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It is a disorder that is categorized by the partial or complete malfunction of the corpus callosum, a brain structure linking two hemispheres inside it. Aicardi syndrome often causes childhood seizure (intantile spasms), eye abnormality or lesions of the retina, and metal retardation. Aicardi Syndrome is also linked to microcephaly, a brain defect; microgyria, where bumps inside the brain tend to be narrow; or porecenphalic cysts, a brain condition causing fluids to fill the ...

Aicardi Syndrome

Aicardi SyndromeIt is a disorder that is categorized by the partial or complete malfunction of the corpus callosum, a brain structure linking two hemispheres inside it. Aicardi syndrome often causes childhood seizure (intantile spasms), eye abnormality or lesions of the retina, and metal retardation. Aicardi Syndrome is also linked to microcephaly, a brain defect; microgyria, where bumps inside the brain tend to be narrow; or porecenphalic cysts, a brain condition causing fluids to fill the gaps in the brain. Further studies also indicate that a few abnormalities may include a cleft lip and vertebral body malfunction. It is children, between three to five months, who are most often branded with Aicardi Syndrome. These children are results of normal births, but have developed the abnormality as soon as they experience brain spasms. Infantile spasms at this age causes neural synapses to close, thereby inhibiting the babies brain development. Hence, most cases have moderate to very severe degrees of retardation. An infant afflicted with the syndrome may also experience delays in development. They could also have difficulty when it comes to respiratory infections like pneumonia and this could consequently cause their expiration. The neurological disorder was first diagnosed more than thirty years ago, when French doctor, Dr. Jean Dennis Aicardi, identified eight children who continually experience infantile spasms. The doctor believed the syndrome was caused by a deficiency in the female chromosome (X). Hence, the disorder only affects majority of female infants, although there is one reported case of a baby boy diagnosed with the syndrome. Currently, there are about 500 reported cases worldwide, with only one case of siblings afflicted with the condition. Therefore it is believed that the disorder is a new mutation and not all of the family members may carry the defective gene There is currently no cure for Aicardi Syndrome. A symptomatic treatment may be recommended to manage the seizures, usually in the form of anti-seizure medicines. A few intervention programs to manage mental retardation are also administered. Physical and occupational therapy may also be recommended to aid the child in her development. The life expectancy for an infant afflicted with Aicardi syndrome is dependent on how severe the condition is. The National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke (NINDS) is currently doing an extensive research on Aircardi Syndrome. The objective is to determine and further understand the genetics involved to be able to find better treatment, prevention and ultimately, a cure for this disorder.

Make Your Own HGH - While You Sleep!

Make Your Own HGH - While You Sleep!

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) has long been viewed as a remedy for aging and the diseases associated with the aging process. Research published in the AMA Journal of August 16, 2000 links sleep disorders to a lack of HGH. In an article on research undertaken at the University of Chicago, headed by Professor Eve van Cauter, published in the August 16, 2000 AMA Journal, a link was found between the sleep disorders in 149 men aged between 16 and 83 and the lack of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) in their blood. This lack of HGH was found to be a possible cause of "middle age spread" in the test subjects, and they theorized that the lack of HGH in older persons was a reason for the typical build up of fat and the loss of muscle mass. HGH is produced naturally in the body, particularly at night during deep or slow wave sleep, and this component of sleep in the men was found to decrease from 20% for men 25 years or younger when their HGH levels were highest, to 5% for those over 35. By the age of 45, the research found that the men had almost lost the ability to fall into a deep sleep once they had awakened during the night. It found that by 50 years, the amount of sleep had declined by 27% a decade. They also established that growth hormone secretion decreased by 75% over this period. There was nothing to link the reduction in sleep to a lack of HGH - this research showed a counter link - that less HGH was produced by the body because of less deep sleep. How Deep Is Your Sleep? Research shows that deep sleep is dependent on "the state of the person as they enter into the sleep period" - or in other words, how relaxed and safe someone is as they go to bed at night. Unfortunately, people in the 1st World suffer from high to very high underlying stress levels at all times and this influences of course the systems of the body as it enters the sleep cycles. To put it simply, the body cannot distinguish between feeling anxious because there are 12 mountain lions just outside the front door and an unpaid bill or fear of redundancy, being nervous about upcoming events or worried for a relative. As a result, it will naturally go into emergency mode - the lighter states of sleep which allow for rest but the person remains very aware of outside influences, noises and movements and wakes up immediately when there is any disturbance, bright aware and ready for action. This of course is a most useful safety device where mountain lions are concerned; however, it was never devised for constant use, a lifetime's worth of worry and anxiety about all manner of things which basically *never ceases at all*. As worries and anxieties and underlying fears are not resolved but tend to increase, one piling on top of the next and new ones being added as the years go by, sleep disturbances increase and HGH levels decrease in turn, making it harder still to find balanced states of mind and body and a sense of security *within one's own self* which are the pre-requisites for deep sleep - and more HGH production. Sleeping Without Fear Now, and although the title of the article concerns the topical HGH, there are of course all kinds of reasons beyond this why sleeping deeply is so important. There are a great many reasons for sleep disturbances and if in doubt, of course medical opinions should be sought; clearly however, being unable to enter the deep, slow wave sleep states because of underlying anxiety, fear and stress is the most common problem, affecting a large part of the population in many different ways. So how can we go to sleep without fear? Ananga Sivyer, author of "The Art & Science of Emotional Freedom", says, "I am sure that many sleep disturbances have their root in childhood and child rearing. Simply put, children are not designed to be left on their own, unguarded, when they are young and vulnerable. Already then, being unable to relax deeply and profoundly becomes the normal order of things and it just gets worse from there." As this is primarily a direct physiological set of responses in reaction to perceived vulnerability from the environment, there are a number of techniques to help adults regain a sense of safety. Mind Control & Meditation Techniques Although these can do little about existing "background anxiety", these kinds of techniques can at least relax the body enough so that medium deep sleep with some incidences of deep wave sleep can be achieved. In turn, if this is happening regularly, a "virtuous cycle" begins to develop whereby the slightly increased vitality and overall functioning of the body's system begin to alleviate some of the "background anxiety" in turn. A simple and very useful example is to turn one's focus from the problems of the day to imagining a guardian of some kind being present who will protect the sleeper; this may be a person they might know and trust or a guardian angel, a spirit animal or any type of being or creature which will perform the "guarding service" for the sleeper so they may really go deep and leave their body indeed, vulnerable and unable to respond immediately to outside stimuli for a time whilst they are in deep wave sleep. There are many useful articles on how to prepare and slowly remove oneself from the stresses and stressors of the day available; also many other meditation and mind control techniques to "calm the thoughts in the moment". The core component is to remember that the sleeper will need to feel safe and protected - what exactly needs to be done to make this so is essentially idiosyncratic and different for different people. The other avenue in order to achieve the healing deep wave sleep states is to begin to deal with the "background anxiety" - the main fears and worries that underlie everything else. A great many people are quite unaware of their own "background anxiety" and how high this actually is. This may be a good time to point out that everyone has this, and it is not a question of strength of character, being a coward or even unusual in either men, children or women in the 1st World. There is an excellent range of meridian based self help techniques available today which calm emotions and remove fears and anxiety by working with the human energy system rather than in the old fashioned psycho-analytical way; all of these are gentle and userfriendly and highly recommended (see Resources). In Conclusion All the seemingly miraculous effects of artificial HGH treatments, from weightloss, better condition, more energy and a better functioning immune system can be had quite naturally when we put ourselves in a position where we can begin to produce natural amounts of our own HGH again. For this, we need to sleep - not a lot, but deeply. And in order to sleep deeply, we need to target particularly anxiety, stress and fear, both at bedtime as well as our own individual every day "background anxiety" levels. When we do this with the help of the many useful new mind and body techniques available, we will reap not only all the advertised HGH benefits, but we will do so naturally, in accordance with our own bodies and without fear of having to pay the price of the side effects later. In the contrary, we are setting up a virtuous cycle of healing and improvement in our physical and mental functions. Understanding how important it is to acknowledge, find and treat our fears and anxieties WILL put a great many things to rights - and without complicated diets, additional supplements or unnatural exercise programmes.

Asbestos Testing- Search For The Devil

Asbestos Testing- Search For The Devil

Asbestos Testing Why? Asbestos testing seeks to detect the presence of asbestos in any given material. When any asbestos containing material is disturbed, it releases very thin invisible fibers that may remain suspended in the air for many hours, and have a causative association with a plethora of disease manifestations involving the epithelial lining of human visceral cavities, including the deadly mesothelioma. Much asbestos containing material is being unearthed nowadays due to intense remodeling and renovation of old structures, dating back to days when asbestos was extensively used in construction. "Asbestos Testing" - When? EPA's Sample List of Suspect Asbestos-Containing Materials Exit Ecology lists the possible candidates for asbestos testing. When in doubt, err on the side of caution. Any surfacing agent or thermal insulation material used in buildings constructed earlier than 1980 is presumed as containing asbestos (WISHA Interim Interpretive Memorandum #99-1-C, January 19, 1999), until proved otherwise by laboratory analysis. Asbestos Sampling Precautions Before collection: - By either specialized laboratory personnel or under guidance. During collection: - Minimize dispersal of fibers - Avoid heating/cooling draughts - Minimize the handling time and amount - Spray the sample with fine water and/or detergent droplets - Use a sharp knife to cut neatly through the whole depth - Place a plastic spread below the collection area - Minimize exposure to self/those in the vicinity - Handle the sample alone - Wear gloves and mask - Drop neatly into an appropriate container After collection: - Minimize dispersal - Proper sealing of the container - Patching of the sampled area - Proper disposal of the plastic spread - Cleaning of the area - Label the sample meticulously Asbestos Testing Asbestos testing is carried out by a certified laboratory using polarized light microscopy (PLM) as per the EPA recommendations. Asbestos Testing- Results and Interpretation This form of asbestos testing is qualitative as well as quantitative .The results are given as the percentage (1 to 100) and type of asbestos (chrysotile or white asbestos, Amosite or brown asbestos, and Crocidolite or blue asbestos).

Natural Body Building

Natural Body Building

The body building industry has taken a very firm stance on the use of illegal and artificial substances especially in competitions. There are even specific contests geared toward natural body builders. Most competitions will test participants prior to allowing them to compete, and if someone is found to have an illegal substance in their body, they are banned from participating.While synthetic products will grow your body very quickly, they can have horrible side effects. The trend toward natural "body building" is about growing your body, maximizing your nutritional intake, as well as staying healthy while you are growing your muscles.When you decide that natural body building is the route you want to go, its important that you get the right amount of nutrients and vitamins that will maximize your workout sessions. That means taking a multi-vitamin and eating properly in ways that will send muscle building proteins to the right parts of your body.It is more than possible to grow your body naturally through an effective weight training program coupled with good nutrition. There is no reason why steroids or growth hormones need to be introduced into the body for ultimate muscle mass.One of the key components of a natural body building program is to eat healthy and maintain a positive mindset when it comes to your workout program. Supplements are also important when you want toned, fit muscles. The ingredients in supplements like creatine and glutamine are naturally produced in the human body anyway. What the supplements do is increase or enhance those substances that are naturally there anyway.Proponents of natural body building will agree that an effective workout program coupled with effective supplements and nutrition can make for a healthy, toned body. Natural body building is definitely the way to go if your goal in a body building program is to get healthy and feel good. Steroids and growth hormones should be avoided at all costs.Body building the natural way is best for everyone. Steroids are not. Dont take the chance that you will suffer ill effects from steroid use. Just know that a strong workout program and a commitment to your body building goals will grow your body in a natural way not an artificial way.
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Tummy Tucks And You

Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is perhaps the best way to shape your lower stomach when an excess of fat accumulates in the area. There are many different types of "tummy tuck" s a person can have, and each is different depending on the case. Some tummy tucks may involve shaping the stomach, while others might require an operation for the removal of excess fat and/or skin which will tighten up the abdominal muscles and will also reposition the belly button. More and more people have chosen to have a tummy tuck because it is safe and has also become more affordable in the recent years. This is anywhere between twenty-five hundred dollars up to eighty-five hundred dollars. A big factor in price depends upon who you choose to perform the operation, and also the time and complexity of the tummy tuck. Also, medical tests, room cost, surgeon fees, operation room, anesthesiologists, and post surgery will all affect the total cost. Tummy tucks are becoming more popular because more surgeons are now starting to offer different financing plans to pay for the surgery. This helps out a lot of people whose insurance carriers will not pay for any or all of it. Also be aware that you will have to tell your insurance company about you tummy tuck, as it may increase your future insurance premiums. The reason why some undergo a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is because of pregnancy in women or men after a gastric bypass surgery. The procedures recovery time will all depend on the complexity of your operation, which can be altered due to many reasons. After an abdominoplasty surgery, many will feel some pain, which is to be expected, and will also be swollen in the area where the operation took place. This should last a few weeks and can be lessened by prescriptions that your doctor will prescribe to you after the surgery. The normal recovery period for a tummy tuck is only a few weeks. However, if you want to speed this time up, make sure not to stretch or put much strain on the abdominals because this will cause an accumulation of fluids, therefore lengthening the recovery time. The recovery period occurs in three stages. The first stage is post-operation and you have to remain in the hospital, this can be from a few hours to even a few days. The second stage, is when you get home. You might have to stay in bed following your doctors orders. The third and final stage, is to maintain your new physique. Your doctor, most likely, will give you a diet and exercise schedule to follow to optimize your recovery. The recovery time can also shorten if you have strong abs. If you do not have very strong abs, your recovery time may be longer. The scar tissue and swelling might now go away until about six months after the surgery. As with any surgery, it is best to research and use caution before undergoing surgery. This will ensure safety and honesty.

How To Lower Your Blood Pressure And Finally Get Results From A Diet

Heres a really simple way to lower your blood pressure. Change your diet. That might sound easy. Well, heres an insiders tip. It is actually fairly easy to change your diet without too much of a difference in your lifestyle. Youve heard it before, but fruits and vegetables can make a difference in helping you to look and feel better. Who wouldnt like that? We arent talking about changing everything you eat to fruits and vegetables (though youd probably be really healthy afterwards). We are talking about changing your diet slowly. All good things happen slowly, so there is no need to rush. Unless you are way overweight in which case you might want to see a Doctor and have him advise you on the best quick way to rapid weight loss (if there is such a thing). Here is a three part checklist on how to get that "blood pressure" down gradually. 1) Eat breakfast. Weve tried this. Between eating and not eating breakfast, weve found that keeping our weight off is easiest done by eating breakfast. While this might sound counterintuitive to you, eating breakfast is one of the best things you can do to keep the pounds off. Think about it. Youve just woke up from 8 hours of no food, most like proceeded by two hours of not eating before bed. If you wait 4 hours until lunch, youve effectively starved your body for 14 hours. Thats the majority of a day! When you finally do eat lunch, you are much likely to overeat and you might confuse your metabolism. 2) Eat the right foods when you do eat. Unfortunately, the US is the land of salt and sugar in our foods. While these may really taste great (we like them as much as you do), weve found that these delicious ingredients can really pack on the pounds and keep our blood pressure higher than it needs to be. According to some health experts, calcium and potassium rich foods are the best for lowering your blood pressure over time. Off the top of our heads, we can think of several foods in each category. A couple of the foods rich in calcium are tofu and cottage cheese. Try eating some of these types of foods, they might affect your diet in a nice way. A couple foods rich in potassium are carrots and broccoli. It seems like no matter how you slice it, fruits and vegetables are good for you. And come one, while they are definitely good for your diet, they dont taste that bad! 3) Monitoring. Without monitoring your blood pressure, numbers 1 and 2 above are almost not worth pursuing. You might as well stay on your current diet. Watch for the signs in your blood pressure. Some health experts (and Doctors) have signs they look for in blood pressure. Know them. According to some health experts, they can make a world of difference.

Summary

It is a disorder that is categorized by the partial or complete malfunction of the corpus callosum, a brain structure linking two hemispheres inside it. Aicardi syndrome often causes childhood seizure (intantile spasms), eye abnormality or lesions of the retina, and metal retardation. Aicardi Syndrome is also linked to microcephaly, a brain defect; microgyria, where bumps inside the brain tend to be narrow; or porecenphalic cysts, a brain condition causing fluids to fill the ...