Health Essays & Term Papers

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How To Plan Nutritious Meals Simply put, you have diabetes either because your body does not produce enough insulin or because your body's cells cannot use the insulin that is produced. Insulin helps your cells absorb and use the glucose (sugar) in your blood. If you do not have enough insulin, or if your cells cannot use it, the level of glucose in your blood rises. High blood glucose levels sometimes cause common symptoms of diabetes: tiredness, increased thirst, increased urination, i

Pharmacists have a great impact on healing patients. They work with doctors to ensure that the patients receives the best treatment by making sure the medications are pure, safe, and properly prepared. A pharmacist provides information about drugs and drug treatments, dispenses drugs and other prescribed compounds by physicians, podiatrists, and dentists. They have to make sure they are giving the right drugs in the precise quantity needed. They also check to make sure that one medication a pa

About 50 million people in the United States alone currently smoke a total of 570 billion cigarettes each year. In each one of these cigarettes there are around 4000 different chemicals, some of which are highly toxic. Nicotine, a main ingredient of tobacco smoke, is the most addictive drug known to man. Two main topics about smoking in general I would like to discuss are the various health effects of smoking and the anti-smoking actions which society has taken. The American Cancer Society

The idea of controlled legalization of narcotics is an issue that many people in the United States have been thinking about recently. A great deal of important people in this country have been formulating their opinions about this topic. One might wonder why important figures are occupying their time with such a proposal. The answer is that since it is becoming an important matter to a growing number of Americans every day, they have no choice but to express their ideas on the subject. Now

Xenotransplantation There is a shortage of organs for clinical transplantation all around the world. Many patients waiting to receive new organs die because we are unable to receive enough organs: there aren't enough donors. We are now testing the implantation of other species'organs into the human body, that would be a great solution in ending organ shortage. There is a problem though, the human body does not cooperate well with other non-human organs. Rejection is the worst pro

Alcohol, its a substance that has become a part of much of the social settings in today's world. Many people can say they have drank alcohol and most can even remember their first sip of beer. Whether, it was given unto us by our parents or at a social engagement everyone has encountered alcohol in their lives. But as responsible have we ever stopped to realize that we are taking a drug in to our system that is both harmful and addictive. We never stop to realize these affect and lia

Sexually transmitted diseases are infectious diseases that can be spread by sexual contact. Some can also be transmitted by nonsexual ways, but these make up a minority of the total number of cases. An estimated ten to twelve million Americans have sexually transmitted diseases. Sexually transmitted diseases in the United States affect both sexes, all races, and every economic stature. STDs come from different sources. Some are epidemic like gonorrhea, infections of the urethra, genital

Conditioning And Weight Training Cardio-Vascular training is being hailed as one of the best ways to stop heart disease, and weight training has always been considered a great way to improve one's self, but the great misnomer of each of these is that you can do one without the other. This is just plain wrong; to get the most out of a workout people need to condition as well as strength training. While conditioning can be done alone, strength training must incorporate some form of conditi

Child Abuse: An Analysis and Review Child Abuse is defined as "endangerment to a child inflicted by another person, usually the caregiver"(Leiter 1) and includes physical, sexual, emotional abuse, and neglect. Child abuse can be brought on by any one at any time. The purpose of this paper is to overview the four previously stated types of abuse, their effects on children, the legal aspects of child abuse, and dealing with abuse. Child abuse is prevalent in almost every culture across the

PPB OA Research Paper December 17, 1997 The Benefits of Exercise After Retirement For most people when you mention the words "old age" the first picture that comes to mind is grandparents living in a bungalow or a retirement home spending all their time in a rocking chair ether knitting or playing cards all day. This however dose not have to be true. Nowadays with our advances in modern medicine people are living longer than ever before and they don't know how to take care of their bo

AIDS VIRUS The AIDS disease is a complicated illness that involves several phases. It is caused by a virus that can be passed from person to person. AIDS impairs the human body's immune system (the system responsible for fighting off diseases) and leaves the person vulnerable to various infections. AIDS was first identified in the United States in 1981, when 189 cases were reported to the Centers for Disease Control. Within a decade the disease had spread to almost all popula

ANOREXIA NERVOSA is a refusal to eat, a severely abnormal eating pattern, or self-starvation. A person with anorexia is called an anorexic. Usually a perfectly young woman will starve herself-- past sliminess, to skinniness, to death. Statistics show that 95% of anorexics are women. Women are most prone to developing anorexia between the ages of 12 and 18. 5 to 10% of women are anorexics. 1 out of every 200 American girls will develop anorexia to some degree. Anorexics are u

Leprosy Leprosy has struck fear into human beings for thousands of years, and was well recognized in the oldest civilizations of China, Egypt, and in India. A cumulative total of the number of individuals, who over the millennia have suffered its chronic course of incurable disfigurement and physical disabilities, can never be calculated. Since ancient times, the community has regarded leprosy as a contagious, mutilating, and incurable disease. Yet, despite the advances of modern technol

Participation in athletics is both an enjoyable pastime and a part of keeping physically and mentally fit. Some individuals may only be interested in general conditioning and weight loss, while others may want specific exercises for certain events. Regardless of the activity, risks are always involved, and today's physician must be able to not only treat the various injuries that arise , but also offer counsel on a wide range of other interrelated subjects.(Berger 294) Sports medicine is

Disease and You Human Disease and Their Control follow up questions 1a) When people refer to pathogens, they are talking about bacteria that cause disease. 1b)The toxins actually excreted by the pathogens are the main cause of diseases although thetoxins are only by-products of the pathogen's metabolism. 2a)In most cases, the toxins excreted by the pathogens find there way into the circulatory system. Thus, sometimes, the infection is caused somewhere else from where the toxins were

AIDS: A U.S.- Made Monster? PREFACE In an extensive article in the Summer-Autumn 1990 issue of "Top Secret", Prof J. Segal and Dr. L. Segal outline their theory that AIDS is a man-made disease, originating at Pentagon bacteriological warfare labs at Fort Detrick, Maryland. "Top Secret" is the international edition of the German magazine Geheim and is considered by many to be a sister publication to the American Covert Action Information Bulletin (CAIB). In

AIDS and YOU (May 1987) By Martin H. Goodman MD (this essay is in the public domain) Introduction: AIDS is a life and death issue. To have the AIDS disease is at present a sentence of slow but inevitable death. I've already lost one friend to AIDS. I may soon lose others. My own sexual behavior and that of many of my friends has been profoundly altered by it. In my part of the country

Obstacles to Pain Treatment Through the Use of Narcotic Analgesia apparently what my word processor (clarisworks) encodes as a "tab" your system or lynx or something takes as an excuse to majorly fuck up and send me to all sorts of help pages and idicates all sorts of comands like list and edit and search and anyway because of this i had to submit with new paragraphs indicated by a bunch of spaces on the same line as the previous paragraph Pain, especially severe pain can be considered the

Weed Control XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX First Period English 10 Honors August 23, 1998 1 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX English 10 Honors August 23, 1998 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Marijuana is the focus of more debate today than any other drug. This conflict has recently intensified due to propositions passed in Arizona and California that allow the medical use of marijuana to treat serious illnesses. Recent public opinion polls have shown that 70 percent or

Inhalant use concerns me due to the availability of substances for young people. I don't feel that most students comprehend how dangerous they can be since they are not illegal products. Prior to reading this article I didn't realize that there are three ways to use inhalants - huffing, bagging, and sniffing. The average age of first use of inhalants is 12.3 years, occurring before the first use of alcohol which is 12.6 years. This didn't surprise me since I suspected that 2 of my thir

Lung Cancer Most lung cancers (83%) are associated with, and probably caused by, cigarette smoking. The more cigarettes smoked per day and the earlier the age at which smoking started, the greater the risk of lung cancer. Second-hand smoke has also been shown to increase the risk. Government surveys show that as many as 3,000 people each year develop lung cancer from second-hand smoke. High levels of pollution, radiation, and asbestos exposure may also increase the risk. Cooks and che

AIDS Immune Deficiency Syndrome According to the artical; acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS, is a recently recognized disease entity. It is caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus, which attacks selected cells in the immune system and produces defects in function. These defects may not be apparent for years. They lead in a relentless fashion, however, to a severe suppression of the immune system's ability to resist harmful organisms. This leaves the body open

My research paper is on smoking diseases and other consequences of smoking. Many times when people think of smoking diseases they think of heart disease and lung cancer. While those things are very true there are subtle things that happen also. Most of the time after someone has smoked their third cigarette they are hooked. Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on earth. Usually once people start smoking they never stop. Tobacco was found in the sixteenth century. Many Indian tri

Nuclear Energy You are watching the control panels and gages for rector two. Sitting comely you think about how easy your job is. It is a joke! All day you sit around and watch the gages for reactor number two just to make sure they maintain their settings. You don't even need to look at the gages either because a computer automatically regulates them without you. Life is so good. Suddenly all the sirens go of and the gages and displays spin wildly in every direction. The ground shake

In today's society, there are women being controlled by expectations of being slim and having that "perfect body". Women have to face the publicity of magazines, talk shows concerning weight, weight-loss programs, and so on, all influencing them to lose weight and be thin, or society won't accept them. Katherine Haines says just this in her article, "Whose Body Is This?". She argues against and blames society for the insecurities and the dissatisfaction of women and their bodies. The

The Dangers of Sun Tanning What used to be considered a harmless and relaxing activity to do in the sun, is now considered a dangerous and deadly, cancer causing thing to do. What I speak of is Sun Tanning. Not only is sun tanning dangerous, now, even being out in the sun is potentially dangerous if your not wearing sun block. The sun isn't the only way to get a tan however, another trend that can result in cancer is tanning salons. Our life management group learned many new facts that ca

(1) In the human body, each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, one of each pair inherited through the egg from the mother, and the other inherited through the sperm of the father. Of these chromosomes, those that determine sex are X and Y. Females have XX and males have XY. In addition to the information on sex, 'the X chromosomes carry determinants for a number of other features of the body including the levels of factor VIII and factor IX.'1 If the genetic

Viruses are infectious agents found in almost all life forms. The viruses are made up either of DNA or RNA, surrounded by a capsid, a protein coat. Viruses are between 20 and 100 times smaller than bacteria, or about 450 nanometers(.000014), being the largest, to 30 nanometers(0.000001 in.) being the smallest which make them virtually impossible to be seen by light microscopes. Viruses often damage or even kill the cells they infect. They reproduce by releasing their nucleocapsid, or a copy of t

I surveyed 6 men. The results were as follows: 2 men said they would continue with foreplay but would not have sex with the women, 3 men said that they would go get condoms and come back and have sex, and one man said he would go ahead and have sex with her regardless of contraceptive. I think that these responses were somewhat realistic. It is easy for people in a logical frame of mind to say that they would not have sex without contraception but for some people it is very hard in the "heat

Abortion - Right To Choose Many people believe abortion is a moral issue, but it is also a constitutional issue. It is a woman's right to choose what she does with her body, and it should not be altered or influenced by anyone else. This right is guaranteed by the ninth amendment, which contains the right to privacy. The ninth amendment states: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by

What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is one component of a health system called Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM. TCM is a complete system for the treatment of health disorders. It is not limited to any particular disorder, and can be used to treat almost anything, supposedly. Acupuncture is recognized world-wide for its ability to effectively treat a wide variety of disorders naturally, without the use of harmful drugs or surgery, and with virtually no side effects. Acupuncture stimul

During the past 68 years many laboratory procedures have been developed to analyze the body in relation to its three major structural components: fat, muscle, and bone. Some of the procedures are time-consuming and require the use of sophisticated, expensive laboratory equipment, while other procedures are fairly simple and inexpensive. There are several ways of measuring body fat: measuring skin-fold thickness with calipers, hydrostatic weighing, where a person's underwater weight is compared w

Four Major Types of Drugs: What they are and how they affect the body. Depressants: These slow down the activity of the nervous system. They include alcohol, inhalants (including glue, nail polish remover, cleaning fluid, lighter fluid, antifreeze, aerosol from cans or household products and gasoline), minor tranquilizers (including Valium), and sedatives (including barbiturates, Quaaludes, and PCP). All depressants except PCP can be obtained legally. Stimulants: These stimulate a

Cannabis, hemp, or commonly known as marijuana, the third most widely used drug in the United States, is a drug made from its dried leaves and flowers smoked in cigarettes to produce a narcotic effect (Barnhart 1272). Marijuana is not only smoked, but also used in cookies, brownies or tea (Hermes 49). Marijuana, an illegal drug, has harmful side effects, but in the United States it is being prescribed as medication for relief from some diseases. The main active chemical in marijuana is delta

bibliography Anku, Vincent. treatment of cancer. Seattle, Washington: Doubleday and company Inc., 1986. "Lung, Cancer". 4 November 1998. "Adults cancer help in the uk". http://mdweb. /indx.html. "Cancer". the New Illustrated Medical and Health Encyclopedia. 1959. Laszio, John. Understanding Cancer. New York, New York: Harper and Row. 1

Anger The definition of anger is, a feeling of displeasure, hostility or exasperation toward someone or something. Anger is also when you feel lonely or in certain situations you feel depressed. There are many results that go with anger one of them is negative by throwing things, by yelling at things or people and also taking it out on yourself by hitting or punching yourself. Anger can also lead to crime, abuse or more violent behaviors such as wrecking something of someone else

The condition Huntington's Disease got its name because it was first described by George Huntington, a physician in New York, in 1872. It use to be commonly known as Huntington's Chorea - chorea being the Greek word for dancing and describing the strange movements of the sufferer. Most people now refer to it as Huntington's Disease or HD for short. The illness probably occurs all over the world, though it has not been thoroughly researched in many places, particularly in underdevelop

Asthma is a disease involving a type of breathlessness. In the late 1980's, about ten million people in the U.S. suffered from asthma. Asthma related deaths in the U.S. increased forty percent between 1982 and 1995 for unknown reasons. Asthma attacks are caused by a partial blocking of the small bronchial tubes in the lungs. This blocking results from a contraction of the bronchial muscles, swelling of the mucous membranes that line these muscles, and the production of phlegm

Asthma Asthma is a chronic lung condition that affects people of all ages. It can be severe and is sometimes fatal. It is primarily caused by inflammation of the airways which causes them to be hyper-irritated and respond with mucus production and decreased air flow. This irritability may be associated with cough, wheezing, shortness of breath and mucus production. This condition is usually reversible with the proper medical management. The tendency to have extra-irritable ( twitchy )

Auguments about Abortion Abortion is one of the most controversial issues around, and is an issue that will never beagreed upon. By bringing morals into the question of whether it should be legal to haveabortions, this issue has been elevated to a higher level. By some people, it is no longerlooked at as a question of choice but as a question of morality, and these concepts have ledto a full-blown debate over something that really should not be questioned. Every women in America has the rig

TAY-SACHS DISEASE This condition, Tay-Sachs Disease, is due to the reduction of a key enzyme. This missing enzyme is hexosominidase and is commonly referred to as Hex A. When this enzyme is missing in lipids (fats), GMZ ganglioside accumulates in inert cells. Hex A is key and is needed to break up and regulate lipids. When GMZ builds up in the nerons, the functions of the nervous system are affected. This leads to mental retardation, damages in the nervous system, and results in death b

Smoking is the inhalation and exhalation of the fumes of burning tobacco. Tobacco leaves are dried and cured, then rolled into cigars or shredded for pipes or cigarettes, the most popular method of smoking. About 50 million people in the United States smoke a total of 570 billion cigarettes each year. In the 1940s, smoking was considered harmless, but laboratory and clinical research has since proved that cigarette smoke contains around 4000 chemicals, some of which are highly toxic. Nicotine,

Marijuana By: Mohammed Shames Al-Dain Marijuana is a drug that comes from the plant cannabis. When marijuana is in the smoking form it usually looks like small bits of plants and flowers that has been crushed. When it is in the smokeable form it is usually put into a pipe then smoked or rolled up in paper then smoked. When made in a form of a cigarette it can be called a joint or a reefer. This drug (marijuana) is also known by a variety of other names, including p

Holistic medicine is becoming more and more popular for people. Once they discover the benefits for themselves they are starting to realize that their pets can also enjoy similar results. "It is estimated that two-thirds of all Americans will consult some form of "alternative practitioner" every year"(Kipe 12). Often holistic medicine or veterinary medicine is sought as a last resort, when there is nothing that conventional medicine can do. In these cases, it may well be that alternative m

Is Ritalin Over Prescribed? Imagine for a moment that you are nine years old again. You are sitting in your third grade classroom trying as hard as you can to listen to your teacher, but you just can't. The heater is making this clicking sound that won't stop and the class hamster is running all over his cage. Further more, there is a light in the corner that keeps blinking like it is going to go out at anytime. It seems like your teacher has been talking forever and you just can't stand st

Marijuana as Medicine: More Harm Than Help Wade Cleland AP English Language and Composition Mrs. Czupryk 18 April 1998 Cleland 1 Marijuana as Medicine: More Harm Than Help Joan Daly smokes marijuana. She is also a former member of the San Francisco Police Department. When Joan was diagnosed with cancer she began a rigorous chemotherapy program, which has left her in an almost constant state of nausea, to battle her disease. She, and many like her, claim tha

Sexually transmitted Diseases What is an STD? An STD is an abriviation for sexually transmitted dieseases.What does this all really mean? STD's are dieseases that are tramsmitted sexually and can attack reproductive organs, pubic hair and bends & folds in the skin. There are two in my mind that pose the greatest danger to teens: AIDS and Genital warts. Genital warts can ruin a persons social life and so can AIDS but AIDS can also kill! Transmission & Symptoms The transmission

Over the counter drugs There are 2 basic types of drugs, prescription, and over the counter. Over the counter drugs can be bought any where, from a 7-eleven to a drugstore. There are a few different types of drugs. Antihistamines: such as bynadrill used for allergies. Analgesics: such as Tylenol and aspirin, and more powerful ones, morphine and codeine, used for reliving pain. Anesthetics: such as Novocain used for more severe pain. Antibiotics: used to prevent or stop infection. B

Suicide is the fifth leading cause of death in Canada, with 3709 deaths recorded in 1992. This approximates to around one death every two hours. Of these, men account for 2923 (one death every three hours - fifth leading cause) and women account for 786 (one death every ten hours - tenth leading cause). Men were more likely to use firearms to commit suicide: 991 of the men compared with only 59 of the women. Source: Statistics Canada Deaths by suicide and self-inflicted injury pe

"The hospital was filled with 90 children and adolescents today, and there was even a waiting list. Almost all of the patients had heart disease and were recovering from 6 months to 1 year after one or more attacks of acute rheumatic fever. We have nowhere else to put them." (Markowitz 3) Much has changed since five decades ago when a doctor wrote the above statement in his medical journal. Rheumatic fever, a complication of Group A streptococcal infections, is found in only a minute amount of c