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Month: November 2017

Antibiotics or Home Remedies
Remedies

Antibiotics or Home Remedies

For parents, it can be hard to tell whether your child's illness requires antibiotics or if there are other ways to effectively treat his or her symptoms. To prevent overuse of these drugs, it's important to know when home remedies can be used instead of antibiotics. "If your child has an ear infection, consider using over-the-counter pain relievers in place of antibiotics," says Tiffany Casper, D.O., a Mayo Clinic Health System family physician. "Children's ear infections usually improve within two to three days, especially for kids who are 2 years or older. If your child's health does not improve within a few days, it would be wise to take them in to see their provider." "Instead, Dr. Casper suggests offering your child warm liquids, such as tea or soup. These can have a soothing e...
GMO Expert Voices Concerns About Engineered Foods
Genetically Modified Foods

GMO Expert Voices Concerns About Engineered Foods

The Ecology Action Centre and the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network are hosting an international expert in genetically modified organisms at talks in Halifax, Truro and Charlottetown this week to try to answer that question and others. Lucy Sharratt, a coordinator with the biotechnology network, said genetically engineered salmon is already available to Canadian consumers, and genetically modified apples and potatoes have been approved in Canada but aren’t yet on the market. “We’re so excited to have Dr. Steinbrecher come and speak because we want to have a discussion about the potential of the science and how, as a society, we should introduce new technology, and that involves public engagement and it involves good government regulation, and if we have new technologies in front of...
Antibiotics or Home Remedies: What’s best?
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Antibiotics or Home Remedies: What’s best?

For parents, it can be hard to tell whether your child's illness requires antibiotics or if there are other ways to effectively treat his or her symptoms. "Children's ear infections usually improve within two to three days, especially for kids who are 2 years or older. If your child's health does not improve within a few days, it would be wise to take them in to see their provider," says Tiffany Casper, D.O., a Mayo Clinic Health System family physician. Dr. Casper recommends antibiotics for an ear infection if: • Your child is 6 months old or younger. • Your child is between 6 months and 2 years old and has moderate to severe pain. • Your child is 2 years old or older and experiencing severe symptoms. Ice cream, frozen fruit pops or cold beverages may soothe a sore throat. O...
People Are Losing Their Minds Over The CICO Diet
Diet

People Are Losing Their Minds Over The CICO Diet

Another day, another diet (or another diet headline at least) and this new diet, named CICO for “Calories In, Calories Out” is particularly appealing because you can eat whatever you like and still lose weight. Sprouted on the Reddit website, it is claimed that the CICO diet works wonders as it allows dieters to eat whatever types of foods they like, in whatever form they want, as long as they consume fewer calories than they burn — the good old weight loss equation. As such we are likely to see the CICO Diet in the pile of old, useless diets in a few short months. So here are just some of the reasons it is unlikely you can eat masses of cake, fast food, and sugary processed snacks while dropping the kilos. 1. Weight loss is not a one size fits all model While we often talk ab...
Using CBD to Achieve Balance and Wellness
Wellness

Using CBD to Achieve Balance and Wellness

If it feels like you’re trying to do too many things at once lately, you’re not alone. The average American worker gets just over 10 minutes of work done before getting distracted by something, whether it’s important or not. More than 40% of Americans admit to browsing the internet while watching TV, and nearly half of us check our email at the movie theater (not cool, by the way). Most of us know by now that juggling—or trying to juggle—all these responsibilities at once means that other priorities fall by the wayside. Too often, our efforts to live a healthy lifestyle get swallowed up in a sea of screens, notifications, reminders, and to-do lists. A healthy diet, quality sleep, and staying active are all important factors. But there are some other easy decisions anyone can make to ...
Is Insulin Resistance Linked to Diet Quality?
Diet

Is Insulin Resistance Linked to Diet Quality?

A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition examined the role of diet quality in increasing rates of insulin resistance in a Chinese population. As you consume a meal, glucose (sugar) from the carbohydrates you ingest is released into the bloodstream. This triggers a response causing your body to produce the hormone insulin, enabling the glucose to be absorbed by the cells in your body to be used for energy. As the glucose enters your body’s cells, the concentration of glucose in your blood decreases. Insulin resistance is a condition in which cells cannot respond normally to insulin. This leads to high blood sugar, which eventually leads to type 2 diabetes. Over the past 20 years, China has experienced rapid economic growth, concurrent with shifts in diet and physical activity...
Is Uganda ready for GMOs?
Genetically Modified Foods

Is Uganda ready for GMOs?

The Parliament of Uganda recently passed the National Biosafety Act 2017. The law is intended to provide a legal and regulatory framework for the safe development and application of “biotechnology”, not “Biosafety”, in the country. The advancement of modern biotechnology has been popularised as a powerful tool in alleviating poverty and enhancing food security. Uganda is a signatory to the Cartagena Protocol which mandates parties to ensure an adequate level of protection in the field of safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms resulting from biotechnology. Over the years, Uganda has been progressively promoting the adoption of genetically modified (GM) varieties. A number of confined field trials have been conducted: for example, genetically modified (GM) bananas...
Home Remedies: Natural Ways To Get Smooth Lips in Winters
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Home Remedies: Natural Ways To Get Smooth Lips in Winters

During cold or humid months, our skin doesn’t get the amount of hydration and moisturization it needs to stay healthy and supple. They say your lips give away the hydration levels of your body. Dry, damaged and chapped lips usually mean that the body needs more fluids. Warm water, soups, and green tea are your best friends for healthy hydration in cold months. In addition, here are some natural fixes to get smooth lips in winters. 1. Almond Oil 2. Sugar 3. Honey 4. Milk 5. Beetroot Juice 6. Tomato Juice Read the full article at Smart Cooky
The Double-Edged Sword of GMOs
Genetically Modified Foods

The Double-Edged Sword of GMOs

Most of us have heard of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). What first comes to your mind when you hear this acronym? Many think of fluorescent mice or purple-colored carrots, but GMOs also encompass less dramatic examples: plants and animals that have been genetically engineered for disease tolerance or improved quality. The 21st century has not been tranquil for humankind. From chronic diseases to impoverishment, many of us have been facing the worst of nature over the last few decades. However, this era has also involved great strides in technology, a weapon that can be used to tackle these problems. GMOs can be beneficial to human health. You might have heard of Golden Rice, a genetically modified (GM) rice variety. This has a greatly enhanced proportion of beta-carotene, whi...
Can High-Protein Diets Damage Your Kidneys?
Diet

Can High-Protein Diets Damage Your Kidneys?

Here's a quote that's been floating around the Internet: "When life gives you lemons, you ask for something higher in protein." While it's not clear who originated the quote (probably not a pasta maker or a bread baker), the quote certainly highlights the recent popularity of high-protein diets such as the Dukan, the Atkins, the South Beach, the Paleo and the Ketogenic diets. Also, eating too much protein is not without its risks. An article just published in the New England Journal of Medicine reviewed the scientific evidence on what the amount of protein in your diet can do to your kidneys. For the article, Kamyar Kalantar‑Zadeh, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. of the University of California-Irvine School of Medicine and Denis Fouque, M.D., Ph.D. from the Université Claude Bernard Lyon sum...