Ibuprofen May be Providing Dangerous Pain Relief

Millions of people across the world rely on Ibuprofen and similar pain relieving medications everyday. These drugs are used to deal with a sore back, an aching knee, or even after a rough night on the town. Ibuprofen falls under the family of non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) that work by blocking the hormones known as prostaglandins. Blocking the prostaglandins makes the NSAID effective at treating inflammation but it also has the  potentially adverse effect of removing a protective barrier in the stomach lining. This lining requires the presence of prostaglandins to be effective and without it the person becomes susceptible to gastrointestinal problems, gastric bleeding, and ulcers. Recent news reports claim that these complications are responsible for the deaths of 2,500 people annually in the United Kingdom alone. Other complications from Ibuprofen use include increasing the stress to the kidneys and may causing fluid retention.  Fluid retention has negative consequences for people with high blood pressure and those at risk for cardiovascular incidents/stroke. Yet another source of complication can arise from the blocking of prostaglandins for females who are pregnant or are trying to become...

New Plus for Breastfeeding

The benefits of breastfeeding are well known but recent research has provided further information on how mother's milk can promote healthy newborns. This comes in the form of the discovery of an ingredient in breast milk which protects and repairs any damage to the digestive tract of newborns. This function is very important as a baby's intestines are extremely delicate. They have not yet been introduced to food and drink; therefore it doesn't take much to injure them and precautions are paramount.

Substance In Breast Milk Protects Intestines

This special protective ingredient in breast milk is pancreatic secretory trypsin inhibitor, or PSTI. As the name suggests, it is typically found in the pancreas. The function of the pancreas is to produce powerful enzymes for use in digestion. In the process, the pancreas itself needs protection against these enzymes and this is the function of PSTI. It therefore makes sense that the inhibitor can also be used in the digestive system to prevent unnecessary harm and to keep it healthy. The research into PSTI and breast milk was led by Professor Ray Playford of Barts and the London School of...

The Must of Multivitamins in Pregnancy

Recent estimates indicate that every year about 20 million babies are born with a low birth weight. This is around 15.5 percent of the total number of annual births - which has been estimated to be 133 million. With such a significant number of newborns exposed to the negative effects of a low birth weight, finding preventative measures is of great importance. The latest research has indicated that if all mothers took multivitamins during pregnancy it may be possible to reduce the incidence of low birth weights by 17 percent. Dr Prakash Shah and his team from Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, recently reported on these global statistics and the potential of this dietary supplementation following work in which they collated research from 15 separate studies on this topic worldwide. These findings are not conclusive as there are too many varying factors between the studies such as, study duration, differences in the supplements provided, participant groups and the timing; however, they are significant.

Micronutrients Versus Iron-folic Acid Supplementation

Traditionally prenatal dietary concerns have focussed on the importance of iron and folic acid. In fact, the World Health Organization currently...