In Dubai everyone is playing doctor

Source: The National

According to The National, an English publication in Abu Dhabi, 87% of people are now caring for themselves at home. A survey was conducted by “YouGov Siraj on behalf of the UAE division of Healthy People” which showed that people are now treating themselves before even going to see a doctor for a consultation.

Source: The National, 17/01/11

Residents playing doctor in the house

Healthy People, a health communications agency set up in Dubai last month, was formed in response to the survey’s results, which also revealed that almost 50 per cent chose health as a concern over financial prosperity, job security or job satisfaction.

However, six out of 10 GCC residents said that they would describe themselves as “unhealthy” and “in need of making lifestyle changes”.

“There is a need for a new kind of medical communication and a new approach – one that speaks directly to the patient, not the doctor,” said Nadim Khoury, the managing director of Healthy People.

“The average individual is no longer the passive patient of a few years back who gets all his information from the doctor.”

Instead, said Mr Khoury, patients were “self-informed”, turning to medical series on television such as ER, House and Grey’s Anatomy, or using the internet to self-diagnose, self-treat and learn about symptoms and illnesses.

“It’s more than that; there are now health magazines targeting every ethnicity, a strong awareness of health in the media, as well as word-of-mouth, of course, and talking to one’s friends. This means if they are choosing to self-medicate, we have to put them on the right track.”

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Sunday’s tip from Sundays Zaman

Source: Sundays Zaman

Here are some simple home remedies all the way from Turkey, for those clumsy moments or common colds that we all face from time to time…

Quick home remedies for common health problems

Source: Sundays Zaman, 16/01/11 

How should a burn be immediately treated? What should you do when you get a nosebleed? What about when you get a sudden cramp? And how do you get rid of joint pain? Here are some small tips from doctors for the above-listed problems, which most of us will experience in some capacity at some point in our lives.

Joint pain: Place a cold compress on the joint that is bothering you. Then make sure that particular joint is relaxed. Take a pain killer. If the pain continues, definitely head to the doctor for some advice. 

If you receive a burn while handling any plastic or adhesive substance: First use water to try and get the adhesive material off the top of the burn area. Cover the burn area with a clean cloth and keep the area cold. Take a pain killer and head to your nearest medical institution. If the burn is on your face or in the genital area, take a pain killer but forgo the cloth and again, head straight for a doctor. If your children has problems falling asleep: If you think your child is having a particularly difficult time falling asleep and he or she is not ill, see that the child takes a warm shower or bath in the evening before bedtime. This helps relax the child and helps them to fall asleep.

If your child has a fever: Monitor your child’s temperature until it reaches 37-38 degrees Celsius. If their fever reaches 38 degrees, you can use a fever reducer. However, if their temperature rises to 38.5 degrees or 39 degrees, use a lukewarm or cool compress all over the body to bring down their temperature, give your child a fever reducer and then head to your nearest doctor.

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Today’s Hot Topic- Fluoride

Source: Celebrities with Diseases

Looks like the news of today is that scientists and the government are finally realising that the amount of fluoride found in our water systems is a health risk. Fluoride is found in almost every bottled water, and can be found in the tap water.

According to an online blog “Celebrities with Diseases” having a high fluoride intake can cause damage to vital organs, especially the thyroid gland, which is what regulates our body’s energy levels. It can also decrease fertility and our mental processing speed.

How do I avoid fluoride?

There are a few ways to avoid consuming fluoride. Firstly there are filters which can fit onto taps in the home, and they limit (although not always fully remove) the amount we consume through drinking.

Buying organic food (and these days even this takes some homework to ensure the source is ‘clean’) and organic toothpaste will hopefully eliminate the risk of fluoride associated ailments.

The bottom line is this; if the government is finally admitting that fluoride is bad for us, after decades of telling us that it’s beneficial to our health, doesn’t it set alarm bells ringing? It is up to us to make the changes we need so that we can prolong our lives and live healthily and happily, enjoying them as we should while we have the chance.

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Children might be at risk of fluorosis

Source: ShrevePortTimes, 15/01/11

Could your youngster be getting too much fluoride? U.S. health officials think some young kids might be. They want to change the recommended levels of fluoride in drinking water, primarily to prevent a condition called fluorosis.

Some questions and answers:

Question: What is fluorosis?

Answer: It’s a dental condition that can result from consuming too much of the mineral fluoride. It mostly results in tiny white flecks or streaks on teeth. In extreme cases, it causes discoloration and pitting of the tooth enamel.

Q: Who can get it?

A: Only children under 8. That’s when permanent teeth are developing under the gums. Once those teeth emerge, the enamel is no longer susceptible to fluorosis.

Q: Is it serious?

A: In most cases, no. The majority of cases are mild, and barely noticeable. But it has become more common. An estimated 41 percent of kids 12 to 15 have it. It’s a cosmetic condition and can be treated with whitening or other procedures.

Q: How do you get too much fluoride?

A: Water, soft drinks and juices are the main source of fluoride in the United States, according to health officials. Some water supplies contain natural fluoride; it’s added to the drinking water in many communities to prevent tooth decay. Other sources are toothpaste, mouthwashes, gels and supplements.

Q: Are there ways to prevent fluorosis?

A: Read the toothpaste label and limit the amount of toothpaste used by kids under 6. They should only use a pea-sized amount. Watch them brush and make sure they spit out the toothpaste — not swallow it.

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Everything you need to know about bananas!

Source: Lohana Community Online

FLAGGING ENERGY LEVELS:There’s no better snack than a banana. Containing three natural sugars sucrose, fructose and glucose– combined with fiber a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90 minutes workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions making it a must to add to our daily diet.

ANEMIA: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

CONSTIPATION: High in fiber, thus including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

HANGOVERS: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milk shake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

MOSQUITO BITES: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL: Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

SMOKING: Bananas can also help people to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, and the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

STRESS: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, there by reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high potassium banana snack. According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Christmas extras put to use- Candy Canes

Source: The Downey Patriot

After the holiday rush, it is time to economize on what we can! Well why not start with finding a use for all those extra candy canes lying around.

Source: The Downey Patriot 13/01/11

DOWNEY – Christmas is over, maybe your tree and most of your decorations are packed away. The chocolate goes quickly, but what about all those candy canes and peppermint stars? Easy answer: keep them in the medicine cabinet and/or next to the coffee pot.

Why the coffee pot? Why not? Drop one into the next pot for your own peppermint coffee instead of buying one at the coffee shop.

You can also add one to the tea pot. Peppermint tea has been known for years to calm upset stomachs. Check the tea aisle and you’ll find several varieties. Some sources also recommend it to soothe a throbbing headache.

Most cough drops have menthol as their main medicinal ingredient. Well, that’s mainly what they use to make candy canes. Menthol is an approved FDA decongestant used in such formulas as Vicks Vaporub.

So next time you have an upset stomach, maybe you can’t keep your food down, or even have a drippy nose, reach for the candy canes. Add it to the hot tea or let it dissolve in your quart of water and sip.

At the after-Christmas sales now, most are 75% off, so go fill your medicine cabinet.

Health Risks Shoveling Snow

Flickr: Digital_Image_Fan

Source: The Huffington Post, 12/1/2011

Caution: Before you strap up your boots and grab your snow shovel, you might want to think twice. An average of 11,500 people in the U.S. are sent to the emergency room each year for injuries related to shoveling snow — injuries caused by slips and falls, acute muscle pain and cardiac problems — according to a recent study from the American Journal of Emergency Medicine .

While people may complain of a sore back (a common snow-shoveling injury), what doctors worry most about are the heart problems that result from the arduous chore. The study found that a mere two minutes of shoveling snow can spike your heart rate to unsafe levels.

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