Saturday, February 16, 2008

IBS May Be Linked To Allergic Conditions

Irritable Bowel Syndrome may be linked to allergies according to a study at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The study also found that IBS occurred twice as often in patients with depression.

The study of 125 people found the likelihood of IBS was 3.85 times greater in patients with allergic eczema and 2.67 times greater in patients with allergic rhinitis. In early childhood, AE (allergic eczema) is frequently associated with gastrointestinal dysfunction and food allergy.

The researchers stated that patients with both conditions may benefit from specific therapies and should be considered separately from other IBS patients.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Hot Flashes Not to Blame for Women's Sleep Loss

According to a study published in the Harvard Women's Health Watch, menopausal women with sleep disorders may not be getting appropriate treatment because it is assumed that their sleep problems are caused by hot flashes. In many cases, hot flashes may not be the reason they are losing sleep.

From the Harvard Women's Health Watch newsletter:

A new study concludes that some of the sleep problems that women typically attribute to hot flashes may instead be caused by primary sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. The findings suggest that women may not be receiving appropriate treatment for their sleep difficulties. To determine the cause of poor sleep during the menopausal transition, researchers assessed the sleep of 102 women who reported having trouble sleeping. The researchers found that 53% had a primary sleep disorder. Among the entire group, 56% had measurable hot flashes.

This investigation is the first to examine menopausal sleep complaints using both objective and subjective measures. The study was small and may not be representative of all menopausal women with sleep complaints. However, the finding that half the women had primary sleep disorders, not just hot flashes, bears further investigation, notes the Harvard Women's Health Watch. Sleep problems are often assumed to result from hot flashes, but treating hot flashes isn't likely to resolve a serious underlying sleep disorder.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Medical Careers - Sonography

Sonography, or ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that is utilized to image soft tissue structures and can even prevent the need for more invasive techniques. Sonography basically uses sound waves, or sonar, to construct an image. Ultrasound is used in obstetrics as it can render a detailed image of the growing fetus in a safe and effective way.
If you've ever been pregnant, chances are you had an ultrasound and were delighted at your first peek at your developing baby.

If you've ever considered a career in the medical field, sonography may be one to consider. An ultrasound tech can earn between $41,420 and $56,020 per year depending on the region and work environment. Hospitals and even private doctor's offices are constantly looking for trained ultrasound techs.

To pursue a career in sonography, first you must attend an accredited ultrasound tech school. Sonography is expected to grow as a career field, faster than some others because more people are seeking alternative diagnostic procedures and treatments that don't involve radiologic tests.

For more information on a career in sonography, you can check out one of the many ultrasound technician schools that offer training. A career in the medical field can be both personally and financially rewarding, why not investigate your options today?

Monday, February 4, 2008

Hypertension in Women Raises Cardiovascular Risk

According to an article in the journal Hypertension, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, but less than 50% of women are aware of that fact. Studies also indicate that only about 60% of women with hypertension (high blood pressure) are being treated to lower their blood pressure - even though hypertension is a critical cardiovascular risk for women.

Although the effectiveness of blood pressure lowering in reducing cardiovascular risk has been demonstrated with a range of drug therapies in several major clinical trials,5 only about 60% of hypertensive women
are treated. Among those treated, only about a third are controlled at blood pressures <140/80 mm Hg, a value that still conveys considerable cardiovascular risk compared to a blood pressure of 120/80 mm Hg. Thus, inadequate control of high blood pressure continues to be the most important, and potentially treatable, cause of cardiovascular disease and
stroke in women.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Stretch Mark Creams Compared

Stretch marks are a common occurrence in women who are pregnant (75%-90% of pregnant women will have stretch marks) and those who have gained or lost a large amount of weight. Rapid growth or stretching of the skin can mean stretch marks, which are caused by the stretching of the dermis. Although skin is fairly elastic, rapid growth and hormones can cause stretch marks to appear. Women detest stretch marks as much as they do wrinkles. Well, what good can you find in disfiguring marks on your skin?

Because they are so prevalent, women often search out products and creams that are designed to prevent stretch marks. But which ones really work and which ones are a wast of your money? How do you know which stretch mark cream actually produces results?

If you want to see the results of the testing of four stretch mark creams on women with stretch marks and their successes or failures, you can read this article at Diva's Skin Care Blog. The results seemed to indicate that Revitol stretch mark cream produced the best results for the money spent.

If you suffer from stretch marks, you are not alone. But you can find ways to diminish their appearance and improve skin's elasticity.