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.

How are Vaccines Developed, Tested and Regulated?

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This article is part two 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. This article focuses on the ingredients in a vaccine and the three clinical trial phases. Part three outlines the next part of the vaccine journey: the steps from completing the clinical trial phases through to distribution.

December 19, 2020

How Does Vaccines and Herd Immunity Work?

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Lately there has been much talk about vaccines and herd immunity, with many expressing fears about taking the COVID-19 vaccine. This article is part one in a series of explainers on vaccine development and distribution. This article focuses on how vaccines work to protect our bodies from disease-carrying germs. Part two focuses on the ingredients in a vaccine and the three clinical trial phases. Part three outlines the next part of the vaccine journey: the steps from completing the clinical trial phases through to distribution.

December 18, 2020

Planning to Travel This Christmas? Here's What You Need to Know (Watch VIDEO)

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It is now that time of year when we celebrate or travel to celebrate with family and friends. If you are planning to travel this Christmas season, then you need to play by the rules of the book that has been tested all year round in 2020. Read on and watch the video below...

November 11, 2020

Rehabilitative and Assistive Technology in Medical Care

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Rehabilitative and assistive technology help people with disabilities to function more easily in their everyday lives and also for caregivers to care more easily for a disabled person. “Rehabilitative technology” sometimes refer to aids used to help people recover their functioning after injury or illness. “Assistive technology” may be as simple as a magnifying glass to improve vision or as complex as a digital communication system to improve communication ability.

November 09, 2020

COVID-19: How to Treat Coronavirus 2019 at Home

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The majority of people who get infected with the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) virus experience mild or asymptomatic (no symptoms) disease which can be treated at home. So if you're experiencing the tell-tale signs of the virus, what should you do to feel better? A proportion of people may experience more severe disease warranting hospital admission. This article discusses mild disease which is easily treated at home.

November 08, 2020

Abortion and How it Affects Your Health: Choices, Procedure and Risks

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An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy, perfomed up to the 24th week of pregnancy, so it doesn't result in the birth of a baby. It is sometimes known as a termination of pregnancy (TOP). The pregnancy is ended either by taking medications (medical abortion) or having a minor surgical procedure (surgical abortion). One in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime.

November 06, 2020

Hepatitis A: Risk Factors, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention

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Hepatitis A refer to inflammation of the liver due to the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It tends to be a short-term (acute) illness; and is usually spread by eating or drinking something contaminated with the hepatitis A virus. It is more common in developing countries.