Did you realize that your skin is the largest organ of your body? Besides that, it is also the most visible organ. So common sense would tell you to take care of the skin you are in. Your skin weighs between 6 and 9 pounds and covers a lot of surface area. Skin provides a shield from ultraviolet light, helps protect us from infection, helps to keep body temperature regulated and gives us the sense of touch and feel.
Archive for June, 2010
Do you ignore physical problems such as pain while plodding through life? Nagging symptoms come with messages to be aware of what is happening within and around you, but in our fast-paced culture, few take the time to hear them. Breast pain is one of these messages that many women ignore, believing little can be done about it.
A recent study from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, has found that rheumatoid arthritis is on the increase among Caucasian women. And the culprit is likely an environmental one, like vitamin D deficiency, rather than a genetic one.
Obese boys who engaged in regular aerobic or resistance exercise ó without dietary changes ó had significant improvements over 3 months in their total body fat, visceral adipose tissue concentrations, and insulin sensitivity than their more sluggish counterparts, according to the results of a small randomized study presented on opening day here at the American Diabetes Association 70th Scientific Sessions.
Health practitioners have already sounded their concern about the prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency, even in this day and age of ìmodern medicine.î But how would you know if you were deficient in this essential vitamin? Would you know the signs? Perhaps not. Thatís where the testing for your Vitamin D levels becomes vital.
Thanks to the imagination of a school girl in WV, a growing appreciation exists of our exposure to pharmaceutical drugs in our water supply system. It was her school experiment after reading about drugs in Swiss lakes that sparked the US Geological Service to launch a survey of streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds. The results were startling to all; widespread contamination of our waters was present from pharmaceutical drugs dumped down drains, in the trash, and from commodes.
Dozens of people who were blinded or otherwise suffered severe eye damage when they were splashed with caustic chemicals had their sight restored with transplants of their own stem cells ó a stunning success for the burgeoning cell-therapy field, Italian researchers reported.
At a time when consumer interest in health-enhancing foods is high, Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-funded scientists have contributed to a limited but growing body of evidence of a link between vitamin D and cognitive function.
Asthmatic children with relatively low vitamin D levels in their blood may have a greater risk of suffering severe asthma attacks than those with higher levels of the vitamin, a new study suggests. The study, which followed more than 1,000 children with asthma for four years, found those with vitamin-D “insufficiency” at the outset were more likely to have an asthma attack that required a trip to the hospital.