Category: Health

Why Vaccinate?

Vaccinations are extremely important for the health and well-being of a child. Parents are often sceptical about getting their child vaccinated, which is partly due to the fact that they have very little familiarity with the devastating effects of a vaccine-preventable illness. Childhood vaccination is a topic that involves various opinions. Doctors and medical professionals recommend getting all children vaccinated as per the established vaccination schedules because vaccinations provide immunity against infectious and life-threatening diseases. Vaccinations build a child’s immune system and make their body strong enough to fight against certain infectious diseases. Continue reading “Why Vaccinate?”

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Healthy Eating during Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and a time when many people across the world fast during daylight hours for 29-30 days. As a spiritual practice, people take part in Ramadan by fasting during daylight hours, eating one meal – ‘Suhoor’ just before dawn and another- the ‘Iftar’ after sunset. The end of Ramadan is marked by ‘Eid-al-Fitr’, the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast. Continue reading “Healthy Eating during Ramadan”

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GERD Guide for the Holiday Season

Although heartburn or GERD occurs in different people differently, certain food and drinks can trigger heartburn or worsen the existing condition and it is best to avoid such food items. There is no one size fits all treatment for GERD patients when it comes to avoiding certain foods and making lifestyle changes.

As the upcoming holiday season promises to bring with it lots of parties, feasts and scrumptious buffets, it could also result in binge eating and drinking, irregular meal intakes and late meals. Dr. Amal Upadhyay, Consultant Gastroenterology, Aster Hospital Mankhool shares a few tips to reduce GERD symptoms this festive season:

1. Avoid overeating and avoid sleeping with a full stomach, eating meals at least 2 or 3 hours before going to bed will give the food enough time to digest. So schedule those buffets early. Continue reading “GERD Guide for the Holiday Season”

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Quit Before it Kills

Smoking is currently on the rise in the UAE and the Middle East. The World Conference on Tobacco revealed that the growing popularity of sheesha is a leading factor causing an increase in the number of smokers.

Prevalence of tobacco use including smoking cigarettes, cigars, water pipe (sheesha) and even Medwakh is high in the region. The Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) conducted a survey in 2011 to assess the risk of smoking in the country. The results revealed that 19.2% of men and 3.5% of women smoked cigarettes. As per the WHO, 6 million people die every year because of tobacco usage, which accounts to 1 person in every six seconds.2

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Stroke and Its Prevention

A stroke is caused by the interruption of the blood supply to the brain, usually because of a blood vessel bursts or is blocked by a clot. This cuts off the supply of oxygen and nutrients, causing damage to the brain tissue.More than 6 million people die because of stroke each year.Worldwide, cerebrovascular accidents (stroke) are the second leading cause of death and the third leading cause of disability. Continue reading “Stroke and Its Prevention”

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Know PCOS for No PCOS

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, commonly known as PCOS is a hormonal imbalance affecting 5-10% of women. It is an extremely common condition affecting women from menstruation till menopause. As per a recently conducted survey, at least 50,000 women in the UAE suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which is expected to grow at a rate of 6.81 per cent till 2030. Continue reading “Know PCOS for No PCOS”

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Work It Out – Bump Approved Fitness

There are a plenty of options when it comes down to each individual woman’s pregnancy and fitness levels. Here are some best tips for working out to make sure you remain fit and fabulous over the next few months.

1. Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?

Exercising while pregnant is completely safe, but it’s always good to take a yes from your consulting gynecologist before starting the sessions as every body type is different and only they can determine that it’s safe for you to do the exercises or not. There are certain conditions that make exercising during pregnancy unsafe but if the mother is healthy and the pregnancy is normal then just a few changes to her regular routine is needed.

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Nutritional Facts

Nutrition

We look at food labels for different reasons. Name, brand, age group, cost, country. But whatever the reason, many consumers would like to know how to use this information more effectively and easily.

Making the right healthy food choices is an essential part of our everyday life. However, discovering the best and most precise information is somehow confusing.

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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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