleepless Nights, Breathing Problems

Coffee May Stop Liver Disease

Cola Drinking Linked to Diabetes in Pregnancy

Color Therapy

Combination Heart Device Cut Chances of Heart Failure by 41 Percent

Common Abbreviations Used in Nutrition

Common Attitudes About Personal Pain

Communicating With Nature Makes You More Caring

Complementary Therapies for Eczema

Comprehensive Eating Disorders Dictionary for Parents

Consciousness is Brains Wi-Fi Network

Controlling Your Breathing Helps Sea Sickness

Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?

Could This Forbidden Medicine Eliminate the Need for Drugs?

Cup of Aloe Nutritious Shake, Herbal Tea make for a Healthy Breakfast

Cup of Mint Tea is an Effective Painkiller

Curcumin May Protect Smokers from Nicotine-Induced Head, Neck Cancers

Curry Compound Kills Cancer

Curry Spice ‘Kills Cancer Cells’

Cutting Caffeine Won’t Quiet Ringing in the Ears

Dairy Foods Help Fight The Flab

Dentures with Paste is Best Cleaning Method

Depressed Teens Higher Risk of Mental Health Problems in Later Life

Depression Leads to Protein Linked to Heart Disease

Depression Ups Cancer Patients Dying Risk

Determining the Quality of your Supplements.

Dietary Fiber Can Keep Diseases at Bay

Different Anxiety Disorders

Dimensions of the Most Attractive Face

Dioxin In Your Daily Life Causes Cancer

Disease-Detecting Device Vibrates with Potential

Do Multivitamins Curb Kids Allergy Risk?

Doctors Unable to Restrain Mentally Ill From Smoking

Does Acupuncture Help Your Back?

Don’t Spank Your Kids if You Want Them to be Intelligent

Don’t Watch Your Wife Give Birth or You May Get Divorced

Drinking Coffee During Midlife May Reduce the Risk of Dementia in Later Life

Dung of the Devil Plant Roots may Offer Swine Flu Cure

Eat the Butter: Study Finds Fatty Foods Help Pilots on Mental, Flying Tests

Eating Walnuts Cuts Cholesterol

Efforts to Promote Breast Feeding Urged

Egyptian Mummies Had Clogged Arteries

Elderly Women Sleep Better Than They Think, Men Nap Worse

EU Grants Nearly $2.25M For Complementary Medicine Research

Exercise can Cut Heart Disease Deaths by 60 per cent

Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Brain Tumor Risk

Exercising in the Heat may Help You Eat Less

Experts Map the Body’s Bacteria

External therapy Cannabinoids Effective in Reducing Pain Patients with Herpes Zoster

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil may Help Prevent, Treat Alzheimer’s

Eye Test that Spots Alzheimer’s 20 Years Before Symptoms

Facebook May Boost your Brain’s Working Memory

Face-to-Face Medical Care over the Internet?

Facial Structure Can Predict Propensity to Aggression

Fake Blood-Clotting Products to Heal Wounded Soldiers

Fashion and Beauty Trends in Fall Takes Toll on Health

Feverfew Herb

Fibromyalgia: Treatable With Chiropractic Care and Reimbursable Through GE

Fighting Infection With Manuka Honey

FIRST-OF-ITS KIND HEALTH CARE PLAN REIMBURSES USERS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Flaxseed May Lower Cholesterol

Flickering Bright Colors Likely To Trigger Epileptic Fits

Flower Essence Therapy

Focus and Concentration

For Patients Suffering With Chronic Rhinosinusitis

For Very Obese, Gastric Bypass May Extend Life

Forgotten Memories Still Exist in the Brain

Four Major Food Groups for a Healthy Life

Four Things You Didn’t Know About Natural Medicine

Frequent Nasal Irrigation May Increase Infections

Functional Ingredients Found in all Supplements

Gene Map of Anti-Malaria Plant Could Boost Supply

Gene Mutation May Cause Pupils’ Low Grades

Gene That Controls Number of Brain Cells Identified

Gene Therapy May Soon Help Dieters Keep Off Weight Gain

Genes Linked to Brittle Bone Identified

Genetic Link Between Psychosis and Creativity Revealed

Genetic Link Between Psychosis and Creativity Revealed

Gingko Biloba May Protect From Radiation

Glucosamine Effectiveness

Glucose Could Potentially Power Our Gadgets, Cars

Got a Pet Tarantula? Better Protect Your Eyes

Got Cognitive Activity? It Does a Mind Good

Green Spaces ‘Improve Health’

Green Tea may Help Improve Bone Health

Hand Size–Not Sex–Determines Sense of Touch

Having a Pet Can Help You Stay Healthy

Health Canada Warns of Health Risks Posed by Rating Raw Bean Sprouts

HEALTH CARE REFORM – MONEY AWARDED FOR PEOPLE USING VITAMINS

Health insurance Premiums Rose Modestly in 2009

Healthy Foods that Contain Vitamin A

Healthy Older Brains Not Smaller than Younger Ones

Heartburn Drugs Safe for Fetuses, says Israeli Study

HERBAL MEDICINES IN YOUR BACKYARD

Herbal Supplements: What to Know Before You Buy

Here is Why Evolution is Irreversible

Here’s How Exposure to Diesel Fumes Causes Cancer

Here’s What Causes Arteries To Clog Up

Here’s Why Sugar in Green Tea is a Healthy Idea

 Here’s Why Wine is Good for Health

High Dose Folate And B Vitamin Supplements Increase Uterine Cancer Risk

High-Fat Diet Harms Muscle Health in Pre-Diabetic Teens

High-Fructose Diet Increases Blood Pressure Risk

High-Protein Diets Shrink the Brain

Hippocampus Governs How We Devise Concepts in the Brain

History of Homeopathy

HIV Outwits Yet Another Microbicide

Home Remedies Series – Alcoholism

Home Remedies Series – Allergies

Home Remedies Series – Amnesia

Home Remedies Series – Anemia

Home Remedies Series – Angina

Home Remedies Series – Anorexia

 Home Remedies Series – Anxiety

Home Remedies Series – Arthritis

Home Remedies Series – Athletes foot

Home Remedies Series – Belching

Home Remedies Series – Body Rash

Home Remedies Series – Burns

Home Remedies Series – Colitis

Home Remedies Series – Conjunctivitis

Home Remedies Series – Cough

Home Remedies Series – Cracked Heels

Home Remedies Series – Dandruff

Home Remedies Series – Dark Circles

Home Remedies Series – Depression

Home Remedies Series – Diarrhea

Home Remedies Series – Dizziness

Home Remedies Series – Dry Skin

Home Remedies Series – Edema

Home Remedies Series – Hair

Home Remedies Series – Insomnia

Home Remedies Series – Intestinal Worms

Home Remedies Series – Kidney Stones

Home Remedies Series – Laryngitis

Home Remedies Series – Leg Cramps

Home Remedies Series – Mononucleosis

Home Remedies Series – Obesity

Home Remedies Series – Razor Burns

Home Remedies Series – Varicose Veins

Home Remedies Series – Vertigo

Honey Sends Virility-Seeking Men to the ER

Hormone Replacement Therapy Beneficial for Postmenopausal Women

How Addictive Drugs Influence Learning and Memory

How Color Plays Musical Chairs in the Brain

How Infant Pain Has Repercussions in Adulthood

How Marijuana Inhibits Brain Cancer

How Proximity to Convenience Stores Promotes Child Obesity

How Salmonella can be Used To Kill Tumors

How Silver is Used in Wellness

How Some People Maintain Weight Loss, Others Don’t

How the Brain Encodes Memories at a Cellular Level

How to Eliminate and Prevent Cancer

How to Get Your Medical Insurer to Cover Alternative Medicine Treatments, If you are Not USTM Patient

How to Make Antibiotics More Effective at Lower Doses

How To Relieve Pain Without Medicine

How We Navigate Through Undesired Objects to Reach What We Want

Humidity, Rain Linked to Kids Headaches

Imaging Techniques Can Identify Plaques Likely to Cause Heart Attacks

Implants Don’t Increase Women’s Breast Cancer Risk

India Suggests Therapeutic Cloning

India, Nigeria, Congo Account for 40 percent Child Deaths

Individual Reactions to Traumatic Stress

Indoor Plants Can Reduce Toxic Ozone Levels

Innovative, Low-Cost Medical and Diagnostic Tests

Intelligence In Young Children Is Not Influenced By Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Introducing – Aloe Vera

Introducing – Bee Propolis

Introducing – Bilberry

Introducing – Black Walnut

Introducing – CoQ10

Introducing – Devil’s claw

Introducing – DHEA

Introducing – Ephedra

Introducing – Garlic

Introducing – Ginger

Introducing – Glucosamine

Introducing – Goji Berries

Introducing – Guarana

Introducing – Kava

Introducing – L-Carnitine

Introducing – Licorice Root

Introducing – Melatonin

Introducing – Milk Thistle

Introducing – Milk Thistle

Introducing – Multivitamins

Introducing – Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Introducing – Policosanol – The Natural Statin

Introducing – Saw Palmetto

Introducing – Spirulina

Introducing – St. John’s Wort

Introducing – Tribulus

Introducing – Valerian

Introducing – Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Introducing – Vitamin C

Introducing – Vitamin C

Introducing – Vitamin E

Introducing – Vitamin K

Introducing – White Willow Bark

Introducing – Yohimbe

Introducing – Zinc

Iodine Must for Developing Kids’ Intellect

Iron Accumulation in a Cell Can Cause Disease

It’s Not a Tumor, It’s a Brain Worm

Joint and Bone Health are Connected

Juggle Your Way To a Sharper Brain

Keep the Body Alkaline for Optimum Health

Key Mechanism in Development of Nerve Cells Found

Key Protein Behind Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Identified

Kids With Small Head Size at Risk of Neurologic Problems

Know the Difference between Cold and Swine Flu Symptoms

Lack of Sunshine Vitamin Linked to High BP in Women

Laptop Save Student From Dropping Dead

Large Thighs May Protect Heart

L-Arginine is wonderful for Blood Pressure, Erectile Dysfunction, Wound Healing

Lesser Known Chinese Herbal Remedies

Light, Photosynthesis Harmful to Fresh Produce

Linking To US-Tele-Medicine Blog and Twitter

Living Proof – A Man’s Unusual Prescription for Bone Cancer

Long Lasting Weight Loss

Long Working Hours Make Parents Compromise on Food Choices

Loss of Loved One make Grievers Vulnerable to Heart Attacks

Low Incomes Leads to Higher Mortality Rate In Prostate Cancer Patients

Lower Fat Hormone Levels Turn Blood Infection Deadly

LSD and Cannabis Less Harmful than Alcohol, says UK Drug Expert

Lupus News

Lychee Fruit for Metabolic Syndrome

Malaria Parasite Infects Gorillas, Not Just Humans

Male and Female Chromosomes do Communicate with Each Other

Males Experience Loss of Libido During Hepatitis-C Therapy

Man ‘Allergic’ to His Wife

Managing Blood Sugar Emerges as a Top Concern

Marijuana Rivals Mainstream Drugs For Alleviating HIV/AIDS Symptoms

MDs Could Learn From African Healers

Measles Vaccine Inhaler Shows Promise    

Meat Linked to Prostate Cancer

Mechanism Related to Onset of Genetic Diseases Identified

Meddling in Mosquitoes Sex Life Could Cut Malaria

Medical error is a lot more dangerous than homeopathy

Melatonin Improves Mood In Winter Depression

Memory Test Spots Pre-Dementia

Men More Vulnerable to Mental Illness, Say Experts

Microwaving Hot-Dogs can Provide Protection Against Food-Borne Illness

Mid-Life Obesity Cuts Women Chances of Healthy Survival

Migraine Sufferers More Vulnerable to Hangover

Mind Really Does Matter When It Comes to Health and Healing

Mobile Microscopes Illuminate the Brain

Monkey Brain ‘Hardwired’ for Simple Math

More good news about bad times: the Great Depression increased US life expectancy

More On Life Saving L-Arginine – Heart Health

More On the Great L-Arginine – Improves Blood Flow and Exercise Capacity

More People Rely On Alternative Medicine

More Women Opting to Remove Healthy Breast After Cancer Diagnosis

Most Babies Born This Century Will Live to 100

Nanotechnology and Resveratrol

Native American Herbal Remedies No. 1

Native American Herbal Remedies No. 2

Natural Compounds in Vegetables Make Chemotherapy More Effective

Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy

Natural Hydrogel May Boost Spinal Cord

New Aircraft Air Filter System Destroy 99.9% of Bugs

New Approach to Wrinkles Could Replace Botox

New Biomarker Can Bring Rapid Relief from Major Depression

New Brain Pathway for Regulating Weight, Bone Mass Identified

New Chip Can Detect Cancer Early  

New Drug Kills Cancer Like a Stealth Slayer

New Evidence That Marijuana is Safe, Effective

New iPhone Apps to Study Human Body in 3-D

New Microchip-Based Device Can Put an End to Painful Biopsies

New Patsari Stove Smproves Women’s Lung Health

New Radioactive Imaging Agent may Revolutionize Skin Cancer Diagnosis

New Series of Posts Presenting Phobias

New Series of Posts Presenting Phobias

New Weight-Loss Fad Uses Tongue Patches Make Eating Painful

Nigerian Government Trains Herbal Medicine Practitioners

No Need for Pregnant Women to Fast During Labor

No Pain, No Gain Applies to Happiness too

Noisy Roads Ups High Blood Pressure Risk

Non-Invasive Way of Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

Normal Ranges for the Two Types of Cholesterol

Not All Expert Advice is the Right Advice – Medical Myths

Novel Cancer Therapy Found by TA Researchers

Novel Minimally Invasive Technique to Treat Snoring

Novel Treatment Helps Paralyzed Rats Walk Again After Spinal-Cord Injury

Novel Two-Step Chemical Process Makes Cancer Cells Glow Quickly, Safely

Now a Molecular GPS’ to Help Probe Aging and Disease Processes

Obese Kids Aged 12 Early Signs of Heart Disease

Obese Women have Less Chances of Enjoying Old Age

Obesity Spurs a Tide of Cancer in Europe

On-Off Fasting Helps Obese Adults Shed Pounds

ORPHCAM Project first to look at GP-CAM interface in rural areas

Overweight People Less Likely to Have Sex

Oxidized Form of Vitamin A May Treat Bowel Diseases

Oxygen Therapy Can Help Cluster Headaches

Paris Rooftops Gardens Hives of Activity for Beekeeping

Parkinson’s – A Novel Therapeutic Target

Patients in Vegetative State Can Learn, say Researchers   

Peculiar Pageant Focuses on Surgically Enhanced Beauties

People Having Social Groups Stay Healthy

People Susceptible to Colon Cancer Cut their Risk in Half with Aspirin

Pervasive E-health services using communication technology

Phobias – 540 Common Phobias

Physically Active Boys Are Smarter

Pig bristles latest cure for eye problems

Pituitary Tumor Caused World’s Tallest Man’s Gigantism

Port Wine Birthmarks Now Easy to Remove with Laser Therapy

Presenting – Agoraphobia

Presenting – Claustrophobia

Preservation of Antibiotics

Preventing Hepatitis

Prevention In Getting H1N1 Flu

Prospects for Brain Regenerative Medicine

PROTECT YOURSELF TOXIC CHEMICALS IN PERSONAL CARE AND SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

Protecting Your Virtual Privacy – Health Information

Protein that Repairs Alzheimer’s Brain Damage Identified

Qwest’s Connections Power Colorado Telehealth

Radon Gas the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer

Reduce the Side Effects of Antibiotics

Regular Exercise Cuts Prostate Cancer Risk

Remains of World’s Oldest Human Brain Found in Armenia

Researchers Find a Way to Block Fat Consumption

Researchers Test Smart Bandage for Wireless Vitals Monitoring

Researchers tout cheap eHealth alternative

Restless Legs Syndrome, Erectile Dysfunction may be Linked

Resynchronization Cuts Down Risk of Heart Failures

Retinal Implant Could Help Restore Part of Vision

Right Dose of Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Be Identified

Santa Should Get Off His Sleigh, Give Up Brandy and Walk

Scientists Crack Brain’s Numerical Code

Scientists Create Super-Strong Collagen

Scientists Create World’s Tiniest Laser Squeezing Light

Scientists Develop Better Technique to Study Bacterial Swimming

Scientists Develop Tiny Sensor to Sniff Toxins

Scientists Developing Probiotics to Ambush Disease-Causing Gut Bacteria

Scientists Grow Liver Cells From Patients’ Skin Cells

Scientists Identify Another Step in Memory Formation

Scientists Identify Bacterium That Helps in Formation of Gold

Scientists Map How White Blood Cells Repair Wounds

Scientists Show Blue Light Can Help Reset Sleep Cycle

Scientists Trying to Identify Sanjivani Herb

Scientists Uncover New Anti-TB Compounds

Scientists Uncover Vulnerable Enzyme that Can be Targeted to Kill Dangerous Pathogens

Scientists Watch Evolution Unfold In a Bottle

Secondhand Smoke Linked To Sleep Problems In Children

Secrets of Anti-Aging Adaptogenic Herbs

Sexually Satisfied Women Experience Greater Vitality

Sexually Satisfied Women Experience Greater Vitality

Shame Is Essential, But You Can Get Out Of It

Shockwave Therapy Shows Promise for Erectile Dysfunction

Short-Term Stress Boosts Anti-Tumor Activity

Skinny Friends with Big Appetites Bad for Weight Watching

Sleep Loss May Affect Health by Curbing Exercise

Sleep Loss may Lead to Alzheimer’s

 Soccer Better Than Running for Womens Fitness

Social Isolation Speeds Up Breast Cancer Growth

Sodium bicarbonate helps to save countless lives every day

Soluble Fiber Effective in Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Some Colors Offer Better Sun Protection

 Soon, Booster Broccoli to Keep Diseases at Bay, Control Weight

Soon, Chip on the Shoulder to Remind Patients to Take Pills

Soon, Robo-Bees that Mimic Bees Behavior

Soybean Compounds Could Prevent Heart Disease, Cancer

Soybeans May Sub for Fish Omega-3

Space-Industry Technology May Help Treat Breast Cancer

Statin Use Reduces Heart Attacks, Deaths After Surgery on Blood Vessels

Steroid Hormone Deficiency May be Behind Cardiovascular Disease

Still Alive and Well – Confirmed Bicarbonate Cancer Cure

STILL TRYING TO BURN OFF HOLIDAY WEIGHT?

Stressed? Dark Chocolate Might Help, Scientists say

Student Study Shows Energy Drinks Don’t Boost Performance

Study Finds Women Happier than Men, While Youth Most Distressed

Study Links Vitamin D, Race, And Cardiac Deaths

Study: Alternative medicine use on the rise in U.S.

Sudoku Can Make You Fat

Sunlight May Help Cancer Patients Survive

Sunshine States Really are Happiest

Superhero Comics to Help Kids Understand Diseases, Treatments

Supplement May Offer a Statin Alternative For Some

Surgical Masks Offer No Protection Against a Pandemic

Sweeteners Make Sweet Life But Promise Cancer Instead

Swine Flu Prompts Calls for Kissing Strike in Spain

Tai Chi Relieves Osteoarthritis Knee Pain: Study

Tanning Linked to Moles in very Light-Skinned Children

Teddy Bear-Shaped Nurse Robot Developed

Teen Internet Addicts More Apt to Self Harm

Teen-Age Good at Reasoning but Lack Emotional Maturity

Teenage Hormones – Watch Out

Teens Who Smoke Marijuana But Not Tobacco Are Different From Other Teen Groups

TELE-MEDICINE SERVICE OVER SATELLITE NETWORK.

Testimonies document the medicinal properties of cannabis and its derivatives

Testosterone Spray May Help Post-Menopausal Women Fight Dementia

Tests Reveal Why Light Can Worsen Migraines

THC Normalized Impaired Psychomotor Performance and Mood

The Best Commercial Bread To Buy

The Cause and Treatment of Heart Disease

The Connection Between Acne and Gluten

The Dietary Supplements Labels Database

The Emergence of E-Patients

The Immunity Herb – Echinacea Purpurea

The Importance of Potassium

THE LIFE SAVING BUDWIG PROTOCOL

The Origins of Tidiness

The Pill Bottle Gets a Cell Phone, to Remind You to Take Your Medicine

The Purpose of Sneezing

The Truth About the Composition of Different Fats – Oils We Eat

The Wireless Revolution in Medical Devices

Thinking of Cryogenics? Here Are Some Sources

Too Many Chocolates- Mental Problems Linked to Acne in Teens

Too Much Liquorice During Pregnancy may Affect Child’s IQ and Behavior

Too Much of Vitamin A is Bad for Human System

Topical Cream for Erectile Dysfunction could Prove Safer

Touching Toes May Indicate Heart Risk

Traumatic Childhood Might Take Years Off Adult Life

Treating Multiple Sclerosis with Diet

Trouble Thinking? Better See the Dentist

Truth About RGBH Milk Hormone – Again

Two Out of Every Three Blind in India are Women

Two-Thirds of World’s Blind are Women: Study

Types of Holistic Healing Therapies and Treatments

UAB To Study The Effects Of Olive Oil On Breast Cancer

UAE uses SMS to Raise Awareness about Swine Flu

Understanding Amino Acids and Proteins

URMC Study Links Vitamin D, Race, And Cardiac Deaths

US Tele-Medicine – Our Philosophy

US TELE-MEDICINE ENGAGES LAWRENCE MADOFF, M.D.

US TELE-MEDICINE ENGAGES WILLIAM T. POIRIER M.D.

US Tele-Medicine Offers FREE Refunds on Your Purchases of Alternative Remedies

Virtual Medical Visits

Virtual Reality Tele-Rehab Improves Hand Function

Vitamin B6 Tied to Better Prostate Cancer Survival

Vitamin C can Help Protect DNA Damage of Skin Cells

Vitamin D Helps Improve Survival From Bowel And Skin Cancer

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Introducing – Devil’s claw

Overview:

Native to southern Africa, devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) is a shrub that has lush foilage and red flowers. The plant gets its name from the miniature hooks that cover its fruit. For thousands of years, the Khoisan peoples of Madagascar and the Kalahari Desert have used devil’s claw root in remedies to treat pain and complications of pregnancy and in topical ointments to heal sores, boils, and other skin problems. Since its introduction to Europe from Africa in the early 1900s, dried roots have been used to restore appetite, relieve heartburn, and reduce pain and inflammation. Today, devil’s claw is used for degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis, for low back pain, and as an appetite stimulant and digestive tonic. Scientific evidence supports the use of devil’s claw root to help relieve pain and inflammation in people with arthritis and other painful disorders.

Plant Description:

Devil’s claw does not have an odor, but it contains substances that make it taste bitter. It is a leafy perennial with branching roots and shoots. It has secondary roots, called tubers, that grow out of the main roots. The roots and tubers are used for medicinal purposes.

Medicinal Uses and Indications:

Osteoarthritis

Studies have found that taking devil’s claw for several months substantially reduces pain and improves physical functioning in people with osteoarthritis. A 4-month study, including 122 people with knee and hip osteoarthritis, examined the effects of devil’s claw root powder on pain. The devil’s claw supplement reduced pain and improved functional ability as effectively as standard doses of a leading European medication for osteoarthritis. In addition, those who received devil’s claw experienced fewer side effects and required fewer pain-reducing medications throughout the study.

Another study found that devil’s claw supplementation was effective in patients with rheumatic diseases (arthrosis and low back pain). Seventy-five patients with hip or knee arthritis were given devil’s claw, 2,400 mg daily, corresponding to 50 mg of harpagosides, for 12 weeks. The dosage provided a significant reduction of pain and symptoms associated with osteoarthritis. Only 2 cases of possible adverse drug reactions were reported (complaints of indigestion and a sensation of fullness).

Back and neck pain

Although study results have been somewhat conflicting, evidence suggests that devil’s claw may help relieve low back and neck pain. In a small study of 63 people with mild-to-moderate back, neck, or shoulder pain, 4 weeks of treatment with a standardized extract of devil’s claw root provided moderate relief from muscle pain. In a larger study of 197 men and women with chronic low back pain, those who received daily doses of a commercialized devil’s claw extract every day for a month reported experiencing less pain and needing fewer painkilling medications than those who received placebo.

Another study followed 73 patients. Thirty-eight patients took a standardized devil’s claw supplement, while 35 taking the COX-2 inhibitor medicine rofecoxib, also known as Celebrex, for up to 54 weeks. Results inidicated that devil’s claw was as effective in relieving pain as the rofecoxib.

Other uses

In addition to the treatment of these and other painful disorders, many professional herbalists consider devil’s claw to be useful for upset stomach, loss of appetite, headaches, allergies, and fever. Topical preparations of devil’s claw are also applied to the surface of the skin to heal sores, ulcers, boils, and skin lesions.

What’s It Made Of?:

Devil’s claw contains iridoid glycosides, components believed to have strong anti-inflammatory effects. Harpagoside (one type of iridoid) is highly concentrated in devil’s claw root and has been reported in some laboratory studies to have significant pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.

Available Forms:

Devil’s claw is available as dried or fresh root supplements and is found in capsules, tablets, liquid extracts, and topical ointments. Teas (infusions) can also be made from dried devil’s claw root.

How to Take It:

Pediatric

There are no known scientific reports on the pediatric use of devil’s claw. Therefore, it is not currently recommended for children.

Adult

  • Standardized dose: 600 – 1,200 mg, standardized to contain 50 – 100 mg of harpagoside, 3 times daily
  • Dried tuber or dried root powder: 100 – 250 mg, 3 times daily
  • Capsules containing dried root powder: 100 – 250 mg, 3 times daily
  • Liquid extract (1:1 in 25 % alcohol): 2 – 7 drops, 3 times daily
  • Tincture (1:5 in 25 % alcohol): 10 – 30 drops, 3 times daily
  • Tea (Decoction): Boil 1/3 – 1 (1.5 – 4 gm) teaspoonful in water. Strain and drink, 1 – 3 times daily.

Precautions:

The use of herbs is a time-honored approach for strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, contain components that can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a health care provider qualified in the field of botanical medicine.

Devil’s claw is nontoxic and safe, with virtually no side effects if taken at the recommended therapeutic dose for short periods of time. However, high doses can cause mild gastrointestinal problems in some individuals, and it is not clear whether devil’s claw becomes toxic if taken for long periods of time.

Individuals with stomach ulcers, duodenal ulcers, or gallstones should not take devil’s claw unless recommended by a health care provider.

Safety of devil’s claw for pregnant and breastfeeding women is not known. Therefore, it should be avoided during those times unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.

Possible Interactions:

Warfarin and Other Blood-Thinning Medications — Devil’s claw may interact with a blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin) and cause bruising or bleeding disorders. For this reason, individuals taking warfarin or other blood-thinners should not use devil’s claw without first talking to a health care provider.

Other Potential Interactions — ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, diabetes medicines, diuretics, herbs with blood-thinning effects.

Alternative Names:

Grapple plant; Harpagophytum procumbens; Wood spider