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2Mar/11Off

Alzheimer and Turmeric

Alzheimer and Turmeric

Recent studies show that curry seasoning - "Turmeric" can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, and this also explains why less seniors are suffering from Alzheimer's disease in India.  According to researchers at the University of California, the cause of
Alzheimer's disease is due to abnormal starch accumulation in the brain, which blocks the protein, and studies have shown that turmeric can effectively reduce blockage.  Previous studies had already shown that only 1% of elderly people are suffering from Alzheimer's disease in India and this rate is among the lowest in the world.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) in curry is a member of ginger family which contains curcumin and other curcuminoids.  Besides making curry, it is used as traditional medicinal herb in India and China. It is also known as a great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb.  Researchers fed middle-aged mice with turmeric and injected it into their brain cells.  From the experiment, researchers found that turmeric can reduce accumulation of β starch and protein in the neuronal cells.

Due to turmeric's anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidation nature, turmeric can treat or prevent not only Alzheimer's disease but many diseases such as cancers and cystic fibrosis.  In addition, the other spice plants commonly used in Indian curry may also improve your brain's health such as rosemary and ginger which contains rosmarinic acid, vanillin and ginger ketones.

22Feb/11Off

Why save cord blood

Why save cord blood?

Cord blood transplantation may be used as a secondary method to cancer treatment for certain types of cancer. It has less side effects comparing to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Cord blood stem cell transplantation can help malignant blood diseases (malignant hematological diseases) such as: leukemia (leukemia), lymphoma (lymphoma).

Because cord blood transplantation has many advantages, it was suggested to keep the umbilical cord blood after birth instead of throwing it away as waste. It should be reserved for the children as it is an  important biological resource.  Saving the child's cord blood is equivalent to buying  life insurance for the child.

Cord blood is blood left over the placenta and umbilical cord blood after a baby is delivered; it is usually discarded as medical waste.  Over the last decade, studies have found that cord blood contains hematopoietic  stem cells that  can be reconstruct blood and the immune system, which can be used in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for the treatment of many diseases. Therefore, cord blood has become an important source of hematopoietic stem cells, in particular, for unrelated sources of hematopoietic stem cells.  It is  also a very important human biological resources.

Why is cord blood can save lives?
Hematopoietic stem cells in cord blood is the basis of  saving lives.  Hematopoietic stem cells are the seeds of blood cells; it is the origin of cells of various blood cells in vivo, there were blood cells, including red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and many more by its differentiation and development from.  Hematopoietic stem cell is self-complementary, thus going. Hematopoietic stem cells using this regeneration, through the shift lever healthy hematopoietic stem cells that can treat many "incurable", such as blood diseases, congenital immune defects, genetic diseases, and prevent cancer radiotherapy and chemotherapy on bone marrow hematopoietic function inhibition.  With scientific and technological progress, people also found that hematopoietic stem cells under certain conditions can be induced to differentiate into other cells. People look forward to using this method of tissue repair for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and  spinal cord injury.

Why is cord blood transplantation is effective?
China now has blood diseases, genetic diseases, AIDS and tens of millions of cancer patients, including leukemia and regenerative anemia patients with an annual increase of 4 million to  5 million of other genetic blood diseases and congenital patients has also increased. From the bone marrow,  peripheral blood and fetal cord blood,  hematopoietic stem cell transplantation may treat various blood diseases, congenital disease, AIDS and cancer patients. However, lack of bone marrow donor, and peripheral blood, and it is  vulnerable to viruses and tumor cells contamination.  The umbilical cord blood transplantation is effective, it produces fewer side effects and it is cost-effective.  However, matching between non-identical relative probability is  low, and cord blood at birth must be dealt with quickly and properly preserved. There is an urgent need to establish a cord blood bank.

Any risks of collecting umbilical cord blood ?
The process of collecting cord blood does no harm to the mother and the baby. After birth, both ends of the umbilical cord  are tided  immediately, while the infant and umbilical cord are separated by a doctor leading the hypodermic needle into the umbilical cord vein, taking the cord blood. This process is very simple, it can be done in just a few minutes. And it is  different from the traditional bone marrow collection, it does not require anesthesia, no pain, no side effects, it can be completed in the maternity hospital.  It is reported that the placenta, umbilical cord and the fetus were originally thrown away as waste after birth. The collection process is done when the placenta and umbilical cord are completely separated from the mother and the baby, therefore it has no adverse effects.

20Feb/11Off

Stages of Alzheimer’s

Stages of Alzheimer's

Researchers an physicians use 2 major model systems to determine the Alzheimer's stages in order to help patients and their families understand how this disease will change over time.

Alzheimer's stage Model with 3 stages:

  1. Early / Mild Stage (Duration 2 to 4 years) : Patients may have memory loss for recent conversations and events.  They will need reminders for finding their belongings and other daily activities.  Their problem solving, decision making and judgment skill will slow down.
  2. Middle / Moderate Stage (Duration 2 to 10 years):  Patients will have difficulties in decision making and judgment.  They may start forgetting some important personal information, such as home address and phone number.  Patients may also have significant change in their personality.
  3. Late / Severe Stage (Duration 1 to 3+ years): Patients will start losing their physical abilities, such as the ability to dress, walk, and communicate.  They will not  be able to take care of themselves and extensive care should be provided.

Alzheimer's stage Model with 7 stages (By Christine Kennard):

  1. Alzheimer’s Stage 1: No Cognitive Decline  -  No memory problem and it is hard to detect any noticeable symptoms in this stage
  2. Alzheimer’s Stage 2: Very mild cognitive decline  -  Very slight lapses in memory loss and cognitive decline and it is still hard to detect in this early stage.
  3. Alzheimer’s Stage 3: Mild cognitive decline  -  Patient start having memory loss for recent events and conversations.  They will also have slight difficulties in making decisions and judgment.  Friends and family members may become aware of these symptoms.
  4. Alzheimer’s Stage 4: Moderate cognitive decline  -  Patient start having problem in performing complex daily tasks, such as managing personal finances and travel to unfamiliar locations.  Patients should immediately seek for  help from physicians.
  5. Alzheimer’s Stage 5: Moderately severe cognitive decline  -  Patients will start losing some of their physical abilities and will need assistance  to perform daily tasks.  They may start forgetting some important personal information, such as home address and phone number.
  6. Alzheimer’s Stage 6: Severe cognitive decline  -  Patients will start losing most of their physical abilities, such as bathing and talking.  They may even forget their names and names of their family members.  Patients may also have significant change in their personality.
  7. Alzheimer’s Stage 7: Very severe cognitive decline  -  They will not able to take care of themselves and extensive care should be provided at this stage.  This is the last stage of the progression, patient's will start suffering with infections and pneumonia as organs begin to shutdown down.
18Feb/11Off

What is Parkinson’s Disease and Symptoms

What is Parkinson's Disease and Symptoms

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder of the nervous system that affects movement and coordination.
The disorder is associated with the loss of brain cells (dopaminergic nigrostriatal neurons) that produce dopamine.
It is named after James Parkinson who described the shaking palsy in 1817 at England.  It is one of the most common neurological disorders disease and affecting people after the age of 50.
The disorder may affect one or both sides of the body and often starting with a barely noticeable shaking (tremor) in just one hand while resting.

Although there is no cure for Parkinson's disease, drugs like levodopa (L-Dopa), Pramipexole (Mirapex), Ropinirole (Requip), Co-enzyme Q10 and Apomorphine (Apokyn) can treat its symptoms.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is also an option for Parkinson patients which involving the implantation of a micro medical device called a brain pacemaker.


Parkinson's Disease and Symptoms checklist:

  1. Tremor or shaking at resting (hand, leg, head, lips and tongue)
  2. Slowed motion
  3. Monotone and quieter speech
  4. Problem with smooth speech
  5. Lack of facial expression and staring expression
  6. Unblinking eyes
  7. Rigid muscles and Muscle aches / pain.
  8. Impaired posture and balance.
  9. Problems with movement (writing, eating)
  10. Impaired balance
17Feb/11Off

What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of Dementia that causes problems with loss memory.  It is a progressive disease, where symptoms gradually worsen over time.  It constitutes two thirds of cases of dementia in total.  The case were the gyres of the cerebral cortex separate and results in the irreversible loss of neurons.

Alzheimer's disease treatments cannot stop Alzheimer's from progressing, they can only temporarily slow the progression.  However, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat and prevent the disease.  There is an Alzheimer's medication called  Namenda (memantine hydrochloride) which is available by prescription only, you may want to discuss with your doctor and see if you should take Namenda.

Alzheimer's disease Symptoms Checklist:

  1. Short term memory impairment
  2. Difficulty in performing familiar or everyday tasks
  3. Disorientation towards time, place and person
  4. Poor or decreased judgment
  5. Language difficulties
  6. Misplacing things and personal items
  7. Problems with abstract thinking and decision making
  8. Changes in mood or behavior
  9. Changes in personality
  10. Loss of initiative and drive
  11. Problems in self-expression
17Feb/11Off

What is the different between Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease

What is the different between Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are both common in the elderly, however, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease are different.  One major different is Alzheimer's is still not treatable but Parkinson's can be treated with L-dopa with good response in the early stages at least.

Alzheimer's disease is a type of Dementia that causes problems with loss memory.  It is a progressive disease, where symptoms gradually worsen over time.  It constitutes two thirds of cases of dementia in total.  The case were the gyres of the cerebral cortex separate and results in the irreversible loss of neurons.
Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the central nervous system that effects the way muscle contractions are maintained and lack of dopamine. This usually leads to shakiness, tremor, rigidity and akinesis.  Some patients eventually lose 80 percent or more of their dopamine-producing cells.