How to eat during cancer treatment
The treatment puts your body under a lot of stress, so it’s important to get optimal energy (kilojoules/calories) from the foods you eat, as well as meet your …
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Traditional remedies: Do they work
While there is optimism these findings will lead to a treatment for Alzheimer’s, it’s still early days in the science: large-scale human studies are needed to identify preventative and therapeutic uses of curcumin. Animal studies have also shown positive results using turmeric extracts for the prevention and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
How to cure constipation
If helpful, then continue as a daily treatment for three to six months. For a healthy bowel it is certainly worthwhile including naturally fermented foods in your daily diet, such as bio-live yoghurts, kimchi, unpasteurised sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables, kefir or kombucha drinks.
Depression: Can a healthy lifestyle help
The first port of call is a visit to your GP to assess the condition and recommend appropriate treatment. For mild depression, professional counselling and lifestyle measures may be enough. For moderate or severe depression, the combined approach of psychological therapy, such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and/or medication may be helpful.
Eight steps to healthy skin, hair and nails
Take these eight food steps to strong, healthy skin, hair and nails. 1. Protein – the building blocks. Skin, hair and nails are mostly protein. These proteins – keratin, collagen and elastin – ward off wrinkles and provide strength and elasticity. Most of us eat plenty of protein from meat, chicken, fish, legumes, eggs and dairy foods.
Step-by-step food allergy diagnosis
The best treatment for food allergy is complete avoidance of the allergen, says Dr Empson. “Education is phenomenally important and will help to prevent a lot of recurrences.” Antihistamine is a good treatment for people who have had mild allergic reactions to food but adrenalin, in the form of an EpiPen that is prescribed by a doctor, is
New ways to manage migraines
The pioneering anti-migraine drugs. Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonists are a new class of preventive treatment drugs specifically for migraine – the first in 30 years. The first, erenumab, is available in some countries. ‘Erenumab is intended to be given as a once-a-month injection,’ says Paul.
What your eyes say about your health
Treatment. If you have this symptom and you’re under 40, it’s important to get a blood test to check your cholesterol levels. For people with familial hyperlipidaemia, the usual advice about diet for lowering cholesterol doesn’t always have an effect, so cholesterol-lowering medication is usually prescribed. Prevention
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Crohn's disease can have a wider range of symptoms but the treatment and dietary advice is similar for both. Bloating. Abdominal bloating is when the abdomen feels full and tight. Bloating can have a number of causes but the most common is the accumulation of intestinal gas.
The facts on fatty liver disease
What about treatment options? NAFLD is a lifestyle disease and drug treatments are still unclear. Therefore, the only option for the prevention and treatment of this increasingly common liver disorder is lifestyle modification (diet, exercise and not smoking), along with the treatment of any associated conditions, including diabetes, pre
What is coeliac disease
The classic symptoms of coeliac disease in infancy include diarrhoea, failure to thrive and irritability. Older children may have short stature, rickets and anaemia. In adults, the symptoms are often more insidious, with general tiredness, weight loss and diarrhoea being common. There may also be deficiencies of some nutrients, eg iron and folate.
7 ways to eat well while on chemotherapy
Barbara Parry, a senior research dietitian and cancer expert at Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in the UK, explains that the cells in your mouth and gastro-intestinal tract are among those most affected by cancer treatment. ‘The new cells can be slightly different from the old ones, so you may experience food differently,’ she says.
Quiz: How breast cancer aware are you
The treatment of breast cancer can include any combination of these, depending on the particular cell type of the cancer, the size of the tumour and how far the cancer has spread. Each woman affected by the disease will have a treatment regime tailored to her and her cancer.
Diverticulitis: Symptoms, causes and what to eat
Treatment for acute diverticulitis. Acute diverticulitis often requires a visit to your GP who, depending on the severity, may advise bowel rest – liquid only intake – for a few days. You may also need antibiotics to fight off infection or even need to be admitted to hospital.
Ask the experts: Heat-treated beans
Heat treatment varies according to the specific crop but involves heating the product to a specified temperature and humidity for an extended time. While it does not seem to change the nutritional quality, heat treatment can make water absorption more …
Should you detox
The Guardian newspaper recently ran a story on detoxes quoting Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, who said the only real ‘detox’ is the medical treatment of people with life-threatening drug addictions. Any other kind of detox is, he said, “the word being hijacked by entrepreneurs, quacks and
Are you just tired, or is it sleep apnoea
What’s the treatment? The first port of call to treat OSA is usually lifestyle intervention. Weight loss is a top priority, along with cutting back on alcohol. That’s particularly important in the evening, as alcohol relaxes the muscles around the throat, which can contribute to apnoea.
Male menopause: Myth or reality
Hypogonadism can cause the clinical ‘red flag’ symptoms. In those cases, a referral to an endocrinologist (a specialist in hormone-related diseases) can confirm the diagnosis and explore treatment options, which can include testosterone replacement therapy. Take home message
How to help when eating is scary
ARFID can also be treated through paediatric feeding clinics throughout New Zealand and some private treatment providers are also available. Take home message. Despite the extremes and complexities of ARFID, it is a treatable condition. It presents differently from one person to the next, so there isn’t one standard treatment.
Spring allergies: How to cope!
Treatment of hay fever depends on whether your symptoms are mild, or moderate to severe. Mild symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter medication, such as non-sedating antihistamines, eye drops or steroid nasal sprays. If you need a higher strength nasal spray, you will need a prescription from your doctor.
What your face says about your health
If your rosacea persists, ask to be referred to a dermatologist to explore other treatment options. Excess facial hair What it could be. Facial hair patterns in women depend on our ethnic background and genes. But an excess of hair on the face – with excess hair growth elsewhere on the body – is known as hirsutism, and could be due to what
Food and PCOS: How diet can help
While lifestyle changes should always be your first line of treatment for PCOS, you may also require medication. Common medications used to treat PCOS can include: The oral contraceptive pill, which regulates menstruation and affects acne and excess hair …
From ‘Oh, no!’ to glow: Does diet boost skin health
Early treatment is more likely to result in a cure, and minimise scarring. Common skin conditions Eczema. Eczema is a common skin condition, with various causes, that can make skin appear inflamed, red, itchy or dry, and sometimes blistered or weepy.
What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Before starting any treatment for IBS it’s critical to see your doctor and have these conditions ruled out. Symptoms of IBS. If you have IBS you can experience a broad range of symptoms including abdominal pain and discomfort, bloating, changes in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhoea), heartburn, and nausea. Other symptoms can include
Autoimmune disease: What to do when your body fights
Treatment of IBD includes using medications to dampen down the immune system and reduce inflammation. On top of the genetic potential to get IBD, the condition can be triggered by environmental and behavioural factors, including diet, smoking, stress and antibiotic use.
Healthy ageing: Managing dry mouth symptoms
A Roughly 20 per cent of older people have problems with dry mouth which may be due to side effects from medications, ageing, dehydration, breathing through your mouth, and/or damage to salivary glands following surgery or cancer treatment. People suffering from ongoing dry mouth experience tooth decay and gum disease.
The long run: A path to understanding bulimia nervosa
Treatment may involve input from a dietitian but the first lines of treatment for bulimia are psychological therapy. The most effective form of therapy has been shown to be cognitive behavioural therapy. This type of treatment focuses on recognising and overcoming the underlying binge-purge triggers, exploring feelings and causes, and providing
Can taking aspirin help prevent COVID-19 strokes
Dr Selak is an expert on aspirin and wouldn’t recommend daily aspirin to prevent possible complications of COVID-19 for two reasons: “First, there is no evidence of the benefits of using daily aspirin for COVID-19. Second, there is evidence that daily aspirin might cause bleeding, which can be dangerous in some cases.
Special ‘straw’ shows promise as a cure for hiccups
Special ‘straw’ shows promise as a cure for hiccups. Everyone has a favourite home remedy for hiccups, from holding your breath to biting a lemon or drinking from the far side of a glass, but a new invention may be more effective than all our home ‘cures’, according to new research. A specialised drinking tube patented and branded as
PCOS and endometriosis: Can diet help your symptoms
The most important treatment is weight loss. This helps treat insulin resistance and is the only natural way to treat PCOS. In women with obesity, whether due in full or in part to PCOS, the effect of weight loss (even 5-10 per cent) can be dramatic, leading to regular periods and ovulation, normal fertility, reduced hirsutism, wellness
Endometriosis: Can food make a difference
Having tried many of the conventional treatment methods for the disease, including three surgeries, IUD devices, countless medications and painkillers, there came a point that if I wanted to really fight this disease, I needed to make additional changes to my lifestyle – beginning with what I ate.
Menopausal symptoms… talk about a hot topic!
I’ve also had good results using an old-fashioned blood pressure treatment called clonidine. It doesn’t work for everyone, but if you’re struggling and don’t want to take hormones, it may be worth asking your GP about it. In any case, don’t suffer in silence.
Wellness warriors: Who can we trust for nutrition advice
“It is very hard just to give general nutritional advice without also being dragged into some offering of treatment information.” For instance, a person looking for weight-loss advice, who is obese, may have a cascade of metabolic issues and co-morbidities, such as pre-diabetes, elevated cholesterol or gout – all of which need treatment
Allergies: Myths and facts
Although immunotherapy (desensitisation), by injection or oral drops, is available for hay fever and asthma where there are severe, difficult to manage symptoms, this is not a treatment option for food allergy. Food allergy is managed by complete avoidance of the offending food.
Ask the experts: Are we closer to a cure for asthma
A drug already exists they think could deactivate this protein, raising hopes for a treatment. The Cardiff team has already shown that the drug works in mice and human tissue samples in the laboratory and the first clinical trials could start within two years. However, a lot more research in humans is needed.
New biomarker may help with anorexia screening
Early detection and treatment of anorexia play a huge part in the likelihood of recovery from the eating disorder. A press release from the Swinburne Anorexia Nervosa (SWAN) Research Group says anorexia can be hard to diagnose and even harder to treat, so the discovery of a biomarker may help with screening for risk and in diagnosis.