Showing posts with label public health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label public health. Show all posts

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Researchers concluded that the majority of herbal medicines from the alternative medicine are contaminated.

To date, there is no generally accepted methodology for the identification of the origin of plant product. Of course, we can determine the form of all plants, but the plant material has undergone industrial processing, is much more difficult to analyze.

For this purpose, inter alia, are used in genetic engineering techniques by which one can recognize the individual characteristics of different types of DNA. It is this methodology was the basis of a study conducted at the University of Guelph (Canada).

Scientists decided to investigate the species specificity of the plant material, which consist of dietary supplements and alternative medicine preparations. It appeared that 59% of such preparations were composed plants not listed on the package. Two-thirds of them contained the main ingredients substitutes (ie, the concentration of the active ingredient actually provided less than this), and a third contained additional vegetable impurities.

The World Health Organization is convinced that the neglect of the composition by the manufacturers of herbal products pose a threat to consumers. A Canadian study has confirmed it: of the above impurities and substitutes, scientists have discovered a plant with an installed toxic and dangerous side effects. We should also mention the potential adverse drug interaction, which is extremely often noted the appointment of herbal remedies.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

By stimulating certain points on the hands, feet and ears, you can reduce pain intensity by 40%. As a new study conducted at the University of Portsmouth (UK), reflexology may be as effective as drugs.

Co-author, Dr. Ivor Ebenezer (Ivor Ebenezer), explains that the impact on the critical points in the CNS promotes the release of morphine-like substances such as endorphins.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Staying fit on a busy schedule is one of the most difficult every day problems facing people today. We seem to have gotten so much busier, and have adapted to grabbing food on our way out the door. The problem is that the foods that seem most convenient and portable are often processed and laden with sugar and bad carbs. If you have been packing on some extra pounds as a result of a busy lifestyle, try some of these healthy eating tips that even the busiest of people can implement into their schedule.

1. Pack your food the night before

If you have a schedule where you often find yourself grabbing food on your way out the door, try packing that food the night before. You will have a clearer head and will be more likely to make healthier decisions. You will also be able to make choices that may take a little longer to put together, but that are significantly healthier. These can be things like a sandwich or a cut up apple with peanut butter.

2. Don't buy unhealthy foods to begin with

While going through the grocery store, it can be difficult to resist your temptations for cookies, chips, ice cream, or whatever it is that you crave. Do your best to resist those urges, because you can not eat something unhealthy if you don't buy it! A great way to combat grocery store cravings is to make sure that you do not go to the store when you are hungry. A hungry brain craves foods that are high in fat and sugar, because of a primal survival instinct. A full brain, however, will allow you to stick to a diet plan and make healthy purchase decisions.

3. Choose individually packaged items

If you do want processed foods, try to only buy items that are sold in proper portion sizes. Portion control is one of the leading causes of obesity, and simply eating the right amount of something can go a long way to helping you with your weight loss and healthy eating goals. Because of the increasing levels of obesity, there are lots of 100 calorie pack items and individually packaged foods, so you will have lots of variety when making the switch.

4. Opt for a fresh fruit or veggie

Often times when people are looking for quick and portable foods, they forget about how convenient an apple or carrot is. There are so many fresh fruits and vegetables that easy to take along and are also quite delicious. Fruits that are great for an on the go person are apples, bananas, and oranges. Fruits that are good for this same purpose are things like carrots, fresh broccoli, radishes, and fresh cauliflower.

Author: Pam Johnson is a public health professional who creates campaigns based on habits that promote natural health. She obtained her degree from one of the Top 10 Best Online Bachelor's in Public Health Programs.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Until you really really need it, you often don't even think about having a first aid kit. Having the right first aid kit can save the day in a home or office situation. Apart from that, as a responsible workplace manager you should take care of the welfare of your workers by having first aid at the ready. By adding and subtracting just a few items from your kit you

  • If travel or spend a lot of time in the car you should definitely invest in a car kit
  • If you are out and about doing fieldwork or outdoor activities, a bumbag might be the best kind of kit for you
  • Specialised hiking kits are also available
  • Your kit should comprise of a series of basic items like gauze, adhesive tape, eyewash, sterile wipes and gloves as well as a selection of specialised items like burn treatments, depending on the kind of work you do
  • You should update your kit every two to three years
  • consider buying a separate first aid kit for your kitchen and then one for the rest of the house, as the kitchen is one of the main danger areas in the home
  • Make sure you include these items in your kit, these are often forgotten; emergency phone numbers and contact numbers, medical consent forms, the medical history of any family members, sunscreen, a flashlight and candles, a syringe, a medical cup and spoon, an epi pen, and diarrhoea medication.
For more information on first aid, visit First Aid Management.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sarah Fudin currently works in community relations for the George Washington University's online MPH degree, which provides prospective students the ability to earn an online Masters degree in Public Health. Outside of work Sarah enjoys running, reading and all things education.

Americans have been increasingly concerned about weight gain in recent years, and with good reason. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three Americans is obese, making it common to speak of obesity as an epidemic a widespread problem that affects the society as a whole rather than an affliction of individuals who make poor eating decisions.

Who is Obese?

The obesity rate has fallen slightly in recent years and appears to have stabilized among children, but obesity does not affect all portions of the population equally. Obesity disproportionately affects those who with less money and education, as well as women. And obesity affects earning power and other forms of opportunity in turn: The obese earn as much as 18 percent less than those of "normal weight," according to a recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report. In light of these considerations, taxing unhealthy food an approach adopted by Denmark, Hungary, France and Finland is problematic because it puts the economic burden of obesity on those most directly disadvantaged by it.

Healthy Eating Begins in Childhood

According to Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the trick to reducing obesity is to change the way that children eat. Wootan says that by serving healthier lunches in schools and removing vending machines, we can habituate children to healthier eating. She also suggests that part of the problem is that 80 percent of food marketing aimed at children advertises unhealthy food an argument that recalls the controversy around cigarettes being marketed to children. Children who learn to eat healthfully are likely to remain healthy throughout their lives, while those who don't will face an uphill battle.

Preventing the development of obesity in children has been a common goal of many anti-obesity strategies. While such strategies may not produce the quick results that many of us would like to see, they could produce much healthier generations of adults in the years to come.

A Strategy for Prevention

The Institute of Medicine recently released a new strategy for preventing obesity in the United States. The strategy addresses the obesity epidemic from multiple angles, including restrictions on marketing unhealthy food to children, increasing the amount of physical exercise mandated in schools, making healthier food available to children in restaurants and using doctors to disseminate information and advice about healthy eating.

While obesity is a deep-rooted problem that isn't likely to disappear overnight, we can take steps to prevent it from spreading and to eventually reverse the trend. It seems clear that no easy answer or single strategy will solve the problem of obesity in our society, just as drastic dietary changes tend to produce temporary results for individuals. But approaching the problem from several different angles at once does seem more likely to produce results.