May
25
2009

Hair loss treatments

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While no one enjoys it, we all get older. As we get older, most of us gain some weight, tire more easily, and feel aches and pains we never had before. However, by doing beneficial things such as exercising and eating healthier, we can lessen some of the adverse effects of aging. Looking older and hair loss is one of the worst parts about aging. Hair loss is more common in men, and can affect a man’s self esteem. There are quite a few products available today, some prescription and some non prescription, which claim to reverse hair loss. One prescription medication that has shown some results is finasteride.

As stated on Wikipedia, Finasteride is a synthetic antiandrogen (it blocks the biological reactions of sex hormones of the male). Finasteride, sold under the name of Proscar, Fincar, and Finara, was originally meant as a treatment for men with benign prostate hyperplasia, as a 5 mg dose alleviates urinary symptoms. Finasteride has also been proven to help with hair loss in men. By taking a 1 milligram dose, finasteride (or Propecia) might reverse male pattern baldness.

When taken orally, a 1 mg dose of finasteride blocks production of the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, a hormone that causes shrinkage of hair follicles (Wellness Letter, University CA Berkeley). In clinical trials, it has been demonstrated that finasteride encourages hair to enter its active growth phase, reverses shrinkage of hair follicles, and slows hair loss. Propecia works best in men who are just starting to lose their hair and are not entirely bald. It also works better on hair loss that occurs around the crown rather than with receding hairlines. A visible difference will appear in about six months, so patience is needed, and by two years most of the hair growth has taken place. If you want to continue to keep your new hair, you will have to take this drug indefinitely. As well, this drug is effective only if your baldness is caused by androgenic alopecia (male pattern hair depletion). Read the entire post…

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May
14
2009

This country sees an overuse of antibiotics. When are antibiotics deemed necessary?

Antibiotics can save a life when used as a remedy for dangerous bacterial infections, but when they are taken to treat a minor sore throat or an infected ear, the possible advantages might not be worth taking a chance. The positives of antibiotic treatment are negligible in the majority of instances because these infections are brought about by viruses. The potential for allergic reactions, digestive problems and liver toxicity are possible side effects of antibiotics. Some research actually advises that taking antibiotics frequently might make the chance of getting specific kinds of cancer greater, mainly breast cancer. This doesn’t even get into the issue of resistant antibiotics. Even more troublesome is that a few physicians will prescribe an antibiotic for a viral condition only to ease the concern of the patient.

An important question is then raised. In what circumstances are antibiotics needed? Without a doubt, antibiotics are extremely helpful when an infection is brought about by bacteria instead of a virus. These are some of the possible situations where you will not need to take antibiotics.

The Common Cold or The Sniffles

Some individuals will visit their physician, asking for an antibiotic, when the initial sign of an illness presents itself. An antibiotic will not cure or even lessen the duration of a cold, but it will kill off so-called “friendly” intestinal bacteria which aid in warding off infections. Nasty diarrhea is a possibility too. Alas, the common cold has no cure. Although it has never been proven, it is preferable to use Echinacea, a natural treatment.

Most Sore Throats

Don’t panic and think that every sore throat you get is Strep. The majority of sore throats are brought about by a virus and, quite frankly, have to run their course. If you have questions, your physician can perform a fast strep test in the office to reveal if an antibiotic is required. Unless you have a documented case of Strep Throat, it is better for you to abstain from ingesting antibiotics.

The Flu

It would be great if antibiotics could cure this horrible illness that comes around year over year. Alas, influenza is brought Read the entire post…

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