January 29, 2013
Untreated OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) has been linked to high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, car accidents, work-related accidents and depression. According to the American Sleep Association, OSA affects more than 12 million Americans.
The Food and Drug Administration regulates the safety and effectiveness of devices, including the device most often used to treat OSA—the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine, commonly known as CPAP.
Sleep Apnea and Tiredness
The Greek word “apnea” literally means “without breath.” With sleep apnea, your breathing pauses multiple times during sleep. The pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and can occur 30 times or more an hour. Sometimes when you start breathing again, you make a loud snort or choking sound.
Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type, is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses. The less common form, central sleep apnea, happens if the area of your brain that controls breathing doesn’t send the correct signals to your breathing muscles.
According to Eric Mann, M.D., Ph.D., deputy director of FDA’s Division of Ophthalmic, Neurological, and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices, you may be unaware of these events since they happen while you’re sleeping.
Because you partially wake up when your breathing pauses, your sleep is interrupted, and you often feel tired and irritable the next day.
January 23, 2013
The main sign of male infertility is the inability to conceive a child. There may be no other obvious signs or symptoms. In some cases, however, an underlying problem such as an inherited disorder, hormonal imbalance or a condition that blocks the passage of sperm may cause signs and symptoms.
Commonly used herbs for male fertility include astragalus, damiana, ginseng, sarsaparilla, saw palmetto, yohimbe, green oat and horny goatweed. Some of these herbs improve sperm motility, some enhance sexual function in men and some increase sperm count, semen density and your ability to maintain an erection.
January 14, 2013
If you’ve ever rubbed a topical pain reliever—a cream, gel or other product applied to the skin—on a sore muscle or joint, you’re familiar with the sensation of warmth or coolness that soon follows.
But if, instead, you experience burning pain or blistering, you must seek medical attention immediately.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that some consumers have reported receiving serious skin injuries while using certain over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers applied to the skin to relieve mild muscle and joint pain.
OTC topical pain medications for muscles and joints include creams, lotions, ointments and patches. In many cases, burns where the product was applied occurred after just one application, with severe burning or blistering occurring within 24 hours. Some had complications serious enough to require hospitalization.
Do’s and Don’ts
FDA has the following advice for consumers using OTC topical muscle and joint pain relievers:
- Don’t apply these products onto damaged or irritated skin.
- Don’t apply bandages to the area where you’ve applied a topical muscle and joint pain reliever.
- Don’t apply heat to the area in the form of heating pads, hot water bottles or lamps. Doing so increases the risk of serious burns.
- Don’t allow these products to come in contact with eyes and mucous membranes (such as the skin inside your nose, mouth or genitals).
- It’s normal for these products to produce a warming or cooling sensation where you’ve applied them. But if you feel actual pain after applying them, look for signs of blistering or burning. If you see any of these signs, stop using the product and seek medical attention.
- If you have any concerns about using one of these products, talk to a medical professional first.
- Report unexpected side effects from the use of OTC topical pain reliever to the FDA MedWatch program
January 10, 2013
A lot of journal articles and TV shopping programs today are dedicated to such topics as “Losing fat with no effort” or “Ways to trim down 10 pounds in three days” and the like. Unfortunately, according to FDA, the majority of programs and so-called weight loss supplements that are advertised do not bring any result. They are aimed at something different therefore the promises that are provided to customers are not fulfilled.
The most frequently used idea is that patients exhaust their bodies so much that it can even lead to unpleasant results. They try so hard to lose fat that these programs make them starve to death. Some people who suffer from weight control problems prefer another idea. They follow some diets or work-out routines. However, the results achieved by this method are not permanent. Moreover, following to this kind of method can even lead to women’s infertility.
The most interesting fact is that the older person is, the harder he or she loses his/her weight and burns fat. Why? The answer is simple: while we are getting older, our metabolism is slowing down. Thus, if you are fifty, do sports every day and eat healthy food regularly, you still may lose weight slower compared to the time when you were younger.
The biggest part of those battling against their overweight doesn’t know how much depends on HGH (human growth hormone). It can fight against fat cells, removing triglyceride which acquires the body’s lipids. All this reduces the possibility of fat storage in the most problematic places that people have, for instance, on waist. People who relied on fast weight loss continue to expect good piece of news in this sphere. Now only frustration remains.
You should always remember that it is the HGH that the metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in your body depends on. Remember this if your aim is to lose fat. However, the problem is that the gland responsible for this hormone gradually starts to secret less and less as a person grows older.
And what can do those older people who want to remove their overweight but can’t do because of their slow metabolism process? They can take some supplements which will increase secretion of HGH. This advice can be useful for those who want to see muscles, not fat.
Exhausting exercises can be not the only solution. The diet is not always necessary. Explore other ways that will bring you to the required result. Make thorough investigation and consult specialists in medicine prior to subscription to one more weight loss program. Strict diet, for instance, isn’t a good idea simply because an individual wouldn’t receive all the vitamins and minerals he or she requires. In fact this may cause really serious health issues. Moreover, some physical exercises can provoke existing illness of disease to get worse.
The same strategy can be very useful for you and dangerous for your neighbor. It’s normal if you want to lose fat fast but mind the method you use.
Natural products are used by hundreds and thousands of people as a solution for their weight problems. Natural weight loss pills and stimulants of HGH help lose considerable amounts of excessive weight. When used avidly, natural weight loss products – supplements, herbals and HGH products – mostly prove to be safe and effective. Along with helping lose unwanted and unhealthy weight in a natural way, these products also safeguard the body against adverse effects during the entire process.
January 5, 2013
Pores are small passageways through which hair reaches the surface of your skin. The small openings also have additional roles that contribute to your health: Pores act as ducts, allowing oil to travel from under-the-skin glands to the surface to condition the dermis. Aside from that, the tiny holes are one of the paths your body uses to get rid of toxins. In fact, during exercise, your pores become enlarged to facilitate the excretion of waste.
Sometimes pores become so enlarged that they create unattractive craters. Although it’s usually not a medical concern, enlarged pores can damage your self-confidence and self-esteem and require any kind of cosmetic enlarged pores treatment.
Fortunately, there are proven strategies for minimizing or concealing enlarged pores — and restoring even-looking skin.