Heart Attack Prevention for Women

December 13, 2011 by  
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Dr. Bob gives tips for women on the prevention of heart attacks. For more health tips and information visit www.DrBobShow.com.

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Women’s Health Tips

July 10, 2011 by  
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Dr. Bob talks about the importance of getting a pap smear, breast exam, and mammogram. For more health tips and information visit www.DrBobShow.com.

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Health Tips for Men

July 6, 2011 by  
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At what age should men get their first screenings for cholesterol levels and prostate health? Fitness expert Mike Moore explains. For more health tips and information visit www.DrBobShow.com.

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Health Problems In Men

May 9, 2011 by  
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Board certified internal medicine specialist Dr. Tony Ramos talks about health problems in men. For more health tips and information visit www.DrBobShow.com.

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How asthma protects (yes!) you from cancer

July 21, 2010 by  
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My family has a history of asthma. One of my sons is suffering from wheezing and eczema. How can I say that these are good things to have, that they are actually blessings in disguise.

But that is actually what this recent study by French Canadian researchers tells me. Their findings show that men who suffer from eczema had a lower risk for developing lung cancer. And those who suffer from asthma have a lower risk for developing stomach cancer.

But how can one health condition provide protection against another more serious condition? Study author Professor Marie-Claude Rousseau of the INRS–Institut Armand-Frappier explains:

Asthma and eczema are allergies brought about by a hyper-reactive immune system – a state which might have enabled abnormal cells to have been eliminated more efficiently, thereby reducing the risk of cancer.”

The researchers actually looked at exposures to occupation hazards and the risk for getting cancer. They checked 3000 male participants who have been diagnosed with cancer and compared to 512 people who did not have cancer. They specifically looked at the link between allergies and the incidence of the 8 of the most common types of cancer.

It is ironic to think that a bothersome condition such as allergy can have some benefits. Especially as both cancer rates and allergy rates are on the rise.

A recent estimate gives us the following figures: Allergy rates in the Western world in 1980 were 10%. Today it is 80%. Should this give us hope that our body is fighting back against cancer? It is really too soon to tell.

The study authors wrote:

These findings contribute important knowledge to population health and provide new research leads. Although the study did not allow to identify which specific factors related to asthma and eczema were responsible for reducing the risk of cancer, it offers new angles for research into the molecular and immunological mechanisms that are involved in immunostimulation, a potentially promising strategy for cancer prevention.

The most common causes of allergies

March 11, 2010 by  
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Great Britain has the highest incidence of allergic diseases in the world. And health experts do not know why. In a BBC report, pediatric allergy expert Dr. Adam Fox explains the most common causes of allergies.

Food

Food allergies are on the rise, health experts report. And nuts are the most likely culprit, most especially peanuts. In addition to nuts, milk and eggs are also sources of allergens, and lately, sensitivity to gluten is commonly reported as well. Allergic reaction to food can be mild to severe and can range from skin rashes to gastrointestinal problems to life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. To avoid allergic reaction, choose your food wisely. Pay attention to food labels as they often contain warnings about possible traces of nuts or eggs or gluten.

Dust mites

Millions of dust mites are present in our homes even though we cannot see them with the naked eye. It is not the mites as such that cause the allergic reactions but the fecal pellets and dead bodies of the mites. Allergic reactions to mites may manifestation in wheezing, sneezing and coughing. To minimize dust mites, frequent vacuuming and airing of your home is recommended.

Pets

Pet dander, hair, shed skin and saliva from animals are potential allergens. Allergy to pets can manifest as skin rashes, wheezing, and sneezing. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to avoid this allergy except to avoid hairy pets.

Hay fever

Spring is coming so watch out for hay fever. Pollens from trees and flowers are most likely responsible for allergies in spring time. In summer and early autumn, it’s probably mainly from grass pollen. Many of us are familiar with the symptoms of hay fever: itchy eyes and runny nose. Even avoiding the outdoors doesn’t work out well as pollens do get everywhere.

Unknown cause

Finally, if you are like me, you might be allergic to something but you don’t know what it is. I’ve been tested several times and I’ve tried to keep a diary to pinpoint the cause but never really discovered the culprit. Luckily, the symptoms were usually mild – skin rashes or hives. There have been cases, however, of so-called idiopathic anaphylaxis, severe allergic reactions which can be fatal but whose cause is not known.

At any rate, it is advisable that we should always have antihistamines at home, which are the first-line treatment for allergic reactions. Remember, serious allergic reactions can be fatal and needs emergency medical care.

The most and least common types of allergies

November 17, 2009 by  
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picking_flowersAlmost 20% of the American population suffers from allergies. Let’s take a look at some of the most common allergies as well as some of rarest forms of allergy.

The most common allergies

WebMD gives us the most common things that can trigger allergies are:

Pollen. Pollens are responsible for hay fever and seasonal allergies.

Animals. Animals secrete proteins through their oil glands and salivary glands that can trigger allergic reactions.

Dust mites. It’s not the dust but the little animals called dust mites that live in house dust that causes the allergy.

Insect stings. People allergic to insect stings can develop serious and even life-threatening reactions.

Molds. Molds are all over the place, especially in damp areas such as your bathroom or the cellar. They produce spores and toxic substances that can cause allergic reactions.

Food. Different kinds of food can trigger allergic reactions. The most common of these are milk, shellfish, nuts, and wheat.

Latex. Latex is found in a wide range of products including gloves and condoms and even certain medical devices. Latex allergy can cause serious and even life-threatening symptoms.

Medications. Medications, from aspirin to antibiotics can cause allergic symptoms. Patients sensitive to these drugs should avoid taking them and inform their doctors.

Fragrance and scents. Cosmetics, body care products, detergents, even candles can contain fragrances that can cause allergies.

Cockroaches. Not only are they creepy and yucky, they leave droppings around that can cause allergy.

The most unusual allergies

On the other side of the coin are the most unusual allergies. A report at ABC News looks at some of the most unusual, even bizarre forms of allergies.

Water allergy. Also called aquagenic urticaria, this type of allergy is very rare. People allergic to water get hives their skin gets in contact with water or nay liquid containing water.

Cold or hot urticaria. Urticaria is doctor speak for hives. Some people are sensitive to heat or cold temperature will develop hives when coming in contact with such everyday things like ice cubes or warming blanket or even just sunlight.

Cell phone allergy. Well, it’s not really the cell phone that causes the allergic reactions but rather the nickel in the cell phones. Many people are allergic to the metal nickel that is found in many products, including jewelry, belt buckles, and even coins. Nickel allergy leads to dermatitis and those allergic to nickel in their cell phones may develop symptoms similar to facial eczema.

Tattoo allergy. Some people are allergic to chemicals in the coloring used in tattoos. One such chemical is p-phenylenediamine or PPD found in dark henna, which can cause blisters and swelling. PPD is also found in hair dyes and can also cause allergic reactions when used to color hair.

Chocolate allergy. Most allergic reactions to chocolate are due to the nuts or milk or other additives found in the product. Real chocolate allergy, though very rare, exists but oh, so unfair. Ask my sister.

Exercise allergy. Is this simply an excuse to justify laziness and sedentary lifestyle? Actually, exercise-induce allergy does exist and it can be life threatening: Exercise-allergic reactions include hives, swelling, trouble breathing, low blood pressure, itching, nausea, a headache or wheezing. Sometimes exercise-induced anaphylaxis only occurs in combination with a certain food.

Insect allergies. We are not talking about allergic reactions after getting stung by a bee or wasp. Some insects can cause allergic reactions just by being present. Some of these insects are the Asian lady bug aka Asian lady beetles and caterpillars.

Allergies: blessings in disguise for cancer prevention?

November 17, 2008 by  
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Those of us who suffer from them know the symptoms – runny eyes and nose, coughing, and itching. I am talking about allergies. Some of us are allergic to food, some to particles in the air such as dust and pollen, some to certain chemicals.

Well, actually the miseries of allergies may be worthwhile trade offs to cancer prevention. Researchers at Cornell University reported in a recent study that allergic reactions can actually provide protection from certain types of cancer which “involve organs that interface directly with the external environment.” These include skin, colon, bladder, mouth, throat, uterus and cervix, lung and gastrointestinal tract cancers.

According to lead researcher Paul Sherman

The study revealed a strong relationship between allergies and cancer in environmentally exposed tissues…This relationship seldom exists between allergies and cancers of tissues that are not directly exposed to the environment, such as cancers of the breast and prostate, as well as myelocytic leukemia and myeloma.”

The study results are based on an analysis of a database of 646 studies on allergies and cancers which were published during the last 50 years,

Interestingly, certain allergies are more strongly linked to the above listed cancers than others. Environmental allergies such as eczema, hives, hay fever, and animal and food allergies are the ones most strongly associated with lower rates of the said cancers.

The mechanism behind the cancer preventive properties of allergies may be explained by the fact that allergies help block foreign particles from entering the body, particles which may be carcinogenic or may contain carcinogens and other toxic substances.

There are some exceptions to this allergy-cancer inverse association. Asthma, which is a form of respiratory allergy, is associated with higher rates of lung cancer. Glioma and pancreatic cancer are cancers of internal tissues but are still linked to certain allergies. However, asthma is an exception since unlike other allergies, it reduces the ability to get rid of mucus. Glia (a type of brain cells) and pancreatic cells do get in contact with the environmental indirectly through the olfactory and digestive tracts, respectively.

Allergies have been erroneously thought of as disorders of the immune system. In fact, allergies are the front line of defence against certain invaders in the environment, be they parasites or carcinogens. So next time you feel the allergic reaction coming, maybe you should thank your lucky stars instead of complain.

The next question is, how do medications that we take in order to control allergies affect the cancer prevention strategy? I guess this would be the subject of future studies.

Allergies Or Heart Attack?

April 16, 2007 by  
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By Michael Russell

A few years ago a woman started having a wide variety of medical issues. They ranged from a skin condition all the way to classic heart attack signs and symptoms. Her family doctor ran a complete array of tests over a period of months, but never considered the possibility of a heart attack. The doctor’s lack of concern with ruling out any heart problem worried the husband from the first appointment. The end result was all of her medical issues were allergies, lots of allergies to a host of different things. None of the ailments suggested allergies were the cause; either alone or collectively. Why would they?

The lady had been suffering from extremely dry skin with flaking and itching all over, but mostly on her back. She assumed it was from the brand of soap she was using in the shower. Later she began to notice unusual sensations around her mouth and in her throat, but it didn’t seem to last for any length of time. Still later she started to notice she was having stomach problems on a semi-regular basis. She still had no major concerns with her health in general, nor did she have any idea they might be somehow related to a common cause.

After several months she started noticing headaches, something she almost never experienced in the past. Even more time passed and other abnormal conditions developed. Last was the chest pain and pressure, pain radiating down her left arm, shortness of breath and pounding heartbeat. Up to this point she had made little or no mention of any of these issues to her husband. When she started seriously loosing sleep because of the chest pain and related discomforts she informed her husband. The very next day she made an appointment with her family doctor.

After the very first appointment her husband was really concerned because the doctor hadn’t ruled out any heart disease before considering anything else. The doctor ran tests for gall bladder and several other possibilities. Each test meant another follow up with the family doctor and each time nothing showed up. Still no attempt was made by their family doctor to deal with the possible heart problems.

After new problems popped up and the scare with the chest pain continued both the husband and wife decided to change family doctors.

The very first appointment with the new doctor quickly showed the couple they had made the right move by getting a second opinion. The new physician made two appointments for his patient. One appointment was with a dermatologist for the skin problems and one appointment with an allergist.

The dermatologist explained exactly what the course of treatment was going to be and explained that nothing was going to happen until the woman had seen the allergy specialist. He explained everything he was going to do in satisfying detail. Finally the couple felt some relief, all but knowing positive results were just around the corner.

In just a couple of appointments with the allergy doctor, the couple knew exactly what all of the medical problems were a result of and knew what they had to do to avoid repeats of the discomfort.

It seems the list of different things the lady was allergic to was two and a quarter pages long. Almost all of the allergic reactions were different from the next. Some of the allergies were causing the skin dryness. Some were much more dangerous, causing her airway to constrict. The allergy doctor told her that some of the things she was allergic to would close off her airway so rapidly that emergency medical treatment would not be quick enough to save her life. The husband was most relieved by learning that the heart attack signs and symptoms were all allergies too.

It is important to know this woman was age 49 when she demonstrated allergic reactions. Prior to that time, she had no known allergies throughout her lifetime.

In the event that someone you know does have similar medical conditions, insist that the doctor consider allergies as the cause. If the conditions present themselves like a possible heart attack, first insist that all heart issues are ruled out. That should be the doctor’s first focus. Hopefully, simple testing will prove that the heart is healthy. If so, insist the doctor test for allergies. Keep in mind that this lady had lots of medical difficulties and none seemed related. That is because there were lots of different allergies – each producing different symptoms with different levels of severity. It is worth the uncomfortable feeling of pushing the medical professional for the peace of mind you will finally gain.

Michael Russell Your Independent guide to Allergies

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