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

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WHAT IS DEMENTIA? THE BASICS...

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.

Acute Pancreatitis - Symptoms, Diagnosis and Management

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OVERVIEW OF ACUTE PANCREATITIS

Pancreatitis is an inflammatory process in which pancreatic enzymes autodigest (i.e. self-digests) the gland. The gland sometimes heals without any impairment of function or any morphologic changes; this process is known as acute pancreatitis. Pancreatitis can also recur intermittently, contributing to the functional and morphologic loss of the gland; recurrent attacks are referred to as chronic pancreatitis.

The 3 CAN Steps to Healthier Eating

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HEALTHY EATING - make nutritious foods convenient, attractive and normal, research suggests
First published 09.05.2015; Edited and republished 02.07.2017

To succeed at the diet game, research published in 2015 suggests a "CAN"-do attitude may be more helpful than relying on willpower or education. After reviewing more than 100 studies, Cornell University researchers found three things help people choose healthier foods. The food must be convenient (C), attractive (A) and normal (N), or CAN.

Walking Maintains Brain Volume, Prevents Cognitive Impairment

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WALKING PREVENTS COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT
First published 17-10-2010; republished 29-06-2017

The article below has been republished because it will impact your health positively. It is a summary of scientific findings from the work of Kirk I. Erickson (PhD) of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and his colleagues. Their finding was first reported in the October 13, 2010 online issue of Neurology, and supported by the National Institute on Aging.

Adolescent Pregnancy - An Overview of Important Facts

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ADOLESCENT PREGNANCY

Most teenage girls do not plan to get pregnant, but in some countries, many do. Adolescent pregnancies carry extra health risks to both the mother and the baby. Often, teens do not get prenatal care soon enough, which can lead to problems later on. They have a higher risk for pregnancy-related high blood pressure and its complications. Risks for the baby include premature birth and a low birth weight.

Preventing Unsafe Abortions Amongst Women

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PREVENTING UNSAFE ABORTION

Unsafe abortion occurs when a pregnancy is terminated either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards, or both. In a previous article, we had looked at abortion and the risks and consequences that could result from this.

Abortion - the risks, consequences and how it affects your health

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ABORTION AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy so it doesn't result in the birth of a baby. It is also 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.

Ageing and health: Understanding the Facts and Challenges

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AGEING AND HEALTH

People worldwide are living longer. Today, for the first time in history, most people can expect to live into their sixties and beyond. By 2050, the world’s population aged 60 years and older is expected to total 2 billion, up from 900 million in 2015. Today, 125 million people are aged 80 years or older. By 2050, there will be almost this many (120 million) living in China alone, and 434 million people in this age group worldwide. By 2050, 80% of all older people will live in low- and middle-income countries.

Arsenic and Your Health: What You Need to Know for Healthy Living

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HOW DOES ARSENIC AFFECT YOUR DAILY LIFE?

Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that is found in combination with either inorganic or organic substances to form many different compounds. Inorganic arsenic compounds are found in soils, sediments, and groundwater. These compounds occur either naturally or as a result of mining, ore smelting, and industrial use of arsenic. Organic arsenic compounds are found mainly in fish and shellfish, but may also be found in other animals and plants.

Leprosy - Symptoms, Treatment and Key Facts

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LEPROSY (HANSEN'S DISEASE)

Leprosy was once feared as a highly contagious and devastating disease, but now it is established that it does not spread easily and treatment is very effective. However, if left untreated, the nerve damage it causes can result in crippling of hands and feet, paralysis, and blindness. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment prevents disability related to the disease.

Leprosy - An Overview of Current Public Health Burden

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LEPROSY: BURDEN ON SOCIETY

Hansen's disease (also known as leprosy) is a long-lasting infection caused by bacteria. The disease was once feared as a highly contagious and devastating disease. Now, however, the disease is relatively rare and easily treated. Early diagnosis and treatment usually prevents disability related to the disease.

How to Get Some Good Sleep in the Summer Heatwave

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SUMMER IS HERE AGAIN WITH ITS HEAT WAVES

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.