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Alternative [671]

Neural Processing Differences In ADHD In Individuals With And Without Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

The adverse effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on behavioral, cognitive, and social development can lead to a range of symptoms referred to as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Attention and cognition problems seen in individuals with a history of prenatal alcohol exposure often resemble those linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD ). An assessment of these disorders has found that while children with FASD may meet the behavioral criteria for ADHD, their attention difficulties differ in subtle but important respects. Results will be published in the April 2010 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View.


Drug Abuse [419]

FDA Cautions Drug Makers About Potential Abuse

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Food and Drug Administration "this week released a draft of voluntary guidelines to assist drug makers in figuring out which compounds should be placed under the Controlled Substances Act. The law regulates the handling, record-keeping and dispensing of drugs deemed to be dangerous or addictive if misused -- in some cases imposing criminal penalties for misuse. The guidelines urge researchers to look beyond traditional indicators such as whether a compound is addictive and consider other characteristics that could lead to abuse." One example of a drug that could be more tightly restricted is the anesthetic propofol, part of the "cocktail of drugs that caused the death" of Michael Jackson (Zajac, 1/28).


Allergies [371]

Dangers Of Older Allergy Drugs Often Underestimated And Overlooked

A joint GA¬ LEN /EAACI report to be published in "Allergy" and available online on 8 February reviews new data on the treatment of allergies with older antihistamines compared with newer, second-generation H1-antihistamines. The research was funded by GA¬ LEN, an EU-funded Network of Excellence. The findings suggest that first-generation H1-antihistamines not only make patients drowsy, but also reduce rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, impair learning, and reduce efficiency at work the next day. In addition, first-generation H1-antihistamines have been implicated in numerous civil aviation, motor vehicle, and boating accidents, and even deaths as a result of accidental or intentional overdosing in infants and young children.

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Arthritis [322]

Group Psychotherapy May Improve Fears In Patients With Cancer Or Chronic Arthritis

A controlled study by a group of German investigators published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics indicates that brief group psychotherapy is helpful for clearing fears of disease progression (FoP) in patients with chronic arthritis or cancer. The interventions comprised either cognitive-behavioral group therapy or supportive-experiential group therapy. The investigators tested whether these generic interventions would prove effective in different illness types. Chronic arthritis in- patients (n = 174) and cancer in-patients (n = 174), respectively, were randomized to receive one of the two interventions. The patients provided data before intervention, at discharge, and at 3 and 12 months of follow-up.

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Back Pain [312]

SOMA 250 MG Shown To Significantly Improve Functionality And Reduce Disability In Patients With Low Back Pain In Three Days

A recent analysis of two pivotal clinical trials in patients with acute low back pain (ALBP) who were treated with SOMA® (carisoprodol) 250 mg showed significantly improved functionality and reduced disability after three days of treatment, as measured by the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ). This analysis is being presented this week at the 26th annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine in San Antonio, TX. In addition, a recent review of published literature indicates that SOMA 250 mg is the only skeletal muscle relaxant proven to significantly improve functionality in patients with acute low back pain as measured by the RMDQ.

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Beauty [650]

Mizzou Scientist Creates A Chicken Substitute, Providing A Low-Cost, Tasty Way To Add Soy To The Diet

Sure, some delicacies might taste just like chicken, but they usually feel and look much different. Soy meat alternatives, such as the soy burger, have become more popular recently, with increased sales of eight percent from 2007 to 2008. Now, scientists at the University of Missouri have created a soy substitute for chicken that is much like the real thing. The new soy chicken also has health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and maintaining healthy bones. Fu-Hung Hsieh, an MU professor of biological engineering and food science in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the College of Engineering, is leading the project to create a low-cost soy substitute for chicken.


Aerobics Cardio [436]

Use Of Statins Increases The Risk Of Developing Type 2 Diabetes But Reduces Coronary Events

An article published Online First and in an upcoming edition of The Lancet reports that new research based on a meta-analysis of thirteen statin trials has shown that use of statins increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 9 percent. Still, the absolute risk is low, especially when compared with the beneficial effect that statins have on reducing coronary events. The article is the work of Professor Naveed Satar and Dr David Preiss, Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Glasgow, UK, and colleagues. Trials of statin therapy on the risk of development of diabetes in patients given statins have had inconsistent findings. To eliminate this doubt, the authors did a meta-analysis of published and unpublished data in order to find out whether any relation exists between statin use and development of diabetes.


Skin Care [726]

Bupa Supports Prime Minister's Aim For People To Be Treated At Home

On Monday, the Prime Minister gave a speech in which he called for more people to be treated in their own homes by the NHS in future. As a partner to the NHS, in providing healthcare in their own homes to 14, 000 patients, many with complex conditions, Bupa the leading international healthcare company, strongly supports his comments. Steve Flanagan, managing director of Bupa Home Healthcare said: "We agree with the Prime Minister's views that it is better for patients to be treated in their own homes. "Our experience of caring for 14, 500 NHS patients in their own homes shows it can be more cost-effective, helps avoid hospital-acquired infections, and produces higher levels of patient satisfaction.


Cholesterol [157]

In Light Of Research About Teens' Heart Disease Risk, Lifestyle Changes Critical

Pamphlets detailing the warning signs associated with heart disease may soon end up in an unexpected location: your child's pediatrician's office. According to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five American teens has at least one risk factor for developing heart disease in adulthood. With heart health front-and-center this month in honor of American Heart Month, most media coverage will focus on at-risk adults. But that's a mistake according to Sarah Wally, a dietitian with the National Association for Margarine Manufacturers. "Although heart disease is typically diagnosed in adulthood, its roots often begin in childhood, " says Wally.

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Medicine [283]

Allergan, Inc. Announces FDA Approval Of JUVEDERM R XC Dermal Filler Formulated With Lidocaine

Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN) announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of JUVEDERM(R) XC, a new formulation of the currently FDA-approved JUVEDERM(R) dermal filler and the latest advancement1 in hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers. Allergan's new JUVEDERM(R) formulation contains the local anesthetic lidocaine to provide patients with enhanced comfort during treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the nasolabial folds (or "parentheses") that appear around the nose and mouth. JUVEDERM(R) is the first and only hyaluronic acid dermal filler approved by the FDA to last up to one year from initial treatment2 and number-one selling hyaluronic acid dermal filler.

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Depression [403]

Naurex Inc. Reports Positive Top-Line Phase I Results For Its Novel Mechanism NMDA Receptor Modulator GLYX-13 In Treatment-Resistant Depression

Naurex Inc., a clinical stage company developing innovative treatments for depression and other CNS disorders based on its novel glycine site functional partial agonist (GFPA) NMDA receptor modulators, today reported positive top-line results from its Phase I clinical trial of lead compound GLYX-13. GLYX-13 is a GFPA selective modulator of the NMDA receptor. It is initially being developed as a therapy for treatment-resistant depression in severely depressed patients. In the Phase I trial, adverse events were similar for subjects receiving GLYX-13 and placebo and were all rated as mild. There were no signs of the schizophrenia-like side effects associated with other NMDA receptor modulator drugs.


Diabetes [571]

Insulin Regulates Beta Cell Function In Healthy Humans

In type 2 diabetes, which is occurring at alarming rates, the hormone insulin does not work effectively to lower blood sugars and patients also do not make enough insulin. These two processes have been widely considered as separate. However, a surprising discovery was made by Joslin Diabetes Center researchers in animal models of diabetes: insulin is important in regulating its own production. Confirming this discovery, Joslin clinical scientists have now gone on to show that when blood sugar levels rise in healthy people, insulin signals the cells that make insulin to increase their production. Our bodies absorb sugar when we eat carbohydrates, and insulin acts as a "key" for the sugar to get into cells, where it provides energy for the cells to function.


What Is Dysphagia? What Causes Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is a medical term that is used to refer to difficulties with swallowing. The level of dysphagia varies. Some people have problems swallowing certain foods or liquids, while others are completely unable to swallow. It takes more time and effort to move food or liquid from the mouth to the stomach. Difficulty swallowing may also be associated with pain. Persistent difficulty swallowing may indicate a serious medical condition requiring treatment. The term " dysphagia " derives from the Greek root dys meaning "difficulty or disordered", and phagia meaning "to eat". According to Medilexicon's medical dictionary : Dysphagia is " Difficulty in swallowing ".

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CVS Caremark Study Finds Value Based Insurance Designs Can Increase Adherence In Diabetes Patients

A study by CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS), published this week in the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits, finds that insurance benefit designs that reduce the cost of medications for plan participants result in patients being more likely to start and stay on their medication therapy. The study compared more than 20, 000 plan participants in value-based insurance design (VBID) plans to more than 190, 000 participants of similar age and gender breakdowns in standard three-tier plans. The study concluded initiation and adherence rates for both insulin and oral diabetes medicines among participants in value-based plans were significantly higher. "There have been discussions around the impact of price and affordability on patients' ability and willingness to start and stay on their medications and this research adds to that body of knowledge.


Hearing [149]

How Subtle Head Motions, Quiet Sounds Are Reported To The Brain

The phrase "perk up your ears" made more sense last year after scientists discovered how the quietest sounds are amplified in the cochlea before being transmitted to the brain. When a sound is barely audible, extremely sensitive inner-ear "hair cells" - which are neurons equipped with tiny, sensory hairs on their surface - pump up the sound by their very motion and mechanically amplify it. Richard Rabbitt of the University of Utah, a faculty member in the MBL's Biology of the Inner Ear course, reported last spring on the magnification powers of the hair cell's hairs. Now, Rabbitt and MBL senior scientist Stephen Highstein have evidence that hair cells perform similarly in another context - in the vestibular system, which sends information about balance and spatial orientation to the brain.

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Heart Disease [452]

Short-Term Heart Disease Risks Of Combination Menopausal Hormone Therapy Confirmed By WHI Data

New analyses from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) confirm that combination hormone therapy increases the risk of heart disease in healthy postmenopausal women. Researchers report a trend toward an increased risk of heart disease during the first two years of hormone therapy among women who began therapy within 10 years of menopause, and a more marked elevation of risk among women who began hormone therapy more than 10 years after menopause. Analyses indicate that overall a woman's risk of heart disease more than doubles within the first two years of taking combination HT. The difference in the initial level of risk does not appear related to age, based on findings that the increased risk of heart disease was similar between women in their 50s on combination hormone therapy and women in their 60s.


Diseases [813]

University Of Queensland Research Shows Canecutter's Disease On The Rise Among Travellers

University of Queensland research has shown "canecutter's" disease is a growing problem for travellers. A team led by PhD researcher Dr Colleen Lau from the School of Population Health, has discovered the disease, known medically as leptospirosis, was traditionally a concern for males working in the agricultural and livestock industries, as it is contracted from contact with the urine of host animals. Ms Lau said recreational exposure and international travel have emerged as increasingly important sources of infection over the past decade. "Many of the areas with a high incidence of leptospirosis are popular destinations for domestic and international travellers, " Dr Lau said.


Differences In Orthopedic Surgical Outcomes Revealed By Medicare Data

The more specialized a hospital is in orthopedic surgical care, the better the outcomes appear to be for patients undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery, University of Iowa researchers report in a new study of Medicare patients. Among more specialized hospitals, there were fewer serious post-surgical complications such as blood clots, infections and heart problems, as well as fewer deaths. The findings, which were published online Feb. 11 by the British Medical Journal, were based on data for nearly 1.3 million patients who received hip or knee replacement surgeries between 2001 and 2005 at 3, 818 hospitals in the United States. "The findings suggest that more specialized hospitals have better outcomes even after we account for the type of patients each hospital cares for and the number of hip and knee replacement surgeries that each hospital performs, " said the study's lead author Tyson Hagen, M.


Menopause News [134]

Oestrogen-Only HRT May Increase Risk Of Asthma After Menopause

Oestrogen-only hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may increase the risk of developing asthma after the menopause, suggests a large scale study published ahead of print in the journal Thorax. The authors base their findings on 57, 664 women, who were quizzed about their use of HRT and development of asthma symptoms every two years between 1990 and 2002. All the women were taking part in the French E3N study, which includes almost 100, 000 women born between 1925 and 1950, and is the French component of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). None of these women had asthma when menopausal symptoms began. The monitoring period equated to 495, 448 person years in all, of which over a third was accounted for by women who had not used HRT (35.

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Mental Health [511]

Child Sexual Abuse Victims At Higher Risk Of Fatal Self-Harm, Australia

Victims of child sexual abuse are at increased risk of suicide and accidental fatal drug overdose later in life, according to the authors of a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Dr Margaret Cutajar, a psychologist from the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Monash University, Melbourne, and her co-authors, Professors James Ogloff and Paul Mullen, investigated rates of fatal self-harm in 2759 people who were medically ascertained as being victims of child sexual abuse (CSA) between 1964 and 1995. They found significantly higher rates of suicide and accidental fatal drug overdose in the CSA cohort compared with age-limited national data for the general population, with relative risks of 18.


Nutrition [788]

NFU Angered As New Evidence Reveals Link Between Red Meat And Cancer Was Flawed

The NFU is furious after learning that the findings of a review, which revealed errors in a report claiming a link between red meat consumption and cancer, have not been shared with policy makers. It has joined livestock levy body Eblex in its concern over flawed figures that are contained in a report from the World Cancer Research Fund. The initial report, first published in 2007, has been widely used as proof of a link between eating red meat and developing cancer. However, two leading scientists have now highlighted a number of errors which include analytical inconsistencies and data extraction errors in the evidence. These are thought to have contributed to overestimations being made by the WCRF in its conclusions linking red meat and cancer.


Target Identified That May Reduce Complications Of Obesity

Although obesity is a risk factor for diabetes and coronary heart disease worldwide, only some obese individuals go on to develop these metabolic complications, while others are relatively protected. Defining these protective factors could help scientists prevent disease in the wider population. To this end, a research team at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, led by Suneil Koliwad, MD, PhD, recently added new details that link obesity to diabetes and heart disease. When individuals become obese from overeating, cells called adipocytes located in the fat tissue fill up with dietary fats and begin to die. Immune cells called macrophages move out of the blood stream and into this tissue, where they accumulate around dying adipocytes.


Pain Management [389]

New Research Gives Insight To The Frequency Of 'Doctor Shopping' Occurring Within Prescription Monitoring Programs

Research presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine's 26th Annual Meeting provides early published data analyzing information gathered from California's prescription monitoring program, known as the Controlled Substances Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES). The analysis found a two-fold increase in the likelihood of individuals receiving opioids from multiple providers or "doctor shopping" when they were also being simultaneously prescribed a single additional class of a controlled substances, such as benzodiazepines or amphetamines. When there was more than one additional drug class involved, there was a 13-fold increase for individuals seeing multiple providers.

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Decreased Muscle Strength Predicts Functional Impairments In Older Adults

Decreased muscle strength is associated with difficulty in performing functional activities such as stooping, crouching, or kneeling (SCK) in older adults, according to an observational study published in the January issue of Physical Therapy, (PTJ) the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). These researchers found that adults with SCK difficulty had significant decreases in adjusted strength measurements of trunk extensor, knee extensor, and ankle flexion muscles. Concluding that measurements of strength predict SCK difficulty, their study sets the stage for research exploring whether rehabilitation programs that focus on training specific muscle groups are effective in improving functional performance and whether improvements in functional performance reduces falls in older adults.

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Anti Aging [603]

Potential For A Muscle-Preserving Therapy

Hey guys, remember the muscle shirts we wore in our teens and 20s? After the age of 40 that meager part of our wardrobes usually is obsolete. Yes, at the big 4-0 we begin to lose muscle, and by age 80 up to a third of it may be gone. It's an inevitable process of aging called sarcopenia. Why does sarcopenia happen and can it be stopped? A study conducted in mice with accelerated muscle loss at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio provides this insight: Less protection from antioxidants and more damage from oxidative stress results in impairment to cells' energy centers, which slowly leads to death of muscle cells. A team directed by Holly Van Remmen, Ph.


Sleep Snoring [503]

Risk Of Motor Vehicle Accidents In Adolescents Increased By Sleep Problems And Sleepiness

A study in the Feb. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine shows that sleepiness at the wheel and poor sleep quality significantly increase the risk of motor vehicle accidents in adolescents. Results indicate that adolescent drivers were twice as likely to have had a crash if they experienced sleepiness while driving (adjusted odds ratio = 2.1) or reported having bad sleep (OR = 1.9). Eighty of the 339 students had already crashed at least once, and 15 percent of them considered sleepiness to have been the main cause of the crash. Fifty-six percent of students who had at least one previous crash reported driving while sleepy, compared with 35 percent of subjects who had not been in a crash.


Quit Smoking [517]

Tobacco Use Linked To Worse Outcomes In HPV-Positive Head And Neck Cancer, U-M Study Finds

Patients with head and neck cancer linked to high risk human papillomavirus, or HPV, have worse outcomes if they are current or former tobacco users, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. High-risk HPVs are the same viruses that are associated with cancers of the uterine cervix. The research suggests that current or former tobacco users may need a more aggressive treatment regimen than patients who have never used tobacco. Past research shows that HPV-positive head and neck cancers tend to be more responsive to current treatments and these patients overall tend to have better outcomes than patients with HPV-negative tumors.


National Sports Convivial Day, UK

The State Sports Lively Lifetime is a free event airy to the regular to show that children with congenital love defects can share part in sports activities alongside their able-bodied brothers, sisters and friends. It takes place on the 16th May 2009 11am-3:30pm at Weston Park, Shifnal, West Midlands. The programme is packed with fun activities, competitive and non-competitive sports, including tag rugby, five-a-side football, circus skills, an adventure playground and miniature railway. A extreme interval away for all the family! Source Children's Heart Federation

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Women's Issues [814]

Supportive-expressive Group Therapy Is Helpful In Breast Cancer

A pilot investigation performed by a group of Italian investigators and published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics indicates that supportive-expressive group therapy is helpful in patients with breast cancer. So far, no study has tested supportive-expressive group therapy (SEGT) in cancer patients with an established psychiatric diagnosis. The aim of this 6-month follow-up study was to evaluate breast cancer patients with an ICD-10 diagnosis of affective syndromes participating in SEGT and a group of breast cancer patients with no ICD-10 diagnosis. A total of 214 patients were examined in the screening phase (T0) using the ICD-10, the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI), the Mini-Mental Adjustment-to-Cancer Scale (Mini-MAC), the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support, the Openness Scale and the Cancer Worries Inventory (CWI).


Commitment [30]

Love Won't Let You Leave

There are times that you are going to get caught up in the middle of a bad relationship. It is definitely not a pleasant thing, and I wish it could be avoided all together, but life is not perfect and neither are relationships. There are going to be times in a relationship when you just want to walk away, but for some reason you stay and not quite sure why. The bottom line... love won't let you leave. I know it's frustrating at times when you get your heart broke time after time just to find yourself in the same situation yet again with the same person, and you do what you've always done; you stay! People around you think you are crazy and want to give you advice about what you should do.

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Communication [35]

Being Strategic With Your Words

When given a task to do or you are faced with a challenge of any kind, what are the first words out of your mouth? If you are like most people, the words "I can't", " I do not know how", "I am unable to" etc. are rolling off your tongue without a thought. Those words roll out of your mouth automatically. There are others however who think about the words that come to mind first, and then decide whether they should let them out. What is the difference? It is being strategic with your words. Think of your words as a loaded gun or a tool. When faced with a challenge your reaction might be to take that loaded gun and start shooting. The result of shooting a loaded gun randomly without any thought causes more damage and will more than likely not do a thing to help your situation.

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Love [31]

Honey Does My Butt Look Big - Never Mind I Love My Big Rounded Butt

Lately I've been working with an increasing number of black women dating white guys. The funny thing is that their struggles and the questions they ask me about dating white guys remind me of myself a few years ago. I am a "typical" African man's woman with a guitar-body shape, and even at a very early age, I knew that I drove guys crazy with every "calculated' movement of my body especially my rear side. And being somewhat of an athletic tom-boy, I had so many opportunities to do just that. I was in their face but just out of touch kind of thing. I probably would have been slapped with a sexual harassment suit here in Canada --and that is why I have toned it down.

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Singles [30]

Online Dating - Is She The One For You?

The whole point with the internet "experience" is to find the one for you. The sooner you find the one for you, the sooner you can get out of the "cyber space jungle"! It can be tiring and nerve wracking after a while. Is she the one for you? One of my mother's favorite relationship expression is: "Mrs. Right will act right! " Period. There is a lot of truth in that... and I have spent many years trying to prove her wrong. To date? Mama is still right... Is she the one for you? You can picture her blending into your world. Not outside looking in, not standing above or around, but totally within your world. Do you want her in your world? If you can answer yes.

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Acne [539]

Acne Hits Teens Hard - There Are Treatments Available

Accutane is a drug that can produce miraculous results. It can also cause serious harm to some patients. If you are considering taking accutane, please note the following, possible side effects. 1) Birth Defects This can include deformities, miscarriages, death and premature births. 2) Mental Health Problems That which are too numerous to list within this article. 3) Brain Problems Accutane can increase the pressure in the brain. This can lead to permanent loss of eyesight and even death. Contact your doctor if you experience headache, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, seizures or stroke. 4) Stomach Problems Some symptoms can mean that internal organs are being damaged.


Build Muscle [542]

Build Muscle - Are Amino Acid Supplements Necessary to Build Muscle?

If you are on a workout program that is designed to build muscle, you may have considered supplementing your diet with individual amino acids. Many of those who are into bodybuilding pay a great deal of attention to their protein intake because protein supplies the body with the main building blocks that it will use to build muscle. Are individual amino acids necessary though? Or can you obtain all you need through a regular mixed diet? What Amino Acids Do Amino acids are typically found in protein rich foods such as meat, fish, dairy, as well as some legumes, and in order to achieve a proper intake of all the amino acids you require, eating a mixed diet is going to be the way to go.


Dental Care [267]

How to Cure Bruxism and Learn How to Get Rid of This Problem and Learn How to Stop Teeth Grinding

If you have the feeling in mind that you would like to put an end to grinding your teeth, than this would be the ultimate site for you to visit. It also provides you with an easy, simple and inexpensive way to stop grinding and clenching your teeth and keeping them in a more healthy state. Very few people are aware of this fact that the process of grinding and clenching your teeth at the night time is known as Bruxism and is also considered to be a very high disorder. It is also known to affect millions of people and can destroy your teeth thereby ruining it completely. The damage would be caused on a permanent basis even if it is not properly observed. The symptoms, causes, damage and effects of Bruxism are very clearly stated on this site and are well complemented with personal experiences.

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Ears Hearing [106]

Easy Ways For Pain Relief

If you are experiencing pain in the ear, some of the most effective home remedies for ear pain can help relieve the discomfort that you are going through. Ear pain is medically referred to as Otalgia, which can be caused by fluid accumulation in the middle part of the inner ear. It can also be caused by different factors including a blockage in the tube connecting the ear to the nose known as Eustachian tube. When this happens, there are increased chances that bacteria and infection may build-up in the area leading to fluid gathering, which is the main cause of pain in the ear. While regular cleaning of the nasal and ear passage can help keep away pollutants from entering the ear, too much cleaning of the ear especially when using cotton buds may also bring about damage to the ear.

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Ergonomics [46]

Worry About Your Posture No More - How to Find the Best Ergonomic Computer Chair

Most of us complain about the back pains obtained from long hours of work. This is pretty much a drag for most of us, since it hinders us to perform our best at work. Just imagine feeling a huge amount of discomfort while finishing the paperwork handed by your boss. This would definitely be a very uneasy feeling. These discomforts are oftentimes caused by the wrong posture brought about by the standard computer chairs you have in the office. When this scenario oftentimes happen to you, then it is best to seek for the best ergonomic computer chair available in the market to end your concerns about back pain, among other related ailments derived from the stress at the office.

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Exercise [537]

Lose Fat Thighs - Today, Tomorrow, Forever!

Here's how to lose fat thighs in just minutes a day. Listen, it's the right time for you to lose some weight and shape up your thighs because summer is here! So I'm going to show you how you can start showing off some sexy legs instead of hiding them from the world. Lose Fat Thighs 1. Walk on some sort of incline (a treadmill or hill) Listen, this is probably the best thing you can possibly do to tone up your legs and make them thinner while burning off a great deal of fat. Hey, I know walking on a flat surface sucks. Been there, done that. It's fine and dandy for long, slow weight loss... but who wants to wait around. You just need to make a small adjustment and the weight loss comes fast and furious.


Eyes Vision [184]

Fight Eye Fatigue and Improve Your Memory Naturally With This Little Blue Fruit

The Internet and computers have been heralded to increase productivity and allow us to work from remote locations with flexible schedules. For the most part, computers and technology has offered many the freedom and flexibility as promised. However, as with all advances, unexpected set backs often occur. One result of increased use of technology is the large spans of time spent behind a computer screen without breaks or rest. For some, this can lead to increased eye fatigue and mental strain. However, research indicates the unique antioxidants naturally found in blueberries may help reduce eye fatigue, help to improve vision and help the brain function better.

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Hair Loss [271]

The Basics of Hair Growth

Each hair grows out of a hair follicle. The follicle does not sit on the top of the skin. The follicle is in a sebaceous gland, a tiny indentation in the skin. The process of hair growth begins in the follicle. The human body contains two types of hairs. Most of the body is covered with vellus hairs. The scalp and the eyebrow both contain terminal hairs. This article will describe the process for hair growth in a terminal hair. During a human's first year of life, all of the terminal hairs on his or her head grow at the same rate. After an infant becomes a toddler then different terminal hairs grow at different rates. Each hair on the toddler's head has a different growth cycle.

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Healing Arts [81]

Choosing a Crystal For the Heart Chakra

All crystals are magical when you think about it. Magic can be defined as being part of any natural wonder of the Earth. The entire Earth is made up of one third quartz, and quartz is basically fossilized water, it is only natural that they would hold a magical drawing to humans who are made up of 98% water. A crystal has a magnetic field of vibrational energy. That energy can subtly change the electromagnetic field within our physical bodies when laid upon a person. Using Chrysoprase as a healing crystal can provide a soothing feeling to a lonely and broken heart. The green chrysoprase crystal is associated with the heart chakra. It is especially important when using a crystal for healing, that the crystal be cleansed and charged before you use it.


Massage [152]

Chair Massage and Improved Ergonomics to Prevent RSI in the Workplace

If you are reading this article, it is safe to say that you spend a significant amount of time in front of the computer. What you might not be aware of is that spending several hours each day at a poorly designed workspace can be a contributing factor in developing Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI). RSI is a condition that is caused by repeated strain and overuse of a specific part of the body. RSI commonly affects the upper body and causes chronic pain and inflammation of the muscles and tendons of the neck, shoulders, back, forearms, wrists and hands. Recently, a study conducted by Microsoft found that the reported cases of RSI increased by 30% in the past year and estimated that businesses lost $600 million in lost productivity.

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Meditation [155]

What is Meditation?

Amongst people there is an assumption that meditation is a form of relaxation, a daily pause, a de-stressing tool... well, all this is correct, however these descriptions express only the side effects of meditation. In order to understand the meaning of meditation in a deep and clearer way we have to understand the two spiritual dimensions in which we live - the dimension of thought and being. The dimension of thought - thoughts, time, dreams, imagination, memories, logic, activeness, separation, duality. The dimension of being - emotion, feelings, breath, peace, receiving, passiveness, unity. If we conclude the main behaviours of each aspect then the main dimension of thought is - creativity and the main function of the behaviour of being is the experience.

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Obesity [177]

The Emotional Approach to Weight Loss

As you probably read or seen somewhere many times, the subject and practices of weight loss and weight control can be very emotional and (if allowed) somewhat stressful and controversial because it is vastly misunderstood by the masses and even more so, by those who are unfortunately affected by the problem of its unsightliness. Overweight people as a group; generally and unfortunately tend to play with the problem of weight loss and its control by the way that they generally approach its correction. They do so, more emotionally and stressfully in the hope of some sort of miracle to happen. Rather than approaching the problem rationally with the commonsense and patience that its cure and control requires, this approach is stressful, repressive and self destructive.

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Popular Diets [297]

Fad Diets - Why Are They Bad - The Adkins Fails and So Do the Rest

The Atkins Diet is a joke! Whatever fad diet it is its more harmful to your health than you might think. Face it fad diets are a multi-million dollar industry. Everywhere you look people are trying to sell their latest, best, and easiest dieting plan. They even have many outrageous claims to go along with them. Americans are more concerned with their weight issues more than ever now. As weird as it sound Americans seem to fall for fad diets every day. The weight might be lost temporarily but that is it. The weight always comes back and additional pounds are added onto your troubles. Unfortunately, a cycle is established that is emotionally, physically and mentally damaging people.

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Promoting Speech Therapy Through Marketing

Speech therapy is something that you simply do not see advertised often. This may be because many businesses that deal in speech therapy may simply not know the best and most effective way to advertise their services. Promoting speech therapy through marketing is an excellent choice, although you should understand the basic principles of marketing and exactly how to set up an effective and successful advertising campaign for this cause. One of the most effective ways to market any product and/or service is through the use of promotional articles. Things such as coffee mugs, mouse pads, clothing and other products are used by businesses often to draw in new customers and increase business potential.


Supplements [405]

Natural Antioxidant Supplement

Natural antioxidant supplements are mainly taken by people for the betterment of their skin. It is said to have the aptitude to protect the skin from being harmed of the pollutions that is caused in the environment. There are many companies who have been producing and selling natural antioxidant supplements. Some people opt for natural antioxidant supplement to have a fresh and young looking skin. These products are said to be replenishing the aged skin to make it glow and look fresh and beautiful. Looking young is the trend of today. Nobody wants to look old. This is the reason some people even opt for going under the knife for some kind of a surgery in order to look young.


Weight Loss [762]

Hydroxycritic Acid Pills - is it the Fastest Way to Lose Weight Or is it Another Useless Junk?

Let me guess - you're struggling like hell to shed off those unwanted and extra fats dangling around your body, right? Perhaps you've heard of the hype and buzz surrounding Hydroxycritic Acid Pills (HCA) - how taking it proved to be the fastest way to lose weight. Testimonials of HCA-users fill all the four corners of the net. And right on this article, I'll be showing you in a minute why HCA has been famed as the fastest way to lose weight. One of the advantages of HCA over the other pills is that it slows down the conversion of carbohydrates to fat. And as most weight loss experts, excessive carbs in the body is one of the reasons why a lot of people are obese as these carbs are soon converted to fat.


Yoga [231]

Lose Weight With Yoga

Yoga is a form of exercise that varies greatly from all other workouts. It is designed to increase flexibility and strength, focusing not only on the physical, but also on the mental health of a person. The benefits and results of Yoga are absolutely amazing, and can be achieved faster than through other types of exercise programs. Yoga is a workout of stretches and maintaining body positions. Stretching is essential to one's body and helps protect a person from injury and stiffness. Yoga also increases the blood circulation throughout the body. It strengthens the ligaments, muscles and even the bones. It also helps you to lose weight and tone your body.

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Kids and Teens [211]

Summer Camps For Teenagers - Are They Good?

Summer camps for teenagers are highly anticipated by both kids and parents. School lets out and teenagers immediately begin shopping and packing for this monumental event. Parents begin planning small vacations or getaways for themselves while the kids are away. However, what does this all mean if your teenager happens to be a special needs child? Suppose you are the parent of a genius IQ teenager, and you don't want to see him spend the summer the same way he spends the school year. The answer to your dilemma is summer camps designed for teenagers with a very high intelligence level. Not all summer camps have to involve sports for the non sports minded teenager.

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How To Find Perfume If You Have an Allergy?

Perfume is recognized for its aromatic scent and is a way of showing your personality. The aim of wearing it is to smell the way you desire. Perfume is comprised of alcohol, water and perfume (fragrance) oil. Its intensity is decided with the concentration of solvents in mixture. Most commonly used solvent for perfume is ethanol. Perfume itself is simple to make and the trick is to put the essential oils together creating a smell you like. Did You Know? The basic formulae for custom made perfume is 15% to 30% essential oil, 70% to 80% of pure grain alcohol, such as vodka, and 5% of distilled or bottled spring water, however the precise formulae of commercial perfumes are kept secret.


The Revolution Of Modern Art In The Timeline Of Art History

"The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate."- John Keats A true art is one which is centered on a timeline of events of the world. New art styles have appeared and vanished, with the beginning of the industrial revolution and have meanwhile reflected the gradual changes that have taken place in art in our society. The 19th century painters considered art to be a representation of images that reflects moral values, Christian sentiments, righteous conducts, virtuous behaviors and noble sacrifices. The history of modern art starts with impressionism in Paris - a movement against the rigid painting done inside academy.

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Astrology [233]

Inner Views - Intuitive Horoscopes June 15-21, 2008

June 15 through June 21, 2008 Aries (March 21-April 19) Everything seems to come to you this week with no effort. Take time to utilize this energy by connecting with people and watch your financial matters improve. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Even though you may not know it yet, the one you've had your eye on has had their eye on you too. If you are married, find a way to have some alone time with your partner. Gemini (May 21-June 21) Why are you running away from someone who you want to be with? Even though you may have some baggage to deal with, this person will understand and help you. Don't be afraid to step outside of your boundaries and LOVE. Cancer (June 22-July 22) You've never felt healthier.

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Humanities [134]

Richard Wright's Social and Literary Education Continues As He Matures As a Writer in the North

During the Great Depression Richard Wright changed several other jobs. For following the Wall Street crash which ushered in the depression, the volume of mails dropped, Wright's working hours were thus cut back considerably before he finally lost his postal job. He then began work, in 1930, on a novel, Cesspool, about black life in Chicago that was published posthumously as Lawd Today! reflecting his experience in the post office. In 1931 Wright published a short story, "Superstition, " in Abbott's Monthly Magazine, a black journal. But unfortunately the journal fails before Wright collects any money from them. He was also given the opportunity to write through the Federal Writers' Project.

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Humor [137]

Stupid Product Labels

I just can't believe some of the ridiculous things you can find on product labels these days. For instance, I've got a 2 ton floor jack with an adjustment screw on the side that has a plastic cap clamped right on the top of the adjustment screw with the words "Do Not Adjust" printed on it. Now, if I'm not supposed to adjust it, why does it come with an adjustment screw? Hmmm? But wait! There are far worse labels than this. That was just a simple one to get you warmed up. The other day I bought a bottle of generic "aspirin". Now, you know how generic brands always ask you to compare them to name brand products. This one was no different. On the label of the generic "aspirin" it said to "compare to the main active ingredient in 'Bayer Aspirin'".

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Movies TV [434]

History of Disney's Princess Fairy Tales

Disney is well known for their beautifully animated fairy tales and the characters from them that have captivated us, just as much as its icon mouse since 1928. Something that many people do not know about our treasured Disney Princess stories from the Walt Disney Company is that many of them were based on already existing works. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first animated feature film produced by Walt Disney in 1937. The film was originally based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm titled 'Snow White'. The Brothers Grimm, Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm were German academics and were responsible for many popular fairy tales that include 'Rumpelstiltskin', 'Rapunzel', 'Hansel and Gretel' and 'The Frog Prince'.


Music [588]

How to Download Music to My IPod in 3 Simple Steps

Almost everyone these days has an ipod -- one of those tiny little devices that shoots your favorite tunes right into your ears via those almost invisible headphones. Even a lot of moms and dads are buying into the ipod craze now, especially if they like oldies music that is hard to find on the radio anymore. If you are one of the newcomers to the world of downloadable music, you might be wondering-hmmm - I wonder how to download music to my ipod? Well, it really isn't very hard at all once you know how. It couldn't be, after all. Everyone seems to be doing it, right? So, for those of you who think you are technologically challenged, this is how to download music to your iPod: 1.


Performing Arts [126]

Spamalot Delivers Laughs All Night

Drawing on the insane humor of the much loved "cult" movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", Monty Python's Spamalot has been wowing the audience on Broadway since it opened in March 2005. With a story line roughly looking at the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, the spoof musical parodies everything in sight in its quest to bring the audience to their knees in laughter. It pokes fun laughs at the Arthurian legend and quaint old English mannerisms, and satirizes that great institution that we love dearly: the Broadway musical! Some famous tunes and references to Python offerings from the 1970's make it to the stage including 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life", and nods to "the Lumberjack Song" and "Ministry of Silly Walks" sketch and the "Dead Parrot" sketch.

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Philosophy [75]

What is Relevant?

Has there ever been a time in your life when you have all of a sudden really wanted to achieve or buy something and then everyone else seems to also want it. It might also be that the thing that you want, whether that is a car or a job or maybe even an experience, you are starting to see it everywhere you go, on billboards, in magazines, people talking about it and it is on the television. Why is it now everywhere, now that you are interested in it, and yet earlier you did not notice it at all? Relevance is a big part of the picture to why we see things or not within the world around us. We choose daily what is important to use and what we decide to focus on.


Photography [387]

Doll Bear Photography - A Few How-tos and Why-tos

Dolls and bears make good photo subjects. Why? They don't move for one thing. Don't get red-eye. You can go back and back. With today's digital cameras you can see immediately if your shot succeeded and re-do it for other effects. You can cheat with an over-large outfit folded around behind the doll or use a "real" prop like an actual cookie with a child doll and fool the eye of the viewer. Dolls and bears in photography take us into other worlds, other lives. Visual fairy tales. How wonderful to be able to glimpse a moment of someone else's story? Let's face it taking pictures of dolls and bears is just plain fun. Yes, it is also work. Sometimes, like with any other subject the picture just does not come together and all the photographer ends up with is a headache.

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Poetry [166]

Lament For Lady Beth and Terza Rima

Terza rima is a rhyming verse stanza form that consists of an interlocking three line rhyme scheme. It was first used by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. Most recently, it was used by Jonas Hyde in his epic release, Lament for Lady Beth. Terza rima is a three-line stanza using chain rhyme in the pattern a-b-a, b-c-b, c-d-c, d-e-d. There is no limit to the number of lines, but poems or sections of poems written in terza rima end with either a single line or couplet repeating the rhyme of the middle line of the final tercet. The two possible endings for the example above are d-e-d, e or d-e-d, e-e. In Lament for Lady Beth, Hyde uses the form of a-b-a-b-c-b-c-d-c-d-d.

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Tattoos [310]

Tattoo Art - How to Avoid Phony Tattoo Art Designs

Are you searching for tattoo art online? If so, you're certainly not alone. A record number of people are now surfing the net in an attempt to find their dream tattoo design, and there is an endless amount of websites containing pictures of tattoos. Amongst the millions of tattoo websites available, what's a person to do to guarantee their chosen design is even tattoo-able on the human body. You see, a phenomenon is starting to emerge with artwork that is available online. It's often referred to as "phony" or "artificial" tattoo artwork. Phony tattoo designs, whether created intentionally or drawn by bad artists, are not possible to be tattooed on human skin.

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