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What Could Be Worse Than Diabetes?

What’s worse than being afflicted by a life-changing disease like diabetes? It is to be afflicted with another life-threatening disease as a result of taking medicines that you were told could help you control and manage your diabetes! Unfortunately, that’s what people who have made the mistake of taking Actos to manage their diabetes are going through right now. That, for me, is really the biggest suffering anyone can make. It is like being bitten by a dog that you have fed your whole life by hand! It’s an unforgivable betrayal, I’d say. The good thing is, one can always go to Court and file a lawsuit against the makers of this drug. But what are the grounds or legal basis for filing such a case? Read More »

Worse Than Man Flu? 3 Common Illnesses That Justify A Day Off.

What’s worse than a cold? A summer cold? And what’s worse than a summer cold? Man flu. And what’s worse than man flu? Nothing, if you ask men. But there are plenty of common illnesses, diseases, disorders, and complaints that have the capacity to knock you for a loop. They may sound silly, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be serious. We look at three common illnesses that can be more taxing on your body than you think. Read More »

How Much Can A Quick Internet Search Tell Someone About You?

As everyone, even the ape creatures of the Indus and the mold under my sink, is probably aware, there is a whole lot of information on the web about everyone. Some of it is user generated, like our Facebook status updates, the comments we leave on news stories, YouTube videos and blog posts, and our tweets, and for the most part we know about that and have some control over it. However, there is also a lot of data from various sources that it is possible for people to find which you may not know is out there. Usually data is gathered about people to be used in a 'mass' sense – for example, you may have data collected when you use your supermarket loyalty card, but this is so the store and people they share their data with can see trends in what thousands of people in different age and social groups are buying, rather than because anyone is interested in your shopping cart in and of itself. However, some of the data that is available on the web about specific individuals can be quite surprising... Read More »

Tips For Coping With Hearing Loss.

Living with any kind of a disability makes everyday activities much more challenging not only for you but also for those around you. Simple tasks you took for granted you can no longer do independently and that takes some getting used to. Hearing loss is more common than you might think it is and can happen to any one at any age. Here are a few small changes you can make in your life to deal with your disability. Read More »

Helpful and Creative Ways to Use Green Tea.

Let’s face it, green tea has many benefits. Like Batman’s trusty utility belt, it is filled with helpful items meant to fight the bad guys (in this case, bad health.) Tea has been around for centuries. The plant, Camellia sinensis, is the common origin for all types of non-herbal teas. Exposing these leaves to varying levels of oxidation creates a unique taste and aroma formulating each type of tea. Oxidation involves exposing the tea leaves to air. The longer these are kept exposed, the more potent the aroma and flavor becomes. Green teas, Yellow or White tea leaves require an early harvest; undergoing a very simple oxidation process to help create a subtle yet distinct taste. Apart from the regular health benefits it provides, drinking tea features other, more unusual uses. Here’s a quick rundown of some of its more exceptional uses. Read More »

Soothing Your Baby – The Science Behind Rocking.

Mothers have been instinctively picking up their crying babies and rocking them since the beginning of recorded history. However, until recently, there was no scientific basis behind this practice. Fortunately, a team of scientists in Japan have recently studied this phenomenon, and they have discovered that rocking a baby reduces their heart rate, and this can provide them with an important sense of comfort. The study also indicated that babies do not receive this positive benefit if they are simply being held in a stationary position. Therefore, it is always best to rock a crying child in order to help soothe them. Read More »

5 Signs Your Spouse Is An Alcoholic.

Sometimes it is hard to believe that the people we love are developing an addiction. It can be difficult to tell the difference between a person who drinks socially and one who has a serious problem especially when it is someone close to you like your own spouse. If you are beginning to wonder if your spouse is an alcoholic then there are a number of signs to watch out for before confronting him or her. If they seem to show several of the signs of alcoholism then it may be time to get them to seek help for their addiction. Read More »

4 Mental Illnesses Related To Sleep.

The right amount of sleep for each day is around 7 to 8 hours. However, some people can’t sleep this much because of a mental illness. Here are the 4 most common mental illnesses associated with sleep: Read More »

What Do You Use Astragalus For?

Astragalus is a herb. It goes by a number of different names, including: huang qi, ogi, hwanggi, bei qi, and milk vetch. There are thousands of species of astragalus but the two most commonly used for health support go by the Latin names Astragalus mongholicus and Astragalus membranaceus Read More »

When Does Menopause Begin And Is This It?

People in developed nations are now having children much later in life, preferring to wait until they have a stable job, home and partner. Whereas a few generations ago it was normal to marry in your early to mid-20s and have a young family by the time you were in your thirties, these days people may not have their first child until they are in their 30s or even 40s. Reproductive anxiety is a more significant stressor for a whole generation of women as a result, with conversations around fertility and reproductive status (peri-menopause and menopause) much more commonplace. In fact, some women may have their first child when they have already entered peri-menopause, the stage before the final period of female fertility. Read More »

Women And Alcohol: A Lethal Mix.

Contrary to some feminists' claims, men and women are NOT created equal, at least as far as the effects of alcohol drinking is concerned. Women who want to protest this particular inequality are up against data and statistics that unanimously support the hypothesis. Read More »

Smoking’s Connection To Drug And Alcohol Abuse.

It has been known for a long time that smoking cigarettes can be a major risk factor for developing alcohol or drug abuse problems. Smokers tend to be more vulnerable to issues of substance abuse and are more likely to use drugs recreationally. The risk factors can be an issue for teens who tend to experiment with nicotine first. Exposure to cigarettes can make it much easier for young people to develop problems with alcohol or drug abuse. The connection between smoking and other types of drug use has proven to be both physical and psychological through studies inquiring into the link. Read More »

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