The use of salt in food is an acquired taste and sometimes just a habit. Salt is a chemical made up of 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride. Although the body must have sodium, most people eat far more than they need. Sodium in salt may contribute to high blood pressures in some people.
Doctors have warned that using organs from animals for human transplants could have potentially devastating consequences for society by introducing new diseases into humans. Six doctors from three separate institutions made the warning in today’s New England Journal of Medicine. The doctors argued in an opinion column in the journal that before attempting such transplants,
Drug experiments which restore sanity and intellect to the senile suggest a future when every child will be a genius. Care to become a genius? A top-rank musician, painter, writer, philosopher, mathematician, inventor, scientist, states man, wizard of finance – or a combination of the lot? In the future geniuses may be manufactured by the
About one in three diabetics dependent on insulin eventually develop kidney failure, requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. Hope that these problems can be delayed, and perhaps even prevented, comes from the latest research into a new class of drugs called Ace inhibitors. Ace inhibitors, which owe their discovery to research on the
Marijuana is the dried aerial tops of the plant Cannabis sativa L. The compound leaf of five to seven leaflets with serrated edges has been reproduced on so many posters, books, papers and T-shirts as to be recognizable by almost everyone. Other features of the plant, such as the fact that the male and female
Ritalin is helping millions of children (and their parents) face the problem of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and it has been doing so for more than 75 years. We use the term “helping” very loosely. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that a drug like Ritalin helps counter the symptoms of Attention
Medically supervised detoxification and rehabilitation therapies are respectively short, medium and long-term strategies for overcoming addiction. Detox units treat physical addiction by medically managing withdrawal to minimize discomfort and the temptation to relapse. Rehab is a program of education and workshops to help people affected by a drug problem manage psychological addiction and prevent relapse.
Clinical ecologists link allergies as major factors in good or poor mental health. But how many of us have considered the possibility that the foods we eat or the chemicals we inhale may affect our health in quite dramatic ways. In a new branch of behavioral science, known as clinical ecology, where doctors from different
The edible qualities of toadstools and mushrooms have been known since ancient days. The ancient Greeks and Romans were experts in the discrimination of edible species. The common opinion, that there is but one edible fungus, the mushroom, and that all others are undesirable toadstools, is a mistake. There is undoubtedly a greater number of
Some people peel a potato and get itchy hands, some put on a lipstick and get swollen lips or walk into the sun and sneeze. Some wake up with asthma, others just feel tired all the time. Allergies have probably plagued us for generations, but it is only recently that the medical and scientific professions
You can protect yourself by cutting down your risk factors. An isolated risk factor is unlikely to cause trouble, but an accumulative effect means that the more you have, the greater the risk. The factors include: High blood pressure: This is probably the single most important factor that you can influence. Reducing high blood pressure