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posted by Brando Dimagiba on 02/28/2011 10:02 AM

Washington: A chemical widely used to make plastic bottles and food containers may come from non-food sources and linger in the body longer than commonly thought, a new study published recently showed.Researchers from the University of Rodhester in New York state said their new findings on bisphenol-A (BPA)-linked by numerous previous studies to a range of serious ailments including prostate cancer, diabetes and heart disease-are key to understanding the chemical's toxicity.Until now "scientists believed that BPA was excreted quickly and that people were exposed to BPA primarily through food," said the study's authors, published online in the Environmental Health Perspectives... read more

tags: plastic, chemical, bpa, lingers in body, fda, health science, wellness, bisphenol-a

Disease in Focus: Alzheimer's Disease
posted by Carrie B. Yan on 02/23/2012 06:53 PM

An incurable degenerative disease of the central nervous system, characterized by the relentless progressive loss of mental capabilities. The risk of developing this disease increases after age 65.Symptoms:Failure to remember recent events and recognize familiar objects.Emotional distress.Loss of the sense of place.Seeming apathy to surroundings and activities.Delusions, hallucinations.Failure to recognize people, even relatives.Difficulty in walking.Deterioration and eventually the loss of the ability to think independently.Seizures, in some people.Complications:Concomitant infections.  Death, due to infection, or accident.Causes:Destruction of a large number of nerve cells.Deficiency in the chemical needed in transmitting nerve impulses.Heredity.Toxic poisoning from metal compounds.... read more

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Disease in Focus: Amenorrhea
posted by Carrie B. Yan on 02/27/2012 06:25 PM

The menstrual cycle is interrupted during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and stops after menopause or hysterectomy. Amenorrhea is the abnormal absence of periods that may affect fertility.Symptoms:Menstrual periods never start.Interrupted periods.Complications:    Inability to get pregnant.Causes:PrimaryDelayed puberty due to : (a) Heredity factors; (b) Hormonal disorders; (3) Missing female sex chromosome.Congenital defects.A severe illness in childhood.SecondaryAfter stopping oral contraceptive pills.Emotional stress.Strenuous physical activity.Hormonal disorders.Severe weight loss, starvation.Obesity.Disorders of the reproductive organs.Diseases.Certain medicines.Consult a doctor if you have never menstruated by age 16 or you have suddenly stopped menstruating for no reason.... read more

tags: health, disease, disease in focus, amenorrhea

Disease in Focus: Amnesia
posted by Carrie B. Yan on 02/28/2012 06:44 PM

Loss of memory. Memory is impaired by disease or injury. Very common cause is simple aging.Symptoms:Partial or total loss of memory.Causes:Head injury.Epilepsy or Alzheimer’s disease.  Emotional stress.Alcohol intoxication.Consult your doctor.... read more

tags: health, disease, disease in focus, amnesia

Disease in Focus: Arthritis
posted by Carrie B. Yan on 02/29/2012 06:12 PM

Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more joints in the body. The involved joints may be warm, swollen, tender and painful, especially during movement.Symptoms:Arhtritic patients complain of pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints (hands, knees, ankles and hips).Arhtritic joints produce deformities especially in the hands and fingers.Many patients may not exhibit symptoms even if x-ray findings show arthritic changes. Causes:Joint instabilityAge-related changesAltered biochemistryHormonal factorsGenetic predispositionPsychological factorsStress... read more

tags: health, disease, disease in focus, arthritis

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