Thursday, 30 November 2017

Novel herbal cures for HIV revalidated

Novel herbal cures for HIV revalidated
Tomorrow, December 1, 2017, is World AIDS Day (WAD). A day set aside to raise awareness on Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) prevention, treatment and care.
Anti Retroviral (ARV) drugs have been scientifically validated to be effective in treatment of HIV and preventing new infections. But the benefit comes at a great cost: liver and kidney damage, cancer among others.
However, several studies have 

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Living and aging well with HIV: new strategies and new research

The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)
Allison Webel, Case Western Reserve University
(THE CONVERSATION) A generation ago, a list of tips for aging well with AIDS would have seemed a cruel joke. It also would have not been useful. Life expectancy immediately following the identification of the virus in 1984 was often months after diagnosis.
Today, however, with World AIDS Day being commemorated for the 30th year, many people with HIV are living as long as the general population.
But while people with HIV are living longer, they are also living with unique challenges regarding how to age well. New evidence suggests that there are indeed several simple but vital strategies that can help increase the likelihood of successful aging.
As a nurse and a scientist, I study effective self-management strategies and have seen what a difference they make to adults aging with HIV.
Aren't we close to a cure for AIDS?
First, a reminder of the scope of HIV. There are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus having been identified only in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Due to highly effective HIV medications, fewer than 7,000 people died from HIV-related causes in the United States in 2014. That means people living with HIV are aging. In the United States, 45 percent of all people living with HIV today are aged 50 years or older. Worldwide, about 10 percent are 50 or older, a number expected to rise, provided the medications continue to be made available.
Indeed, the past few years we've made remarkable progress toward an HIV cure. Building on what we've learned from Timothy Ray Brown, the only individual ever known to be cured of HIV, scientists have discovered treatments in very preliminary studies that dramatically reduce the HIV reservoir (cells where HIV accumulates in someone's body) and that stop all viral activity in infected cells, and they have visualized the last unknown HIV protein structure, which will help us better target the HIV virus.
Further, the "Undetectable Equals Untransmittable" campaign has brought much-needed public awareness to the fact that people infected with HIV who are virally suppressed through medication cannot sexually transmit the virus.
Yet, despite all of this hard-earned progress, many scientists believe we are still decades away from a true HIV cure. While this important work continues, over 36 million people infected with HIV will continue to age and will seek out accessible strategies that enable them to live their lives to the fullest extent.
Why aging with AIDS is difficult
Aging isn't easy for any of us. Our bodies aren't quite as fast as they used to be, recovery time is longer and we have a few more aches than when we were younger.
So is it actually harder for people living with HIV to age well? Research shows that it is. Specifically, they experience:
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Increased likelihood of living with more than one adverse health condition at once (multimorbidity), including hepatitis C, hypertension, cognitive dysfunction and frailty.
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Stigma both from HIV infection and from aging. Negative stereotypes of aging, including viewing older people as needy,senile and less useful than younger people, persist and can be added to the negative stereotypes and overt discrimination of HIV infection. Stigmas can lead to increased symptoms and decreased quality of life. We can all help reduce these negative stereotypes by learning the facts about HIV and aging, respecting this population, and fostering hope and empowerment among aging adults with HIV.
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Increased burden of symptoms, such as fatigue, pain and depression, perhaps worse in HIV-positive women. This negatively influences everything from daily functioning to employment to quality of life.
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Focus on HIV-related health issues at the expense of non-HIV-related health promotion and disease prevention.
In the present: Live well
There is no magic bullet for aging well, no matter your health status. Everyone needs to take their medications as prescribed, get a good night's sleep, manage stress and see a health care provider regularly. However, there is new evidence that suggests that three promising, nonpharmacological strategies can help adults with HIV.
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Increasing the amount, intensity and frequency of physical activity. In HIV-positive adults, physical activity can improve cardiovascular health, can reduce distressing symptoms such as fatigue, and may improve cognitivefunctioning. In the general population, it reduces all types of chronic health conditions, including hypertension, diabetes and depression, but its effect on these conditions in aging adults with HIV has not yet been tested in a large clinical trial. Yet, we also know that most HIV-positive adults do not engage in regular, intense physical activity.
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Eating a nutritious, balanced diet can reduce chronic health conditions and may reduce symptom burden, but there has been less research on this since HIV became a chronic disease. What we do know is that limiting alcohol consumption is a critical part of the aging, HIV-positive person's diet.
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Positive social interactions can improve HIV treatment adherence and aspects of quality of life and can reduce symptom burden. While researchers aren't sure which types of interactions are the best, there is increasing evidence that regular, formal, paid employment can be beneficial. My research team also reported that volunteerism, activism and being involved in a spiritual community can also be sources of helpful social interactions.
Yet these strategies can be hard to engage in, particularly for a historically marginalized population that is dealing with aging for the first time. Several investigators, including my team, are studying new ways to help this aging population.
Over the past three years, my research team conducted a clinical trial with 109 HIV-positive adults to see if a group-based intervention improved exercise and healthy eating. In November, at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, we reported that our behavioral intervention reduced carbohydrate intake, specifically the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. However, we failed to improve physical activity in aging adults with HIV. Recently, others have reported that their interventions also did not increase physical activity, and suggest that a new, personalized approach to initiating and maintaining physical activity in this population is needed.
Breakthroughs in this area can lead to new treatment strategies to help not only HIV-positive adults age well, but also others who are living with complex chronic conditions.
So while we focus on curing HIV, we must also recognize that a cure is likely several decades away. In the meantime, millions of people struggle to age well with HIV. Our HIV-positive brothers and sisters have shown incredible resiliency over the past 36 years. Together, we undoubtedly will find innovative and personalized strategies to overcome these struggles.
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here: http://theconversation.com/living-and-aging-well-with-hiv-new-strategies-and-new-research-87485.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Best Natural Cures For Asthma Relief

Asthma is a condition by which air passage of the lungs becomes inflamed causing the person suffering from it to have a problem of breathing. An asthma attack can be triggered due to various reasons like exposure to dust, smoking, or certain pollens like oak. However, asthma is curable, and this can be achieved without using any inhaler or medicine. Here are some safe home remedies for asthma.

How I survived skin cancer-Banky W

Nigerian R&B singer and actor, Oluwabankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, has survived cancer of the skin.
Banky shared the news via his Intagram page, where he also disclosed that this is actually his third surgery on the same ailment, adding that he has been away taking treatment.
He wrote “A wise man once said this: “Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign that you had been healed.” Scroll through the pictures to see mine.
“I’m sharing these because they’re proof of what God has brought me through. And because somewhere out there, I know there’s someone who needs to hear this.
“For those who’ve been wondering why I’ve been away so long..I had my 3rd surgery on a rare strain of skin cancer tumours in my shoulder last month. The first 2 times were over 10 yrs ago, then it recently resurfaced. But this isn’t a sad story as much as it is a reminder, and a testimony.
“A reminder that you should never take life for granted. You only get 1 shot. Some people went to sleep and never woke up. Many others have lost the battle to cancer and other illnesses. Many are still fighting.
“You never know when your time will be up so don’t waste another minute. It’s also a testimony about the goodness of God. I think I had to go through this again to remember how merciful God is to me; Lord knows I don’t deserve it but He saves me time and again anyway. I keep saying I need to write a book. I really, really do.
“The past few weeks of recovery have been tough, but beautiful. I’m finally back on my feet, feeling stronger and ready to get back to life.
“I’m thankful for life, provision and healing. Please dont feel bad, or msg me with any worries.. God has done it, just thank Him for me.”

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Health highlghts: lung cancer

Experts urge Europe to start planning for lung cancer screening
 lung cancer specialists are urging EU countries to take action to initiate life-saving lung cancer screening programmes as soon as possible.

Lung cancer is the American leading cause of cancer deaths—but that could soon change thanks to a new screening tool. In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the American Lung Association's Lung Force initiative is spreading the word about low-dose CT scans and who can benefit from them.

Mesothelioma Community Hopeful After “Unprecedented Response” in Lung Cancer Clinical Trial


Lung cancer patients, mesothelioma patients and oncologists are closely following a Phase II clinical trial after researchers reported “unprecedented ..

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Sexually transmitted diseases (STD)

One of the wsys to contact Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) is through casual or unprotected sexual intercourse or through the public toilet (especially water closet i.e WC). 

One must be careful when using the water closet because when a person with an STD uses a water closet and another person comes in contact with the seat (porcelain bowl), there is a high possibility of the infection spreading. In the case of women, a wide surface area leaves chances for an even higher infection rate. Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) / sexually transmitted infections (STI) or venereal diseases (VD) manifest in the body of infected person in form of worms and other symptoms.

 Sexually transmitted diseases are infectious diseases, which means that blood, and other body fluids that are coming from people with STD are highly contagious. 

Surgeons stunned to discover 263 coins and 100 nails in his stomach


Maksud Khan, 35, was admitted to hospital with abdominal pains and doctors performed an endoscopy to investigate the cause.
But they were amazed to find hundreds of coins, 3.3-lbs. of nails, dozens of shaving blades, shards of glass, stones, and a 6-inch piece of rusted iron shackle.
Surgeons at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in Satna, Madhya Pradesh, India, immediately operated and removed the 15-lbs. of foreign objects.
Khan is believed to suffer mental health problems and did not inform his family or friends of bizarre eating habits.
"The patient was complaining of stomach pain, so we thought of getting an endoscopy done," Dr. Priyank Sharma, lead surgeon, said. "We were shocked to discover that coins, nails and nut-bolts in his stomach. We come across such a case for the first in our career."
"This man looks mentally unstable as no sane person would do something like this," he said. 
According to the doctors, Khan worked as a three-wheeler driver and would often swallow coins given to him by customers.
He had been complaining of stomach pains for three months.
Relatives said he had slipped into a depression and might have got hooked onto eating metal objects.
"Whenever he felt the urge to ingest a coin, he ingested it with water," said a family member.
Amazingly, the coins and nails never caused any pain or problem initially.
"The operation was done in the nick of the time as some of the nails lodged had pierced his stomach, caused bleeding and resulting in loss of haemoglobin," said another doctor who operated on Khan.
Khan in now out of danger and has vowed not get to substance abuse again.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Migraine : Symptoms, Causes, Relieves and Treatments

Migraine could be explained as a severe headache, different from random headaches, in the sense that it follows a recurring pattern and severe enough to make victim abandon normal activities but is not life threatening.

16 SYMPTOMS OF MIGRAINE

1. Cold hands

5th case of meningococcal disease at OSU


5th case of meningococcal disease at OSU
The Centers for Disease Control describes the disease as "any illness caused by the type of bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcus. … They include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream infections (bacteremia or septicemia)."

What Actually Happened To $6 Million Raised To Fight The Ebola Virus



What Actually Happened To $6 Million Raised To Fight The Ebola Virus
An internal investigation at the Red Cross revealed that nearly $6 million in funds that were allocated to fight the Ebola crisis were stolen and wasted by corrupt employees at the organization and other culprits, NBC News reported. 

Tips for going to sleep on your side


Tips for going to sleep on your side
Put a pillow or pillows behind your back to encourage side-sleeping
If you wake during the night, check your position and go back to sleep on your side
Pay the same attention to sleep position during the day as you would during the night
If you wake on your back during the night, don't worry, just roll on to your side

Saturday, 25 November 2017

3 Top Herbal Remedies For Treating Asthma

Asthma can be described as a respiratory disease, often arising from allergies.
asthma
3 SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA

1. Tightness of the chest

2. Coughing

3. Difficulty in breathing

3 NATURAL REMEDIES/TREATMENTS OF ASTHMA

Thursday, 23 November 2017

2 HERBAL REMEDIES FOR TREATING STROKE

Stroke could be described as a situation where the brain does not supply enough blood to a certain part of the body or the affected area. Any part of the body that has not received blood a long time will suffer paralysis or stoke.
stroke

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Herbal Remedy For Treating Heart Attack

Heart attack is a condition of sudden failure or temporary seizure of the heart. Heart attack is a silent killer and one of the leading cause of death in adults.

2 PREVENTION OF HEART ATTACK

Sunday, 19 November 2017

3 HERBAL REMEDIES FOR TREATING INSOMNIA


Insomnia which is known as sleeplessness can be described as a situation where the victim is unable to sleep in the night or any other time.

Lack of sleep could lead to several diseases since the body usually recovers well during sleep and hormones that are good for the body are released during sleep.

Friday, 17 November 2017

HERBAL REMEDY FOR INTERNAL & EXTERNAL PILE

Pile which is also known as hemorrhoids refers to the varicose veins at or near the anus. Many people underestimate the damage that pile could do to the body, however, pile could be so damaging to the body if not treated early.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

DRINKING COFFEE DAILY COULD REDUCE RISK OF LIVER CANCER

According to new findings, drinking coffee daily could help to reduce the risk of liver cancer.

Dr. Kate Allen, Executive Director
of Science and Public Affairs at
World Cancer Research Fund

Monday, 13 November 2017

[List] Top 15 Celebrities Who Are Vegan

Today about 5% of the United States is veggie lover. About 2.5 % of the 5 % are vegans. In case you don’t know the meaning of vegetarians and vegan or the diffence between them : vegetarian don’t eat meat,
poultry, fish, however might in any case eat dairy and eggs.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

4 Stages of Childbirth



Gestation period, which is the number of days a woman used to conceive her baby, usually lasts between 37 and 42 weeks.

Secondly, when the birth process is about to begin, the cervix

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Several ways you can manage your health


Staying healthy or being healthy is a delight of many people or better still everybody.  Humans want to stay fine always because that is the way we can enjoy life and live longer. Health is wealth they say and this is highly true. You can only make more money by yourself if you are healthy. The reason why i use the words ' by yourself' is that some people make money when they are sick through donations and assistance from

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Is Cassava Bread Edible For Nigerians ?

Some few months ago I read a post in punch newspaper written by an author in the name Tunde Fabunmi entitled “ Why I will not eat cassava bread.” I have decided to write a summary of it for my blog visitors to learn something from it. WHY CASSAVA

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Lose 3 Inches of Belly Fat

Just about everyone wants to improve their appearance, but hardly anyone has the time to devote to exercising enough to get that six pack stomach. Fortunately, there are ways to trim inches off your waistline by only working out for a few minutes a day.  It's a method of healthy living that can fit in just about any lifestyle.

Friday, 3 November 2017

5 Natural Ways To Cure Eczema


If you're sick and tired of the continual itching from your eczema rash, then you will find this article useful. In it, you will find some tips for how to get rid of eczema at home using only natural methods and no medication. When your eczema condition is not severe, you can treat it with these eczema home remedies that don't involve using any medically prescribed drugs.
Moisturize Your Dry Eczema Skin

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

16 Health Benefits of Zinc To The Human Body

Below Are The Top Health Benefits of Zinc To The Human Body

1. Zinc help to repair and rebuild immune dysfunction

2. Zinc is an essential element helpful in increasing and reactivating sexual hypoactivity

NTUC launches ready-to-eat meals suitable for people with diabetes

NTUC launches ready-to-eat meals suitable for people with diabetes There is new innovation for providing food for diabetics and thos...