Mother Chooses To Die So Her Son Can Live! Her Selfless Childbirth Decision Saved Her Baby’s Life!


This is so upsetting but so beautiful. It really shows the lengths a mother will go to protect her child.

Karisa Bugal of Aurora, Colorado, made a delivery room decision that ended with her death. But the risk to her was worth it because it meant her son, Declan, lived.

When Karisa was in the delivery room, ready to meet her son, doctors informed her she had a rare condition called amniotic fluid embolism.

Basically, the protective fluid from around her baby had escaped into her body and was destroying her organs. The condition is so rare it’s barely been studied.

Karisa was given a choice: have surgery to save her life but it’d endanger her baby OR have a cesarean that would save Declan but most likely kill her.

Rather than put her baby in any sort of risk, she immediately chose the cesarian. She survived the procedure long enough to ask about her son.

That’s the saddest, most beautiful thing we’ve ever heard.

She leaves behind her husband Wes and her other child, a toddler. People have been so touched by this story they’re donating to the family HERE!!

We’re sure her kids will grow up to appreciate the selfless woman their mother was!

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How yoghurt could stave off diabetes: Just two spoonfuls a day cut odds of developing the disease by a fifth


Eating 28g of yoghurt daily – around a quarter of a small pot – cuts the odds of developing the disease by almost a fifth, a study found.

The research, from the Harvard School of Public Health in the US, suggests the popular food could provide an inexpensive and easy way of boosting the odds of a healthy old age.

Type 2 diabetes, the form of the condition studied, is fuelled by obesity. It usually develops in middle-age and over time triggers disabling and deadly complications, from blindness to heart attacks and strokes.

It eats up a tenth of the NHS budget and with some 3million sufferers in the UK alone and numbers rising as the obesity epidemic bites, anything that prevents it could have a massive impact health as well as on the healthcare system.

The US researchers began by crunching together the results of three long-term studies into diet and health.

These involved almost 200,000 men and women, who were studied for up to 30 years and provided detailed information on their diet. All were free of diabetes at the start of the study but 15,156 had developed it by the end.

Analysis of their diet showed no link between the disease and their total intake of dairy products. Milk or cheese alone had no effect. However, eating yoghurt seemed to stave off the disease.

The researchers then added in data from other studies, meaning they had information on almost half a million people. This showed that one 28 helping of yoghurt a day cut the odds of type 2 diabetes by 18 per cent.

Senior researcher Frank Hu (CORR) said: ‘We found that higher intake of yoghurt is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas other dairy foods and consumption of total dairy did not show this association.

‘The consistent findings for yoghurt suggest that it can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern.’

Professor Hu’s research, published in the journal BMC Medicine (MUST CREDIT), follows other work that has credited yoghurt with keeping people trim.

It is thought that the bacteria in yoghurt help keep the metabolism on an even keel.

They may also replace bugs in our stomachs that would normally pump out obesity-fuelling toxins.

It is also possible that people who regularly eat yoghurt have it as a dessert and so eat fewer sweet puddings than others.

Dr Alasdair Rankin, of charity Diabetes UK, said: ‘This work adds to existing evidence that people who eat yoghurt are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, but what it doesn’t tell us is whether eating yoghurt can directly reduce risk of type 2 diabetes.

‘It could be that those eating yoghurt who took part in the study were more likely to lead a healthy lifestyle, which we know can help to reduce risk of type 2 diabetes.

‘That is why more research will be needed before we can change our advice that the best way to reduce risk of type 2 diabetes is by maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active and eating a healthy balanced diet that is low in salt, fat and sugar.’



What makes us get sick? Look upstream- Dr Rishi Manchanda


Dr. Rishi Manchanda has worked as a doctor in South Central Los Angeles for a decade, where he’s come to realize: His job isn’t just about treating a patient’s symptoms, but about getting to the root cause of what is making them ill—the “upstream” factors like a poor diet, a stressful job, a lack of fresh air. It’s a powerful call for doctors to pay attention to a patient’s life outside the exam room.

An excellent talk regarding health awareness…



What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe


A very interesting session… Must watch.

When a new drug gets tested, the results of the trials should be published for the rest of the medical world — except much of the time, negative or inconclusive findings go unreported, leaving doctors and researchers in the dark. In this impassioned talk, Ben Goldacre explains why these unreported instances of negative data are especially misleading and dangerous.

Please watch the video:

Source: TedMed

Walking could stave off memory decline


Living in a neighbourhood that encourages walking can stave off cognitive decline in older adults, according to new research.

“Features of a neighbourhood that encourage walking for transportation require having someplace worth walking to, like neighbours’ houses, stores and parks,” said Amber Watts, assistant professor of clinical psychology at the University of Kansas.

Researchers judged walkability using geographic information systems – essentially maps that measure and analyse spatial data.

“GIS data can tell us about roads, sidewalks, elevation, terrain, distances between locations and a variety of other pieces of information,” Watts said.

Watts said easy-to-walk communities resulted in better outcomes both for physical health – such as lower body mass and blood pressure – and cognition (such as better memory) in the 25 people with mild Alzheimer’s disease and 39 older adults without cognitive impairment she tracked.

She believes that older adults, health care professionals, caregivers, architects and urban planners could benefit from the findings.

Researchers estimated the relationship between people’s neighbourhood scores and their performance on cognitive tests over two years, factoring in issues like age, gender, education and wealth, that might influence people’s cognitive scores independently of neighbourhood characteristics.

They found that intricate community layouts might help to keep cognition sharp, rather than serve as a source of confusion in older adults.

“There seems to be a component of a person’s mental representation of the spatial environment, for example, the ability to picture the streets like a mental map,” Watts said.

“Complex environments may require more complex mental processes to navigate. Our findings suggest that people with neighbourhoods that require more mental complexity actually experience less decline in their mental functioning over time,” said Watts.

Source: Business Standard

Why the motto “Sleep when you’re dead” is harmful to your health


In today’s fast-paced world, it can be challenging to find the time to do everything you need to accomplish in a single day. Between working, commuting, making time for family and friends, exercising, eating healthy, and still squeezing in time for fun and relaxation, it’s easy to start cutting out sleep as a time management technique. While depriving yourself of sleep may give you the time to catch up on your favorite TV shows, it can also have negative effects on your overall health.

Premature aging. Sleep deprivation affects the body in a way that is similar to aging. Insufficient sleep causes the body to release the stress hormone cortisol, which can prematurely age your skin over a prolonged period of time. Sleep loss also reduces the amount of human growth hormone (HGH) that your body produces, which helps to maintain your skin and muscle mass. Less HGH means that your body is less able to repair its tissues and keep your skin looking youthful.

Chronic illness. Chronic lack of sleep can increase your risk for a variety of health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. In particular, lack of sleep dramatically increases your risk for cardiovascular disease. Not getting enough sleep can also weaken the immune system, making you more susceptible to seasonal illnesses like colds and the flu.

Weight gain. On top of everything else, chronic sleep deprivation can also cause weight gain. Sleep-deprived people tend to crave high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods, and their bodies have a harder time regulating appetite.

If you have been wearing your lack of sleep like a badge of honor and claiming that you “can sleep when you’re dead,” it may be time to find a new motto. Getting sufficient sleep is a critical component of a healthy lifestyle.


Poor eating habits affect your heart


Poor eating habits can affect your heart for a long time and the effects can persist long after dietary habits are improved, shows a research.

Poor eating habits alter the way genes express themselves, including genes related to immunity, the findings showed.

This change in gene expression (epigenetics) ultimately keeps the risk of cardiovascular disorders higher than it would be had there been no exposure to unhealthy foods in the first place, the researchers noted.

“I hope that this study demonstrates the importance of diet-induced changes in the epigenome and encourages further research into the interaction between dietary patterns, DNA methylation and disease,” said Erik van Kampen, a researcher involved in the work from Leiden University at Leiden in the Netherlands.

The effects of an unhealthy lifestyle could affect the way the immune system functions even after successful treatment of atherosclerosis – plaque builds up inside the arteries that could limit the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and other parts of your body.

To make their discovery, scientists used two groups of mice that had an altered gene making them more susceptible to developing high blood cholesterol and atherosclerosis.

These mice were either fed a high-fat, high-cholesterol diet (western-type diet) or a normal diet.

The study appeared in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology.


Are Your Supplements Screwing With Your Meds?


Taking vitamins or other dietary supplements along with medication can be dangerous, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

Dietary supplements can alter the absorption and metabolism of prescription and over-the-counter medications, the FDA said.

“Some dietary supplements may increase the effect of your medication, and other dietary supplements may decrease it,” Robert Mozersky, a medical officer at the FDA, explained in an agency news release.

For example, the supplement St. John’s Wort can make birth control pills less effective, the FDA reported. Both the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba and vitamin E can thin blood. Mixing either supplement with the prescription blood thinner warfarin or aspirin could increase the risk of internal bleeding or stroke, the report said.

Dietary supplements are widely used in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2005-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that roughly 72 million people in the United States who are on a prescription medication also took some type of dietary supplement.

Although many people take supplements to make sure they get proper nutrition, the FDA said there is no substitute for eating a healthy diet, and products labeled as “natural” or “herbal” are not necessarily harmless.

“Natural does not always mean safe,” Mozersky said. This is particularly true for children, he added.

“Parents should know that children’s metabolisms are so unique, that at different ages they metabolize substances at different rates. For kids, ingesting dietary supplements together with other medications make adverse events a real possibility,” Mozersky explained.

People planning to have surgery should inform their doctor of every medication and supplement they use. It may be necessary to stop taking supplements a few weeks before an operation to avoid potentially serious changes in heart rate, blood pressure or bleeding risk, the FDA said.

Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should also talk to their doctor about any supplements they take.

“The bottom line is, before you take any dietary supplement or medication — over-the-counter or prescription — discuss it with your health care professional,” Mozersky said. The FDA added the following tips for consumers:

  • Every time you visit the doctor, bring a list of all the dietary supplements and medications you take. This list should include dosages and frequency.
  • Tell your doctor if your health has changed, including any recent illnesses, surgeries or other procedures. You should also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, news release, Oct. 27, 2014

Kick the butt to avoid chronic back pain


Smokers are three times more likely than non-smokers to develop chronic back pain, warns a research.

“Smoking affects the brain. We found that it affects the way the brain responds to back pain and seems to make individuals less resilient to an episode of pain,” said Bogdan Petre, technical scientist at the Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in the US.

The results came from an observational study of 160 adults, with new cases of back pain.

They were asked to rate the intensity of their back pain in a questionnaire that also asked about their smoking status.

Scientists analysed MRI activity between two brain areas, which are involved in addictive behaviour and motivated learning.

These two regions of the brain “talk” to one another and scientists discovered that the strength of that connection helps determine who will become a chronic pain patient.

This connection was very strong and active in the brain’s of smokers.

“But we saw a dramatic drop in this circuit’s activity in smokers who – of their own will – quit smoking during the study. When they stopped smoking, their vulnerably to chronic pain also decreased,” Petre added.

Medication such as anti-inflammatory drugs did help participants manage pain but it did not change the activity of the brain circuit.

Kicking the butt is the only solution if smokers want to get rid of back pain, the authors concluded.

The study was published online in the journal Human Brain Mapping