Funny Hidden Camera That Girl On The Street Corner Salaries :)

June 11, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it! FUNNY CAMERA Amazing Facts Numbers Fun Facts Optical Illusions Optical Illusions 2 Optical Illusions Pre-School Test for U Phrases for Work Quotes by Great Women Quotes by Wise Old Men Riddles Seen On T-Shirts Sillies Smile SMS Abbreviations Meaning Someone and you Statistics about Sex Strange but true coincidents Super Silly Quiz Tips for Managers Tongue Twisters Twisted Fun Thoughts Time Fun Facts Valid doubts Viral Email Health Tips

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Pregnancy and Diabetes (Pregnancy Health Guru Tip)

May 16, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Five percent of pregnant women have gestational diabetes. Learn more in this video, or GO TO:

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Baba Ramdev – Yoga To Increase Sperm Count In Men – English – Yoga Health Fitness

April 30, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Watch Baba Ramdev – Yoga To Increase Sperm Count In Men – English – Yoga Health Fitness. This video is designed to help childless couples. Infertility is a problem that is on the rise and needs to be dealt with significance. Yoga techniques help you to redirect your attention to focus on yourself, your movement and your breathing. All of these elements merge to help you mitigate stress, feel more in tune with your body and facilitate to restore and balance out your body’s systems. This is exactly why many infertile couples have found yoga to be helpful for them. Click on to watch more Baba Ramdev Yoga videos and bring fitness and spirituality into your lives.

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Gential Herpes – A Guide For Men

April 24, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it! Nearly 90% of herpes sufferers show no symptoms. Could you be one them?

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Top 10 Herpes Facts (Sex Health Guru Tip)

March 10, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

90% of people with herpes have no symptoms! Could you be one of them? More Herpes Videos – CLICK HERE:

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Stay Healthy, Men!

November 28, 2010 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

In honor of Men’s Health Month, the MHS offers health tips for men and suggests many preventive disease screenings.

What do you think?

Interview with an Alzheimer’s Expert Part II: To be tested or not to be tested

September 13, 2010 by  
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Today, we will continue with our Q & A on Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) with Dr. Michael Rafii and ask about tests for AD.

QUESTION: There are many experimental tests for Alzheimer’s but, there is no still no “gold standard” diagnostic procedure. Currently, the only confirmatory test is by autopsy. Do you think a standardized diagnostic test will be available soon?

ANSWER: Yes, I believe that some combination of amyloid imaging, volumetric MR I as well as cerebrospinal fluid analysis will be utilized for diagnosis of AD, before its symptoms become visible.  There will likely be a need for a screening test, before such a large, and expensive workup is ordered by physicians.

QUESTION: Recently, there was a report about a test that can to detect Alzheimer’s before the symptoms even start. How can this be possible? How can they diagnose a disease with symptoms?

ANSWER: [see above, e.g. referring to answers published in Part I last week]we now have tools such as cerebrospinal fluid analysis and neuroimaging that allow us to measure amyloid in the brain, and are helping us detect AD’s pathology before symptoms show up.

QUESTION: Given that there is no treatment in the horizon, if such a test that detects Alzheimer’s 10 years before it becomes symptomatic ever becomes available, would you recommend patients to get tested?

ANSWER: It is a personal choice.  Some patients are already deciding to get tested with current technology because of a strong family history, and have seen the burden that it places on caregivers.  They want to make financial and legal plans and perhaps make lifestyle changes as well.

QUESTION: If, at age 40, I tested positive for Alzheimer’s using this hypothetical test, are there ways to slow down or even stop the disease before it becomes symptomatic?

ANSWER:  The jury is still out on this.  There have been many studies showing certain types of diets, including the Mediterranean diet, regular physical exercise, and staying cognitively active, may all contribute to lowering the risk of developing AD.  This is an area of tremendous research activity.

About D r. Michael Rafii:

Dr. Michael Rafii, MD, PhD is the  co-director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at UCSD Perlman Ambulatory Care Center in La Jolla, California and Assistant Professor of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego. He is also the Associate Medical Core Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) specializing in cognitive disorders, including dementias such as AD.

About ADCS:

The Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) was formed in 1991 as a cooperative agreement between the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the University of California San Diego. The ADCS is a major initiative for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) clinical studies in the Federal government, addressing treatments for both cognitive and behavioral symptoms. This is part of the NIA Neuroscience and Neuropsychology of Aging Program’s effort to facilitate the discovery, development and testing of new drugs for the treatment of AD and also is part of the Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Initiative.

Watch out for Phi, the new prostate cancer test

May 26, 2010 by  
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The Prostate Health Index or Phi for short is making waves. And doctors, researchers, and patients are hoping that this new test will clear up the ambiguity surrounding prostate cancer testing once and for all. Is this the new prostate cancer test we are waiting for? The current testing protocol is based on the levels of prostate-specific antigens (PSA) in the blood. One of the main problems of the PSA method is the high rate of false positives that lead to unnecessary biopsy, anxiety, and even cancer treatment.

Enter Phi, a new method developed by the medical device company Beckman Coulter. The method tests for 3 different types of PSA: total PSA, free PSA, ands [-2]pro PSA in the blood serum. From these 3 values, an index called Phi ratio is calculated [Phi = (proPSA / free PSA) x (square root of PSA)]. Its advocates claim that this index is a much more precise measure of prostate cancer risk. At the annual meeting of the European Association for Urology in Barcelona last April, Phi was introduced in a symposium sponsored by Beckman Coulter and addressed the following issues:

Serum Prostate Health Index (phi) significantly increases specificity when selecting men for biopsy

Implementation of the Prostate Health Index (phi) in a prostate cancer risk assessment tool

Predicting an unfavorable outcome in men enrolled in active surveillance for prostate cancer

Supporting data were from 71 patients of John Hopkins Hospital. In these patients, researchers were able to show that Phi was correlated to unfavorable biopsy results.

Additional claims from the Barcelona symposium:

“Serum Beckman Coulter Phi is a multivariate index incorporating PSA, free PSA and [-2]proPSA concentrations into a single result to estimate the probability of cancer in men aged 50 and older with total PSA in the 2.0-10.0 ng/ml range and a non-suspicious DRE. [-2]proPSA is a novel serum marker strongly associated with prostate cancer and delivers added specificity to PSA. As a result, phi contributes to significantly reduce the number of negative biopsies resulting from suspicious PSA or %free PSA results.”

Indeed, this new test looks promising but data from large scale studies are needed to confirm its use as a more specific alternative to the standard PSA test. The annual meeting of the American Urological Association is scheduled this coming week (May 29 to June 3) in San Francisco. We will be sure to hear more about Phi at the conference.

Check your heart health IQ!

July 30, 2009 by  

heartsHow good is your knowledge of your heart health? Want to know more but doesn’t have the time to read up and do research? Or you just want to do something fun and learn at the same time? How about taking one of the Healthy Heart Quizzes at the American Heart Association site? Or all of them, for that matter? They’re easy to do online and would just take a few minutes of your time.

Or do you think you know it all? Well, that’s what I thought. And look how I did on the quizzes. Hmm…

Cholesterol Quiz
10 questions on cholesterol and I got nine of them right. Ok, so one is a bit tricky, “hidden”, so to speak. But hey, one can’t always perfect the test, right?

Diabetes Quiz
I got five out six questions right. Ah well, the sweetest is always the most difficult. But I did learn something.

High Blood Pressure Quiz
My blood pressure IQ? A dismal 8 out of 10 correct answers. Uh-uh. Thanks goodness I am not suffering from hypertension.

Test Your Fats IQ
Are you facing the facts of your fats? Whew! This is finally something I got right. Still some of the questions are rather difficult and I really had to pause and think hard.

Physical Activity Heart Health Quiz
Just eight little questions and I have to get the gender question wrong. What a bummer!

Workout Quiz
Well, this one’s rather easy and I got all 9 questions right. I guess I get to be luck at some stage.

And guess what? I did all these in less than an hour!

So are you ready to check out your heart health IQ? Hey, come on. It’s for free. And not having enough time is the most overused excuse in the whole world.

And while you’re at it, tell me how you did and whether you learned something new. Come on, take up the challenge and beat my scores!

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CVD News Watch for the Weekend 29 August

August 29, 2008 by  

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New hope for stroke patients

3 hours max. That’s how long a stroke patient has before major brain damage and death occur. If treated within 3 hours, the patient has very high chances of survival and full recovery. After 3 hours, the brain becomes irreversibly damaged.

Anti-nogo, a new experimental approach can give new hope to patients with high risk for stroke. It can potentially restore brain function weeks or even months after the stroke has occurred. The technique disables the nogo protein which inhibits the growth of nerve fibers. In doing so, Anti-nogo stimulates the growth of nerve fibers, thereby compensating for those damaged by stroke.


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Hearts a flutter as exam includes audio portion for first time

It’s something every medical student in the US has to go through – the 3-part medical test. However, this autumn brings new angle (and sound) to the test – cardiac auscultation or listening to the heart. However, the students will not listen to a real patient’s heart beats but audios specially develop for this test. According to one medical professor, many medical students lack the skills to identify heart conditions using a stethoscope and instead depend mostly on very expensive tests for diagnosis. With the audio tests, it hoped that the students get proper training to know the difference between a healthy and a diseased heart by simply listening.

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Not all fat is created equal

If you are obese, chances are your fat cells are “sick. Researchers at Temple University in Philadelphia report differences in fat cells between obese and non-obese individuals.

“The fat cells we found in our obese patients were deficient in several areas…They showed significant stress on the endoplasmic reticulum, and the tissue itself was more inflamed than in our lean patients.“, according to one study author.


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Olive leaf extract may help reduce blood pressure

An article in Phythotherapy Research reported that olive leaf extract at a dose of 1000 mg per day can lower blood pressure in humans. However, large-scale tests are needed to confirm these results.


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FDA Clears Test to Help Doctors Manage Heart Transplant Patients

The US FDA has approved the marketing of AlloMap, an in vitro diagnostic assay that can determine potential organ rejection among heart transplant patients.

AlloMap measures genetic information contained in the white blood cells (cells of the immune system that defend the body against invading viruses, bacteria or other foreign material) from a patient’s blood sample.

AlloMap has been developed by the California biotech company XDx Inc.

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