The immune system is our body’s way to defend itself from the unknown, the unknown being diseases or anything that doesn’t belong in our body. The immune system can help us fight infections or diseases primarily caused by bacteria, parasites, and fungi. It also attacks viruses.
The health of our body is maintained by the equilibrium of redox control. Excessive external factors can disturb this equilibrium triggering disease and illnesses. Most of the diseases are caused by oxidative stress due to active oxygen, other free radicals, and lipid peroxides. Active oxygen, though vital to our body, cause considerable damage to the essential components of human body and disturbs the physiologically important functions of proteins, lipids, enzymes and DNA bearing the genetic code. DNA damage caused by oxidative stress is particularly dangerous and has the potential to lead to serious disorders. Continue reading
While these terms are often used to mean the array of health care approaches with a history of use or origins outside of mainstream medicine, they are actually hard to define and may mean different things to different people. Continue reading
Sometimes patients given a placebo treatment will have a perceived or actual improvement in a medical condition, a phenomenon commonly called the placebo effect. Continue reading
The U.S. healthcare system is in transition from a doctor-centric model to a “smart patient” disease prevention and wellness self-care system that increasingly is empowering patients to monitor and help manage their health status. Many individuals pursue a daily health and fitness regimen with the help of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) – one of the important facets of the better-known Internet of Things (IoT). Smart patients, armed with advanced body sensors, will revolutionize the medical industry in patient care and reduce rising healthcare costs by plugging into today’s widening array of digital wireless smartphones and sensors.
The brain is one of the most important part of the body. Since it’s so important, keeping it healthy should be a priority. The following is an outline of the ways one can keep the brain healthy.
Aerobic training has been found to increase connectivity in the temporal lobe in a year, in a group of college-aged young adults by simply walking. Meanwhile, a more vigorous intensity aerobic exercise, like running for 30 minutes, led to faster reaction times and vocabulary learning. Women who were aged 65 and over were less likely to develop cognitive decline if they were physically active.
The mental benefits of exercise are not just for adults, but for kids, too. Exercise is crucial for kids’ developing brains. Those who get more exercise tend to get better grades, have better concentration, and even get a better night’s sleep.
Exercise also spurs the development of new nerve cells and increases the connections between brain cells (synapses). This results in brains that are more efficient, plastic, and adaptive, which translates into better performance in aging animals. Exercise also lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, fights diabetes, and reduces mental stress, all of which can help your brain as well as your heart.