Health news of the week 28.11.2016

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Surgery may increase the risk of Guillain-Barré syndromesurgery-and-guillain-berre-syndrome

Guillain-Barré syndrome is an extremely rare autoimmune disease that attacks the nervous system, causing muscle weakness and, in severe cases, paralysis. Is not yet known the cause of the disease, but as a new study suggests, that surgery may play a role in its development.

As evidenced by researchers from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), many cases the appearance of Guillain-Barre syndrome, may be associated with a history of surgery on patients, as it may cause damage to the immune system of some nerve cells. Study results support that the risk of this health problem is increased in patients who have undergone surgery, usually associated with the digestive system, heart or orthopedic surgery, during which general anesthesia was used. The results are quite surprising, because, as the researchers say, Guillain-Barré syndrome occurs in up to an average of 15% of patients who have had surgery within two months before the development of the disease. The researchers add that the average age of patients is about 63 years, more than 64% of cases the disease affects men, and what is more, this syndrome touches up to seven times more people with cancer.

sleep-disorders-vs-liver-cancerChronic sleep disorders associated with liver cancer

Since 1980, the incidence of cancer has tripled, and how scientists recently demonstrated a chronic sleep disorder, can have a significant impact on the appearance of liver tumors.

According to the survey, up to 80% of us suffer from sleeping problems, which are related to the lifestyle, hindering regular and beneficial sleep. Also, sleeping problems affect to the growing obesity epidemic in the developed world, which becomes one of the leading causes of cancer, including liver cancer. Fatty liver impairs its functioning causes inflammation, and in a further stage’s tumor. Studies carried out on mice showed that the regulation of the circadian rhythm allows our body to function properly, but when we suffer from chronic problems with sleep, the whole process is disturbed, which increases the risk of cancer. The study showed that chronic sleep deprivation affects the expression of genes – including those involved in the regulation of circadian rhythms, while also affecting bile acid receptors, giving rise to lesions. According to the statistics, around the world, even in 0.7 million people a year are diagnosed with liver cancer, and the growing group of obese people only bears those numbers.

Yoga based on breathing exercises can help treat depressionyoga-vs-depression

Depressant drugs are considered to be the primary method of treatment of severe depression, but as it is suggested the latest discoveries, increase their efficiency, may be involved breathing exercises based on yoga.

Sudarshan Kriya Yoga is a type of exercise that turns out to be useful in the treatment of patients with severe depression who do not respond to drugs. Symptoms of depression are different from persistent sadness, hopelessness, pessimism and guilt, through fatigue, loss of interest, reduced appetite, weight loss and insomnia. Fast diagnostics of depression can be crucial to its treatment, but according to recent studies, yoga with breathing exercises can also help in exceptionally severe cases of illness. The introduction of meditation therapy in combination with drugs for patients showed a significant improvement in mood. This form of treatment has proven itself particularly in people who previously did not respond to medication. The researchers conclude that this technique of meditation with the breath affects the structure and functioning of the brain, which can be invaluable in the treatment of severe depression.

vegetable-components-and-brainVegetable compounds useful in improving the cognitive functions in the elderly

Carotenoids are pigments synthesized by plants, giving them color yellow, orange, red, and the like. Their antioxidant properties have a remarkable impact on our appearance, but as it turns out, as well on the features of cognition in later life.

As suggested by recent studies, some carotenoids present in vegetables and plants can increase brain power in the elderly. It is, therefore, important to enrich the diet with fruits and vegetables like carrots, pumpkins, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, oranges and the like. Some carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin are also contained in dark green vegetables like kale, spinach, and peas. Studies show that the wealth of carotenoids in the diet helps maintain healthy eyesight, improves memory and increases the fluency of speech. Scientists by 48 communities in elderly subjects aged 65-86 years showed that consumed by them plant compounds help to improve the efficiency of neural. Therefore, it is important to care about proper eating habits in old age, as this will contribute to maintaining functional independence for a longer time. May be helpful as well supplements.


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