Health :: Best Health Articles in August 2005

Following are the best health articles in August 2005, arranged as per viewed frequency:

1. Useful Leeches
The leech was indispensable in 19th Century medicine for bloodletting, a practice believed to be a cure for anything from headaches to gout. Leeching was largely abandoned as medical science advanced. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, who first condemned the method of using leeches in treating the patients.

2. Breast Implants :: Silicone breast implants get FDA OK
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an approvable letter to Mentor Corporation for their application for silicone gel-filled breast implants.

3. Lactose Intolerance :: Dairy-loving ancestors bring lactose tolerance
Sufferers of lactose intolerance – something which affects around 5 per cent of the UK, Irish, North European and American population – lack lactase (the enzyme which breaks down the milk sugar lactose), and can experience bloating, abdominal pains and diarrhoea, as a result of excessive lactose consumption.

4. Paralysis :: Home exercise tool for people with tetraplegia
People affected by paralysis could enjoy more independence, better health and a higher quality of life thanks to an innovative system designed to improve fitness and increase arm strength. It uses electrical signals to stimulate movement in arm muscles where function has been lost, making it possible to work an arm-exercise machine (similar to an exercise bike but worked by the arms).

5. Obesity :: Waist circumference is associated with insulin resistance
Waist circumference is associated with insulin resistance in children and may offer a simple way to identify children with risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, according to a study in the August issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

6. Stent :: Medtronic to sell heart device in Europe
Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. said it received approval from European health regulators to sell a heart device that keeps arteries open.

7. Weight Loss :: Losing weight through suggestion – weight loss regime
It’s a weight loss regime that seems to guarantee success, but researchers may have to work on the name. Proving, it seems, that fighting the flab really is a question of mind over matter, psychologists in America “brainwashed” a number of volunteers into losing their taste for certain fattening foods by implanting unpleasant childhood memories about them.

8. Cognitive Therapy :: Targeted form of cognitive therapy helpful
Recent su icide attempters treated with cognitive therapy were 50 percent less likely to try to k ill themselves again within 18 months than those who did not receive the therapy, report researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health”s (NIH) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

9. Endometriosis :: Homeopathy and Endometriosis
To understand endometriosis let us quickly and briefly revise our knowledge about the anatomy of uterus. Uterus consists of three layers – the outermost peritoneal covering or perimetrium, the middle muscle layer or myometrium, the innermost mucus membrane or endometrium.

10. Dengue Fever :: Dengue Fever
Dengue fever is a disease caused by one of a number of viruses that are carried by mosquitoes. These mosquitoes then transmit the virus to humans. It is also known as Dengue, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF)

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