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10 Diseases pets can transmit to humans

19 November, 2013
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Zoonoses or Zoonotic Illnesses are the diseases that animals transmit to humans. There are more than 39 such diseases which animals directly transmit to humans, more than 48 diseases which humans get from bug bites that feasted on an infected animal and more than 42 diseases which humans get from eating or touching water or …

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Epilepsy Causes and Risk Factors

21 March, 2017
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Causes of Epilepsy: Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder, represented by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. Causes are numerous and vary by age of the person. There can be numerous causes for epileptic seizures and have been listed below: Genetic History: There is a genetic clink to most of the epilepsy cases which leads to firing neurons. …

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Brain Swelling – Causes & Symptoms

14 March, 2017
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Causes of Brain Swelling: Brain edema also known as cerebral edema or brain swelling, happens as a result of an impact to the brain or a brain injury. It may happen either to sudden increase in blood pressure, any accident that causes brain injury or due to any infectious disease like mumps, malaria, Reyes syndrome, …

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Global Handwashing Week

17 October, 2016
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Every year since 2008,October 15 when Global Handwashing Day was introduced to reduce child mortality rates around the world, it is celebrated as Global Hand washing Day to increase awareness about importance of washing hands. Global Handwashing Week provides a platform to design creative ways to encourage people to take up washing hands with soap …

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10 Health Issues Most Men Ignore

16 June, 2016
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Men are focused at being healthy only to the extent that their bodies appear fit and they have a toned physique. Most men however, fail to notice alarming health issues and even if they do, they tend to ignore them. Several researches conducted prove that men visit a doctor only when their problems become severe. Given below are 10 …

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Thousands of New Borns in Brazil are Brain Damaged, and here’s why!

9 February, 2016
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Last year, there were 147 children and this year the number has rose to 2400 suspected cases of microcephaly and 29 deaths of infants. Ziku, a mosquito borne virus has been suspected to causing Microcephaly – a rare neurological complication found in infants in Brazil that is resulting into shrunken skulls. This condition is leading …

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New Moms: Breastfeeding difficulties & challenges

25 May, 2015
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Bringing your baby to this world is the most wonderful feeling but life with the new baby is full of surprises. Life with your new baby can be demanding and unpredictable. Be prepared and make the most out of this wonderful time! What are the common breastfeeding difficulties moms face? Latching pain Nipples feel sore …

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Don’t Miss These Pregnancy Screening Tests

27 February, 2015
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Pregnancy screening tests are an important part of pre-pregnancy care as an apparently healthy-looking woman may carry diseases that do not cause symptoms, but can pose risks to her and her future baby if left untreated.  It is also safer to identify and treat any existing conditions while a woman is not yet pregnant; for …

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Deadly Malaria: Treatment & Complications

17 September, 2014
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Malaria is an infection caused by a parasite known as Plasmodium that is carried in mosquitos and transmitted to and between humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Once bitten and injected with the parasite, the liver followed by the red blood cells become the site of multiplication and spread in the human body. Malaria …

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Dengue signs, symptoms & treatment options

15 September, 2014
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What is dengue? Dengue fever is an infection caused by a virus, most commonly seen in Southeast Asia, Pacific islands in the west, and recently in Latin America and the Caribbean. There are four serotypes of Dengue virus and any can cause infection. The virus can survive in mosquitoes, which is their natural host vector. …

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Chikungunya: A Viral Infection

4 September, 2014
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What is chikungunya? Chikungunya is a viral infection that spreads through the bite of an infected mosquito. It was first discovered in south Tanzania in 1952. The term ‘chikungunya’ is derived from Kimakonde dialect in which it means ‘to become contorted’, referring to the stooped appearance of patients. The infection is characterised by fever and …

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New vaccines in town

14 August, 2014
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Vaccines are an effective means to keep preventable diseases at bay. Measures are being undertaken to develop vaccines that transcend geographical and economical boundaries to ensure a uniform immunization program. Many vaccines are still being researched and developed that are believed to be more effective in dealing with common diseases. Vaccines are an effective means …

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Treating Obesity in India

7 June, 2014
476 Views

What is obesity? Being overweight or obese is defined as having an abnormal level of fat accumulation in the body that may impair normal health. Body mass index (BMI) (person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2) is the standard index used to classify overweight and obesity in adults. …

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Bone Infection: Osteomyelitis Meaning

21 April, 2014
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People often aren’t aware of osteomyelitis meaning, therefore, we would like to answer that common question today. So, osteomyelitis refers to a bone disease that is infectious and inflammatory of bone that is often of bacterial origin and is marked by local death and separation of tissue. Osteomyelitis Meaning? A rare but serious condition, osteomyelitis …

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Septic Arthritis: Bacterial Infection in a Joint

16 April, 2014
492 Views

What is septic arthritis? Septic arthritis, also known as infectious or bacterial or pyogenic arthritis, refers to the inflammation of a joint due to bacterial infection. The most common joints affected by the disorder are the knee and hip. Infants under the age of three are mostly afflicted with septic arthritis of the hip. The …

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Wisdom Tooth – Things to Know

27 June, 2016
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What is Wisdom Tooth? What is Impacted Wisdom Tooth? The third and ultimate set of molar that grows in an individual’s mouth at the end of the teenage years or during the early twenties is called wisdom tooth. Impacted Wisdom Tooth is present at the back of the mouth that do not have enough room to …

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Brain Surgery – Frequently Asked Questions

29 April, 2016
627 Views

Q1.  What does the term brain surgery mean? Brain Surgery is performed to treat/correct/repair the structural or physical abnormalities of the brain. Q2. When is a brain surgery required? Typically, an experienced neurosurgeon will recommend the surgery following cases: Brain Tumor Brain hemorrhage Blood clot formation in the brain Aneurysm Damage to the protective brain tissue …

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Infertility in Men: Physical and psychological issues

26 June, 2015
509 Views

If a couple has been unsuccessful in trying to conceive for over a year, it is best to visit the doctor and look for issues in both partners that could be affecting fertility. Yes, both partners, as many cases of infertility involve problems with the male partner. Though many men may put off getting tested …

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What is the Guillain-Barre Syndrome?

26 February, 2015
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What is the Guillain-Barre Syndrome? The Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare disorder where the body’s immune system starts attacking its own nerves. Tingling and weakness in one’s extremities are usually the first symptoms of this disorder. These sensations can spread quickly enough, eventually paralyzing the entire body. In its worst form, the Guillain-Barre syndrome constitutes …

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Weight Loss Surgery FAQ

13 February, 2015
768 Views

What is weight loss surgery?  Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery is performed on obese people. The size of the stomach is reduced by removing a portion of the stomach. As a result of this surgery, two things happen. The capacity of the small intestines to absorb nutrients is reduced. There is also …

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