The air you breathe in, travels through the trachea (windpipe) into the lungs through the bronchi. Inside the lungs, the bronchi divide into bronchioles that end in clusters or air sacs called alveoli. These air sacs have very thin walls filled with tiny blood vessels that carry the oxygen into the bloodstream. Continue reading “What is COPD?”
Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in women. A study conducted by the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD) revealed that 80% of breast lumps are benign. The study also revealed that 80% of all cancerous breast lumps are found by women themselves and among these 98% of all cases result in complete cure if detected early. Continue reading “Feel Them to Save Them”
“Heart Diseases occur majorly in men. Only cancer affects women”. “I am too young to suffer from any heart condition, it only occurs in old age”, have you hear such statements? It is not uncommon that people often have such misconceptions. There are many assumptions people make about their hearts from who can develop heart diseases to how it feels to have a heart attack. Continue reading “Myths About Heart Problems”
A 63 year old male was referred to Aster Hospital’s Neurology Department for evaluation of ‘Painless urinary retention’. The patient was seen by a Urologist in another clinic for urinary retention and was catheterized a week back. Two failed attempts at removing the urinary catheter, prompted the doctor to seek Neurology reference.
A 10 year old girl presented to Aster Hospital’s Audiology Department with her parents on 31st July 2017. The family visited the hospital to get clearance from the Audiology Department for her to get admitted into School.
The child had Cerebral Palsy and had been undergoing treatment for the same. Upon thorough investigation of her case, correlative study and testing including BERA, DPOAE, TEOAE and TYMPANOMETRY, it was recognized that the child suffered from a rare disorder known as Auditory Dyssynchrony, which generally has an incidence of 3-4 in every 10,000 children. For the past 10 years the child was being treated for other abnormalities and no hearing test was ever conducted. The child had a speech delay which was considered as the result of Cerebral Palsy.
The primary symptoms/causes of Auditory Dyssynchrony the primary are; Continue reading “Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder”
Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood.
Ideally, in case of diabetes fasting is not allowed. However during Ramadan, if you really like to keep fast, following guidelines will help you.
Lower risk – Healthy individual with hba1c lower range than 7.0% and treated with oral medications. May choose to fast but observe the body changes.
Moderate risk – Healthy individual with hba1c lower range at 8.0% and treated with oral medications. May choose to fast but always take precautions. Continue reading “Ramadan and Diabetes Management”
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. 1 As per the WHO, 6 million people die every year because of tobacco usage, which accounts to 1 person in every six seconds.2
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”
The air that we breathe in has oxygen which is absorbed into the body’s bloodstream. Our respiratory system has airways which are tubes that transport the oxygenated blood to the lungs. These tubes when narrowed and inflamed make it difficult to breathe. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes a spasm in the bronchus. The World Health Organization states that asthma is the most commonly found chronic disorder in children.
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.”