ADD and Effexor

Effexor (Venlafaxine hydrochloride) is a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) approved to treat depression. Effexor XR, the extended-release version, is approved to treat depression, generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder. Additionally, Effexor and Effexor XR are used off label for treatment of ADD. Attention Deficit Disorder is not an objectively quantifiable illness, rather its diagnosis is based on what a majority people subjectively deem to be normal behaviour. As such, there are both pro and con views about medicating ADD.

Daptomycin May Be Staph Infection Cure

Duke University Medical Centre has been researching a drug that can help to cure heart and bloodstream infections of staphylococcus aureus infections, the bacteria responsible for MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) Because of this trial, the FDA has approved Daptomycin for treating infections caused by S. aureus. It is the first new drug in twenty years to be approved. This can mean a lot of hope for doctors that are finding new strains of MRSA harder and harder to treat.

Avoiding Aspergillis Fungal Infections

Recuperating from a respiratory illness is no picnic, especially if you end up with more than you bargained for infection. The problem is that there is a fungus in the air that is always present that can cause such sickness as pneumonia or even a nasty sinus infection. Fungi, especially the Aspergillus kind, can cause all sorts of health issues. In the hospital, often times HEPA filters are used to clean the air in the hospital rooms and other areas.

Mononucleosis Symptoms

Perhaps one of the biggest old wives tales in medicine is that mono is spread through kissing. Known as the “kissing disease", mono aka mononucleosis is your garden variety herpes virus. Another name of the virus is the Epstein-Barr virus or EBV. Whatever name you call it, mono can be found all over the world. It is estimated that up to 95% of adults have been infected with this herpes virus and yet not everyone exhibits symptoms or suffers any ill effects.

Antibacterial Soap No Better than Plain Soap

Many people use antibacterial soaps every day, thinking that they will help to kill germs like those that cause MRSA and keep them healthier. However, a University of Michigan public health professor thinks that they might not work any better over regular soaps. On top of this, the may actually make some antibiotics less effective. Allison Aiello did a study on whether or not antibacterial soaps work better than regular ones.

Exfoliation and Stretch Marks

The fight against stretchmarks has heated up and there is precious little that those affected by the angry red and purple marks will not attempt in order to rid themselves of the unsightly marks or at least lessen their visibility. While at this point in time surgical methodology is the only way to at least partially rid you of these marks, prevention is considered to be best. Yet in those times when even prevention did not completely put a stop to the formation of the stretch marks, treatment is all that is left.

Tattoos with Stretch Marks

In a day and age where body art is once again heavily in vogue, ageing punks and former non-conformists now find that the dragon tattooed on a once youthful chest filled with vim and vigor is beginning to sag a little and no longer seems to be as fierce as it once looked. Ladies in particular are noticing that after a couple of pregnancies the intricate lace tattoos placed on their abdomens and inspired by the Sisters of Mercys debut album cover for First and Last and Always are suddenly more akin a broken doily than the beauteous lace.

Diaphragm Breathing

Singers, cyclists, yoga practitioners, scuba divers and marathon runners know that breathing properly is a baseline to good health, fitness and performance. Its no coincidence that they all use diaphragmatic breathing. Diaphragm Breathing is breathing deep into the lungs by contracting your diaphragm muscles instead of breathing shallowly by flexing your rib cage. When you breathe, your diaphragm naturally moves down because your lungs are expanding and so take up more space.