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Recent Progress in Health Research

We live in a time when it seems that new medical cures and treatments are emerging on a weekly basis. So, what are some of the latest advancements and trends in this truly exciting field?

The ALS Challenge

The ALS “Ice Bucket” Challenge was designed to raise money for a disease known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. This disease degrades the nerves within our brains and spinal cords; eventually resulting in death. Currently, this challenge has raised more than one hundred million dollars (and counting). It is hoped that this money will be used to further research and find a cure in the not-so-distant future.

Stem Cells

Companies such as Biolamina have been spearheading the advancement of stem cell research and its availability to the public. In many ways, these cells represent a “one-size-fits-all” solution to a host of illnesses due to the fact that they can transform into nearly any cell within the human body. So, stem cells are expected to eventually treat serious illnesses such as cancers, birth defects and even the previously mentioned ALS. Although this seemed to be only a dream a few years ago, researchers have been making a great deal of headway and it is only a matter of time before these techniques become general practice.

Attacking AIDS

HIV and AIDS have been two of the most serious diseases to ever attack mankind. In the past, treatment options were extremely limited and most patients were facing a death sentence. Scientists have recently announced that a new group of antibodies is better able to adapt to the changing structure of this virus. In turn, the virus will have difficulty replicating and it is hoped that by modifying these antibodies, an eventual cure will be found.

it is clear to see that these are much more than dreams. With further research and funding, the diseases of today may very well become the memories of tomorrow.

How to Achieve Good Health

It’s a common misconception that to be in good health is to simply be without disease but in fact there’s a lot more to it. To be considered healthy, we must be in a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being which can at times, be difficult to achieve. Let’s take a lot at some steps we can take which will help us on our way to fantastic health.

Exercise

Regular exercise is extremely beneficial in a number of ways. Most obviously, it helps to prevent excess weight gain as well as building up muscular strength and endurance. However, it can also help fight against a wide range of issues including strokes, diabetes and arthritis. In addition, there have been strong links made between exercise and mental well-being as physical activity stimulates chemicals in your brain which will leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.

Diet

Similar to exercise, a good diet is most commonly associated with maintaining a healthy bodyweight but it has many other advantages too. By eating the right foods we can help prevent serious diseases such as diabetes, strokes, heart disease and even certain cancers. Once you’ve already developed an illness, a healthy diet can help you recover more quickly because you’re giving your body the fuel it needs to fight back. A good diet should have fruit, vegetables and starchy foods at the core with the remaining parts made up from protein and dairy products. Try to limit your intake of fats and sugars.

Social Interactions

Socialising and building relationships with others are both key factors when it comes to maintaining a strong mental well-being. By surrounding yourself with people you love and who love you in return, you’ll find yourself in a much better state whatever your situation.

Health Care

Unfortunately, we sometimes fall ill despite our best efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In situations such as these which are out of our control, the best measure we can take to tackle them is to have regular check ups with our GP and to always seek help if we’re concerned that something may be wrong. Always ensure you have access to medical professionals and know who to contact if the need should arise.

To be truly healthy we must find a balance between all of these components. Even in the unfortunate event of you falling ill, if you work on building up other areas of your well-being, you can still achieve a relatively healthy lifestyle.