May 24, 2017

Poor Sleepers Have Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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SHORT AND BAD SLEEPERS HAVE INCREASED RISK OF CV DISEASES

People who sleep badly or not long enough have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This does not apply to people who only sleep for a few hours, but wake up feeling fit and rested.

May 22, 2017

Asbestos: How to Eliminate Asbestos-related Diseases

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ASBESTOS: ELIMINATION OF ASBESTOS-RELATED DISEASES

When handled, asbestos can separate into microscopic-size particles that remain in the air and are easily inhaled. Persons occupationally exposed to asbestos have developed several types of life-threatening diseases, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Although the use of asbestos and asbestos products has dramatically decreased in recent years, they are still found in many residential and commercial settings and continue to pose a health risk to workers and others.

May 14, 2017

Ebola Virus Disease: WHO Issues Statement On New Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo

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WHO ISSUES STATEMENT AFTER DRC's MINISTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCE NEW OUTBREAK OF EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY

KINSHASA, 12 May. The Minister of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, has informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of “an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)” in Likati health district (Aketi, Bas-Uélé province), more than 1300 kilometres from Kinshasa in the northern DRC, following confirmation of the disease by the National Biomedical Research Institute (INRB), the national reference laboratory.

May 06, 2017

Healthy Diet - Basic Principles and Practical Advice for Daily Living

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HEALTHY DIET

A healthy diet is one that helps to maintain or improve overall health. A healthy diet provides the body with essential nutrition: fluid, adequate essential amino acids from protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and adequate calories. The requirements for a healthy diet can be met from a variety of plant-based and animal-based foods.

December 16, 2016

Norovirus - Symptoms, Treatment and Key Facts

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WHAT IS NOROVIRUS ILLNESS?

Norovirus, also called winter vomiting bug in the UK, is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans. It is a very contagious virus that can be transmitted from person-to-person, and also from food, water or surfaces contaminated by feces or aerosolization of vomited virus.

December 13, 2016

American Heart Association Statement on Hypertension and Cognitive Function

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AHA: RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HYPERTENSION AND COGNITIVE FUNCTION

This article, originally from Medscape, is intended for primary care clinicians, cardiologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, internists, family medicine practitioners, nurses, public health officials, and other members of the healthcare team taking care of patients with hypertension who may be at increased risk for cognitive impairment.

October 03, 2016

COPD - Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Key Facts

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WHAT IS COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung ailment that is characterized by a persistent blockage of airflow from the lungs. It is an under-diagnosed, life-threatening lung disease that interferes with normal breathing and is not fully reversible. The more familiar terms of chronic bronchitis and emphysema are no longer used; they are now included within the COPD diagnosis.

September 27, 2016

Asthma - - Symptoms, Treatment and Key Facts

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WHAT IS ASTHMA?

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. Asthma can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding the triggers that can cause an attack. You must also remove the triggers in your environment that can make your asthma worse.

September 13, 2016

Tuberculosis - Symptoms, Treatment and Key Facts

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WHAT IS TUBERCULOSIS?

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.

September 11, 2016

Lassa fever - An Overview of the Key Facts

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WHAT IS LASSA FEVER?

Lassa fever is an acute viral illness that occurs in west Africa. The illness was discovered in 1969 when two missionary nurses died in Nigeria. The virus is named after the town in Nigeria where the first cases occurred. The virus, a member of the virus family Arenaviridae, is a single-stranded RNA virus and is zoonotic, or animal-borne.

September 10, 2016

Diabetes - An Overview of the Key Facts

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WHAT IS DIABETES?

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. A person with prediabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. He or she is at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops only during pregnancy. So how does one prevent Diabetes? Research studies have found that moderate weight loss and exercise can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes among adults at high-risk of diabetes.

September 04, 2016

HIV Disease - An Overview of Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Key Facts

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OVERVIEW OF HIV DISEASE

The Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a blood-borne virus typically transmitted via sexual intercourse, shared intravenous drug paraphernalia, and mother-to-child transmission (MTCT), which can occur during the birth process or during breastfeeding. HIV disease is caused by infection with HIV-1 or HIV-2, which are retroviruses in the Retroviridae family, Lentivirus genus.