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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

There are different effective treatments available for yeast infection. Let's find out if you of them.

Oral antifungal

In many women yeast infections can be chronic and they may return four times a year. If you have a history of reoccurrence, then you should take oral antifungal medicines every week for a few months. It will help you by reducing the re-occurrence by 90%. There are many different types of oral antifungal medicines are available and you can talk to your doctor about finding the right one for you.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is an essential oil which is derived from the tea tree leaves. In several studies it was found that it works as a very effective antifungal against yeast. Many women douse a tampon in tea tree oil and insert it in the vagina at night. However, you should be careful in using it and it is important that you test it whether you are sensitive to tea tree oil or not. In case of any irritation or discomfort, you should immediately discontinue it. You will need 100% pure oil and your doctor may be able to help you to decide whether you can use it or not.

Cotton or no underwear

Yeast infection will proliferate in a warm and moist environment and so it is very important that you completely eliminate such an environment. Wear cotton lined underwear. During those days avoid panty hose and tight jeans. You should immediately change out of gym clothes and wet swimsuits. If it is possible, you can go without any type of underwear for those days. It will make are accessibility easier and will keep the area dry. You should not use any scented douses, body sprays and similar products. You should not use any other product which can imbalance the vaginal pH levels.

Probiotics

Probiotics can help you to get rid of the yeast infection you are suffering from. Several types of yogurts contain same type of probiotics that will keep the vagina healthy. A recent study found that women who suffer from chronic yeast infections will find move benefits from regular consumption of yogurts. In the study, the women placed a probiotic tablet directly in the vagina. There are Lactobacillus pills available which will not only help you to get rid of the existing yeast infection problem but will also ensure that you have a healthy vaginal environment.

Boric acid suppository

For simple yeast infections, you can use boric acid. It is a natural antifungal and antiseptic product. Studies have found that it can reduce the growth of Candida albicans, which is the strain of yeast that cause infection. It can also restrict the growth of Candida glabrata, which is more resistant to other types of treatments. Instead of using boric acid directly, you need to use a suppository capsule that contains boric acid. Do not use it directly because it can cause irritation.

Use progestin only birth control

You should avoid using estrogen-based contraception such as birth control pills because they can increase in number of yeasts and aggravate yeast infection problem. Non-estrogen methods are available for contraception and you should use them. There are progestin only mini pills and IUDs available which will ensure birth control. Spermicides can also cause irritation or other problems and so you should avoid them. Use a lubricant during sex so as to avoid the friction because friction can change the ecology of the vagina and thereby can aggravate the yeast problem.

References

1. Yeast Infection Free Forever
2. Vaginal yeast infections
3. Yeast Infections

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There are seven main chakras available which are important when it comes to healing. They start at the bottom area of your spinal cord and then travel along up the spinal cord to the top part of your head. There are many techniques which are used for cleaning and healing your chakras.

Chakra meditation

If you use chakra meditation for healing and cleaning your chakras, you will need to approach healing from two directions.

First, you can focus on the level of cause. Unless your address the cause level, your problems will not go away. If you’re feeling distressed or upset inside the body, emotions and body, it will not be completely eliminated if you do not address the cause level. That is why chakra meditation involves meditation that assists in bringing attention to yourself until you reach a state of pure awareness.

You can also focus on the levels of effects. This is another variation of chakra meditation. In this type, medication is used to ease the feelings or effects of being isolated and separated. This is opposite to the whole that we want to be.

Balancing through massages

Massage is another common technique in chakra healing. Different chakras will need different types of massages. If you’re targeting the Root chakra, massages done on the gluteal muscles, legs and feet because the massages will encourage energy flow (which is called as prana) this region. Massage for the Solar Plexus is done by applying oils to the abdomen area where massage is done in a clockwise direction around the navel. It helps in improving waste elimination and the organ functions by bringing about conscious awareness to this personal power centre.

Healing through music

Music can help you to heal yourself by affecting different chakras in your body. Different chakras respond to different sound frequencies. There are different techniques available which use music for healing your chakras. One such popular technique is Solfeggio, where music frequencies are used to create healing sounds. Isochronic Chakra Suite is another common type of music which are brainwave entertainment techniques that include Tibetan singing bowls. You just need to know what type of sound are good for healing that particular chakra and then you can employ that sound for healing yourself. Our body response to music and sound in a great way and this is an easy way of healing your chakras and your body.

Affirmations

This is one of the most powerful tools used in chakra healing. Affirmations are nothing but positive statements which are used to strengthen and heal damaged part of you. It is possible to focus on different aspects of few with affirmations. Different chakras will use different affirmations. For example, if you’re using affirmation for the Root chakra, some of the affirmations can be “I am filled with humility. I am enough as I am.” For the heart chakra, you can use affirmations like Love is the answer to everything in life, and I give and receive love unconditionally. The same way, different affirmations are used for different chakras in your body.

Color vibration

Different colors have different vibrations. When we are exposed to different colors because of their different vibrations, our physical state, moods and emotions can change. If there is a need to rebalance your chakras, you can do that by exposing your body to different colors. The exposure can be done at home with the help of our food and clothes and other elements in the house. You can also absorb colors by wearing colored glasses from where our bodies will absorb the color.

References

1. Get The Chakra Healing Secrets Ebook And Audio Guide
2. The Scientific Basis of Integrative Medicine
3. Meditation, Prayer and Spiritual Healing: The Evidence

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Have you heard about the silver tsunami? This color-coded metaphor is being used to describe the explosive growth in the senior citizen population in the U.S. New Census Bureau projections estimate that there will be more adults over 65 than children in the U.S. by the year 2030. While this trend will have serious consequences on the healthcare industry as a toll, it's the oft-forgotten care providers (like nurses) that are starting to pay the most painful price.

 

You might find it interesting to learn that of all heavy labor professions, from construction workers to airport baggage handlers to warehouse employees and even truck drivers with notoriously long hours spent sitting, those in the nursing and nursing aid professions have the highest incidence rates of musculoskeletal disorders. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found in 2010 that for every 10,000 workers in the care field (nursing aides, attendants, orderlies), an astounding 249 of them experience some form of musculoskeletal injury. That incidence rate is over seven times higher than any other industry!

 

What does this mean for nurses and caregivers? As care providers, their roles starkly increase the risk for not only acute injury but chronic pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders like muscle strains, sprains, herniated discs, shoulder, back and neck injuries, and joint inflammation.

 

How exactly? While much of nursing and caregiving is less physically involved, like patient monitoring, administering medicine, dressing wounds, providing emotional support and so on, a huge part of it is intensely physical. Manual patient handling often includes:

 

  • Repositioning patients (in bed or in a chair)

  • Transferring patients (to the toilet, wheelchair, car, etc)

  • Lifting patients (during a transfer or often after a fall)

  • Readjusting, rolling, carrying patients

Risk Factors for Back Pain in Nursing

There are a handful of factors which contribute to the increasing incidence rates of injury and chronic pain among nurses, many of which are often out of their control. These include:

 

  • Increasing rates of older adults who require assistance with ADL's (activities of daily living) including getting dressed, toileting, transferring in and out of bed, and exercising.

 

  • Rising rates of obesity across the U.S. directly affect a nurses job. Almost 30 percent of senior citizens are obese, increasing the load and stress placed on their nurses and caregivers who help lift and transfer them. For a senior who is over 200 pounds, a nurse may regularly have to lift legs that are upwards of 40 pounds each.

 

  • Lack of proper lifting equipment and team lifting protocols, whether it's in a home health setting or even in a healthcare facility like a hospital or nursing home, leaves nurses with little choice as to the support they receive during manual patient handling tasks.

 

  • The number of seniors experiencing falls rose over 30 percent in the past ten years. Falls can lead to hospitalization, hip fractures, immobility and more. Climbing rates of seniors experiencing fall-related injuries influence the degree of care and manual assistance they require from care providers.

Preventing Back Pain in Nursing

Acknowledging the risk factors that lead to back pain and related injuries in nursing and taking steps to avoid them is a must for nurses, aids, and caregivers. Nurses can take the following steps to ensure their safety:

 

  • Always ask your patients with mobility issues to utilize their mobility aids whether they be canes, rolling walkers, wheelchairs, etc.

  • Practice good body mechanics and proper lifting techniques. Never lift from a bent over position, engage your leg muscles for momentum, and avoid awkward body positions like twisting or contorting your back to help a patient up.

 

  • Advocate for patient transfer and lifting protocols in healthcare institutions like assisted living facilities and hospitals so there is a plan of action (either tools or teams in place) in the event a patient falls or needs help with a transfer.

 

  • Make use of lifts and transferring devices for moving patients. These include Hoyer lifts, lift belts, transfer wheelchairs, transfer shower chairs, turner blankets, rolling/sliding transfer boards, and so forth.

 

  • Stretch and strengthen key lifting muscles like the hamstrings, quads, core, and back muscles. Body weight exercises (i.e. squats, planks, etc.) and even mindfulness practices like yoga and tai chi are a great place to start.

Additional Considerations

Not only does the unsafe and injury-prone nature of nursing and caregiving make care providers more susceptible to chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders, but the financial burden can be quite hefty too. A nurse or nursing aid who is injured on the job maybe have to take time off work and therefore lose wages and rack up medical bills while they wait for benefits to kick in too. If you work in the care sector, be smart about preventing injury!

 

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More often than not, eating out is done for two main reasons. One is convenience. It can be grabbing the quickest thing on the menu during a half hour lunch or hitting the only grease bomb fast food joint off the interstate where you don't have to turn left into a four-lane street to get back on the road. The other is for the fun of it.

 

It could be a date night or getting together with friends at a nice restaurant to reconnect. No matter the reason, dining out can make it hard to manage your diabetes, but it can be done. Here are a few ways to make eating out a little healthier for anyone with diabetes.

 

Research the Restaurant

 

The good news for people with diabetes is that restaurants must have nutritional information about the food they serve posted, including things like sugar and calorie count. The bad news, this information isn't always easy to find. Most people already know that the food served at restaurants doesn't exactly fall under the health category, but finding out a single item has nearly 1,500 calories can still be shocking. Several health-related websites list the nutritional information of the menu items at the larger chains. If you’re dining local, ask the waiter or chef about the food.

 

Eat on Schedule

 

Taking insulin or other meds to manage diabetes usually means sticking to a schedule to avoid blood sugar spikes or dips. Time your restaurant visit with your medication. Make reservations to ensure you eat at the right time helps. If you eat during a rush and it looks like it may be a while before you get your meal, order an appetizer or get some breadsticks. Just a little something to keep the blood sugar level.

 

Watch the Toppings & Extras

 

 

 

It’s not the baked potato that will get you in trouble. It’s the sour cream, chives, and bacon bits that do it. Even the healthiest dishes can be made into virtual junk food with enough of the right sauces and toppings. Ask for any sauces, toppings, or dressings on the side, so you have control over how much you eat. Even then, don’t let them sneak up on you. A little bit of ranch dressing here and a bit of barbeque sauce there can quickly add up to a lot of extra calories and sugar.

 

Alternatives to Fried

 

With more people eating better, restaurants are rushing to meet the demand for healthier food. Most chains now have baked and grilled entrees that are also lower in calories and carbs. Patrons to restaurants may have more options. All they need to do is ask. Most kitchens will grill or bake a dish, instead of frying it, upon request. If something fried is your only option, removing the breading or crust can help lower the negative impact the food may have on your blood sugar levels.

 

Hidden Carbs

 

A large serving of carbs is a bad thing for people with diabetes. Too many, and glucose levels go crazy. That said, a high level of carbs is often synonymous with yummy. Restaurants know this, which means eating out is usually going to be a carb-heavy experience. In addition to the calorie and sugar content of food, also check the number of carbs. With the popularity of the Atkins and Paleo diets, most restaurants offer several low carb dishes.

 

Look Out for Hidden Sugar

 

Another reason to pay close attention to a restaurant’s nutritional information. Anyone who has been in the diabetes rodeo long enough knows that things like fruit cups, ketchup, and some salad dressings have more sugar than most people realize. Hidden sugar can also crop up in some random menu items. Always check the sugar levels when you can to avoid nasty surprises. And when you aren't sure about a dish's sugar level, always assume that it's a little higher than you suspect.

 

Don't Overdo It

 

Eating out is fun, especially when we're surrounded by family and friends, and are having a good time. It's easy to let our appetites get the better of us at times like these. If someone orders seconds or another round of drinks, it can be hard not to say no. A little bit of overindulgence isn't bad, but be careful not to too lost in the evening's fun. Keep track of what you've eaten and how many portions. When you reach your limit, say so. And if you order more than you should, you can always ask for a to-go box and save it for later.

 

 

 

Alkaline diets have many benefits to offer and so they are becoming increasingly popular. Let’s find out more about the benefits it has to offer to you.

Glowing skin

If your body is acidic, it will result in different types of skin problems such as acne, rosaceae, eczema, psoriasis and wrinkled skin. Your skin is a very important organ of your body and it is important because it helps you to detoxify your body. If you see any of the skin problems, it means your skin is acidic and your body is fighting to get the acid out of your system. When you see these signs and symptoms on your skin, it is the time to alkalize. When you alkalize, you will have a better and glowing skin free of all the skin problem of

More energy

When you continue a alkaline diet, you will have an energy throughout the day. If you are feeling tired, it is probably because you are drinking less water. Water is important and when you drink 3 to 4 L of water with a pH of 8 to 9.5, it will not only satisfy your liquid needs but will also provide you with the necessary energy.

Healthy teeth and gums

If you are eating too many acidic foods, you will suffer from tooth and gum decay. So, it is very important that you cut down on the acid forming foods such as sugar, grains, processed foods etc. The acids present in these foods will corrode the mouth and will also create other teeth and gums problems. When you go for an alkaline diet, you eliminate the possibility of such problems because you not only reduce the acidic foods but you also introduce alkaline foods, which will neutralize the acid formed in your mouth.

Prevention of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis happens because of too much acids. When the body becomes too acidic because of dietary, environmental and metabolic toxins, it will use minerals to neutralize such acids so that the pH of the blood remains steady. If you’re not getting the necessary minerals from your food, your body may take it from the bones, which is the largest mineral bank. That is why; to save yourself from osteoporosis, which is a problem of the bones, you need to provide your body with the necessary minerals. These minerals are present in high mountain alkaline foods. The alkaline diet that include different types of alkaline foods will also provide you with the necessary calcium for better health of your bones.

Weight loss and its management

If you are trying to lose weight, an alkaline diet will make it easier for you. You become overweight because of the acids. You need to add more healthy alkaline fats in your diet. Such facts are present in avocados, raw nuts, coconut oil and seeds such as almond, chia and hemp. You will also find healthy alkaline fats in raw nut butter is like almond, coconut and cacao. Also include wild caught Salmon in your diet because it will provide you with healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

An alkaline diet will also help you to manage the weight after you lose it and will prevent from regaining the lost weight.

There is another technique which is known as intermittent fasting. In this method, you can eat three alkaline meals a day and do not eat anything else in between. In between, you can only drink liquids to keep yourself hydrated. You can drink lemon water, herbal teas, green juices etc. This is helpful for you because it will decrease your insulin levels in the body and as a result of that your body will start burning fat instead of burning sugar as the source of energy.

References

1. Acid Alkaline Diet Course
2. The Alkaline Diet
3. A list of Acid / Alkaline Forming Foods

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Ear infections can be difficult to deal with. Not only do they cause overall discomfort, they can also hinder our ability to hear if not treated correctly. Normally, ear infections happen due to bacteria and viruses that effect all areas of the ear. There are different aspects to ear infections that make them unique from one another. It is wise to get treated immediately if you are experiencing any symptoms from an ear infection. Here are some facts about ear infections, and what your best treatment options are. 

Different Types of Ear Infections 

There are three main types of ear infections that can occur in children and adults. 

Outer Ear Infections/ Swimmer's Ear 

This type of infection occurs due to a bacterial infection that covers the ear canal. Swimmers often experience this type of ear infection due to excessive immersion in water. Bacteria in the water can enter the ear canal, causing an infection. An outer ear infection can also happen by using foreign objects to clean your ears or for utility purposes. This can include cotton swabs and ear plugs. 

Inner Ear Infections 

Inner ear infections are caused by a virus and are incredibly rare. This type of infection can cause inflammation of the inner ear, which harms a person's ability to hear, creates dizziness, and may cause tinnitus. Since over the counter medicine is ineffective against an inner ear infection, it is advised that a person seek medical treatment. 

Middle Ear Infections 

A middle ear infection is caused by pus that becomes trapped in the hollow cavity of the facial bone. These types of infections are commonly associated with children who experience the common cold. These are the most harmless of the ear infections, and typically resolve on their own over time. 

Symptoms of Ear Infections 

Use this guide to determine if you may be experiencing the effects of an ear infection. 

Outer Ear Infection/Swimmer's Ear 

¢ Redness and inflammation 
¢ Pus that is draining from your ear 
¢ Difficulty hearing 
¢ Severe ear pain 
¢ Itching 

Inner Ear Infection 

¢ Vomiting and nausea 
¢ Vertigo 
¢ Tinnitus 

Middle Ear Infection 

¢ Fever 
¢ Balance issues 
¢ Feeling as if your ear is full of liquids 

How to Treat an Ear Infection 

Normally, over the counter and home remedies can do the trick when it comes to treating ear infections. Here are some tips you can use to help alleviate the symptoms of an ear infection. 

Over the Counter Medicines 

Your first line of defense against any ear infection can be over the counter medicines. Using an over the counter, such as Ciprodex, can help with your ear infection problems. Make sure to use your Ciprodex coupon card to help save yourself money when purchasing. 

Home Remedies 

These types of treatments can be just as effective if you wish to take matters into your own hands. Here are just a few tips you can utilize to help alleviate your symptoms. 

¢ Use a cold or warm compress to help alleviate ear pain. Try alternating between warm and cold for the best results. 
¢ Pour garlic oil into the ear canal to help with middle and outer ear infections. 
¢ If your child is experiencing an ear infection, have them sleep with the painful side up. This will help alleviate any unnecessary pressure that is placed upon the ear. 

Ear Infection Prevention 

Though we have provided plenty of information on how to treat an ear infection, we believe preventive action is just as important. Here are some tips you can use to prevent ear infections before they have a chance to cause you discomfort. 

¢ Make sure to tilt your head to drain any excess water that has built up inside while you were swimming. 
¢ Don't scratch the inside of the ear. This will only cause irritation to your ear, which can cause an ear infection. 
¢ Clean any ear peripherals, such as hearing aids and earplugs. Bacteria can build up on these over time and cause an infection from repeated use without cleaning. 


Whether we take preventive action or not, ear infections can happen to any of us. Use our guide to ensure that you are informed and know how to act if necessary. Always look for discounts when it comes to over the counter medicines, like a Ciprodex coupon card, to find the best deals possible. 

 

About The Author

 

Mark Alvarado believes in living a healthy life through travel. Utilize his memoirs to help you become a happier and healthier person in all aspects of life.