Archive for June 1st, 2012
More than 8% of Department of Veterans Affairs patients with diabetes may be overtreated for hypertension, while 6% may not be receiving needed treatments, researchers at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the University of Michigan Health System found. "We need to find better ways to measure and incentivize appropriate BP management to make sure that patients who need aggressive treatment are getting it, and to decrease the rate of inappropriate over treatment," first author Dr. Eve Kerr said. The results appear in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer estimates that the incidence of cancer worldwide will soar by 75% to 22.2 million by 2030 from 12.7 million in 2008. Cancer rates are particularly expected to surge in developing countries with increases in smoking and obesity.
Peristalsis is a body function many take for granted. It is the major way that our digestive tract pushes content through the body, and consists of wave after wave of muscular constrictions.
We never think about peristalsis, that is, until it slows or becomes ineffective. Then, constipation occurs, and that commands attention immediately.
Certainly, the first solution most people think about is a medication or laxative. These treatments work by forcing the gut to fill with fluid or by irritating the gut so that peristalsis becomes more rapid. The results may give temporary relief, however, a long-term solution to constipation is best.
While exercise and increased fluid intake are important, one of the big answers is to increase the fiber content in your diet. A good way to do this is by eating a bran muffin daily.
Polyphenols found in red wine can increase the proportion of healthy bacteria in the intestinal lining, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.