What is The History of Herpes and How is it Spread?

As you, or someone you know, begin to deal with the virus, you may be wondering what exactly is the history of herpes? Where did the virus come from and when did it become so prevalent? Here is a brief overview for you.

This goal of this article is to provide a basic genital herpes history. Don’t think of this as a textbook with all of the information you could want or need. Instead, it covers the basics of the virus’ progression through history and how it became so prevalent.

The history of herpes begins as early as ancient Greek times. Hippocrates speaks of the condition in his writings. Even the word “herpes” is a Greek word that means “to creep or crawl” which is the way that the Greeks described the way that skin lesions spread. In Roman times, the emperor Tiberius tried to stop an outbreak of mouth herpes by prohibiting kissing at public events and ceremonies. Soon after Tiberius, a physician named Celsus suggested that herpes be treated by cauterizing the sores with a hot iron. It is unknown how long Tiberius’ ban on kissing lasted or how long Celsus’ treatment was used, but both seem to have ended pretty quickly.

Later in history, Shakespeare is believed to have had knowledge of the virus. In his play Romeo and Juliet he talks about “blisters plagues” which scholars believe refers to the herpes virus. There are also medical journals from the seventeen and early eighteen hundreds that discuss this disease. During this time there was also a lot of speculation as to what caused herpes – one of the most notable was the suggestion that herpes was caused by insect bites. Obviously, the history of herpes contains a lot of misconceptions.

However, this information doesn’t really tell us when or where the history of herpes started. The origin of herpes in humans is unknown. Some scholars believe that it has been around since the beginning of the human race.

In more recent times, there started to be recognition of genital herpes history and the way that the virus spreads as early as the 1900s. Studies began to define various strains of the virus and in 1919 a man by the name of Lowenstein confirmed scientists’ suspicion that herpes was infectious.

Before this time, people were unsure that herpes was a virus – in fact, many considered it to be like other common skin conditions, such as eczema, which cannot be transmitted. Studies of herpes continued into the twentieth century and scientists were able to begin identifying various strains of the virus. Genital herpes history continues as scientists and physicians continue to study it and search for ways to minimize its’ effects and the chance of transmission.

What can we learn from this history of herpes? It certainly reveals that the disease is not just a modern phenomenon. It has been around for a while and unfortunately, unless a cure is found, it will continue to exist. In the meantime, we can be grateful that the medical minds of our age have a much better understanding of the condition and that they are working on ways to minimize the symptoms and hopefully one day eliminate the disease.

All the World’s a Business Stage

No business leader interested in the challenge of globalisation can afford to ignore the work of Kenichi Ohmae, an acclaimed management strategist renowned for his work on globalisation and the borderless economy.

Dubbed “Japan’s only successful management guru” by the Financial Times, Ohmae is a man of many parts. He is a concert-playing flautist, a nuclear physicist, a would-be politician, former McKinsey consultant, a motor-cycling enthusiast and author of over 100 books – to name but a few.

Though he is Japanese and lives in Tokyo, Ohmae is instinctively global. As well as being dean of two private schools in Tokyo – Isshinjuku, which teaches public policy, and Attacker’s Advantage, which teaches entrepreneurship – he is also the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the UCLA School of Public and Social Research in California. He lectures all over the world, advises businesses and governments in every continent and writes regularly for western journals.

His writing focuses on the forces that are dissolving national borders and building new regional economies, how businesses should leverage technology and other new platforms for growth, how to lead a global corporation and the role governments play when nation states no longer matter.

Ohmae’s most recent book, The Next Global Stage: Challenges and opportunities in our borderless world, builds on much of his earlier work and is intended, he says, “to provide a script to help people through the shifting plotlines of the global economy.”

Borderlessness is the most important characteristic of the global economy, Ohmae believes. “In terms of communications, capital, corporations and consumers, which are the four key factors of business life, the world has already attained borderlessness,” he says.

He explains that the concepts of America Inc or Japan Inc are already largely irrelevant, because e-commerce knows no boundaries. When you get an email you have no indication of which country it comes from, knowledge workers can and do work anywhere, financiers – and individuals – switch their investments to whichever country yields the best returns, and so on.

He goes on to argue that nation states are declining because their fixation on borders is out of kilter with today’s transnational world. The nation state, he says, “has the potential to hold back human development through artificial compartmentalisation of skills and markets.” By contrast, ‘region states’, which used to be seen as parochial and inward looking, will become more important.

Emerging region states include places like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in China, Hyderabad and Mumbai in India and San Jose in California. But Ohmae stresses the importance of ‘human magnets’ to a region too, describing the effect Michael Dell has had on the growth of Austin in Texas, the original location of his eponymous computer company, as “monumental.”

The most important element of any successful region, he continues, is openness to the outside world. “The rest of the world must be viewed as a source of prosperity. All lingering concepts of native versus foreigner must be erased, so rules limiting foreign investment or foreign ownership of land or capital must be abolished.”

Ohmae judges the ‘annus domini’ of the global economy to be 1985, the year that Microsoft launched its Windows operating system, and he uses the tongue-in-cheek dating system of BG and AG – that is, Before Gates and After Gates.

Success in the new global economy will depend on good leadership, he continues. “Given the uncertainties, leaders must be creative and pragmatic, refusing to be imprisoned by the past. Business leaders should have vision. They must embrace innovation and court flexibility. They must also possess a full understanding of, an instinctive sympathy with and a total commitment to the global economy.”

The Mind of the Strategist, which made Ohmae’s name 20 years ago, is still viewed by many as a Bible of corporate strategy because of its good sense and clear advice. Its underlying premise is that successful business strategies do not come from rigorous analysis but from a thought process that is creative and intuitive rather than rational.

One chapter in the book is an essential aide memoire for anyone running a business. It comprises a list of things to avoid and concentrate on. For example:

Avoid tunnel vision: consider alternative routes rather than being fixated on one.

Avoid the peril of perfectionism: sometimes it’s better to do something that’s almost right rather than wait for the perfect solution and miss the strategic opportunity.

Focus on the key factors and don’t be distracted by minor complications: all businesses are simple, once you get to know them. Banking, for instance, might look complicated to the outsider, but boiled down to its core it is nothing more than getting in money cheap and lending it out as expensively as you can.

Always challenge the constraints and ask ‘what can we do?’ rather than ‘what can’t we do?’ Strategy is a question of attitude more than numbers.

In the book Ohmae contrasts the Japanese and American approaches to strategy. The Japanese look at what they think their customers will want, whether the company has the competence to meet these demands, and whether they can do so profitably in the face of competition. The American way, at the time, was to analyse the numbers for the different possible options – something Ohmae calls ‘spreadsheet doodling.’

But it is the bigger issue of the changing shape of the world of business that truly fascinates him and will no doubt continue to do so, and it is a source of concern to him that so many businesses fail to take it seriously.

“The global economy is reality, not a theory,” he says. “It is growing stronger, it will feed on its own strengths, it is irresistible. There is no use complaining about it or wishing it to go away. People just have to learn to live with it.”

Or, more accurately, they have to learn how to conquer this new ‘invisible continent’, before the rules and laws are too fixed and before others see the possibilities.

As he points out, what others saw as Florida marshland, Disney turned into a hugely successful theme park.

Lung Nodules – Detection And Cure

Lung nodules, also medically referred to as pulmonary nodules are miniature, roundish growth that appear on the lung, that is usually about three centimeters or less in size. Lung nodules can be cancerous or can be caused by other serious diseases. Cancerous nodules are usually identified by rapid growth that quickly become masses. About 40 percent of pulmonary nodule cases turn out to be cancerous, so most lung nodules are treated as cancerous until it can be proven otherwise. A lung nodule that is cancerous can usually double in size as quickly as every 25 days. The biggest numbers of occurring lung nodules cases are classified as ‘benign’ which means it has very little growth.

Lung nodules may be contracted as a result of a number of reasons, the most popular of which is lung cancer as well as it can also be the first stage leading up to lung cancer. It can also be developed as a result of the metastasis of other forms of cancers. Long nodules can also occur from other small tumor growths in the body such as carcinoid, lymphoma, blastoma, hamartoma, sarcoma, firbroma and neurofibroma. Lymphoma is a tumor that forms within the cells of the lymphoid system. Blastoma is a tumor that develops from the embryonic tissue. Hamartoma is due to a disorganization of a group of cells in the body. Sarcoma is a group of tumors that arise from connective cells. Fibroma and Neurofibroma are non cancerous tumors made up of nerve fibers.

Risk of lung nodules also increase when exposed to Infections from viruses like tuberculosis, immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and fungus like cryptococcosis and histoplasmosis can also cause lung nodules. Tuberculosis spreads from person to person contact or breathing in the tuberculosis bacteria. Most fungus like crptococcosis grow in soil and materials contaminated with bird or bat faeces. Infection of fungus can also become passed on by the wid when the contaminated soil is disturbed. Particularly persons who farm, do gardening ,construction jobs, cave divers or any other task which requires them to be around certain bacteria automatically increase their risk to be infected with fungus.

Other serious disease that cause lung nodules include infections like lung abscess, Hydatid cyst and pneumonia. An abscess is a collection of pus that develops in response to an infection. It usually becomes visible as a swollen area and can be very dicomforting. The skin around it usually turns red or pink. Hydatid cyst are abnormal sac-like formation that can be found anywhere in the body and can hold fluid or gaseous substances with an outer wall called a capsule. Pneumonia is formed as a result of an inflammation of one or both lungs with consolidation. Pneumonia can be due to an infection as well as it can be otherwise and the infection may be viral, fungal, bacterial or parasitic. Most of these infections are treatable with medication and the patient can make a full recovery.  
Pulmonary nodules are normally diagnosed through physical examinations, chest x-rays and CT scans.

An Overview of the Three Different Types Of Nerve Injury

Nerve injuries occur from all different types of medical problems. The issue can range anywhere from a gunshot injury to a blunt force trauma associated with a motor vehicle accident to compression from a tumor. It’s a good idea to have an understanding of the different ways a nerve can be injured. That way one can understand the prospects for recovery.

The first type of nerve injury is called a neurapraxia. In this injury the nerve itself maintains all of its internal connections. The anatomy of the inner nerve root is not altered and the injury simply represents a physiologic block of the nerve conduction.

Examples of a neurapraxic injury include having a tourniquet in place to stop bleeding. This may be during surgery or in a trauma situation to prevent too much blood loss. Having the tourniquet in place for too long may cause permanent injury to the peripheral nerves in the extremity. This is why surgeons often let down the extremity tourniquet every hour or so to let blood flow come back into the region and replenish the peripheral nerves.

Another type of neurapraxic injury is when an alcoholic passes out and sustains what’s called a “Saturday Night Palsy”. Normally as humans sleep they move around a lot. This prevents our nerve roots from being compressed in one position for too long. If a person is overly intoxicated he or she may not move around and end up with a compression injury, such as having an arm over a park bench and it being compressed consistently overnight.

As long as the neurapraxic injury has not been continuously in place for an extended period of time, there is potential for recovery, maybe even complete recovery. Out of the three types of nerve injuries, neurapraxia is typically the best for recovery since the anatomical structures are themselves intact.

The next category of a nerve injury is termed an axonotmesis. This injury represents an anatomical interruption of the internal peripheral nerve structures, the axons, however the connective tissue external framework remains predominantly intact.

This type of nerve injury requires significant regrowth of the axon, not just a “waking up” of the existing axon as with a neurapraxia. The axon needs to regrow along its path towards the target muscle it controls. In adults, this growth occurs at a rate of 1 inch monthly, or about 1 mm per day.

An example of an axonotmesis injury is in a car accident where the crush injury is more severe than a neuropraxia. The recovery possibilities are pretty good as the framework telling the axons where to go is intact.

The last type of nerve injury is the most severe and is termed neurotmesis. This occurs when there is actually a transection or disruption of the axon along with the connective tissue. A gunshot or knife injury may result in this injury. Early surgical treatment is typically recommended as spontaneous recovery is very unusual.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Garden Furniture

There is some special charm in garden furniture. Garden furniture conjures up thoughts of a sunny day in a garden, having tea under an apple tree, resting in a rocking chair on a veranda and listening to grasshoppers’ chirping. A choice of furniture depends on a garden. If there are centuries-year old trees with mighty crowns furniture should be massive, solid. Furniture should be elegant if placed among flower beds. A lush green lawn needs tables and chairs contrasting with emerald grass. A choice of furniture comes from the fact that furniture should not violate natural character of nature itself and certainly should match an overall garden style. Your lifestyle is also important: if you need furniture for privacy, choose only small cozy tables and chairs, and if you enjoy organizing home parties, you will need more solid furniture.

Wooden tables and chairs look very naturally. Manufacturers are increasingly offering different models: from trendy to traditional, classic, made in different colors. There is a massive chair with wide armrests and comfortable high back. Examples are numerous. Manufacturers of high-class furniture use special methods of wood treatment with water-resistant protective compounds which make it more durable and resistant to weather conditions. This furniture will be resistant to the caprices of the weather for at least 10 years.

Plastic furniture is modern and is not sensitive to dampness. There exists a great diversity of furniture colors. In the gardens of classical style this furniture will not look unsophisticated. We can say that this is the most economical way to solve the problem of relaxation and comfort in the garden. Low price is not an advantage. Cheap plastic cannot stand the cold. In an intensive sunlight it can fade or soften to such a degree that the legs would go apart. In several years cheap plastic products get oxidized, and the edges get covered with brown patina, giving the product completely not presentable look. It is better to give preference to more expensive reinforced plastic which uses steel or aluminum for the frame. This provides the durability to the product.

Furniture made of lasting metal is unpretentious, hardy, and ideal for staying outside and easily stands rain and snow for many years. It is the case of decorative wrought-iron furniture. Iron furniture adds to garden’s prestige and beauty. Therefore, metal benches are often used as decorative elements of a garden’s design. There is only one drawback in metal furniture: it is not very comfortable to sit on, let alone lie down. That is why it is often combined with other materials – wood, plaiting materials.

Tables, chairs and other furniture include not only traditional types. There are deck chairs, couches, tents, children furniture, tables for work in a greenhouse, beach chairs, swings, rocking chairs, sofas, shelves, racks, sofa-chest, picnic tables on wheels, two-wheeled garden sofa, and swings with canopy-like roofs. Here is present the whole range of styles – from massive and severe to style of techno. Their diversity gives us the opportunity to spend our leisure placidly and easily, having fun and relaxing from the heart.

Good furniture allows you to indulge in comfort of country life. Skill to pick up and place furniture is crucially important, because it is a great art. If you want to avoid cliches, it is better to make use of professionals’ services. A landscape designer can help you solve all problems concerning functional and aesthetic aspect of the garden, taking into account your preferences and picking up furniture in same style.

Perspective: Financial Crisis 09 New Growth Points, Building Materials Market

By the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis triggered the economic crisis has spread around the world, while China, the rising China, relatively speaking, has become a haven for the global economy. When the U.S. Congress House of Representatives, the Senate is still heated debate or not to save money or time of economic crisis, the Chinese government has been spending huge sums to promote the new round of economic growth. According to industry told reporters the Chinese domestic industry feel the pressure, but also to look forward to some new growth.

09 home building materials market analysis of new growth

Global economic crisis and the negative impact on China’s domestic industry has been greatly affected, along with dwindling foreign orders and some focus on foreign trade enterprises have emerged layoffs, long vacation and so on. And rely on business economy as the pillar industry in Shanghai, but also because of the economic crisis, led to soaring prices of 10-year-old decline in value of the phenomenon occurred, although the real estate agency and home business customers continue to mobilize the enthusiasm, but the public because of declining purchasing power become numb up.

Around the world, by this time of economic crisis is the biggest consumer products and business office products to the domestic industry, which brought more chill. And with the Chinese Government 400 000 000 000 investment projects, I believe more foreign brands will be stationed in China, which have competitive incentives to the domestic home market, adding more changes!

Although 2009 will be significant variables, but some domestic enterprises head home, when in an interview, but agreed to maintain a relatively optimistic attitude, did not show too much to worry more Insiders said that China’s domestic industry feel the pressure, but also to look forward to some new growth.

Everyone shouted in the cold, factory plant called cold economic situation, why the company is confident that these homes? What they are seeing market growth, so that they are so optimistic face of the global trend of economic recession? Through constant visits, reporters have been a number of home businesses such as the main development trend in 2009.

Growth 1: laminate flooring 2008, the company experienced one of the floor and hard-fought. From the beginning of the raw material price increases to bring the crisis to bring years of decline in the overall housing downturn, and then to shuffle the end of the financial crisis triggered the crisis, industry is experiencing the pains of adjustment, brand companies caught up in difficult development. Predicted the industry will face six in flooring business eliminated. The focus of home network reporters solid wood flooring in China town – Nanxun many enterprise leaders after the floor, where they discover various flooring business to strengthen the sales floor from November to December, compared with the same period last year, generally increase by 30-50% .

Growth II: old house renovation Environment by the market impact of the increasingly bleak decoration company’s business. Focus Home Network reporter found that many companies began to change the original decoration sales model to seek better opportunities. Shanghai and Beijing, many companies have started to increase decorative efforts aimed at second-hand housing market and existing home renovation business. Homemart Yu Xie, said deputy general manager, Homemart is for second-hand housing renovation and other services for research and development, hoping to enhance the compression capacity in the future.

Dongyirisheng & Easy, said Chen Hui, chairman of German legalism must fully take care of consumer needs, he thinks consumer spending power will become strong. “Today’s household products to give customers a total solution, only the home improvement overall solution to address the real needs of customers before we could in the current market conditions to attract more customers.”

Growth III: Western urban construction

Shanghai, Beijing and other first tier cities and coastal cities by the financial crisis relatively large. Few years ago, the state has plans to develop focus on started to move westward, with 08 countries started the end of large-scale investments on hold for a long time I believe that many western projects will be launched one by one, so go to the west, to the second and third line City to be in 2009 after a new topic!

Himalayan Pink Salt – Health Benefits and How to Implement Them

Hidden in the beauty of the world’s highest mountain range lies Himalayan pink salt, the ancient secret to health, beauty, and total well-being.

Known to be the cleanest and purest form of salt in the world, Himalayan pink salt has been used in natural medicine and therapeutic treatments for centuries. With benefits that include everything from increased energy levels and concentration, to weight loss, enhanced sleep quality, and improvements in the functioning of your body’s major systems, this powerful mineral has effective healing properties that can restore health and have you feeling better than ever.

1. Nutritional Benefits: Himalayan pink salt contains 84 minerals essential to human life and will help re-balance your body, allowing your cells to function properly so you can fight infections and disease. This salt also aids in the absorption of vitamins from other foods and supplements so you receive maximum nutrition from the food you eat. Simply replace your table salt with Himalayan pink salt and use it to prepare or flavor meals, so you can begin reaping all the health benefits this mineral has to offer.

2. Respiratory Benefits: Himalayan crystal salt lamps emit negative ions that are effective in cleaning the air of pollutants, allergens, toxins, and odors, allowing you to breath easier and relieving respiratory difficulties caused by asthma or bronchitis. You can also enhance the benefits of salt lamps by using a salt inhaler which will clear the lungs and respiratory passageways and help remove infection causing bacteria. The inhaler is simply a ceramic container filled with dry salt. Place your mouth over the mouthpiece and inhale deeply, repeating the process for 15-20 minutes daily. Most people notice improved breathing and relief of respiratory symptoms almost immediately.

3. Hydration Benefits: Water is essential to cell function, and without a sufficient water supply the body will become dehydrated and unable to work properly, resulting in health problems. Himalayan pink salts help attract water to the cells so they can do their job, allowing you to stay healthy and strong. The best way to enjoy the hydration benefits is to make a solution known as “sole”. Fill a jar with Himalayan pink salt, cover with water and let it sit for about 8 hours. Each day, take a teaspoon of the sole, add it to a glass of water, and drink it on a empty stomach.

Sole also offers many other benefits such as improved circulatory function, increased immunity, higher energy levels, and better sleeping patterns.

4. Sinus Benefits: By making a saline solution, Himalayan pink salts can cleanse nasal passages and offer relief from allergy symptoms, sinus infections, sinusitis, snoring, and sinus pain. This can be done most effectively by using a neti pot, a small device with a spout similar to a little teapot. Fill the pot with a solution made to the same concentration as natural tears, and pour into the nasal passageways to clear the sinuses. It is important to follow proper instructions for technique and mixing recipes.

5. Replenishing Benefits: Salt is vital to the body and is needed for proper muscle and nerve function as well as the regulation of blood pressure. After an intense workout or in extreme heat, it is important to replace the sodium, fluids, and electrolytes lost through sweating. By mixing a little Himalayan pink salt with water, lemon juice, and natural sweeteners, you can create a delicious and healthy sports drink that will restore your body’s balance and help it function properly.

6. Purification Benefits: Many sicknesses and diseases are caused by the high level of toxins present in the body due to pesticides, artificial colorings, preservatives, and environmental contaminants. Drinking 2 tablespoons of Himalayan pink salt dissolved in a glass of water will help relieve constipation and flush toxins and waste from your body. A salt bath is also one of the best ways to purify the body and restore your health. Dissolve at least one full kilogram (about 2 pounds) of Himalayan pink salt into a hot bath and soak for a minimum of 30 minutes. The heat from the water increases blood flow to dissolve toxins, and the salt helps draw these toxins out of the body. As an added benefit, you also enjoy improved circulation and healthier looking skin.

Himalayan pink salts offer many benefits that can restore your body, relieve stress, and help you stay healthy.

Directional Dyslexia: Is It a Mild Form or the Worst Form?

Dyslexia is an embarrassing learning impairment especially for those who are suffering under it. There are many types of dyslexia as well as the level of severity of each type. Mild dyslexia can be often seen among children in their preschool ages and can be effectively treated when diagnosed in its early stage. This type of dyslexia is further defined by symptoms such as difficulty in identifying and absorbing the individual sounds of letters in a word, limited memory, and mirror writing. Dyslexic children that tend to write letters in their opposite directions are classified to be suffering from mirror writing.

A person with mild dyslexia is often not diagnosed to have the said learning disability. This is simply because even those with such a mild type are still able to read. Milder and simpler modes of treatment are also the primary solution for such a case. Since this mild type of learning disability is often observed with the child’s difficulty with letters and words, one effective way of dealing with it especially as a parent is by helping your child have fun learning activities instead of the simple and typical ones that are most likely to bring him frustration afterward.

When not treated at an early stage, the level of severity of such disorder can grow even higher and can evolve into other forms of learning impairment such as directional dyslexia. According to studies, eight of ten children who are already classified as dyslexic suffer from directional confusion. These children often have difficulty distinguishing directions and their counterparts. Directional confusion is also considered as the main and direct cause why dyslexic children are observed with mirror writing or writing letters backwards.

Directional dyslexia can also be commonly seen on children who often find it difficult to tie their shoe laces properly even after they have reached the age of five. Since such type of dyslexia is classified as a severe form of learning disability, proper and proven intervention needs to be highly considered immediately. In dealing with a worse case of dyslexia, it would be better to seek professional assistance from people who are highly skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to this kind of things. And the first step of doing this is by conducting a diagnose for a certain individual and utilize the aid of specially designed dyslexia tests.

Spleen Cancer in Dogs – What You Should Know

The spleen is an organ located below the stomach. It contains lots of blood vessels with circulating red blood cells, making it a storage for blood. It also supplies blood, and cleans up old red blood cells.

Dogs may develop masses in the spleen. These can be benign or malignant. Hemangiosarcoma is the most common type of malignant spleen tumor in dogs. This is an aggressive cancer that tends to spread to other internal organs. Once metastasis has occurred, the prognosis is poor.

Although this type of cancer can occur in any dog, it is common in middle aged to elderly dogs, especially large breeds like German Shepherd and Golden Retriever.

Canine spleen cancer symptoms

When the tumor ruptures, the spleen bleeds and internal hemorrhage occurs. Excessive blood loss may result in death. Symptoms of spleen cancer in dogs are:

  • shock
  • pale gums
  • cold body
  • weakness
  • abdominal distention
  • anemia

By the time the tumor is detected, it usually has become large and has metastasised to liver, lungs, brain and other organs.

Diagnosis of spleen tumor

Several tests can determine the existence of masses. The initial step involves a physical examination. A firm mass can be felt in the spleen area on palpation. Thereafter, radiographs of the abdomen are performed to determine if the mass is on the spleen and radiographs of the chest is for checking the spread of cancer. Abdominal ultrasound may detect cancer spread to liver and other organs. Blood tests are also carried out.

It may not be obvious before surgery whether the tumor is benign or malignant. If radiographs and ultrasound show spread of tumor to other organs, the tumor is malignant.

If no tumor spread is visible, the mass may or may not be benign. Where the tumor spread is too small to be seen, it may not be obvious if it is benign or malignant until the abdomen is opened.

Treatment for dog spleen tumor

For both benign and malignant tumors, the recommended treatment is splenectomy. If the cancer spread is minimal, chemotherapy following surgery may prolong the dog’s life span.

If the tumor is benign and the splenectomy is not carried out, there will be repeated hemorrhages that is potentially life threatening to the dog. Splenectomy gets rid of the associated problems and symptoms caused by benign tumor.

Benefits Of Snakes To Mother Nature

As humans, we are naturally terrified of all snakes, the reason their bite can lead to death. Agreed, there is lot of negative stigma around them, because of various myths. Many of the human population are of the belief that all snakes are venomous and the only way to get rid of the fear is to kill these reptiles at the drop of a hat. These animals beat a hasty retreat when confronted, but become angry and can bite only when threatened. In this article of benefits of snakes to Mother Nature you will be given information on their uses and advantages.

It has been estimated there exist more than 2600 species of snakes. There are many snakes – they could be as tiny as an earthworm and can have big bodies such as Anacondas. They are found everywhere in the globe even in deserts and swamps. They cannot survive in the cold regions, and some snakes in the cold environment have changed their survival to the hibernation way. Unlike humans and other warm-blooded animals, they seldom face nutrient deficiency as they consume their prey entirely. An anaconda feeds four times a year. They cannot regulate their body temperature according to the environment as they are ectotherms.

Let us look into the anatomy of snakes. They are long and do not have hands, legs. Their body is covered with scales. They have eyes that are stagnant, has a forked tongue that can be moved. Some of the snake species are not poisonous.

For catching prey, snakes use various senses such as hearing, touch to recognize as well track their prey. There are snakes which use venom to paralyze their prey while some such as pythons use their powerful strength and long body to squeeze the life out of their victims.

Benefits of Snakes

Though there are man-designed tools for checking the number of rodents such as rat traps, poisoning food items. However, snakes are more effective as they move fast in sand, rocks, squeeze via cracks and can move inside burrows and shelters of rodents.

Benefits Of Snakes In Ecosystem

The role of snakes in the food cycle and ecosystem is unmatched as they are efficient hunters, expert predators and help to maintain the numbers of many harmful animals in check. The main food are rodents (for large snakes), insects (small snakes) and unless challenged by the reptiles, the number of these prey increases which can cause disastrous consequences in the environment. The rodents, insects and other pests can wreak havoc on crops, and when they enter people’s dwelling they can cause harm to food and companies. More so, the rodents can spread diseases like the plague. A survey points that many cause of house fires are caused by chewing of wires by rats and mice.

To a person who is interested in history, the very sight of snakes can provoke feelings of fascination and interest.

Medicinal Benefits Of Snake Venom

The snake venom is used in small doses in the treatment of body ailments such as paralysis, heart attack (blood clotting). The venom of viper is used in anti-aging medicine and in the prevention of growth of cancer cells.

Although the snakes are worshipped as Gods in Asian countries, their abodes are becoming less due to more agriculture, development of more lands for human housing and the introduction of domestic pets. These reptiles deserve to be respected and need our protection to live harmoniously.

Innovative Uses of Door Mats

Door mats characterize homes and have been a part of households since ages. Choosing the right door mat is equally important as well. Keep in mind the territory that you live in while choosing a door mat. Ranches and farms are the best places to invite dirt and mud into your homes than urban dwellings. Countryside roads do not have pavements or sidewalks hence it becomes really messy when it rains. You door mat should be a perfect balance of beauty and usefulness because there is no need to have a mat that looks great to have but does not work well in keeping the dirt away from your dwellings. So what are the uses of door mats? Let’s have a look.

Usually doormats are placed on the steps and are the first things that people come across while on their way to their homes. The main aim of door mats is to emphasize the beauty of the home as well as prevent any kind of dust or dirt from entering. Several respiratory diseases like sore throat, asthma etc, are caused due to impure air. Moreover virus, bacteria and fungi that float in the air enter through the dust particles that gain entry into our homes. A good mat at your door can drastically reduce the chance of these kinds of allergens from entering your home.

Choosing the right kinds of mats can also prove to be a great money saver. People suffering from respiratory symptoms have to spend a lot of money on their cures. Visits to the doctors, medicines and even appliances like air purifiers and de-humidifiers cost you a lot of money. You can save yourself from the wrath of such unnecessary expenditures just by taking some simple preclusive steps to deter the amount of dust from entering your home and perhaps the cheapest ways to do this is to invest in a good quality doormat.

Good quality doormats save you the time that you expend in cleaning up your house. It is a proven fact that tidying up your home can take up a lot of your valuable time. Be it vacuuming your house or mopping and scrubbing, these can be arduous tasks and costly as well because detergents can cost you a lot of money. Bigger houses can make matters even worse, especially when home owners are unable to clean up the house themselves and have to hire up cleaning agencies. This tends to append your house cleaning expenditure thus adding to your woes. Summing it all up a good quality doormat can work wonders for your home and save you money at the same time.

Bronchitis medicine over the counter – is bronchitis curable

Bronchitis is curable with bronchitis medicines available over the counter. Ampicillin is one of the medicines that help to cure bronchitis effectively. It is a beta-lactam antibiotic that is effective against gram-positive organisms like staphylococci or streptococci and also against gram-negative organisms such as H. influenzae, coliforms and proteus spp due to its ability of penetrating gram-positive and some gram-negative bacteria. It is used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria such as bronchitis, pneumonia, sinuses, stomach and intestines, kidney, ear infections, lung, skin, and urinary tract infections (UTI). Apart from this it is also indicated for treating uncomplicated gonorrhea, meningitis, and endocarditis.

Ampicillin comes under the class of antibiotics called penicillin and it is a part of the aminopenicillin family. Thus it differs from penicillin only by the presence of amino group. It is due to this amino group that helps it to penetrate the outer membrane of gram-negative bacteria. Ampicillin acts by inhibiting the transpeptidase enzyme that is required for cross-linking peptidoglycanlayers or to make their cell walls. It inhibits the third and final stage of bacterial cell wall synthesis in binary fission, which ultimately leads to cell lysis. Ampicillin, like other β-lactam antibiotics, not only blocks the division of bacteria, but also the division of chloroplasts of the Glaucophytes (called cyanelles) and chloroplasts of the moss Physcomitrella patens, a bryophyte.

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the air passages between the nose and the lungs, including the windpipe or trachea and the larger air tubes of the lung that bring in the air from the trachea. Bronchitis can either be of acute (short-lived duration) or a chronic (severe and long lasting or lenthy inflammation). Whereas acute bronchitis can occur either by a viral infection or a bacterial infection, and many a times it can be healed without complications. If it is neglected it can turn to chronic. On the other hand, chronic bronchitis is a serious lung disease that can be controlled but cannot be cured completely.

Whether acute or chronic, both are inflammations of the air passages, having different causes and require different treatments. Acute bronchitis is common during winter and it usually resolves within two weeks. It begins with the symptoms of a cold, runny nose, sneezing, dry cough or even the flu, It can be accompanied by a secondary bacterial infection. Deep and painful cough results in greenish yellow phlegm. Wheezing after coughing is common. It may be accompanied by a fever. In uncomplicated acute bronchitis, the fever and most other symptoms, except the cough, disappear after three to five days. However, if it continues for several weeks it becomes complicated in which case the fever and a general feeling of illness persist that needs to be treated with bronchitis medicines. If it is caused by a bacterial infection, it should be treated with antibiotics. Acute bronchitis can also increase the possibility of developing pneumonia. It can become serious if it progresses to pneumonia, and thus, antibiotics are of utmost important. Smokers and patients with heart disease or other lung diseases are at higher risk of developing acute bronchitis. Chemical fumes or air pollution is the other cause.

Chronic bronchitis on the other hand is a major cause of disability and death. Chronic bronchitis is also an inflammation of airways giving rise to coughing and spitting of phlegm. In chronic bronchitis, symptoms exist for three months or more. It is generally caused by inhaling cigarette, smoke, air pollution, chemical contacts and so on… The treatment of chronic bronchitis is complex as it depends on the stage it has gone through and other health problems present in patients. Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke or polluted air is essential. Also exercising on regular basis is an important part for an individual.

Complications of COPD are many and often require hospitalization in the latter stages of the disease. Smokers are ten times more likely to die of COPD than non-smokers. Smokers who quit smoking, show improvement in lung function. Also avoiding chemical and environmental irritants like air pollution; and maintaining health is important.

The Top 7 Health Problems Linked to Trace Mineral Deficiency or Imbalance

Here are the seven most serious health problems linked to trace mineral imbalance or deficiency (in alphabetical order):

CANCER: Research confirms cancers thrive in acidic conditions where little oxygen is present, but cannot grow in alkaline conditions which are rich in oxygen. For example, there is no such thing as “heart cancer” because blood flowing to the heart from the lungs is highly oxygenated. and slightly alkaline to maximise its oxygen yielding capacity.

The typical western diet, high in animal products, sweets, processed foods and anything fried, turns the pH of blood acidic, making it less able to deliver oxygen to vital organs thereby leaving them more prone to cancer formation. All minerals and trace minerals are alkaline by nature and work in unison to keep your bloods ‘pH’ at 7.45. MicroMins by NutriPLUS contains the full spectrum of trace minerals and is particularly rich in magnesium, chloride, potassium and sulphate

ALZHEIMERS/SENILITY: Recent studies show that emotional stress can increase the risk of developing senility. Restrained lab mice developed protein tangles in their brains similar to those seen in Alzheimer’s victims. Unrestrained mice showed no such tangles. Calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, tin and zinc have demonstrated combined reductions in stress and can prevent protein-induced brain tangles.

ARTHRITIS: A “self-attacking-self” disease due to an immune system weakened by viral infection, emotional stress or both. Zinc and selenium are often deficient in those with arthritis. These minerals and magnesium remove the “confusion” by restoring “chemical balance” to the body. Both trace minerals are present in MicroMins.

DEPRESSION/MOOD SWINGS: Depression is a whole-body illness. Mood swings, for example, are usually attributed to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Iron, zinc, magnesium, lithium and potassium boost levels of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters that ease tension and make us more alert. Chromium, vanadium, copper and manganese raise blood sugar levels to stabilize our moods and make us feel better.

DIABETES: This is a metabolic disorder with abnormally high blood glucose levels. Common symptoms include frequent night time urination, excessive thirst, increased appetite, unintentional weight gain/loss, blurred vision, fatigue, physical weakness numbness and tingling in the hands and feet. Diabetes is an autoimmune disorder, resulting from a mistaken attack by the immune system on otherwise healthy insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Chromium, manganese, selenium, tin, vanadium and zinc all contribute towards rectifying these problems

HEART DISEASE (CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE): Hypertension is often a precursor to heart problems. Potassium reduces hypertension through enhanced kidney function. Magnesium removes obstructions in the heart arteries while boron reduces magnesium excretions. Calcium lowers cholesterol build-up in the heart. Chromium enhances “good” (HDL) cholesterol, as does copper, helping to prevent heart disease. Fluoride reduces calcified heart valves, which is very common with ageing. Iron enhances oxygen transfer to the heart. Selenium reduces atherosclerosis that is invariably linked to heart attacks. Vanadium reduces fat and cholesterol in blood serum. Other trace minerals such as manganese, zinc, molybdenum, tin, nickel and silicon play additional roles in preventing heart disease.

OSTEOPOROSIS: This is a progressive disease in which bones gradually become weaker, causing changes in posture and increasing the risk of fractures. Boron, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, sulphur, zinc, and manganese increase bone mass and reverse such bone deterioration.

These are the top seven health conditions, but they are really just the tip of the iceberg. Trace minerals are vital for joint movement, positive emotions, heart function, strong bones, good circulation, and brain health.

MicroMins ([http://www.nutriplusonline.co.uk/listman/listings/l0083.shtml]) is the only product we know of that is, made entirely by nature and equipped with the mineral-composition and richness necessary for addressing these top medical concerns.

Exercise On An Elliptical Trainer To Better Manage Your Diabetes

Diabetes is a very serious chronic disease that can cause debilitating health problems if it is not effectively managed. People with diabetes are at significantly higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, eye complications and blindness, foot problems, nerve damage, foot problems, and even dental problems like gingivitis. Medications can help to keep the blood sugar at healthier levels, but all medications have their own side-effects and risks. Regular exercise like the kind you get on an elliptical trainer can help to manage your diabetes while keeping medication use to a minimum.

Exercise can be very effective in managing diabetes. Exercise helps control Type 2 diabetes in the following ways.

  1. Improves your body’s use of insulin
  2. Increases bone density and strength
  3. Lowers blood pressure
  4. Lowers LDL cholesterol
  5. Improves blood circulation
  6. Promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety
  7. Increases energy
  8. Burns excess fat which helps to maintain a healthy body weight
  9. Increases muscle strength

So how does exercise help to lower blood sugar levels? Normally, insulin is released from the pancreas when the amount of sugar in the blood increases, such as after eating. Insulin stimulates the liver and muscles to take in excess glucose. This results in a lowering of the blood sugar level. As you exercise, your body needs extra energy for fuel. Continuous moderate exercising causes your muscles take up glucose at almost 20 times the normal rate.This helps lowers blood sugar levels, and at the same time insulin levels may drop in anyone not taking insulin so the risks of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is minimized.

What is the best type of exercise for managing diabetes? Research shows that strength training has a profound impact on helping people manage their diabetes. In a recent study of Hispanic men and women, 16 weeks of strength training produced dramatic improvements in sugar control that are comparable to taking diabetes medication. Aerobic exercise has also been shown to be effective in managing diabetes.

A workout on an elliptical trainer can provide a vigorous aerobic workout while also strengthening major muscle groups. Moving the pedals works the thighs, glutes, hamstrings, and the shin muscles. Most elliptical trainers have moveable arms that will work the upper body muscles as well, including the chest, arms, and back muscles. By varying the amount of resistance you can emphasize either muscle strengthening or aerobic exercise.

Diabetes is a way too common chronic disease which can cause serious health problems. An exercise program on a new or used elliptical can be an effective way of managing this disease.

Causes of Frequent Urination in Men

Many men experience an increase in the frequency at which they have to urinate as they get older. This is exceedingly common among older men. However, if you are a man that is “always having to go”, don’t just dismiss it as aging. There are many causes of frequent urination and the symptom needs to be checked out by a physician.

Frequent urination defined

Always having to go or feeling the need to urinate more often than is usual is called frequent urination. This differs from urgent urination which is an urgent, compelling need to urinate. This can be accompanied with bladder discomfort.

If the need to urinate occurs at night, it is termed nocturia. Normally, a person can sleep for between 6 and 8 hours without the need to urinate.

Common causes

When experienced simultaneously, a frequent, urgent need to go to the bathroom is a classic symptom of an infection in the urinary tract. Typically, the infection will cause an inflammation of the bladder which, in turn, reduces the bladder’s capacity to hold urine. In this case, even a small amount of urine can be uncomfortable.

These symptoms can also be caused by:


A condition called interstitial cystitis, which is a chronic, constant inflammation of the bladder. This is more common in women than men, but bears checking out.

Diuretics as well as other medicines.

Therapeutic radiation.

Dysfunction of the bladder.

Cancer of the bladder.

All of these are known to cause frequent urination, but there is one extremely common cause that is overlooked by many men. That is an enlarged prostate and affects more men than you probably know.

The prostate gland is a walnut sized gland that secretes seminal fluid (the fluid that carries the sperm cells). The gland itself surrounds the urethra, which carries urine out through the penis. As the prostate grows larger, it may exert pressure on the urethra and cause problems with frequent urination.

Causes of enlarged prostate

The prostate wraps around the urethra between the rectum and the pubic bone. Early in the development of an enlarged prostate, the muscle of the bladder contracts more powerfully than usual and pressurizes urine through the urethra. The bladder muscle responds by gaining thickness and sensitivity. This causes the need to urinate often.

The larger the prostate grows, the tighter is squeezed. The bladder then cannot compensate for the problem and empties entirely.

Symptoms of an enlarged prostate

Actually, an enlarged prostate is accompanied by no symptoms at all. There a re a few things to watch for, like:

A weak stream of urine or a stop/start during urination.
Finding it difficult to start urinating.
Dribbling of urine after urination.
Feeling like you are not done.
Leakage of urine (incontinence).
Frequent urination or an urgent need to go, especially during the night time.

If you have experienced any of the above, go to a doctor and get checked out immediately. An enlarged prostate only gets worse over time if it is overlooked. It could also lead to other more serious conditions.