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Breakthroughs and Studies…
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Diabetics, Diabetic new treatment, Blood sugar levels
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Stop smoking, Give up smoking
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Talk About Allergies…
Avoidance of allergic triggers minimizing exposure will prevent
exacerbation of symptoms. Below are strategies to eliminate or avoid
what you are allergic to. High efficiency particulate air (HEPA)
filters remove very small particles, mold spores and pollen fragments.
These units are used near desks for filtration of smoke and dust.
Face masks provide protect against certain allergens. Avoid cooling
systems that pull in air from outside should be avoided.
Pollen from trees, grasses and weeds can vary depending on geographic
area and season.
- Keep bedroom and car windows closed and air conditioner.
- The afternoon pollen concentration is lower than morning
- Remove trees or shrubs that are allergens from around your bedroom
Mold spore and fungi sources are found in many common areas and
include indoor plant dirt, leaves, cut grass, composite piles, wooded
areas, shower curtains, sleeping bags, window frames, crawl spaces,
bathrooms, basements. Techniques to minimize growth:
- chlorine bleach
- using a dehumidifier
- adequate ventilation
An air filtration device and a humidity level of less than 40% are
important for dust elimination.. Plain wood or plastic are good
alternatives to carpets, upholstered furniture and drapes. Tips
to avoid house dust and mites:
- clean floors with a damp mop daily
- wash area rugs and bedding frequently
- damp dust daily using a face mask
Feathers, dander and saliva are epidermals and to minimize exposure
use the following tips:
- remove household pets from your sleeping area
- wash your hands after touching the pet
- vacuum frequently with an exhaust filter
Always consult a professional exterminator first before using pesticides
around your home. Avoid garbage cans around your home or near restaurant
kitchens. Do not tamper with beehives or wasp or hornet nests. Strategies
to follow when outdoors:
- wear protective clothing and shoes
- wear dark colors instead of bright colors
- avoid using strong scents
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive method used to
render images of the inside of an object. It is primarily used in
medical imaging to demonstrate pathological or other physiological
alterations of living tissues.
***An Abnormal MRI Doesn't Always Mean Knee
When an athlete injures his knee, doctors usually order a special
test called an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), to determine if
the cartilage is broken. A recent study in the American Journal
of Sports Medicine (November-December 1994) shows that MRI's often
indicate broken cartilage even when the knee is normal. Up to 24%
of MRI's will show signs of cartilage damage in normal knees.
The ends of bones are protected by a thick, tough white gristle
called cartilage. Once an athlete breaks the cartilage in his knee,
it will never heal and often will continue to break with heavy physical
exercise. Doctors can remove lose pieces of cartilage, but they
cannot operate to replace the lost cartilage. The cartilages in
the knee fit together like gears in your car. When cartilage of
the lower leg extends upward, cartilage in the upper leg extends
downward. When you break cartilage, the fit is less perfect and
a hard force on the joint can cause further breakage of cartilage.
Therefore, people who break cartilage in their knees are usually
cautioned to avoid hard exercises that may continue to break cartilage
in the knee and eventually require a knee replacement.
If your knee is swollen from an injury, you probably have cartilaginous
damage and should avoid hard trauma to your knee for the rest of
your life. If your knee hurts but is not swollen, your doctor may
order an MRI, but an abnormal MRI does not necessarily mean that
you have broken the cartilage in your knee.
***Talk About Research…
Research studies evaluate a new treatment. When a new treatment
becomes available, it goes through rigorous testing in a laboratory
and then in a clinical setting. The testing is carefully monitored,
and the results are evaluated and published.There are three types
of clinical trials. Each of these trials is a carefully controlled
test for a new drug or procedure.
Phase I trials determine the best way to provide a new treatment
and how much can be given safely. These trials involve cancer patients
with advanced disease who have tried every possible treatment with
no long-term success. These patients are willing to undergo treatments
that probably will not cure their cancer but that give them some
hope and that might help a cancer patient in the future. Any treatment
given these patients has first undergone testing on animals and
has been approved for human trials.
Phase II trials study the effect of a new treatment on patients
whose cancer has not been cured by standard treatments. There is
some possibility that the treatment may benefit these patients.
A treatment reaching phase II trials has gone through phase I trials.
Phase III trials compare a new treatment to current treatments.
These trials require large numbers of patients to control the effects
that age, race, gender, and other factors may have on the experimental
treatment. One group of patients receives the experimental treatment,
and another is given a standard treatment. Randomization (selection
by chance to be in one group or the other) is used to keep bias
out of the trial.
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