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Use of Marsh Mint

It is a small multi-branch aromatic herb.  You can easily notice it with its toothed margin leaves.  Like other plants Marsh Mint is considered as a herbal medicine.  Here are some ways you can use it.

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  • Ache in the head and stomach: If you are experiencing a sudden pain in your head and stomach you can just chopped the leaves of the Marsh Mint and boil it in 2 glasses of water. Let it cool and then you can strain it.
  • Arthritis & Rheumatism: Get the leaves of the Marsh Mint and crush it.  The juice should be used with eucalyptus to massage on the painful part of your body.
  • Cough & Cold: You have to get 10 leaves of Marsh Mint and soak it in a glass of hot water.  You will drink this just like a tea.

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  • Pain on your tooth: First you have to gargle your mouth with a salt solution.  A salt solution is a mixture of salt in a glass of water. Then you get a Marsh Mint and take its juice. Get cotton and soak it in the juice and insert it to your aching tooth cavity.
  • Menstrual pain: You have to soak the leaves of Marsh Mint in a boiling water. Drink the mixture.
  • Queasiness and Fainting: You just have to crush the Marsh Mint leaves and put it in the nostrils of the person affected.
  • Bite of Insects: Crush the leaves and just used its juice in the part where in there is the bite or pound the leaves and rub it to the affected part.mortar-mint-2-matchstick-sxc-244x300

Medical Breakthrough: Discovering How the Dengue V...

mosquito_0 Dengue cases in 2013 went to 22,362. We all wish that dengue can be eradicated here in Singapore but further studies need to be carried out considering that there are no vaccines developed to battle dengue yet. Speaking of further studies, did you know that there is a research team here that discovered how dengue virus manage to evade the immune system?

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The researchers are from Duke NUS (National University of Singapore) Graduate Medical School. Their discovery has the potential to help other scientists design and develop dengue vaccines. You should first know the mechanics of viruses and how they affect our body. When we get sick or infected with a virus, our body naturally activates antibodies to shield us from being infected (with the same virus) again.

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This mechanism does not happen when we are infected with a dengue virus. Dengue virus can successfully evade the immune system and shuts down its response. If the dengue advances or progresses, many people will get weak and exposed. Dengue can also be fatal. This is the reason why the government is serious about reducing the population of the carrier mosquito.

The group of researchers have discovered why the virus can bypass or evade the immune system. According to their research, when the virus is introduced in the body, it triggers a specific receptor that can successfully impede WBC (White Blood Cells). WBC is in charge for the raising of immunity. The impediment will permit the virus to reproduce which will result to severe infections and eventually, death.

NEA (National Environment Agency) thought about controlling the mosquitoes (by destroying their habitat) to prevent the spreading of the virus but that is not a long term solution. The findings of the research can create a long term solution and possibly the eradication of dengue.

 

 

Health Screening Tests For Seniors

We all know the old saying that prevention is better than cure. Many people in Singapore, and in the whole world, possess one or more risk factors for developing common health complications, like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and certain cancers. Luckily, there are health screening tests that can be done to detect early signs of potentially fatal diseases lingering in our bodies. Here are the following health screening tests that all health screening packages for seniors should have.

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Blood Pressure

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the most common reason of death among adults. That’s why all health screening packages should include blood pressure tests to regularly monitor changes of blood pressure. Hypertension is known to be a silent killer because it commonly develops without showing or letting the patient feel any symptoms. If left untreated, it can lead to stroke, heart attack, or kidney failure.

The blood pressure screening test is a simple, non-invasive test that should be done to everyone every two years, regardless of the age. Generally in Singapore, there’s no extra fee for this test, and free screenings for this is very easy to come by. The commonly accepted standard for blood pressure reading is no more than 120/80 for people of all ages.

Cholesterol

Cholesterol screening is often included in most health screening packages, including packages for corporate health screening. Cholesterol is the fatty compound that runs in the blood and is a number of different but related substances known as lipids, or fats. Though these substances are essential for body functioning and normal metabolism, having them beyond the proper level and proportion can badly affect the health. The types of lipids that every human body has are categorized into three: LDL (low density lipoproteins), HDL (high density lipoproteins), and triglycerides. Combining these three substances makes up the total amount of cholesterol in the blood stream. Senior citizens should be more attentive and go to clinics like Asiamedic provides health checkup in Singpaore to their cholesterol level since many diseases root from abnormal lipid levels. However, experts recommend to get screened as early as 20 years old with a frequency of every five years.

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Diabetes

This is a health condition caused by high levels of glucose in the blood stream. There are two types of diabetes. The most common is the type 2, which can be treated by change of lifestyle and/or oral medication. The other type is the Type 1 diabetes, which is treated with insulin injections. This usually develops in the childhood years of a person and shows symptoms that immediately lead to diagnosis. Type 2 diabetes can happen gradually and unnoticeably for a span of time before symptoms start to show up. Undetected and uncontrolled diabetes can cause many health complications, including peripheral artery disease, kidney disease, and heart disease. Health screening test for diabetes measures the blood glucose level through blood test. In a healthy and well-functioning body, blood glucose level stays below 100mg/dl, regardless of what has been ingested. The frequency of blood sugar tests varies based on the risk factors (age, overweight, family history). For seniors with ages over 65, experts recommend that this screening test should be as frequent as twice a year.

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Prostate Cancer (For men only)

Prostate cancer is a typical type of cancer in men and can be successfully eradicated if detected early. Digital rectal exams may be done to check any signs of the disease. Men may have higher of this cancer if:

  • Any of your relatives has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, especially when they were young when they got the disease.
  • You eat a lot of red meat and fatty dairy products.
  • You’re over 65 years old. Older men have higher risk of having the disease.

Breast Cancer (For women only)

This type of cancer is among the most common cancer in women and is one of the leading causes of death among women in Singapore. Women who have detected early signs of breast cancer have the highest chance of survival. By the time a woman reaches her 40’s, she should undergo mammograms with clinical breast exams every two years. Women at higher risk are those who:

  • Are breast cancer survivors
  • Have primary relatives who have died or diagnosed with breast cancer (mother, daughter, sister
  • Had a first baby after 30 or who have not had a baby.

Epi-LASIK in Singapore

At present, refractive eye surgery in Singapore has indeed advanced to the next level, bringing Epi-LASIK—a new form of refractive eye surgery—to individuals who wish to improve their vision and eliminate the use of eyeglasses and contact lenses.

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The First Laser Refractive Surgery

Laser refractive surgery was first used to correct short-sightedness way back 1992 in the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC). The surgical method that was used then was the photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) technique. Later in 1998, SNEC switched to carrying out the more successful laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) to their patients. Track records show impressive rates of safety and success in all PRK and LASIK procedures.

Eye Surgery in Singapore Today

Today, the country has been acknowledged as one of the best places in the world that performs any form of eye surgery to patients who wish to improve their vision. Medical practitioners in the country are experienced, as well as the costs of surgery are so competitive. For those who are considering Clear lasik singapore eye surgery for any reason, the country should take the first place on your list of places to have your treatment.

The Best of Both Worlds

Epi-LASIK is an innovative refractive eye surgery. Probably you have heard of LASIK and LASEK techniques, which are approved and desired by many people, only that both techniques tend to have disadvantages as well. In Epi-LASIK technique, there is a fusion of both worlds—getting the best out of those conventional eye surgery methods and combining them into one. The result of which is a much improved form of eye surgery.

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The Epi-LASIK Technique

To begin with, this much improved form of eye surgery makes use of a small blunt oscillating blade to cut into the outer layer of the cornea, creating a thin sheet that remains attached or hinged to the eye. The danger in conventional forms of eye surgery is that the corneal flap is cut too thick, potentially causing a number of eye problems. In Epi-LASIK, the need to use a certain kind of alcohol solution, which is used in LASEK surgical procedure, is eliminated. This alcohol solution has the possibility of killing epithelial cells residing in the eye, which is why the use of it poses risks as well. Once a flap has been created, excimer laser will be applied on the exposed corneal tissue, reshaping it and replacing the flap. After the surgery, you will need to wear bandage contact lenses to secure the eyes while they heal. The way in which the actual procedure of Epi-LASIK is performed makes it the more suitable eye surgery technique for patients with thin corneas.

One of the advantages of Epi-LASIK is its long-lasting effects. Unlike the conventional forms of laser vision correction surgery, there is a low risk of flap dislodgement in Epi-LASIK. Once a flap is dislodged, several eye problems including loss of vision can happen.

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After Epi-LASIK

It is usual for Epi-LASIK patients to expect their eye problems to instantly go away once the surgical treatment has been performed on them. However, their condition will not be perfect in an instant, no matter how innovative Epi-LASIK is. Patients will only begin to notice the promised results on the third day after the operation, and results may become fully apparent after a period of six months. It is very important that you strictly observe the series of post-operative check-ups and follow up appointments with your doctor. This is to ensure that your eyes will be perfectly fine.