Answers to Your Health Questions - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/22/04

Answers to Your Health Questions

Dandruff:
For 54 years, the scientists at Proctor and Gamble have been trying to solve the mystery of what causes dandruff. At a recent meeting in Berlin, they announced that this widespread problem is caused by a yeast.

The yeast releases fatty acids on the scalp which breaks the scalp barrier and causes the symptoms including itching and an increased turnover of cells. This is the flaking that troubles about 55% of the population.

Of course, since the scientists work for Proctor and Gamble, there is a practical purpose to this research. They are developing a shampoo to combat the problem. They have also found that by adding zinc to dandruff shampoo, it controls the symptoms more effectively.

Medicine Disposal:
We have discussed disposing of medicines before and have recommended that people flush them down the toilet. Apparently that is bad advice. According to the Food and Drug Administration, there are concerns about the drugs affect on the environment.

A recent article in the Journal of Environmental Health suggests that if you have to dispose of medicine, tape the container shut, bag it, and put it in the trash.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are a relatively common occurrence. They can range from a fender-bender to a killer accident. While most of the outcomes will be physical, recent research points to a number of persons who suffer psychological consequences including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A center at the University of New York at Albany has a website with an instrument so that you can assess yourself and see if you are a victim of this complication.

25% of people involved in an accident have a bout of PTSD. Women are more likely to suffer from PTSD. If you have had any mental problems including depression, you may be at risk. Symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, and poor concentration.

Two thirds of people will get better on their own but that other third will need help. Don't be afraid or ashamed to admit you need help. Talk to your doctor. You may need medication. A support group is a terrific help. And individual counseling may help you conquer the fears that result from the trauma.
Check out this website for help: ( afterthecrash.com).

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