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Jan
13

Many Uses of Viagra

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Originally Viagra was developed to treat patients with angina, by helping open constricted blood vessels. But unlike many drugs, the side effects of Viagra can be more than or just as beneficial as the drugs original purpose. One of the side effects leading to its current fame is as an erectile dysfunction medication for men. Soon other side effect benefits of this drug have been discovered.

Viagra for Kids:
Pulmonary Hypertension is a serious disorder of high pressure in the blood vessels leading to the lungs. Doctors have begun administrating Viagra to infants and babies to treat this life-threatening lung disease.

Amputations:
It has been used as an off-label to increase the blood flow to damaged areas as a way to avoid amputation and the onset of gangrene.

Mountain sickness:
Viagra can reduce pulmonary artery pressure at high altitude and improve the ability to exercise in low oxygen conditions.

Female Menstrual Cramps:
Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra has helped women who suffer from moderate to severe menstrual cramps.

Raynaud’s phenomenon:
People with this ailment find exposure to the cold, triggers spasm of the small arteries that supply blood to the fingers, toes. Which will eventually become pale, cold, and painful. Viagra has shown to be helpful in clinical trials.

Heart disease:
Studies suggest Viagra might help patients with congestive heart failure or diastolic dysfunction.

Prostate Cancer:
New research may also lead to another use of Viagra: as a treatment for prostate cancer in combination with another cancer drug.
One small blue pill with many cures and possible uses. What will this little gem of a drug come up with next?

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Jan
04

Toothbrush and Illness

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Researchers have estimated that up to 1.2 million bacteria live on a single toothbrush. It’s a fact that there are more bacteria in the mouth than anywhere else in your body, and some of them get on your toothbrush. These germs can include the flu virus, staph bacteria, yeast fungus, E. coli and the strep virus.

Bathrooms are the perfect place for bacteria to grow — they are moist and steamy. In addition, it’s not helpful that most toothbrushes sit next to the toilet. Just like you wouldn’t store your dining plates and glasses next to your toilet, you shouldn’t do the same with your toothbrush. Every time you flush, an invisible plume of vapor is released from your toilet and can hang in the air for several minutes. These contaminated water vapors easily travel and can end up on surfaces that are close by, such as your toothbrush.

So is it possible to become sick by using a germy toothbrush? Yes, however with the help of our immune system and everyday good hygiene habits, it is unlikely that your toothbrush will make you sick. But, many things can affect our immune system, like stress, lack of sleep and poor eating habits. So there’s a chance for these bacteria can break through and impair your health.

To stay in good health, put these helpful tips into practice:

  • Wash your hands before and after brushing.
  • Change your toothbrush every three months or whenever you have the flu or a cold. You should also change when the bristles become worn.
  • Alternate between two brushes to make sure you use a completely dry brush.
  • Store your brush away from the toilet, and close the lid before flushing.
  • Do not share brushes and avoid storing toothbrushes together.
  • Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after every brush with hot water. For a more effective rinse, submerge your brush in hydrogen peroxide or alcohol-based
    mouthwash.
  • Let your brush air-dry before putting a cap on the head or storing it away.
  • Use a different tube of toothpaste if you or someone else in your family is sick.
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