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The Most Common Diseases Today

While medicine has made great advances, it is no secret that a number of diseases continue to plague humanity as a whole. Of course, modern technology has done away with such ailments as smallpox and polio, but it is a good idea to take a quick look at a handful of others that are still widespread.

Cancer

Cancer is considered to be one of the most serious diseases in existence. Thankfully, medical science has now begun to unravel how it works and it is hoped that in the future, a reliable cure can be discovered. Unfortunately, millions of individuals around the world still succumb to cancer each and every year. It is known that both genetics and environmental factors (such as smoking, drinking and stress) play important roles in the development of cancer.

AIDS

AIDS is another disease that has been troubling scientists for decades. Although the figures are particularly high in Africa and Asia, it is a simple fact that we are all at risk if we choose to carry out dangerous interpersonal practices. Fortunately, HIV and AIDS can both be prevented by eliminating unsafe sex and intravenous drug use.

Herpes

While not as serious as cancer or AIDS, herpes infects untold millions each and every year. This is often called the “silent” disease, for many of those infected are unaware that they have developed the virus. It can easily be transmitted from person to person through saliva and unfortunately, there is no cure. Although usually mild, some complications such as herpes encephalitis can actually be deadly if left untreated. Also, certain medications and herbal supplements cannot be taken if one has herpes; they will only exacerbate the symptoms. Like AIDS, it is hoped that medical science will one day find a cure for this ailment.

Diabetes

It is estimated that no less than four million residents within the United Kingdom will be diagnosed with diabetes by the year 2025. In fact, this is one of the fastest-growing diseases on the planet while it can also be prevented in many cases. Often caused by obesity, a lack of exercise and poor diet, those who develop diabetes can be presented with grave health risks as they become older. A handful of the most serious include heart disease, stroke, poor circulation and gout. One of the keys to avoiding increased rates is through education, a proper diet and regular exercise.

These are some of the most common diseases suffered by millions around the world. Although we have come a long way in their diagnosis and treatment, it is still an unfortunate fact that any cures may be decades away or longer.

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Health and Medical News Today

There has been an increasing trend for employers to require their employees to take health tests as threatening them if they fail to do this. Many employers have even started offering their employees financial incentives if they take part in special wellness programmes including screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index. However, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has recently taken offense to these wellness programmes due to their lack of clarity.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a number of lawsuits against companies that try to force their employees to take part in these wellness programmes. Although the issue has yet to be resolved, the American government has stepped in a asserted that employees have no legal standing to force their employees to take part in the wellness programmes.

Mental Health Attitudes are Changing

A large number of public health campaigns have been run in recent years to help remove the stigma from mental health. These campaigns aim to increase awareness of mental health issues and shed light on the fact that mental health sufferers are not second class citizens. Just like other types of illnesses, mental health issues have causes and treatments, although more research is often needed to get to the route of the problem. In the meantime, campaigns that focus on the way mental health sufferers are viewed and treated have been making a lot of headway and attitudes are changing slowly but surely.

New Study Reveals that Improved Diet and Exercise Can Prevent Diabetes

A recent study conducted by members of the Danube University Krems and the Medical University of Vienna have revealed that diet and exercise play an important role in the prevention and control of diabetes. Millions of people around the world have pre-diabetes, which means that they have the tendency to develop type 2 diabetes. A number of different types of medicines have been developed to lower blood sugar levels in pre-diabetes sufferers, which either prevent or delay full-blown diabetes from developing. However, studies have shown that lifestyle has a dramatic impact on diabetes and people who exercise regularly and follow a diet that is low in salt, sugar and fat also have a much lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes.

CDC Says the Benefits of Circumcision Outweigh the Risks

For many years, circumcision has been a very sensitive issue and many people are trying to have the practice banned altogether, while other people say that it has important health and religious benefits. However, new evidence suggests that circumcision may actually be very beneficial. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have stated that cutting away the foreskin prevents germs from growing underneath it. In addition, research has shown that this procedure can lower the risk of penile cancer, the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and even urinary tract infections. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not have the power to force parents to have their children circumcised, the board is strongly recommending it on the basis of health reasons.

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Cancer Research Today

At one time in the not-so-distant past, to be diagnosed with cancer was to be given a virtual death sentence. Thankfully, advancements in medical science have proven to offer effective ways to combat this serious condition. Although we are still a long way off from developing a “silver bullet” to finally eradicate this disease, there is no doubt that technology has come a long way in the areas of diagnosis, treatment and prevention. So, what progress proves to be the most promising? Let’s take a closer look.

Culturing Individual Cells

One of the most interesting achievements lies within the realm of what is known as cell culture research through such companies as Biolamina. In essence, this involves the creation single cells within a laboratory environment. This is so very important because it allows researchers to isolate and understand various mechanisms within these cells; previously impossible to view on a large scale. In turn, more targeted cancer treatments can be developed. These can then be adopted for system-wide solutions. While still in its relative infancy, cell culturing represents a massive medical breakthrough.

Genetic Research

Another promising field is that of genetics. One of the issues with cancer is that many forms are thought to be activated through what is known as genetic coding. In other words, some individuals may have a higher chance of developing cancer later in life than others. Doctors are now using the field of cancer genetics to begin appreciating what makes cancer “tick”. This can lead to earlier detection and monitoring techniques. When this disease is discovered, the chances of survival and recovery are much higher.

Nanotechnology

This is an interesting field that involves the manipulation of molecular-sized “machines” to target and discover cancerous growths. This actually has several advantages over traditional forms of chemotherapy. The primary benefit is that these machines are quite tiny; it is thought that they can even be inserted into the body through the use of a normal syringe. Once present, they are programmed to ONLY target cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells untouched. This is far better than chemotherapy which tends to harm other tissues. Once these molecules destroy the cancer that is present, they will simply be excreted like other forms of waste within the body. These are some of the fundamental benefits of nanotechnology when applied to cancer treatments.

Natural Remedies

Although there is no doubt that science has come a long way, others are discovering the potent abilities of natural substances to combat and even prevent cancer. For example, antioxidants contained in many fruits and vegetables have been shown to stop cellular damage; one of the primary causes of many forms of cancer. What is most promising in terms of this research is that no artificial chemicals are involved. Thus, there are absolutely no side effects such as those that would be experienced with chemotherapy or other standard treatment options.

So, will cancer one day be eradicated from the human race? Most scientists agree that it is still too early to tell. The fact remains that if advancements continue the way they have in recent years, it may very well only be a matter of time before this deadly disease is a thing of the past.

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What Is Good Health?

We hear over and over again that we should live healthy lifestyles, try to maintain good health in order to live longer and happier lives, but have you ever thought about the individual factors that combine to determine whether somebody has ‘good health’ or not? The term ‘good health’ is one that encompasses a varied number of different elements, both mental and physical; let’s break them down.

Structural Health

This term refers to the condition and well being of your bones, organs and muscles. It is important that these ‘structures’ are kept healthy in order to be able to function to their full ability and help the body to work as is should. Structural health is most commonly the type of health that people tend to notice about themselves and work to maintain. The key factors associated with structural health are a person’s height and weight, combining to produce a BMI (body mass index).

Mental Health

Mental health refers specifically to all the emotional and cognitive processes that the body produces every second of the day. People who are in ‘good mental health’ do not suffer from any kind of mental problem such as depression or bipolar disorder, and can easily cope with the stresses of everyday life. To be in ‘good mental health’, however, is extremely subjective and can change from day to day depending on the individual.

Chemical Health

To be in good chemical health means that the chemicals found within a person’s body are acting in a correct and balanced manner with the right amount of nutrients and a good lack of any toxicity. A person can swallow, inhale and absorb both synthetic and natural chemicals, but in most cases these chemicals will be broken down or excreted, therefore keeping us in good health. However, if these chemicals are introduced in too high an amount, they can destroy cells and tissue and increase the risk of, for example, cancer.

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