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The Number of Autism Diagnosis Each Year

A Target That Seems To Move

Autism Spectrum Disorder has a broad definition, and it is only recently that codified understanding of the disorder has begun to become prevalent. Currently, approximately 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism. In 2010, 3,999,386 infants were born in the United States. At a ratio of 1/68, that would come to 58,814.5 new cases of autism.

Complicating the issue is previous estimates of autism. In the 1980s, autism was only diagnosed in about 1 out of 10,000. As can be seen, there is a massive difference between 1/68 and 1/10,000. However, some of that disparity results from means by which autism is categorized. When the disorder was first noted in modern medicine, it was often confused with schizophrenia. The years have seen greater understanding of autism than there has been; but this change in diagnosis isn’t quite enough to justify the massive difference in numbers.

The Rising Tide Of Autism

Autism is statistically on the rise, and as yet there is no concrete answer why. The blame game is heavy here, with fingers pointing at diet, nutrition, poverty, technology, chemicals associated with vaccinations, and poor parenting. In reality the truth may be that autism results from a confluence of such things, which themselves seem to be on the increase. Poverty and poor nutrition are increasingly widespread through foodstuffs replacing sound supplements, and economic fluidity. Meanwhile, technology is more pernicious than ever. There will be very few reading this who have not at some time seen a young child with a tablet, smartphone, or other electronic device. There has been shown to be a link between screen time and susceptibility to autism; at least according to Psychology Today.

But then there is also a hereditary link to autism as well. Engineers and scientists are scientifically more likely to have autistic traits. If this is true, it can be expected that a family of engineers and scientists will be more likely to have autistic children. However, the prevalence of the condition, and its expansion, seem to indicate there are preventable factors in play. That is to say: there are things modern society does today which are to some degree stimulating the spread of autistic tendencies. As yet the full scope of such possibly influential behaviors have not been nailed down, but there are treatments which have been shown to decrease the severity of autistic symptoms. Certain diets which restrict gluten and casein have been observed to reduce how severe autistic symptoms are.

Complications And Cures?

As you can see, anything and everything about autism has a high degree of complication. This is one reason it’s described as a spectrum disorder. Some children with autism are just inverted socially and a little incidentally estranged. Some children are so deep into the spectrum their only means of ingesting sustenance is a feeding tube. Though there are increasing treatments available, as yet the condition is not known to be curable. Still, some parents have developed strategies that seem to have worked. This woman had a husband who was a Ph. D., and claims she and he managed to cure their son primarily through catching the condition early and using proper dietary strategies.

Continuing Developments

There is success being experienced in terms of autism research, but it is taking time. If you are a parent with a child who suffers from autism spectrum disorder, there is hope. The internet represents one of the finest resources at your disposal, and you are not alone. There is a community out there that wants to help you, and more is becoming understood.

 

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Common Allergies

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Chronic illness plagues millions of people every year. One of the more common triggers of persistent illness is allergy-related. Over 50 million people in the United States struggle annually with allergies. Billions of dollars have already been allocated to treat allergy-stricken Americans. Avoid needless suffering and unwelcome medical costs by learning of the various allergy types, their triggers and how to avoid them.

Common Allergen Types

Do you know what elements can play a part in triggering an allergic reaction? Types of allergens can be divided into four categories. Below is a listing and description of allergen triggers that can invoke potential chronic problems in the future:

Food Allergies

Common food allergic reactions are triggered by milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and types of shellfish.

The most common allergic reaction trigger in infants and young children is caused by cow’s milk. In recent years, for adults, an increase of awareness in wheat allergies that cause bloating and other worrisome symptoms has given rise to offerings of “gluten-free options” in the marketplace. Many restaurants have gluten-free food lists or separate menus to serve their wheat-allergic patrons.

Drug Allergies

Some drugs that prompt allergic reactions include: balsam of Peru, tetracycline, penicillin, local anesthetics, Dilantin, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.

Calamine lotion, surgical dressings, dental cement, hemorrhoid suppositories and even medicine used to treat diaper rash can contain balsam of Peru in the ingredients. Other dentistry materials may also have the drug in their make-up. It may behoove you to ask your dentist about this specific element before undergoing any dental procedures.

Environmentally Triggered Allergies

Allergen triggers that can be attributed to your specific environment include pollen, animals, insect bites/stings, scents (perfumes or lotions), types of water, dust mites, and molds.

Close to 10 percent of all people are afflicted with dog allergies. Dander, urine, saliva, pollen, or dust that finds its way onto your furry companion are factors that can trigger troubling reactions. A skin condition called aquagenic pruritus is in effect an allergy to contact with water. For those who are allergic, water contact can trigger some irritating skin-affecting symptoms.

Contact Allergies

Various substances that make contact with your skin, hair, nails or various glands can cause allergy symptoms. Latex, hair dye, henna ink, hair waving mixtures, nail polish and soaps/shampoos are items that some people are allergic to.

The type of henna ink used in henna tattoos can determine if a reaction occurs. Henna ink that has an extra ingredient called PPA or Phenylenediamine can be dangerous to uninformed people who may not realize they are allergic to that specific ingredient. Make sure to ask the henna artist if they know the ingredients found in their henna ink.

What do allergic reaction symptoms look like?

Are you unsure as to what an allergic reaction looks like? Check below to see if you have experienced any of these allergy-related symptoms:

Food Allergy Symptoms:

  • digestive issues
  • skin reactions like hives
  • swollen airways or tongue
  • cramping
  • brain fog (common with gluten allergies)
  • vomiting (especially related to milk allergies)

Drug Allergy Symptoms:

  • skin rashes
  • itchy skin or hives
  • fever (this symptom may be a significant sign to determine what type of allergic reaction)

Environmental Symptoms:

  • a cough
  • itchy/watery eyes
  • a runny nose
  • difficulty breathing
  • sneezing
  • wheezing

Contact Symptoms:

  • skin irritation
  • red rash at the point of contact
  • life-threatening shock (in severe cases of latex allergies)

Look for the signs. If you know the triggers, you can come up with a prevention plan. If you’ve experienced any one of these symptoms it may be time to visit a medical professional.

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The Purpose of NIIW (National Infant Immunization Week)

 

For one week each year, National Infant Immunization Week takes place at the end of April. This is an annual observance that is dedicated to highlighting how important it is to immunize your young children as a way of protecting them from a number of vaccine preventable diseases. Also, achievements that have taken place over a number of years are celebrated as are the partners in the medical field that contribute to this event each year. Since 1994 this event has taken place in hundreds of different communities all across the United States. Vaccinating your child helps to protect your children as well as other children in the community and it helps control our public health situation. Let’s take a look at how vaccinations help your infants and children:

Life Threatening Diseases

Vaccinations have been developed over the years to protect infants and other children from becoming ill with life threatening conditions or illnesses that could permanently affect their health for the rest of their lives. The current vaccination schedule that is recommended by the American Board of Pediatrics includes vaccines for things like measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, polio, diphtheria and more. These vaccinations are scheduled throughout the first couple years of a child’s life. Some may be required prior to a child entering daycare at the age of six weeks old and boosters are also needed later on in life to continue a child’s protection against a disease. There are some conditions that for many people, would not be life threatening such as measles. However, there are always complications associated with these conditions and you can never predict what the outcome would be for your child.

Controlling The Population

When people of any age routinely get their immunizations or their booster shots, this will help protect the community as a whole. Without these vaccinations we would not have certain diseases eradicated. This also helps protect the demographics that are more at risk for complications associated with these diseases like infants, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. At one point in time things like polio were very prevalent and many people died or were permanently disabled because of these diseases. Once people began to vaccinate against these diseases it slowed things down and eventually, got rid of these issues. Our country doesn’t see polio cases the way hospitals did decades ago.

Talking With Your Doctor

Some people have concerns with vaccines whether it be because of the schedule involved or because of the ingredients of an immunization. It is important to speak with your child’s doctor in order to find out more so you will feel comfortable with the process. There are sometimes changes that can be made to the schedule if need be and you will be able to work with your doctor’s office to immunize your child properly before they enter school in the future. It is important to have a pediatrician that you trust and that will help keep your children safe as they grow up. Their advice is important and should be able to be trusted.

This year National Infant Immunization Week will take place at the very end of April and everyone is encouraged to spread the word and participate any way that you can. If you have young children or are pregnant you are encouraged to speak with your pediatrician to find out more about the importance of vaccinating as well as the current recommended vaccination schedule in your state. Protecting your infants is important so they will be able to thrive and continue to grow and learn as they get older.

 

 

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Understanding Allergy Diagnoses

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Allergies are a very common problem. One in five Americans have symptoms of allergies or asthma, and over half of people tested for allergies test positive for one or more allergies. Despite the commonness of allergies, it can be difficult to understand your allergy diagnosis.

Medical History and Symptoms

Your allergy diagnosis will begin with your doctor taking a medical history and asking you about your symptoms. They will also perform a physical exam to check for any common allergy symptoms.

Allergic Rhinitis

If your allergy symptoms involve a runny or stuffy nose and itchy eyes, you are most likely suffering from allergic rhinitis. These can include pets, pollen, dust, and mold. Your doctor may choose to treat you with medication and forego further testing. Your doctor may be able to tell you what you are most likely to be allergic to based on your symptoms and when they occur.

Drug and Insect Allergies

Drug allergies and allergies to insect stings can cause itching, swelling, hives, and anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition that can cause nausea, a severe drop in blood pressure, severe breathing difficulty, unconsciousness, and death. These allergies are easily identified because you will develop symptoms after being exposed to your allergen. If you are diagnosed with one of these allergens, you will need to take great care to avoid them.

Allergy Testing

Allergy testing is needed when a medical history and exam isn’t enough to make a diagnosis. They can be performed to diagnose any type of allergy.

Skin Prick Test

A skin prick test is an accurate way to diagnose most allergies, including those caused by environmental allergens, food, and contact allergies. The doctor will place a small amount of the allergen on your skin and prick or scratch it. If you are allergic to the substance, you will develop swelling, redness, and itching at the site within fifteen minutes. A positive test result means that you are likely allergic to the substance.

Blood Tests

Blood tests can be useful when you are taking medications to manage your allergy symptoms or you have very sensitive skin. The doctor will draw your blood. Then the lab will expose your blood to your suspected allergens. They then measure the amount of antibodies your body produces in response to the allergen.

Patch Test

The patch test is generally used when your doctor suspects that you have contact dermatitis. The doctor will place the allergen on your skin and apply a bandage. After 24-48 hours, the doctor will remove the bandage and check for any reaction. Redness and itching at the site means that you are allergic to the substance. The patch test can also be used with trays. The tray has small compartments that contain different allergens. This is an effective way to test for multiple skin allergies at once.

 

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What are the different types of pollen

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As we roll into spring and then the summer months (they’ll be here before you know it), the presence of pollen in the air starts to become a concern for millions of Americans. In fact, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (the AAFA), about 18 million adults and 7 million kids will be affected each year by dust and pollen. It is helpful to know what kind of pollen is in the atmosphere, and the sources from which they derive.

Grass – Ryegrass Pollen

Even if you didn’t know the name before now, if you’ve ever been to a rural area where farmland is abundant and the vegetation is lush, then you’ve likely seen the tall green stalks of ryegrass. Although there are ryegrass extracts that are marketed to help with noncancerous enlarged prostate glands, the natural pollen can cause allergic reactions in those susceptible to it.

Grass – Timothy Grass Pollen

This pollen derives as the offshoot of a grass that grows up to four feet tall. The spores are especially small, and you may inhale them without knowing it – only to be beset by a mild to serious allergic reaction later in the day. Allergy season for Timothy grass pollen generally starts in June and ends a month later.

Tree Pollen

Tree Pollen is of a wide variety, and includes Willow, Hazelnut, Cedar, Hornbeam, Birch, Alder, Olive and more. Early spring is the harbinger, which is around very late March. Usually the dust is even smaller than grass pollen, and so can be carried very far on the wind. An interesting fact is that trees that bear flowers tend to have larger pollen grains, which don’t trigger allergies nearly as much since they can’t easily be carried on the wind.

The closer you live to tress such as Cottonwood or Elm, the more likely you could be subject to allergies caused by their airborne pollen. The good news is that there are alerts as when the pollen count is high, and all you have to do is avoid being outside unprotected during those times (as well as keeping your windows and doors shut). Also – avoid eating the fruits from such trees, as they can trigger your propensity to getting an allergic reaction from the pollen.

Weed Pollen

Weeds are plants that pollinate, too, and the some of the ones to watch out for are Ragweed, Sorrel, Mugwort, Goosefoot and Nettle weeds.

In particular, Mugwort weed releases very allergenic pollen that derives from a 6-foot tall plant in North America, Asia and Europe. You’ll find it in rural areas and places where the terrain is rough; where a hardy plant is required in order to survive. In North America, pollen season for Mugwort is from late summer to early fall – not very long. However, it is known to cause oral allergy syndrome and hay fever.

Nettle actually comes in a large variety of weeds; all of which generally possess small spikes. There’s the Stinging Nettle, Dwarf Nettle, California Nettle and Dog Nettle as examples. Strangely enough, nettle leaves can also be used to help relieve allergies when made as a tea – it has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. In its pure form, however, the pollen it releases can cause you to sneeze all summer long.

For the most part, the types of pollen that exist are covered in the general categories of trees, grass and weed. They all have the potential to react negatively with your immune system, which treats it as a foreign object and engages an immune response.

 

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What attracts mosquitoes to humans?

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Blood Connoisseurs
Some people just have all the charisma with vampire bugs. Mosquitoes prefer certain bloods. Approximately 10% of people are highly attractive to them. Is it how they wear their hair? Are mosquitoes like frat guys who have a particular “type”?

Well, the frat thing probably isn’t the case; the mosquitoes that bite you are female. This is because laying eggs requires blood–but not just your blood; she’ll settle for animals, too. It’s just, if she could have steak or a Slim Jim, she’s going with the steak every time. Wouldn’t you?

Unfortunately, if you’re attractive to mosquitoes, you can’t just “hide” from them. It’s in your genes, at some level. According to WebMD, only 15% of factors influencing mosquito susceptibility are in our control.

The 15% You Can Control
You can do a few things to ensure that only one out of the ten in your group bears the brunt of the mosquito assault. Things which attract mosquitoes and are controllable include:

  • High levels of cholesterol remaining on the skin’s surface after it’s been processed
  • Steroids
  • Excess amounts of uric acid
  • Large emissions of carbon dioxide

Mosquitoes can “smell” you from up to fifty meters. If you’re sweating profusely and exhaling profusely, you’re easier to smell. You’ll be putting off more carbon dioxide. The larger you are, the easier you are to smell, because you are putting off more carbon dioxide. When moving, your body may also begin to heat up. This likely also will produce higher quantities of uric acid through your sweat. And if you’ve used steroids to help you work out, it doesn’t matter how low your cholesterol is; the bugs will be after you. Additionally, the thing about cholesterol which attracts mosquitoes isn’t the aspect which may clog arteries in the wrong quantities. It’s rather how cholesterol is processed by your body, and the residue left on your skin after the fact. Since pregnant women are liable to produce more carbon dioxide than normal, mosquitoes love them, and will come in for a bite extremely often. This doesn’t bode well in areas where the Zika virus has been detected.

Repelling The Blighters If You Are In The 10%
Mosquito repellent with DEET will keep the bugs off you about five hours, but DEET is a chemical repellent which, though statistically minimally, has been known to cause medical issues in some. What’s becoming en vogue today are mosquito traps, which can knock mosquito populations down and help everybody; not just the guy with the tasty blood. There’s also permethrin-laced clothing, which puts the repellent chemicals on the garments rather than the body. Another means of cutting down on mosquito populations includes reducing areas of standing water. Water is where they breed–you’ve seen the little larvae jerking spasmodically around in puddles before. It does not take them long, either; and they’ll keep breeding where the water is. If they find water that isn’t in a pond, it’s to their benefit–there’s a decreased likelihood frogs will eat them.

It’s Not Just Zika
West Nile Virus, Malaria, Dengue Fever, and Zika are all diseases that result from mosquito bites. While most of those have only been seen in America among statistically minimal segments of the population, why put yourself at risk? It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re in the 10% of people more attractive to mosquitoes. The listed diseases affect all 100% of the humans who have been bitten. Granted, some will be affected worse than others, but prevention is still the best option. Eliminate standing water, dress accordingly, and use repellent. (There are organic repellent options.)

 

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Importance of Infant Immunization

Importance of Infant Immunization

Immunization is one of the most important achievements in the last century. It has saved countless lives while preventing millions of people from getting sick or incurring a lifelong disability. It is a testament to the power of vaccines that many childhood diseases that often resulted in hospitalization or death are now preventable.

It is only natural for a parent to want a good life for their child, a life free of ailments or pain. Immunization is the single most effective way of protecting a child from many serious diseases that exist today. The decision to immunize your child, therefore, is a crucial one since there is no alternative to it.

The Immunization schedule

The vaccine schedule is recommended by the AAP, CDC and most physicians. It is always reviewed on a yearly basis by a group of qualified healthcare providers and changed as necessary based on the latest research.

For your child to be fully protected, they have to be immunized starting at 2 months of age, then 4 months, 6 months and 18 months. Immunization starts at two months since this is the safest time to start the immunization process. Those babies who are not immunized at this time stand a huge chance of developing serious harm if they get sick within the first 2 years of their lives.

It is highly advisable to follow the immunizations schedule keenly and get all the shots on time. Delaying the vaccination process can be risky. Below are some of the reasons why it is best to follow the immunization schedule;

  • It will ensure your child is protected as soon as it can be.
  • The routine schedule is based on the best science today and is safe and works well.
  • Your child will get used to the needle and this will reduce their anxiety.
  • The risk factor for side effects remains the same whether you take one vaccine or four.
  • You will have fewer visits to get your child’s shots if you follow the schedule.

Common Infant Immunization Myths

  • Vaccines cause autism- there has not been any direct link that has been established between autism and vaccines.
  • Vaccines can cause serious side effects- since it is always mandatory for a child to have a physical evaluation by a trained medical professional, it is rare to have a child develop an allergy or fatality.
  • Vaccines are not needed- Vaccination has led to a decrease in serious diseases that are fatal and a drop in vaccination will lead to a resurgence of these diseases.
  • It is okay to skip some vaccines- once a vaccination is skipped, the only thing protecting the child is the immunity of the people around them.
  • Infant immunization is too early- children are immunized at an early age since this is the time they are at risk of having fatal complications.

Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

  1. It can save your child’s life- vaccination can now protect your child from more diseases than ever before, all thanks to the progress being made in science. A good example is polio which used to be one of the most feared diseases in the world and now there are no reports of it.
  2. Vaccines are safe and effective- after much review from doctors and scientists, vaccines have proven to be safe.
  3. Immunization protects those around you- there are still cases of babies who die from vaccine-preventable diseases because they are too young to be vaccinated, by ensuring you and your kin are vaccinated, you are also protecting these babies.
  4. Saves time and money by saving you from prolonged disabilities.
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What is World Health Day?

What is World Health Day?

The World Health Day is a global celebration by people from all over the world and is held each year on 7th April. The day is sponsored by the World Health Organization which held its first assembly in Geneva in the year 1948 and it was then that the World Health day was founded. It was first celebrated in 1950 and has been celebrated since. Each year, WHO carries out a variety of events that rotate around a specific theme. Some of the themes that have been used before are;

  • 2003- Shape of the future life
  • 2005- Road Safety
  • 2007- International Health Security
  • 2008- Protecting Health From Climate Change

The annual event is used to raise public awareness towards issues concerning health and safety. The theme is chosen to guide activities for the whole year. A good example is the Polio Eradication Theme which was in 1995, most countries are now free from polio due to the concerted efforts that were led by WHO.

WHO target global health issues from where programs are derived from and organized by WHO and other health organizations such as schools, NGOs and even governments. This day is celebrated to remember the establishment of WHO which is under the United Nations. WHO has played a significant role in combating diseases such as smallpox, TB, chickenpox and leprosy especially in developing countries.

Duties and responsibilities of WHO

  1. Promote development- poor health is mainly attributed to poverty, therefore, uplifting the economic status of a population leads to improved health.
  2. Strengthen Health Systems- In poor countries, the health systems are usually weak or lacking, WHO provides medicines, relevant technology and infrastructure to improve them.
  3. Reduce health risk- WHO is entrusted to reduce or avoid the outbreak of new or existing diseases.
  4. Promote research and gather information- WHO requires accurate data to set health regulations and therefore consults with world leading authorities and institutions to come up with technical guidelines.
  5. Enhance partnerships- by working with various governments and health organizations, information is easily shared and WHO can disseminate technical guidelines that are supposed to be used in building health systems
  6. Improve Performance- WHO is a large organizations with set goals and therefore it needs to constantly evaluate itself to ensure that it improves it performance by implementing results based management.

How World Health Day is celebrated

World Health Day is celebrated worldwide by governments and NGOs who organize activities that relate to public health issues so as to create awareness. Organizations that participate in this activities highlight their efforts through media reports such as press releases. Health authorities make their pledges in support of health issues in the domain. Other activities that are carried on include; debates on related topics, exhibitions, essay writing competitions and award ceremonies aimed at recognizing efforts of individuals and institutions in tackling health issues.

Why World Health Day is celebrated?

WHO focuses on increasing the life expectancy by promoting good health practices and some of the objectives of why the day is celebrated yearly are;

  1. To increase awareness on the causes and prevention of various diseases
  2. To provide detailed knowledge to the masses and relevant institutions on ways of preventing various diseases
  3. To encourage the vulnerable group of people to speak out and be heard by relevant authorities.
  4. To promote self-care among the people
  5. To encourage world health authorities to make their own effort in promoting the agendas of World Health day
  6. To protect families and other vulnerable people who are prone to diseases
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What are 5 top most common indoor air pollutants?

The quality of indoor air, whether it be at home or at the office, is very important to one’s health. We spend our entire lives breathing and when we are inside, it is important that the quality of the air we are breathing is just as fresh as the outdoors. There are some very common indoor air pollutants that can harm the integrity of indoor air. Luckily, these pollutants can be avoided.

Cigarette Smoke

While many counties and states have banned indoor smoking at restaurants and other public buildings, people still smoke in their homes. The carcinogens in the cigarette smoke is not only inhaled by the person who is smoking but also everyone who lives there. This smell and toxicity can linger in the air and be absorbed into furniture, clothing, etc.

Mold

More common than people think, mold can lurk in both small quantities and large quantities inside of a building. Common in high moisture areas like bathrooms and showers can harbor mold, but there can also be mold lurking inside of walls and such if there is a plumbing concern or structural concern with the building itself. Mold can be extremely hazardous to your health and even more so if you suffer from allergies or asthma. Keep humidity at normal levels in your home or office by using a dehumidifier if need be.

Chemicals

This is one of the most prevalent indoor pollutants around. Harmful chemicals can off gas from so many different sources. Paint, cabinets, flooring, carpets and cleaning products are all sources of chemicals. You can even introduce chemicals into your indoor air from scented candles, air freshener and perfume. Breathing in these chemicals can cause allergies, asthma, an increase in illnesses and even cancer.

Pesticides

Nobody wants rodents or bugs in their home or office so in these cases exterminators are called. What people don’t often realize is that the pesticides that are used to rid locations from these pests are very harmful and toxic. Usually the application process is done when people are not around but the products still off gas for many days or even weeks afterwards; often with no real smell to alert you there is something in the air.

Asbestos

While asbestos is no longer used in the construction of new buildings, there are plenty of older builds that still have asbestos present. There are specially trained companies that can detect asbestos in a building or in the air. They can then properly remove the product without putting people at risk.

Proper ventilation is key when trying to maintain a healthy indoor air quality. Opening windows each day, running vent fans and reducing chemical exposure are all ways you can protect your health and the health of those around you. Whether you take a good look at the cleaning products you are using in your home or the structural integrity of the building, maintaining a healthier indoor air is ideal.

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How Do Amphetamines Increase Risk in Parkinsons Disease

Amphetamines

Amphetamines are a central nervous system stimulant. It stimulates the body by triggering certain chemicals in your brain. These nerves prove to make hyperactivity and impulse control worse.

Like any other drug on the market, prescribed or over the counter it carries with it many side effects. Some of these side effects show up immediately, and some side effects show up weeks, months, and even years later.

Amphetamines, considered a dangerous drug affects all your vital organs, the brain, heart, liver, kidneys, thyroid, and can cause sudden death.

Parkinson’s Disease

Know that Parkinson’s disease is chronic (ongoing) and gets progressively worse. This disease is a movement disorder with no known cure at this time. All you and your doctor can do is try to manage the effects of this illness through medication or surgery. According to long known news reports, Michael Fox has Parkinson’s disease.

Research finds that this illness short circuits vital nerve cells (neurons) in the brain. The study concluded that when these nerve cells die, they release a chemical in the brain called dopamine. Dopamine, typically released in the brain, assists in the sending of messages to the body affecting your movement and coordination.

Dopamine is what helps you get through your day as you utilize thousands of various voluntary actions that you do not give a second thought. When you have Parkinson’s the dopamine in the brain gradually starts to decrease, and you find you can no long control these everyday movements at an average level.

As your Parkinson’s Disease progresses, you experience some effects of this insidious disease. Everyone is different, and Parkinson’s affects each person differently. You may have one or all of the following. These effects may be severe or minor.

  • Tremors in the hands, jaw, face, arms, and legs
  • Your movements become slow in motion
  • Much of your body becomes stiff
  • You lose your balance and coordination
  • Possible gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Potential loss of sensory factors such as smell
  • Sleep disturbances

Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Street Drugs, and Alcohol

New medical research finds that amphetamines trigger an addictive response in many people when this drug is taken long-term in excessive amounts.

Amphetamines target brain activity sector responsible for triggering a feeling of pleasure thus spawns feelings of euphoria even when doing everyday and basic daily living tasks such as eating. The constant level of happiness produces definitive brain changes.

People, in general, like to feel healthy, happy, and find pleasure in their day. However, these strange and ongoing feelings lead to substance abuse due to brain changes causing repeated sense of euphoria.

The research concludes that this constant euphoria alters the chemical in the brain called dopamine, responsible for voluntary body movements.

If you are taking amphetamines, you can develop symptoms of uncontrolled addiction, thus developing a stimulant use disorder.

Parkinson’s disease happens when the brain chemical, dopamine starts to decrease. Dopamine is the same chemical controlling your natural voluntary movements there are two known reasons why you may develop this disease.

  • DNA or genetic mutation in its rarest form
  • Exposure to environmental toxins

Researchers find, after an extensive survey, including hundreds of drug and alcohol abusers, amphetamine users, and those people who took neither, that those who took these drugs had a 200% increased risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease. Surprisingly, this study showed that women had a 400% increased risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease, and it was not determined as yet why this huge increased risk for the women populace.

This study was conclusive enough to say that methamphetamine and amphetamine abuse was enough to raise risks for people developing Parkinson’s syndrome.

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