Tuesday October 17, 2017

Become an Ex-Smoker and Quit smoking: 6 Reasons to Kick the Habit!

Smoking is bad for your health and harms nearly every organ of the body

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October 25, 2016: ‘This one is my last cigarette. From tomorrow I am not going to smoke anymore’ – Only God knows when that ‘Tomorrow’ will never come!

Quit smoking or not, it’s all up to you.

Below are some facts which may help to take a wise decision-

Dental Hospital becomes your second home-

Dental Check-up. Giphy
Dental Check-up. Giphy

Smoking leads to tooth staining, foul breath, gum disease, tooth loss and finally mouth cancer.

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More diseases are in waiting list-

Smoking leads to cardiopulmonary diseases and can cause coughing fits, worsen asthma symptoms and lung cancer.

You get a ‘Mature’ look-

Look matters. Giphy
Look matters. Giphy

Appearing much older is a standard side effect of smoking. Cigarette smoke destroys key elements that maintain a youthful look and develop an orange or grey complexion.

Smoking burns a hole in your wallet-

Smoking is an expensive habit. Just think about the money you will save from the day you quit smoking. You can treat yourself with healthy foods every day.

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Empty wallet. Giphy

Protect your loved ones-

Your loved ones can be harmed by breathing secondhand smoke, which consists of the mainstream smoke that you exhale and the side stream smoke that wafts from your cigarette.

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Family, Giphy

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Smoking to Relieve Stress?

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Feeling stress free. Giphy

The feelings of relief described by people who smoke are just a relief from short-term symptoms of withdrawal from nicotine. Actually, Nicotine increases anxiety and tension.

Cigarette smoking is the greatest single cause of illness and premature death in the world. Smoking is bad for your health and harms nearly every organ of the body.

– Prepared by Ruchika Kumari of NewsGram. Twitter: @RuchiUjjaini

 

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HIV Infected Smokers More likely to die of lung cancer than AIDS, Reveals Indian-origin Researcher

Smoking kills! A recent research reveals a vicious reality about the people infected with HIV, who loves to smoke, are more likely to die from lung cancer than from AIDS.

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Cigarette smoking is injurious to health. Pixabay

New York, September 20, 2017: People living with HIV who adhere to antiretroviral therapy, but smoke tobacco cigarettes are more likely to die from lung cancer than from AIDS, a study led by an Indian-origin researcher has revealed.

The findings showed that overall people with HIV who take antiviral medicines, but who also smoke are six to 13 times more likely to die from lung cancer than from HIV/AIDS, depending on the intensity of smoking and their sex.

“Smoking and HIV are a particularly bad combination when it comes to lung cancer,” said lead author Krishna Reddy, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

“Lung cancer is now one of the leading killers of people with HIV, but most of these deaths can be prevented,” added Rochelle Walensky, Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Among men who continued to be heavy smokers, an estimated 29 percent would die of lung cancer by age 80, as would 23 per cent of moderate smokers and 19 per cent of light smokers.

For women who continued to be heavy smokers, an estimated 29 percent would die of lung cancer by age 80, as would 21 per cent of moderate smokers and 17 per cent of light smokers.

“The data tell us that now is the time for action: smoking cessation programmes should be integrated into HIV care just like antiviral therapy,” Reddy said in the paper published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

However, among those who managed to quit smoking at age 40, only about six per cent die of lung cancer.

“Quitting smoking is one of the most important things that people with HIV can do to improve their health and live longer,” suggested Travis Baggett, Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School.

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Besides reducing the risk of lung cancer, quitting will also decrease their risk of other diseases such as heart attack, stroke and emphysema, the researchers said. (IANS)

 

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Asthma Afflicted Children Are Prescribed Unwanted Antibiotics: Study

The findings showed that asthma symptoms are often mistaken for a respiratory tract infection and are given antibiotics as a preventative measure

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Neutral background picture with asthma medicine. Wikimedia

London, Sep 11, 2017: Children suffering from asthma are unnecessarily prescribed antibiotics for treatment even though guidelines do not support this, new research shows.

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.

The findings showed that asthma symptoms are often mistaken for a respiratory tract infection and are given antibiotics as a preventative measure.

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Overuse of antibiotics in children can lead to drug-resistant infections, as well as leave kids at high risk of a future infection that is difficult to treat, the researchers warned.

“International and national guidelines clearly state that antibiotics should not be given for a deterioration in asthma symptoms, because this is rarely associated with a bacterial infection,” Esme Baan from the Erasmus University, in the Netherlands.

“Inappropriate use of antibiotics can be bad for individual patients and the entire population, and makes it harder to control the spread of untreatable infections.”

The researchers found that children with asthma were approximately 1.6 times more likely to be prescribed antibiotics, compared to children who do not have asthma.

“Antibiotics should only be given when there is clear evidence of a bacterial infection such as for pneumonia,” Baan said.

“However, we saw that, in children with asthma, most of the antibiotic prescriptions in children were intended for asthma exacerbations or bronchitis, which are often caused by a virus rather than bacteria.”

For the study, presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress 2017 in Italy, the team included 1.5 million children from the UK, including around 150,000 with asthma, and a further 375,000 from The Netherlands, including around 30,000 with asthma.

Antibiotic prescription rates were almost two-fold higher in the UK overall. In both countries, amoxicillin was the most commonly used antibiotic. (IANS)

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New Technology to Predict Asthma Attacks in Children: Researchers

A scientific research has lead to a new technology which can predict asthma attacks in kids. It will predict whether children or newborn are at a risk of an asthma attack

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Children with asthma uses inhaler to relieve some of the symptoms
Children with asthma uses inhaler to relieve some of the symptoms, Wikimedia
  • The new technology may help to non-invasively analyze lung sounds in children and newborn and tell if they are at a risk of an asthma attack
  • The researchers have analyzed 70 severely asthmatic children

Washington, July 27, 2017: Good news in the field of Medicine!  Recently, a new technology has been developed which may help to non-invasively predict children or newborn at risk of an asthma attack.

Asthma is the common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms like reversible airflow obstruction, and bronchospasm. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Its symptoms can be prevented by avoiding triggers, such as allergens and irritants, and by inhaling corticosteroids.  Asthma can also be classified as extrinsic that is atopic or intrinsic that is non-atopic. It is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

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Its diagnosis is usually made based on the pattern of symptoms and response to therapy over time. The prevalence of asthma has increased largely since the 1970s. As of 2010, 300 million people were affected worldwide. In 2009 asthma caused 250,000 deaths globally. Despite all this, with proper control of asthma with step down therapy (If the change is accomplished with the same antibiotic as that administered intravenously, then the change is labeled step-down therapy) result is generally good, mentioned ANI  report.

According to researchers, the new technology may help to non-invasively analyze lung sounds in children and newborn and tell if they are at a risk of an asthma attack. The researchers have analyzed 70 severely asthmatic children.

The findings did indicate that the approach was considered useful to predict attack symptoms and for identification of children who are not showing any symptoms of asthma as yet can still have a high risk of asthma attack. The results of this research have been published in Respirology.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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