Benefits of Halasana
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Halasana helps to work through your thyroid and parathyroid glands as the entire body bends over and then back is stimulated in this manner. The yoga pose is thus very good for purifying the blood. The fluid released when this posture is practised increases the increase of white blood cells in the body. This protects the immune system. Thus Halasana is a way of stretching the spinal column and relaxes the muscles, hamstring and spinal column. To  [...]
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Colonoscopy Outshines PillCam In Colorectal Cancer Detection

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A novel study illustrates that a miniscule video camera implanted inside a pill could spot unusual growths in the colon or rectal region, though not as effectively as colonoscopy does.

The final outcome on the study undertaken to prove the effectuality of the Pillcam Colon capsule endoscope that is a colon camera pill is finally out. The result much alike the foremost findings noted in the study initially carried out in 2007 shows that the PillCam was effective, however colonoscopy surpassed PillCam in the effectiveness quotient.

The study was carried out on 320 adults that alternately had a past of colon disease or were doubted to have colon disease. Subsequent to bowel preparation, the candidates took the PillCam that is close to 1.2 inches in length and smaller than half of an inch in width.

The PillCam travelled through the digestive system, and in all excluding five candidates, the batteries in the PillCam were observed to last for a major part of the journey.

Afterwards, the candidates went through colonoscopy that was a decision taken by the scientists inclusive of Andre Van Gossum, M.D. from the Erasme University Hospital in Brussels so that a comparison of the outcome from the PillCam versus colonoscopy procedure could be drawn out.

The PillCam gave optimal outcome with better success in bowel preparation leading to cleaner bowels. However, colonoscopy still managed to outshine over the PillCam’s benefits.

Colonoscopy Outshines PillCam In Colorectal Cancer DetectionTaking the instance that in the study undertaken, the PillCam was able to detect merely fourteen among the nineteen cancers detected through the colonoscopy procedure. The study that was carried out is available in ‘The New England Journal of Medicine’.

The side effects experienced ranged from mild up to moderate and were solely associated with bowel preparation and not related to either PillCam or colonoscopy. The scientists reported that any of the undesirable problems experienced that included stomach uneasiness, feeling nauseous, vomiting and headache, were noticed to subside in a matter of couple of days.

The research was backed by an Israeli based company, Given Imaging that make the PillCam. During a news release, the scientist Jacques Deviere, M.D. from the Erasme University Hospital, Brussels, stated that the study carried out demonstrated that the PillCam Colon was safe and could visualise the colon. He further added that PillCam Colon had the potential to be an effectual novel means to complement the colonoscopy procedure to detect polyps and colorectal cancer. Also, PillCam does not need one to be sedated or be hospitalised.

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