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Addiction – The Real Causes

Many of us often wonder why addicts cannot do away with their habit once they get hooked to it. Though, many of us feel that it is basically out of pleasure that addicts indulge into stimulants and opioids like heroin, cocain and euphoria inducing ones like nicotine. They are umpteen myths around drug addictions as well doing the rounds for quite sometime now. Here is a curtain raiser for some of them.

Addiction The Real Causes

The two most common explanations around drug addictions are that compulsive drug addictions is a bad habit as its just that is done for getting a kick.
Now, here’s something to clear the fog away around this myth. If we dig deeper into the meaning of habit, it indicates ability of doing repetitive tasks and that’s about it. Its just like your routine habits of brushing teeth or combing hair. Though these habits doesn’t get people hooked on to them and does not become compulsive or like an addiction.

Withdrawal is another important issue that needs to be handled properly because for addictions like alcohol withdrawal could lead to death. Withdrawal leads to an unpleasant feeling that includes pain, chills, anxiety and more if one stops intake of the drug. This is one of the major reasons responsible for addicts not able to leave their addictions.

This brings us to two types of psychological experiences related to the brain namely liking and wanting. To explain the same with the help of an example like chocolate for example. Wanting would be the desire to have it once you see it in front of you while liking would be the experience you have once to eat it off. Now Dopamine produced by the brain is responsible for wanting only and not liking something.

We crave for more drugs only because drugs trigger the need for dopamine, a feeling of wanting in the brain. With repeated use of drugs the wanting thus grows but somewhere the liking goes stagnates or decreases.

Talking about involuntary addicts who take opioids prescribed by doctors for pain apparently do it to relieve themselves from pain and that is how they perceive their idea of pleasure. Though over time the doses has to be increased as they develop intolerance about it. As a result the wanting also grows leading to an addiction of sorts. Hyper active wanting leads to intense craving on seeing the drug or drug cue exposure. The effects are surely long lasting and genetic factors do lead to increased risk.

As responsible citizens and family members we also need to change our view of looking at addicts and that anyone of us can get affected by the same. Also, many a times addicts are aware of the pain and suffering they are causing themselves and others but the craving is much stronger than their will power to overcome it.

Well, we need to be compassionate and support people rather than distrust them or consider them as a disgrace.

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Do You Know Which Toothpaste Suits Your Teeth?

All of us brush our teeth on a daily basis and many of us twice a day as well. We pay attention on the toothbrush we buy and most of us are aware that we need to change our toothpaste every 3 months atleast. Now, one thing we do not pay attention is at the toothpaste and no one would deny with the fact that we have only one toothpaste brand at home and all of use use the same. Apparently, every individual has different teeth types and it is advisable to use a toothpaste that suits your teeth type to keep your smile intact for a long long time.

Do You Know Which Toothpaste Suits Your Teeth?

Before we choose a toothpaste we need to know the basic ingredients to lookout for while buying one. There are three main ingredients which form a toothpaste. They are Calcium carbonate, artificial sweetener and detergent. Detergent kills the bacteria and cleans as well. Calcium carbonate or silicates provide the abrasion required to eliminate stuck bacteria and food particles and artificial sweetener enhance the flavor because toothpaste with flouride and calcium carbonate doesn’t taste good at all. Now, let us find out the types of toothpastes and their suitability as well.

Herbal Toothpaste
As the name says, it is made from herbal extracts like cloves , ginger, oils and more. But, one thing to ensure is whether fluoride which is an essential ingredient of a toothpaste is there or not because without it, the toothpaste won’t be as effective.

Whitening Toothpaste
As we age our teeth start changing color and losing their whiteness. So, for people wanting to have white teeth, this toothpaste works well. It uses enzyme system and fluoride that whitens your teeth besides fighting germs. Some toothpastes even contain baking soda and peroxide for stain prevention and lightening color.

Toothpaste for Sensitivity
Some of us faces issues like tooth pain we we consume hot or cold beverages or particular type of food. Now, the reason behind the same is either a weak enamel or an exposed root. This is called tooth sensitivity and the doctor on diagnosis does recommend you to use the toothpaste that could fight it.

Flouride toothpastes
Flouride toothpaste does the role of strengthening teeth and preventing decay and is generally good for kids and adults.

Though, if you want to know what type of toothpaste suits your teeth then it is advisable to consult your dentist and start using the recommended one. This would help your eat and smile for a long long time without difficulty.

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Parasite inside human Eye

Yes, this is a fact, a 17 year old teen had damaged his right eye due to the presence of a parasitic worm that was seen wriggling in and out of the eye ball of this teen when examined by the doctors in Mexico. Though, it was a little too late because the eye was already damaged by the time it was examined and the diagnosis was done and the boy had almost lost complete vision. The doctors tested his vision and came to know that he was not even able to count their fingers when held in front of the eye. The vision was blurred and he was able to see only hand motions. After complete eye examination it was found that the right eye was severly damaged.

Parasite inside human Eye

The freely moving worm had created many holes in the iris and his right cornea was swollen and had blood spots. The worm could not be traced easily because it made these holes its safe haven. The doctors had to work hard in removing the worm from the eye and for the same they had to first remove the lens and the vitreous humor surgically. It further came to light during the surgery that the worm had also severely damaged the retina of the teen.

The worm was identified as fluke or a kind of termatode, usually found in species namely Schistosomagenus, fasciola and Paragonimus, but its particular genus wasn’t known because it was not under the included list of termatodes and was seen for the very first time. It had an overall length of 3 mm was removed in bits and pieces.

Post the surgery the teen was given anti-parasitic medicines as well but there wasnt seen any improvement as far as the vision is concerned even after six months post surgery.

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Zika Virus and Brain Cancer

One of the most dreaded diseases in India is Cancer and its various varieties. As on day there are a variety of treatments available to treat cancer through surgeries and therapies. But, we are yet to find a treatment that guarantees uprooting cancer from its root and even vaccines to avoid it altogether. Here’s some update on zika virus and its association with brain cancer.

Zika Virus and Brain Cancer

Most of us are aware of the havoc that Zika virus has been creating since its outbreak in the south african countries. But, we are less known of some new updates on the same. Researchers apparently have found out its usage in brain cancer treatment beyond its significant threat to the unborn children.

Though untested in humans yet, the results after testing on lab dishes and animals do reveal that could help treat brain cancer. Its already known that in infants and fetus, the zika targets the brain stem cells which are found in abundance in their brain cells and kills them. This usually increases the chances of neurological issues in new borns infected with zika. But, zika is not able to target adult brains with the same effectiveness. Comparatively, the effect is less severe plus these viruses have the ability to target and kill the lethal glioblastomas, stem cells which are lethal and are not affected by chemotherapy or radiation therapy and trigger the cancer again post treatment.

This research had further created rays of hope in treating brain cancer but requires further studies and tests to be carried out on animals before trying out on humankind. The reason mainly revolves around safety issues related to zika virus. Presently, there are research groups that are also testing other virus like polio, herpes and more in order to target glioblastomas. The use of zika virus as a brain cancer healer aide might require quite some time and a lot of further testing before it hits the cancer hospitals across the world.