Archive for March, 2014
Many of us know that taking too many milligrams of NSAIDS can have a detrimental effect on your liver, causing possible liver failure. But did you know that taking NSAIDs like ibuprofen and Celebrex may increase your chance of a fatal heart attack or a debilitating stroke? Experts have been taking a closer look at NSAIDs to see if there are any side effects that could increase the potential of a stroke or cardiovascular death.
In one recent study the potential risk of a myocardial infarction (heart attack) or stroke was increase by fourfold. In fact, ibuprofen was revealed to have a three times increase of a stroke for a patient compared to when given a placebo. Though it is also important to note that many patients in this study had osteoarthritis and would be on some type of long term NSAID treatment, were older and could have other associated diseases, such as high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol levels, that may have more of an impact on the higher incidents of heart attacks or strokes.
In any event, you should discuss with your doctor all the variables before beginning a long term NSAID therapy. NSAIDs can also cause gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers and bleeding, but they are the most effective treatment for the relief of chronic pain. Also inquire with your physician about prescribing the lowest possible dosage.
Many of the earliest medical records show that maggots have been used in the process of wound healing. Over the years and the advent of antibiotics, their use has declined, but recently they have had a re-emergence as an acceptable form or modern medicine.
Prior to maggot therapy, a surgical procedure was used. The area was numbed and the unhealthy tissue was cut away. Now with the increase of drug resistant infections, maggot therapy for wound cleaning and healing is starting to make a substantial comeback as a recognized medical treatment.
Several studies on maggot wound therapy, has shown that the healing process is much quicker and less intrusive than conventional surgical wound cleaning. Also the maggot larvae secrete a substance that helps fight wound infection.
Some practitioners of this type of therapy place the maggots directly upon the wound, where they eat away only the dead tissue, leaving health tissue alone. Others have developed a process where the maggots are placed strategically in a dressing that is placed over the wound and changed on a regular basis.
Believe it or not the FDA does regulates the use of maggots, and they are only available through a doctor’s prescription. They may not be a treatment for all infected wounds, but they are an effective, inexpensive and safe alternative which many insurance companies are beginning to recognize and cover.
Unfortunately this is true and has an impact. The amount of alcohol you consumed while in your 20’s and could still function, can now put you under the table. As we age our bodies retain less water, making it harder for us to metabolize the alcohol. This slower rate of processing alcohol weakens our resistance. Which means the alcohol stays in our bodies for a longer period of time and gives us a higher blood alcohol percentage.
Alcohol can also make certain age-related health problems worse. High blood pressure, diabetes, liver ailments and memory problems can worsen when taking large amounts of alcohol. Typically we take more medications as we age, which increases the risk of an alcohol-drug interaction. These alcohol-drug interactions can cause confusion, instability while walking, nausea or other medical problems.
It’s best to realize as you age you won’t be able to drink as you did when you were younger, but it’s not all negative. The positive side is, it won’t cost you as much to get to that happy state. So let’s enjoy one of the few benefits of getting older.
Remember it is never safe to drink and drive!
An ingredient Oxymetazoline which is found in many of the over-the-counter (OTC) nasal sprays, may kill the virus that causes the common cold. A few studies have discovered this drug compound to have an antiviral effect, especially against the rhinovirus, the main virus responsible for the common cold.
The participant in these studies who received a saline solutions, showed no significant reduction in virus levels. While participants receiving the nasal sprays containing oxymetazoline showed a significant reduction in the rhino-virus levels.
Many of the popular brands such as Afrin, Dristan 12 Hour Nasal Spray, Duramist Plus and Vicks Sinex 12 Hour Nasal Spray, contain oxymetazoline. The study cautioned that not only do these sprays reduce virus levels and provide temporary relief of nasal congestion, continual or long term use of these OTC nasal drugs could lead to nasal tissue damage and chronic congestion.
Always discuss with your physician before starting any health or medical treatment.