Month: March 2017

Eat Right to Beat Tuberculosis

Getting the right nutrition can help speed treatment and prevention includes healthy immunity.

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). Tuberculosis generally affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. The classic symptoms of active TB are a chronic cough with blood-containing sputum, fever, night sweats, and weight loss. General signs and symptoms include fever, chills, night sweats, loss of appetite, weight loss, and fatigue. Significant nail clubbing may also occur One-third of the world’s population is thought to be infected with TB. New infections occur in about 1% of the population each year.In 2014, there were 9.6 million cases of active TB which resulted in 1.5 million deaths.

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Fight against TB before it starts !

Tuberculosis is one of the leading contagious diseases across the globe. It is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the lungs, although it could also affect any other part of the body such as the brain, spine, pelvic region etc. As per the World Bank recorded data of 2014, 2 in 10,000 people in the UAE suffer from Tuberculosis (TB).

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Obesity Fuels Chronic Kidney Diseases

A health survey conducted by the Dubai Health Authority in collaboration with the Dubai Statistics Centre revealed that 11.9% of people in Dubai suffer from obesity.[i] The growing issue of obesity plays a key role in reducing people’s life expectancy and causes several severe health conditions. Obesity is a combination of factors including high calorie intake, lack of exercise, sedentary lifestyle practices etc. Obesity is now a growing phenomenon across the globe and is one of the key factors responsible for a number of chronic diseases including kidney diseases.

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Can Yoga Cure Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux, also known as Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a chronic digestive disorder in which stomach acids or contents of the stomach occasionally flow back into the esophagus or food pipe. This backwash irritates the lining of the esophagus and causes symptoms including heartburn, chest pain, dry cough, sore throat, lumpy feeling in the throat and even difficulty in swallowing. There are various causative factors of GERD, food habits being one; eating large meals and lying down immediately after a meal, being overweight, drinking excess amounts of caffeinated drinks, alcohol, carbonated drinks etc., certain food products like peppermints, spicy or fatty foods, smoking etc. can all cause worsening of reflux. The Management of food habits is an essential part of managing GERD.

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Tips to Cope with a Surprise Pregnancy

An unplanned pregnancy can be one of the scariest feelings in the world. The good news is that nine months from now you will be holding your “bundle of joy.” And at that point, you may not even remember the stress you felt when you first saw that positive pregnancy test. Unfortunately, having an unplanned pregnancy doesn’t always give new mothers time to quit unhealthy habits and take prenatal vitamins. The first few weeks are a very critical time in the baby’s development. Sometimes it takes weeks for women to realise they are pregnant, especially those who have irregular periods. This is why it is important for women of childbearing age to take vitamins and live a healthy lifestyle.

HOW TO COPE

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A Closer Look At GERD

With life becoming increasingly sedentary and our food more refined, the incidence of GERD is rising.

What it is

“GERD is a chronic digestive disorder in which acidic contents of the stomach flows back up into the esophagus. The esophagus carries food from the mouth to the stomach. When the muscle towards the end of the esophagus does not close properly, it allows for the stomach contents to rise back into the esophagus hence causing discomfort.”

Symptoms

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Periods are not Meant to be Painful

It is human tendency to believe that certain conditions appear only among adults, failing to realise how ignorance leads to greater health issues in the future. Chicken pox for example, once a child gets chicken pox we believe that it is not going to occur again. Nobody takes the effort to know more in detail about an issue, the causes for it and if it has any future implications. Another major health issue that is considered to affect only adult women is Endometriosis. Endometriosis is a health condition that affects almost 100,000 women in the UAE.  It is a condition of equal opportunity, differentiates on no grounds. The youngest patient of Endometriosis as literature states was said to have been 101/2 years of age who had only two previous menstrual flows.

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