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Studies show that asthma can worsen your asthma. If you have heartburn or acid reflux and no asthma, acid reflux has been found to cause numerous diseases. Learn what you need to do to start dealing with your acid reflux.

How Acid Reflux Can Worsen Your Asthma

How Acid Reflux Can Worsen Your AsthmaAsthma is a chronic lung condition that is characterized by difficulty in breathing, wheezing, and mucus accumulation. People with asthma have extra sensitive or hyper-responsive airways. During an asthma attack, the airways become irritated and react by narrowing and constructing, causing increased resistance to airflow, and obstructing the flow of the air passages to and from the lungs.Some research indicates that the symptoms of asthma may get worse when you have heartburn or acid reflux. Acid reflux occurs when your undigested stomach content moves back up into your esophagus. Acid reflux can cause painful heartburn which you can relieve with antacid medicines or natural remedies. Antacids simply neutralize your stomach's acid, which reduces the burning sensation in your esophagus tube. It is best to use natural remedies first because neutralising stomach acid is a temporary method and only serves to suppress the cause of "acid reflux" .For acid reflux, it is best to use digestive enzymes. Take a good digestive enzyme with every meal you eat. The next step would be to learn how to eat so you don't get acid reflux or heartburn.Acid reflux happens mostly in people who are older and overweight. But sometimes it can happen in children and in all types of people.In some studies, researchers have injected acid into the esophageus of people with asthma, and it had a significant impact on their asthma and increased their asthma symptoms.These is also evidence to suggest that people who have asthma get acid reflux more often than people without asthma. This is probably because of the big pressure changes in the chest during breathing in people with asthma. These high pressures could force liquid to travel the wrong way up the esophagus. In these cases, asthma sufferers seem to lose out twice: they suffer from asthma and they may suffer from acid reflux more often than non asthma sufferers.However, this is not the whole story. If acid reflux really was an important cause of asthma worsening, then treatments against acid reflux should make the asthma better, however, this is generally not the case.In the meantime, if you have asthma and you also have acid reflux, it could just be that careful treatment of your reflux will make your breathing better.If your asthma is bad and no-one knows why, some doctors would check whether you have or had [*_*] by conducting tests to measure the acidity in your stomach. If the result showed a tendency for [*_*], then your doctor should help you eliminate this condition.Using a doctor who uses natural methods to treat [*_*] is the best way to go. Using drugs to eliminate [*_*] when you are already taking drugs for asthma is asking for addition health problems in the future. Drugs do not cure [*_*] and cause Theis condition to worsen. It is best to use natural remedies and diet to eliminate [*_*] and heartburn.

Viral Infections: A Seemingly Consistent Threat

Viral Infections: A Seemingly Consistent Threat

It is not fresh news to hear about the bird flu virus that has been hitting the Asia Pacific and other regions around the world. Just like people, birds get the flu. This virus infects birds like chickens, other poultry, and wild birds such as ducks. Thus far, the Bird Flu virus has been monitored to affect several species of birds. However, what is alarming about the said contagion is that it can also affect human beings. The first Bird Flu case that infected a human, and clinically dubbed as H5N1, occured in Hong Kong last 1997. Since then, there have been other reports of bird flu virus infections in Asia, Europe, and Africa. During an outbreak of the virus, people who have make contact with infected birds get sick. It is possible to catch Bird Flu by eating poultry that is not well-cooked or through contact with a person who has contracted the virus.In recent news, Bird Flu cases have been on the rise and has caused worry among health officials. According to Dr. David Nabarro, the UN coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, several countries have made progress in containing the virus' spread, but there remain some problem areas. In Indonesia, which announced the death of the 91st victim and in Vietnam whose health department confirmed the spread of one of the strains of the disease to a sixth province. The ministry of Health of Indonesia announced a human death from infection of H5N1 avian flu. Last November 5, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that a 30-year old woman from Banten Province, Indonesia developed symptoms such as high fever, cough, and muscle aches last October 3. The woman was reportedly hospitalized on October 31t and died in the hospital last November 3. A WHO investigation has found out that several poultry deaths in the woman's neighborhood occurred in the days prior to the onset of her symptoms. Another case was reported involving a 31-year old man who died from the bird flu virus last November 10. A total of 91 deaths have occurred due to the outbreak, WHO officials said.According to WHO, while research is still in the early stages, specifically in the conduct of tests with mice and other mammals in laboratory conditions in Switzerland, the US and Vietnam --- it has been determined that blood from survivors may hold the key. The organization is studying medical reports that antibodies from survivors may provide some form of protective benefit. This suggests possible developments in using blood transfusions or blood based cures in similar treatments for humans, but WHO officials warn the studies need further testing.Of the few bird flu viruses that have crossed the species barrier to infect humans, the infection has caused the largest number of detected cases of severe disease and death in humans. However, it is still possible that those cases in the most severely ill people are more likely to be diagnosed and reported, while milder cases go unnoticed. In order to detect the bird flu virus in humans, a laboratory test is needed to confirm the virus in humans. Two main risks for human health from bird flu includes the risk of direct infection when the virus passes from the bird to humans, sometimes resulting in severe disease and the risk that the virus will change into a form that will be highly infectious for humans and spreads easily from person to person. Symptoms of bird flu in humans have ranged from common human influenza like symptoms such as "high fever" , sore throat, cough and muscle aches, to pneumonia, eye infections, respiratory diseases, and other severe and life-threatening complications. The symptoms may vary according to the specific virus type and strain that has caused the infection.

Steroids : Pumping Up The Issue

Steroids : Pumping Up The Issue

Some guys have all the luck, Some guys have all the painSome guys get all the breaksSome guys do nothing but complain-Rod StewartThere may be some truths in the lyrics of Rod Stewart's hit song Some Guys Have All The Luck. Whether they admit it or not, guys sometimes compare themselves with other guys especially in certain settings, such as the locker room. Time in a locker room can be challenging. It is a place where you can actually separate the boys from the men, at least, in terms of their physical development. Guys are stereotyped to be tough and shouldn't place much concern with their appearance. Vanity is a girl's issue. But it's natural to observe friends and classmates, and notice the different ways they're growing and developing. And the reality is that a lot of guys do spend plenty of time surveying themselves in front of the mirror. It doesn't matter whether they have reed thin bodies, or buffed like Clark Kent. The truth is, some guys care just as much as girls do about their appearance. But unlike girls, most guys are less likely to talk to their friends or relatives about how their bodies are developing. A guy may suddenly develop a negative self-image when he sees that all his friends have already matured physically, are taller, and more muscular. Guys who feel that they don't measure up with their peers as far as body image is concerned may feel pressured and may resort to using steroids to speed up the development of their physique without taking into consideration its side effects.The human body produces natural steroids to fight stress and promote growth and development. However, there are some people, mostly athletes, who use steroid pills, gels, creams, or injections to improve their physique or their performance. Steroids, sometimes referred to as 'roids, juice, hype, weight trainers, gym candy, arnolds, stackers, or pumpers, are the same as, or similar to, certain hormones in the body.Anabolic steroids are artificially produced hormones similar to androgens, the male-type sex hormones in the body. The most powerful androgen is testosterone. Testosterone is mainly a mature male hormone which promotes the masculine traits that develop during puberty, such as deepening of the voice and growth of body hair. Testosterone levels has an effect in the aggressiveness of a person. This is the reason why some athletes take anabolic steroids because of their testosterone-like effects. They stimulate muscle tissue to grow and "bulk up" in response to training by mimicking the effect of naturally produced testosterone on the body. Anabolic steroids can remain in the body anywhere from a couple of days to about a year. The popularity of this substance is due to the improved endurance, strength, and muscle mass for its users. However, there is no research study to substantiate these claims.Another group of steroids called steroidal supplements contains dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and/or androstenedione (also known as andro). They used to be found at health food stores or gyms but are now considered controlled substance and require a prescription. However, DHEA is one of the few exceptions and can still be bought over the counter.The effects of steroid supplements are not well known. They are considered weaker forms of androgen but when taken in large doses, they cause effects similar to other androgens like testosterone. However, it's been known that companies manufacturing steroids supplements often use false claims with very little known long-term effects on the body. For this reason, the government passed laws controlling steroid distribution to protect the general public.Anabolic steroids cause many different types of problems. Some of the more serious or long-lasting "side effects" are:lpremature balding or hair loss ldizziness lmood swings, including anger, aggression, and depression lseeing or hearing things that aren't there (hallucinations) lextreme feelings of mistrust or fear (paranoia) lproblems sleeping lnausea and vomiting ltrembling lhigh blood pressure that can damage the heart or blood vessels over time laching joints lgreater chance of injuring muscles and tendons ljaundice or yellowing of the skin; liver damage lurinary problems lshortening of final adult height lincreased risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer Specific risks for girls associated with anabolic steroids include:lincreased facial hair growth ldevelopment of masculine traits, such as deepening of the voice, and loss of feminine body characteristics, such as shrinking of the breasts lenlargement of the clitoris lmenstrual cycle changes Specific risks for guys include:ltesticular shrinkage lpain when urinating lbreast development limpotence lsterility Serious psychological side effects of steroids may result to aggressiveness or combative attitude, extreme, uncontrolled bouts of anger caused by long-term steroid use. Steroids injections can place the person at risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS, if they share needles with other users. Dirty needles pose greater risk for contracting hepatitis or bacterial endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart. So, do not envy other guys whose muscles are well-developed than yours. Not everyone's body changes at the same time or even at the same pace. Working out in a gym is still the best way to pump up those muscles without the possible risks steroids may bring. Most guys will eventually catch up in terms of physique development. However, some guys will remain to be taller or well-built. It could be in the genes.

The Connection between Depression and Eating Disorders

The Connection between Depression and Eating Disorders

Most people will experience the feeling of depression at least once in life. Every one of us will have painful and unjust things occur in our lives. Each of us will lose people or things which are important to us and experience unpleasant events that are beyond our control. For some, these are just the natural ups and downs of life and are weathered with an understanding that the future will hold more promise. For others, these events will trigger overwhelming feelings of despair and anxiety, which make it practically impossible to imagine anything being any different or better.Over 19 million of Americans over age 18 are considered to be clinically depressed. Depression is so common that it is second only to heart disease in causing lost work days. More alarming though, if left untreated, depression is the number one cause of suicide.There are certain studies that point out that depression always goes hand-in-hand with an eating disorder. Both of them rob a person of their happiness and self-worth. More often than not, therapists tend to treat depression alone with drugs instead of with a more psychological basis and along with the eating disorder. In turn, the psychological community has expanded it's scope of research and study by focusing more attention on eating disorders and concentrating on other extended issues related to eating disorders. The desire to distinguish and understand a possible relationship between bulimia nervosa and depression has become a major focus within the field.Presently, there are two predominant hypotheses on the relationship between eating disorders and depression. The first hypothesis states that bulimia nervosa is an affective variant of depression. This idea came about due to early reports of a high prevalence of clinical depression in bulimics and a high lifetime prevalence of depression in the families of these patients. Recent studies, however, provide evidence that this type of relationship between bulimia and depression is still unconfirmed. The second hypothesis constitutes that bulimia is a distinctive diagnostic entity with a psychopathological process different from that of other mental disorders.Moreover, results of a small study suggests that women with eating disorders who have attempted suicide may have had a depressive disorder long before their problems with food began. Researchers also found that among 27 eating disorder patients with a history of suicide attempts, two thirds had major depression before the onset of the eating disorder. That compares with just one of 27 patients who had never attempted suicide. Women in the suicidal group also developed depression and anxiety disorders at a younger age than the other women did. A substantial number of people with eating disorders purposely injure themselves or attempt to take their lives, according to the study.The findings suggest that for most people with eating disorders and no history of suicidal behavior, depression may be a consequence of the eating disorder. But for those who are suicidal, the first and perhaps most central psychological problem may often be major depression. Therefore, people with eating disorders and a history of depression may be at increased risk for suicide. This, they note, suggests the need to put more emphasis on regulating emotion and mood in treating these patients. It is amazing to delve into the statistics and discover exactly how many people who suffer from depression and eating disorders, still appears to be a puzzle to understanding. To this day, scientists and researchers are still trying to determine the exact causes of these eating disorders and, specifically, if it was depression that triggered the disorder or the other way around. What's more important is finding the main trigger to the depression. The helplessness and hopelessness that comes from eating disorders are plenty enough to aggravate someone's moods. The person with the eating disorder feels helpless and they feel out of control, while desperately searching for control by starvation or purging.

Yearning for Effective Relief from Heartburn

People experiencing heartburn can be very distressed by this condition. Also known as acid indigestion, heartburn is suffered by millions of people around the world. Some people suffer an episode of heartburn every once in a while and usually take antacids as heartburn treatment. Other people can suffer from this condition at least two or more episodes in a week, and this particular set of people has a more serious problem in their hands. Just recently, a new medical treatment for heartburn has arrived in the market, one that can make an important difference in the lives of these people. Heartburn medication is usually needed by this large group of people as they age, and only a few young individuals need to get any of the heartburn treatments.Old people can end up needing heartburn medications because of a problem with a certain muscle that controls the flow of acid from the stomach and through the esophagus. This certain muscle usually weakens as people get older. The acid from the stomach moves backwards and into the esophagus, and since it is a vital part of the stomach, it easily tolerates this kind of acid, and the job of digestion that is carried out in the stomach. Because the esophagus do not allow this acid, the pain a person feels can be unbearable when the acid moves the stomach back into the esophagus. This action often occurs when the person lays down at night to sleep. This health condition is not only painful, but it can also add stress to the everyday life of a person because of their lack of sleep.Patients who deal with heartburn have already welcomed the advances in "medical treatment" s that has brought relief from this painful condition. Those medications and relief for heartburn are the result of extensive years of research by medical experts. Those people who only suffer occasionally from heartburn can make use of antacids that can be purchased over the counter. Many of these antacids are widely available at local drug stores, grocery stores, and convenience markets. These heartburn treatments are usually very effective for minor symptoms of acid indigestion.Today, there is a heartburn medication that has made a significant difference for those who regularly suffer from heartburn. Prilosec is the first medication provided only with a prescription, but is now also available over the counter. Prilosec is a proton pump inhibitor, a group of drugs whose main action is pronounced and long lasting reduction of gastric acid production, and are the most potent inhibitors of acid secretion available today. Usually, patients need to take this medication for two weeks to ensure proper treatment. This medication relieves the symptoms of heartburn for an extended period of time. This medication works in order to reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach, so that it does not flow back into the esophagus. Regular visits to their physician should be done for good results. People dealing with heartburn should be aware of its symptoms and effects, so that prevention as well as treatment is covered in time.

Beat Your Eczema Skin Condition Now & Reclaim Your Life

Are you a sufferer of Eczema? If so it may surprise you to know that you can gain considerable relief from it just by a few changes to your everyday lifestyle. Ive laid out some tips below, so put them into place today to start getting ahead!Moisturize-A lot!Many people will say the worst part of Eczema is the itching. Well heres some news, if you keep your skin moisturized enough you can all but eliminate that pesky itch. The key is to moisturize regularly, and at the correct times. Ideally, twice a day after bathing or showering would be perfect. The reason its done after bathing is so you can seal some of the moisture from the bath or shower into your skin. To do this, lightly dab yourself with a very soft towel, leaving the skin slightly damp, then apply the moisturizer directly to the damp skin. Its a little tougher to work it all in, but its certainly worth the extra effort.Improve Your Diet!Your diet and the food you eat play a huge role in how Eczema is able to attack your body. In short, if you are able to eat more of the foods that aid regeneration of your skin, your skin will be able to regenerate better, and this extra regeneration can really help eliminate your Eczema. As a general rule for this, big salads with lots of greenery are very good. Also, bear in mind that foods with a high acid content have been directly linked to increased Eczema. Its well worth seeing a dietician to get some tips on how to reduce this, and even taking some supplements to reduce or neutralize this. Kelp supplements can be perfect, as they are very high in alkali and will neutralize the acid very naturally.Be Smart-Many people amaze me by complaining about Eczema and then doing all the things they shouldnt do, all the time making it worse. You can beat Eczema by being smart. Avoid itchy clothing-woolens are definitely out, and try to find clothing only of the softest 100% cotton. Also avoid perfumes and scents of any kind, especially applied directly to the skin. Its also possible for the scenting agents in your detergents and toiletries to have a negative effect, so you may want to take the time to find some natural products which are not scented.Take care of your skin!Keep your skin well hydrated all the time, by drinking plenty of water. If you are going to be in the sun, use plenty of the appropriate strength sunblock. It sounds obvious, but carrying a small bottle of sunblock with you at all time can prevent those accidental sunburn occasions, which can obviously have terrible consequences with Eczema.You really can find some great Eczema relief if you apply the tips above. Eczema is a real curse in anyones life, but fighting back and fighting smart can have some real benefits.

Summary

Studies show that asthma can worsen your asthma. If you have heartburn or acid reflux and no asthma, acid reflux has been found to cause numerous diseases. Learn what you need to do to start dealing with your acid reflux.