Saturday, February 11, 2006

3 Ways to Avoid Overtraining

Imagine coming home after a long gym workout and actually feeling worse then you started! Everybody knows after working out you are normally tired but it feels good but what happens when you start to feel sick and it's too much?

Maybe you find yourself in this situation:

"The other day when I got home, I got really sick and threw up. Now my body feels very worn out!

Am I overtraining?

I want to take 2 days off from the gym to rest my body...would this help?"

- [name withheld]

Let me make a prediction... you are about to approach overtraining burnout!

If you don't take some time off to let your body rest and recover, you'll end up quitting the gym entirely or actually making backward progress. I'd like to explain the concept of less is more but first, let's take a look at some of the other common signs of overtraining.

What is the Overtraining Syndrome?

Training beyond the body's ability to repair itself. This can be caused by training the same body parts too frequently so that the body does not have time to recover before the next workout; workouts that are consistently harder than the body is able to recover from fully; or impairment of the body's normal recovery ability due to nutritional deficiencies, illness, or stress. Besides impairing athletic performance, overtraining can increase the risk of injury or disease.

Some Signs of Overtraining:

Fatigue Blood sugar imbalances Menstrual or other hormone imbalances Anxiety Slight dizziness Elevated heart rates (especially upon waking) Depression Insomnia

I'd even venture to guess nausea and longer then normal recovery time should be on that list, two of symptoms of overtraining you also described.

Just the other day, I saw a post on a popular bodybuilding message board by another person who wanted to know if working out the same muscle group twice in one day was recommended since they had the time.

Now, before I go on...

I want you to understand that you grow and change outside of the gym. Many people believe that when they are at the gym they are making progress but in fact that's entirely not true.

Training at the gym is a way of stimulating change, you grow and get better when you are outside of the gym! What you do after you shower off and leave the gym will determine your progress in the long run. Doing longer workouts, more reps and sets and devastating your body without letting it recover will actually set you back.

Remember, recovery is an all important step that is often overlooked. And that leads into...

1 - Training frequency.

My recommendation is train 2 days on, 1 day off. Training more then 2 days in a row is very difficult if not impossible for the natural person to recover from. When you simply break up your routine, you are allowing for more recovery time and thus allowing for your body to get stronger and better.

2 - Taking a training break.

A concept I've talked about in previous articles but the theory is, completely stop training every 8-10 weeks for 1 week and just allow your body to recover and your joints to heal. Many people can't do this. They just want to keep on going and going like the Energizer bunny but in fact, taking a break is a good thing and will allow you to come back stronger and better then before. Try it. You'll be surprised.

3 - High Intensity Interval Training (cardio)

Rather then do 45 minutes of low to moderate cardio, how about using your heart rate zones and training in intervals to get more done in less time with cardio? You'll burn more fat and more calories but you won't have to do the routine as long. You'll use intervals to make the workout harder and more fun but in a lot less time.

Many times people will do cardio with weights but they do it before or after and for too long. Here's a few tips.

a) HIIT style cardio

b) Train in heart rate zones and perceived exertion (how you feel at the time you are asked)

c) Do your cardio AFTER your weight training session. Use your quick fuel for the weights and your longer term fuel (fat) for cardio

The secret to getting more from your workouts is training more efficiently and training less.

There's many ways to do more in less time including but not limited to:

- drop sets - super sets - repetition speeds - tempo variations - rest periods - ascending/descending sets

If you do a quick search on the Internet for "Nine Simple Ways to Increase the Intensity of Any Workout" you will find many ways to get more done in less time and avoid the common overtraining symptoms.

Stated a little differently... less is more.

Copyright 2006 Marc David
Marc David - EzineArticles Expert Author

You will learn the nutrition, training and supplement fundamentals necessary to avoid overtraining in the Beginner's Guide to Fitness and Bodybuilding. You'll get more done in less time.

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Pro Exercise Training Secrets Anyone Can Use!

Here's a question I get all the time: I noticed from your testimonials that you've trained a broad spectrum of people like elite pro athletes from the WNBA, high school PE students and even seniors. My question is do they all follow the same exercises and routines.

First let me start off with the fact that everyone no matter what age or ability can only really squat, lunge, push, pull, rotate or combination of. With that being said everyone is going to have these types of movements in their exercise routines because that is what is required of daily living no matter who you are. The only difference is that actual weight used or speed of movement will be different.

In the field of exercise science these movements are broken into categories and called things like: primal patterns or the 4 pillars of human movement. To learn more about this you can read Movement that Matters by Paul Chek or Breaking the Bonds of Traditionalism by Juan Carlos Santana. Basically what they are all saying is that any exercise you do will fall into a category of pushing, pulling, rotating, squatting, lunging or a combination of.

So if you see the exercise records of my elite pro clients and my senior clients you will see many of the same exercises. The main difference is that a Shelly (a 75 year old male) will use squats with only his body weight or light dumbbells and Frank Rodriquez (a 32 year old pro baseball player) may be using 300-400 pounds in his squatting routine.

Ultimately everyone should learn all the primal patters and do them properly with at least their bodyweight and then you can go from there. Many times you'll find that just using body weight exercises will be more than enough to keep you fit. You can even use these bodyweight exercises for high end conditioning and performance like many wrestlers and combat athletes do.

For over 12 years Virgil has helped numerous people from all walks of life reach their strength & health related goals. His career highlights include working as a strength & conditioning/baseball coach for the New York Mets Instructional Baseball Academy, serving as an assistant with the WNBA New York Liberty's strength & conditioning staff and creating the Ultimate Stair Exercises DVD set which has sold in 6 countries.

Currently Virgil continues to teach, train clients and is releasing a new DVD series entitled GetFit Anywhere

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

History of Medicine in Southeast Asia, Siem Reap - Cambodia

History of Medicine in Southeast Asia:

Center for Khmer Studies, Siem Reap - Cambodia
January 9-10, 2006

This international conference, the first of its kind, seeks to promote research in all aspects of the history of medicine Southeast Asia, to foster closer fellowship among all medical historians and greater cooperation among scholars and students, especially those practicing in the region.

Professor Rethy Chhem, Chair
Professor Harold Cook, Member
Professor Laurence Monnais, Member

The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College of London, UK
The University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada
The Schulich School of Medicine, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Registration information: Please contact Lesley Perlman at


JANUARY 8th 2006

16:00-17:00 Early registration

JANUARY 9th 2006

§ 7:30-8:30 Registration

§ 8:30
Welcoming Address and Opening, Prof. Rethy CHHEM
General Introduction, Prof. Hal COOK & Laurence MONNAIS

§ 9:00-11:00 Session 1
Historical Perspectives on Medical Traditions in Southeast Asia

o Rethy CHHEM, University of Western Ontario (London, Canada)
“Bhaisajyaguru and Tantric medicine in Jayavarman VII (1181-1220 CE) hospitals”

o Christophe POTTIER, Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
“Looking for Angkor hospitals”

o Frédéric BOURDIER, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) (Paris, France) “Some Historical and Theoretical Issues Based on a Classical Indian Medicine: The Science of Siddha in Tamil Nadu”

o Nurdeng DEURASEH, Universiti Putra Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
“The Impact of Medicine of the Prophet and Practices on Malay Traditional Medicine in Malaysia”

§ 11:30-12:30 Session 2
From Mapping “Tropical” Diseases in Southeast Asia to Fighting Against Them

o Peter BOOMGAARD, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) (Leiden, The Netherlands)
“Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, and Yaws in the Indonesian Archipelago, 1500-1950”

o LEE Jong-Chan, Harvard-Yenching Institute (Cambridge, USA)
“Locating and Mapping Tropical Diseases in Southeast Asia. A Historical Geography Perspective”

§ 14:00-15:00 Session 2 (bis)
From Mapping “Tropical” Diseases in Southeast Asia to Fighting Against Them

o Thomas B. COLVIN (Mexico/ Philippines)
“Arms around the world: The introduction of smallpox vaccine into the Philippines and Macau in 1805”

o C. Michele THOMPSON, Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven, USA)
“Jean Marie Despiau: Much Maligned French Physician in the Royal Medical Service of the Nguyen Dynasty”

§ 15:30-17:00 Session 3
“Medical Encounters” in Colonial Southeast Asia (1)
Medicalisation and Social Control in the Context of Western Domination

o Warwick ANDERSON, University of Wisconsin (Madison, USA)
“The hospital as colonial microcosm: conflict and corruption at the Philippine general hospital”

o Hans POLS, University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia)
“The Nature of the Native Mind. Contested Views of Dutch Colonial Psychiatrists in the former Dutch East Indies in 1924”

o Michael G. VANN, California State University (Sacramento, USA)
“Hanoi in the Time of Cholera: Epidemic Disease and Racial Power in the Colonial City”

§ 18:00-20:00 Cocktail at FCC Angkor

JANUARY 10th 2006

§ 8:30-10:30 Session 4
“Medical Encounters” in Colonial Southeast Asia (2)
Medicalisation, Professionalisation, and the “(Re)invention” of Tradition

o Liesbeth HESSELINK (Leiden, The Netherlands)
"Dokters-djawa and Doekoens. The positioning of western educated Indonesian doctors towards the native healers in the Dutch East Indies round 1900”

o OOI Keat Gin, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Penang, Malaysia)
“The Anti-Opium Campaign of Colonial Malaya. Between Economics, Public Health and Chinese Nationalism, ca. 1890s-1941”

o Raquel REYES, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (London, UK)
“Science and Superstition: pregnancy and birth in 19th century Philippines”

o Sokhieng AU, University of California (Berkeley, USA)
"Motherhood and Medical Work in French Colonial Cambodia"

§ 11:00-12:30 Session 5
International Health Care and History of Health Care in Southeast Asia

o Annick GUÉNEL, CNRS - LASEMA (Paris, France)
“The Conference on Rural Hygiene in Bandung of 1937 : towards a new vision of health care ?”

o HUANG Yu-Ling, State University of New York at Binghamton (Binghamton, USA)
“AIDS, Access to Essential Medicines and Global Patent Regime: The Case of Thailand”

o LIEW Kai Khiun, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London (London, UK)
“Patron and partner, the “Quiet Americans”: The activities of the Rockefeller Foundation’s, International Health Board in Southeast Asia (1915-1940)”

§ 14:00-15:30 Session 6 Traditional Medicines vs Biomedicine in Southeast Asia: Some Pluridisciplinary Perspectives

o Pollie BITH-MELANDER, San Jose State University (San José, USA)
“Cambodian Health Care History: Khmer Medicine, the Language of healing, and AIDS Therapy”

o D. Kyle LATINIS, HeritageWatch/ Royal University of Fine Arts (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
"Medicinal knowledge transfer in Maluku, East Indonesia"

o Ayo WAHLBERG, BIOS/ London School of Economics (London, UK)
“A revolutionary movement to bring traditional medicine back to the grassroots level” – on the bio-politicisation of herbal medicine in Vietnam”

§ 16:00-17:30 Wrap -round session: What’s next?

Sunday, December 18, 2005

You've got mail, and maybe gonorrhea

E-mail sent through Web sites launched in Los Angeles and San Francisco is providing people with a free, sometimes anonymous, way to tell their casual sex partners that they might have picked up more than they bargained for.

Los Angeles County health officials launched InSpotLA this week in a bid to reduce the rapidly rising spread of STDs by encouraging sexually active men and women to get tested.

"This is another opportunity for people to disclose STD exposure to partners because sometimes people don't always have that face-to-face opportunity, or that level of relationship," Karen Mall, director of prevention and testing at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said Thursday.

"Partner disclosure is where we really have the opportunity to break the chain of HIV infection," Mall said.">You've got mail, and maybe gonorrhea | CNET "You've got mail--and possibly gonorrhea, HIV or another sexually transmitted disease.

E-mail sent through Web sites launched in Los Angeles and San Francisco is providing people with a free, sometimes anonymous, way to tell their casual sex partners that they might have picked up more than they bargained for.

Los Angeles County health officials launched InSpotLA this week in a bid to reduce the rapidly rising spread of STDs by encouraging sexually active men and women to get tested.

'This is another opportunity for people to disclose STD exposure to partners because sometimes people don't always have that face-to-face opportunity, or that level of relationship,' Karen Mall, director of prevention and testing at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said Thursday.

'Partner disclosure is where we really have the opportunity to break the chain of HIV infection,' Mall said."


Friday, December 16, 2005

So is it too late to get a flu shot?

2005-2006 Flu Season

This year's flu season is starting to get going, even though we haven't started to hear reports of flu outbreaks and school closings yet.
While ideally you want to get a flu shot in October or November, that hasn't been possible for everyone this year, as some doctor's haven't even gotten their flu shots yet and may still receive deliveries in December. And others have run out early, as there has been a very big demand for flu shots this year.

So is it too late to get a flu shot?


Cambodia needs $18 mln for bird flu fight - UN

By Ek Madra

PHNOM PENH, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Cambodia, a potential flashpoint for a feared human bird flu pandemic, will need $18 million over the next 6-18 months to boost its defences against the virus, the United Nations said on Friday.

The money will go to improving surveillance of poultry and people, including support for mobile monitoring teams, and help the country draw up a pandemic preparedness plan.

"It is quite possible that you could be the country where pandemic influenza starts. It is the same in China, Vietnam, Laos and Indonesia. There is a concern of possible pandemic influenza," David Nabarro, the U.N coordinator for avian influenza, told a news conference.

The H5N1 strain is endemic in Cambodia and several other Asian countries and has killed more than 70 people, including 4 Cambodians, since late 2003.

Experts fear that the lack of effective monitoring systems in poor countries like Cambodia, where the health system is rudimentary at best, could mean outbreaks go undetected and raise the chances of a human bird flu pandemic.

Although H5N1 cannot now move easily between people, the fear is that it could mutate and set off a pandemic in which millions might die.

UNDP Resident Coordinator Douglas Gardner said the $18 million was based on an assessment of Cambodia's needs for the next 6 to 18 months.

Paediatric health care in Cambodia takes a turn for the better

Six-year-old Ieap Leap has been hospitalised for a week.
``She came in looking very pale and anaemic,'' explains Dr
Samuthea, the head of station CII at Jayavarman Hospital in
Siem Reap. ``She had a high fever and was shaking.'' The
cause? Malaria. But a routine X-ray revealed additional
symptoms associated with tuberculosis. A CT scan ordered to
examine the child's lungs later confirmed the presence of a
lung calcification, a surefire sign of TB, her doctor says.

After seven days of treatment, Leap has tested negative for
malaria. Outwardly she shows few signs of illness. A bit
lethargic from fighting off the tuberculosis, she sits in
bed and surveys the room with large, inquisitive eyes. Her
two-year-old sister, Ieap Lang, climbs around her while
their mother watches on with a weary but contented smile.
Leap has been released and can now return to her village _
though she will need to come back to the hospital every
eight weeks for the next nine months to receive the
remainder of her tuberculosis treatments.

Despite the cost of the rough two-hour journey from Leap's
village to the city, this is the fourth visit her mother, Bo
Reap, has made to Jayavarman, each time with a different one
of her children.

Like Leap, most of the children at Jayavarman live in
poverty and come from distant towns or provinces. The
hospital tries to ease the burden placed on their health by
providing free treatment and subsidising the price of
transportation to Siem Reap. Before discovering this, Leap's
mother sought care for her children locally. But at 10,000
riel (103 baht) for one vial of medicine, the costs began to
mount. Bo Reap was eventually forced to sell the family's
modest home and their cattle to pay off the debt resulting
from these treatments.

With no home Leap's father and two oldest brothers took up
residence near a rice field where the family is cultivating
a small crop. Her mother, sister Lang and 12-year-old
brother moved into her grandmother's hut in a neighbouring

This is the place to which she returns. The village is
composed mostly of her relatives _ aunts, uncles and
cousins; families with five, seven, even 10 children _ many
of who gather outside as Leap arrives.

It's only been a week, but she shyly scoots about before
warming up to her surroundings. The homecoming is happy, but
Bo Reap worries it may be premature. This is malaria country
and access to clean water is scarce. Despite her best
efforts and those of the doctors at Jayavarman, diseases
like tuberculosis are still prevalent here.

``Money or blood?''

That's a question Dr Beat Richner has grown accustomed to
asking. As founder and director of the three Kantha Bopha
Paediatric Hospitals in Cambodia, he holds solo cello
concerts every Saturday to generate the money needed to keep
the hospitals up and running _ a task that has become
increasingly difficult.

At exactly 7:15pm, Dr Richner enters Jayavarman's polished
hospital auditorium with crisp, clacking steps, takes up his
cello and with a brisk nod of the head _ an acknowledgement
of his welcoming applause _ he begins.

``So now, not so many tourists, not so many guests,'' he
says. ``But two years ago, maybe you remember, there were no

That was during the Sars scare. Not long after 10,000
children were hospitalised in Cambodia due to dengue fever.
The country is still fighting that epidemic, along with a
host of other diseases, such as malaria, encephalitis and
tuberculosis _ an infection that, according to Dr Richner,
affects 65 per cent of Khmers.

A long-time entertainer, Dr Richner began performing for
children at the beginning of his medical career, creating a
musical clown character he dubbed ``Beatocello'' in the
early 1980s. He has since hung up his costume but continues
to use the character to draw attention to, and support for

His passion for what he's doing is evident in the gusto and
verve with which he flavours each performance. Given the
weight of the topic and the starkness of the situation he
faces, Dr Richner is surprisingly good humoured.

``We ask young people for blood, older people for money and
people in between for both,'' he explains, drawing laughter
from the crowd.

The newest of the three Kantha Bopha centres, Jayavarman
Hospital, sees an average of 900 outpatients each day, with
up to 170 hospitalised as a result. That number has doubled
since last year, a fact Dr Richner attributes to road
improvements that allow children from far away provinces
such as Anlong Veng _ the former Khmer Rouge stronghold _ to
make the trip to Siem Reap. The peak of the dengue season
usually occurs in July and this year was no exception. In
that month alone Jayavarman saw a record-setting 28,967
people, 4,528 of whom were hospitalised.

Between the two hospitals in Phnom Penh and Jayavarman,
Kantha Bopha can accommodate around 1,000 patients at one
time, and a new wing will be opened in the capital at the
end of December, providing the hospital system with an
additional 600 beds. While that is a positive step, it still
may not entirely reduce overcrowding that at times is so
acute that children are often forced to share mattresses.

Jayavarman is by far the largest, most high-tech hospital in
town, but other smaller operations are also going to great
lengths to care for local Cambodians. Angkor Hospital for
Children (AHC), operated by Friends Without a Border, sees
anywhere from 200 to 400 children per day and offers free
treatment to all children up to the age of 16.

Some say its size makes it more intimate, appealing and
accessible to Khmers intimidated by the formalities at
Jayavarman. AHC welcomes all a child's immediate family
members and allows them to bring their own food for cooking.
It also has an outreach programme through which volunteers
go out into the community to deliver food and medicine,
conduct basic check-ups and provide education.

Jayavarman offers education as well, but Dr Richner is
adamant that curative medicine, the type of treatment Kantha
Bopha offers, is the only way to curb infectious illnesses.
Despite its successes, however, such treatment can be
costly, and the hospital system faces problems when it comes
to funding.

Annual operating costs amount to $17 million (701 million
baht), most of which is funded through donations. ``That's
why I talk about the money,'' Dr Richner says, ``because
it's a brutal reality without it.''

Until 2005 the Swiss government was the only authority
providing Kantha Bopha with funds, $2 million (82.6 million
baht) per year. Dr Richner's Saturday evening concerts
currently bring in around $4 million (165 million baht) and
donations still make up the bulk of the hospital's financial
support. But on January 1 of this year the Cambodian
government agreed to provide the hospital with $1.6 million
(66 million baht) annually and Prime Minister Hun Sen has
called the hospital system a model for the country.

Cambodians feel safe here, Dr Richner says, and that feeling
of confidence is very important for the healing process.

With that as his focus, Dr Richer is trying to awaken the
sensitivity of a new demographic: Wealthy Cambodians. In
late June, Dr Richner implemented a programme called the
Kantha Bopha Club. Members must contribute $100 (4,100 baht)
a year to the hospital, and they must be Khmer. There are
already more than 200 members, including the prime minister,
and Dr Richner aims for an eventual 12,000.

His hope is that Cambodians will take a greater role in
supporting their own health-care system. He already takes
pride in the fact that Jayavarman is what he calls a
Cambodian hospital, with 1,600 Khmer staff and only two

Of course, there are still many miles of rough and rocky
road to go. Improvements in infrastructure are needed in
order to provide safe drinking water to the 70 per cent of
the population without it. The work of NGOs and grassroots
organisations like AHC is equally important.

While Jayavarman aims to create a global impact through its
services, smaller facilities that provide home-care
programmes and medical education are also doing their best
to improve the health-care situation in Cambodia. Apart from
infectious diseases, many children are afflicted by
preventable illnesses such as diarrhoea and acute
respiratory infections. Thus, long-term improvements in
child health cannot be achieved through hospital-based work

``It's a success that it works,'' explains Dr Richner when
talking about the Kantha Bopha centres. In the early 1960s
the health-care system in Cambodia was on a par with that in
Singapore, he says. Yet the long civil war and years spent
under the Khmer Rouge regime destroyed the country's
infrastructure and depleted the number of trained
physicians. His efforts and those of NGOs and personal
donors have gone far, but still more needs to be done.

``I never thought the needs would be so strong. Day by day
you must fight again.

'' Despite the difficulties at hand, Dr Richner remains
positive. In his mind, the solution lies in making people
aware that change is possible.

``It's very important that people can see change exists,
because it does.''

Funds for Kantha Bopha and Angkor Hospital for Children are
raised through grants, annual events and the generosity of
donors. For further information, visit

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Daughter of the Killing Fields

'Theary Seng was a toddler when they killed her father. In prison shortly after, she fell asleep in her mother's arms and woke to find her gone. "Daughter of the Killing Fields" tells how Seng spent her early years being passed from one set of relatives to another, amid a backdrop of soldiers, landmines, inadequate refugee camps and always death. 'Life', she found, 'is just a breath'. Often separated and fearing each other dead for months at a time, she tells the nail-biting story of how she, her aunts and uncles survived. Leaving Cambodia aged six to start a new life in the West, this powerful memoir begins and ends 23 years later as she finds a way to confront the man she holds 'accountable for the death of my parents, for the blood of 1.7 million others'. Amazon Canada * Amazon England

Cambodian Refugees Suffer From Psychiatric Illness At High Rates Two Decades After Escaping Homeland Terror


August 2, 2005

Nearly two-thirds of the adults studied in the largest Cambodian refugee community in the United States suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and more than half had major depression two decades after escaping widespread violence by fleeing to the United States, according to a RAND Corporation study issued today.

The RAND Health study, published in the Aug. 3 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows a surprisingly high rate of psychiatric illness among refugees traumatized during the reign of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s.

Researchers from RAND; the Program for Torture Victims; and California State University, Long Beach, studied a representative group of adult Cambodian refugees who live in Long Beach. The city is the home of more than 17,000 residents of Cambodian origin who fled their homeland following the reign of the Khmer Rouge, who ruled from 1975 to 1979.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Cambodian Drug Users Raise New AIDS Threat

Cambodian Drug Users Raise New AIDS Threat

The Associated Press
Friday, November 11, 2005; 8:21 PM

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Cambodian drug addicts have adopted a new tactic _ selling their blood to hospitals _ to pay for their habits, and the practice is threatening to unravel the country's gains in fighting HIV/AIDS, officials and experts warn.

Cambodia has had no known cases of HIV being spread by blood transfusions, but if HIV infected blood entered the hospital system in even a single case it "would be a disaster," said Dr. Massimo Ghidinelli, a World Health Organization adviser on HIV/AIDS in the country.


Friday, November 11, 2005

Anger May Be Healthier Than Fear

FRIDAY, Nov. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Stressed out? Put on an angry face -- or at least not a fearful one.

A small study has found that those who responded to stressful situations with angry facial expressions were less likely to suffer stress-related ill effects such as high blood pressure and high stress hormone secretion, compared to people who responded to stress with fearful expressions.


Jet Lagged? Lighten Up

FRIDAY, Nov. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Tired travelers may have a means of reducing or preventing jet lag, researchers report.

By using light box therapy and the over-the-counter drug melatonin, people can reset their circadian "body clocks" before a journey, according to a U.S. study in the current issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.


Cambodia: from killing to healing

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA--IF WE THINK WE are getting a raw deal in our own country, a visit to Cambodia and being refreshed of its history will make us feel how fortunate we still are. When we think of Cambodia, we recall the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge of Pol Pot, who seized power in the 1970s.

During his rule, two million Cambodians, representing one-third of the population, died by starvation, torture or execution. Rice fields as big as soccer fields were converted into killing fields where thousands of Cambodians including women, children and the elderly were buried in shallow graves. Trees bordering the fields held nooses for hanging.

Before the Khmer Rouge retreated in the '90s, they left in the ground 10 million land mines, one for every person in the country. In the streets, one can see a lot of land mine victims, lacking a limb or two, and they shall always serve as a reminder of the country's grim past.

The Laughing Doctor

The Laughing Doctor

Nov. 7, 2005

Sok Thim laughs when you ask about the day in 1975 when the Khmer Rouge came to his village in Cambodia and put an end to his medical education and his freedom.

FDA Issues Warning for Contraceptive Patch

FDA Issues Warning for Contraceptive Patch
By Michael Muskal, Times Staff Writer

Users of the Ortho Evra contraceptive patch are exposed to more estrogen than from birth control pills so are at higher risk of blood clots and other side effects, the Food and Drug Administration has warned.

The federal agency on Thursday approved updated labeling containing the warning. Patch-maker Ortho McNeil posted the warning on the web site operated by its parent company, Johnson & Johnson.


EU health commissioner urges more bird flu aid for Cambodia

PHNOM PENH (AFX) - EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou said Cambodia needs more international support in fighting bird flu, after meeting with top officials on preparations for a feared epidemic.

'I would say that it's the greatest need -- support to Cambodia,' he said.


Thai health minister promises no cover-up of bird flu

BANGKOK, Nov. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Thailand's newly appointed Public Health Minister Pinij Jarusombat said there has been no cover-up of any bird flu incident and any public health official found guilty of such concealment will face maximum penalties.