October 02, 2021

Medical Robots and Robotics In Modern Medicine

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As the world gets more mechanized, even the medical world is not spared. Welcome to the world of medical robots. A medical robot is a robot used in the field of medicine. A good example is the surgical robot found in most telemanipulators which use the surgeon's actions on one side to control the "effector" on the other side. Sometimes, the surgeon is in another city.

September 01, 2021

Skin Rashes: Types and Causes

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There are many different types of skin rashes and many different causes of skin rashes. Although most skin rashes are harmless, some do need treatment (which may be tablets, creams or ointments) from your doctor or pharmacist. Some rashes (especially dark red or purple rashes that don't fade with pressure) may even need urgent medical treatment as they can be associated with meningitis and blood infection (septicaemia).

August 21, 2021

Exercise and Physical Activity: Age Recommendations, Benefits, Risks and Tips

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Doing regular physical activity can make you feel good about yourself and it can have a number of benefits for your health. For example, it reduces the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, many cancers, type 2 diabetes and 'thinning' of the bones (osteoporosis).

August 15, 2021

Home and Ambulatory Blood Pressure Recording

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Blood pressure recording outside of the doctor's office is recommended in most people who are suspected of having high blood pressure. This is because readings taken while people are going about their daily lives are more accurate than those taken in a doctor's office. They may also be used to give the doctor information about how well a blood pressure medicine is working.

August 14, 2021

Living with High Blood Pressure

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Your doctor has informed you have high blood pressure (also called hypertension). That is not the end of the world as you can live very healthily after this by making some lifestyle changes, such as loosing weight, increasing exercise, etc. Losing excess weight can make a big difference to your blood pressure. Blood pressure falls as each excess kilogram is lost. Losing excess weight has other health benefits too.

August 08, 2021

Medicines for High Blood Pressure

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There are many different medicines for high blood pressure, and they work in various different ways. Your doctor will advise on the best one for you. For detailed information about your own medication, however, you should read the leaflet that comes inside the medicine packet.

August 07, 2021

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

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High blood pressure happens when the force on the walls of blood vessels (caused by the blood within them) is more than normal. This means the heart has to work harder and the blood vessels are under more strain, making it a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and other serious conditions. Another name which healthcare professionals call high blood pressure is 'hypertension'.

July 25, 2021

The Purple Drink That ‘Significantly’ Lowers High Blood Pressure

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HIGH blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can hike your risk of serious cardiovascular problems so it is vital to reverse a high reading. According to research, a purple drink "significantly" lowers a high blood pressure reading.

July 04, 2021

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes, Complication, Available Tests and Treatment

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), formerly known as the Stein-Leventhal syndrome, is common. It is difficult to know exactly how common, as figures vary depending on the definitions used and the countries studied. It is possible to have ovaries that are polycystic without having the typical symptoms that are in the syndrome.

June 26, 2021

Acne Treatments

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Acne (or Pimples) is common and troublesome. The aim of treatment is to clear spots as much as possible and to prevent scarring. Your doctor may recommend treatment applied to the skin (topical) or tablets, or a combination. Some things that work for others may not work well for you.

Acne (or Pimples): Causes, Risk Factors, Self-Help Advise and Treatment

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Acne (also called 'pimples', 'spots' or 'zits') is a common condition, particularly in teenagers. It can also occasionally affect middle-aged people and babies. It often causes a lot of worry and distress but can usually be cleared up, or at least improved a lot, with the right treatment. The treatment can take about a month to work and you may need to continue it for a while, even after the spots have cleared.

June 25, 2021

Mental Health Promotion and Strengthening: What You Need to Know

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Mental health is an integral and essential component of health. The WHO constitution states: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." An important implication of this definition is that mental health is more than just the absence of mental disorders or disabilities.

How to Get Some Good Sleep in the Summer Heatwave

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Summer is a great season but it comes at a cost. Many people love the outdoors and the sun during this period, but it can also have those heat waves which can be exasperating especially when you need to sleep.

December 24, 2020

Finger Clubbing: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

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Nail clubbing, also known as digital clubbing or just simply, clubbing, is a deformity of the finger or toe nails which occur due to the presence of a number of associated diseases, mostly diseases of the heart and lungs. In a number of cases, however, nail clubbing has been known to run in families, where it occurs without any associated disease or medical problem. It is still not clear why soft tissue in nails increase to cause nail clubbing, whether in diseases that have brought it on, or in families where different affected members have inherited it.

December 20, 2020

Manufacturing, Safety and Quality Control of Vaccines

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This article is part three in a series of explainers on vaccine development and distribution. Part one focused on how vaccines work to protect our bodies from disease-carrying germs. Part two focused on the ingredients in a vaccine and the three clinical trial phases. This article outlines the next part of the vaccine journey: the steps from completing the clinical trial phases through to distribution.