Archive for April, 2011
The neglect comes in many forms. Now it seems that extends to the dining table. As the national past, poor eating habits and increase in diseases such as obesity and childhood diabetes is part of the carelessness of the parents. New research shows that children in care by nurses and members of the extended family is eating the food faster and are more prone to bad habits to deal with only their mother.
“Studies have shown that healthy eating habits, which consist of a first form of life forever – and, unfortunately, on the contrary, Dr. Mohammed Miqdady, director of the department of gastroenterology sons of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, has said. Healthy lifestyle early in a child’s life to prevent children from falling into the overweight or obese later and to protect their illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and so on. ”
The seemingly never-ending spread of fast food outlets is often blamed for the bad eating culture that many children embrace in this day and age. But as we’ve long advocated on these pages, it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that their children are not reliant on junk food, and are provided regular healthy alternatives.
A healthy lifestyle does not stop at providing nutritious meals, but extends to regular workouts as well. It is a regime that parents are far more qualified to provide, not to mention more responsible for. Children increasingly spend time away from home, and in this regard schools have a big part to play in promoting healthy habits.
Two years ago, a three-month publicity drive – The Fat Truth – was spearheaded by the Ministry of Health and Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, the wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The campaign left doctors and teachers calling for all children to be regularly weighed at school to help prevent obesity and diabetes. Such initiatives educate not only the children, but the parents too.
Obesity is strongly linked to depression of the child. A parent does not take into account the health of their children is important not to consider their happiness. Keeping a watchful eye on the child’s feeding, with more quality time with family and meals, will go a long way to ensure both scenarios are avoided.
NEW YORK – diet soda and other artificially sweetened beverages, already implicated in the possibility of developing diabetes, it is not the culprit, according to researchers at Harvard University. In a large group of men were followed for 20 years, drinking regular soda and other sugary drinks are often meant the person was more likely to get diabetes, but it was not true of sweetened soft drinks and coffee or tea.
Replacing sugary drinks diet versions, actually seems to be a safe and healthy choice, a report published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, he said. “There are several alternatives to regular soda,” said Frank Hu, an author of the study, Reuters Health.
‘Diet soda is perhaps not the best alternative, but moderate consumption is not going to have any appreciable harmful effects.’ Prior studies had suggested that people who drink diet soda regularly might be more likely to get diabetes than those who stay away from artificially-sweetened drinks, but the recent study indicates that the link is a result of other factors common to both diet soda drinkers and people with diabetes, including being overweight.
Mr Hu and his colleagues analysed data from more than 40,000 men who were followed between 1986 and 2006, during which time they regularly filled out questionnaires on their medical status and dietary habits, including how many servings of regular and diet sodas, and other drinks, consumed every week.
About 7 percent of men reported that they had been diagnosed with diabetes at some point in the investigation. Men who drank more sugary drinks, about one dose per day on average were 16 percent more likely to have diagnosed diabetes, men who never drank such beverages. – Reuters
Although most patients with restless legs syndrome resulting from dysfunction of the central nervous system, secondary causes such as varicose veins contribute to symptoms. In these cases, the disease underlying venous help patients find relief in restless legs.
It is characterized by throbbing or other unpleasant sensations in the legs that result in an irresistible urge to move, restless legs syndrome can significantly affect quality of life of patients and difficult to sleep or rest. You can acquire knowledge about the relationship between restless legs syndrome and varicose veins, some patients experienced relief of their symptoms.
“While it would be inaccurate to say that all cases of restless leg syndrome result from venous disease or the presence of varicose veins, they are certainly secondary causes of the disease,” says Primepares G. Pal, M.D., RPVI, Medical Director of the Minnesota Vein Center. “I have seen a number of patients diagnosed with restless leg syndrome who have experienced relief after treatment for venous disease.”
Because of the correlation between restless leg syndrome and venous disease, Dr. Pal recommends referral for patients who have been diagnosed with restless leg syndrome and also present with other symptoms related to venous insufficiency, such as leg and ankle swelling or the presence of varicose veins.
“I do not believe referral should occur in all restless leg cases,” says Dr. Pal. “However, evaluation for venous insufficiency is beneficial if other clinical indications are present.”
At the Minnesota Vein Center, Dr. Pal provides patients with a minimally invasive treatment option through use of endovenous thermal ablation. This procedure allows patients to benefit from an outpatient option that is performed through the use of local anesthesia and requires little to no downtime.
During the procedure, a catheter is inserted into a vein that has been determined to have valvular reflux. Once the catheter is correctly positioned within the vein, thermal energy in the form of a laser or radiofrequency is used to heat and seal the vein, allowing for the return of normal blood flow. Ideal candidates for endovenous thermal ablation have superficial venous disease that is primarily in the saphenous vein system.
“Previous techniques for the treatment of venous disease, such as extraction, lengthy procedures were performed under general anesthesia in the operating room and often require long recovery periods,” said Dr. Pal. “Through the use of endovenous thermal ablation, the recovery time is significantly reduced, and patients are encouraged to return to their daily activities after surgery.” For patients with venous disease increased number of treatment options, including ambulatory phlebectomy and ultrasound-guided chemical ablation are available through the Minnesota Center vein.
Tourette syndrome. One might think that a person with physical and verbal tics of Tourette has less control than non hismind Gilles de la Tourette. Well, here’s a surprise. Studies show that children of Tourette’s really more cognitive control than their peers. The researchers believe that increased surveillance has an impact on spending so much time and energy trying to defeat the Tourette-related behaviors. The present work is Journal of Biology.
The researchers studied brain scans of children with Tourette’s, while performing tasks that require focus and rapid response. Brain scans of children not Tourette served as controls. The researchers found significantly increased activity in the corpus callosum, the region that connects the left and right hemispheres in those with Tourette.
Interestingly, the kids who were best at controlling their tics showed another increased activity: they had busier connections between the prefrontal cortex, involved in complex tasks, and brain areas that control physical movement. Again, probably to subdue the tics.
This discovery gives hope that the people of Tourette’s training could strengthen these links in order to control the behavior of Tourette. This approach can also help other conditions such as attention deficit disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.