The plant, Lavender, has developed a well-deserved reputation as a sleep aid. In fact, when my first child was born, I got her a sheep stuffed with lavender. You were supposed to put the sheep in the microwave and warm it up. As it heated, the lavender aroma came forth and, combined with the warmth, set the stage for a child that was quick to fall asleep. Read more
Category: Health (page 1 of 2)
Digital hearing aids have revolutionized the way individuals suffering from hearing loss are able to hear. All companies that specialize in producing them have come up with their own models and styles. There are plenty of hearing devices obtainable in the market which suit people with hearing impairments. Despite this, prior to purchasing any of them, it is vital for you to carefully examine their properties, uses as well as overall benefits they provide. The other aspects you also need to put into consideration are style, personal preference and features of the different types of hearing devices. When you take all these into account, you will find it easier to buy the right hearing aid. Read more
As fad or celebrity diets come and go, very low calorie diets seem to have the staying power that other diets do not. Why is this? Well, simply put they work. Very low calorie diets (VLCD) are not extreme life changing diets; instead they just decrease the calorie intake instead of only eating meat or carbs or whatever nonsense diets are out there. Read more
Depression is a surprisingly common mental illness which affects millions of people at some point in their lives. It can be mild, moderate and severe, and can be caused by a number of things, including a traumatic event or relationship troubles, or sometimes it comes on for seemingly no reason at all known to the sufferer. The good news is that depression is a manageable condition, and you have lots of options if you want to seek help for your condition. Read more
We only have one heart, and only one life. If there’s one person who understands the importance of living life to the fullest, it’s Kuya Kim Atienza. The Filipino television host, actor, and weatherman suffered a stroke over two years ago, and he knows how fortunate he is to be given a second chance at life. Read more
Did you know that 9 of the 10 leading causes of death in the Philippines are health related? And did you also know that just by eating better, making small lifestyle changes and doing moderate activity on most days of the week, we can reduce the risk of many diseases and increase our quality of life? Read more
A deviated septum is a condition where the bone and cartilage that splits the nostrils in two (the septum) is off center. It is estimated that up to 80% of us have uneven nostrils. Most of us are probably unaware of the condition and don’t experience any adverse effects from our slightly uneven nostrils. However, in severe cases it becomes more than a cosmetic issue; if the imbalance is significant it can make it difficult to breathe and cause a range of other uncomfortable symptoms. Read more
An enlarged heart isn’t uncommon for competitive athletes. In fact, one non-pathological condition of a sportsman’s heart is aptly called Athletic Heart.
Athletic heart is a physiological condition in which heart enlarges through (extreme) physical training such as aerobic exercise most especially through endurance sports, and the resting pulse lowers.
In the US, one athlete named David Heller a former Central Catholic athlete who died in his sleep five years ago following a basketball game was later diagnosed with an enlarged heart. On Friday night, running back Hayward Demison, also a Central Catholic athlete, made a heart-stopping run – literally and figuratively. After racing 45 yards to the end zone, it gave a come-from-behind win over Canby High, but moments later leaned against an assistant coach and collapsed.
Luckily, Demison recovered after Central Catholic’s statistician, Linda Lyver, performed emergency CPR, that needed 60 chest compressions and two breaths.
Not all athletes will be as lucky as Demison. So activists say some changes are needed and that mandatory heart screenings should be part of the physical exam so they get their heart checked, too.
According to wrongdiagnosis.com, the extrapolated prevalence rate for heart attack in the Philippines is 2,377,987. Of course, that could be wrong. But given the estimated figure, many still don’t know signs of heart attack.
Digging further, an Italian study suggested an incidence of 1.6 – 2.3 per 100000 athletes per year (2.1 per 100000 per year due to cardiovascular causes) and 0.8. This clearly reflects an increased incidence in athletes.
So, are you in favor for mandatory heart screenings for student athletes?