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In countries with a welfare system, such as Spain, paid caregiving is an important profession and investigating the health of people who care for the health of others is becoming an issue of increasing interest. This paper reports on a study assessing the health of people who care for the health of others. It investigates whether caregiving jobs carry with them a higher risk of psychological and physical health problems than other unrelated occupations, and it examines whether risk profiles differ by sex and educational level. A descriptive correlational approach and a cross-sectional design were used. The sample included 330 participants. Half of the participants worked as caregivers, and the other half worked in professions unrelated to caregiving services. The results indicate that paid caregivers have poorer health than their matched counterparts. The variable of caregiving explains this difference better than sex or educational level and professional category.
Background: Aloe vera has been used by many
civilizations throughout history due to the numerous properties attributed.
Gastro oesophageal reflux disease is a common disorder with consequences for
the patient’s health related quality of life. Aims: The purpose of this study
was to assess the benefits of the Aloe
vera in 80 patients with gastro oesophageal reflux. Methods: This is
probably the first randomised and double-blind trail ever performed on this subject. The study included eight
weeks of treatment with milk enriched with Aloe
vera or placebo. Data of diet (frequency questionnaire), symptoms
(gastrointestinal symptom rating scale) and quality of life (quality of life in
reflux and disease) were obtained. Results: So far, there has been hardly any
proof that Aloe vera decreases
symptoms of reflux disease; on the contrary, a lower percentage of remission of
pain is observed among the Aloe vera group. As long as its effectiveness has not been proven properly, the use of Aloe vera in reflux disease cannot be
recommend. Conclusion: Aloe vera does
not have a beneficial effect on reflux disease under the study conditions.