Archive for December 4th, 2012

Top 10 causes of abdominal pain in children

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Tummy pain or abdominal pain is one of the most common medical complaints encountered by parents world-wide. The causes of abdominal pain in children are many, but a parent needs to be observant to see whether the child needs prompt medical attention or is it a mild problem which can be managed at home. Below are some of the common reasons for ‘stomach pain’ in children.

Top 10 causes of abdominal pain in children

The food connection: Eating excessive quantities of junk food like chips and cake or food allergies (nut, wheat and milk allergies are common in children) are the most common reason for abdominal pain.

Infections: Viruses like rotavirus and bacterial infections like typhoid are some of the examples of infection leading to stomach ache. It may be accompanied by fever, vomiting and loose motions.

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Skin Care in Diabetes

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Diabetes can affect every part of your body – including the most exposed tissue – your skin. Fortunately, many skin problems can be prevented or treated easily if caught early.

Skin can be kept healthy by following these tips

Bathing
• Use a moisturizing soap, but avoid bubble baths.
• Use warm (not hot) water while bathing.
• Bathe less during cold (dry months.)
• Dry your skin well and use talcum powder to minimize friction between contact areas of skin.

Moisturizing
• Drink at least eight glasses of water each day.
• Apply lotion to your skin after bathing, but don’t use it between the toes.

Avoiding injury
• Treat cuts right away. Wash minor breaks with soap and water.
• Do not use antiseptic, iodine or alcohol, as these can be too harsh.
• Always wear soft foot wear at home.
• Check for injuries every day — especially on your feet.

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Eating too much junk food may trigger Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

A new theory has linked Alzheimer’s disease to type 2 diabetes, and scientists have, in fact, dubbed the most common form of dementia as ‘brain diabetes’ or type 3 diabetes.

This surprising new theory is offering hope that treatments already available for diabetes may also be able to help dementia sufferers, slowing down or stopping the progression of the disease, the Daily mail reported.

Cause of type 2 diabetes is known already – eating too much, especially junk food that’s packed with sugar, refined carbohydrates and fat, which leads to damagingly high levels of sugar in the blood and high levels of insulin needed to clear it away.

The rising levels of glucose and insulin affect the blood vessels of the heart and extremities, potentially leading to blindness and amputations.

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