"Recent studies have shown a strong link between dental hygiene and Alzheimer's Disease. The bacteria created by poor dental health can travel to the brain."
As far-fetched and unrelated as it may sound, is it actually true that Alzheimer’s disease might in fact be linked to poor dental health? According to studies in recent years, there may be a stronger link than we might have ever imagined. While there appears to be a strong chance that gum disease can cause Alzheimer’s, there are still steps that can be taken to help avoid such a fate.
Scientists from the University of Lancashire in England performed a study in which they found traces of a bacterium that is generally present in the mouth actually in the brains of some of their subjects. The correlation between the ten test subjects’ Alzheimer’s and the presence of the bacteria (known as Porphyromonas gingivalis) was that the bacteria is one generally present in the mouth of those who suffer from periodontal disease (also known simply as gum disease). Brain samples were taken from ten patients who suffered from Alzheimer’s and ten samples were taken from subjects without Alzheimer’s. Those with Alzheimer’s all had traces of the periodontal bacteria in their brain samples.
How Does the Bacteria Affect the Brain?
The hypothesis based on the findings from the study is that the bacteria travels into the brain, and then proceeds to set off a trigger in the immune system. What this trigger does is tell the body that there is something foreign in the area, and that it is bad, and it needs to be eradicated. The immune system then sends out its attack, releasing a chemical that ends up killing brain cells. This loss of brain cells is thought to eventually lead to loss of memory and therefore Alzheimer’s disease.
What Can Be Done to Stop it?
While the study did produce these results, more money is being sought in order to fund further research on the subject. Only time and additional testing and research will tell, but in the mean time, in can’t hurt to continue proper mouth health and improve your dental health. Brush at least twice a day, and remember to floss every day. If you are unable to brush your teeth in some situations or after every meal and snack, simply swish water in your mouth to remove stagnant food particles. By removing the bacteria from your mouth you will lessen the chance of the gum disease that has been linked to Alzheimer’s in the study. One of the primary causes of gum disease is lack of oral hygiene, with lack of flossing being the biggest culprit. As many as up to thirty percent of adults are said to suffer from gum disease at some point in their lives, so work to prevent yourself from becoming part of that statistic.
The bottom line:
While further studies have yet to be held, the current findings are startling. Although the amount of subjects tested was small, the University is seeking the funding to do more thorough research and testing. In the mean time, it can’t hurt to pay extra special attention to your teeth and mouth, and develop a healthy, thorough mouth-care routine if you haven’t already.
Becca is an avid health and nutrition blogger. She’s currently working with Dentists R Us in Coquitlam BC to help educate the public about dental care and health.
If you are looking for a cost- effective, safe, and long lasting means of hair removal, waxing is the way to go. "
Hair removal is something almost everyone chooses to do at some point in their life. Women often spend countless hours of their grooming routine completing some sort of hair removal including shaving, tweezing, waxing, and even using creams that dissolve hair. The process of hair removal can be expensive, time consuming, and potentially irritating to the skin.
Shaving and Hair Removal Creams
The two hair removal methods that are the most harsh on skin are shaving and hair removal creams. Both of these methods require low upfront costs. Unfortunately, neither one of these methods lasts very long. Many hair removal creams claim they will last several weeks. This may be true for people that have very thin or fine body hair, but for those with normal or thick, fast growing hair, these creams will not last any longer than shaving. Why? This is because they only remove hair at the surface of the skin or very slightly below, just like shaving only removes the hair at the surface of the skin.
Most people that decide to use shaving as a means of hair removal will find they need to do it at least every other day, if not daily, in order to keep their skin looking and feeling smooth. This process can be irritating to skin, especially if quality razors and shaving creams are not used. Razors can leave your skin feeling dry with red bumps and unsightly ingrown hairs. Hair removal creams can be equally irritating. In fact, if left on the skin too long or used on sensitive skin, these creams can actually leave chemical burns on the skin.
A Better Option
If you are looking for a cost- effective, safe, and long lasting means of hair removal, waxing is the way to go. This is true for the entire body. Waxing works well for legs, eye brows, arms, armpits, the bikini line, and even Brazilian style hair removal.
Although it may not seem like it, waxing is actually a very good choice for hair removal on sensitive skin. This is because it only needs to be completed once every few weeks, some people can even go a month or more between waxing. The longer you wax, the longer you will find you can go between waxing appointments at the salon or at home if you choose to do it yourself.
Over time, the roots to the hair become weaker, causing the hair to become thinner, weaker, and easier to remove. Because it does not need to be completed every few days, Brazilian waxing is a great option for those that choose to go completely bare. The bikini area is especially prone to irritation and ingrown hairs from shaving or other hair removal practices. These problems are rare with waxing and become less and less common as your skin adjust to the waxing process.
Brazilian waxing and other body waxing practices are perhaps the most cost effective means of hair removal available today. The upfront cost may be slightly higher than shaving or hair removal creams, but the effects last much longer, requiring fewer purchases to be made in the long run. The irritation that can be caused by other forms of hair removal can also increase the costs incurred by the consumer because additional creams or medications to soothe the area must also be purchased.
Carrie Steele loves getting spa treatments. She has unique suggestions about getting beautiful and fit. She had been writing about several interesting articles about it. When not blogging, she enjoys a great day in a spa. Learn more about Carrie's helpful tips when you visit Dyanna Spa
Do you suffer from lower back pain? If your answer is yes, you’re not alone. Eight out of ten people suffer from this type of ailment at some point in their lives. The type of pain can be minor (lasting from a few days to weeks) to more severe (lasting for months or even years). Low back pain treatment is the most popular type of chiropractic care for back pain sufferers.
Chiropractic low back pain treatment uses spinal adjustments to normalize mobility on spinal joints brought on by tissue injuries. These are brought on usually by accidents, sports injuries, and poor posture. Chiropractors refer to this is as misalignment of the vertebra. This causes irritation of the surrounding area and nerve area resulting in inflammation, pain and degeneration.
Chiropractic Treatment for Pain
With chiropractic treatment, pressure is taken off the disc, joints, nerves and symptoms are improved. It also prevents it from getting worse, and you can get to feeling like yourself again. The treatment can also use soft tissue repair, stretching, and specific posture and strengthening exercises. However, if need be the chiropractor can use a spinal orthotic device called Denneroll , that is also used with the spinal adjustments. Back pain can be acute (less than one month) sub-acute (1-3 months) or chronic (more than three months). Most of the time low back pain can be caused from musculoskeletal problems, and unfortunately most people just put up with the pain until it becomes unbearable, and only then do they see a doctor. You can read more about the facts of low back pain here.
In addition, although low back pain treatment has come a long way, researchers are still studying spinal manipulation. For example, a 2010 review of 26 clinical trials reviewed the effectiveness of different treatments of both musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal conditions. The authors of the study concluded that the spinal manipulation works for acute, sub-acute and chronic low back pain. This means that it can work for just about anyone suffering from low back pain.
Furthermore, there was a study completed last year in Switzerland which involved adults who were suffering from low back pain and who had not received chiropractic or manual help in the three months before the study took place. Patients with chronic back pain and acute pain both exhibited positive results. Patients with radiculopathy (when one or more set of nerves are not working properly) also had improved symptoms. Low back pain is considered to be the most common job related disability, especially for people who work in front of a computer all day, or do excessive labor.
Moreover, what chiropractors do is identify structural imbalances that are related to a number of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. The daily stress on our backs related to everyday activities can lead to these imbalances resulting in a sprain or strain in the vertebrae area. This means that two or more vertebra have lost their normal motion or position. Most of these imbalances in the early stages can exist without the person even feeling spinal pain.
However, as time goes on, the wear and tear worsens and is followed by various cases of muscular and skeletal dysfunction, which leads to pain. Low back pain treatment can also reduce tension, pain and other symptoms, as well as improved posture and balance. There is also a reduction in the rate of spinal degeneration, which will help you relax and cope with stress and changes in lifestyle. Furthermore, there will be an improved function of the body’s organs and systems. This will improve your emotional and health wellbeing, thus enjoying your life more.
Chiropractic care is known to be the one of the most popular forms of healthcare that people seek for neck and back pain. It is safe, effective and drug free. These characteristics have made chiropractor the best recognized complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions. This is why people in the medical field are choosing it as a job, and it has become the third largest doctoral level profession, after medicine and dentistry. So, if you have back pain, make sure you go see a chiropractor to try low back pain treatment. It will get you on the road to recovery and back to doing the things that you love.
This article was written by Danny Oh, who resorted to chiropractic treatment for his low back pain treatment and is glad for it.
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There are also typical causes, which include aging, excessive noise exposure, and toxic medications. What many hearing loss patients do in order to regain their ability to hear sounds is to use hearing aids. Since many individuals have a lot of questions about the use of a hearing aid, we will go over some of the most common and we will provide reliable and simple answers.
Q: How do I recognize that I might be having hearing loss problems?
A: Generally, hearing loss begins gradually without any discomfort. To determine whether you are experiencing hearing loss, a few questions that you may ask yourself are:
1. Do I repeatedly ask people to repeat what they said?
2. Am I experiencing difficulty in following a conversation in a small group?
3. Is it hard for me to understand the speaker if he is not in front of me?
4. Am I struggling to hear things when I am in crowded places (e.g. restaurants, malls)?
5. Do I prefer a louder volume than others?
6. Am I experiencing difficulty in conversing over the telephone?
If you have answered yes to most of these questions, then it is possible that you are suffering from hearing loss.
Q: Who should I see when I have developed hearing problems?
A: You can visit one of these professionals specializing in ear problems:
1. Otolaryngologist – A surgeon who specializes in ear, nose and throat problems.
2. Audiologist – A health professional that identifies and measures hearing loss.
3. Hearing Aid Specialist – A licensed professional who checks one’s hearing, evaluates it, and fits a hearing aid.
These professionals would identify whether you are suffering from a hearing loss and will tell you which type of hearing loss you have.
Q: What are the types of hearing aids that I could use?
A: There are three types of hearing aids that are available in the market today:
1. CIC or completely-in-the-canal
2. ITE or in-the-ear
3. BTE or behind-the-ear
Q: How should I choose the right hearing aid for me?
A: Knowing the degree and type of your hearing loss is the major factor in determining the hearing aid that best fits your needs. Other factors include personal preference and lifestyle.
Q: Does using a hearing aid bring back my full abilities to hear?
A: Technically, it does not. They would only make sounds available to you through modified electrical signals but would not restore your hearing back to normal.
Q: Where can I purchase a hearing aid?
A: Hearing aids are available from different sources, which are operated by Hearing Instrument Specialists and licensed professionals (e.g audiologists, otolaryngologists, hearing aid specialist).
Q: Are there other devices available to treat hearing loss?
A: There are other devices that could complement the use of a hearing aid, such as devices that you could connect to televisions or stereos to make it easier for you to hear. Some alerts (e.g doorbells, smoke detectors, and alarm clocks) could have other signals that could be seen or felt.
About the author:
Ernest Poh founded The Hearing Centre Pte Ltd. The Hearing Centre is your one-stop centre for complete hearing aids and hearing conservation services. Ernest has been fitting hearing devices since 2004. Visit his website at http://thehearingcentre.sg to learn more about the different types of hearing aids and the possible causes of hearing loss.
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Once your doctor has assessed you and given you a prescription for the right size and type of catheter, you may feel like you’re on your own. Perhaps an expert has advised you on how to perform the catheterization, but what if something happens that you don’t expect and they aren’t there to guide you?
Here are a few guidelines for self-catheterization to give you an idea of what the process of learning to catheterize yourself might be like, and what you’ll need to be aware of during and after learning how. This blog post is in no way intended as medical advice, and the guidelines listed below are not at all comprehensive. Your doctor is your best authority on self-catheterization.
1.Every 3 to 8 hours, you will need to empty your bladder. Try not to keep more than 400 milliliters (ml) in your bladder at any given time.
2.As you master self-catheterization, be prepared to keep careful records of when you catheterized, how much urine you drained, and whether you were wet, dry, or damp. These records can help you in the process of establishing a routine.
3.Catheterize in the morning when you wake up and at night right before bedtime. If you collect over 400 ml of urine in the morning, or if your bedtime is early, you may need to empty your bladder during the night.
4.Urinary tract infections can be caused by prolonged urine accumulation in the bladder. For this reason, it is very important to avoid skipping a catheterization under any circumstances.
5.Maintain proper hygiene by washing your hands before and after self-catheterization.
6.When you empty your bladder, do so completely, but it’s important to never compress your bladder in an attempt to speed up the process. If you increase bladder pressure, you can cause urine to flow back into your kidneys.
7.Be mindful of your fluid intake. 6-8 glasses per day, using 8 ounce glasses, is considered normal fluid intake. If you increase your fluid intake, you may need to catheterize more frequently, as urine output is a direct result of fluid intake.
8.Maintain catheter stashes in various convenient places: for instance, the bathroom, a purse or backpack, the glove compartment of your car, your desk at work, your locker at school or at the gym.
9.Stay vigilant about the possibility of a urinary tract infection. The symptoms can include: the need to urinate more frequently, painful urination, passing urine that looks cloudy, blood in the urine, fever, chills, vomiting, back pain, and/or flank pain.
10.Be aware of less common complications from self-catheterization, such as urethral stricture (the narrowing of the urethral passage due to scar tissue), bladder injury, bladder stones, and urethral bleeding or pain.
Tim Loshe is a home health care professional with over twenty years of experience in the home care industry. In his free time Tim enjoys blogging about various home health care tips and products.
Acupressure has been around for ages and is a proven method for healing pain and relieving muscle tension
Acupressure is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is often considered acupuncture without needles both of which have been the primary form of medicine in China for over five thousand years. At the core of the Chinese medicine philosophy is the belief that the body is a microcosm of the Universe and that we are an integral part of the natural world. Just as there are daily and seasonal cycles in nature, there are cycles of change within our bodies. Each of the five major organs is associated with one of the five seasons, five elements and five positive or negative emotions as seen bellow.
Liver - Spring Wood Kindness/Anger
Heart - Summer Fire Love/Cruelty
Spleen - Indian summer Earth Righteousness/Worry
Lungs - Fall Metal Courage/Grief
Kidneys - Winter Water Gentleness/Fear
Just as the body is a microcosm of the Universe, there are microcosms within the body such as the hands, feet and the ears. Every organ is represented in each of these by an acupoint and is connected to its corresponding organ by a meridian.
What are meridians?
Meridians can be thought of as rivers or energy channels that carry vital life force known as “chi” or “qi” throughout the body. It is an intricate web of channels and junctions consisting of 20 meridians, twelve major ones and eight others that correspond to all the organs and functions within the body. Highly trained practitioners are able to “see” these channels through their fingertips. By checking the pulse of each meridian they can determine the strength or weakness of its flow and which organs are being affected.
How Acupressure Works
Once it has been determined where the energy is blocked, points along that meridian are stimulated by applying pressure, most often with the fingers, in a gradual but steady downward force for 2 to 5 minutes. The length of time is determined by how the point feels. Some will feel hard and tense while others will be sore. Each point corresponds to the organ that needs healing, and as increasing pressure is applied, more energy flows to that area. In addition, herbs and food remedies may be recommended in order to bring the body back into its natural rhythm and balance.
More Than Symptom Relief
So, as you can see, the practice of acupressure is very complex but is also very basic. It works with the meridians on the physical level by clearing the “traffic jams” along the information highways but also seeks to discover the underlying cause of an individual’s imbalance at a spiritual and emotional level. The ultimate goal is permanent change resulting in true health and vitality from head to toe.
The Science Behind Acupressure
This system has always been a mystery to modern scientists and until recently meridians have been “invisible” to the Western world.
Over the last 15 years, however, scientists have been gathering clinical evidence to support the existence of meridians and their properties. Through infrared imaging they have glimpsed the first images of meridians in a few living people. While sages of the ages have never needed modern science to confirm what they already know, for the Western world, if seeing is believing, then this is exciting news.
However, proof of their existence does not change the fact that in the hands of skilled practitioners individuals have been experiencing profound healing for thousands of years. It is a wonderful alternative or compliment to Western Medicine and a great way to achieve and maintain optimum health. Contact a chiropractor and give it a try.
Luke Edmond is a freelance writer and works with the Denver Integrated Spine Center. His interests include current medical trends and chiropractic treatments.
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Like conceiving a child, abortion is a choice for women, which greatly empowers them to make decisions for their reproductive health. Basically, anybody can undergo a Singapore abortion procedure in the country as long as the gestational age of the fetus is beyond 6 months or 24 weeks. There are plenty of reputable clinics in the City and a possible abortion candidate can choose depending on her budget and proximity to the abortion facility.
Depending on the age of gestation, there are two procedures used in terminating a pregnancy: vacuum aspiration and induction of labor with vacuum aspiration. The latter requires at least two days hospitalization and is done for patients who are more than 14 weeks but less than 24 weeks pregnant.
Patients will be asked to undergo counseling before and after the procedure and minor girls who are below 16 years of age will be given a special Health Promotion Counseling Board. Furthermore, rape victims will be given a different treatment based on the Abortion Act of Singapore.
Some medical doctors might refuse to perform the procedure because of ethical reasons. However, a patient can seek a different opinion from another medical doctor who is willing to perform legal abortion. The patient will then have to undergo laboratory and physical clearance prior to the procedure and may have to wait for 2 days compulsorily.
Foreigners who plan to have their pregnancy in Singapore terminated must have been living in the City for at least 4 months, must be working and must permanently reside in the country or must be married to a Singaporean.
Once a patient has decided to terminate a pregnancy, she will be informed about what to expect with the procedure and what to do and not to do after the procedure. Furthermore, despite abortion being legal in Singapore, the government still pushes for the use of contraception as the best way to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Also, since abortion is a medical procedure, there are risks involved in getting the procedure done such as risk of bleeding and risk of infection. This is why a patient must be educated before she is scheduled to undergo Singapore abortion.
Singaporean health care professionals are some of the best in the world and patients can expect clinical care under a licensed facility to be safe and confidential. Like any other medical procedure, it is always best to read about the pros and cons of termination of pregnancy before consenting to be able to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.
There are also plenty of support groups for people who are contemplating to get the procedure done. These groups will be able to help a patient voice out anxieties and expectations with the facilities and the procedure and seek answers to various questions about the procedure.
The OBGYN Centre offers discreet pregnancy termination services. This is in the form of a safe and professional package aimed at a swift and quick resolution of the situation. We are dedicated to patient choice and comfort and we prefer to focus constructively on prevention rather than on contrition. We have considerable experience with difficult situations involving both local and expat patients.
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An article on the evolution of Freudian theory by Jacques Lacan, the controversial reception of his mirror stage theory, in place of Freud's Oedipal Drive."
It was Sigmund Freud who originally established the field of psychoanalysis, and so the debt owed to him by the entire area of study is hard to overstate. However, it should always be remembered that many other figures have since built on Freud's work, expanding psychoanalysis into areas which he could not have imagined. The best-known individuals in psychoanalysis include the likes of Carl Jung and Wilhelm Reich, each with their own theories, their own disciples and their own students. This article will compare and contrast the theories of Freud with those of one of the most admired men to have followed up on his work: Jacques Lacan.
Lacan was heavily influenced by Freud, in fact, although he went on to found an entirely new school of psychoanalysis, he described himself as a Freudian Psychoanalyst. In the fifties Jacques Lacan ran seminars calling for psychoanalysts to return to Freud's body of work. He believed that many of Freud's followers had distorted his original writings, and so argued that it was time to reclaim the early work by the father of psychoanalysis.
Lacan also added to Freudian theory, however, and one of the key concepts which he introduced to the field was that of structural linguistics. He looked at Freud's case of a patient nicknamed the Rat Man. This individual was obsessed with the idea of people being tortured by rat-bites. Freud concluded that his obsession with rats masked concerns over money, and pointed to the similarities between the two words in German: "Ratten" (rats) echoes "Raten" (instalments, as in debt). Lacan used this case to articulate his theories regarding signifiers: chains of words which lead from one meaning to another, and which can provide insight into a patient's mental state.
However, Lacan also made a large and very controversial departure from Freudian theory with his concept of the Mirror Phase, the idea that observing ones self in a mirror triggered apperception, and hense the notion of an inner and outer self, an event that Lacan considered to be a significant milestone in the mental development of a child. Although Lacan himself saw his theory as compatible with Freud's theories regarding primal urges from early childhood, many disagree. The Fellow Frenchman psychoanalyst Raymond Tallis argued that the mirror stage had no factual foundation, and that congenially blind people would be incapable of learning to speak were Lacan's theories factually unflawed.
Freud placed great emphasis on the Oedipal drive: the subconscious desire in male children to kill the father and marry the mother (the female equivalent of the Oedipus complex is the Electra complex). Lacan, instead, held that the most important stage in the early development of a child was when it first sees itself in a mirror - or comes across a reasonable substitute, such as the image of a different child.
Lacan saw this as filling a gap in Freud's theories by explaining how the ego is constituted. More traditional Freudians, meanwhile, remain unconvinced.
Here are four different sleep apnea treatment options and some of the benefits of each one."
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Although this disease can be serious when left untreated, the good news is, there is a lot that can be done to make it easier to live with.
Here are four different sleep apnea treatment options and some of the benefits of each one.
1) An oral appliance
Sometimes, when you have only a mild case of this disease, there are extremely simple fixes for it. For instance, an oral appliance can be a good and quick solution.
These devices essentially reposition your tongue and lower jaw, which ensures your throat and breathing passageway remain clear and open during sleep. As a result, you should be able to sleep soundly.
In order to get one of these products, you are fitted by someone who specializes in dental devices. This ensures the item fits you perfectly and thus cuts down on any feelings of discomfort or awkwardness during use.
2) Masks and CPAP therapy choices
Possibly the most common course of action taken to treat apnea is a mask providing continuous airway pressure therapy, otherwise known as CPAP.
This solution basically consists of a mask that slips over either just your nose or both your nose and mouth. You wear it while you are sleeping, and a little tube that connects to the mask will also connect to a device administering a steady amount of air pressure while you breathe. This keeps your breathing passage open so you don’t experience apnea issues.
The benefits of this choice are that the machine is virtually soundless and you don’t need to take any medication or have invasive surgeries to treat the disease. Most doctors prefer this course of treatment for the problem.
Sometimes, wearing an apparatus while sleeping isn’t an option for patients, or they simply don’t want to. If this is the case, surgery is a possibility. However, it doesn’t always completely solve the problem, and often you could need more than one procedure. Even if the symptoms improve after this invasive course, sometimes individuals still find they must use the CPAP mask afterward.
4) Weight loss programs
One of the simplest, most cost-effective and non-invasive ways to treat apnea is by undergoing weight loss. By exercising and altering your diet, the symptoms often disappear or are drastically lessened.
While one or more of these obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment options may not be possible for you, chances are there is something available to improve your quality of life. If you consult your physician to be tested today, you can begin the process of overcoming this common disease.
Keith, a longtime obstructive sleep apnea sufferer, has found resources like WakeUpToSleep.com to be extremely beneficial in explaining the various treatment options for this disease. As a writer, he is thrilled to be able to share his wealth of knowledge with others.