Continuous glucose monitoring is giving hope to thousands of diabetics today. A new experimental gadget is now available that checks a diabeticÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blood sugar and lets them know if it falls to a dangerous low. Researchers have been searching for the gadget for years. Monitoring devices are now coming on the market and by late summer will be available in the United States.
Although the monitors are not as accurate as blood tests but researchers are hoping that within a couple of years it will allow a diabetic to forgo sticking their finger to test for blood glucose levels. If the monitor signals that blood sugar levels are low, it is necessary to take a blood test for confirmation. The monitors are also slow to show rapid changes that occur, especially when you exercise. This monitor is working to make finger lances outdated for all diabetics.
A persistent, chronic, nighttime cough is one of the most common symptoms of mild asthma. It also can be a symptom of several other pulmonary problems. If your child coughs often at night, how do you tell if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s asthma Ã¢â‚¬â€œ or something else?
Without a medical evaluation, you really canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t. Even doctors find it difficult to diagnose asthma when its only presenting symptom is nighttime coughing. In general, an asthma cough is a non-productive cough Ã¢â‚¬â€œ one that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bring up any mucus. It may sound as if something is rattling, or have a wheeze at the end of it. More often than not, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a spasmodic quality to the cough Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it may continue until the child is completely out of breath and gagging, or even until they actually vomit.
You may still sometimes hear asthma referred to as Ã¢â‚¬Ëœbronchial asthmaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬â€œ is there a difference between Ã¢â‚¬ËœasthmaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and Ã¢â‚¬Ëœbronchial asthmaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢?
Not really, say doctors. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just an older nomenclature for a condition in which the bronchial tubes are constricted and inflamed, causing difficulty in breathing. Most people who have bronchial asthma have periods of time free of symptoms punctuated by Ã¢â‚¬Å“asthma attacksÃ¢â‚¬Â, with wheezing and shortness of breath.
For others, the primary symptom of bronchial asthma is coughing, especially after exercise or at night. People with bronchial asthma may have very mild symptoms that are almost unnoticeable for years, or they may have recurrent episodes of difficulty breathing. An asthma attack can kill Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and the incidence of fatal asthma attacks in otherwise healthy young children has become an alarming statistic, particularly in urban settings.
As people get older, their lungs become much less capable which makes the efficiency of the other organs of the body that much harder. Adult onset asthma in someone middle-aged or older can accelerate any worsening lung function they may be suffering from.
Adult onset asthma should be managed correctly because once the lung functioning has deteriorated it never recovers. It is very important preventive medication is prescribed and taken on a regular basis to protect lung function at all times.
Things to remember
a) Adult onset asthma is often a recurrence of childhood asthma, b) Symptoms can often be confused with other illnesses of middle age, such as heart disease or other chest conditions. c) People with adult onset asthma usually need to take preventive medication to protect their lung function on a regular basis.
Inhalers have changed the way that doctors treat asthma completely. Asthma inhalers can deliver medicine directly to the lungs just about anytime or anyplace that an asthma attack happens. Portable, easy to use and commonly accepted, asthma inhalers are a key to independence for many asthma sufferers.
While there are other parts to an asthma treatment plan, asthma inhalers are the part that can make it possible for those who have asthma to engage in regular daily activities Ã¢â‚¬â€œ including sports and other activities Ã¢â‚¬â€œ without fear. Knowing what type of inhalers you can use and how to use them can help you manage your life so that asthma doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t manage you.
Asthma inhalers are portable, usually hand-held devices used to deliver medication directly to the lungs. There are two kind of inhalers:
It happened nearly every night. Two or three hours after my 8 year old daughter fell asleep, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d hear the first cough. Within minutes, sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be sitting up in her bed coughing and wheezing until she began to gag. An attack might last minutes or an hour. And on the nights when she didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have one, she often woke frightened and screaming from nightmares that she couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t breathe. I understood the nightmares all too well Ã¢â‚¬â€œ her terrified eyes and pale, pinched features haunted my own dreams.
Affects One on Ten
My daughter was one of the millions of children who suffered from childhood asthma. According to numbers from the National Institutes of Health, childhood asthma affects 10.1% of all children under 18 in the United States. In the year 2002, children between the ages of 5 and 17 missed 14.7 million days of school due to asthma.
Even with the rising pervasiveness of asthma among children, it often goes undiagnosed for months, or even years. In our case, it took several trips to the doctor before the night-time coughing spasms were recognized for what they were.
Asthma is one of the most rapidly growing health problems Ã¢â‚¬â€œ not only in the United States, but in the world. Between 2002 and 2004, the incidence of reported asthma rose over 4% – a startling statistic, and even more startling when you consider that many people donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even recognize the signs and symptoms of asthma, and go undiagnosed.
These people, suffering from whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s often called Ã¢â‚¬Ëœhidden asthmaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, are more prone to respiratory illnesses, get more severe colds, are more likely to get pneumonia and chronic bronchitis.
In addition, their health may suffer from poor sleep (one of the sign and symptoms of asthma is nighttime coughing and restlessness), depressed immunities and general fatigue.
Taking a person’s blood pressure can sometimes be quite a complex procedure with quite a number of different factors being taken into consideration. These include alcohol, before having your blood pressure taken you should not consume any alcoholic beverages. If alcohol is taken, this can cause the blood pressure to become raised therefore giving a false reading.
A blood pressure is taken using an instrument called a sphygmomanometer. If the reading is to be correct, at least two readings should be taken at an interval of two minutes and the average value is to be used as the specific value of blood pressure. However this is very rarely done.
Cuff and Pump
An old fashioned sphygmomanometer consists of a cuff, meter, pump and valve. The cuff is used to inflate the area around the upper arm and a pump is then used to build pressure in the cuff, so as to arrest the blood circulation.
The pressure is slowly released and the doctor concurrently auscultates the blood vessel in the arm at the higher and lower level. These two levels are known as the systolic and diastolic measurement.