What is Cancer? Understanding the Basics (cont'd)

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CANCER--DETECTION, CARE, TREATMENT AND WHO RESPONSE

We previously defined cancer as a generic term for a large group of diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade other tissues. We learnt cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems; and that this is not just one disease, but many diseases with more than 100 kinds of cancer.

What is Cancer? Understanding the Basics

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CANCER--CAUSES, RISK FACTORS AND PREVENTION

Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. Other terms used are malignant tumours and neoplasms. One defining feature of cancer is the rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow beyond their usual boundaries, and which can then invade adjoining parts of the body and spread to other organs, the latter process is referred to as metastasizing. Metastases are a major cause of death from cancer.

What is Candida auris? Understanding this bug, how it is spread and how to avoid it

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CANDIDA AURIS
First published 15.08.17; Edited and republished 00.00.00

Candida, which is a type of yeast, is an uncommon type of fungus that can cause a range of illnesses. Healthcare facilities in several countries have reported that a type of Candida called Candida auris has been causing severe illness in hospitalized patients.

Safety Alert: Drug-resistant Fungus In 55 UK Hospitals

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ALERT: DRUG RESISTANT BUG IN MANY UK HOSPITALS
First published 15.08.17.; Edited and republished 00.00.00.

The UK Government health agency, Public Health England (PHE), reported last year it had been notified of a number of cases of Candida auris (C.auris), an emerging drug-resistant yeast. Since then, the fungus which is largely resistant to known drugs has spread to at least 55 hospitals across the UK.

Winning The HIV War: New Monthly Injections With Better Outcome To Replace Daily Pills

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LONG-ACTING ANTIRETROVIRAL INJECTION SAFE AND AS EFFECTIVE AS DAILY ORAL MEDICATION FOR HIV
First published 29.07.17; Edited and republished 00.00.00.

An injectable antiretroviral therapy (ART) consisting of two drugs (cabotegravir and rilpivirine) administered every four or eight weeks may be as effective as a daily oral dose of the drugs in maintaining viral suppression in patients with HIV, according to a new phase 2 trial published in The Lancet.

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.