As our worlds population grows by about 70 million each year, every approaching public health crisis becomes all the more threatening. At BestPublicHealthSchools.org we decided to use this infographic to explore ten of the most troubling threats on the horizon, including prevention and treatment.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a relatively common condition in women, although it is not often diagnosed. With advancement in technology and more awareness, more women are able to determine if they are suffering from this syndrome, also known as PCOS. The condition is characterized by numerous small cysts in the ovaries, which interfere with the production of hormones. As a result, the male hormone testosterone is produced in higher quantities. The effects are manifested in various ways, some of which include fertility problems, irregular menstruation, obesity, and even increased risk for type 2 diabetes and heart problems.
The exact cause of PCOS remains a mystery to doctors and researchers. However, the symptoms are clear and some researchers believe that it is closely linked to an over active sympathetic nervous system. This system is what controls involuntary bodily functions such as the dilation of pupils.
A group of Swedish researchers conducted a study recently, wherein women with PCOS were divided into three groups. The first group underwent electro-acupuncture (a weak electric current is passed through the needles). The second group underwent a guided exercise routine (at least three times a week). The third group had no additional treatment or instructions. The findings? The activity of the sympathetic nervous system of the first two groups was considerably lower and the women who had acupuncture had a plus: more regulated menstruation. More than this, they also had lower levels of testosterone.
If you have PCOS or know anyone with PCOS, you might want to consider acupuncture.
We have been quite fortunate to receive a free copy of the e-book titled I HAVE IBS…NOW WHAT? It is written by Ashkan Farhadi, MD, MS, FACG and based on what I have read, it is quite a comprehensive guide with regard to the condition called irritable bowel syndrome.
We have talked about IBS several times in the past and it is a very real condition. It is also a sensitive one as not many people like to talk about such things. However, for those who are suffering from IBS, or those who might think that they have the condition, the situation is very real.
So what is this book really about? As I mentioned above, it is basically a comprehensive guide about IBS. It has 7 chapters, starting with an introduction to the condition. General facts – statistics, description, and so on – are clearly discussed in the first chapter. The other chapters talk about the nature of the disorder, its symptoms, and treatment.
The book by Dr. Ashkan Farhadi is very detailed but at the same time, the words and structure used are very simple. As a result, it is quite easy to understand. Anyone who can read can actually learn more about IBS through this e-book. I would have to say, however, that despite its comprehensiveness, it should not replace consultations with a medical practitioner. IBS, much like other disorders, may have different effects on different people. As such, the best course would be to get in touch with your physician.
Then again, if you want to do some reading on IBS, this book would be a very good start.
The next time someone tells you that you have gained weight, point them to this blog post. A recent study conducted in Canada has yielded some interesting results with regard to being overweight.
According to a story ran by The New York Times, the study was done on over 11,000 Canadian adults. The results showed that people who are a bit overweight, but not obese, are less likely to die than those who are not overweight (READ: NORMAL weight). The category of overweight covers people who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9. In addition to this, people who are underweight – those who have a Body Mass Index of less than 18.5 – are more likely to die than the people who weigh normally.
Obviously, this finding is going to be well-received by many. The common way of thinking, prior to this study, is that being overweight automatically means more health problems, higher chances of dying earlier than normal. I guess this study gives us something new to think about.
Of course, we also have to take into consideration our lifestyles. Just because you have a BMI of anywhere between 25 to 29.9, it doesn’t mean that you can automatically say that you are going to be fine and that you have a lower risk of dying early. Smoking, drinking, no exercise, and other similar factors should be considered as well.
At least, when you get picked on because of a little extra padding, tell them that it just might be your insurance!
I do not know if I have ever mentioned this before, but I do have a propensity for taking pills easily. That is, whenever I feel that something is wrong with me physically, I do not hesitate much when it comes to taking pills that will solve my problem. In fact, I have my proven medication for most any kind of minor health problem. Maalox for a bum stomach. Tylenol for a headache – or most any kind of ache, actually.
Recently, though, I have been hearing a lot of rumors about Tylenol being dangerous for you. Mass e-mails about the FDA saying that acetaminophen (the active ingredient of Tylenol) can damage your liver beyond repair have been flooding my Inbox(es) – yes, all of my e-mail accounts have been bombarded. Friends and colleagues, who know of my affinity for this pill, have not been slow to inform me either.
Naturally, I had to do research of my own in order to get to the bottom of this issue once and for all. Thank goodness for Paula Kue, MD, who wrote an article about this exact thing in Yahoo. She said the magic words:
Well, STOP! Please, stop your worrying.
Acetaminophen is a truly safe medication for reducing fevers and treating pain. Unless you have a known liver disease like hepatitis, or are on medications that are themselves toxic to the liver or that already contain acetaminophen, the current dosing guidelines for Tylenol are very safe.
YAY! That’s all I can say. I don’t have hepatitis and as far as I know, I am not taking any medication that is toxic to the liver. So there!