General Health Archive

Short Guide to Weight Loss

OVERVIEW We all have and need fat tissue in our bodies. When there is increased amount of fat in the body that’s when problem arises. The amount of fat is determined by individual’s Body Mass Index (BMI). Individuals with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 are considered overweight, while individuals with a BMI of 30

Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse – What is the Difference?

Moderate alcohol use – upto 2 drink/day for men and upto 1 drink per/day for women and older people – is not harmful for most adults. The problem arises when people abuse alcohol. The abuse of alcohol is a major cause of preventable deaths associated with violence, and motor vehicle crashes. Heavy drinking can increase

How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label

People look at food labels for different reasons. But whatever the reason, many consumers would like to know how to use this information more effectively and easily. The following label-building skills are intended to make it easier for you to use nutrition labels to make quick, informed food choices that contribute to a healthy diet.

Guide to Advance Directives

What is an Advance Directive? As a competent adult, you have the right to decide to accept or refuse any medical treatment. As long as you are competent, you are the only person who can decide what medical treatment you want and do not want to receive. A situation may arise in future when you

On Advance Directives / Living Wills

Living Wills and Their Variations: A Simple Introduction  E.L. Erde, Ph. D., Professor, UMDNJ-SOM, Department of Family Medicine Stratford, NJ 08084 erdeel@umdnj.edu People use Living Wills or Advance Directives to direct their medical care when they become unable to do it for themselves. The purpose is to avoid conflicts, confusion, and lack of information

What is the relationship of Pregnancy and Diabetes?

Some women who get pregnant get diabetes, but this type of diabetes, called “gestational” diabetes, usually goes away when the baby is delivered. The physical changes of pregnancy cause the diabetes in some women. Women who have at least one of these characteristics is likely to get gestational diabetes: they have had a previous stillbirth;

Dangers of Pregnancy After Age 35

What are the dangers of pregnancy after age 35? Having children, especially a first child after age 35 is riskier than having them at a younger age, but such pregnancies are not higher risk if the mother is healthy. Until the 1970’s, obstetricians rarely saw women older than 35 expecting their first child. Now, more

Staying Healthy – Tips for Women

Screening Tests: What You Need and When Screening tests, such as mammograms and Pap smears, can find diseases early when they are easier to treat. Some women need certain screening tests earlier, or more often, than others. Talk to your doctor about which of the tests listed below are right for you, when you should

Preventing nose bleeds during cold weather

With the cold weather, some people get frequent nose bleeds. What can be done to prevent them, and how should they be handled when they do occur? Many people gets scared whenever blood appears, but a little knowledge can go a long way here, in helping one to prevent these frequent episodes. Most nosebleeds are

Fish Oil Supplementation for Heart Protection: How Much?

There have been many claims for benefits of fish oil (which contains omega-3 fatty acids) in multiple disease conditions. Todate, the strongest evidence of benefit is in the area of cardiovascular health, particularly the two longchain omega-3 fatty acids – Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The American Heart Association recently issued guidelines for