Eye Health: Is Indoor Light Just As Harmful To Your Eyes As The Sun?

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you want to keep your eyes as healthy as they can be for the rest of your life, then you likely wear sunglasses outdoors to help reduce the harmful effects of UV rays on your eyes. While you should keep wearing sunglasses outdoors, some health experts believe that some types of indoor light, especially from computers and the screens of other electronic, may be just as harmful or even more harmful to your eyes than the sun. Read on to find out how indoor light sources may be harming your eyes and just what you can do to protect your vision.  Why Indoor Light Can Harm Your Health One light wavelength that is emitted in large quantities by televisions, computers, and smartphone screens is called blue light. This light is the second closest in the spectrum, just after violet light, to UV light. Looking at too much blue light during the day, and especially in the evening hours, has long been linked to disrupted sleep patterns and even an increased chance of developing other health problems, such as diabetes and some types of cancer. These problems can occur when blue light shuts down the body’s production of a natural hormone called melatonin. This important hormone regulates sleeping patterns and has been recently discovered to suppress inflammation in your body. New Discoveries on How It Can Harm Your Eyes While known to affect the body in mysterious ways, blue light was never suspected to be harmful to your eyes themselves. However, recent studies have been linking too much eye exposure to blue light with an increased chance of developing retinal damage, macular degeneration, and even cataracts. That means that if you want to ward off these problems and keep your eyes healthy and vision clear for as long as possible, you must take steps to protect your eyes from blue light just as you protect them from the sun’s UV rays.  How to Protect Your Eyes from Blue Light Now, instead of just decreasing your exposure to blue light in the evening to avoid disruption of your body’s production of melatonin, you should take steps to limit your exposure to blue light at any time. Just like sunlight, a little will not harm you, but too much can be detrimental to your eye health. Energy-efficient, compact fluorescent lightbulbs emit blue light, and they can even have small defects that emit UV light. You don’t have to sacrifice energy savings for good vision by ensuring that all compact fluorescent bulbs in your home are surrounded by light fixtures or lamp-shades and you keep them at positions in a room as far from people as you can. LED televisions are another...

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Bead Up Your Child’s Nose? When To Seek Medical Help If You Can’t Remove It Yourself

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If your child has stuck a bead up their nose, it may come out easily. There are times, however, when the bead doesn’t, and you will need to seek medical care. It may be difficult to know if you should take your child to an emergency room, or if taking them to an urgent care facility would be okay. Below is some information that should help you know the proper thing to do in a case like this. Removing the Bead Yourself Before you take our child to urgent care or an ER, you can try to remove it yourself. Ask your child to tilt their head back, and then you look up their nose. If you can see the bead and it is close to the front, you can try to remove it yourself by using a pair of tweezers very gently. Make sure you child is calm, as it is very important that they sit very still while you are doing this. Be careful not to push on the bead as you are using the tweezers. If you are not able to remove it in this way, hold your child’s nostril on the oppose side, and have them blow gently to see if the bead comes out. They do not need to blow very hard and you should only have them do this a couple of times. Urgent Care If you are not able to get the bead out yourself, you can take your child to a local urgent care facility. The doctor may try to suction the bead out using a bulb.  The doctor may also use a substance that will make your child sneeze to try to blow the bead out. If nothing works, they have a special forceps-like tool they can use. Emergency Room If your child’s nose starts to bleed, has a discharge, and persistent pain, you should take them to an emergency room. These are signs that the bead has gone into the nasal passages. The bead may cause the mucous membranes inside the nose to swell. If this happens, your child will have a stuffy nose, and this may make it hard for them to breathe through their noise if the stuffiness is very bad. If your child is wheezing very badly, the bead may have been inhaled down into their lungs. You should call 911 if your child is showing this symptom. Once the bead is removed, your child will likely have a little pain, and their nose may bleed for a short amount of time. For more information, contact a company like Premier Urgent Care Centers of California,...

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Massage Therapy: An Alternative Treatment For Anorexia Nervosa

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which women and men refuse to eat and starve themselves. Although eating disorders commonly occur among teens and young adults, anorexia also occurs in more mature adults. While treatment generally focuses on cognitive-behavior therapy, counseling, and participation in support groups, alternative therapies, such as massage, may help to enhance body image, and reduce anxiety and depression – all key factors normally associated with anorexia nervosa. How Massage Therapy Helps Increases dopamine levels. Research suggests that massage increases the body’s dopamine and serotonin production. Dopamine – one of the body’s natural feel-good hormones – can help calm the body so that you can cope more effectively with recovering from anorexia nervosa. Increases serotonin production. Although most of the body’s serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract, some of this chemical neurotransmitter is produced in the brain. Massage therapy may help increase the your body’s levels of oxytocin and serotonin – both hormones that play a role in anxiety and may influence mood. Since less serotonin can make you feel more anxious, an increase in serotonin levels through regular massage may have a therapeutic effect in helping to reduce stress and depression. Lowers cortisol levels. An abnormal heart rhythm and heart failure are complications frequently associated with anorexia nervosa. When you feel anxious, your body releases more cortisol (the stress hormone). At the same time cortisol narrows the arteries, epinephrine (adrenaline) increases your heart rate. The combination of the two causes the heart to pump blood faster and harder. When you have heart failure, your heart is weak. As the pressure in your heart increases, it can’t pump enough oxygen to the cells in your body. By reducing anxiety and relaxing your body, massage therapy can help lower your heart rate and improve your breathing. Improves body image. Studies conducted at the University of Michigan Medical School have identified another benefit of massage therapy for anorexics – more satisfaction with how you look. Researchers chalk it up to touch. One study, which surveyed a random sample of shoppers found that women who reported a negative body image and an obsession with being thin said they did not receive much in the way of physical expressions of love throughout their childhoods. Another study found the same was true for women who were being treated for eating disorders. Massage therapy, which involves touch, helps to establish trust and leads to positive self-esteem and body image – traits individuals who don’t experience caring, physical touch during childhood may lack. To learn more, contact a clinic like Health Atlast Fountain...

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Tips For Recovering From Spine Surgery

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are getting ready to have spine surgery, you might be a little worried about how you are going to feel once you come home. To help you through the recovery process, you will want to read through the following tips. Make Use Of The Back Brace Not all spine surgeries will result in patients needing to wear a back brace. However, should you find that you are told that you need to, it is vital that you are always wearing it as directed by your doctor. To help with the discomfort of the back brace, you may want to wear a form fitting cotton t-shirt under the brace. This way, the brace will not rub directly onto your skin, possibly causing skin irritation. Refrain From Bending Over Or Stretching Too Far For a while after your surgery, you will need to refrain from bending over too far. For example, you will not want to tie your shoes or reach for anything that you might have dropped on the ground. In order to help you get through this time, you might want to have slip on shoes handy and a grabber. The grabber is usually a metal pole with a handle at the one end for you to squeeze in order for the claw at the other end to pull together in order to grab something from the floor. This can also be a helpful tool when trying to grab some light from a top shelf, such as a cereal box, as you do not want to do a lot of stretching either. Avoid Sitting For Prolonged Amounts Of Time Sitting in an upright position can put a lot of strain on your back, especially right after surgery. Therefore, you are going to want to take breaks in order to lay down for a while. Of course, while laying down, you will want to avoid laying flat on your back. Talk to your surgeon for advice on whether laying on your side or your stomach would be best considering the type of spinal surgery that you have received. With the previously mentioned tips in mind, you should have an easier time dealing with the recovery from your spinal surgery. Just make sure that you are listening to any additional advice that you are give by your surgeon or nurses, as well as making sure that you have some family or friends that can help a little during your healing stage. For more information, contact a professional like those at Blue Valley Surgical...

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The Remarkable Cranberry: Medical Applications For This Delicious Fruit

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Many people only associate cranberries with the delicious cranberry sauce that they eat every year for Thanksgiving. And while cranberry sauce certainly is a tasty Thanksgiving Day treat, it is only one of many ways and reasons to consume cranberries. What many people do not know is that cranberries are an incredibly healthy food that can provide numerous health benefits. Get to know some of the major health benefits of eating cranberries and you will see why you should be eating them more than just once a year. Cranberries and Urinary Tract Infections Both men and women can get urinary tract infections. However, due to differences in anatomy including the length of the urethra, women are far more prone to bacterial urinary tract infections (UTIs) than men are. Cranberries can actually serve as a preventive measure to keep UTIs at bay. However, it is important to keep in mind that cranberries are not necessarily recommended when a person already has a UTI.  If you think you have a UTI, you should head to a doctor of gynecology to get diagnosed and receive proper treatment. However, if you know that you are prone to UTIs or just want to avoid them in the future, you may want to consume cranberries in one form or another on a daily basis.  Unsweetened cranberry juice, raw cranberries, or a daily cranberry supplement can serve to help you prevent getting a UTI in the future. Talk to your gynecologist about specific dosages and amounts of cranberries that are necessary to be effective.  For more information, contact Naples OBGYN or a similar location. Cranberries and Dental Infections Both UTIs and dental infections are caused by bacteria in the body. And the cranberry is a fruit that contains substances known as proanthocyanidins, which are effective at combating those bacteria that cause UTIs and dental infections.  As such, problems like cavities and gum disease can also be prevented by consuming cranberries regularly. These proanthocyanidins help to prevent bacteria from attaching to the surface of the gums and teeth so that they cannot begin to grow and spread to cause an infection.  Be sure that you do not consume cranberries with any added sugars, though. The beneficial effects of the cranberries will be counteracted by the sugar rendering the preventive treatment ineffective because sugar encourages bacterial growth and serves as “food” for bacteria.  Now that you know just a few of the medical benefits of cranberries, you can incorporate them in natural or supplement form into your daily routine. Remember to seek out medical attention if you do have an infection or health issue or if you have any concerns about how much cranberry you should be consuming to...

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How to Treat Sciatic Pain

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Sciatica is the term used for an affliction that affects the area of the body from the lower back to the feet. It is not a medical condition in itself, but rather a set of symptoms with multiple causes. It is usually experienced as pain or numbness in the legs, feet, or buttocks, although the problem is actually in the lower back. The sciatic nerve, which is the longest nerve in the body and runs from the lower spine to the feet, controls movement and sensation in the entire lower body. How does sciatica occur? While it may be caused by a tumor or infection in rare cases, it is usually caused by trauma to the lower back. The trauma could be from a specific isolated event or from gradual wear and tear on the spine. Spinal misalignment can cause the spinal fluid to irritate the sciatic nerve, or the nerve can be pinched between spinal vertebra that shift because of wear or trauma. Sciatic pain can appear spontaneously in any area of the lower body, and can range from debilitating pain to a mild feeling of “pins and “needles” in the feet or legs. It is often confined to one side of the body, How can sciatica be treated? Chiropractic treatment often helps to relieve the pain associated with sciatica. A chiropractor may order a scan such as an MRI in some cases to rule out the possibility of a medical condition, but their primary treatment is to physically manipulate the spine until it is in proper alignment. When the spine is in alignment, the sciatica nerves are not compromised and pain gradually decreases as the source of nerve irritation is eliminated. Unless there is a specific injury, recovery from sciatica should include only a few days of inactivity. While activities that put stress on the spine should be curtailed, low impact exercise will help to lessen pain by producing endorphins, which are natural painkillers that mimic the effects of opiate drugs. Physical activity will also loosen muscles and reduce stress.  How can sciatica be prevented? While sciatica may not be completely prevented, it can be avoided and its effects minimized by maintaining overalll health and fitness.  This can be accomplished by losing weight if you are overweight, avoiding sitting for long periods, and strengthening core muscles, which are the deep abdominal muscles that support the spine. Regular visits to a chiropractor for a spinal “tuneup” will also help to assure that your spine is properly aligned and allowing your spinal and sciatic nerves to operate at peak performance. Get in touch with a practice in your area, such as Vanderloo Chiropractic, to set up an appointment or...

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