• Irregular Periods are Linked to Premature Deaths

    Irregular Periods are Linked to Premature Deaths

    A review in CNN describes that irregular periods are linked to premature deaths. This review is based on the original publication in the British Medical Journal published on September 30, 2020. Essentially, the researchers followed 79,505 premenopausal women without a history of cardiovascular disease, cancer, or … [Read More...]

  • What can Happen to Your Body Over Months of Isolation

    What can Happen to Your Body Over Months of Isolation

    A recent article by CNN describes what can happen to your body over months of isolation at home. The article is rather negative showing all the possible things that can go wrong. I have been isolated as well since March 2020. I handle the isolation differently than described in the article. I will comment to each … [Read More...]

  • Medical Myths About Aging

    Medical Myths about Aging

    Medical myths about aging are easy to debunk. Many people believe that it is inevitable that they become disabled as they age, their lives become unbearable, without passion, boring and full of pain. Some aspects of your health may decline with age, none of the myths discussed below is inevitably happening in … [Read More...]

  • Fibrotic Eye Disease Responds to Nicotinamide (Vitamin B3)

    Fibrotic Eye Disease Responds to Nicotinamide (Vitamin B3)

    A new study from Mt. Sinai Hospital showed that fibrotic eye disease responds to nicotinamide (vitamin B3). In general, during wound healing there can be aggressive cell transformations.  This can cause scarring, retinal detachment and finally loss of vision and even blindness. Notably, the following pieces of … [Read More...]

  • A New Antibiotic Against Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

    A New Antibiotic Against Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

    A US study describes a new antibiotic against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is a lysin-based antibacterial agent. Physicians have been looking for years for a solution regarding the increasing antibiotic resistance problem. But several attempts in the past have failed. Staphylococcus … [Read More...]

  • Hair Style Products are Mostly Safe

    Hair Style Products are Mostly Safe

    A recent study concluded that hair style products are mostly safe when it comes to causing cancer. In the past there was some concern that the dyes for hair coloring could cause cancer. In a previous blog I mentioned that hair stylists are at a greater risk for developing bladder cancer.  But in customers who had … [Read More...]

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    01
    2002

    Smog From City Roads Reduces Your Life Expectancy 2-Fold

    Our ancestors already knew the benefits of fresh air and the fact that your grandmother likely knew: country living is healthier than city living. Let me qualify this somewhat: A recent study from the Netherlands showed that smog in cities has a detrimental effect on a person’s health (based on Lancet 2002;360:p.1203-1209). Dr. Gerard Hoek and his team from the Utrecht University revisited a group of about 5000 patients 15 years after the completion of a lung cancer study that was done in 1986 on these patients.

    The authors looked up the addresses and classified two groups based on where these patients lived in 1986, either beside a busy congested road in the city or in a rural country area. 11% of the patient population had died of lung or heart disease during this period of time. When all of the other factors were kept constant and only the area where they lived was different, these authors found a significant 2-fold difference, which was attributed to chronic exposure to air pollution from traffic. The main reasons for this difference, they stated, was due to chronic exposure to black smoke and nitrogen dioxide from the exhaust fumes of cars. This study showed that air pollution by itself can double the death rate over a longer time period such as 15 years. In other words: It matters what you breathe! Useful related links to chapters of my free Internet based Nethealthbook:

    Smog From City Roads Reduces Your Life Expectancy 2-Fold

    Smog From City Roads Reduces Your Life Expectancy 2-Fold

    Cardiovascular Disease:
    http://www.nethealthbook.com/articles/cardiovasculardisease_heartdisease.php

    Lung Cancer: http://www.nethealthbook.com/articles/cancer_lungcancer.php

    Last edited December 10, 2012

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    01
    2002

    Endometriosis Is A Cause Of Infertility, Even Without Scarring

    When the lining of the womb grows into the Fallopian tubes, this can be a cause of scarring of the tubes and lead to infertility of the woman.

    Up to this point in time medical science had no explanation for cases where the surgeon found only a few spots of endometriosis on the surface of the womb inside the abdominal cavity without any disease in the fallopian tubes. Dr.Ovrang Djahanbakhch and his coworkers from the The Royal London Hospital in London found that there is a factor contained in the abdominal fluid of women who have endometriosis (article published in the Lancet 2002;360:p.1221-1222). These investigators looked at fallopian tubes of hysterectomy samples (=wombs that were surgically removed) and studied the movement of the cells lining them under a special microscope.

    Hair cells can be seen that are lining the Fallopian tubes and are normally responsible for the transport of the released egg at the time of ovulation. They found that when they added abdominal fluids from women who have endometriosis, the wave like pattern of these hair cells (=known as “ciliary movement”) came to almost a standstill. Abdominal fluids of women with no sign of endometriosis did not cause such a slowdown. This finding sheds important new information on our understanding of the nature of endometriosis and may some day lead to the development of new fertility drugs.

    Endometriosis Is A Cause Of Infertility, Even Without Scarring

    Endometriosis Is A Cause Of Infertility, Even Without Scarring

    At this point the chemical factor from patients with endometriosis that is responsible for the slow-down of the normal ciliary movement has not yet been isolated. The authors will pursue this line of research further. Here are some links that are related to this topic:

    Endometriosis: http://www.nethealthbook.com/articles/painfulperiods.php

    Infertility: http://www.nethealthbook.com/articles/infertility.php

    Last edited December 10, 2012

    Oct
    01
    2002

    More Exercise Leads To More Health

    Based on an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA 2002;288:p.1994-2000) Dr. Mihaela Tanasescu and his group from Loma Linda University in California have followed more than 44,000 health care professionals every 2 years for 12 years.

    He asked the question whether a difference could be found between light, moderate or heavy exercise in the prevention of heart attacks.

    Here is what they found: 1700 new cases of heart attacks as a result from hardening of arteries were mostly found in those who did NOT exercise or were in the LIGHT aerobic category. The more the persons exercised, the more pronounced the heart protective effect was. For instance, the group of men who engaged in a heavy exercise program had developed 17% less heart disease than the group with the light exercise program. Contrary to the marathon runner studies that had reported a detrimental effect at the high end, this study did not find this effect.

    Also, this study is one of the first to show that weight training and other muscle strengthening activities also reduced strokes and heart attacks. Up to now the medical community was of the opinion that body building type muscle training might not prevent strokes or heart attacks.

    More Exercise Leads To More Health

    More Exercise Leads To More Health

    The authors concluded that a combination of aerobic exercises(brisk walking, running, sports etc.) with muscle strengthening exercises(body building, stretching exercises, weight lifting etc.) will give the most beneficial heart protecting health effect. Try these useful related links to chapters of my free Internet based Nethealthbook:

    Hardening of the arteries:
    http://www.nethealthbook.com/articles/cardiovasculardisease_heartdisease.php

    Fitness:
    http://nethealthbook.com/health-nutrition-and-fitness/fitness/

    Last edited October 25, 2014