Is Atrial Fibrillation going to get worse?

As we’ve already posted many research articles on various disorders this time we found one for Atrial Fibrillation. The question that attracted our attention was “Will Atrial Fibrillation Get Worse?”

We thought of sharing this with those who are reading this right now because you, yes, we knew you are going to find it very helpful. So, here we are posting the article that we found along with the source so that you can read further by going on to the link personally.

The question that was asked was Will Atrial Fibrillation Get Worse?”

They stated that “Early in the disease process, the abnormal heart rhythm often starts and stops in very brief episodes. In people who have pacemakers that record all heartbeats, short runs of atrial fibrillation lasting a few seconds to minutes are often recorded well before symptoms develop. Over time, the episodes may last longer or occur more frequently. Often in this stage of the disease people become aware of the abnormal rhythm. We call this stage of the disease paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

Studies show that over time, approximately 25-40 percent of people will go on to develop atrial fibrillation that is continuous, called “persistent”. In some of these cases, the heart can often be reset to a normal rhythm with an electrical shock called a cardioversion.

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Unfortunately, recurrences of atrial fibrillation after a cardioversion are high. Most people require additional therapies. These may include medicines that control the heart rhythm or ablation procedures to keep the heart in a normal rhythm.

Response to treatment is reduced when a person has persistent atrial fibrillation. In people that remain in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, Atrial fibrillation natural remedies work better compared to those in persistent atrial fibrillation. For example, a worldwide study of catheter ablation success rates found that 75-83 percent of patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation compared to only 63-72 percent in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation remained in a normal rhythm after the procedure – without the need for additional medications. In patients with persistent atrial fibrillation herbal remedies more than one procedure is often required.

The success rates of using medications alone to keep the heart in a normal rhythm are often only 10-40 percent in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation.

Hope you find this read helpful and we will keep coming up with more and more research articles all in one place for you convenience.
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Source: Everydayhealth

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Breakthroughs in folliculitis!

There are some very informative and appealing articles full of interesting information on folliculitis but we are always on the look for some latest research. We came across this informative excerpt on newsmax.com where there is detailed information on the disease along with some medical breakthroughs explained.

The article is all rights reserved therefore we are posting it here with reference link to the website. We always post articles from various websites to keep out blog updated and make it easy for visitors to find information on one portal but the full article can only be accessed through the original website.

Reference: https://www.newsmax.com/FastFeatures/Folliculitis-treatment-folliculitis-infection/2011/02/09/id/371047/

Here we are just posting the medical breakthroughs mentioned on the website. For any further information you can directly visit the website.

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The website states that “there have been medical breakthroughs in the treatment of folliculitis. Scalp folliculitis infection can be treated by using a natural treatment of folliculitis. Other discoveries include salicylic acid and cade oil scalp cream.

A lotion with aloe vera can be used as a treatment for scalp folliculitis. Scalp folliculitis can also be treated with glycerin lotion. Tomato juice helps reduce sebum levels in the scalp.

The latest treatment for folliculitis is Laser light therapy. It is used to destroy hair follicles and reduce scarring.

Hot, moist compresses promote drainage of extensive folliculitis. In severe cases, carbuncle antibiotics are prescribed which prevent the spread of infection.

Herbal treatment of folliculitis like Turmeric, Tea tree oil, and Apple cider vinegar have been beneficial in treating folliculitis.

These are some of the very helpful tips which can make life easier for a lot of people suffering from this disorder.

Happy reading!!!

Some Treatment Options for Scleroderma!

Hello all! Here’s an informative article on Scleroderma which we came across while doing some research on the disorder. We found it informative and thought we should share it with you all. We will be; from time to time keep posting informative articles for your reading.
This article has been extracted from https://www.hopkinsscleroderma.org/ on Scleroderma treatment options. This is a selection from the following source:
Chapter 23 of Systemic Sclerosis,
2nd Edition
written by

Dr. Laura Hummers and Dr. Fred Wigley.

Because no two cases of Scleroderma are alike, identifying your disease subtype, stage, and involved organs is very important in determining the best course of action for treatment. Current therapies use medications that focus on the four main features of the disease: inflammation, autoimmunity, vascular disease, and tissue fibrosis. Your physician will work with you to identify the treatments that are best for you, but here are some common treatment options:

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEDICATIONS

Many medications are thought to directly or indirectly affect inflammation. In scleroderma, there are two major types of inflammation that are related to the disease process. The first is a more conventional type that can cause arthritis (inflammation in the joints), myositis (inflammation in the muscles), or serositis [inflammation in the lining of the heart (pericarditis) or lining of the lung (pleuritis)]. This type of inflammation responds to traditional antiinflammatory drugs: NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen) or corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone). The duration of therapy and the dose of medication are dictated by the specific situation. Some patients will need chronic administration and others will recover after a limited course of therapy.
The other type of inflammation relates to the skin and other tissue injury caused by the scleroderma process. This phase of the disease does not appear to respond to NSAIDs or corticosteroids, although the exact role of corticosteroids is not fully studied. There are risks associated with the use of these agents, including gastrointestinal disease, fluid retention, and renal toxicity. Corticosteroid use is also associated with an increased risk of scleroderma symptoms renal crisis. Therefore, it is recommended that the use of NSAIDs and corticosteroids be limited to inflammatory states that demonstrate responsiveness.

IMMUNOSUPPRESSIVE THERAPY

The most popular approach to controlling the inflammatory phase of scleroderma is the use of immunosuppressive therapy. The rationale is that an autoimmune process is causing the inflammation and the downstream result is tissue damage and fibrosis. In this model, the fibrosis is an “innocent bystander” that is driven by the cytokines (chemical messengers) produced by the immune system. There are several drugs that are being used, but only a few well designed studies have been performed. These immunosuppressing drugs include methotrexate, cyclosporine, antithymocyte globulin, mycophenolatemofetil and cyclophosphamide. A recent study suggested that methotrexate did not significantly alter the skin score (a measure of skin thickening) compared with placebo (no treatment). Cyclosporine is not completely studied due to reports of renal toxicity. The most promising drugs are mycophenolatemofetil or cyclophosphamide with or without antithymocyte globulin. Unfortunately, there is no placebo-controlled study (i.e., half the patients get the medication and half get a sugar pill) to define their exact role in treating scleroderma causes, but if used during the active inflammatory phase of the disease, they appear to work.
A major area of current research is the use of aggressive immunosuppressive therapy either with very-high-dose cyclophosphamide or with autologous bone marrow transplantation. Because these aggressive forms of immunosuppressive therapy have potential risks, they should be used in severe cases of scleroderma and administered as part of a research protocol.

Scleroderma

DRUG THERAPY OF VASCULAR DISEASE

The vascular disease in scleroderma is widespread and affects medium and small arteries. It is manifest clinically as Raynaud’s phenomenon in the skin, and there is evidence that repeated episodes of ischemia (low-oxygen state) occur in other tissues. Low blood flow into the skin and tissues is thought not only to damage tissue by the lack of nutrition and oxygen but to activate fibroblasts and promote tissue fibrosis. Therefore, treatment of the vascular disease is now considered crucial to controlling the disease as a whole as well as preventing specific organ damage. There are three major features of the vascular disease that potentially need treatment: vasospasm (spasm of blood vessels), a proliferative vasculopathy (thickening of blood vessels), and thrombosis (blood clots) or structural occlusion of the vessel lumen (blockage of blood vessels).
Vasospasm is best treated with vasodilator therapy (drugs that open blood vessels). The most effective and popular vasodilator therapy continues to be the calcium channel blockers (e.g., nifedipine). Studies demonstrate that the calcium channel blockers can reduce the frequency of Raynaud’s phenomenon attacks and reduce the occurrence of digital ulcers. It is now known that the microcirculation of each organ has a unique mechanism for controlling its own blood supply. The skin blood flow is regulated by the sympathetic nervous system; the kidney blood flow by locally produced hormones such as renin; and the circulation in the lung by endothelin, prostaglandins and nitric oxide. There are very specific agents to counteract the negative influence of the scleroderma vascular disease on each involved organ. For example, the calcium channel blockers are reported to help blood flow to the skin and heart; angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE) inhibitors reverse the vasospasm of the scleroderma renal crisis; and bosentan (a new endothelin-1 receptor inhibitor) or epoprostenol (prostacyclin) improve blood flow in the lung.
Although there are several vasoactive drugs on the market that are being used to treat vascular disease, there is no agent that is known to reverse the intimal proliferation (thickening of the inner layer of the blood vessel) that is part of the scleroderma vascular disease. Drugs that reverse vasospasm (calcium channel blockers, bosentan, prostacyclin, or nitric oxide) all have the potential to modify the course of the disease. There is evidence that these vasodilators may also directly affect the tissue fibrosis. For example, bosentan may be of benefit because it inhibits endothelin-1, a molecule produced by blood vessels that can also directly activate tissue fibroblasts to make collagen.
The final outcome of untreated scleroderma vascular disease is occlusion of the vessels by either thrombus formation or advanced fibrosis of the intima. Therefore, anti-platelet therapy in the form of low-dose aspirin is recommended. Good studies to determine if antiplatelet or anticoagulation therapy is helpful do not exist. In an acute digital ischemic crisis (sudden development of threatened loss of a digit), anti-coagulation (use of blood-thinning medications) is often used for a short period.

ANTI-FIBROTIC AGENTS

It has been know for years that, in scleroderma, excess collagen is being produced in the skin and other organs. Several drugs are used that have in vitro (in the tissue culture) ability to reduce collagen production or to destabilize tissue collagen. The older medications in this category include colchicine, para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), dimethyl sulfoxide, and D-penicillamine. Although there is evidence for and against the use of these agents, most experts are disappointed with them and believe that the benefit either does not exist or the drug is not potent enough to warrant its use. D-penicillamine remains a popular alternative for some experts, despite a controlled trial demonstrating no difference between low and high doses of the drug.
The search for new drugs that alter the fibrotic reaction is probably one of the most active areas of scleroderma research. Strategies include directly suppressing the fibroblast and its ability to make collagen, inhibiting the cytokines that activate the fibroblast, and the use of agents that might break down collagen faster and promote tissue remodeling.
If you want full reading you can go to chapter 23 of Systemic Sclerosis by clicking the following link:
http://www.hopkinsscleroderma.org/downloads/SystemicSclerosis_Chapter23.pdf
Happy reading!

What research is being done on Benign Essential Tremor?

While doing a research on Benign Essential Tremor we came across this article on NINDS web portal. The title ‘What Research is Being Done?’ caught our attention. Here we are pasting the same article or let’s say the para that was of interest to us. There is also define Benign Essential Tremor Symptoms.

What research is being’ done?

The Benign Essential Tremor Causes. The website state that “The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a unit of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s leading federal funder of research on disorders of the brain and nervous system. The NINDS sponsors research on tremor both at its facilities at the NIH and through grants to medical centers.

Benign Essential Tremor

Scientists at the NINDS are evaluating the effectiveness of 1-octanol, a substance similar to alcohol but less intoxicating, for treating essential tremor. Results of two previous NIH studies have shown this agent to be promising as a potential new Benign Essential Tremor Treatment.

Scientists are also studying the effectiveness of botulinum toxin as a treatment for a variety of involuntary movement disorders, including essential tremor of the hand.”

That is it for now. We will be back with some new research soon because we love to share what we find.

There are some tips that work for Sebaceous Cyst

From different resources online and offline we came up with some very helpful tips which can help a great deal in dealing with sebaceous cysts but they are not tried and tested personally by any of our member. These have been collected from various resources as mentioned earlier. To find out read on. However, when the cysts cause pain and swelling of the skin, they should no longer be ignored. Below tips and tested Natural Remedies for Sebaceous Cysts.

  •  Using castor oil reduces the occurrence of sebaceous cyst.
  • Tea tree oil is also very beneficial in taking care of sebaceous cysts.
  •  You can make a bandaid by mixing castor oil and tea tree oil and apply on the area covered by cysts.
  • White vinegar injection has also been very successful in getting rid of the sebaceous cysts.
  •  Make a paste of turmeric and apply on the affected areas you sure are going to see amazing results that’s what a lot of  people claim.
  • Heat has also been very helpful in reducing the size of these cysts to completely erasing them.
  •  Applying Ichthammol ointment on the cysts at night before sleeping has also shown great results. Buy it from any pharmacy around you.
  • Changing dietary routine can be of immense importance and can play a key role in helping you get rid of these cysts.
  • Increase the intake of iodine which a lot of people have reported has worked for them.
  •  Reduce gluten in your diet and you can prevent more cysts from forming.
  •  Reduce the intake of refined sugar which has been identified as the main culprit in triggering the onset of sebaceous cysts.

Sebaceous Cyst

These are all some of the useful tips and Natural Remedy for Sebaceous Cyst which can be of great help and can save you from going through a surgical procedure. Try these techniques at your own risk. Herbal Care Products is not responsible for any damage caused due to these tips. These are for information purpose only.