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Tuesday, April 14, 2020


title:Common Pitfalls of Plastic Surgery
author:Matthew Leo
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2429.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Common pitfalls of plastic surgery are those involving before and after pictures with photographic tricks or attractive models instead of the surgeon's patients, that are publicly displayed in printed ads, online advertisement or broadcasted by TV, audio-visual or specific tele-shopping and infomercials.
Before and after pictures are useful to help you make the decision to have cosmetic surgery when they are real, but not advisable as criteria to select a surgeon, since no ethical surgeon can guarantee results this way, but if so, be sure to get his promises in writing.
Fake testimonials implying that anyone can get these results of people sharing their experiences may only be a marketing plan whether viewed on TV, through the internet, heard on the radio or at the surgeon's office; they have a powerful influence in the patient's final decision. Pitfalls can not be easily detected due to the impossibility to verify the authenticity of any given testimonial or the identity of the "happy patients".
Because the purpose of testimonials are considered to be a way to solicit patients, most professional societies and State medical boards prohibit the use of testimonials to advertise Plastic Surgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) considers this marketing tool a violation to the code of ethics of 97% of certified surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, members of ASPS.
Impressive sounding surgeon's credentials or a plastic surgery procedure that does not name the surgeon may be listed as pitfalls of plastic surgery. While it is obvious to expect that a surgeon has the proper training, credentials and experience to provide the plastic surgery procedure or service you are seeking, remember that many physicians may call themselves plastic surgeons or cosmetic surgeons with training. In fact, in most states any physician may perform any procedure without peer scrutiny and no training requirements.
Since there are no requirements that the physician be is a trained surgeon, anyone may claim to be a board-certified surgeon simply by joining a sound-a-like organization, but the true meaning is that The American Society of Plastic Surgeons enforces one of the most rigorous ethical codes in the medical profession, so the best way to find out a surgeon's facts is consulting only surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Other pitfalls of plastic surgery are those offering dramatic results with superficial treatments, minimal or non-invasive procedures, no risk or little risk and downtime as well as a variety of products, procedures or manipulations without mention of the doctor's qualification, board certification or his/her specialty. These promises are designed more for marketing reasons than a real therapeutic value.
These individual procedures may be inexpensive, but offers only little or temporal improvement, so it is necessary for multiple sessions before seeing positive results, raising in the mean time the costs, often comparable to the total cost of the plastic surgery. Non surgical procedures with high tech names suggest new approaches to youthful appearance and the expectation of major effectiveness.
All these issues make it difficult for patients to separate plastic surgery hype from reality.
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Title:
Common Pneumonia Causes

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490

Summary:
There are many pneumonia causes and risk factors that can facilitate the development of the disease. Pneumonia is inflammation and infection of the lungs, generating symptoms like cough, headache, chest discomfort when breathing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, muscle pain, fever and a general state of fatigue. Although the symptoms of pneumonia may not appear to be serious, resembling those of flu or cold, some forms of the disease need immediate medical assistance and treatment.


Keywords:
pneumonia symptoms, pneumonia, pneumonia causes


Article Body:
There are many pneumonia causes and risk factors that can facilitate the development of the disease. Pneumonia is inflammation and infection of the lungs, generating symptoms like cough, headache, chest discomfort when breathing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, muscle pain, fever and a general state of fatigue. Although the symptoms of pneumonia may not appear to be serious, resembling those of flu or cold, some forms of the disease need immediate medical assistance and treatment.

Pneumonia can be developed by anyone, regardless of age and sex. Around 3 million people in the United States are diagnosed with pneumonia each year. Despite the fact that some forms of pneumonia can be very mild, other forms of the disease can actually be life-threatening. Statistics indicate that around 5 percent of hospitalized people with pneumonia die each year as a result of complication.

There are various pneumonia causes. Typical forms of pneumonia are developed due to infection with viruses (influenza, herpes simplex virus, varicella-zoster, adenovirus, respiratory syncytial virus), gram-positive bacteria (Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes) and gram-negative bacteria (Haemophilus influenzae, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitides, Pseudomonas aeruginosa). Atypical pneumonia causes are numerous. Walking pneumonia is a very common form of atypical pneumonia and it is caused by infection with Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Mycoplasmas are microorganisms that share the characteristics of both viruses and bacteria, and these infectious agents can sometimes cause severe forms of pneumonia. Another pneumonia cause is infection with microorganisms such as Chlamydia pneumoniae and Legionella pneumophila.

When pneumonia is caused by viruses, the disease is usually less serious and in many cases the infection clears on itself. However, if pneumonia is caused by bacteria, the disease can become very serious. Sometimes, even neutral microorganisms can be a pneumonia cause. On the background of general body weakness, prolonged medical treatments, previous severe infections, immune system dysfunctions, recent chemotherapy or surgical interventions, some otherwise benign microorganisms can lead to the development of pneumonia. Under special circumstances, infection with neutral microorganisms can be a pneumonia cause. Infection with Pneumocystis carinii is considered to be the main Opportunistic pneumonia cause. Another common Opportunistic pneumonia cause is exposure to fungi, such as Mycobacterium avium.

Although the respiratory system is packed with natural defenses (mucus, nostril hairs, cilia), some infectious agents manage to break through these barriers and reach inside the organism. If microorganisms reach to the lungs, they quickly spread inside the alveoli (small pulmonary sacs of air), causing serious infections. Smokers and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases are very exposed to contracting the infectious agents responsible for causing pneumonia.

Pneumonia isn’t always caused by infection with microorganisms. Airborne irritants (particles of dust), exposure to chemicals, or inhalation of certain fluids can also become pneumonia causes. When pneumonia is developed due to inhalation of irritant matters, the disease is referred to as Aspiration pneumonia. This type of pneumonia is common in very small children and elderly people and it is generally a milder form of illness.


Title:
Common Pneumonia Symptoms

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528

Summary:
Pneumonia is inflammation and often infection of the lungs. Although some forms of pneumonia are mild and don’t require medical treatment, other forms of the disease can be severe and need prompt medical intervention. Statistics indicate that over 3 million people in the United States are diagnosed with pneumonia each year, and many of them require hospitalization. When pneumonia is caused by infectious agents, the disease is very contagious and it can be easily transmitted through sneezing, cough or physical contact. Therefore, many patients are not hospitalized for the seriousness of their disease, but to prevent them from spreading pneumonia to other people.


Keywords:
pneumonia symptoms, pneumonia, pneumonia causes


Article Body:
Pneumonia is inflammation and often infection of the lungs. Although some forms of pneumonia are mild and don’t require medical treatment, other forms of the disease can be severe and need prompt medical intervention. Statistics indicate that over 3 million people in the United States are diagnosed with pneumonia each year, and many of them require hospitalization. When pneumonia is caused by infectious agents, the disease is very contagious and it can be easily transmitted through sneezing, cough or physical contact. Therefore, many patients are not hospitalized for the seriousness of their disease, but to prevent them from spreading pneumonia to other people.

There are many forms of pneumonia and some are not caused by infection with microorganisms. Aspiration pneumonia is common in very small children and elderly people, but it can also occur in adults. This form of pneumonia is caused by inhalation of foreign matters: fluids, dust, chemicals or other irritants. This condition is mostly common in small children due to inhalation of vomit or food. Aspiration pneumonia symptoms are usually not very intense and they ameliorate within a few days. Aspiration pneumonia symptoms are: dry cough, chest soreness and pain, wheezing, difficult breathing. Although medical treatment is not required for overcoming this form of pneumonia, it is best to see a doctor as soon as you spot its symptoms.

Infectious forms of pneumonia can be either caused by viruses, bacteria and mycoplasmas. Viral and mycoplasma pneumonia are usually milder than bacterial forms of the disease and they rarely require medical treatment.

Viral pneumonia is very common in children, teenagers and elderly people and it can be mistaken for flu or cold. Viral pneumonia symptoms are: throat inflammation, cough, swelling of the lymph nodes, chest discomfort when breathing, headache and a generalized state of fatigue. The cough can sometimes produce small amounts of mucus. Mild fever and chills may accompany viral pneumonia symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Viral pneumonia symptoms usually ameliorate within a few days and the infection completely clears up on itself in a few weeks.

Bacterial pneumonia can be severe and therefore, it can produce more intense symptoms. Bacterial forms of pneumonia are more common in adults and people with weak immune system. Bacterial pneumonia symptoms are: high fever, excessive sweating, mucus-producing cough, shortness of breath, chest pain and soreness when breathing, abdominal pain, nausea, muscle pain, pronounced body weakness. Bacterial pneumonia symptoms can also include cyanosis (due to lack of blood oxygenation) and brown-colored mucus producing cough. If the disease is severe, the cough may contain traces of blood.

Mycoplasma pneumonia can be developed by anyone, regardless of health condition and age. However, this form of pneumonia is usually mild and doesn’t require any medical treatment. Mycoplasma pneumonia symptoms are: mucus producing cough, chest pain, difficulty breathing, headache, fatigue. Other mycoplasma pneumonia symptoms are: moderate fever, chills, abdominal pain and discomfort, nausea and vomiting. This form of pneumonia develops slowly and its symptoms may only be perceived after several weeks from catching the disease. Although mycoplasma pneumonia is not considered to be serious, it is advised to see a doctor as soon as you spot its first symptoms.


Title:
Common Pregnancy Concerns

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605

Summary:
How pregnancy is achieved nowadays; benefits of pregnancy in the couple; needs of a pregnant woman;what causes cramps during the first trimester of pregnancy; cramps during the second and third trimester; what causes nausea and vomiting; when does it happen; how to control nausea and vomiting.


Keywords:
pregnancy, cramps, nausea and vomiting


Article Body:
A woman's life would not be complete if she would not have the experience of conceiving a child. Although there are some women who, under certain health circumstances, cannot bear one, there are now new ways of becoming pregnant. Artificial insemination, for example, is an artificial process of giving fertilization which is done by placing the sperm of the man into the female's cervix or uterus rather than by natural copulation. Other women prefer adoption, but this kind of process usually takes time and money.

Being pregnant at the right time could be beneficial for the couple in many ways. Pregnancy often makes them even closer together, and this would be the turning point where they would feel and begin their own family. It also connects the couple in a very special way, and through getting pregnant they may develop more values regarding life and marriage.

Pregnancy is especially hard on the part of the woman. This is the time where they have to be extra health conscious by eating the right food, having proper exercise, ample rest, and sometimes getting what they want. Think of eating strawberry shortcake at 3 a.m.? These requests can be a bit unreasonable, but to make the pregnant woman feel better, her husband would have to give way...and make a way.

During the course of pregnancy, the woman might feel various complications that are considered normal when pregnant. Cramps during pregnancy can be mild to severe, depending on the mother's health status. During the first trimester, women can experience cramps during implantation, which usually happens from eight to ten days after the ovulation period. Another cause for cramps would be the stretching of the uterus. The woman's body will prepare for the baby by expanding and stretching the uterus, therefore causing mild cramps. Unfortunately, cramps can be accompanied by bleeding or spotting when there is a possibility of a miscarriage. Other causes of cramping during the first trimester would be due to gas pains and constipation, often leading to feelings of discomfort. In the course of the second and third trimester of pregnancy, cramps can also occur during pre-term labor and during early labor. These cramps are often  accompanied by back pain.

Another common complication among pregnant women would be to experience nausea and vomiting.        It occurs when a combination of physical changes and hormone levels take place during early pregnancy. This condition usually begins around the sixth week of pregnancy, and can happen at any time of the day. Although most women experience nausea and vomiting until the twelfth week of pregnancy, queasiness can also come and go during the nine month period. In most pregnant women, such feelings of nausea and vomiting affect their health, especially when it comes to eating. It is important not to skip meals even if one feels sick and queasy, so that the right amount of nutrients are given to the unborn child.

In controlling nausea and vomiting, keeping track of the woman's diet is crucial. When waking up, try to eat a few crackers and rest for fifteen minutes before getting out of bed. Eating small meals can help in avoiding an empty stomach, and cold meals are recommended, since food odor can sometimes be annoying for pregnant women. Eating pickles, pretzels, bread, cake, watermelon, nuts, or mushroom soup can help in relieving the feelings of nausea. Getting plenty of rest, taking time off from work, fresh air, and even acupuncture can also relieve a pregnant woman from nausea and vomiting. By having regular check ups with the OB Gynecologist, pregnancy can be fairly easy for both husband and wife.


Title:
Common Procedures in Acid Reflux Surgery

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506

Summary:
Although acid reflux can be controlled through the means of medical treatments and appropriate diet, some people who suffer from severe forms of the condition may require acid reflux surgery. Acid reflux has a recidivating character and surgery is the best means of fully overcoming the condition. There are several medical procedures in acid reflux surgery and the most effective ones are Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, also known as Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication and Intraluminal Endoscopic surgery. These surgical procedures are both considered to be safe and patients usually recover quickly after the operation.


Keywords:
acid reflux surgery,  acid reflux


Article Body:
Although acid reflux can be controlled through the means of medical treatments and appropriate diet, some people who suffer from severe forms of the condition may require acid reflux surgery. Acid reflux has a recidivating character and surgery is the best means of fully overcoming the condition. There are several medical procedures in acid reflux surgery and the most effective ones are Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, also known as Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication and Intraluminal Endoscopic surgery. These surgical procedures are both considered to be safe and patients usually recover quickly after the operation.

Acid reflux (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) is a physiological condition that usually occurs due to inappropriate activity of the lower esophageal sphincter (muscular valve that connects the esophagus to the stomach), allowing the content of the stomach to reflux into the esophagus and throat. In normal conditions, the esophageal lower sphincter should be able to prevent the regurgitation of the stomach acids into the esophagus.

The sphincter normally acts like a barrier between the stomach and the esophagus, sealing the walls of the esophagus in order to protect the organ from the digestive fluids produced by the stomach. However, due to abnormal pressure at the lower end of esophagus, weakness of the esophageal lower sphincter, abnormal positioning of the esophagus inside the body or inconstant muscular contractions of the sphincter, the digestive fluids produced by the stomach are allowed to enter into the esophagus and the throat. Acid reflux surgery can correct the actual causes of the condition, normalizing the activity of the lower esophageal sphincter and therefore preventing the access of gastric acids to the superior levels of the esophagus.

Acid reflux surgery involves simple medical procedures and it provides permanent results for people who are constantly affected by the condition. Acid reflux surgery is recommended for people with chronic forms of acid reflux, but it is also suitable for other patients with less serious forms of the condition.

The most common form of acid reflux surgery is fundoplication. This form of acid reflux surgery involves tightening the walls of the esophagus in the region adjacent to the stomach, thus increasing the pressure near the lower esophageal sphincter. By increasing the pressure at the union point between the esophagus and stomach, acid reflux surgery prevents the content of the stomach from being regurgitated upwards, inside the esophagus and the throat. One other method used in acid reflux surgery involves tightening the esophageal valve. By doing so, the valve will be able to efficiently seal the esophagus, preventing the reflux of gastric acid inside it.

Intraluminal endoscopic acid reflux surgery basically involves the same medical procedures, but performed through the means of an endoscope. This form of acid reflux surgery is very quick and its risks are minimal. The majority of patients recover rapidly after this form of acid reflux surgery and they usually don’t require post-operatory treatment.

Thanks to medical advance and the multitude of modern treatments available these days, acid reflux surgery can be performed in a quick, safe and effective way.


Title:
Common Psychoactive Treatments

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602

Summary:
This article talks about how simple medications can be of big use to people everywhere. This article focuses on a certain class of medications called psychoactive drugs are used for the treatment of common psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia.


Keywords:
psychoactive medication, depression, anxiety, insomnia


Article Body:
In the old days, people rely on medicine men, oracles, and even the position of the stars to find a cure for various illnesses.  Much for what was considered as medicine were merely based on myth and superstition.  But with the advent of modern medicine, people became more aware of scientific means of diagnosing and treating illnesses. Medications, or drugs prepared in laboratories, are widely used for their convenience and effectiveness. For many years, we have used different kinds of medications in order to ease and alleviate the pain we feel in our bodies. It has become a necessity for each home to have at least a couple of basic medications for cough and colds, fever and flu, headaches, and so on. Having these medications at hand can prevent further aggravation of an ailment when dealing with hospitals, drugstores, and doctors.

               An interesting kind of drug medication would be the class of psychoactive medication. Also called psychotropic substances, this specific drug is a chemical substance that acts on a person's central nervous system wherein it alters the brain's function, causing short term changes with regards to a person's mood, perception, consciousness, and behavior. These drugs can be used recreationally (entheogens) for ritual and spiritual purposes, or therapeutically for medication. Since this would be the only kind of medication that can be used for recreation, it can sometimes be abused because of the mind altering effect that it can bring, making the person feel more pleasant as he was before.

               But in a more medical sense, psychoactive medication are often helpful in treating psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, among many others. Although these psychoactive drugs do not affect the underlying cause of these disorders, they can serve symptomatic relief for patients who wants to live a normal life.

               Anxiety is seen as the continuous tension, nervousness, or panic caused by stress or any other psychological causes. This disorder is seen in many, and is often resolved by taking psychoactive medication. Anti anxiety drugs are used to give relaxation or to reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as shaking and palpitations. Causing such relaxation and sedation, a certain class of psychoactive medication called “benzodiazepines” are included in anxiety medications that depress the person's central nervous system. “Beta blockers” also contribute to these medications, allowing the suppression of physical symptoms. Having depression can interfere with a person's daily activities, and when this situation starts to stay there for a time, a person may need medical help. Psychoactive medications can be appropriate for this kind of disorder. Antidepressants would be the specific kind of medication, offering the increase of the neurotransmitters' level in the brain. More often than not, it takes some time (from six to eight weeks) before these antidepressants take effect.

               When a person has trouble sleeping, they may be experiencing insomnia. Both anxiety and depression can cause insomnia, among many others. When this specific cause is known and treated, the person's sleep patterns generally return to normal. When insomnia gets persistent, sleeping pills may be appropriate. Most sleeping pills cause sedation by depressing the central nervous system (more likely as those of anxiety medications). Although a person can sleep while under these medications, the sleep induced by the drug will not be the same as of natural sleep, since the drug suppresses brain activity.

               These are just examples of how psychoactive medications are commonly used in our everyday lives. It is important to know and be well-informed about every aspect of the medication, to prevent any side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and any negative impact on the body and brain itself.


Title:
Common Questions about Migraine

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461

Summary:
The most frequently asked questions about Migraine answered in easy to understand language. A quick guide on Migraine for lay man.


Keywords:
migraine


Article Body:
How do I know whether this is migraine?

This is the most common question most people are unsure about diagnosis of migraine. Though all migraines are headaches, all headaches are not migraines. There can be many causes like high blood pressure, cervical spondylosis and poor eyesight being a few. So every one with headaches should not think he is suffering from migraine. The broad criterion of diagnosis is if you have two or more of the following symptoms during a attack it is probable you are suffering from migraine:

a.            Throbbing headache, often on one side of the head only.
b.            Visual disturbances (blink spots, distorted vision, flashing lights or zigzag patterns) these symptoms are often called aura.
c.            Nausea and vomiting or diarrhea.
d.            Increased sensitivity to light.
e.            Increase sensitivity to sounds.

The second general rule is that if a headache and other associated symptoms prevent you from continuing with daily activities it could be a migraine.

What are the common triggers?

Migraine is believed to be caused by release of a chemical called serotonin or 5HT into the bloodstream from its storage sites in the body, resulting in changes in neurotransmitters and blood vessels in the brain. Exactly what causes this to happen is still not clear: However certain factors have been identified which can trigger attacks in susceptible people:
a.            Emotional stress, e.g., anger, worry, shock, depression.
b.            Physical exertion like over exertion / tiredness change in sleep patterns and traveling.
c.            Hormonal changes like menstruation and pre-menstrual period, puberty, menopause.
d.            Environmental like light, loud noise, intense smells, change or climate or smoking
e.            Diet like lack of food or infrequent meals, specific foods like chocolate, citrus fruits, cheese, alcohol, especially red wine.
f.            Other triggers like use of sleeping tablets high blood pressure, toothache or other dental problems, eyestrain, congested nose and sinus problems.

Migraine triggers are numerous and varied and occur in combinations peculiar to a individual. For most there is not just one trigger but a combination. These can be tolerated individually but when several occur together, a threshold is passed and an attack is triggered. Identifying and avoiding personal trigger factors can help.

If one of my parents suffers from migraines, is it necessary that I will also have it?

Though it has been seen that migraine does run in families, it is not necessary that children of migraine patients will also have it. Nor this is true the other way round. People often say that since nobody in family had migraine, they cannot have. This is also not true. It is possible for people to have migraine even when nobody in the family has it.

Migraine is difficult to cure?

Migraine is very much a curable disease as any other disease.


Title:
Common Sense Tips to Deal with Fatigue

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545

Summary:
Fatigue is a common health complaint. Around 20% of Americans experienced excessive fatigue that is enough to interfere with their normal life. However, one of the hardest terms to define and a symptom of many different conditions. Causes, symptoms and ways to battle fatigue are stressed on this article.


Keywords:
excessive fatigue, stress, lifestyle, sleep disorders, relationships, muscle relaxants,


Article Body:
Do you feel tired all the time? Feel like sleeping after your lunch break? Have you experienced that there are days that you're energy is so low? Probably you are overworked or stressed? You may be experiencing fatigue.

Fatigue is a common health complaint. Around 20% of Americans experience excessive fatigue that is enough to interfere with their normal life. Fatigue, also known as weariness, tiredness, lethargy, exhaustion is generally defined as a feeling of lack of energy and motivation. It is not the same as drowsiness, but the desire to sleep may accompany fatigue.

Fatigue is a symptom, rather than a specific disease or disorder. People who are fatigued feel tired all the time in both body and mind. It is thought that between three and 10 percent of patients visit their doctors because of fatigue. A person suffering from fatigue has slowed reflexes and reduced function in daily life. Excessive fatigue is also a known risk factor in workplace and car accidents.

Fatigue can trigger from a variety of causes such as undiagnosed medical conditions, unhealthy lifestyle choices, workplace issues, emotional concerns and stress. It can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

Many diseases and disorders can trigger fatigue, including flu, anemia, sleep disorders, tuberculosis, hepatitis, chronic pain, heart and lung problems. Malnutrition, obesity and vitamin deficiency can also rouse fatigue.

Excessive workload, the lack and too much of exercise can also make a person worn out and experience fatigue. Common lifestyle choices such as too much sleep, alcohol, drugs, sleep disturbances, and poor diet are also factors that influence the development of fatigue. Individual circumstances such as events that impact a person can also cause fatigue. These may include personal illness or injury, illnesses or injuries in the family, unhealthy personal relationships, too many commitments or financial problems.

The ultimate decrease in blood pressure also means a decrease in the amount of work the heart is doing, which can lead to a feeling of fatigue. Sometimes, the drug works not only on the heart, but also on the central nervous system. Muscle relaxants work to decrease the contraction of muscles. This relaxation can lead to total body relaxation, which may cause an individual to feel fatigued.

To battle fatigue, take some of the pressure out of the day. Take a midday stroll or get up 15 minutes earlier to give yourself more time to start your day. Whether you walk, garden or swim, once you get moving, you'll likely notice you have more stamina. Try to include at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity. While 30 minutes is the minimum recommendation, you may need up to an hour of moderate activity daily to maintain fitness and a healthy weight. Set priorities and learn to say no. Put aside a time each day to do something you enjoy.

Fatigue can be a normal and important response to physical exertion, emotional stress, boredom, or lack of sleep. However, it can also be a nonspecific sign of a more serious psychological or physical disorder. If fatigue is not relieved by enough sleep, good nutrition, or low-stress environment, an evaluation by a doctor is advised. Because fatigue is a common complaint, sometimes a potentially serious case may be overlooked, leading to a more severe illness.


title:Common Skin Conditions: Dermatitis and Moles
author:Claire Bowes
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4664.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Two of the most common skin conditions are the presence of moles and dermatitis.  Moles can have more serious consequences than the irritation of dermatitis.
Moles occur when the cells in the skin that give it its pigment, called melanocytes, grow in clusters.  These cells normally grow throughout the skin, but when too many grow in the same place a mole occurs.  Most moles appear before the age of 25, but some may appear much later.  Moles can remain static or change over time.  Although most are not dangerous, some can be malignant and lead to melanoma.  Any mole that oozes or becomes painful or sensitive should be checked out by a dermatologist.  Moles that suddenly appear after the age of 25 or begin to change or grow should also be evaluated.
When evaluating your moles, keep the following in mind.  Moles should be round.  If your moles are asymmetrical, or irregular in shape, have it evaluated.  If you find a mole that is larger than ¼”, mention it to your doctor or dermatologist.  If you find that your mole has an irregular or jagged edge, or is not all one color, have your doctor look at it.  Finally, any mole that is red or blue may be cause for concern.
Treating moles is not difficult.  If a mole is embarrassing, or becomes irritated under your clothing, you may ask your doctor to remove it.  Moles can be frozen with a chemical, after which they dry up and fall off.  Other moles can be simply cut off of the skin.  Often, doctors will remove entire moles that seem suspicious and test the tissue for cancer.  If any malignancy is found, they may cut out a slightly larger area of skin and then suture the site closed.
Check your skin regularly for changes in your moles.  If any seem suspicious, or any changes have occurred, let your doctor know.  Preventing a problem is as easy as going on “mole patrol.”

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title:Common Treatments For Hair Loss In Women
author:Richard Mitchell
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_811.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

Much has been said and written about modern day hair loss treatments but this tends to relate almost exclusively to men. Do these same treatments offer solutions to women suffering from hair loss or is there a completely different category of remedies available? It really depends on what is causing hair loss in the first place and as the most common causes of hair loss are the same as those that affect men, the treatments available are pretty similar.
In an earlier article we concluded that the three most common causes of hair loss in women are female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium and alopecia areata. We'll now look at each of these in turn and examine the best treatments available, bearing in mind the specific needs of women:
1. Treatments for female pattern baldness.
In most instances minoxidil (Rogaine) is the first treatment used. This is one of only two FDA approved hair loss treatments and it remains the only one approved for use by women. Minoxidil comes in the form of a topical solution that works by tackling the symptoms of hair loss and helping to generate new hair growth. It does not target the causes of hair loss and will not work for everyone. The women's version of minoxidil is a 2% solution but the 5% version marketed for men can be used if necessary.
The most popular drug for treating male pattern baldness is of course finasteride (Propecia). Women of child bearing age should not use this drug due to the severely damaging effects it can have on unborn male fetuses. Any women considering using Propecia should discuss it first with their physician. In some cases your doctor may prescribe a different androgen blocker called spironolactone as a means of stopping the hormone activity that is causing hair loss. Spironolactone is normally used as a diuretic and results may be variable.
There is a bewildering range of commercial products available, most of which are aimed squarely at men but many are also suitable for women to use. Whether they work or not is another question but some products containing ingredients like saw palmetto, stinging nettle, pygeum and green tea have shown their value. You can find out more about these and other poential hair loss solutions by visiting the site listed at the end of this article.
2. Treatments for telogen effluvium
This is a hair loss condition that generally does not require any specific treatment. Once the effects of the trauma that caused hair loss in the first place have subsided, the hair will regrow of its own accord. Some patients like to encourage the regrowth process by using minoxidil but this isn't necessary. Implementing a good nutritional regime and supplementing with B-vitamins may help to create a hair friendly environment.
3. Treatments for alopecia areata.
This is another hair loss condition that may resolve itself spontaneously. In some cases one of the following treatments may prove useful:

               Daily application of minoxidil (Rogaine).
               Injection of cortisone into patchy areas of the scalp (this must be administered by a physician). Creams and lotions containing cortisone can also be used but results are variable.
               Dithranol can be applied to the scalp in mild or early cases.
               Application of 100% aloe vera gel.
               Massage the scalp with rosemary and lavender essential oils in a jojoba base.
               Use of a hair loss product containing the Chinese herb He Shou Wu.
               A product called Calosol has recently generated positive feedback.

Please note, however, that none of these is guaranteed to work due to the unpredictable nature of alopecia areata. It is this uncertainty that offers opportunities for scamsters to make outlandish claims. The fact remains, there are no miracle cures for advanced forms of alopecia areata so sufferers may wish to consider other options such as head coverings and wigs.
This does not mean that patients are without hope because, even in severe cases, hair can spontaneously start to grow again even after years of loss.
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Title:
Common Women's Health Issues for Young Women

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521

Summary:
Modern medicine and statistics have found that some problems and health concerns are more common among certain demographics

and age groups than in others. For example,women within the ages of 25 and 40 are more prone to experience stress and stress-   

related conditions than women in other age groups. Another common concern among this age group would be skin care issues.


Keywords:
women's health issues


Article Body:
Statistics and medicine have always had some ties with one another in Western medical philosophy, with the numerical analysis

making it easier to paradoxically both specify and generalize patients. Populations are divided by gender, then by age, and

then by even more demographics, all in an effort to find out which groups are more likely to develop which illnesses. At the

same time, the numbers are used to analyze whether or not medication would be effective on a large enough size of the

population to be useful. Each segment of the population undergoes varying degrees of scrutiny and study, with various

sections showing medical commonalities. One of these groups would be women's health issues, particularly around the ages of

25 to 40.

Stress, believe it or not, counts among the most prominent women's health issues in the aforementioned age group. The

triggers for stress tend to vary widely from person to person, but there are a couple of causes that can be considered

common, regardless of demographic. Professional careers, family life, social pressures, and parental care can all bear down

on a woman in this age group. Juggling all of these has never been easy on anyone, but some believe that the emotional toll

of the internal “family versus career” debate puts more stress on women due to expected social and cultural roles.

Statistically speaking, they are more prone to stress than other female age groups, particularly in recent years.

As a possible outcrop of stress, conditions such as anxiety and depression have also been noted as women's health issues in

this age group. However, it is worth stating that the forms of anxiety and mood disorder that occur to women in the ages

between 25 and 40 are usually not female-specific, such as postpartum depression. One of the factors believes to contribute

to the emerging prevalence of this problem would be the delicate balance between cultural perceptions on female behavior and

how it compares and contrasts with career and drive. Tears and crying are often seen as weaknesses among the corporate elite,

for example, so women striving to earn positions of power in the business world often make an effort to suppress natural

emotional reactions. Medicine and science both state that crying and the release of tears, in moderation and when

appropriate, can actually relieve a good amount of stress and tension in women. In theory, this is similar to how

“therapeutic” hitting objects is for men under the same situations.

Skin care is also a major concern for the 25 to 40 age group, particularly because it no longer has the resiliency and

strength of youth. It is a little known fact that teenage skin is much more resistant to outside influence than adult skin,

as well as being more sensitive to topical treatments. Time also contributes to the lower level of skin care during this age,

as career or family concerns begin to take more priority over appearances. There are various ways that a woman can maintain

the overall health of their skin without investing time she may not have, ensuring that skin damage does not become a major

concern later on in life.


Title:
Communication Between Doctors and Patients – A Key to Better Health

Word Count:
540

Summary:
The article talks about the health benefits of making simple adjustments in one's lifestyle. Having regular physical exercise, eating nutritious food, obtaining regular medical examinations, and taking medicines prescribed by doctors are essential elements of a healthy lifestyle.


Keywords:
cheap medicines


Article Body:
People around the world would be a little healthier if they would simply follow the advice of health professionals about having a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise, proper nutrition, regular medical check-ups, and taking medicines are important elements of a healthy lifestyle.

However, in reality, a lot of things hinder the way towards better health. Most people do not have the time and the will to perform simple resistance and cardiovascular exercises. These individuals may not have the time to prepare healthy food and, as a result, often end up eating at fast food joints that usually offer products that lack essential nutrients. Worse, many of these establishments sell foods that are high in fat and other unhealthy substances. Fast food and instant meals usually contain lots of calories, sodium, and fat. These items lack the important vitamins and minerals that the human body needs.

In addition, many people do not have the financial resources to get regular medical checkups and buy cheap medicines. Even individuals who have a health plan may not necessarily understand what needs to be done to be healthy. It takes individual responsibility to be informed about health issues. It also takes will and determination to overcome obstacles to healthy living. Making the right food choices, having regular exercise, and taking appropriate medicines for one’s medical condition are some of the crucial steps to becoming healthy. 

One of the most important steps that should be done to have good health is to develop clear and open communication lines between patients and doctors. This communication line will help the doctor and patient to know more about each other and how they can work together to cure an illness or improve the patient’s sense of well-being. The doctor is the best person to give proper advice about a certain illness, medication, exercise, and most anything that has to do about health. A doctor and the patient should work as a team and understand each other. Even simple issues like taking medicines should be first be consulted with a doctor because certain medications may interact with other drugs and produce unwanted side effects. Oftentimes, the words and symbols on prescription bottles and the package inserts are hard to understand. Recent medical studies suggest that a large number of individuals who purchase medicines have trouble understanding health information, including those in their prescription. People who have a hard time understanding the instructions on their drug packages or prescription should not be ashamed and ask their doctors to help them. Taking the right medicines properly are essential factors in improving one's health.


Seeking the approval of doctors in taking the right medication is important because taking these drugs improperly may hamper the development of one's health. Many people tend to self-medicate because of the proliferation of cheap medicines, but this practice is not encouraged by doctors because of the harm that it may bring. Some drugs may work well with other individuals and others may not because there are factors to be determined before taking certain drugs. People want to improve their health can achieve this by making simple adjustments in their lifestyles. Regular visits to one's doctor and developing communication with them is essential to achieving one's health goals.


Title:
Communication par Internet entre Franchiseurs et Franchises

Word Count:
624

Summary:
Nombreux sont les franchisés qui utilisent aujourd'hui Internet pour communiquer avec leurs franchiseurs. Cette dernière s'effectue essentiellement via Intranet, ordinateur privé fonctionnant en réseau. Voici comment cela fonctionne.


Keywords:
business,marketing,vente,networking,image de marque,gestion,marketing de reseau,business opportunities,online business,computers,franchise network


Article Body:
Cette communication entre franchiseurs et franchisés peut donc se faire aujourd'hui via Internet ou câbles de d'interconnexion reliant les franchises via leur réseau et permet de rentabiliser le travail des franchisés par le gain de temps en recherche d'informations si ce dernier est correctement utilisé.

Les franchisés peuvent alors passer leurs commandes en ligne et contrôler les dates de livraisons. La plus part des grandes franchises utilisent le système "à la minute", qui permet de connaître au moment précis l'état des stocks ou encore les livraisons effectuées à leur franchisés. Cela a donc réellement permis d'activer le processus et signifie également que le franchisé peut mieux réorganiser ses stocks sans être à court au moment X.

Les systèmes les plus pointus permettent également aux franchisés de s'approvisionner auprès d'un autre franchisé si le franchiseur est à cours de stock.

Les demandes peuvent être connectées au réseau et toutes les ventes peuvent être relayées auprès des franchiseurs. Cela implique donc que la plus part des cas des demandes d'ordres peuvent être retirées directement par le franchisé.

Pour le franchiseur, cela est fantastique car il n'est alors plus nécessaire de perdre du temps à rechercher le franchisé disposant de la quantité adéquate désirée qui pourrait répondre urgemment à la demande.

Les franchisés en tire un avantage certain car ils voient leur travail diminué et leur permet de passer plus de temps sur les problèmes marketings et la gestion de la relation clientèle.

Par ailleurs, les franchisés peuvent maintenant payer en même temps en ligne le franchiseur et les fournisseurs sans avoir recours aux carnets de chèques, enveloppes et postage. Une solution simple de payement en ligne donne de nombreux avantages que ne peuvent procurer les méthodes de payements classiques. En plus d'augmenter leur facilité de caisse, ce système leur permet également de réduire les risques de fraude. 

Par exemple, une grande société de jeux carte possédant bon nombre de franchises. L'une d'entre elle se retrouve à cours de jeux que l'on vient de lui demander. Un simple passage sur Intranet et elle peut alors renseigner exactement son client quant aux délais de livraison du produit.

D'autres systèmes encore plus perfectionnés permettent de voir leurs comptes, rendant alors leur travail plus aisé grâce à une analyse plus objective. Le comptable est ainsi capable de voir en temps et en heure toute transaction effectuée et de récupérer les données des autres franchises.

Mais l'Intranet permet aussi à l'entreprise d'y déposer ses brochures, de visionner les dernières vidéos publicitaires de la société et éventuellement aider les franchiseurs en leur adressant un feedback sur la manière d'améliorer leur politique marketing pour le futur. Ils peuvent également tenir leurs opérateurs informés de façon régulière de manière manuelle.

Pour cela, un accès Internet haut débit est obligatoire, les franchisés développant habituellement leur business depuis leur ordinateur. Cela implique au franchiseur de devoir former son franchisé quant à l'utilisation et la maintenance de leur outil informatique.

es franchiseurs aiment adopter ce système afin de renforcer l'image de marque de la compagnie et faire participer activement leurs franchisés au cœur de cette dernière.

Toutefois, les dangers de l'utilisation d'Internet (ou intranet) sont nombreux. Si le serveur principal des franchiseurs tombe en panne et ne dispose pas de back up adéquate ou une facilité d'accès d'autres serveurs, tous les réseaux des franchisés peut être pénalisé.

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