The beginning of summer kicks off the camping and hiking season, anxiously awaited by those who have endured a long cold winter. This year will likely prove to be one of the busier camping seasons as many Americans bypass more expensive vacations that involve pricey airline tickets or gas guzzling road trips. Emergency department staff will probably see a greater number of people with contact dermatitis caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. Many people have never seen poison ivy , or perhaps wouldn't recognize it if they saw it. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac belong to the plant genus Toxicodendron (previously referred to as Rhus ). Toxicodendron means "poisonous tree." These plants have an oil-based substance in the resin on their leaves and in their stems and branches called urushiol that causes a delayed skin reaction in about 50% of people that contact it. Urushiol may cause severe contact dermatitis in people that have previousl...
Does yogurt help prevent yeast infections?
Several studies have suggested that one cup of yogurt a day(only the kind that has acidophilus bacteria) may reduce the frequency of vaginal yeast infections . Check the label for the statement "contains live cultures" or similar text.
When people start experiencing memory loss, they (and their loved ones) often jump to the conclusion – "It’s Alzheimer’s! It’s Dementia!" But these cognitive issues may not be related to dementia at all. As I have mentioned before, I’ve seen my father periodically experience memory loss. In his case, it’s not Alzheimer’s disease; instead, it’s been due to misuse of his medications or low blood oxygen levels.
Now researchers are finding that common infections also may have an effect on memory as well as other cognitive issues, such as mental processing, abstract thinking, planning as well as reasoning. In this new study out of the University of Miami and Columbia University, researchers followed 588 participants, most of whom were Hispanic. These people, who took part of the Northern Manhattan Study, participated in brain function tests and also had their blood samples taken at the start of the study. At the five-year mark, about half of ...
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