Health

How to Identify Tree Diseases

Posted by on Jun 23, 2018 in Biology, Health | 0 comments

Plants, like humans, are susceptible to disease, and they may be more common than you think. Trees have a natural ability to fight diseases and pests, but when their native defenses fail, you may be forced to call in tree experts to deal with your problem. The problem that most people have with identifying diseases in plants is that the culprits are microscopic, but they can quickly spread and kill a tree. By the time we notice the tree has a problem, it might be too late.

Trees may look like one entity, but they have several different parts that make up a system. Each component can be infected by different diseases, so don’t think that just because the leaves look fine, the trunk doesn’t have a problem. In order to properly care for the tree and help it fight the disease, it’s important to identify what is causing the problem. Here are two of the most common diseases that may be causing your tree’s unhealthy condition:

Anthracnose – This is actually more of a symptom than a disease, and it is caused by a fungal infection. You may see irregular dead areas in the top of the tree or spotty blotches on the leaves. Other times, the entire leaf can show symptoms and appear to be dead. Cankers, a type of fungus, have been known to girdle everything from twigs to small branches, killing them off and damaging the tree. In an attempt to repair itself, the tree may regrow in an unusual way, giving it a gnarly appearance with crooked limbs. You may first notice symptoms on the leaves before it reaches the tree’s branches. By the time the fungus infects the smaller twigs and branches, it has a much higher chance of having a deadly outcome for the tree. This condition may be difficult to identify because the symptoms are similar to other diseases and can also be caused by poor environmental conditions.

Sooty Mold – Although sooty mold is not likely to cause much damage to the plant, it can be a nuisance for homeowners to live with. The disease is caused by sucking insects that leave behind a sticky substance called honeydew on the leaves, which sooty mold fungus then uses as food to thrive. This is, of course, how this disease got its name. Sucker bugs can include aphids, scales, and whiteflies, but trees that produce a sugary exudate can also be susceptible to sooty mold. Once these sucking bugs have begun to infest the tree in large numbers, it can quickly turn a tree into an unpleasant sight, as well as affecting things below the tree. Plants that are heavily infected can be covered with sooty mold in a matter of days or weeks, and even though its leaves are covered, the tree is still able to get enough sunlight and continue to grow in a healthy manner. The relationship between this fungus and the host plant is poorly understood.

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Scanning for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

A new brain scan, which is conducted via a new generation of radioactive pharmaceuticals, is considered a one-step forward by researchers when it comes to diagnosing and categorizing a brain illness that has tormented many American football players for many years now.

This brain scan, which is recently done by researchers at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in New York City, shows that a 39-year-old living former National Football League football player is suffering from psychiatric symptoms consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, an illness that has also been the bane of late football players Michael Lewis “Mike” Webster and Tiaina Baul “Junior” Seau, Jr.

Said 39-year-old former football player has had suffered from a number of concussions during his playing years, researchers, who include Samuel Gandy and Dara Dickstein of Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in New York City, said. These researchers use cutting-edge ligands, or substances that bind to receptors and are able to be seen via brain imaging, to examine the brains of living athletes at risk of incurring CTE, who include NFL and National Hockey League players.

In line with the Mount Sinai researchers’ goals, Robert Stern of Boston University, who also want to speed up the process of diagnosing CTE in living people, said he, along with the Mount Sinai researchers, is using a new ligand called T807, which is not yet approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and has been used in human testing only in 2014.

Stern, who says the primary goal is to diagnose the CTE in an athlete before the illness can spread all throughout the person’s brain and therefore prevent the illness from escalating to an early death for the player, is being funded by grants from the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health.

The website of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP says that mild traumatic brain injuries can cause temporary disfunctioning in brain cells, whereas major traumatic brain injuries, such as CTE can cause torn tissues and bleeding in the brain that when not addressed promptly can cause conditions that may lead to death.

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Asbestos – The Major Cause of Mesothelioma

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Health, Personal Injury | 1 comment

One of the most dangerous types of cancer that an individual can develop is Mesothelioma due to the fact that it remains undetectable until it has developed to a certain stage wherein any form of treatment will no longer work. Mesothelioma forms in the mesothelium, which is a kind of coating that protects the different major internal organs of the body. Its symptoms usually appear 15-50 years after a person’s exposure to Asbestos, a “miracle” mineral, which is this chronic cancer’s major cause.

Asbestos is one of the most widely used chemicals around the world due to its remarkable efficacy, elasticity, sound absorption, tensile strength, resistance to chemical and electrical damage, resistance to heat and fire, abundance and availability, and affordability. Its use extends from the most common household items and appliances, such as fabrics, irons, toasters, dishwashers, refrigerators, and deep-fryers, to commercial and industrial equipment, like brakes and clutches, generators, steam pipes, turbines, hot water piping, insulators, boilers, cement, floor coverings, roofing, acoustic insulation, and so forth.

Inhalation of asbestos fibers (either regularly or in great quantity) is what poses the risk of developing mesothelioma. Individuals who are most prone to having this malignant lung cancer are workers in processing plants, shipyards, mines, auto manufacturing plants, construction sites, as well as plumbers, electricians, firefighters, etc.

The height of the use of asbestos happened in the mid 1900s, but it was only during the 1990s, when an alarming increase in the number of mesothelioma cases began to be reported around the world, that its manufacture and trade began to be banned in some parts of the world.

Some of the symptoms of Mesothelioma include shortness of breath, unexplainable weight loss, fatigue, frequent coughing and reduced respiratory function; these symptoms, however, can also be seen in many other types of (less serious) illnesses, thus, making it still harder to detect and identify the person’s real health condition. However, awareness of having been exposed to asbestos, even in the distant past, and then showing these symptoms would give some hint on the possibility of the presence of the cancer. Seeking the help of a Houston personal injury attorney can help the victim of asbestos and mesothelioma decide the best legal options available for the compensation that the law may entitle him/her to receive.

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Hair Salon Services

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Health | 0 comments

The stress of everyday life has made the choice of hair salon more than a matter of grooming; people who feel frazzled can find sanctuary in the relaxed and pampering atmosphere of a good hair salon. But not all hair salons are made equal. Most people, especially women, find time to evaluate and assess the hair salons to find just the right one to give them what they need, especially for special occasions such as weddings.

Most men have no concept of the importance of finding just the right establishment when it comes to hair care and treatment. To them, a haircut is a necessary evil and they take as little time and consideration over it as possible.

For women, the conditioning and care of hair is a time-consuming task, and must be given as much attention as any part of the body. This is especially true in the humid heat of Houston which invites frizz and dryness to take up residence. But finding the best salon in Houston means not only finding the best hair care facilities and the most experienced people in various disciplines; you want the extras as well. Aside from proper hair care, many women want the total salon experience to wash away their cares.

Hair salon services in the best places go far beyond hair and makeup, although an excellent cut is always the most important aspect when it comes to hair. But the best hair salons need to provide more than good grooming facilities; patrons need to feel relaxed and rejuvenated when they emerge, so perks such as available massage facilities or a good cup of cappuccino can go a long way towards customer satisfaction.

When looking for the best salon in Houston, keep an eye out for these little touches. While secondary to experienced professionals and excellent facilities and products, it is what often makes a good experience great.

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