April 28, 2018

Schizophrenia: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Other Kay Facts

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Schizophrenia is a severe long-term mental health condition. It causes a range of different psychological symptoms. It is often described as a type of psychosis which means the person may not always be able to distinguish their own thoughts and ideas from reality. There are effective treatments for schizophrenia and people affected by it can lead a productive life and be integrated in society.

Dementia - Symptoms, Common Causes, Treatment and Other Key Facts

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Dementia is a syndrome – usually of a chronic or progressive nature – in which there is deterioration in cognitive function (i.e. the ability to process thought) beyond what might be expected from normal ageing. It affects memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language, and judgement. Consciousness is not affected. The impairment in cognitive function is commonly accompanied, and occasionally preceded, by deterioration in emotional control, social behaviour, or motivation.

April 20, 2018

Maintaining Mental Health in Emergencies: Facts You Should Know

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During and after emergencies, it is natural to experience different and strong emotions, but people are more likely to suffer from a range of mental health problems.

April 18, 2018

What You Need to Know About Mental Health of Older Adults

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Older adults, those aged 60 or above, make important contributions to society as family members, volunteers and as active participants in the workforce. While most have good mental health, many older adults are at risk of developing mental disorders, neurological disorders or substance use problems as well as other health conditions such as diabetes, hearing loss, and osteoarthritis. Furthermore, as people age, they are more likely to experience several conditions at the same time.

April 17, 2018

Mental Disorders: Facts on Depression, Dementia, Schizophrenia, Bipolar and Developmental Disorders

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A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioral or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. Such features may be persistent, relapsing and remitting, or occur as a single episode.

April 15, 2018

Top Countries to Migrate and Settle Down in if You Want to Live Longer

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So, you want to live to a ripe old age and wonder where’s the best place to settle down to achieve this. According to the results of the latest World Health Statistics report released by the World Health Organization, you had better immigrate to a developed country with a good standard of living that invests heavily in public health services.

April 13, 2018

Electromagnetic Fields and Public Health: Mobile Phones and Health

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Mobile or cellular phones are now an integral part of modern telecommunications. In many countries, over half the population use mobile phones and the market is growing rapidly. In 2014, there was an estimated 6.9 billion subscriptions globally. In some parts of the world, mobile phones are the most reliable or the only phones available.

Mercury and Health: What You Need to Know For Healthy Living

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Mercury is an element and a metal that is found in air, water, and soil. It exists in three forms: elemental (or metallic) mercury, inorganic mercury compounds (to which people may be exposed through their occupation), and organic mercury compounds (e.g., methylmercury, to which people may be exposed through their diet). These forms of mercury differ in their degree of toxicity and in their effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, and on lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes.

Sustainable Development Goals

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - also known as the Global Goals for Sustainable Development - are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations. The broad goals are interrelated though each has its own targets to achieve. The total number of targets is 169.

April 12, 2018

Poliomyelitis - Symptoms, Transmission, Prevention and Key Facts

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Polio, or poliomyelitis or infantile paralysis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. It is caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis (inability to move parts of the body).

April 11, 2018

Lack of Exercise 'Killing As Many As Smoking'

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I read this study report published in The Lancet in 2012, but which continues to remain relevant today so I share it here. The report concludes that 'a lack of exercise is now causing as many deaths as smoking across the world'. Through this widely respected peer-reviewed medical journal, we continue to be reminded how important exercising our bodies everyday is if we are to remain healthy into our older years. In this article, I have deliberately broken the report down.

April 10, 2018

Lead Poisoning and Health: What You Need to Know for Healthy Living

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Lead is a naturally occurring toxic metal found in the Earth’s crust. Its widespread use has resulted in extensive environmental contamination, human exposure and significant public health problems in many parts of the world.

April 02, 2018

Vision Impairment and Blindness

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Blindness is a severe vision impairment, not correctable by standard glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery. It interferes with a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.