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Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Honey Kills Bacteria That Cause Sinusitis

Honey is very effective in killing bacteria in all its forms, especially the drug-resistant biofilms that make treating chronic rhinosinusitis difficult, according to research presented during the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, in Chicago, IL.
The study, authored by Canadian researchers at the University of Ottawa, found that in eleven isolates of three separate biofilms (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and methicicillin-resistant and -suseptible Staphylococcus aureus), honey was significantly more effective in killing both planktonic and biofilm-grown forms of the bacteria, compared with the rate of bactericide by antibiotics commonly used against the bacteria.
Given the historical uses of honey in some cultures as a homeopathic treatment for bad wound infections, the authors conclude that their findings may hold important clinical implications in the treatment of refractory chronic rhinosinusitis, with topical treatment a possibility.
Chronic rhinosinusitis affects approximately 31 million people each year in the United States alone, costing over $4 billion in direct health expenditures and lost workplace productivity. It is among the three most common chronic diseases in all of North America.

This confirms what is said in the Holy Quran....
The Holy QURAN in Surat an-Nahl vr.68-69 says: "And your Lord revealed to the bee saying: Make hives in the mountains and in the trees and in what they build: Then eat of all the fruits and walk in the ways of your Lord submissively. There comes forth from within it a beverage of many colours, in which there is healing for men; most surely there is a sign in this for a people who reflect."

All Praises Be To Allah!!.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Obesity May Lower a Man’s Fertility

Obesity May Lower a Man’s Fertility
Being obese may dim a man's chances of becoming a father, even if he is otherwise healthy, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that among 87 healthy men ages 19 to 48, those who were obese were less likely to have ever fathered a child. More importantly, they showed hormonal differences that point to a reduced reproductive capacity, the researchers report in the journal Fertility and Sterility.
Compared with their thinner counterparts, obese men had lower levels of testosterone in their blood, as well as lower levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) -- both essential to reproduction.
According to the researchers, these relatively low levels of LH and FSH are suggestive of a "partial" hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. This is a condition in which the testes do not function properly due to signaling problems in the hypothalamus or pituitary gland, two brain structures involved in hormone secretion.
The findings suggest that obesity alone is an "infertility factor" in otherwise healthy men, write Dr. Eric M. Pauli and his colleagues at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey.
Of the 87 men in the study, 68 percent had had a child. Pauli's team found that the average body mass index, or BMI, was lower among these men compared with those who'd never fathered a child; in the former group, the average BMI was 28, which falls into the range for "overweight," while the average BMI for childless men was nearly 32, which falls into the "obese" range.
When the researchers assessed the men for several reproductive hormones, they found that the more obese a man was, the lower was his LH and FSH levels. On the other hand, increasing obesity correlated with increasing estrogen levels.
Excess body fat, Pauli's team explains, may increase the conversion of testosterone to estrogen in a man's blood. Such hormone alterations could, in turn, signal the brain to suppress FSH and LH production.
Past studies have linked obesity with a dampened libido and increased risk of erectile dysfunction, the researchers note. Those effects, they say, along with the hormonal alterations seen in this study, could act together to decrease an obese man's fertility.

SOURCE: Fertility and Sterility, August 2008.
SambalTumis Comment:
So get that excess fat out of the system, otherwise you may die alone without any lineage to see you to the grave. The animals will fight to death to ensure their DNA is passed on, but some humans would rather die of overeating than passing on their DNA down. Sad...

Monday, 8 September 2008

Green Polar Bear

Green Polar Bears of Japanese Zoo.
Became green due to swimming in algea infested ponds. In July when the climate is hot and water in the pond in not changed regularly may cause growth of green algea.
As the white polar bear swim in the pond to cool down, its fur caught the algea by trapping the algea in the hollow part in the fur.
So the fur became green. The bear will shade off the green pigment when the weather is
cooler in September onwards.
Anyway, its nice to see green bears for a change.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Omega-3 In Our Local Catfish (Keli & Patin)

A recent research in Germany has been found that Fish Oil works better then Statins (Bad Cholesterol reducing drugs) in heart disease patients. Fish oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which been proven to offer health benefits like protecting the heart and brain.

These Omega-3 fatty acids are highest in salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, sardines, bluefish, trout, whitefish, and striped bass. Per 100 gm of this fish, one gets about 1 gm of EPA and DHA. Moderate sources are carp, flounder, mullet, smelt, cod, catfish, perch, halibut, pike and pollock. Shellfish, squids, octopus contain little EPA and DHA.

Most of the fish mentioned is foreign to our waters, but we have got plenty of ikan keli and patin in our midst, eventhough their Omega-3 content is moderate eat plenty of them, so we can get enough Omega-3 to get by.

Do eat ikan keli and patin, not just they are cheap, they taste marvellous if cooked with our local delicatesen like tempoyak and belacan. Fullamak!!