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Depressed women ‘have increased risk of stroke’

Women with depression may also be at increased risk of having a stroke, US researchers suggest.

 

The research, in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, said doctors should be aware people with depression may neglect their general health.

UK stroke experts said depression alone was unlikely to increase stroke risk.

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The women, all aged 54-79, who were all taking part in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study which has been following women across the US since the mid 1970s.

In this study, the researchers looked at data from 2000 to 2006.

Smoking increases heart risk more in women than men

Women who start smoking increase their risk of a by more than men who take up the habit, according to a review of more than 30 years of research.

A study of 2.4 million people, published in the Lancet, showed a 25% difference in increased risk.

The reasons are unclear, say researchers.

The British Heart Foundation said the findings were “alarming” especially as women tended to smoke fewer cigarettes.

The World Health Organization lists heart disease as the world’s biggest killer, affecting more than seven million people each year.

The illness is largely down to lifestyle choice and smoking is one of the main causes. A study by the University of Minnesota showed women are at greater risk from smoking than men.


It analysed 75 sets of data produced by studies between 1966 and 2010.

Little Insects, Big Allergic Reactions

Little Insects, Big Allergic Reactions

June 16, 2011 — Insect stings are little more than painful nuisances for most people. But for others, the venom from insects can cause severe allergic reactions and even death. That’s according to a joint task force of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, which has updated practice guidelines for diagnosing and treating stinging insect allergies.

Serious allergic reactions to insect stings cause at least 40 deaths each year in the U.S. Experts estimate that life-threatening reactions to insect stings occur in 3% of adults and up to 0.8% of children.

Pink Eye – Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Symptoms of Pink eye

Symptoms generally depend on what type of pink eye you have: infectious pink eye or non infectious.

Symptoms caused by viral and bacterial pink eye include red watery eyes (accompanied with discharge) and irritation. It is likely to start in one eye and spread to the other. Infectious pink eye is contagious.

Symptoms of non infectious pink eye might include, heavy tearing, irritation and itchiness. Both eyes are usually affected. This type isn’t contagious.

Pink Eye – Viral virus infection

Pink Eye Virus infection

Pink Eye Virus infection

Virus infection, or conjunctivitis, is redness and inflammation of the membranes (conjuctiva) covering the whites of the eyes and the membranes on the inner part of the eyelids. These membranes
react to a wide range of bacteria, viruses, allergy-provoking agents, irritants, and toxic agents, as well as to underlying diseases within the body. Viral and bacterial forms of conjunctivitis are common in childhood, but they can occur in people of any age. Overall however, there are many causes of virus infection. These can be classified as either infectious or noninfectious.

Viral virus infection:

The leading cause of a red, inflamed eye is virus infection. A number of different viruses can be responsible for the infection. Viral virus infection symptoms are usually associated with more of a watery discharge that is not green or yellow in color. Often, viral “cold-like” symptoms, such as sinus congestion and runny nose, are also present. The eyelids may be swollen. Sometimes looking at bright lights is painful. While viral virus infection may not require an antibiotic, those affected should see a doctor, as occasionally this form of virus infection can be associated with infection of the cornea (the clear portion of the front of the eyeball). This infection must be correctly detected and treated. Viral virus infection is highly contagious. Viral virus infection usually resolves in seven to 10 days after symptoms appear.

Treatment for pink eye – Infection, Symptoms, Treatment and Medication

Treatment for pink eye

Treatment for pink eye

What is a Pink Eye Infection?

Pink Eye, or conjunctivitis, is redness and inflammation of the membranes (conjunctiva) covering the whites of the eyes and the membranes on the inner part of the eyelids. These membranes react to a wide range of bacteria, viruses, allergy-provoking agents, irritants, and toxic agents, as well as to underlying diseases within the body. Viral and bacterial forms of conjunctivitis are common in childhood, but they can occur in people of any age. Overall, however, there are many causes of Pink Eye. These can be classified as either infectious or noninfectious. Pink Eye does not cause any changes in vision.

Sinus Infection – Natural Cure for Sinus Infection – Video

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Sinus Infection – Natural Cure for Sinus Infection

Naural Cure Sinus Infection

Naural Cure Sinus Infection

Sinusitis simply means inflammation of the sinuses, but this gives little indication of the misery and pain this condition can cause.

Chronic sinusitis, sinusitis that recurs frequently, affects an estimated 32 million people in the United States. Americans spend millions of dollars each year for medications that promise relief from their sinus symptoms.

Sinus infections can be treated, there are different ways to obtain Natural cure for sinus infection by some home remedies for sinusitis.

Sinus Infection? Antibiotics No Help

Sinus infection- Treatment

Sinus Infection? Antibiotics No Help

Neither antibiotics nor steroid sprays offer much help to adantibioticsults with sinus infection, a British study shows.

One of the most common complications of the common cold or flu is a sinus infection. The symptoms: a stuffy nose; a thick, dark-colored nasal discharge; and head pain.

You’ve very likely had such an infection. And if, like 25 million other Americans, you went to a U.S. doctor, there’s a 90% chance you got a prescription for .

You very likely had some side effects from that antibiotic. But it’s extremely unlikely the antibiotics you took were much help, according to a study by Ian G. Williamson, MD, senior lecturer at the University of Southampton, England.

Cardinal Bagnasco encourages conscientious objection to RU-486

Cardinal Bagnasco encourages conscientious objection to RU-486

Rome, Italy, Aug 4, 2009 / 10:46 am (CNA).- The president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, encouraged doctors who defend life and oppose abortion to exercise their right to conscientious objection in response to the decision by health care officials to allow the sale of the abortion drug RU-486.

In an interview with the Italian daily Avvenire, Cardinal Bagnasco warned the decision encourages Italians to view “abortion as a contraceptive, something that law 194 absolutely forbids,” and he expressed his “sadness, bitterness and care” over the position of health care officials, which he called a “crack in our society.”

Where there is no respect for human life, the cardinal went on, “from conception in its fragility and later during its course, society is less human. That the right of the strongest thus prevails is bitter.”  Behind this society, he added, “is an individualistic culture, hidden under respect for the freedom of women,” who “in reality experience a tragedy, live in suffering and worry; when a truly human culture ought to take care of them.”