There is very little medical evidence to conclusively prove the efficiency of the drugs that are prevalent in the treatment of gout. The condition is usually deal with the use of stereoids or common anti-inflammatory drugs. However, if left untreated, gout can lead to further complications like kidney stone and permanent immovability of joints. The disease may also spread to other joints of the body.
General hyper-uricaemia, or more than normal level of uric acid in bloodstream, is asymptomatic and treatment with prescription-medicines is not advisable. Only in cases of severe gout attacks and other related complications like kidney stones, traditional medicines applicable for gout treatment should be used. No medicine should ever be restored to prior to seeking counsel of qualified medical practitioners. These drugs have far-reaching side effects and may cause irreparable damage to the organs of the body. Here is the use of these drugs should be limited to extreme cases of gout only.
On the other hand, GC can be utilized by both gout sufferers and individuals having high levels of uric acid in heir blood. GC is comparatively safe in that it has only positive side effects; it benefits patients of type 2 diabetes by lowering their insulin needs.
The other medicines that are commonly employed include:
Allopurinol (Zyloprim) this is a prescription drug that hinders the synthesis of uric acid. Possible side effects include eruptions on skin, inflammation of blood vessels and toxicity of the liver. Liver function tests and blood counts should be periodically administered on patients under allopurinol treatment.
Colchicine is employed in reducing gout attacks. However, faulty doses can be fatal. Stomach problems like spasms, queasiness, or diabetes are possible side effects. Serious anemia and alarmingly loe leucocyte count can also occur, along with muscle inflammation and disorders of the bone marrow, in extreme cases. Patients suffering from kidney problems should not use this medicine.
Indomethacin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) – the current treatment of choice for alleviating gout attacks. Interim use of this drug does not cause any noteworthy toxicity.
Prednisone administration in gout is becoming widespread these days. This medicine is immunosuppressive and serious side effects may include cataract, thinning of the bone, osteoporosis and overall decrease in immunity. Acid reflux, sodium retention acne, night sweats, hyperglycemia are commonly reported side effects. Thrush, or yeast growth, may occur in the mouth, indicating the replenishment of beneficial bacteria in the body that help in combating infections.
All these medications actually target the specific symptoms of the gout, but the root cause of this affliction remains untreated. …Read More
I teach many students each week, and all of them are interested in one thing: playing high notes on the trumpet.
I’m not sure where this fascination that higher is better came from (well, I guess we could Maynard Ferguson for this), but it is typically the area that most students, old and young, want to improve on.
Unfortunately, students are often pressured to play high. A first part trumpet player in high school is expected to play up to an above the staff C; sometimes, up to D. Because the student does not want to disappoint the director or look foolish in front of the rest of the band (the trumpet is a very loud instrument, and mistakes are projected just as much as correct notes), he or she will do anything to create these high notes. Often, an incorrect method is used. Most common is using too much pressure.
Some pressure is required to play the trumpet. However, too much pressure can create problems, such as loose teeth and fatigue. As a victim of too much pressure, I know firsthand the dangers that can occur. After 15 years of playing with a large amount of pressure, my two front teeth came loose with a cracking sound one day as I was playing. Five trips to the dentist and $5,000.00 later, I began researching methods on playing with less pressure.
Many factors must be accounted for before attempting a range building exercise. An often over-looked factor is how the student holds the trumpet. The student should be aware that the trumpet should be gently supported by the left hand; the right hand is only used to press the valves. The student should avoid putting a “death grip” on the trumpet with the left hand, and should avoid using the pinky ring on the right hand.
After this has been established, a correct embouchure should then be formed. Much controversy has always been present on the perfect embouchure. However, one that usually works well is a smile-pucker combination. The student is asked to smile, and then slowly pucker the lips while still smiling. The result is an embouchure with firm corners and a center that is loose enough to vibrate (after all, to play a trumpet one must vibrate the lips).
Finally, I will reveal the secret to correctly developing range in students: AIR. This often used, generic solution actually does work. It’s common for many teachers, when all else fails, to blame the problem on air support. In this case, it is air, but it is also a combination of other techniques.
To begin, the student must become used to taking a deep breath. To observe what the student thinks a deep breath is, ask him or her to take one. More than likely, he or she would breathe in loud and fast, and his or her chest would visibly swell up. THIS IS INCORRECT! The student is only using half of his or her lung capacity. I like …Read More
After hearing so much about fish oil, you might be wondering what the health benefits of fish oil supplements are. Perhaps, by knowing how this oil benefits the body, you will understand why more and more people are relying on fish supplements to lead a healthier life, and who knows, you might even be persuaded to join the bandwagon yourself like I did.
Oily fish that feed on algae contain great amounts of Omega-3, and these essential fatty acids are the main reasons for the health benefits of fish oil supplements, which include:
* Nourishing the brain. Majority of the brain is made up of fats, and it needs these essential fatty acids to function normally. People who happen to have not enough Omega-3s are more likely to get depressed and anxious; they too are more likely to develop Alzheimer's Disease. Supplementing the diet with these essential fatty acids can sharpen one's memory, too. Omega-3 fatty acids are also necessary in brain development, the reason why pregnant women are often advised to have these essential fats in their daily diet.
* Controlling symptoms of ADHD and ADD. The incidence of childhood disorders, such as ADHD and ADD, seems to be higher in children with insufficient Omega-3s.
* Regulating inflammatory processes. Inflammation can cause pain and abnormal inflammatory processes can increase your risk for developing chronic diseases like cancer. Consuming fish oil with Omega-3 regularly reduces this risk as well as the intensity and severity of the pain.
* Decreasing the bad cholesterol. This is by and large the most popular of the fish oil benefits. Bad cholesterol levels have to be kept at the minimum for you to enjoy life at the fullest. These bad fats can cause the formation of plaque which can harden eventually, causing very unfortunate confences.
* Increasing the good cholesterol. Some anti-cholesterol drugs only bring down the levels of the bad cholesterol, but Omega-3 fatty acids do more than that. Besides regulating bad cholesterol levels, Omega-3 fats increase the good cholesterol at the same time. Now why would you need to increase the good cholesterol? Well, the fact that it is called good cholesterol has to mean a lot. As it is, the good cholesterol helps to clear the walls of the arteries and brings the bad cholesterol out of the body.
In order to fully appreciate the benefits of Omega-3, take it with Vitamin E. Vitamin E is necessary in the processing and metabolism of these essential fatty acids. Not a lot of people are unaware of this, but this fact needs to be emphasized, otherwise the Omega-3s will be of very little value to you.
Like per other all supplements, fish oil does have its fair share of drawbacks, too, and these include:
* Stomach upset
* Abdominal pain
* Fishy after taste
The intensity of these reactions may, however, be minimal with the pharmaceutical grade fish supplements. These are the types of supplements that have gone through the process of …Read More
The pharmaceutical sector is grabbing the attention of many young professionals as it offers lots of opportunities for a bright future. Unfortunately, there is a lack of detailed information available on where to start from. Pharmaceutical production and marketing are the only fields that are well known, however, there are many other less known fields. Let’s explore a little more about this business sector.
Pharmaceutical manufacturer – The drug manufacturing companies always remain in profit as there is a constant demand for healthcare products. Such companies are never affected by the economic conditions of a country or recession. There are a few formalities and documentation work that needs to be done to start a pharmaceutical manufacturing business. You can choose from a wide range of medicinal products to select your product line.
Carrying and forwarding agents – Once the products are ready at the manufacturing base, a team of professionals is needed to pack these products and supply them to the stockist and distributors. With the expansion of the company market, the need of carrying and forwarding agents is also increased proportionally.
Stockist and distributors – Stockists and distributors are the ones who purchase pharmaceutical products from the manufacturers in bulk to supply them forward to the retailers or over the counter sellers. There is a lot of margin in such business. The manufacturers generally provide their products at wholesale rates and after adding their margin, the distributors supply them further. There are generic product distributors, branded product distributors and franchise distributors.
Over the counter sellers, retailers and pharmacists – If you have a degree or diploma in pharmacy, you can apply for the license. Decide the location for your store after checking the demand and availability of the products. You may also give online pharmacy a try as many people are making use of the internet to order medicines.
PCD pharmaceutical marketing company – This is the easiest way to get into the pharmaceutical industry. This is because you don’t need any particular degree or knowledge about medicine to work as a marketing professional for a PCD pharmaceutical company. You may pursue pharmaceutical marketing as an individual or a franchise company.
Raw material supplier for pharmaceutical manufacturers – Medicine and other health care products manufacturing firms are completely dependent on the raw material suppliers. While the huge manufacturing firms import from outside India, the small firms are dependent on local suppliers. As a huge increase in the number of pharmaceutical manufacturers has been observed, there is a great demand of raw material suppliers.
Printing material production company – This is a field that is yet to be explored as there are very few companies providing printing material for pharmaceutical industries. Such companies are required to produce supplies like the packaging boxes, foils, labels, promotional products like brochures, leaflets and notepads, etc. Evidently there is a lot of margin in this industry as well.
In addition to these, there are many other sectors in the pharmaceutical industry that offer a …Read More
It can be frustrating and confusing trying to find out just how much a dental implant is going to cost. Why does the cost vary so much from dentist to dentist, and why after your initial consultation can you be given yet a different price again? We ourselves have seen patients quoted everything from EUR500 to EUR7,500 for a single implant.
Unfortunately, as much as we would like to compare prices directly, dentistry is a complicated business and you need to make sure you are comparing like with like. Many unscrupulous clinicians and agents will try to exploit this complexity in an attempt to make their services seem like better value. It is possible to save a fortune by shopping around, but it pays to be well informed. Here are some of the leading factors that determine the final price of a dental implant.
The Type of Implant
If the price you have been quoted simply looks too low, make sure that it for a normal implant that will act as a titanium root for a full crown, as opposed to a mini-implants. Mini-implants are smaller and are designed to anchor lower dentures. Usually several mini-implants are required to fix dentures in place.
There are a large number of brands (over 50) that supply the titanium screws to dentists. Each brand has its unique advantages and price. At the cheaper end there is a brand like Ankylos , which usually has a 5 year materials guarantee. At the more expensive end you have brands such as Nobel Biocare and Straumann, both of which normally come with a 10 year materials guarantee. Most implant specials will offer a range of brands, with the difference in price being as much as 60%. Therefore when comparing prices you need to know exactly which brand is going to be used.
The cap, sometimes called the abutment, sits on top of the implant and acts as a base for the crown. It is important to understand if the price you have been quoted includes the cap or not. Otherwise you could end up with an unexpected bill. As with the implant, there are several types of cap, for example titanium and zirconium, and the price varies by as much as 100%. Once again make sure you know what brand and material of cap has been included in the price you have been quoted.
Normally an implant is left in place for at least 3 months to let it attach properly to the jaw before the crown is placed. Some clinics offer a temporary crown that can be immediately placed on the implant, giving you the benefit of better smile during the healing process. You should know if the price you have been quoted includes this temporary crown.
The crown is the artificial tooth that is screwed or cemented onto each individual implant. Once again there are a huge range of different types of crowns each with their …Read More
The basics of sedation dentistry
Going to the dentist can incite fear or worry for some people. The thought of needles poking through your gums or the shrill sound of the dental drill may be enough to cause anxiety, preventing you from making an appointment with the dentist. If this scenario seems familiar, then sedation dentistry is a good route to take. You can find out more about dental sedation by consulting with your dentist about the available options.
About sedation dentistry
Sedation dentistry is a way of keeping the patient calm and relaxed through the use of sedatives during dental procedures. These sedatives may include tranquilizers, nitrous oxide and anti-anxiety medications. In the past, it was common to administer sedatives through the intravenous or IV method, which is injecting it to the blood vessels of either the arm or hand. Then again, needles can cause more anxiety to the patient.
Medical advancements in dental technology helped create alternatives for taking in sedatives without using injections. Today, patients can choose oral administration or taking in anti-anxiety medication through the mouth – gone are the needles or any apparatus for that matter. Indeed, oral sedation dentistry paves the way for a painless visit to the dentist.
What is involved?
Learning about sedation dentistry entails many factors before reaching a decision. We can take you through every step of the procedure – from the day before the treatment to the moment you head back home.
Through pre-treatment consultation, the dentist will check the dental history, the anxiety levels and other health factors of the patient. Taking sedatives may pose risks, thus it is very important for the dentist to know about medical conditions if there are any to take note of. Since some sedatives may react a certain way to vitamins, food supplements, smoking or drinking, details such as lifestyle choices and dietary habits need to be laid out on the table during a consultation. The dentist will also advise you on what food you can and can’t eat before and after the treatment. After discussing all these concerns, the dentist will decide on what type of sedative and dosage to prescribe for you.
Sometimes during the treatment, you might require assistance of a family member or a friend who can drive you to the clinic and stay with you after for a few hours. The effects of sedation dentistry may vary from patient to patient. Some may feel sedated an hour or two after the procedure, requiring assistance at home until the effects wear off.
Sedation dentistry offers many benefits in more ways than one. Lengthy procedures such as cosmetic dentistry or dental surgeries that take more than an hour to perform may seem to last for only a few minutes for the patient under sedation. It can also cut down the number of appointments in which these complex procedures can be performed.
More importantly, sedation dentistry allows the patient to regain confidence because anxieties are kept at bay through …Read More
Vitamin C is a nutritional supplement, antioxidant, cosmetic enhancer, and food preservative, but this vitamin also takes the name as health coordinator. Vitamin C, also known by its chemical name ascorbate or ascorbic acid, has been shown by research studies to be an important substance for the maintenance of human health. The property of vitamin C is that of a small molecule (C6H8O6) with the appearance of white small crystals, similar to that of household sugar (Hickey Saul, 2008). It is also a weak acid (pK1 = 4.17), similar in acidity to that of citrus fruit and cola soft drink. Inside the human body vitamin C has a many functions but the most important functions of this vitamin is its ability to act as redox cofactor and catalyst in many of the biochemical reactions and processes of the human body (Johnston, Steinberg, and Rucker 529).
The capability of ascorbic acid to function as a redox cofactor and catalyst, allows it to counteract free radicals. Free radicals in the system are the species that lead to cell and tissue damage as well as exacerbate present illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even some forms of cancer (Hickey, and Saul 59). The role as a major immune supporting substance highlights the critical function vitamin C plays in the human system. With this in mind, it is therefore critical for humans to monitor their vitamin C intake to ensure proper dosages are met to counteract these present and future free radicals and thus hinder damage to the system. Unfortunately this is many times not the case, as indicated by the rise of specific disorders such as cardiovascular disease and cancer in the U.S. People today are not monitoring their dietary concerns and are consuming more of the free radical producers than antioxidants. This trend of consumption and ignorance will lead to greater pressures on health care systems as well as financial and emotional strains on family units.
Unlike medicine which gained great momentum in the early 1900’s, vitamin C did not gain significant importance and controversy until the noble Prize winner Linus Pauling presented his vast research findings to the scientific community (Hicky, and Roberts 52). A strong believer on the positive effects of vitamin C, Linus Pauling would later coin the term “orthomolecular” as treating diseases, biochemical imbalances, and disorders, with natural substances that are naturally found in food such as vitamins, fatty acids, and trace elements. The orthomolecular movement believes that many mental as well as physical ailments stem from some sort of deficiency or imbalance of these natural occurring substances in the body. As the movement progressed, vitamin C gained much of the limelight as a panacea for many disorders. It has been demonstrated that certain dosages of vitamin C have led to a reduction of inflammation, allergies, anxiety, prevention of the common cold and lip herpes, as well as a cure for fatty liver and some cancers (Hickey, and Saul 109).
The understanding of the deficiencies and …Read More
Are you looking for the best teeth whitening at home product? Well, nowdays there are so many products that you can purchase over the counter that will help you remove those stains and help you restore that pearly white smile you are dreaming of. Most of these products are safe, however there are a few that contain some harsh chemicals that you need to be aware of before you start using them.
The first, and one of the safer products on the list, is to use a good baking soda and peroxide tooth paste. Using a good product like Arm & Hammer toothpaste will, over the course of 6-8 weeks, reduce the yellow staining on your teeth. Simply brushing twice daily with a paste made of baking soda and peroxide will break down the new stains on your teeth.
The second one on the list contains a peroxide gel formula that you wear inside of a mouth piece. You simply apply the gel to the mouth piece and insert it for around 30 minutes. The peroxide works to break down the older stains on your teeth, and the oxygen bubbles Help to agitate the surface of the enamel on your teeth. By doing this, and keeping at it for the recommended time frame, you are going to be able to remove the stains that have been on your teeth for a little while longer.
The last one and the most aggressive on the list is using chlorine bleaching kits that you can purchase through your dentist. You are strongly recommended to consult your dentist before you enter into one of these treatments, as they are generally better when applied by a practitioner, not saying that you can not do it yourself though, just know the precautions before you start a treatment like this.
If you want a good at home teeth whitening system, I first have to advise you to lay off the dark drinks. Tea, coffee and soda all wreak havoc on your tooth enamel by eating down into the surface, creating a rough area for stains to grab onto. Over the years, these add up, to almost completely discolor your tooth's surface. Lying off of the dark drinks, switching to water, and getting rid of the staining nicotine are going to be your best bets to whiten teeth at home. …Read More
Orthodontics is a dental treatment that focuses on rectifying, preventing and treating any irregularities of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontists also focus on treating disorders and abnormalities in the jaw area.
Cosmetic dentistry is a highly specialized science and different areas of cosmetic dentistry focus on different problems.So, it is important to know when to approach an orthodontist.
Basically, an orthodontic problem is one that has to do with 'bite problems'. So, you must visit an orthodontist, if you have any of the following problems:
1. Crooked or crowed teeth
2. Misaligned teeth
3. Overbite or underbite
4. Extra teeth
5. A disorder or misalignment in the jaws
These days, many young children and young adults suffer from 'bite problems'. Most of these problems are associated with misaligned teeth. Although patients of any age may benefit from orthodontic treatments, the best age for treating developmental misalignments is between 10 and 14 years of age. That said, even adults can consider undergoing orthodontic treatments for problems that are trapped in childhood.
Fixing braces is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments. In the past, braces were made of metal. They were painful and looked quite a mouthful. These days, however, clear, plastic braces, otherwise known as invisalign treatment, is available for people with alignment problems. These are convenient and fast. Most importantly, the clear braces can not be seen and may be removed and cleaned as required.
How to choose an orthodontist in Ohio
Ohio is one of the most advanced states in the US, when it comes to quality dental care. With various developments in technology, patients can expect to find the best orthodontists in Ohio.
The best way to find a reputed orthodontist in Ohio is still the old fashioned way – word of mouth. Ask your regular dentist or physician for references. If they can suggest someone, that would be one of the best options.
Patients could, however, identify reputed orthodontists through other resources like websites, yellow pages and so on.
Before choosing an orthodontist in Ohio, it is necessary to conduct a personal interview with the specialist.Patients should feel comfortable with the doctors and the office personnel. Doctors must address your concerns as well as they can. It is also important to check out the facilities available.
The relationship you have with the orthodontist is a long term one because most treatments take time. Therefore, you should not choose a doctor under pressure. Understand that there is no ready-to-order recipe for excellent care when it comes to medical treatments. No matter how advanced the facility, the digital gadgets and the technical developments can not replace good old-fashioned doctor-patient relationship. …Read More
Many women have not considered joining a fitness boot camp to improve their general health or to lose the extra flab. Few women have joined in the past only to understand the benefits of joining in a fitness camp. They are proven to lose weight faster and stay in shape better than their counterparts sweating it out in the gym. A camp instructor devises a plan for a regular and a consistent workout without being dependent on it unlike a regular gym. It pushes the lady into the habit of working out regularly and reduces the dependency on expensive machinery.
Many women have trouble losing weight in the traditional gym method either due to lack of commitment or motivation. A boot camp is a tested and proven way for a lady to lose weight and maintain the same for years to come. It is highly effective than the exercises done in a gym. It teaches how to workout completely in a short time like in less than an hour so it motivates the person to exercise regularly.
There are different camps for different levels of the participants. A boot camp classifies its participants based on their previous experience with exercise and puts them in one of the three categories – novice, intermediate and advanced. The difficulty of the fitness program increases with time so as to challenge and increase the capability of its participants.
Exercises taught in a boot camp are devised scientifically so they provide guaranteed results provided the camper practices the exercises on non-camp days. Joining a camp is the best and the fastest way to tone muscles and to lose the extra weight. A fitness camp runs on time-tested techniques of resistance and cardiovascular activities. It builds muscle by boosting the body’s metabolism and thus reduces fat and even prevents fat-buildup in the future years. As the participant gains interest and results, exercises get tougher to bring out the maximum talent in the person.
Women have the risk of getting a heart disease more than men do, so it is important for her to do certain exercises more than men do to prevent getting a heart-attack. A boot camp concentrates on cardio-vascular exercises so it is highly useful for a female. It gives enough exercises to boost the cardio-capacity and successfully prevents a heart-attack or a stroke. It is important to choose a program that specializes in cardio-vascular exercises.
Boot camps rarely use any kind of equipment or machinery. These programs effectively make use of body weight to reduce fat and tone muscles. Exercises which involve weight-training are scientifically proven to increase bone density in women. Women are at a higher risk of getting osteoporosis than men due to certain hormonal differences in their body. By training effectively a woman can strengthen her muscles and bones and stay out of the risk line.
Busy professional women in an office or a stay at home lady both find it hard to devote any time to them especially in …Read More