health – HTV https://htv.com.pk Fri, 19 Apr 2019 13:07:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://htv.com.pk/wp-content/uploads/cropped-iphone-retina-1-32x32.png health – HTV https://htv.com.pk 32 32 How to Make Lives of Parkinson’s Patients Easier https://htv.com.pk/health/parkinsons-patients-care Tue, 16 Apr 2019 08:18:20 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=43922 parkinson's 16-4-19

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological disease which affects a specific part of the brain, causing a slow but progressive onset of movement disorders and behavioral disturbances. The disease is relatively common in people over the age of 50 years and is seen to have both genetic and environmental risk factors. The well-known signs and symptoms […]

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parkinson's 16-4-19

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological disease which affects a specific part of the brain, causing a slow but progressive onset of movement disorders and behavioral disturbances. The disease is relatively common in people over the age of 50 years and is seen to have both genetic and environmental risk factors.

The well-known signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremors, rigidity, slow movements and loss of balance. These symptoms develop really slowly but grow with time and create difficulties for the patient to perform their daily activities.

Mobility

Walking is a tedious task for Parkinson patients as legs become stiff with disease progression and patients may feel they are “freezing” while walking.

RELATED: #HealthForAll – How Well Is Pakistan Keeping Up?

Due to this hurdle, some patients avoid walking as they are afraid they might fall and hurt themselves.

Physicians treating Parkinson’s encourage patients to stay mobile, even if it may be with walkers or canes and keep exercising as much as possible. This keeps the joints mobile and delays the progression of stiffness.

Bathing and Grooming

Personal hygiene is a challenge for many Parkinson patients as simple movements become difficult and patients tire easily. These everyday tasks can be made easier through simple solutions, like placing a sturdy stool within the washroom to provide seating while teeth brushing or face washing. In addition, handrails can be placed to help with sitting and standing in the washroom.

Home Safety

Most falls occur within the home, therefore the interior designing of a Parkinson’s patient’s home should be changed to eliminate all potential environmental hazards. Special consideration should be given to removing wires and cables from the floor to avoid tripping and room lighting should be enhanced so patients can see the area better. Frequently used items should not be placed in hard-to-reach shelves and furniture should not be loose or movable, as they provide a risk of fall.

Preparing and Eating Meals

Care must be taken while preparing food as many injuries occur when patients with hand tremors handle kitchen equipment. Specially designed knives and pot stands are now available which help maintain the users’ grip and keep the utensils steady, thus reducing the risk of spills.

Patients often face difficulties while eating as their hand tremor makes the food fall off the spoon. Although expensive, new technology attachments have been designed for spoons and forks which stabilize the cutlery and make it easy for the patients to have their meals.

Clinical Guidance

Occupational therapy is a branch of Rehabilitative Sciences which trains patients on developing skills to perform everyday tasks. Occupational therapists show patients how they can remain independent and perform everyday tasks such as bathing, eating and dressing themselves.

Patients are encouraged to consult their physicians regularly and discuss any issues related to their prescription medicines.  It is advisable to seek clinical guidance if routine tasks include driving or operating machinery as stiff muscles can pose a risk of injury to themselves or others.

Although the movement-disorders of Parkinson’s are well established, the disease is also associated with non-movement disorders such as memory loss, anxiety, and sleeplessness. These conditions are much more difficult to control and need emotional therapy more than clinical therapy.

Support networks can be developed with other patients so they can learn from each other’s experiences, but the patient’s own caregivers play the biggest role in the success of the treatment regimen.

Just like any other chronic disease, it is essential to understand that patients are not in control of their symptoms and feel overwhelmed by the physical and psychological changes their body is undergoing. A little patience, empathy, and compassion can help patients feel they are not alone so that they deal with their symptoms confidently and make an effort to maintain the quality of their life.

 

References:

Parkinson’s Foundation

https://www.parkinson.org

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Most Essential Vitamins For Your Health https://htv.com.pk/health/most-essential-vitamins-for-your-health Tue, 12 Feb 2019 07:09:08 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42889

In 2019 everything is moving too fast. Everything is happening at once. And while we don’t have time to check what foods we need to make sure we eat, we still want a strong immune system, clear skin, and shiny hair. So here’s a quick list of essential vitamins for your body and what foods […]

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In 2019 everything is moving too fast. Everything is happening at once. And while we don’t have time to check what foods we need to make sure we eat, we still want a strong immune system, clear skin, and shiny hair. So here’s a quick list of essential vitamins for your body and what foods to incorporate into your diet to ensure you get them.

Related: Vitamins for your skin

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a crucial factor in your body’s absorption of calcium. Inadequate intake can lead to weak bones and unhealthy teeth. Vitamin D can also aid weight-loss!

Signs That Your Vitamin D Is Low

To ensure you get your daily dose you can add egg yolks and fatty fish like salmon or tuna, into your diet.

Calcium

This brings us to calcium, the most important nutrient for healthy bones. In addition to that, it keeps our muscles functioning well, and ensures our blood clots when there is an open wound.

Some fantastic sources of calcium are milk, cheese, broccoli, and other dark leafed vegetables.

Read: 10 Dairy Free Sources Of Calcium

Magnesium

This one is incredibly important for regulating the different functions of your body. It works to balance nerves, blood sugar, muscle function, and blood pressure. It also assists in the processing of protein and DNA.

10 Natural Sources Of Magnesium

While brussel sprouts are great for magnesium intake, a more delicious way to get some into your system is through fruits! Get your hands on some raspberries, bananas, avocados, and figs (injeer)!

Related: 12 Amazing Benefits Of Injeer/Figs

Vitamin A

When they say we need carrots for good vision, they aren’t kidding! Vitamin A helps maintain good vision, a strong immune system and healthy reproduction. It’s also an important vitamin to ensure your organs continue to work smoothly.

If you don’t like carrots, you can cook up some lamb or beef liver. Or take some cod liver oil on a regular basis!

Folic Acid

Beyond essential, folic acid is vital for proper production and function of red blood cells. A deficiency can cause a drop in enough oxygen being carried to all parts of your body, resulting in anemia.

So chomp down some citrusy fruits and order in some pasta. If you’re not in the mood, you can alternate with a bread basket or some fried rice, and have a good time fulfilling your body’s needs.

B Vitamins

B vitamins are not given enough credit, but they are absolutely essential for metabolism and energy. They play a major role in converting nutrients into energy. Not to forget, they are great for your skin and adrenal function.

Healthy Moods: Vitamin B For A Happier You

Lean meats, beans/legumes and whole grains are high in Vitamin B. Haleem would actually be a great option to have for high levels of this vitamin.

Zinc

Did you know that zinc deficiency could be the reason behind stunted growth? Even recurring diarrhea could be for a lack of zinc. It gives us better immunity, better liver health and SO much more.

Read all about Zinc here.

The best foods to have for Zinc are: Yogurt and nuts/seeds.

Iron

Iron is directly related your hemoglobin, which ensures that oxygen is transferred from your lungs to your tissues. Low levels of iron means you can be classified as anemic.

Beans and spinach are great sources of iron.

Read: 5 Mouth-Watering Spinach Dishes

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What Your Nails Are Saying About Your Health https://htv.com.pk/health/what-your-nails-are-saying-about-your-health Mon, 11 Feb 2019 23:17:08 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=4358

Health experts have come to believe that the state of our nails is an indicator of the health of our bodies. While there is no guaranteed link between nail health and body health, there is a strong association between the two that cannot be denied.

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Health experts have come to believe that the state of our nails is an indicator of  the health of our bodies. While there is no guaranteed link between nail health and body health, there is a strong association between the two that cannot be denied. Health experts have stated that nail color and type of growth can serve as a window into the functioning of the body.

If you do feel that your nails match any of the descriptions provided below, consult your doctor and find out what the cause may be. Some of the medical conditions mentioned are quite severe. However, do not get stressed out if you feel that your health matches the description provided below. Your nail health may simply be a result of minor nutrient deficiencies. This is exactly why we recommend an appointment with your doctor for further clarification on what your nails are trying to indicate.

Pale Nails

If your nails are visibly pale in color, experts say that it could be because of the following health conditions:

  • Malnutrition
  • Anemia
  • Liver disease
  • Congestive heart failure

White Nails

If your nails are white in color and have dark rims, experts say that this could be an indication of liver trouble. White nails are often a side effect of hepatitis.

Related: Best Ways To Strengthen Your Liver

Yellow Nails

If your nails are turning increasingly yellow in color, it may be because of several reasons:

  • Fungal Infection
  • Diabetes

Read: The Dos and Don’ts of Diabetes

  • Psoriasis
  • Thyroid disease
  • Lung disease

Bluish Nails

If your nails seem to sport a bluish tinge, it may be because your body is not getting as much oxygen as it needs. This could be due to a more serious heart or lung condition due to which adequate oxygenated blood is not being transported around the body.

Cracked Nails

Experts say that cracked or split nails may be because of a fungal infection or thyroid disease.

Swollen Skin Around the Nails

If the skin around the nails is red and swollen, it may be because of an infection or due to a connective tissue disorder.

Bitten Nails

Nail biting does not lead to any serious medical condition. However, experts say that if nail biting continues unabated for a considerable duration of time, it may be because of acute anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder.

The Takeaway

This information may be quite worrisome but please remember that every case of swollen skin or white nails will not be due to a serious medical condition. However, it is always safe to consult a dermatologist if you are concerned about your health.

 

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HTV Stands For Health. Taste. Vitality https://htv.com.pk/news/htv-stands-for Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:41:07 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42880 HTV Stands for

HTV Stands For : Health. Taste and Vitality. As the name suggests, it is a health and wellness portal dedicated to healthy living and lifestyle news from around the globe. The organization is an extension of the Ziauddin Group, the largest private medical institute and education board in Pakistan. HTV promotes lifestyle modifications, healthy diet […]

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HTV Stands for

HTV Stands For : Health. Taste and Vitality. As the name suggests, it is a health and wellness portal dedicated to healthy living and lifestyle news from around the globe. The organization is an extension of the Ziauddin Group, the largest private medical institute and education board in Pakistan. HTV promotes lifestyle modifications, healthy diet plans and various workout methods to keep you in top shape.

The website is broadly divided into 3 categories: HTV Stands for  Health. Taste and Vitality. Each category focuses on a segment of your personality.

Health

The health section covers everything from healthy eating habits and sleep patterns to exercise routine and lifestyle modifications.

HTV shares the opinions of leading medical professionals and nutrition experts as they highlight the most omnipresent health issues surrounding us. In a fast-paced world, we are often culpable of neglecting our health; especially when a lot is available these days to compromise our well-being.

HTV churns out content daily in the form of articles, videos and listicles. The information presented is fact checked, thoroughly researched and presented in a succinct manner. Our health constitutes on 3 main pillars: – A balanced diet, a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise.

Taste

Healthy diet has a bad reputation of being unappetizing but is that really the case? HTV is out to dispel such myths. You will find a number of interesting recipes, rife with flavor and rich with nutrients. Tantalize your taste buds with flavorsome food recipes for every season.

HTV aims to bridge the gap between taste and health – finding ways to fulfil your sweet and spicy cravings in the healthiest ways possible.

Vitality


HTV keeps its audiences informed of the latest developments in the spheres of health, taste, vitality and beauty. Our content is tailored to meet the needs of individuals across 7 continents. In order to be efficient and at the top of your game, you need your positive energies to shine through.

The experts at HTV trigger the spark in you, so you become the best version of yourself. A combination of physical activity, healthy diet and exercise elevate your mood and spur you on life’s challenges.

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6 Simple Ways To Get Rid Of A Sore Throat https://htv.com.pk/health/cures-sore-throat Tue, 29 Jan 2019 13:15:23 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42629

The Magic of A Good Night’s Sleep Sore throats, especially in winters are very common and usually go away within a week. Getting a good night’s sleep is great for your immune system and helps the body fight infection. The NHS advises those with a sore throat to stay away from hot drinks and to […]

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The Magic of A Good Night’s Sleep

Sore throats, especially in winters are very common and usually go away within a week. Getting a good night’s sleep is great for your immune system and helps the body fight infection. The NHS advises those with a sore throat to stay away from hot drinks and to stay hydrated. Sucking on ice cubes, ice lollies or hard sweets can help soothe the inflammation.

Over-the-counter options can help ease discomfort

If you have a sore throat accompanied by bodyache or any other kind of discomfort, it is okay to take paracetamol or ibuprofen. You can also medicated sore-throat lozenges and anaesthetic sprays available over the counter that claim to target pain in the throat with anti-inflammatories.

The NHS England cautions however that “there’s little proof they help”, but a 2011 study on two different kinds of medicated lozenge found they brought relief and eased soreness and difficulty swallowing within minutes; effects lasted up to two hours post-dose.

Traditional Method of Gargling

The age old method of gargling may actually be the step in the right direction as it really helps in reducing inflammation (It is not recommended for children.)

Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of room temperature water; gargle with the solution, then spit it out. Repeat as necessary. It is an inexpensive yet super effective method to soothe an irritated and inflamed throat.

Don’t Assume Sore Throats Can Only be Treated With Anti-Biotics

For your information most sore throats are caused by a virus, so they cannot be treated by antibiotics but still they are prescribed. Last year, sore throats accounted for nearly a quarter of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions in England. Such prescriptions contribute to the global threat of antibiotic resistance.

US researchers reported in 2013 that, from 1997 to 2010, about 60% of patients with sore throats were prescribed anti-biotics, even though only about 10% needed them. Viral sore throats are accompanied by other cold symptoms that may include a runny nose, cough, red or watery eyes, and sneezing.

Streptococcal pharyngitis, “strep throat”, a bacterial infection has similar symptoms, but likely to be more severe, and possibly accompanied by a high temperature or feeling hot and shivery.

Beware of Irritants in your Environment

First off, you need to know that smoking cigarettes can cause a sore throat by irritating the windpipe. Smoking also lowers immunity, which can lead to recurring viral and bacterial infections, and weakens/irritates the lower oesophageal sphincter between the stomach and oesophagus (or food pipe), causing acid reflux from the stomach, which can irritate the throat.

Other possible causes of a sore throat include pollution or irritants in the air, allergies, dry air, and sudden changes in temperature, such as going from a warm office to the icy outdoors.

Boost your immune system

Believe it or not you can prevent sore throats by eating a healthy balanced diet and by having a flu jab, according to Abraham Khodadi, a prescribing pharmacist. He also said that this should also alleviate the need for supplements in otherwise healthy people – although Public Health England has suggested taking a daily vitamin D supplement in winter, which may help to boost immunity.

Also Read: Throat Infection: Foods To Eat And Not To Eat

Also Read: Ease Your Flu Miseries With These 7 Health Hacks

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