How To Treat Bunions
March 29, 2013 – 12:00 am | No Comment
A bunion is a deformity that is mainly made up of a lateral deviation of the great toe which enlarges due to a tissue or a bone. It is a serious foot problem. These are formed within the foot and not on the surface of the foot. An arthritic condition and  a result of bone degeneration it is found as  a lump on the outside portion of the big toe. Bunions are seen near the joint of the toe and sometimes  [...]

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Indoors Surfing – The Best Body Workout
August 17, 2009 – 10:15 am | 2 Comments
Indo Boarding or Indoors Surfing is the superlative way to boost one’s athleticism by optimizing core strength and providing cardiovascular endurance. It challenges the core strength by varying one’s weight from one leg to the other. This workout demands dynamic bursts of energy needed to constantly pump the legs, upper body for peddling thus working on the all the muscles including the quads, hamstrings and glutes. While positioned on an oval-shaped board placed atop a roller or an inflatable cushion known as the IndoFLO, one is required to stay balanced on top of it. This prudent Indo Board technique was invented by a surfer Hunter Joslin in 1975, as a means of practising his sporting skills away from water who believes that its surpasses all sport forms due to its effectual integration of core fitness and balancing skills. But Indo Boards have since then have successfully managed to garner significant popularity, finding its way into several gym classes across the United States. A  [...]

Novel Drug Targets Cancer Stem Cells
August 16, 2009 – 9:11 pm | One Comment
U.S. researchers have unravelled a new-fangled approach wherein a compound has been discovered that targets specific master cells that aid in the proliferation of breast cancer cells. The study conducted on mice involved the use of the drug salinomycin, a farm-derived antibiotic that exterminated breast cancer cells and retarded tumour escalation with far greater precision than several of the existent drugs. Many UK experts have cautioned that the parallel adaptation on humans would take a few years. A dubious reasoning as to the persistent recurrence of some cancers despite strong chemotherapy sessions has left scientists baffled. Many researchers have derived a conclusion that stem cells that are capable of being resistant to chemotherapy play a crucial role in seeding new tumours and boosting their numbers. The scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have after doing a laboratory trial of 16,000 existent chemical compounds on breast cancer cells have realized  [...]

The 20 Minutes Pilates Workout For A Toned Body – Part II
August 15, 2009 – 10:30 am | One Comment
Pilates is turning out to be the must-stop on the road to a gorgeous figure, so hop on to the Pilates bandwagon like many others have, for the easiest way to getting a toned body. Exercise IV- Dive like a Swan Lying down on the stomach pointing toes outwards, outstretching arms above your head, one is needed to lift the arms and the legs close to six inches above the ground. Now to a single count, visualize one’s legs being pulled out and back away from the hips. The next step would be circling the arms out to the sides and at the back then exhaling while reaching the arms as close to the toes with palms directed in. One has to stay in the position for a single count followed by getting the arms to the initial pose and relaxing the whole body to the ground. This has to be followed for close to eight times and is great for upper body conditioning. Exercise V- Sideways incline with an upper body twist Lying on one side with forearms directly underneath the shoulder  [...]

Frozen Shoulder
August 14, 2009 – 10:30 pm | One Comment
Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) is the most prevalent debilitating form of shoulder pain usually affecting elderly individuals in the age bracket of 40-60years, with higher cases in women observed in comparison to men. The inception of a Frozen Shoulder could also be related to genetic tendency, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, obesity or a past case of cervical disk problem, an invasive heart surgery done earlier or an earlier inflammation in the rotator cuff ligaments or bursa. Its incapacitating ability makes doing daily chores an ordeal of sorts and is further exacerbated by the lengthy recuperation times to resume complete range and mobility. Frozen Shoulder Causes: The capsule is a shielding membrane that protects the rotator cuff joint in the shoulder. Due to varying reasons including strain or repetitive motion, the capsule gets scarred leading to the formation of adhesions that thicken the capsule membrane by reducing the in-between space thus encumbering free movement. Frozen  [...]

Choosing The Right Swine Flu Mask
August 14, 2009 – 9:30 am | No Comment
Making prudent choices about the type of face mask one should wear followed by its disciplined use and thorough disinfection subsequent to use are crucial steps towards lowering the chances of contracting the swine flu virus. The N-95 masks were highly popular at the time of the Sars scare after been tested are advocated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for all pandemic situations. It is available in varying models with greater than 95% filtration efficiency and aids in reducing exposure to particles of the size greater than 0.3 microns. It is made of non- woven polypropylene fibre technology that raises the density and filtering capacity. These masks produce static electricity and also guard against other highly contagious respiratory infections like tuberculosis. The N-95 (American name for it), P2 (the European and Australian name) and HEPA masks or respirators are to a significant extent the same thing. Though the gelatinous layered paper made surgical mask prevent entry  [...]

The 20 Minutes Pilates Workout For A Toned Body – Part I
August 13, 2009 – 9:30 pm | One Comment
Pilates is the exercise mantra that has caught significant popularity with the likes of Sharon Stone, Keri Russell, Liv Tyler and many other celebs, all of whom are religious followers of this exercise routine. A latest research has uncovered that Pilates mat exercises are major contributors to getting a trim waistline, graceful stance and an overall body toning. By simply setting aside 20 minutes thrice a week, within a month one is bound to notice a leaner self and tighter butts, belly and legs one could ever possess. Exercise I- Circular movements in the air For this one needs to lie down on a flat surface, putting the hands clasped together behind the head. Now, contracting the abdominal area, lift the upper part of the body to some extent off the ground. Now, with one leg raised just five inches off the ground, lift the other leg up perpendicular and straight up pointing towards the ceiling. With the core abdominal muscles engaged and hips in steady position, attempt  [...]

Athlete’s Foot
August 13, 2009 – 10:30 am | One Comment
Athlete’s Foot (tinea pedis) is a communicable fungal infection that leads to a flaky, cracked rash occurring in the areas between the toes that become immensely scratchy and irritable, many times spreading to the instep and often accompanied by foul odour. Athlete’s Foot Causes: Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that breeds in warm, clammy skin of the foot and can be easily contracted in public places like gyms, swimming pools, steam-sauna rooms, spas when individuals go barefooted. Largely, all athlete’s foot are caused due to either of the following two fungal forms, namely Trichophyton mentagrophytes – that cause rapid, severe eruptions or toe webbed infectivity that can be overcome with treatment easily. Trichophyton rubrum- that causes Moccasin-like infection that affects the soles and heels of the feet that is the more persistent form of infection. Athlete’s Foot Symptoms:  With varying symptoms some complain of extreme discomfort and many others being  [...]

Tips To Ensure Favourable Infant Breastfeeding
August 12, 2009 – 10:00 pm | No Comment
Tips To Ensure Favourable Infant Breastfeeding
Breast Milk is the superlative boost for a child’s overall growth raising immunity levels and bolstering IQ levels. Though breastfeeding is an innate process, numerous glitches do crop up that may adversely hinder the process. Many women experience sore, cracked nipples, inflammation, tenderness, surfacing of darkish red patches or balls on the breasts. Acute infections of the milk duct occurs leading to pus-filled lumps during Mastitis. The primeval healing method of Ayurveda advocates both the consumption and topical application of crushed garlic to cure red blotches on the breasts. Garlic accelerates the healing process by extracting puss and rooting out the germs. Topical application of powdered turmeric paste with water, bitter gourd and onion extract both external application and consumption assisted in quick recovery from puss formations. Engorgement of the breasts wherein there is a feeling of extreme fullness and pain along with a swollen areola can be effectively treated  [...]