Thursday, April 29, 2010

Is Cell Phone Use a Health Hazard?

United Kingdom, along with Finland, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark have embarked upon a very ambitious 30-year-long study to see if cell phone use can be linked to human diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and cancer.

A similar undertaking was tried, and it failed, in Germany. Privacy of research volunteers was its downfall.

Find out all the details about the new study.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hypochondriasis is a Real Human Disease

Health anxiety is behind Hypochondriasis. Having a close acquaintance contract a serious or life-threatening disease is a risk factor for developing hypochondriasis. Hypochondriacs attribute exaggerated significance to every body sensation. Read more about this real disease so that you can have a better understanding if someone close to you has this real human disease with its own risk factors, causes, and possible treatments.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Brand Name Recognition is No Way to Select Over-the-Counter Medications

One of the reasons I started this blog was to help reveal public confusion or habits that I believe to be dangerous. One of the worst is the habit of using advertising hype to select an over-the-counter medication. In this article, I prove to consumers why it is so necessary to read ingredient lists and understand them. Failure to do so can result in medication errors.

Understanding that manufacturers find a brand name that sells on one product and then use that same brand name on other products, with different ingredients, raises awareness of the dangers. A case in point, Wyeth uses the familiar brand name Robitussin on at least 16 different products.

Please read on to find out how why brand name recognition is no way to select over-the-counter products.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Visual Learning for a Healthy Baby: How Babies Learn to See

A healthy baby needs proper visual stimuli and light as well as healthy eyes for visual learning to proceed normally. Yep! Babies learn to see in a stepwise process just like they learn anything else. This article helps parents to understand the processes of visual learning and why it is important for a healthy baby. Find out how babies learn to see and how to support their visual learning process.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Clonidine: Blood Pressure Medicine is a Dangerous New Target for Drug Abuse

Clonidine is a blood pressure medicine that was found to help with the symptoms of withdrawal in patients with drug and alcohol addiction. Because it can prolong the effects of expensive drugs that are abused, it is now a dangerous new target for drug abuse. In high doses, it can give a user a "high."

Clonidine can cause dangerously low blood pressure, especially in high doses. Abrupt discontinuation of clonidine can cause withdrawal symptoms of its own, including rebound high blood pressure, stroke, and death.

Learn more about why this blood pressure medicine is now a new target for drug abuse.

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Roller Coaster World of Children with Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder causes mood swings in children that can occur many times during a day. One minute they are up, tireless, charming, and motivated. The next minute they are withdrawn, morose, depressed, and fatigued. No child should have to endure this roller coaster ride when the disease can be treated.

Suicide is a major risk of bipolar disorder in children. This article will help parents learn the warning signs and point them toward a solution.

The story of Daniel Kidney is a sad but "awareness raising" read.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tips for Obese Patients with Severe Allergies

There is concern that obese patients may not get rapid relief from severe allergic reactions when using EpiPen or Twinject auto-injectors of epinephrine. Patients with a deeper fat layer beneath the skin may receive the epinephrine subcutaneously with auto-injectors, but the medication needs to reach the muscle to work the way it was intended.

This article will give obese patients some tips on getting the dose into the muscle the way it was intended.