A new study has confirmed that eating red onion, a common, vegetable used in cooking around the world, may help to fight cancer.
The rising cases of kidney failure in the last 5 - 10 years has been alarming. This was not common back in the days as not even young and middle aged are not speared these days. Our kidneys are super important for our health. They filter our blood, produce hormones, absorb minerals, produce urine, eliminate toxins, and neutralize acids. So as one of the most important organs in your body, your kidneys deserve some love. Damage or steady decline of your kidneys can often go unnoticed for years as your kidneys can still do their job with as little as 20% of their capacity. Therefore kidney diseases are often referred to as “The Silent Diseases”. That’s why it is so important to take care of them before it is too late. Here’s a list of 10 common habits that put a lot of pressure on your kidneys and can cause serious damage over time.
Heart disease is one of the number one killers in the world. But despite that stat, a new survey shows that almost 75 percent of people aren't worried about dying from it. What's more, more than one-quarter of Nigerians with a family history of the disease don't take any preventative steps to protect their heart, even though they are at significantly higher risk of developing the disease. You hear about something so many times, and you almost become numb to it. But unless you're one of the rare few who lead a perfectly healthy lifestyle and have a perfect genetic background, you should consider heart disease a risk. Think you know the best habits to protect your heart, or could spot the warning signs of ticker trouble? The same survey revealed most of us are misinformed about pretty much everything surrounding heart disease. Here are the truths behind five of the most common myths. Myth#1: The main symptom of a heart attack is chest pain. Truth: Heart attacks come in all shapes and sizes. The heart often refers pain to other parts of the body because it doesn't have as many pain receptors. Heart attacks can manifest as an ache in your jaw or in your arm, and usually gets worse with exertion and better with rest. And while these pains should sound the biggest alarms, most people are unaware of the smaller symptoms of general heart disease, like shortness of breath when exercising, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping—all of which could be signs of abnormal blood flow to the heart. Myth #2: A low-fat diet without red meat is best at keeping your heart healthy. Truth: A whole diet approach—focused on eating more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish—is more effective at reducing cardiovascular risk. The micronutrients in vegetables, nuts, and olive oil protect against heart disease itself. And while a whole diet approach does include eating less meat and processed food choices, it also includes fats—just the healthy ones like those in olive oils and nuts. Myth #3: Multi-vitamins and fish oil can prevent heart disease. Truth: Although vitamins may help your overall health, they won't prevent the disease, and could actually cause more problems. Decades-old studies that suggested various vitamins, like E, and fish oil could prevent heart disease have since been disproven. Supplements don't offer all the nutrients of food. And if you're thinking, It might not help, but it certainly won't hurt. Also, high levels of certain vitamins can interact with other medications, cause liver damage, or cause heart failure. Ask your doctor before you start popping pills—even natural ones. Myth #4: You don't need to worry about your salt intake. Truth: "The average Nigerian consumes probably four to five times the amount of salt they actually need. Higher levels of salt—which are commonly hidden in condiments, canned foods and restaurant food—raise your blood pressure, which in turn raises your risk for heart disease. In fact, a 2013 study from University Professors predicted that even gradually reducing sodium intake by 4 percent per year over 10 years could save up to half a million lives over a decade. Myth #5: There is a heart disease gene. Truth: There are genetic factors that increase your risk, but it's not a single gene. Many different genes determine how well you process cholesterol or the health of your blood vessels. It's easiest to determine your risk based on your relatives: Any first-degree relative who develops heart disease is a potential red flag. If that person was a smoker and had poor diet, it might not necessarily be in your genes, but if the relative developed the disease young and was very active, your risk is probably higher. If you have a family history, take preventative measures—eat a proper diet, exercise regularly, quit smoking, and know your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers.
If you woke up with a swollen, puffy face, it might be the result of excess pressure on your face when sleeping. But what if you look in the mirror and realize that you have rash at the same time? It should raise an alarm. The combination of swelling and a rash can indicate that you have an underlying medical condition. Because of this, you should consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. The symptoms could indicate an allergic reaction or eczema. But do not make this conclusion on your own. Consult your doctor for assistance.
A new study has confirmed that eating red onion, a common, vegetable used in cooking around the world, may help to fight cancer.
Based on a study of close to a million adults with high blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes in the United Kingdom, a loving spouse might spur you on to look after yourself better, a heart conference was told.After the study, the married ones fared much better than those who were single.
Dr. Paul Carter and colleagues at Aston Medical School, who carried out the work, have already shown that marriage is linked to a better chance of surviving a heart attack.Their latest research, presented at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference, hints at why this might be. They suspect marriage helps buffer against big heart disease risk factors, including cholesterol and high blood pressure. The study looked at deaths from all causes, including heart disease. Men and women in their 50s, 60s, and 70s with high cholesterol were 16% more likely to be alive at the end of the 14-year ACALM study if they were married rather than single. The same was true for diabetes and high blood pressure, with married people having a survival advantage. The picture was less clear for people cohabiting, separated, divorced or widowed. Also, the researchers did not test if the wedded people were in happy marriages. They suspect having someone special in your life is what’s important, rather than simply getting hitched. Dr. Carter said: “We need to unpick the underlying reasons a bit more, but it appears there’s something about being married that is protective, not only in patients with heart disease but also those with heart disease risk factors. “We’re not saying that everyone should get married though. “We need to replicate the positive effects of marriage and use friends, family, and social support networks in the same way.” Dr. Mike Knapton, of the British Heart Foundation, said: “The take-home message is that our social interactions, as well as medical risk factors such as high blood pressure, are important determinants of both our health and wellbeing. “Whether you are married or not, if you have any of the main risk factors for heart disease, then you can call upon loved ones to help you to manage them.”
A landmark new research project that has analysed the medical records of 70,000 cancer patients has provided the strongest evidence yet that exercise slashed the risk of dying from the deadly disease. According to findings of the study published in the journal, ‘Epidemiologic Reviews,’ cancer patients who exercise regularly, were almost half as likely as non-exercising peers, to die from the life threatening illness. Relating the research outcome, lead researcher, Dr. Prue Cormie, said: “If cancer patients exercise regularly, they will significantly improve their health and well-being, potentially improving their longevity.” Cormie, a principal research fellow at the Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Health and Ageing in Melbourne, Australia, conducted the study with Dr. Kathryn H. Schmitz at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine in the United States. She said she hopes that the findings “will help inspire people with cancer to start exercising” and encourage doctors to ‘prescribe’ physical fitness the way they would medication to treat cancer. Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body.Not all tumours are cancerous; benign tumours do not spread to other parts of the body. Over 100 types of cancers affect humans. In Nigeria, over 100, 000 new cancer cases are recorded in Nigeria annually. Cormie continued; “The real novelty and impact of this work comes from the fact that it is the most comprehensive analysis of the available data. “This research has established exercise as an effective medicine that can be prescribed to counteract the adverse effects caused by cancer treatments and reduce the relative risk of cancer death or cancer recurrence.” She added that the research suggested it doesn’t matter what type of exercise people do. Walking and lifting weights had been shown to be particularly beneficial, but other forms of exercise were also beneficial.
A recent study by Oregon State University, OSU researcher on the relationship between work and sex habits of married employees has revealed that those who prioritized sex at home unknowingly gave themselves a next-day advantage at work, where they were more likely to immerse themselves in their tasks and enjoy their work lives. According to the Associate Professor, OSU’s College of Business, Keith Leavitt, maintaining a healthy relationship that includes a healthy sex life will help employees stay happy and engaged in their work, which benefits the employees and the organizations they work for. “We make jokes about people having a ‘spring in their step,’ but it turns out this is actually a real thing and we should pay attention to it,” said Leavitt, an expert in organizational behaviour and management. Leavitt explained that the study showed that bringing work-related stress home from the office negatively impinges on employees’ sex lives. In an era when smart phones are prevalent and after-hours responses to work emails are often expected, the findings highlight the importance of leaving work at the office. “When work carries so far into an employee’s personal life that they sacrifice things like sex, their engagement in work can decline. The researchers’ findings published in the Journal of Management revealed that sexual intercourse triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with the reward centers in the brain, as well as oxytocin, a neuropeptide associated with social bonding and attachment. That makes sex a natural and relatively automatic mood elevator and the benefits extend well into the next day, Leavitt said. To understand the impact of sex on work, the researchers followed 159 married employees over the course of two weeks, asking them to complete two brief surveys each day. They found that employees who engaged in sex reported more positive moods the next day, and the elevated mood levels in the morning led to more sustained work engagement and job satisfaction throughout the workday. The effect, which appears to linger for at least 24 hours, was equally strong for both men and women and was present even after researchers took into account marital satisfaction and sleep quality, which are two common predictors of daily mood. “This is a reminder that sex has social, emotional and physiological benefits, and it’s important to make it a priority,” Leavitt said. “Just make time for it.” Twenty years ago, monitoring sleep or daily step counts or actively practicing mindful meditation might’ve seemed odd but now they are all things people practice as part of efforts to lead healthier, more productive lives. It may be time to rethink sex and its benefits as well, he said.
Sometimes, it can feel a little awkward to talk to your doctor, who you may or may not feel all that comfortable with--about super personal details. But keeping things from our doctors is pretty much the opposite of what we're supposed to do. A study found that 28% of patients admit to lying or omitting facts from their doctors (and doctors say they believe the number to be much higher). The truth is that, withholding information from your physician--or blatantly lying about facts (like a medication you're taking, for example)--could cause us harm in the long run. Why? Here are five facts about your health you should always be on the level with your doc about. 1: What vitamins, medications, and herbal supplements you're taking.Medications can interact with supplements and other medications in different ways, leaving you open to possible side effects. Also be upfront if you've stopped taking any medications that your doc prescribed to you. 2: If you smoke or drink alcohol--and how much you smoke or drink.Smoking and drinking have direct impacts on your body, so if your physician is aware of how much you do of either, she can better understand any health issues you might be experiencing or direct you to the right medication (some birth control methods, for example, come with extreme health risks for women who smoke). 3: If you've noticed anything new and/or strange about your body. A mole has changed shape, there's a weird-feeling lump somewhere, your hair has started falling out--anything. They may be nothing, they may be something. You'll never know unless you speak up. If you're depressed or stressed, inform your doctor. Stress affects both your mental and physical states, so it's good for the physician to know. Also, if a family member has been diagnosed with an illness, let them know. This is because so many ailments are hereditary so it's important for your doctor to know what's going on with your close relatives.
Family members share more than similar looks. You may recognize that you have your father’s bald head or your mother's chubby cheeks. But it’s not so easy to see that your great-grandmother passed along an increased risk for both breast and ovarian cancer. That’s why discovering and knowing your family health history is important. Your medical history includes all the traits your family shares that you can’t see. These traits may increase your risk for many hereditary conditions and diseases, including: