Toothache: How to tackle the terrible pain

Toothache can range from a mild ache to a continuous throbbing pain. Tooth decay, usually due to poor dental hygiene, is the most common cause, but pain in the teeth can also be due to gum disease, a cracked tooth, or jaw problems. Teenagers and adults may have pain from wisdom teeth emerging. Your teeth may become sensitive to hot or cold or to brushing if the enamel that protects them becomes worn or cracked, or if your gums recede and expose the inner layers of the teeth.

See your dentist first
Make an appointment to see your dentist if you are suffering from toothache.

Oil of cloves is a traditional remedy from your pharmacist that may help to soothe an aching tooth. Put a few drops of the oil on a piece of cotton wool, place it on the painful tooth, and bite down gently. Be careful to keep the oil off your tongue because it may burn a little.

FDA Approves New Cholesterol Drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first of a new class of cholesterol drugs aimed at helping people with a hard-to-treat, inherited form of high cholesterol.

The drug, called Praluent, must be injected, so it won't be as easy to take as a pill. Because it's in a class of biotech drugs called monoclonal antibodies, it will be pricey — $14,000 a year.

It's in a new class of drugs known as proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors. It targets PCSK9, a protein that affects the liver's ability to take LDL or "bad" cholesterol out of the blood.

Niacin: B vitamin reduces risk of heart attacks and other disease

Niacin is one of the B vitamins, sometimes also known as B3. It is white powder soluble in water and more resistant to destruction that any of the other B complex vitamins. Niacin includes nicotinic acid and nicotinamide also sometimes call niacinamide. Both forms of niacin perform basically the same functions but nicotinic acid has the additional capability of lowering blood cholesterol levels. It also produces side effects not found with nicotinamide.

Niacin is carried in the blood and is found in all tissues but most abundantly in the liver, Kidney, heart, tissues brain and muscles. A lack of niacin can cause cell damage anywhere in the body.

Like the other B vitamins niacin is crucial for the body’s usage of enzymes which provides the body energy and the building blocks for cell reproduction and repair. It is known to be involved in more than 200 enzymes reactions in the body involving the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

The blood sugar roller coaster

Fiber does two major things in the body that can contribute directly and indirectly to energy. First and foremost, it helps control blood sugar. When your blood sugar is out of control, so is your energy. Low-fiber foods, especially processed carbohydrates that also don’t contain much fat or protein, send your blood sugar rocketing, which, in short order, sets you up for a big fat crash in energy.

A candy bar may give you a rush of blood sugar, but half an hour later you’ll be pinching yourself to keep your eyes open as your blood sugar plummets. On the other hand, eat some beans and your blood sugar will rise slowly and stay up there for a week. (I’m kidding, but you get the point).

Great health benefits of Rosemary

Rosemary is a sweet scented evergreen shrub which grows upto two meters high. Its leaves are narrow and resemble curved pine needles. They are green on top and grey underneath. The small pale blue flowers grow in little dusters up the stems. Dried leaves of rosemary are used for commercial purpose. Dried herb is brownish green in color. The leaves have a tea-like fragrance. Crushed rosemary, however, has spicy camphoraceous aroma and a pungent, bitter taste.

Rosemary has long been regarded as the herb for remembrance. Mystically, it symbolizes loyalty, love and immortality. It was once believed to strengthen the heart as well as memory.

Exercise: how long it takes to get 'out of shape'

So many of us fall in and out of exercise routines on a regular basis. For many, it's a daily psychological battle whether to go to the gym or skip it altogether.

But once you do achieve your fitness goals and get to what you consider to be "in shape," what happens if you start slacking? How long does it take for negative results to start creeping in.

The answer: much sooner than you think.

We spoke recently to Shawn Arent, an exercise scientist at Rutgers University, and asked him to tell us how long it actually takes to get out of shape.

Here's what he told us:

What does Vitamin C do to your body?

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a white powder which dissolves easily in water. It's perhaps best known for its alleged ability to prevent colds, which we'll discuss shortly; it also plays a major role in many body functions. Vitamin C is the body's most powerful water-soluble antioxidant. It shields cells in the body from oxidative damage, a process we explain in detail below.

Q. What function does vitamin C play in the body?
A Vitamin C has a variety of roles, all indispensable to good health. It is needed for the body to make the protein of connective tissue, or collagen, which is found throughout the body and helps to maintain the structure of tissues, including skin, muscles, gums, blood vessel s and bone. In the classic deficiency disease, scurvy, which has been recognized for many centuries, a lack of vitamin C leads to the breaking open of small blood vessels, the reddening and bleeding of skin and gums, loose teeth, general weakness and, eventually, death.

Great health benefits of Snake gourd herb

Snake gourd herb helps in treatment of heart disorders and other diseases

Snake gourd is a climbing herb with tendril divided into three parts. It has hairy, angular or 5 to 7 lobed leaves which emit a fetid odor when bruised. It has white male and female flowers and cylindrical, slender, tapering fruits with a waxy surface. Its fruits are orange in color when ripe and pulpy red at maturity.

An analysis of snake gourd shows it to consist of substantial amount of and little protein, fat fiber and carbohydrates. Its mineral and vitamins contents are calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, little thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. Its calorific value is 18.

Malicious Email Attacks Target Health Care Industry

The payment industry, which includes firms like PayPal and Western Union, had middling average ThreatScores in the first and second quarters of 2014.

The health care industry had the worst security average of every industry surveyed in all four quarters, according to IT security specialist Agari’s TrustScore report.

The TrustIndex provides email "threat" ratings (ThreatScore), or the volume of cyberthreats targeted toward any given company’s consumers via email, and email "trust" ratings (TrustScore), or how well companies are protecting consumers from email cyberthreats.

Interior releases $2.4M for health and education projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) — Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina has approved and released a total of $2.4 million in funding under the Offce of Insular Affairs Technical Assistance program for fiscal year 2015 to support health, education and social service projects for the U.S. territories and Freely Associated States.