Posted on 05 November 2016.
Lead is an element that has proven to be extremely harmful to the health of people when inhaled or ingested. The effects are even more detrimental to the neurological system in the cases of children under the age of 6.
One can be exposed to lead in the following ways; inhalation of particles containing lead in the form of dust in the air or soil, ingestion of foods containing the element from water or soil and ingestion of water that is contaminated by lead in the form of paint chips, soil or dust. Lead poisoning has no unique signs and should be treated with extreme caution. Early symptoms include irritability, reduced attention span, loss of appetite, fatigue, insomnia and stomach discomfort. These symptoms can lead to even more drastic effects such as:
Posted in Environment, Medicine
Posted on 25 October 2016.
Some believe that a fear of flying is a distinct phobia unrelated to anything else. Others believe that this phobia is actually a combination of other phobia such as a fear of heights, known as acrophobia, or a fear of enclosed spaces, known as claustrophobia. Some have suggested that a fear of flying is linked to agoraphobia in which one is afraid of open spaces, such as can be found in the bright, blue skies. Fear of flying is a symptom of a problem, rather than a problem itself. There are many different causes for a fear of flying also.
Posted in Medicine, Research, Science, Travel
Posted on 11 September 2016.
Hobbies are often seen as something that person does just to do it. What many non-hobbyists don’t understand is that hobbies bring out the best in a person. You can experience great amounts of joy from participating in a hobby actively. Art is one of the major hobbies that people are part of, and photography being a large part of that as well.
Photography as a hobby is a fantastic way to see the world around you, and try new things. Photographers are often people who travel and are physically capable of immersing themselves into their hobby of photography. Landscape photographers are a good example, because many of them have to climb mountains, scale caves, and sail a boat, to get the fantastic photos that they can share with the world.
Having a hobby is healthy, especially when it involves hobbies that require movement and social interaction. Your body and mind gain so much from photography hobbies, including creativity, knowledge, and social contentment. Photography is one of the few hobbies that will allow you to learn everything about a person from one photograph.
Posted in Medicine, Research, Science
Posted on 01 September 2016.
A new home remedy for lowering blood pressure may be to eat cocoa daily! Harvard professor Norman Hollenberg has found evidence that cocoa rich in flavanols, antioxidant compounds found in cocoa beans, improves blood flow which may help people fighting a range of diseases, including hypertension.
His discovery began as a study into the genetics of a small, isolated Caribbean Indian tribe in which hypertension was virtually nonexistent. He quickly found that their resistance was not genetic, as tribe members who had integrated themselves into other societies no longer had the same resistance to high blood pressure. Hollenberg decided to study the lifestyle of the Kuna tribe, “The most outstanding finding was the fact that most them consume cocoa as their major drink and do so every day,” according to Hollenberg, “Many Kuna, in that hot and humid climate, probably drink more than five cups per day.”
Posted in Food, Medicine, Research
Posted on 06 April 2012.
Vaccines administered to children are supposed to trigger production of antibodies which help the immune system to fight off infections. There are certain chemicals however, if present in the body of such children may slow down or even stop the vaccines from producing enough amounts of antibodies. This can lead to weakening of the immune system therefore making the child vulnerable and prone to infections. These substances are called PFOA and PFOS and are mainly located in the blood stream.
The chemicals are found in a class of compound known as Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) which have been yielded by the productions of chemicals used widely in homes. This is because of the fact that they make utensils and fabrics stain repellant and also they induce non stick properties. For example, Teflon and Scotchgard. These chemicals pollute the water and food. They end up being ingested by children leading to lower immune response even after immunization. The body is not able to produce enough antibodies to fight infections. Continue Reading
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Posted on 05 December 2011.
As one of the biggest things to hit the health world, there is now a cure for AIDS. For years people have been suffering from the horrible syndrome. Though here have been plenty of fake cures ever since the syndrome emerged in the 80’s, this cure has finally been scientifically proven to cure AIDS. Finding the cure for AIDS has always been thought of as an impossible task because it would need to clear the body of HIV. The virus replicates and then inserted into human cells and then the infected cells produce more HIV cells in the body and the cure helps reverse the process. These CD4 cells will then start to disappear and then the HIV virus will then start to slowly disappear.
The problem was that these CD4 cells will expand quickly and those who are sick will soon die. Now that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has been able to come up with a cure, every single infected cell is removed and making sure that the virus stays dormant. The cure was found on January 24 2017 but was not released to the public until only a few days ago as people were automatically skeptical as to whether or not the cure was legit. Continue Reading
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Posted on 10 December 2010.
Image courtesy of Lori Johnston, RMS Titanic Expedition 2003, NOAA-OE
Canadian and Spanish researchers have discovered a new form of bacteria, called Halomonas titanicae, which is contributing to deterioration of the the world’s most famous shipwreck.
The discovery was made by researchers Henrietta Mann, Delahousie University (Canada), and Cristina Sánchez-Porro and Antonio Ventosa, University of Seville, in a “rusticle” hanging from the Titanic at a depth of four thousand meters.
“Rusticle” appears like a stalactite formations but is created by corrosion of the metal of the Titanic in the deep sea.
Dalhousie University along with other partners, stated the bacterium Halomonas titanicae seems to be responsible for the creation of “rusticles” wich accelerate corrosion of metal. Continue Reading
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Posted on 02 November 2010.
New parents find that there is a lot of conflicting advice about how to raise their little ones either online, in books or in magazines. One of the greatest debates is whether or not baby formulas are healthy. Of course, experts agree that breastfeeding is the ideal choice for new moms and their infants. While this may hold true, many women do not breastfeed or only choose to do so for a short time. That is why it is important for new parents to feel confident in giving their babies formula. Continue Reading
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