One has become increasingly aware of the potential harms of screening mammography, while remaining cognizant that much of the drop in breast cancer mortality is due to advances in treatment.
Picking up on my last article (October 2014) I thought to try and bring some structure into this array of allies and invaders of our very own galaxy – the body.
Low-carbohydrate diets are increasingly popular, but concerns have arisen that such diets, compared with traditional low-fat diets might have adverse cardiovascular consequences.
Whilst it is inevitable that new infectious illnesses emerge all the time, mankind does its share to spread them more rapidly with its modern means of transport like the examples above teach us. But apart from that we have to prepare for known illnesses emerging in new populations because of the illness travelling itself. The African West Nile Virus is believed to have been spread nearly all over the world via an infected bird or mosquito entering the United States less than two decades ago. It mainly infects birds and kills them. It causes severe illness in humans, most patients however recover eventually.
Without sufficient sleep, mood and intellectual performance are impaired. Various central-nervous-system conditions, including migraines and seizures, become more frequent and severe. When animals are kept from sleeping, they ultimately die.
In March 2014 the U.S. Prevention Services Task Force presented its update on “Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults,” meaning more than 65 years of age.
Many smokers cite relief of psychological symptoms such as distress as a reason for continued smoking. However, the relation between smoking and mental health is unclear (is it really?).
My Nicaragua diary is now on sale, but only as an e-book. A good English friend got me to consider the idea of writing a diary and although it is above suspicion of winning the Nobel price for literature, I really enjoyed doing it. Sue Brewer helped me in translating the diary, but to be fair to her, I did not always follow her suggestions.
Medicine has advanced since and quietly keeps advancing. And maybe, we will witness the moment when not the nanny but the nano makes us help the medicine go down.
An exciting technology is emerging, offering possibilities as diverse as radiation does and medicine has discovered it, too. Nanotechnology works in dimensions which are hardly imaginable for us – matter no bigger than the size of 400 hydrogen atoms (the smallest atom).
Many expats along the coast feel obliged to return to their own countries when they can no longer live independently, as they often think there are no proper services in place for them here and they are left with little option other than leaving behind what has now become their home.