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Herbal Remedies for Asthma

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Asthma is on the rise in America according to recent statistical reports. Most cases of asthma are caused by one’s system being filled with excessive amounts of mucous and waste matter. Yet asthma can have numerous causes.
Some people suffer from this due to genetic predisposition. It may also develop as the body reacts to an irritant. Bronchial spasms are at times related to one’s nervous system. Hyperactivity, exhaustion, tension or anxiety can at times cause an asthma attack.

Some common allergens that bring on an attack are dust mites, animal dander, drugs, environmental pollutants, chemicals, feathers, mold, fumes, food additives and smoke from cigars or cigarettes. Humidity, dryness in the air, temperature changes, laughing, low blood sugar, exercise, stress, anxiety, adrenal disorders and fear can also bring on an asthma episode. Sometimes infections of the respiratory system such as bronchitis can be involved in symptoms of asthma.

During an asthma attack, muscles surrounding the bronchi constrict and spasms occur. The bronchial tubes swell and plug up with mucous. Some of the common symptoms are wheezing, difficulty in breathing, coughing and a feeling of tightness in the chest. Difficulty in breathing can last from a few minutes to several days, followed by remissions. The attacks can become more frequent, and the inflammation more severe as the airway is irritated on an ongoing basis. A simple diet should be followed for several weeks. This diet should exclude refined foods, tea, coffee, excess salt and too many carbohydrates, and it should include raw fruit, raw vegetables, nuts and cooked grains. Fish is very beneficial in treating an asthma condition.

Besides addressing what foods are helpful in getting well, there are a number of herbal approaches to consider, yet each person responds differently to a particular herbal recipe. People are not only what they eat and drink, but also what they breathe into their lungs. (more…)

Diflucan Over the Counter vs. Diflucan Online

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Fungal infections can be very annoying especially when they become recurrent. With so many possible sources of the infection, sometimes the lack of poor hygiene may not be anymore the sole reason why people get infection. Good thing there are medications today to kill fungi infections, and among the most effective and proven drug is Diflucan. Such drugs are very helpful to prevent the infection from spreading to the different parts of the body. Remember that as soon as you are diagnosed positive of the fungus, you need to eliminate them to treat the infection and prevent possible complications. Diflucan is a powerful anti-fungal drug that will eventually solve your solution and keep those fungi at bay. Today you can buy diflucan over the counter from the different pharmacies around the world. The prices may vary depending on where you are currently living. In cities where you may rarely avail diflucan over the counter, the drug might be a bit expensive. But hey, if you have so many issues about buying diflucan over the counter but in dire need of the drug, why not buy diflucan online?

With the growing trend of the internet in buying different stuff like plane tickets, gadgets, hotel reservations, and food, even medicines are made available over the world wide web to bring convenience for those who need the drug. Generally, the word convenience is the common tag of online shopping. The reason why it is so convenient to buy stuff over the internet is very obvious and self-explanatory. With just the tip of your fingers, you can click and drag and get your orders within a matter of seconds. Cool isn’t it? And to make sure that you don’t miss the trendy way and time-saving opportunity then perhaps you might also consider buying diflucan in the internet instead of buying diflucan over the counter. But what is it for you? (more…)

Buy Prednisone for Inflammatory Disorders

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

People with inflammatory diseases are often prescribed by doctors to take immunosuppressant drug. In laymen’s term, this means that if you have medical conditions accompanied with inflammations, or having medical disorders wherein the immune system kills its own cells, you need to take drugs that could temporarily shut down the immune system. Among such drug is prednisone, a popular synthetic corticosteroid medicine used by patients with allergies, asthma, CIDP, ulcerative disorders, COPD, rheumatic disorders, Crohn’s disease, hypercalcemia, laryngitis, urticaria, pericarditis, nephrotic syndrome, myasthenia gravis, adrenocortical insufficiency, thyroiditis, tuberculosis, lipid pneumonitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and poison oak. Doctors also use prednisone to prevent the body from rejecting the organ transplant. People also buy prednisone to lessen the body’s response on different medical disorders so that swelling and inflammations can be prevented. To do this, the drug shuts down the immune system temporarily, making the user more susceptible to infections.

Although we have mentioned above a number of medical indications of the corticosteroid drug, people may buy prednisone for other purposes. Prednisone is not limited for reducing the allergic reactions of the body but also for treating migraine, some hormone sensitive tumors, decompensated heart failure, and many other possible medical conditions. The drug is a prescription medication so you should not buy prednisone if you are not being told by your doctor to use it as your treatment. As what we have mentioned, the risks when you buy prednisone for treatment are infections due to the reduced response of your immune system. Prior of prescribing you this medicine, the doctor has already made sure that all the benefits rule out the possible side effects. At this point it is very important that you work together with your doctor during treatment. Follow the orders of your physician, and better yet you may participate in the discussion with your physician for therapy and treatment. (more…)

Info You Should Know Before You Buy Tamoxifen

Monday, February 24th, 2014

 Many people buy tamoxifen for the purpose of treating breast cancer, especially women who are genetically predisposed to acquire such condition. Tamoxifen is basically a nonsteroidal drug popular for its anti-estrogenic properties. Estrogen-depended tumors can therefore be treated when you buy tamoxifen. Apart from breast cancers, steroid users also buy tamoxifen to suppress the effects of estrogen which is the main side effect of steroid. When you buy tamoxifen for treatment, it can therefore help you prevent gynecomastia, edema, and female pattern of fat distribution as a result of an increase of estrogen levels in a man’s body. Gynecomastia is often the result of prolonged usage of exogenous steroids which suppresses the production of androgens, making the estrogen as the dominant hormone.

Tamoxifen is a non-toxic medicine and often it does not show any side effects for athletes who are using it to manage the effects of increased estrogen levels. So far, many bodybuilders buy tamoxifen because it is the most effective drug so far to counteract the effects of steroids. Although it does not guarantee a hundred percent effectiveness for everyone, the usage of tamoxifen has somehow higher probabilities of working for most users whose sole purpose is to prevent the effects of estrogen. Often times bodybuilders can safely use drugs such as Dianabol and Anadrol when they have well-maintained their tamoxifen dosage right before a contest begins. Experts have even suggested to buy tamoxifen at 10 mg to 20 mg dosage to get the optimum outcomes. (more…)

Prednisone Tablets – The Benefits of Using this Drug

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Prednisone tablets are prescription drugs that are used for treating an assortment of medical conditions.  However, the main use of prednisone tablets is for the treatment of swelling as well as the suppression of the immune system.  The latter is very useful asthma and allergic attacks as well as for during organ transplants.  Prednisone tablets are available in doses of 1mg, 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, and 50mg.

Under normal circumstance, the frequency on the usage of prednisone tablets is from once up to about four times daily.  However, this frequency will depend greatly on the directions given by your physician based on what condition is being treated.  These instructions are very important and should be strictly followed in order to ensure proper treatment as well as avoid overdosing or underdosing.   If you feel though that you require more than the dosing you have been given per day, it is possible that you physician will instruct you on the best time of day that you need to take the medication.  Prednisone tablets must be taken with food because you will have an upset stomach if you are to take prednisone tablets with an empty stomach.

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Down Syndrome and the Piracetam Myth

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

There was bad (and worse) news last month for parents of Down syndrome children who had hoped that Piracetam would boost their sons’ or daughters’ mental abilities.

The first rigorous study of this use of the drug found that Down syndrome youngsters receiving Piracetam do not improve intellectually. Furthermore, many of them exhibit negative behaviors such as aggressiveness, agitation, irritability, sexual arousal, poor sleep habits and decreased appetite in response to the medication. (more…)

War on Warts

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Are you geared up to put on those summer sandals, but afraid to reveal your heinous tootsies? Don’t worry. With time and patience, you should be able to banish those warts from your feet for good.

Your best strategy? Stick to your wart treatment regimen to help ensure victory, and take care not to push your doctor to just cut or burn the warts off — since that may leave you with a bigger problem than the warts ever were. (more…)

CDC Predicts Remaining Flu Vaccine Delivered by End of Year

Monday, October 14th, 2013

The flu vaccine delay is rapidly diminishing. By Nov. 29, 71 percent of the normal supply of 75 million doses had been shipped. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control now say most or all of the remaining doses will be delivered to healthcare providers by the end of December.

The CDC this year took the unusual step of ordering 9 million doses on its own, to have them available as insurance against delivery system glitches that might cause local delays. Normally the federal government takes no part in the purchase and distribution of flu vaccine.

Now, the CDC says, it is time for everyone who has not been vaccinated to get a shot as soon as possible. If the vaccine is not available from one provider, the agency’s advice is to keep trying. “Be patient but persistent,” is the way it was put in the most recent update on the vaccine situation.

It’s Not Too Late
Health experts are in agreement: It’s not yet too late to get a flu shot. Ten days or so are needed for the vaccination to become fully effective. During 14 of the last 18 years, CDC records show that the flu did not peak until mid-January.

Influenza is highly contagious, and can be very dangerous for people 65 or older, or who have health problems such as diabetes or heart or lung disease.

Because pneumonia and other pneumococcus bacteria infections are common and very dangerous complications of influenza, people in those high-risk groups are advised to get vaccinated for pneumococcal infections.

Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., has urged everyone 50 and older to “take action for their health and get a flu shot,” and echoed the CDC assurance that December is not too late to benefit from vaccination. “You can still get protection,” he said.

Satcher dismissed fears that one can get flu from the vaccine as “a myth.”

“The scientific evidence is overwhelming,” Satcher said. “The influenza vaccine is safe and effective and definitely will not cause the flu. Don’t let the flu stop you from enjoying life.”

During a typical flu season, 110,000 people are hospitalized with flu complications, and nearly 20,000 die. And good health is no protection, Satcher says. “Even if you are healthy and feel fine, you should get a shot.”

State Flu Incident Reports
Latest reports collected by the CDC show that during the week ending Nov. 25, the flu had been reported in 18 states, in two of which — Texas and Kentucky — it was classified as “regional.” In the other 16, it was classified as “sporadic.” Twenty-four states reported no flu activity, and eight states did not send reports.

The CDC’s classifications do not relate directly to the number of cases identified. “Sporadic” means influenza infections are present, but none are affecting schools, nursing homes or other institutions. “Regional” means there are outbreaks, but they are in areas of a state containing less than 50 percent of its population. There is a third classification — “widespread” — for outbreaks in areas where more than 50 percent of the population live. It has not been used so far this year.

The total number of cases identified by official laboratories so far is small. Between Oct. 1 and Nov. 25, 8,511 virus specimens sent in by hospitals, clinics and physicians were analyzed, and only 101 were found to be influenza viruses. The most common by far was influenza type A (H1N1), and the second most common was type A (H3N2). This year’s vaccine is designed to provide protection against both strains.

The other states in which cases of influenza have been identified are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Price-Gouging Begins
The General Accounting Office, an agency which does studies and makes investigations for Congress, has been asked to investigate the flu vaccine production and distribution system, particularly the charges that profiteering flourished when it became apparent that manufacturing problems were going to make delivery of this year’s full supply much later than usual.

Difficulty reproducing one of the three flu virus strains needed for this year’s vaccine and U.S. Food and Drug Administration findings that two of the three major U.S. vaccine manufacturers’ plants were not in compliance with FDA standards caused the delay.

The National Flu Surveillance Network, a private organization, says the manufacturers “magnified” the delay by adhering to their normal first-come, first-served vaccine shipping policies. The NFSN says that meant some vaccine went to hospitals, doctors and public health clinics, but much went to for-profit wholesalers and companies that offer vaccines to employees.

Doctors used to ordering vaccine in October and receiving it several days later “were left to scrounge for vaccine for their high-risk patients,” the NFSN said. Some Detroit doctors crossed the border to buy vaccine in Canada, where it was readily available.

Reports of price-gouging began to flood in. Some resellers who had obtained a supply from wholesalers were asking for, and getting, prices four to 10 times normal. There was nothing illegal about what they did, but there was widespread anger at having to pay, for instance, as one Detroit hospital did, $12 a dose for vaccine that should have cost $1.60 a dose.

The Haves and Have-Nots
Physicians and public officials were also angry to learn that the vaccine they were having trouble obtaining for people in the high-risk categories was being freely dispensed to employees of large companies that had ordered early, and even to all comers in supermarkets.

One doctor, David Westbrock, M.D., who practices in Centerville, a Dayton, Ohio, suburb, says he was outraged when he discovered that a local Kroger supermarket was giving flu shots to customers — at $12 each — while he and other local healthcare providers were unable to get the vaccine.

“To me, it’s an absolute scandal,” Westbrock told the NFSN. “I can’t believe there has been no plan to ration these [shots] for the people who really are at high risk. That’s a decision a doctor ought to make.”

The American Medical Association has condemned what it called “medical price-gouging,” and CDC officials voiced concern. But nothing could be done, because neither the CDC nor any other federal agency has any power to regulate the distribution of the vaccine.

Nor is it clear that it would be a good thing if such authority existed. The head of a CDC committee on vaccines, John Modlin, M.D., said he was “not sure that the federal government had any constitutional right to step into private commerce.”

Medicare will pay for flu shots for all its beneficiaries who have Part B coverage. The Health Care Financing Administration approved that change in benefits earlier this year, and will also no longer require that the vaccine be administered by a physician or doctor of osteopathy. State regulations, though, may still impose that requirement, and Medicare will not cover people with Part A only.

Medicare will also pay for pneumococcus vaccination, but will require a signed consent and a check on the recipient’s age and health, and whether the individual has been vaccinated before. Normally, one pneumococcal immunization is good for a lifetime.

Vaccine Alternatives, Not Substitutes
The CDC has called attention to four prescription drugs on the market that may alleviate influenza symptoms, or shorten the duration of a patient’s suffering. But the CDC also stressed that while they can be useful for controlling outbreaks “in specific and circumscribed situations,” they are not a substitute for the influenza vaccine.

However, the agency warned that two of them, amantadine and rimantadine, were not recommended for widespread use in healthy people because they can cause harm to the central nervous system (the brain). The other two, Relenza (zanamivir) and Tamiflu (oseltamivir), had been shown to reduce the severity and duration of types A and B influenza. Recently, the FDA approved Tamiflu for flu prevention, finding that a pill a day during an outbreak can prevent the illness almost like a vaccine. In addition, Relenza might be risky for people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.