If you are looking for a free online workout, the good news is that there are plenty of sites offering free advice on exercises that you can do as part of your workout. Some describe the exercises in words with illustrations to show you what they mean. It is best to find a site that [...]
A study from Columbia University in New York shows that those least likely to develop Alzheimer's disease eat a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin B12 and folate, in foods such as nuts, fish, tomatoes, olive oil, poultry, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, fruits, and dark green leafy vegetables. They eat less red meat, organ meats and high-fat dairy products (Archives of Neurology, April 2010).
Alzheimer's disease is associated with an overactive immunity called inflammation. Your immunity is good for you because it prevents germs from invading your body. However if your immunity is overactive, it uses the same chemicals that it uses to destroy invading bacteria to punch holes in your arteries and damage your brain (Nature Medicine, August 2009). The foods recommended in the Columbia study reduce inflammation, while red meat and high fat dairy products may increase inflammation. Being overweight also increases risk for Alzheimer's disease because full fat cells release hormones that cause inflammation (Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2009). More on Alzheimer's
Hodges' model found a place in a session at:
Beyond These Walls - Public Engagement Colloquium
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
22nd April 2010 at the Ross Park Hotel, Kells
Theoretical review of public engagement in Nursing: Abstract
by George Kernohan, Professor of Health Research Nursing, University of Ulster
Nursing & health professional have wide roles in care of people in need, in sickness and in health and in supporting their informal carers. These roles, by necessity involve people in various ways: in this paper Hodges Health Career Model (Jones, 2009) is used to provide a framework to underpin public engagement in nursing. The model provides a relatively simple way to think about and summarise the variety of engagement types. It comprises two lines and eight words which appear to provide a graph with two axes. The vertical axis involves the recipients of care: individuals and groups, the other involves the care provider and what they do: from mechanistic to humanistic.
The first quadrant [SCIENCES] deals with scientific response to individual signs and symptoms: where engagement aims to ensure that people comply with the healthcare intervention: engagement is about informing the patient and their informal carer about their physical needs and responses.
The second quadrant [POLITICAL] deals with mechanistic and group activity: for example political interventions to agree rules, policy and systems. Engagement here refers to members of groups working under a specific governance system or approach? activists and unions lobby for change, in this care domain. Arrangements for protection of vulnerable people are set through engagement here. Ethical issues guide the group mechanistic activities.
Thirdly [SOCIOLOGY], there are more humanistic aspects of care: speech, thought, narrative and free text: stories contribute to group actions. Here we have the social and cultural components to remind us that engagement must work in a social context.
The final domain [INTER-intraPERSONAL] emphasises the role of the individual in needing tailor-made care, requiring dignity and respect. Here lies a more holistic type of care and is more ?mind? than ?body? where interpersonal aspects of engagement are more person-centred.
Across all four care domains, public engagement is a key sustaining action to make the model meaningful but also to provide some reassurance that engagement although complex and varied, can be managed in a logical way to enhance care.
Jones, P. Hodges Health Career - Care Domains ? Model. 2009.
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Kernohan, G. Theoretical review of public engagement in Nursing. Proc 1st Public Engagement Colloquium, Kells, Co Antrim, 22 April.
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Circuit workouts are popular with people who consider that this type of training will allow them to work the most muscle groups in the minimum time and include cardio too. However, it is not a style of training that is favored by some professional trainers. Here we look at the pros and cons and consider [...]
So… I’m sitting in the “atrium” at our hospital, on my laptop, working USMLEWORLD questions, on my last day of call for my third year of medical school! My pediatrics rotation has been really enjoyable overall, so I’m not expecting anything terrible with this last call. At worst, we will be here until around ten [...]
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Hug it, Tug it, Your Bones Get Stronger. This clinically tested product can help build both muscles and bones!
Calcium supplements are important for bone health but did you know you can also strengthen your bones with as little as 5 to 10 minutes a day using an inflatable ball similar to a beach ball---but with handles to help you "tug"? The OsteoBall™ is just the right product for aging joints that may not be comfortable doing traditional strength training exercise. Bone loss is site specific, which means that we lose bone mass most rapidly in those areas of the body that are most inactive and/or immobile. Bone stimulation is also site specific, which means that you have to contract muscles around all of the various bones and joints in your body to help protect your bones and keep you bone density up.
This is why resistance training including isometric exercise has become a very popular recommendation for bone health. A well designed strength routine should address all of the major muscles and related joints of the body. The problem is that some of our elderly and frail population may be afraid or unable to perform dynamic strength exercise due to losses in balance, coordination, core control and/or joint pain and discomfort. This was the challenge that Doctor Robert Swezey of the Arthritis & Back Pain Center and Osteoporosis Prevention & Treatment Center of the Swezey Institute ran into time and time again with his patients. Doctor Swezey, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.R., F.A.A.P.M.R., is an internationally recognized leader in research and teaching in rheumatological rehabilitation. He is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and is a Board Certified specialist in 3 specialty areas: Rheumatology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Internal Medicine and Osteoporosis. It was over a decade ago that he developed the OsteoBall™ to use in his clinical practice.
The OstoBall program is based on performing a series of isometric contractions utilizing the OstoeBall™ product, which allows for by pushing and pulling exercises that often reach parts of the body that are difficult to exercise. An example of an isometric exercise is to simply press one hand as hard as you can against an immovable object, such as the wall. By increasing and holding the tension for several seconds you can recruit muscle fibers to build strength and endurance with minimal stress to the related joints. This is why isometric has long been used as a way to rehab joints after injury and trauma. Clinical Research done at the Swezey Institute on the OsteoBall program showed new bone mineral stimulation and improvements in muscular strength in post menopausal women after eight weeks of simple and easy to perform exercises done for 5 to 10 minutes a day.(http://www.bonefitness.com/consumer/education/research/clinical_studies/op_study.html).
Here are some key techniques to use when performing a OsteoBall™ isometric style exercise (some of which can be done using any compressible ball):
10 exercises, 10 minutes, 10 great reasons to recommend this workout for those with bone or joint limitations: Easy to do isometric exercises allow you to create the right amount of tension without any weights or bands to worry about dropping or breaking.
Water is involved in all bodily functions: digestion, assimilation, elimination, respiration, maintaining temperature (homeostasis) integrity and the strength of all bodily structures. Your body, being primarily water, requires sufficient daily water replacement in order to function efficiently.
Important factor is the amount of water necessary for our body to function at its peak performance. Bearing in mind again that your body is about 75 percent water it is easy to understand that water must be your body's most essential daily ingredient. Your body looses each day about 2-3 litters of water through elimination, urination, perspiration and respiration. However, this may increase during illness, high performance, exercise, pregnancy and nursing. The beverages most people choose to consume are often counter-productive in promoting hydration. Coffee, tea, alcohol, soft and sugary drinks are all diuretics and will cause not only the loss of water the are dissolved in, but they will also draw water the bodies reserves. In normal conditions your body needs to replace the fluids it has lost throughout the day. Most of fluids should be replaced by drinking pure water. The rest you should get from fruit, vegetables and their juices.
Attention must be given that the elderly and children are meeting their daily requirements. Dry mouth is not the only indication of dehydration, in fact it is the last sign. You need to acquire the habit to drink water even when you think you don't need it and eventually your true thirst mechanisms will be reawaken. Signs to look for that identify with dehydration are constipation, headaches, indigestion, weight gain, fluid retention, dark and pungent urine, and their associated pathologies colitis, kidney stones, bladder and urinary track infections to name only a few.
Loma Linda University researchers found that drinking five or more 8-ounce glasses of water a day could help lower your risk of heart disease by up to 60 percent - exactly the same drop you get from stopping smoking, lowering your LDL (bad) cholesterol numbers, exercising, or losing a little weight.
How drinking water can boost your brain powers?
A glass of water can boost your creativity as well. If you?re properly hydrated you?ll have more energy, you?ll feel healthier, you will become more alert and aware of your surroundings. If your brain is functioning on a full reservoir it will function at full capacity and you?ll think better and faster. A glass of water is a great boost to your creativity. You?ll find ideas are easier to come up with and they?re likely to be more unique. Your mind will work easier and it won?t seem like such a strain. All that and it?s one of the simplest changes you can make in your life.
Bring Instant Increase in Brain Power:
1. First thing in the morning have a glass of water. Go ahead and have your coffee or whatever afterward, as I said we?re not making this hard core.2. Around lunch, have another glass of water along with whatever you planned for lunch.3. Then grab a glass around 3:00 or somewhere in there, especially if you?re starting to feel like you?re slowing down.4. One glass of water with supper.
* 10 Reasons to Drink More Water
* I Drink, Therefore I Am: Water - the Elixir of Life
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Swimming exercises are an excellent way to get fit. Just swimming in the pool is great for all round fitness training. Kids love it, so encouraging an overweight child to swim can be great for their health. It is also good for pregnant women and the obese, because the water supports the excess weight. You [...]
Well… so far the day is going really well! I only had one patient to see this AM because my others were able to go home yesterday. Good for them… and good for the team!My last patient will also be going home today! He looked 100% percent better this AM… happy… smiling… eating… all great [...]
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May 4, 2010
Researchers at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have discovered a new control mechanism in our immune system. The discovery is of potential significance to the treatment of serious diseases such as MS (multiple sclerosis), rheumatoid arthritis, and SLE (Systemic lupus erythematosus).
"Now that we've started to understand the regulatory mechanisms involved in these autoimmune diseases, we are hopeful that new treatments can be found," says Mikael Karlsson, associate professor at the Department of Medicine at Karolinska Institutet in Solna, and one of the team behind the study now published in the highly reputed periodical, the Journal of Experimental Medicine.
An important component of our immune defence is a type of cell called a B cell. Normally, the job of these cells is to produce antibodies, which in turn bind to and neutralise invasive microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses. In people with an autoimmune disease, explains Dr Karlsson, these B cellsactually have an injurious effect and instead of serving the body, are activated against its own tissues, which they start to break down.
Patients with SLE and other autoimmune diseases have lower levels of so-called NKT cells. Previously, it was not known what part these cells play in the origin and development of the disease; now, however, the research group at KI has shown that this deficiency is a contributory pathogenic factor.
"We've demonstrated that NKT cells can regulate how B cells become activated against healthy tissue, and that a lack of NKT cells results in greater misguided B cell activation," says Dr Karlsson. "So now we can mechanically link the NKT cell defect in patients to the disease."
The study also shows that the NKT cells directly impede faulty B cell activation, and that they do so early in the misdirected process. The team managed to inhibit the activity of pathogenic B cells by adding NKT cells - a result that may one day lead to new types of treatment.