Recent Health News Articles on Stress

The people in Siolim, India, who are suffering from stress, depression and anxiety, are seldom properly treated. Doctors and nurses assigned in this far flung fishing and farming village focus more on physical ailments. Mostly, they prioritize children suffering from diarrhea, aging people with heart problems, and laborers with cut injuries. In the same way, locals fear to get diagnosed with related mental problems. They are afraid to experience disgrace from family and friends. It resulted to suffering in silence making their misery worse.

In 2007, two specialists visited the town. Their main purpose was to identify people with anxiety and stress. Surprisingly, the doctors found themselves preoccupied the whole day and for the whole week. Dr. Anil Umraskar, the person in charge, claimed that a great number of people made up a “sizeable crowd” at the clinic. More and more patients with high level stress, anxiety and depression keep appearing daily.

They concluded that most of the Indians with moderate to severe mental illness never go untreated. Research revealed that 80% to 90% of people suffering highest level of anxiety and stress do not get adequate treatment. It was then that Dr. Vikram Patel, psychiatrist of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, started the Siolim Project. As of today, the clinic has been the forefront to treat the emotional and mental condition of the people in the area. It has expressed its potential to transform the mental health problem in some countries in the developing world.

But instead of doctors, the program is training common people to identify symptoms of depression and treat individuals under stressed condition. With India’s population of more than one billion people it will take large sums of money to raise more psychiatrists to deal with depression problems. They have only 4,000 specialists in the whole country. Dr. Greg E. Simon, researcher in Centre for Health Studies in Seattle, commended Dr. Patel’s advocacy. He said “It’s a really interesting, exciting thing he’s doing.”

The workers claimed that stress and depression has been as common to that of the wealthy. Poor people in poor countries experience the same emotional turmoil and are no longer viewed anxiety as Western affliction.

Most of these poor patients express a wide variety of causes. 29 year old Medha Upadhye, one of the councilors said, “Financial difficulties and interpersonal conflicts are there. But Unemployment and Alcoholism are some of the major problems.”

Individuals, who are identified suffering the problem, increase at least 20% in a given year. Experts say that even the remotest and poorest place, severe stress has become a disabling disease similar to malaria. It is theoretically affecting the economic condition of the society. If a farmer is suffering from consistent and constant depression or stress, he cannot get out of bed to work. Most likely, his family will not have food on the table.

Current Health News – Marketing Unhealthy Cereals to Children is Not the Problem

A study about children’s health released by Yale University in Washington D.C. at the annual meeting of the Obesity Council, shows that the most unhealthy breakfast cereals are the cereals most often marketed to children.

The study found that cereals marketed directly to children have 85 per cent more sugar, 65 per cent less fibre and 60 per cent more sodium than cereals marketed to adults. This is a perfect storm of nutritional badness guaranteed to cause health problems in anyone who consumes such a mixture regularly.

The authors go on to indict cereal manufacturers for targeting children with advertising and in-store promotions. They suggest self-regulation of advertising is not effective and stronger regulation would be in order.

But the question arises, does advertising force parents to purchase products? Do advertisers force parents to feed their children nutritionally bankrupt food? Or is that a choice parents make and follow through with on their own?

The fact is, children do not purchase breakfast cereal, parents do. Cereal companies do force parents to put candy-like breakfast products in the pantry to the exclusion of much healthier foods. Cereal companies do not force-feed these products to little Johnny or Jill, parents do.

While cereal manufacturers deserve no praise, the problem is NOT the nutritionally bankrupt cereal. The problem is PARENTS BUY IT AND FEED IT TO THEIR CHILDREN.

The problem is NOT advertising.

The problem is parents buy these ridiculous products masquerading as food, feed it to their little darlings, and then wonder why there are so many overweight kids and why their children are over weight and illness-prone.

The solution is NOT government control or increased regulation. There are already a zillion government regulations in all areas of life that, for the most part, do nothing but raise taxes, inhibit freedom, drive up costs and create more problems than they solve.

The solution to the “great cereal advertising crisis” is for parents to accept responsibility for their childrens nutritional welfare and not leave it up to the advertising department of a cereal company.

The solution is for parents to learn the basics of kids nutrition and learn which foods are healthy and why, and which foods destroy health regardless of how catchy the slogan is or how cute the animal mascot happens to be.

My grandchildren have no taste whatsoever for the nutritionally bankrupt sludge many children live on because my children, the parents, understand the basics of nutrition and know without doubt that a diet of high carbohydrate foods makes you fat and destroys your health and they know why this is true. And because they understand the basics of how protein, carbohydrates and fat affect metabolism and how metabolism determines your and your childrens health, they are never hypnotized by dancing lions or cute bears into buying boxes of nutritional junk trying to imitate healthy food.

We all think we know everything about everything, but we do not. And if our knowledge of nutrition comes primarily from advertising or from an unschooled recitation of the same old pop-nutrition advice that has resulted in 68% of America being overweight, then we are doomed.

Without an ACCURATE understanding of what food does when you put it in your mouth, chew and swallow, you simply cannot make an informed nutritional decision and you are forever at the mercy advertisers claims. And advertisers are in the business of selling things, not producing the healthiest possible products. And no amount of regulation will change that.

The ONLY way to make good choices for your children or yourself is to be informed. Learn the basics of diet, nutrition and metabolism well enough that you can apply them when you eat out or when you purchase items at a grocery store you intend to prepare and feed to yourself and the people you love and care about most.

Children do not buy breakfast cereal, parents do. Regulating advertising will not make children healthy, parents making informed choices and helping their children develop healthy eating habits will.

Health News – Most Japanese People Live Long

During the past 25 years, residents of Japan still ranks in terms of single life expectancy. A recent report shows, female life expectancy in Japan rose to 86.5 year’s and 79.5 years for males. There was an increase of about five months compared to the previous year’s data.

Statistics, in 2009, were issued by the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare of Japan. However, the life expectancy of Japanese men this year, down from fourth to fifth.

When comparing life expectancy between residents of developed and developing countries or poor, would seem a real difference. Population in developed countries have a longer age than with developing countries.

After Japan, women in Hong Kong ranks second with life expectancy 86.1 years, followed by France and Switzerland, 84.5 years 84.4 years. From the group of men, the top occupied by Qatar that is 81 years, 79.8 years ago Hong Kong, and Switzerland in third place there and Iceland at 79.7 years.

The question is, why are there differences in life between the developed and developing countries? If the view in Japan, one of the reasons why the longevity of its citizens is the rapid advancement of medical treatment, especially for diseases cause death, such as cancer, stroke, and heart. In addition, the Japanese diet is famous and a healthy lifestyle.

Longevity is a good thing, but in a country with little birthrate and declining population, the number of elderly population means an imbalance in the population.

Japan today also face various problems with the aging population such as increasing the number of cases of elderly suicide, violence, alcohol abuse and the elderly because of low incomes and occupational status uncertain.

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Did You Know the Best Fish Oil Supplement Can Deliver Better Health Benefits?

There’s little doubt that this must be one of the most popular dietary supplements that’s being taken today. That’s thanks to a lot of good, positive, health news that has come from a variety of sources. So, how do you ensure that what you’re currently taking is the the best fish oil supplement?

Not an easy task for many of us who might have made a rash decision to buy a bottle of fish oil pills based on gut instinct, price or some other obscure reason. Let’s try and bring a bit of logical reasoning back into the equation, and mention a few things that will give us a heads-up in choosing a good one.

Fish oils contain what are known as omega 3 fatty acids and two of them EPA and DHA are the best nutrients to be had. The latter one is something I always look out for on the label, and I always try to get one with a high concentration. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be the most expensive, as I’ve proved this point time after time with my own buying patterns.

One other factor of note that the best fish oil supplement can offer is the purity of the oil itself. Too many of our fish are harvested from polluted waters, and these contaminants can find their way into the final product. Searching out those producers that put the oil through a process of distillation, and can prove it by checking their website, is worthwhile.

This is also where information about the freshness of the product is often given. If you’ve ever taken fish oils and experienced burping or repeating then that’s often a give-away for a pill that’s not as fresh as it should be. Freshness can also be examined in how the fish that’s harvested is kept and handled.

This simply means seeing if the maker has a COE or Certificate Of Analysis. The best fish oil supplement producers will proudly divulge such data, again on a company website most often. What we’re looking for here is a low oxidization level.

This is something that I look at in more detail on my main site, with easy to follow instructions that anyone interested in better health can follow.

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Vision Health Dangers of Over-Wearing Contact Lenses

A study sponsored by Ciba Vision shows that 40% of contact lens users wear contact lenses longer than manufacturer specified recommendations. With excuses ranging from financial to forgetfulness, wearers must realize the potential damage created by prolonged wear of contact lenses.

The danger begins with the types of contact lenses people are prescribed. There are many different types of contact lenses from daily, weekly, and monthly to the physical material they’re made of including silicone hydrogels such as Alfafilcon A, Phemfilcon A, and many others.

Each of these different types and styles vary in the length of time they can be worn in the eye before damage begins to occur. Material types are classed in four groups – Low water, non-ionic; High water, non-ionic; Low water, ionic; and High Water, ionic.

The key to each classification is water content which helps pass the flow of oxygen to the eye along with different types of deposits that can collect on the lens.Different materials are much more favorable to build-up of infection causing proteins and lipids. Oxygen reduction in the eye can cause long-term health problems including corneal ulcers and inflammation.

As the Ciba Vision study shows, via WebMD, weekly and monthly lens wearers are most likely to over-wear lenses. Remembering to change out lenses months down the road is the biggest reason. Simple steps such as an email reminder, notations in your smart phone, or timer cases are the easiest remedies. Daily lens wearers on the other hand cite saving money as the main reason for wearing lenses longer than normal. While daily lenses can be the most expensive lenses on the market in yearly expenses, these lenses are not made for wear more than a day and extending them out to a week or more can cause serious health risks that the money saved can’t buy back.

It’s imperative that contact lens users are aware of the potential permanent harm that can be done to eyes when wearing contact lenses longer than prescribed. If wearing lenses over is an issue, consult an eye doctor to figure out the best steps to improve how you wear contact lenses.

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Penis Health News and HPV – Why Vaccination Is Not Just for Women

In recent months, the common virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV) has been frequently featured in the news. While the focus has been mainly on vaccination for women, men, too, need to become educated about this virus and about the vaccine that safeguards against it. Avoiding genital warts and other HPV-related issues is part and parcel of good penis health, so read on and learn.

What is HPV?

HPV is one of the most common viruses; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that most unvaccinated sexually active adults will contract HPV at some point in their lives.

Isn’t HPV just a woman thing?

A lot of HPV education centers on women, largely because there’s an association between HPV and cervical cancer. But men are equally likely to get HPV.

What happens with HPV in men?

Sometimes, HPV comes with no symptoms; however, men with HPV often end up with genital warts. As a matter of fact, the CDC estimates that at any time, 1% of sexually active men are experiencing genital warts.

The warts themselves are more of a nuisance than a health problem. They can appear on or around the penis, testicles, groin area, thighs or anus. Their shape and size vary, and while they do not cause pain, they can be very off-putting.

Men with genital warts have an obligation to let any sexual partners know about them. They should also practice protected sex (with a condom); however, HPV may be present even when no warts are visible, and it may be passed on through contact with areas not covered by the condom.

Genital warts can be removed through a variety of methods, but they tend to recur; it may take several removal sessions to be rid of them.

Is there a cancer risk with HPV?

Cancers of the penis, anus and throat have an association with HPV, but instances of HPV causing these cancers are rare. They also are not caused by the same type of HPV that causes genital warts. Still, it’s a good idea for a man to monitor his penis and groin area for any signs of abnormalities and report them to a doctor – just to be safe.

Only about 400 men in the U.S. develop HPV-related penis cancer in any given year; for HPV-related anal cancer, the rate is about 1500. It’s somewhat higher for throat cancer; however, most of those come about due to issues other than HPV, such as smoking.

What about the vaccine?

The good news is that there is now a vaccine (called Gardasil) that can help protect against HPV. The not-so-good news is that it is effective only in men who are 26 years of age or younger. The CDC recommends that boys receive the vaccination when they are 11 or 12 years old and that any male can receive it up through age 26. However, it is most effective when given to a male who is not yet sexually active, because once he becomes sexually active, the chances of already being infected increase significantly.

The vaccine is multi-stage, meaning it is given in three doses over a period of six months. There aren’t any serious side effects associated with the vaccine, which should be encouraging for men who are worried about adverse reactions. Men over the age of 26 shouldn’t despair about not being able to get the HPV vaccine; as mentioned before, most people with HPV do not experience any significant symptoms, and those with genital warts can be treated.

Men who regularly and appropriately monitor their genitals as part of their daily penis health routine are in the best position to spot any possible signs of HPV. That regular monitoring should also include proper penis hygiene: regular cleaning with a mild cleanser that will not irritate the skin. It’s also vital that men incorporate a top quality penis vitamin cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) into their daily penis health regimen. For optimal results, men should seek out a cream that includes both acetyl L carnitine and alpha lipoic acid; the two ingredients work together synergistically to produce maximum benefit. Also essential in a cream is the presence of vitamin A, the antibacterial qualities of which can fight that annoying and off-putting penis odor.

Men’s Sexual Health News – Is the Male Birth Control Pill the Future of Sex?

When it comes to dealing with contraception, the primary responsibility tends to fall on the woman; and this is especially true in monogamous and married relationships where condoms are given up, as there is no longer a perceived need to protect oneself from sexually transmitted infections. When it comes to simply preventing pregnancy with hormonal birth control methods, women often have the final say – as they should – as they are the ones who have to use the method and deal with potential side effects and pitfalls. For decades now, men have been happily going along with this arrangement, as they have not been the ones needing to pop a pill every day or getting shots to avoid becoming with child. Well, guys, the freedom from managing this issue may be coming to an end in the near future, as a new male birth control pill is under way and could be coming to a nearby pharmacy counter very soon. Learn what this new form of contraception could mean for the future of sex and its impact on a man’s sexual health.

The Male Birth Control Pill: Fact or Fiction?

That’s right, ladies around the world may soon be breathing a sigh of relief, or even greeting their partners with a smug smile that says it’s his turn to worry about birth control for a while. Researchers have long toyed with the idea of a male pill, and the science is slowly starting to catch up with the fantasy. While recent versions have not yet been tested on human males, they have made it to the animal testing phase with some success on male mice.

How would this pill work?

Biologically speaking, it is more difficult to control the fertility of men compared to women – simply because female contraception need only prevent the release and implantation of one female egg every month. A male version would have to keep millions of sperm in check every single day – it is estimated that men produce about 1,500 sperm cells every second! So it is easy to see how much more complicated the prospect of male birth control is.

The current research is aimed at stopping the transportation of the sperm from point A to point B – rather than decreasing the production of sperm – as that would essentially cause infertility. Men hoping to go down that road would fare better from a one-time vasectomy — which has long been tried and true. Instead, researchers are focusing on a male hormone that is present in the body at the time of climax and sends a signal to the sperm saying it’s time to get a move on. By pinpointing that hormone, researchers hope that they can stop the release of sperm and thus create the first ever male-specific contraception.

Maintaining Male Sexual Health

While it will likely be several years before a male birth control pill is available to consumers, the possibility of it looks very real. The good news is, there will be no lasting side effects to men who use the birth control pill, and with a doctor’s prescription, it can be added to his current sexual health routine with ease. A routine that should already include the following: regular physicals with a doctor, a thorough daily hygiene regimen, and consistent use of barrier protection to protect the penis from sexual infections and other issues.

Penis Health News for Cyclists – Preventing Permanent Damage With No-Nose Seats

Although this year’s exceptionally harsh winter weather is still a factor, the end may finally be in sight, and many cycling enthusiasts are looking forward to getting back on the road. The roads are still icy in many areas, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the coming season, and part of every cyclist’s planning should include attention to the effects of riding on their bodies. For men, in particular, cycling more than 3 hours per week has been found to have a substantial effect on erectile health – and men of all ages may be affected. Fortunately, this problem is reversible if it is treated correctly, and with a few adjustments to a man’s technique and equipment, it may be possible to avoid it altogether. The cause for loss of penis function, as well as some hints for penis care for cyclists, are discussed here.

How does cycling affect penis function?

Getting an erection and maintaining it long enough to complete the act of intercourse requires nerve signals from the brain to travel along the neural pathways to the erectile tissue; these signals direct the blood vessels leading into the penis to expand, allowing increased blood flow to the area. As the blood rushes into the erectile chambers, the spongy tissue inside them expands, preventing the blood from leaving the area, and an erection occurs.

Sitting in a bicycle saddle places an enormous amount of pressure on the perianal area; because the artery and nerves that serve the penile tissue run directly through this area, they are subject to this pressure, and they can easily sustain damage that prevents both nerve signals and blood from reaching the area. Men who spend hours cycling every week often experience numbness and tingling in the penis, and they frequently report loss of erectile function.

Can this condition be treated?

Erectile dysfunction related to bicycle seats may be reversible if it is treated correctly. In many cases, surgery may be required to repair the damaged tissue; this surgery has a significant success rate.

How can men avoid cycling-related loss of function?

Doctors and fitness experts often advocate the use of a specially-designed no-nose bicycle seat. This design eliminates the pressure to the perianal area, substantially lowering the risk of erectile issues. For men who cycle for recreation, the no-nose seat can be a good alternative. For men who ride competitively, this option may not be feasible, because the “nose” portion of the seat may affect power and balance in the racing position. In this case, adjusting the seat position or the position of the handle bars may help to reduce some of the pressure to the area. In addition, men may benefit from standing in the pedals whenever possible to relieve the pressure and restore blood flow.

Daily care for penile artery and nerve health

Daily penis care is another important aspect of nerve and circulatory health, and one that is often overlooked. Men should be aware that, as with the rest of the body, the penile tissue requires important nutrients to support cellular function, including its ability to repair itself after damage occurs. While most of these nutrients can be found in a healthy diet, they are not always directed to the penis. Therefore, in order to ensure that the penis receives the full benefit of these essential vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants, a little extra TLC may be necessary. Men can give the penile tissue an extra nutrient boost by applying a topical penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) that is specially formulated for with nutrients such as vitamin C for healthy circulatory tissue and amino acids such as acetyl L carnitine and L arginine, which are needed for nerve health and regulation of blood flow. A product containing natural moisturizers also provides an extra benefit – smooth, resilient penis skin that is responsive and pleasant to the touch.

Visit for more information about treating common penis health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of penis sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men’s health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.

Julia Miller, Health News and Acai Berry – The Mysterious Connection

In the last few weeks we have received numerous emails about Julia Miller – a health news reporter – who investigated the weight loss benefits of the Acai Berry. We have heard so much about the Acai Berry and claims that it could help you lose weight, that we were excited to learn that a health news reported had some testing on the supplement. Unforunately, as we investigated further we learned that Julia Miller was not who she claimed to be.

Some Background on the Acai Berry

The Acai Berry is a small purple berry that grows in the Amazon Rainforest. The berry grows in bunches high in the Acai Palm tree. The Acai berry has a very large seed – with only about 10% of the berry edible skin and pulp. While the Acai Berry is small in size, it is large in nutrition – with more antioxidants than any other fruit. The fact that the Acai berry can help increase energy, improve sleep patterns, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and aide in digestion is widely accepted. What is much more open to debate are the weight loss powers of the Acai berry.

The Acai Berry and Colon Cleanse – A Match Made in Marketing Heaven?

One of the common themes among web sites that promote Acai for weight loss is to pair it with a colon cleanse. This seems liked an interesting combination so we did a search at PubMed for any clinical studies on the combination of Acai and a colon cleanse – we did not find any studies. It looks like the idea that the two supplements need to be used together is more a matter of marketing than science.

Julia Miller And Her 4 Weeks of Weight Loss

So we were skeptical about weight loss claims, but the report we read from Health News 7 sounded so promising. Julia Miller, a senior Health Reporter, decided to try an Acai supplement and a colon cleanse to see if she really lost weight. In the article, she reports on her results each week and in the end she lost over 28 pounds in 30 days! The article also contains plenty of positive reports from other readers who left comments. We were thrilled until we decided to dig a little deeper and find out more about Julia Miller and her network – Health News 7.

Will the Real Julia Miller Please Stand Up?

We used Google to do a search on Julia Miller and Acai and we were shocked what we found. We found at least 8 different sites with slightly different news names – Health News 6, News Health 9, New 7 Health, etc. They all had the same report from Julia Miller – and a picture of Julia Miller. Here is the amazing thing – every picture of Julia Miller is different! We are not talking a little difference, in one photo she is blond with blue eyes – in the next she has brown hair, brown eyes and about 10 years younger. No way Acai could do that!

It was starting to become clear that this health reporter was really just different stock photos and not a reporter at all. It also was becoming clear that the news sites were not actually news sites at all. We felt we were getting very close to the truth on this story, we just needed to dig a little deeper.

The Sad Truth about Julia Miller and the Health News Sites…

After a few more searches, we found an incredible article detailing the whole truth on Julia Miller and the network of health news sites. The above article does an incredible job of clearly explaining the truth about these “news reports”.

The above article then pointed us to most amazing thing of all – a Julia Miller video that really unravels this whole strange Acai Health News network. Before you make any decisions about Acai and weight loss – you really need to watch the above video. Once you have all the facts, you will be able to make an informed and educated decision.