Health Tips


Know Your Numbers

We hear it all the time “I don’t know what my cholesterol level is, but my doctor said it was OK.” Well, this is 2009 and it’s important for everyone of us to take more responsibility for our own health; it’s Important to Know Your Numbers.

For instance, some doctors may not take cholesterol seriously and therefore say its “OK” when it’s actually high. In other cases, there may be a mistake made at the office and an “abnormal” result is filed in the “OK” pile. Also, there are different guidelines for cholesterol numbers depending on what other health problems you may have; so what is an “OK” number for one patient may not be “OK” for another.
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Asthma — Triggers

What triggers asthma attacks? If you have asthma, then shouldn’t you know the answer?

Asthma is a chronic lung condition characterized by difficulty in breathing. People with asthma have extra sensitive and/or hyper-responsive airways. During an asthma attack, the airways become irritated and react by narrowing and constricting, causing increased resistance, and obstructing the flow of the air passages to and from the lungs.

The words “trigger factors,” and “triggers” of asthma are used to describe the things that can cause an attack in someone who already has asthma.
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Research By The Various National Institutes Of Health

Part of your federal tax dollars go to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support a vast variety of research studies among a group of federal research agencies as well as NIH grants to medical centers and universities. NIH is a branch of the federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services and NIH alone has some 18,000 employees. NIH coordinates research into health issues affecting the American public through 27 institutes, each devoted to research in a particular health area, plus other offices and centers.

The most familiar institute is the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which has the goals to develop techniques for curing cancers with valid treatments, was developed in 1937. NCI also seeks out solutions for managing those cancers that currently can’t be cured and researches the prevention of cancer. Another prominent research branch of NIH, called the National Institute of Mental Health, focuses the study of mental illnesses and basic research about the brain and human behavior.
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