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Relaxation techniques

Posted Aug. 28, 2018

There are pleasant and unpleasant thoughts and emotions which can make our body to react in different ways.

One can see (signs and symptoms):

1. Increased heart rate (tachycardia).

2. Respiration may increase or slow down.

3. May feel sweating, cold or hot.

4. May have blushed.

5. May have tears and etc.

All these reactions are triggered by mind and memory.

Relaxation techniques before you start you need to following instructions.

1. Select a quiet place in the house and do the relaxation exercise for 15 to 20 minutes. You can start at the beginning for 5 minutes and gradually increase the time.

2.  try to practice the technique twice a day.

3. These techniques maybe not a miracle and it may take 3 to 4 weeks.

Techniques are:

1. Muscle relaxation. This is progressive muscle relaxation. Go to the quiet place and relax all your muscles. Uncross the legs, ankles, and arms.

  • Close eyes and take a deep breath. from the nose, filling the chest and breath all the way to the abdomen.
  • Hold the breath as long as you can. now breath out slowly pursed lips slowly and completely.
  • Now try to blow out your tension with breath.
  • Let feel your whole body just sink into the surface beneath you.

2. The body scan is another relaxation technique. This is best to do lying down or on your back or any comfortable position.

  • 3 to 4 minutes concentrate on your breathing, move your attention to your toes.
  • After a few moments of concentrating on your toes, move your attention to the bottom of your feet.
  • Next concentrate on the tops of your feet and your ankles.
  • Release tension on out breath.

Other possible methods are:

1. Positive thinking.

2. Walk on beach 

3. Prayer is good meditation. If you concentrate on your prayers.

Modified from Living a healthy life with chronic conditions by Kate Lorig, RN, DrPH, Halsted Holman, MD 

David Sobel, MD, Diana Laurent, MPH

Virginia Gonzalez, MPH, and Marian Minor, RPT, PhD


How to differentiate between panic and heart attack

Posted Aug. 16, 2018

Source =  By MaryAnn de Pietro

Dated = August 16,2018

The symptoms of panic and heart attack are very similar and it becomes very difficult to differentiate.

2 to 3% of US people have every year panic attack and this has the following symptoms:

  1. Feeling of sharp pain in the chest.
  2. There is a feeling of tightness in the hands.
  3. There is shortness of breath.
  4. There is tachycardia.
  5. The patient may have sweating.
  6. There may be shivering.

Evey year in USA 735,000 people have a heart attack and having the following symptoms:

  1. There is chest pain.
  2. There is shortness of breath.
  3. The patient may have nausea and vomiting.
  4. There is sweating.

So there is overlap in both conditions.

The difference between the two conditions are:

  1. The main difference is the pain.
    1. In the panic attack, the chest pain is sharp and stabbing and localized to the middle of the chest.
    2. While the heart attack pain may resemble pressure and squeezing sensation.
    3. Heart attack pain starts from the center of the chest.
    4. Heart attack pain radiates to the arm, jaw or shoulder blades.

Gene role in the diagnosis of the diseases

Posted Aug. 13, 2018

Source= Broad institute of MIT and Harvard

Dated = August 13, 2018

There is report from the research team that a new kind of genome analysis could identify large fraction of the population who are at greater risk of developing serious diseases like:

  1. Coronary diseases.
  2. Breast cancer.
  3. Diabetes mellitus type 2.

These genome studies will give information about these fatal diseases well before time, the symptoms appear.


CVS nasal spray recall

Posted Aug. 12, 2018

Source = Nathan Bomey 

Published 1;32 PM ET Friday 10 August 2018.


Nasal spray sold under the CVS brand are recalled because of the threat of a life-threatening infection in some of the patients. This was told by the Food and Drug Administration.

Quest Manufacturing, the maker of the CVS health 12 hours Sinus Relief Nasal Mist, has issued them self that the product may cause severe infection which is called "Microbiological contamination".

The repeated use of nasal spray containing gram-negative microorganism leads to for the colony which can be life-threatening in some of the patients like those with cystic fibrosis, or immuno-compromised." according to the recall statement.

The Holly Hill, Florida- based maker of this clear, colorless liquid said it had not found any incidents connected to the products, which was sold at many of CVS' nearly 10,000 location.



Salt consumption is safe for health

Posted Aug. 10, 2018

Source = McMaster University

Science daily dated August 9, 2018

  • New research shows that sodium salt taken in moderation does not cause a health problem in comparison to the excess use of salt.
  • There is a risk if using more than 5 grams or 2 teaspoons of salt a day.
  • The research shows that if people taking more fruits, vegetables, potatoes, and potassium-rich foods will eliminate the effect of salt used on the people who are in the risk group.
  • The study was published in the Lancet.
  • This study included 94,000 people from different countries with the age range of 35 years to 70 years for around 8 years. It was found that an associated risk of cardiovascular diseases and the stroke only seen where the average intake is greater than 5 grams a day. 
  • These countries took part in the study are, Canada (main researcher),  Argentina, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, China, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Iran, Malaysia, Poland, Philippines, Saudia Arabia, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe, and occupied Palestinian territory.




How to get rid of trapped gas in GIT

Posted Aug. 8, 2018

(Source Medical news today)

There are ways to get rid of the gas pain in the abdomen.

  1. The best way is to let it out.
  2. Sometimes bowel movement, passing the stool may relieve the pain.
  3. Eating slowly will help and there will be less gas formation.
    1. Chew the food 30 times to slow down your speed.
  4. Avoid chewing gum because you will swallow gas.
    1. Sweetener also causes bloating and gas.
  5. Don't use straw because more gas goes in, Better to sip water or drinks.
  6. Stop smoking. This allows air to enter the GI system.
  7. Avoid foods which may cause bloating and gas like:
    1. Artificial sweetener.
    2. Vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.
    3. Dairy products.
    4. Fiber drinks and supplements.
    5. Fried foods.
    6. High-fat foods.
    7. Garlic and onions.
    8. Spicy foods.
    9. Prunes and prune juice.
  8. Do not take carbonated drinks.
  9. Drink tea particularly green tea or herbal tea  ( anise, chamomile, ginger, and peppermint) may help in digestion.
  10. Taking fennel helps for the trapped gas.
  11. Peppermint supplement of its tea relieves bloating and gas formation. 
    1. Avoid during pregnancy due to conflicting reports.
  12. Clove oil is used to relieve the bloating, gas and indigestion.
  13. A hot water bottle may relieve the gas and the pain abdomen.
  14. Vinegar, one teaspoon in the glass of water relieves the gas and the pain.
  15. Use activated charcoal which is a natural product.  It prevents the trapped gas.
  16. Probiotics supplement add beneficial bacteria to the intestine.
  17. The best way is the exercise. Yoga is the best, after the meal may be beneficial.
  18. Over the counter, remedies may be helpful like Mylanta, Gas-X, and gaviscon.

Blood test for early detection of cancer

Posted Aug. 7, 2018

 Blood test for cancer detection 

According to BBC, the UK team was able to detect the cancer cells when these were tiny.

When these cancer cells cannot be detected by CT scan or MRI.

This research was done on lung cancer patients.

The trial was funded by Cancer Research UK, the sample was taken from the lung cancer when removed during surgery.

The blood test was done every three months to find the recurrence after the surgery. It can find any trace of cancer DNA reemerged.

Dr.Christopher Abbosh, from the UCL cancer institute, said: "We can identify patient to treat even if they have no clinical signs of the disease, and also monitor how well therapies are working.

(Source BBC news)