Americans are taking fewer vacation days than they did 15 years ago, often not taking all of their earned vacation days, according to a survey by the US Travel Association.
But the decision to put work over family and friends ...
Vaginal microbicide gel may offer a promising strategy for prevention and protection against HIV transmission
A new study shows that a microbicide gel is highly effective in block infection by the AIDS virus in a non-human primate model. Scientists have described the gel's key ingredient, which are small peptides engineered to present a decoy to bind up the virus and prevent it from entering and infecting the cells of the body.
The Old Avalon Dairy: A Glimpse at Vancouver's Agricultural History
(HealthCastle.com) Last week, we joined a Vancouver Historical Society walking tour in South Vancouver to learn about the history of Avalon Dairy. When it closed in 2011, the South Vancouver Avalon location was the last operational farm in Vancouver and also the longest running - it started operating way back in 1906. Here’s what we learned about this important part of Vancouver’s agricultural heritage, and an update on the future of this historic site.
Meatless Monday was in attendance for the Oldways Supermarket Dietician Symposium, a three-day event bringing together “the nation’s leading supermarket dieticians… to discuss ways to truly improve public health through effective consumer communication.”
Cost-Effectiveness of Aquatic Training for Women with Fibromyalgia
The results of a randomized controlled trial were published in the most recent issue of Arthritis Research and Therapy [2008 Feb 22;10(1):R24]. Knowing that physical therapy in warm water has been shown to be highly effective for fibromyalgia patients, the study was designed to evaluate whether it is an efficient investment for patients or health care managers. The research aimed to "assess the cost-utility of adding an aquatic exercise programme to the usual care of women with fibromyalgia."
The study evaluated costs to the health care system and to society. It included 33 participants, all women with fibromyalgia. Seventeen participants were randomly assigned to an experimental group and sixteen to a control group.
The intervention in the experimental group consisted of a one-hour, supervised, water-based exercise sessions, three times per week for 8 months. The main outcome measures were the health care costs and the number of quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) using the time trade-off elicitation technique from the EQ-5D. Sensitivity analyses was performed for variations in the staff salary, number of women attending sessions and time spent going to the pool. The cost-effectiveness acceptability curves were created using a non-parametric bootstrap technique.
The mean incremental treatment costs for fibromyalgia patients participating in this aquatic therapy program exceeded those for usual care per patient by 517 Euros for health care costs and 1032 Euros for societal costs. The researchers conclude that "the addition of an aquatic exercise programme to the usual care for fibromyalgia in women, is cost-effective in terms of both health care costs and societal costs." However, the fact that appropriate facilities (warm water pools) are often far from patients' homes and cannot accommodate many patients per session is something that must be considered before investing in such a program.
Did you know that one out of every 33 babies in the US is born with birth defects? That is a large number. Now there are special prenatal test and behavior changes that can be done by mothers to improve the odds. Learn more about this at NLM's MedlinePlus: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/birthdefects.html.
I know this is not quite health related and I have not posted in a while but this really caught my attention. I am not even a J.K. Rowling fan although I am reading the Harry Potter series as a bedtime story these days. I just thought her two points in this link about failure and imagination would be beneficial to anyone whether going through a health challenge or a severe life trial of some other sort. I hope you will find this encouraging and inspirational as I did.
Leprosy: An infectious disease of the skin, nervous system, and mucous membranes that is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae. Leprosy is transmitted via person-to-person contact. For thousands of years leprosy was one of the world's most feared communicable diseases because the nerve and skin damage often led to terrible disfigurement and disability. Today leprosy can be cured, particularly if treatment is begun early. Antibiotic therapy is the mainstay of treatment. Surgery can be performed to reconstruct damaged faces and limbs. Also known as Hansen's disease.
Rather than putting your body through harsh fasts or detox programs, take a gentle approach to cleansing and detoxifying your body with an herbal fiber supplement. Fiber works to slowly yet thoroughly cleanse the digestive system without disrupting daily life.
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Cancer is a group of many related diseases that begin in cells, the body's basic building blocks.
The location of the first double bond starting from the methyl (CH3) end is designated by the omega symbol
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The use of probiotics is hypothesized to prevent bacterial overgrowth in the gut, which may contribute to risk and incidence of HCV.
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Prescription for Nutritional Healing By Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
Prescription for Nutritional Healing is the most thorough drug-free guide to managing chronic conditions I have ever come across. It is an 800 page, A to Z, guide providing alternative and holistic approaches to almost every common disease. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially practicing dietitians, looking to expand their holistic knowledge. If you, like me, consistently counsel patients not responding to or interested in Western Medicine, then this is your answer.