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For people who suffer from various psychiatric and neurological conditions, brain stimulation has become an increasingly important treatment option in the recent decades.

Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep Brain Stimulation

Brain simulation techniques can be divided into two broad categories, invasive and noninvasive. Both of them work by targeting specific sites in the brain to adjust the overall brain activity. Among the most well-known invasive techniques is the deep brain stimulation (DBS) which requires a brain surgery and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This process is typically used for treated Parkinson's disease and this process requires an electrode to be inserted in the brain. Among the noninvasive techniques is the transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) which can be administered from outside the head. This treatment is currently approved for treating depression.

Brain stimulation has resulted in dramatic benefits to patients with such disorders, which has motivated researchers to test if it can be useful in treated patients suffering from other diseases. The problem is that doctors have been unable to pinpoint which are the ideal sites to administer simulation in a given patient for a given condition.

A new study led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggest that brain networks which consists of the interconnected pathways that link brain circuits to one another can assist in selection of ideal spot for brain stimulation therapies.

Michael D. Fox, MD, PhD, First author of the study, an investigator in the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation and in the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at BIDMC remarked that although different types of brain stimulation are currently applied in different locations, it has been found that the targets used to treat the same disease are nodes in the same connected brain network. This can have a direct implication on how brain stimulations are administered to treat diseases.

For example, in order use brain stimulation to treat Parkinson’s disease or tremor an electrode need to be inserted deep in the brain. Getting the same effect with noninvasive stimulation is difficult, as the spot is deep in the brain. However, by looking at the brain’s network connectivity, sites can be identified on the surface of the brain that is connected with the deep spot site. Hence, that deep spot can also be stimulated noninvasively.

For this study Fox's team conducted a large-scale literature search to find out all neurological and psychiatric diseases where brain stimulation via both invasive and non-invasive techniques had shown improvement. The search found 14 such conditions namely addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, anorexia, depression, dystonia, epilepsy, essential tremor, gait dysfunction, Huntington’s disease, minimally conscious state, obsessive compulsive disorder, pain, Parkinson disease and Tourette syndrome. In the next step, they listed the stimulation sites, both deep in the brain or on the surface of the brain that was found to have been effective for the treatment of each of the 14 diseases.

In order to test the hypothesis that the various stimulation sites in the brain are different spots within the same brain network, Fox's team used a data base of functional MRI images and a technique that enabled them to see correlations in spontaneous brain activity. These correlations helped the investigators in creating a map of connections from deep brain stimulation sites to the surface of the brain. When this map was compared to sites for noninvasive brain stimulation on the brain surface, the two matched.

The study suggest that understanding the brain networks can help in understanding why brain stimulation works and how these therapies can be improved by identifying the best place to stimulate the brain for a given patient suffering from a given disease. These findings also suggest that resting-state functional connectivity can be useful for translating therapy between treatment modalities, optimizing treatment and identifying new stimulation targets.

References

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-09/bidm-srn092514.php

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140929153935.htm

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Ayurveda is the ancient system of Indian medicine. It means the science of life or philosophy of being. It’s a very comprehensive system which includes natural therapies with a highly personalized system of treatment for different individuals.

Steam therapy

a steam therapy can help you to pamper your facial skin and it can be done right at home. It will help you to release deep-seated toxins. This method will also clear the conduits of the skin. You will feel refreshed and will get a new like skin after this therapy. There are different herbs which are used in steam therapy including lavender and rose petal powder. Whether you have normal or dry skin, steam therapy can be used to improve your skin. Lavender and rose petal powder is used if you have a normal or dry skin. Citrus peel, neem and basil powder are some of the ingredients which are used in steam therapy if you have oily skin.

All body care

Ayurveda also has all body care system. They generally use a mix of four parts of chickpea flour or coarse oatmeal with one part of sandalwood powder which is mixed in milk or water. Phone ownership of the skin, they always recommend a light application of a natural herbal moisturizer. Natural herbs like Indian sarsaparilla, marshmallow root, turmeric and manjistha are used for cleansing and nourishing the skin.

There are many more such magical treatment and beauty options are available in ayurveda.

Bring the magic to your life

you can use ayurveda anytime, anywhere. If you adopt it, it will completely change your life in a positive way. And adoption of ayurveda is possible at any age by anyone.

Benefits of ayurvedic medicine

Ayurvedic medicine will lower your stress and anxiety levels. Since at present stresses are an integral part of our lives, treating them is very important. Different techniques are available in ayurveda which can naturally treat anxiety, depression and stress. Such treatment options may include yoga, breathing exercises, skin brushing, herbal treatments, visualization and such other types of treatments.

Ayurveda can also help you to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Ayurveda diets and relaxation techniques can help high blood pressure in patients and normal healthy people by lowering inflammation and reducing plaque buildup and releasing the thickening of artery walls. These actions will reduce the possibility of heart disease.

Ayurveda can help you to recover easily from injuries and illnesses. In ayurveda, there is a concept of immune modulation and healing. You can target inflammation with the tools, techniques and medicines available in ayurveda which will help you to lower pain and swelling, improved flow of blood and reduce inflammatory conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Ayurveda is very helpful in detoxing your body. Detoxing is possible with the help of different types of herbs, healthy foods, teas and lots of rest. Some of the practices available in ayurveda can help you by increasing blood circulation and liver function. Abhyanga is a practice in ayurveda where the skin is rubbed with herbal or essential oils which will increase flow of blood and will also eliminate toxins from the body. Such detoxification is possible as the toxins are eliminated from the body through skin.

Ayurvedic medicine focuses on a plant based diet which is full of variety of whole foods. It includes lots of fresh herbs, spices, teas, healthy fats, vegetables, high antioxidant foods and protein. These foods are easy to digest, fresh and so they are healthy for your body.

References

1. Modern Ayurveda – Free Organic Yoga Mat
2. Department of Ayurveda
3. Ayurvedic Medicine

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It's happened to everyone at some point. You wake up and, almost instantly, you know that something is off. Maybe your throat's a little scratchy, or perhaps you're experiencing some body aches.

 

Depending on your symptoms, it can be hard to tell if you need to take a sick day or if you're able to push through and go to work.

 

Keep these guidelines in mind to help you make the right decision for yourself and your coworkers.

1. You're Just Starting to Feel Sick

If you're just starting to experience symptoms and they don't seem too serious, you might be tempted to go ahead and go to work. The problem with this, though, is that the beginning of your illness is the time when you're usually the most contagious.

 

Keep in mind, too, that if you stay home and rest right when you start feeling sick, you have a better chance of fighting the sickness off and shortening the amount of time that you're actually sick.

 

Lots of people try to tough a sickness out in the beginning, but because they don't give their body sufficient rest, they end up prolonging their illness and dragging out their symptoms.

 

It's especially important for you to take a day off when your symptoms show up if you work with vulnerable populations like children, people with suppressed immune systems, or older adults.

2. You Have Any of These Symptoms

As soon as any of the following symptoms present themselves, you need to call in sick:

 

  • Fever

  • Acute diarrhea

  • Vomiting

  • Acute respiratory symptoms (runny nose, cough, wheezing, shortness of breath etc.)

  • Body aches

 

These symptoms often indicate that you are dealing with a contagious illness like a cold, influenza, or a gastrointestinal virus. These kinds of sicknesses spread fast, so it's best to protect your co-workers and stay home if you notice any of the symptoms listed above.

 

Even if you don't have a contagious illness, if you're experiencing any of these other symptoms, you should still stay home from work.

 

  • Bladder or urinary tract infections

  • Vertigo

  • Severe back or joint pain that hinders your ability to meet your work responsibilities

 

These conditions will likely affect your productivity, so it's better to just take a day off and let yourself recover.

3. You're Taking Medications That Will Interfere with Your Job

Many medications — especially those meant to treat the flu or a cold — come with unpleasant side-effects like extreme fatigue, foggy thinking, and dizziness.

 

These kinds of drugs might relieve your symptoms, but they can also make it very difficult for you to get work done effectively.

 

If you're not going to be able to perform well at work, or if you think you might end up making a mistake that could affect you, your clients, or anyone else you work with, it's better to just stay home and rest.

 

If you have lots of menial tasks that need to get done and you're not contagious, you might be able to go to work and tackle those less-important items on your to-do list. You can leave the more complicated stuff for when you're feeling more mentally sharp.

How to Speed Up Recovery

If you do decide that it's best to take a sick day, give these tips a try to speed up your recovery and get back to the office as soon as possible:

 

  • Sleep as much as possible. You can use a laptop desk and do some work in bed, but don't be so focused on staying caught up that you forget to rest.

  • Stay hydrated with lots of water, juice, tea, and broth.

  • Stay warm with lots of blankets, and take a hot shower or bath.

  • Try natural cold and flu remedies like zinc, vitamin C, and elderberry.

 

In a world where everyone is told to grind, grind, grind, it's hard to know when to take a break. But, remember that your health needs to come first.

 

If you're starting to feel sick, make sure you keep these tips in mind so you'll know if you can go to work or if you need to stay home.

 

 

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Weight loss is a tough journey for anyone seeking to live a healthier lifestyle. It can be draining both physically and mentally if you're not seeing the results you want. More scientific studies into the process of losing weight have shown that as the body loses substantial weight, it tries extremely hard to gain it back. This process can be frustrating to many people as they reach a plateau period, but those who continue to push get over this roadblock and reach their fitness goals.

 

You may be wondering how those people are able to overcome their biology. The answer is simple: they stuck to healthy habits and didn't quit. If you're having trouble losing the weight, then follow these 7 expert tips on how to lose weight and stay healthy.

 

  1. Cut Out Soda

 

Cutting soda from your diet won't just cut down on your calorie intake. It stops you from putting so many artificial sugars in your body. Plus, sugar can act on your liver in odd ways, causing you to produce belly fat. Switching from soda, diet or otherwise, allows you to intake more water which will ultimately help you lose the weight.

 

  1. Don't Focus on Calories

 

People get too caught up in trying to count their calorie intake. While recording it can be helpful to some, it can be harmful and misleading to others. Often times, people will get discouraged by the lack of progress they're making even though they're sticking to their allotted calories. Other times, people mis-record their calories on accident and on purpose.

 

More focus needs to be put on the quality of the food you are eating. While some foods are lower in calories than others, they may not be giving you the nutrients that you need. Think of how certain foods affect your metabolism and hormones then eat according to that.

 

  1. Keep Things Basic

 

You don't need to have a complicated workout or diet to achieve your health goals. All you need to do is eat healthier overall and workout moderately-to-vigorously a few days a week. It's a simple statement but you have to figure out how to do that around a busy schedule. It's totally possible for anyone with careful planning and a day set aside for meal prep.    

 

  1. Adjust Your Goal Weight

 

You probably have an ideal weight that you'd like to reach. Some people want to reach that weight in a certain time period, while other people want to reach a certain weight in general. No matter the time period, the goal weight is often unrealistic based on a number of factors. It's better to have a goal that shows improved health and a weight that you're happy with that you know you can achieve.

 

  1. Commit to Change

 

Quite a few people love to jump on the latest fad diets and cleansing teas to lose weight fast and easy. These methods offer only short-term results and require you to go through no real change. For actual, long-lasting results, you have to be committed to changing permanently for the better.

           

  1. Eat Delicious Food

 

Diets are becoming less about suffering through bland salads and more about eating delicious healthy foods that fill you. Society has coached many people into thinking that a diet is only working if they're feeling hungry, but hunger is the ultimate reason that most people fail at dieting. Don't worry about how much you're eating, worry about the quality of what you're eating.

 

  1. Recruit Support

 

Going through anything alone can be hard which is why so many people have workout buddies. Arrange workouts with friends so that you hold each other accountable and push each other to your limits. The same goes for changes in your eating habits. When you enforce a change in your diet, make sure that everyone you live with is on board to support you and, perhaps, go on the journey with you.

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Without a doubt, going on your very first dental checkup evokes traumatizing memories. As a child, you would often think that dentists were sinister torturers who wanted to exact pain. You couldn't forgive your parents for allowing you to undergo such torment al for the sake of good oral health.¯

 

However, as you grew older, you realize just how important it is to go on a regular visit to your dentist. You came to a point where you realize that good dental health goes a long way, and you will learn to accept the benefits that any dental procedure can bring to your overall health.

 

Indeed, having strong teeth and a brighter smile provides a lot more benefits other than bolstering your confidence. In recent years, more people are seeking better dental care services despite rising costs. The American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute points out that 95 percent of people consider dental health as critical to their overall well-being.¯  This number drives home the point that oral health remains to be an important health concern that encourages patients to know more about the treatments they are getting.

 

With that said, it is crucial for you to brush up on the most basic facts about the most common dental procedures that are right for your needs.

 

Sealant placement

As dental cavities are on the rise, it has become crucial for people (especially children) to improve their defenses against oral bacteria. One procedure that does a good job at it is sealant placement. By filling up hard-to-reach gaps in the oral cavity, sealants protect the teeth from invasion by decay-causing bacteria. For sure, sealants are known to reduce cavity incidences by a large margin, making it an effective preventative measure.

 

Odontectomy

Growing a third molar (or what is usually termed as a wisdom tooth¯) can be an excruciating experience. The worst part of it is when the tooth becomes impacted, affecting the arrangement of other teeth and causing serious dental health issues later on. An odontectomy is a procedure that involves making an incision along the gum line to better extract the impaction. It is a costly treatment method, but its benefits are just too significant to ignore. Given the fact that it is a form of minor surgery, you should be able to find a dentist that is licensed to perform the operation. If you are too anxious to go through it, there might be a sedation dentist near you that provides the best and safest anaesthetic methods.

 

Braces installation

Overcrowding does not only make for an unsightly smile. It can also cause serious oral diseases such as gingivitis and make it more difficult to thoroughly clean the teeth by brushing. This conditional can only be handled by an expert in orthodontics. Depending on your case, you will be advised to put on correctional braces that will remain with you for at least two to three years. The installation costs as well as the monthly adjustments can range from $3,000 to $5,000 to be paid in installments. It can be costly, but it's probably your best bet to achieve a more confident and healthier smile.

 

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You can always use a few important tips for improving your performance in the bedroom. These tips will help you to perform better when you need to.

Talk about it

Many couples do not talk about sex and they do not know what one wants from the other. In a relationship as time passes, everything can be taken for granted and people may just go through the motions without understanding on knowing about the wishes of the partner. Some people even don’t know what they want. It is important to talk about sex so that both the partners know what the other wants in bed. Communication is very vital in any relationship and it is more so in case of sex.

Exercise

Yes, exercise can help you with your sex life. Regular exercise will not only keep you in the best shape of your life, it will also keep you internally healthy for the best performance. If you are getting regular exercise, it will improve your self-esteem, self-image, libido and external and internal health. Even getting 15 minutes of exercise daily will help you. The physical aspects of sex will be more enjoyable for you when you are in the best shape and health. Exercise is also important for you because it will improve your cardiovascular health, which means the flow of blood to your audience will increase and that is very much important for your sex life.

Eat healthy

Your performance in the bedroom will depend a lot on your diet. You need to treat your body right and provide it with good and right foods so that he can stay healthy. The same is true for your libido. If you focus on healthy foods which will reduce your cholesterol levels and at the same time will improve your cardiovascular system, it will help you by improving flow of blood to different organs in your body. That will help you to achieve the peak performance in the bed.

Abstain from it

Even though it may not feel as a very good tip, but it will eventually help you. Too much of everything is bad for you. If you have too much of sweat, you will not want to have sweet and will not enjoy the sensation equipped suite can provide you. Abstaining from sex for some time will help you to increase your libido and you will want to move because you’re not getting it for some time. Abstinence can before a few days, a weekend or even a week. It will increase your lust for the act and you will start thinking about it more.

Use the technology right way

The technology is in your hand and you can use it the right way if you know how to do that. Keep her in the mood for sex by offering her some visual and textual sensation. text messages, voice messages and other methods will help you to deliver the right message to her during the day and she will be ready for you at night. Send her an email, call, or send an SMS. sexy messages can do a lot many things for you.

Foreplay

A very important part for enjoyment and satisfaction during sex is the foreplay. Do not skimp on foreplay. It does not matter how long you have been a couple. Foreplay can help in stronger orgasm and improved sex. Performing foreplay is like gearing up for the next important task. It will increase your sensitivity, excitement and strength of orgasm and you will enjoy this act more than before.

References

1. Female Pleasure Guru – Men’s Sex Guide
2. Sexual Health
3. Sexual Health

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If you are struggling with drinking, these tips will help you deal with this common and hard problem.

 

You Don’t Need Willpower

 

Easyway by Allen Carr is the exact opposite of what numerous programs advise in regards to quitting alcohol. We can collectively refer to all these methods as ‘the willpower method’. For example ‘Drink Aware’ is the latest version of this group and it’s the complete opposite of Easyway. The advice, even though it is well-intentioned, is likely to cause failure and abject misery rather than help a person quit alcohol in an easy manner.

 

Change How You View Alcohol

 

Almost all willpower directed methods recommend that you avoid temptation, with some programs suggesting that you avoid restaurants that serve alcohol. But think about it, would it not be more pleasant to change how you perceive alcohol so that you can be able to enjoy going to any club, bar or restaurant without feeling deprived or left out just because you are not drinking?

 

Be Cool towards Withdrawal

 

It is important to keep in mind that you are not giving up anything. Almost every willpower method stress on giving up alcohol. You are getting rid of something that brought many problems to your life.

 

These methods usually instill fear into peoples’ minds, warning them of severe physical alcohol withdrawal symptoms. However, if you delve further, things like poor concentration, feeling fatigued, tired, irritation, poor concentration, and bad dreams are not that tough if you do not take them very seriously. There are blokes who experience these symptoms when their favorite team loses a match.

 

Keep Reminding Yourself how Happy You are to Be Free and Avoid Cutting Down

 

The hardest way to quit alcohol is regularly reminding yourself why you need to stop drinking. It is so much better to keep reminding yourself how happy you are to be free from alcohol.

 

Mainstream advice suggests that you gradually reduce alcohol intake but what they don’t put into consideration is that it’s way harder to cut down that to stop. How many times have you tried reducing alcohol intake, only to fail?

 

Detox Your Body Naturally and Quit Without any Unpleasantness

 

Help programs like ‘Drink Aware‘ talk about the physical symptoms of quitting alcohol such as sweating, headaches, vomiting, trembling hands, nausea, lack of appetite and palpitations. However, even they themselves admit they are quite rare. Even at their worse, these symptoms don’t sound any more unpleasant than catching flu. If you are concerned about what alcohol is doing to your body, it’s certain that you wouldn’t worry about suffering some of these symptoms for a few days in return for your health and freedom. According to records, most individuals who quit drinking using Easyway by Allen Carr do so without any unpleasantness.

 

Do Not be Afraid of Quitting Alcohol

 

If you are worried about quitting those shots and beers, you should certainly consult your doctor. However, it can be helpful to find out more about the Easyway program by Allen Carr and why you do not have to be really worried about withdrawal. So, why not take a look at our on-demand service information as well as FAQs on our site? You will certainly find helpful information regarding your situation.

 

If all other methods have not been working for you, then perhaps it is time to try this one. By not worrying about withdrawals and enjoying your freedom, you can make huge strides towards quitting alcohol entirely.