Current research is confirming what biblical wisdom told us centuries ago – that laughter is good for us. Proverbs 17:22 observed, “A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.” You know that laughing makes you feel better emotionally, but now scientific studies are also revealing positive physiological effects. Laughter: Reduces pain by triggering the pituitary gland to secrete endorphins, a natural painkiller. Stimulates your immune system to fight infection. Gives a feeling of well-being brought on when the endocrine system secretes hormones called catecholamines. Aides brain function by improving circulation and oxygenating your bodies. Improves discernment by stimulating your hypothalamus. Well-known author Norman Cousins was the first to document the physiological benefits of laughter, giving validity to the adage that laughter is the best medicine. In 1964 Cousins was diagnosed with a painful, degenera...
As of this writing, three medications have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of fibromyalgia: Lyrica (pregabalin), Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Savella (milnacipran). Since all three are relatively new drugs, information on how well they work and their side effects is still being gathered. Because every patient's symptoms and body chemistry are different, it is often a matter of trial and error to find the best medication for a particular patient with a particular illness. However, a recent German study , which was the first to compare the pros and cons of the three drugs head-to-head, may help doctors choose which medication has the best chance of success for any given patient. Study Design The study authors searched MEDLINE, SCOPUS, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and sought unpublished data from the databases of FDA, US National Institutes for Health, and Industry through May 2009 for randomized controlled trials. They found 17...
Congestive heart failure - left
The goals of treatments are:
Treat the disease that is causing the heart failure
Relieve stress on the heart
Reduce risks of worsening heart failure
You should see a heart specialist. You may need to stay in the hospital when symptoms are severe.
Treatment may involve surgery or cardiac catheterization to open blocked heart arteries, medicines for high blood pressure, and lifestyle changes such as stopping drinking alcohol.
Persons with heart failure should eat less salt, avoid alcohol, and exercise moderately.
Medicines that may be used include:
Diuretics such as furosemide (Lasix) or spironolactone (Aldactone) to help the body get rid of extra fluid
Beta blockers and ACE inhibitors to reduce the stress on the heart and to prevent further muscle damage and scarring
Digoxin to increase muscle strength and slow down abnormally fast ...
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