Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Allergy problems anyone?

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Allergies are unfortunately more and more widespread. An allergic reaction can be triggered by many substances - they are commonly known as allergens. Every additional exposure to the same allergen can result in a stronger reaction.

The most usual but quite annoying allergies most of us have to face occasionally has to do with large quantities of pollen being sent into the air by blooming nature every spring. Sneezing and tearing up are the usual effect of this but in more serious cases respiratory problems are also possible.


Of course there are also many other common allergies - food allergy being one of most common. In this case usually itching spots appear on some parts of our bodies (usually around joints and belly area) but various swellings are also quite usual.

With a use of some medications you can reduce the severity of an allergic reaction. These medications include: Nasal sprays, antihistamines, decongestants and leukotrienes antagonists, to name a few. The real question is what to do if we do not have access to any of those medications.

There is a substance we can use in such cases that is very commonly used in most households. It is baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate).

Baking soda proves most effective in easing allergic reaction to plants such as poison -ivy -oak or -sumac to relieve some of the associated itching. It usually takes about 20 minutes for it to have an effect. If you however notice a strong allergic reaction to whatever it might be you should seek medical attention regardless of counter measures you might have took. In cases of strong allergic reactions you obviously have to treat them with something stronger that can be provided at a nearest medical institution.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cancer Prevention

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We are still learning something new about different kinds of cancer every day. Enormous funds are assigned to cancer research every year, but it is a disease which is usually very difficult to cure and can still in many occasions even lead to death.

So, is there anything we can do to prevent cancer from developing in the first place? Fortunately there is.

There are some drugs on the market to prevent cancer but are mainly meant for a specific population that is at a high risk of developing certain cancer types. Reasons most of these drugs are not used with a wider range of people are many serious side effects.
Nevertheless, some drugs have shown to decrease the risk for cancer and have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for cancer prevention. These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and also the hormonal antagonists Tamoxifen and Raloxifene.

Besides those pharmaceutical solutions there are also some a bit more natural alternatives. Recent studies show that food is a powerful factor in the fight against cancer. Did you know that broccoli is a vegetable with the strongest anti-cancer effects on a wide intestine, lungs, stomach and breasts?
A half a cup of broccoli a day should have a very positive effect on the whole body. Bon Appétit!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

List of Bestselling Drugs

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Have you ever been wondering which are the best selling drugs?

Here is a top 10 list of bestselling drugs in the US, listed according to sales in 2006.

Rank 2006Brand Name(s)Generic NameCompany(ies)Disease/Medical Use
1LipitorAtorvastatinPfizerCholesterol
2Advair, SeretideFluticasone + SalmeterolGlaxoSmithKlineAsthma
3Plavix, IscoverClopidogrelBristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi-AventisThrombotic events
4NexiumEsomeprazoleAstraZenecaGastrointestinal disorders
5NorvascAmlodipinePfizerHypertension
6RemicadeInfliximabJohnson & Johnson, Schering-Plough, Mitsubishi Tanabe PharmaCrohn's disease, Rheumatoid arthritis
7EnbrelEtanerceptWyethRheumatoid arthritis
8ZyprexaOlanzapineEli Lilly and CompanyPsychosis
9DiovanValsartanNovartisHypertension
10RisperdalRisperidoneJohnson & JohnsonPsychosis

Full table with top 200 bestselling products is available on Wikipedia.