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Avoid Back Pain?, Follow These Tips

back-pain# Downsize your pillows

“Sleeping with two or three pillows under your neck can strain your muscles,” says Jessica Shellock, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon at the Texas Back Institute.

# Learn how to lift

You know to hoist heavy objects using your legs, not your back. But what about a very light object?

Answer: Lean over it, slightly bend one knee, and extend the other leg behind you. Hold onto a chair or table for support.

# Don’t smoke

A 2010 review of 40 studies found that smokers have more low back pain than nonsmokers, possibly because smoking reduces blood flow to the spine, says Dr. Rao.

# Wear soft soles

“If your shoe has little cushioning, every time your foot strikes concrete, you’ll jar the bones and muscles in your low back,” says Raj Rao, MD, vice chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. (That holds true for flats as well as heels.)

# Stand tall

Imagine a line coming down through your body from the ceiling, says physical therapist Renée Garrison.

Your ears, shoulders, hips, and knees should all stack up along that line, with your head stacked directly atop your neck, not jutting forward.

# Sit pretty

You don’t need a fancy ergonomically designed office chair, but you should have one that provides good support so that your back is curved like an S, not a C, says Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, director of the spine service at the New York University Langone Medical Center.

Every half hour, get up and walk around for a few seconds to take some of the stress off your back.


Fight Headache Pain Tips

headacheMore than 47 million Americans have encountered an extreme or crippling migraine in the previous three months. Headaches alone influence 9% of the U.S. populace and expenses $1 billion a year in direct restorative costs.

There are the undeniable decisions for destroying the agony, for example, nonsteroidal mitigating drugs (Motrin and Aleve, for instance). Individuals with headaches frequently take beta blockers or antidepressants to counteract migraines, and triptans, for example, Imitrex or Relpax, once side effects begin.

# Acupuncture

In acupuncture, thin needles are inserted under the skin to realign the flow of energy, or qi, in the body. In general, treatments run $60 to $120 per session, according to, an acupuncture referral service.

# Massage

For temporary relief, try rubbing your temples or getting a neck, back, head, or shoulder massage.

# Stretching

Headache-relieving stretches can get at muscle tension that contributes to pain. Add them to your workout or use them when a headache looms.

# Biofeedback

Biofeedback uses electronic sensors to monitor body functions such as muscle tension, skin temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Data are fed back to the patient through sounds or computer images. The goal is to teach people how to control bodily responses—easing tight muscles, for example—to prevent headache pain.

# Aerobics

Regular aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, biking, or swimming, can reduce migraine intensity and frequency, according to the National Pain Foundation.

# Meditation

Various meditation techniques can be used to focus attention and quiet the mind from distractions such as chronic pain.\

# Yoga

Could striking a camel pose ease your aching head? Yoga combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to boost relaxation and balance the mind, body, and spirit, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

# Relaxation exercises

Deep breathing, relaxing to music, or using mental imagery can help people unwind and possibly help with headache too. Additional research is needed, however.

# Heat and cold

Anyone can use this no-risk headache therapy—even pregnant women.

# Avoid nitrates and nitrites

Nitrites and nitrates in processed meats and monosodium glutamate (MSG) used in foods as a flavor enhancer have been linked to migraines. Some heart medicines also contain nitrate.

# Transcranial magnetic stimulation

Delivering magnetic pulses to the brain may become a useful therapy for zapping migraines, research suggests. A recent study found that when patients treated a migraine with transcranial magnetic stimulation, they got better relief than those who treated their pain with a placebo device.

# Electrode implants

People with intractable headaches may one day rely on electrodes implanted in the neck or brain to provide pain relief.


Avoid Flu and Cough using This Helpful Tips

flu-and-coughIs it accurate to say that you are maintaining a strategic distance from your collaborator with that hacking hack, chilly, or influenza in the desk area alongside you? Do you step your hand once again from each doorknob? Have frosty and-influenza fear? Take a few to get back some composure before the grippe gets you. Weve counseled many therapeutic specialists to convey you 14 approaches to maintain a strategic distance from colds and influenza this season.

Each time you shake someones hand, wash yours

Be that as it may, dont stop there. Wash them however much as could reasonably be expected, says Mark Mengel, MD, seat of group and family solution at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Running loads of water over your hands will weaken any germs and send them down the channel.

Get your shot
Last years flu-shot shortages are, well, last years shortages, says Jeff Robertson, MD, and chief medical officer for health insurer Regence. Finding flu shots should be easier this year, but you should get one early.

Build up with healthy food
You may think its hard to eat healthy on a regular basis, but eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables supports your immune system, Robertson says. And thats a lot easier than fighting off the flu.

Go to bed
As if getting enough sleep on a normal basis isnt hard enough, you need more zs when youre feeling under the weather. When youre tired, your body isnt fighting as hard, so Mengel suggests getting 8 to 10 hours a night.

Keep your hands off
Touching your nose and your eyes may hurt you, Mengel says. Those are the most common places for germs to get in.

Work out
Get those sweats on and exercise, says Ann G. Kulze, MD, CEO and founder of Dr. Ann and Just Wellness. Working out regularly enhances immune function, she explains.

Stay away
Keep your distance from people displaying symptoms like sneezing and coughing. While that strategy may seem obvious, it applies to more than just strangers and colleagues. Stay away from sick friends and family when possible, Robertson says.

Another reason to quit

Smoking increases the risk of infections by making structural changes in the respiratory tract and decreasing immune response, according to a study of smokers and infection published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2004. In particular, Mengel says, smoking destroys cilia, the little hairlike fibers inside our noses; this can help increase infection risks.

Did you just double dip that chip?
Beware of the dip. It may be harboring more than savory salsa. Double-dippers may be passing germs to those who eat after them, Mengel says.

Already sick?
Here are four things you can do to get better, according to Jeff Robertson, MD, and chief medical officer for health insurer Regence.

Take some alone time
This is the when youll want to shy away from company. Stay home and take care of yourself.

Watch your symptoms
If it goes from simple sniffles to raging sickness, contact your doctor. Your cold may have escalated to the flu.

Drink, drink, drink
Dehydration can easily occur (especially if you are running a fever or vomiting). If youre unable to keep fluids down, contact your physician.

Nows not the time to save up
Dispose of all used tissues. As easy as it is to grab whatever is on the nightstand (including crumpled Kleenex), dont! You may be furthering the cold.

Yoga for Decrease Back Pain, Here Its Tips

Yoga is one of the nondrug, nonsurgical treatments that has been appeared to profit back torment. In 2005 a study distributed in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that a yoga project was more viable in treating low back agony than another activity regimen or instructing yourself about legitimate back consideration. In October 2007 the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society discharged rules that suggest treatments that incorporate back rub, Viniyoga (a delicate, helpful yoga style), needle therapy, and spinal control for persevering back torment.

According to Timothy McCall, MD, the medical editor of Yoga Journal, yoga can enable patients to do the following.

  • Strengthen weak muscles
  • Increase flexibility
  • Improve oxygenation to body tissue
  • Shift the balance of the autonomic nervous system from the sympathetic “fight or flight” response to the parasympathetic “rest and digest” state

All of those changes can help support the musculoskeletal system and bring pain relief, but beyond those physical improvements, Dr. McCall believes that the greatest benefit yoga can provide to patients is in their mind.

“In yoga there is a difference between pain and suffering. Pain is often caused by physical things, but the mind fuels the fires of suffering by thinking about it and coming to negative conclusions, which activates your stress response system,” says Dr. McCall. “When you domeditation or breathing practices, you start to see the role that the mind plays. Advanced meditators can modulate their pain. They know the pain is there, but they don’t react to it the same way.”

About Asthma Exersice

In spite of the fact that it comes as an amazement to numerous individuals, exersice is a standout amongst the most widely recognized triggers of asthma assaults. Upwards of 9 out of 10 individuals with asthma experience exercise-actuated asthma, a worsening of their manifestations amid or after a workout.

Exersice is still one of the best things you can accomplish for your body, yet in the event that you have exercise-actuated asthma, it can be precarious to work out without activating asthma indications, for example, shortness of breath and hacking. Be that as it may, its not incomprehensible. In fact, numerous star competitors experience the ill effects of exersice incited asthma, and the manifestations can be minimized by playing it safe, for example, maintaining a strategic distance from exersice in frosty climate.

With the right treatment, kids with exersice actuated asthma can even now dynamic and take part in games.

Save Life with These Vaccines

Pneumococcal Disease
Whats involved: One shot plus a booster at 65 if its been more than five years since the first shot.
Who needs it: All adults 65 and older, as well as anyone who has a compromised immune system (say, due to an illness such as cancer or HIV).
Why its worth it: People in these particular groups are at a significantly high risk for a bloodstream infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, explains William Schaffner, MD, president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. These bacteria hang out harmlessly enough in our throats. But when our lungs become susceptible to infection due smoking, asthma, or a weakened immune system, “these bugs get into the lungs and into the bloodstream,” he says. “Even today, in the 21st century, this infection has a mortality rate of 15 to 25%.”

Chicken Pox (Varicella)
Whats involved: A one-time series of two shots, at least four weeks apart
Who needs it: Anyone born after 1980 who did not either have chicken pox or get the two-shot vaccine series as a kid. Folks born before 1980 are presumed immune to chicken pox, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, if youre over 31 and have never had the disease, ignore the 1980 rule and get a blood test to check for virus antibodies, especially if youre planning to get pregnant or you work in the healthcare field. If the blood test reveals youre not immune, start the vaccine series immediately. If youre already pregnant, start the series right after you give birth.
Why its worth it: Its a must if youre thinking about getting pregnant, since the virus can cause birth defects and stillbirth—and you can get it just from being in a room with someone whos sick. No matter what, its a good idea to get immunized because chicken pox tends to be a lot more severe in grown-ups than in kids: Half of all virus-related deaths occur in adults, even though adults account for less than 5% of cases.

Whats involved: A one-time shot
Who needs it: Adults 60 and older. (Between 50 and 60? The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the vaccine for use in your age group, though the CDC hasnt decided whether to recommend you get it yet.)
Why its worth it: The vaccine can halve your risk for shingles, a debilitating illness thats essentially the return of chicken pox virus thats been hiding in your nerve endings for the last few decades. As our immune system weakens with age, the virus reemerges along the nerve pathways, causing a painful, blistery rash. Even after the rash disappears, shingles pain can linger for months, even years.

About Vaccines

When it comes to the history of vaccines, it’s been a long, bumpy ride. Once hailed as lifesaving wonders of modern technology, vaccines are now more likely to be a source of suspicion and angry playground debate.

# Docs make money off them

Vaccines aren’t a cash cow for docs. “It’s probably more of a money loser than anything,” says Dr. Nelson, because they’re labor intensive. Some doctors do receive financial incentives from HMOs, but “the bonuses are there to support high-quality practice and help the physicians justify the manpower that goes into administering them,” she says.

# Some vaccines contain mercury

Thimerosal, a preservative containing about 50% mercury, prevents contamination by bacteria. It can be found in most flu shots, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

# Vaccines aren’t necessary because disease has been eradicated

The only infectious human disease that has been eradicated worldwide is smallpox, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Even today there are outbreaks of conditions like measles, mumps, and pertussis.

# Natural immunity is better

Dr. Nelson says infections are more likely than vaccines to trigger lifelong immunity. (An exception is the flu; it changes strains every year.) But you may think twice about taking your little one to a chicken pox party.

# Pregnant women can’t get vaccines

Well, this is partially true. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, pregnant women should not be given vaccines for varicella (chicken pox) or MMR.

# The HPV shot is for girls only

There are two HPV vaccines: Cervarix, for girls and women 10 to 25, and Gardasil, for females 9 to 26. But Gardasil can also be given to boys and men between ages 9 to 26, according to the CDC. Gardasil protects against types 6 and 11 of human papillomavirus, which cause about 90% of all genital warts.

# Vaccines are for kids only

There are numerous vaccines that can help keep adolescents and adults, both young and old, healthy. Most obvious is the flu shot, which is given annually.

# Too many shots weaken the immune system

Dr. Brown says it’s quite the contrary. “Each dose allows the body to mount an immune response and make defense [antibodies] so the body can fight off a real infection if it showed up,” she says.

#  Vaccines guarantee protection

Vaccines are not a 100% guarantee you won’t get sick. But they are a huge help.

# You’re safe if everyone else is vaccinated

Unfortunately that’s a big if. “Often, like-minded unvaccinated families by choice attend the same preschools, playgroups, and schools, thus making it very easy for vaccine-preventable diseases to spread,” says Ari Brown, MD, pediatrician and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

# Vaccines can have side effects

Vaccines aren’t risk free. The most common side effects are soreness at the injection site and fever, which are best treated with acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Less common are seizures (defined as “jerking or staring”), and risks

Headaches that Need Attention

In spite of the fact that an awful headache may make you wish for the end of everything, migraines are not for the most part life debilitating. Notwithstanding, an extreme migraine can flag something a great deal more genuine, requiring crisis consideration, for example, stroke, aneurysm, and meningitis. These are not horribly regular, but rather it merits looking for a migraine that feels uniquely not the same as would be expected—regardless of the possibility that ordinary is anguishing. Here are three signs to look for.

# The worst headache ever

“The thing we’re taught to look for is someone claiming to have ‘the worst headache of their life,'” says Adam Wilkes, MD, an ER specialist at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pa. “It may mean that they have an aneurysm in the brain that has begun to leak a little blood, but could turn into a catastrophic full bleed. And that can be life threatening.”

# Neck pain and fever

A stiff neck and fever could be a sign of meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the central nervous system, which can quickly become critical.

# Nausea

Severe nausea or vomiting and any neuro-deficit (such as difficulty speaking or walking), which could be signs of a hemorrhagic stroke.


Dealing with Anger Tips

# Irritability and depression

Anger happens, it’s just part of life. But if you have depression you can add anger to the list (along with sadness, fearfulness, trouble sleeping, and changes in appetite) of common depression symptoms.

Depression treatment may lessen anger. But there are things you can do to blunt the effects of this intense and sometimes dangerous feeling.

# Do count to 10 (or 100)

Thomas Jefferson famously said, “When angry, count 10, before you speak; if very angry, 100.”

“Angry people are highly aroused and when people get aroused, they do and say things they later regret,” says Brad Bushman, PhD, professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Counting (slowly) to whatever number seems appropriate gives your blood pressure and heart rate a chance to return to normal. “As time passes, arousal diminishes,” says Bushman.

# Do forgive

Even if you don’t ultimately forget the incident, forgiving a person who has provoked you is an excellent way to subdue anger, says Bushman. Forgiveness can help you stop ruminating, which is when negative thoughts play over and over in your head like some horrible movie scene.

# Do distract yourself

Another way to dial it down is with distraction. Katherine Kueny, PhD, director of behavioral medicine in the department of internal medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, tells people to place themselves on an emotional scale of 1-to-10 with 10 being the most angry.
This could be drawing, cooking, taking a walk or finishing a Sudoku puzzle or crossword puzzle.

# Do take a deep breath

Taking deep breaths is one good way to calm yourself when you’re in the throes of anger. “Slow breaths will slow the heart rate down,” says Kueny.

# Don’t deny that you’re angry

People who are able to see their anger as anger are less likely to resort to aggression or violence, according to a study published in 2011 in the journal Emotion. “People who are better at categorizing their emotions into specific categories are more in tune with their emotions,” says Ricky Pond, lead author of the study and a PhD student at the University of Kentucky.

# Do write about it

“Writing or journaling allows you to slow down and think through how you want to respond so you’re responding rather than reacting,” says Kueny.

# Don’t stomp or storm

Instead of storming into a room and screaming that your partner isn’t paying enough attention to you, write about it or employ some other anger-dissipating trick. After you’re feeling calmer, walk into the room and say you’ve missed him or her and suggest an activity you can do together.

# Do exercise

Aerobic exercise, including brisk walking or jogging, can be a great way to handle anger.

# Do practice compassion

Doing something compassionate for someone else is incompatible with anger and aggression.

“It’s hard to feel angry and compassionate at the same time,” Bushman says. So it’s OK to do something nice for someone who’s making you mad. Research indicates that compassion may also dissipate the other person’s anger.

# Do try to be grateful

A body of research is emerging to show that the simple act of being grateful can make us happy and happy, of course, is about as far as you can get from angry.

# Do talk, but not right away

Gauge how intense your anger is on a scale of 1-to-10 before making a decision to open your mouth about it. If you talk when you’re still red hot, you’re more likely to get into an argument.

# Do consider prayer

It’s not for everyone, but a set of three experiments found that people who prayed for another person, be it a stranger, someone who had angered them, or a friend in need, had less anger.

The Difference between Cold and Sinus Infection

At any rate once per year, Anna Lord, a 32-year-old from Seattle, has “practically unendurable torment” behind her eyes, cheeks, and temple. Here and there she has sinus waste, and once in a while the distress touches base with a second rate fever. Her side effects regularly happen after she has had a chilly or hypersensitivity manifestations. She infrequently takes anti-microbials, wanting to rest and trooper through her infection.

Master is inclined to intense bacterial sinusitis, a type of sinus contamination. Every year, around 31 million individuals experience sinus contaminations, which are normally brought on by microorganisms developing in the sinuses, the hard holes found behind the nose, eyes, temples, and cheekbones. Regularly, an icy or sensitivity assault causes mucous layers in the sinuses to swell and square the minor openings into the sinuses, which meddles with their capacity to deplete. The caught bodily fluid permits microbes to breed, bringing about agony and weight in the head and face.

All told, sinus infections cause 73 million days of “restricted activity” in the United States each year, according to a 1997 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People with colds, which are caused by viruses, often mistakenly believe they have a sinus infection. While antibiotics can be helpful for those with sinus infections, they are useless when it comes to fighting cold viruses.

“The distinction can be difficult and no one rule applies to everybody,” says Neil Bhattacharyya, MD, an associate professor of otology and laryngology at Harvard Medical School, in Boston. “Only about 2% to 6% of common colds progress to become a true bacterial sinus infection that could benefit from antibiotics.”

Sinus infection or cold?
While the symptoms may be similar, there are some differences between the two conditions that can help you determine which one you have.

The main difference between the symptoms of a cold and sinus infection is how long they linger. Dr. Bhattacharyya says cold sufferers typically have a runny nose for two to three days, followed by a stuffy nose for two to three days. After that, most people begin to feel better. A sinus infection will hang around for seven days or more.

A fever may also signal a bacterial infection. As Lord can attest, sinus infections are sometimes accompanied by a low-grade fever, while colds typically are not. Other viruses (such as the flu) do cause fevers, however.

Another potentially helpful sign is the color of your nasal discharge. Unlike colds, which generally produce clear mucus, bacterial infections can produce greenish or yellow mucus. However, viruses sometimes produce colorful discharge as well, so this isnt considered a fail-safe test.

Dr. Bhattacharyya says there is no rhyme or reason as to why some people tend to develop sinus infections and others dont. But some people have nasal polyps or other problems, including allergies, which can increase their risk of chronic sinus infections.

How to treat a sinus infection
For most people, there are some preventive measures that can help stave off a sinus infection, or, if one occurs, to help relieve symptoms, says William Marshall, MD, an infectious disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He recommends the same things “mothers recommend for a cold,” like rest, drinking lots of fluids, breathing steam, and irrigating the sinuses with saline spray or a neti pot, a container used to rinse the sinuses with saline solution.

Over-the-counter decongestants can also be helpful, but Dr. Marshall says they should not be used for more than three days because some products can exacerbate congestion and raise patients blood pressure and heart rate.

Bacterial sinus infections typically last for about 14 days, but the use of antibiotics speeds up the recovery process by up to five days. Still, according to Dr. Bhattacharyya, about 70% of sinus infections resolve on their own, and many patients, like Lord, prefer to let them run their course.

“Antibiotics mainly help to speed up the healing process,” Dr. Bhattacharyya says. “But before antibiotics were around, people werent dropping dead of sinus infections and they still arent.”

If left untreated, however, sinusitis can cause permanent damage to the sinuses and, in very rare cases, can lead to meningitis, Dr. Marshall says. If patients miss work or other activities due to sinus infections, or if their symptoms recur frequently, they should see a doctor for evaluation.

This Test Can Tell You if Your body need Antibiotics

We’re amidst an antibiotic emergency that general wellbeing specialists have been cautioning about for a considerable length of time. While anti-microbial are a wonder of present day medication, they’re being over utilized and manhandled—30% of remedies are superfluous, another study found but then specialists keep on prescribing them improperly and the agrarian business depends on them to keep creatures full. Such abuse is prompting more quick witted microscopic organisms that are advancing into super bugs that can oppose about each antibiotic drug accessible today.

To evade a universe of widespread, untreatable bacterial contamination, specialists say decreasing superfluous utilization of anti-infection agents is basic. That incorporates recommending the medications just for bacterial contamination, against which they work, and not for viral diseases. But since individuals with bacterial contamination—individuals with chilly side effects, say—tend to feel also to those with viral diseases—with influenza indications—numerous specialists still endorse the medications for both.

Now, scientists at Stanford University and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center report on a blood test that can distinguish between bacterial and viral infections. The test looks at the proteins made by seven genes; in the presence of bacteria, four of the genes become more active, while in the presence of viruses, three of them churn out more proteins. By measuring this, the test can tell with reliable certainty whether an infection is caused by a bacteria or virus.

This was a viruses was a surprise to the researchers. “The notion that there are just seven targets with really excellent accuracy was pretty shocking,” says Dr. Timothy Sweeney, a researcher at Stanford University and lead author of the paper, which was published in Science Translational Medicine.

Previous studies identified dozens or hundreds of genes that were associated with either bacterial or viral infections, but those analyzed a single set of data from a group of patients. Sweeney and his team combined publicly available data from nearly two dozen groups of people with documented infections. These ranged from cases of the common cold to hemorrhagic viral fevers, to ear infections and septic shock. Teasing apart the genetic signatures of these people led to the narrowed set of seven genes that showed consistently different activity in the presence of bacteria and viruses.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about a third of the 154 million prescriptions that doctors write for antibiotics are unnecessary, and likely do more harm in terms of promoting bacterial resistance, than good in treating infections. The reasons for that include patients who demand drugs to treat their symptoms, even if they aren’t caused by bacteria, doctors who are too pressed for time to educate their patients about the difference between bacterial and viral infections, and a better-safe-than-sorry mentality to protect hospitalized patients, from dangerous, potentially fatal infections like sepsis.

“We don’t really have a good test where we can say you don’t have an infection so we can safely withhold antibiotics,” says Sweeney.

This panel of seven genes may change that, but it will take a few years before it becomes reliable enough to use in the clinic. While Sweeney and his colleagues tested the panel in a group of nearly 100 children with infections, more testing in more patients is needed to verify the panel’s accuracy. For now, the test also takes four to six hours—too long when the patient might be suffering from sepsis, which can progress quickly within hours.

The goal is to perfect the technology to scan the blood for the seven genes’ profile in about an hour. “A lot of people said we need a test like this, and we hope our test, or one like it, will help to reduce the crazy over use of antibiotics that is threatening not just medicine but whole parts of our society based on our inability to treat certain infections,” says Sweeney.