September 30, 2017

5 Ways Being Outdoors Will Improve Your Health

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Protection from sun exposure is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the pool. Any time the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays are able to reach the earth, you need to protect yourself from excessive sun exposure. UV rays can cause skin damage during any season or temperature.

September 17, 2017

Cell Phone Radiofrequency Exposure Alters Brain Glucose Metabolism

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EFFECT OF CELL PHONE USAGE ON BRAIN ACTIVITY
First published 18 Apr 2011; republished 17 Sept 2017

Cellular telephone use has become quite common worldwide. A number of concerns have been raised regarding whether exposure to radiofrequency-modulated electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) emitted by cellular phones can lead to an increased rate of cancer, although epidemiologic studies have failed to prove this increased carcinogenic risk. These RF-EMFs could also, in theory, influence neuronal activity in the brain, and a 2011 study by Volkow and colleagues (2011) elegantly attempted to study whether changes in regional brain activity could be observed with cellular phone use.

September 13, 2017

Parkinson's disease - Living with this medical condition

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As we defined in an earlier post, Parkinson's disease (PD) is a long-term degenerative disease in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease include muscle rigidity, tremors (or shaking), and changes in speech and gait. Causes are unknown but genetics, aging, toxins are suspected. We also saw that although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, treatments are given to help relieve symptoms.

September 09, 2017

How Has Specialist Training Programs for African Physicians Fared Over Time?

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Specialist Training Programs for African Physicians

Many African countries are liberal in accepting medical degrees and specialist qualifications acquired abroad. This in part stems from the lack of training programs on the African continent that can supply the required or near the required numbers of doctors to serve the populations. As the majority of African states are English-speaking, academic and professional qualifications obtained in other English-speaking countries are more likely to be accepted than those from countries with some other official language. Francophone and Lusophone African countries are also likely to be accommodating to French and Portuguese medical qualifications, respectively.

September 08, 2017

MERS Coronavirus Infection - Symptoms, Treatments and Key Facts

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WHAT IS MERS-CoV?

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), previously called the Novel Coronavirus or severe acute respiratory syndrome-like (SARS-like) virus, is a member of the coronavirus family. Coronaviruses commonly cause respiratory illness in mammals, including humans. Coronaviruses are responsible for approximately 1 in every 3 cases of the common cold. Though SARS-CoV seem more human-transmissible, MERS-CoV is more deadly. MERS-CoV is much more deadly than any other coronavirus seen before.

September 05, 2017

Alcohol Use and Health Implications for You

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ALCOHOL FACTS

Alcohol is a psychoactive substance with dependence-producing properties that has been widely used in many cultures for centuries. The harmful use of alcohol causes a large disease, social and economic burden in societies.

September 02, 2017

How Schools Prevent Adolescent-related Health Risks and Maintain Adolescent Health

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SCHOOLS: THE RIGHT PLACE FOR A HEALTHY START

In the first part of this 2-article series, we broadly defined adolescence as the period between childhood and adulthood. We saw it is a period of rapid physical and cognitive growth, puberty, and move from the relative security of childhood to an array of social and other life challenges. We defined the age range to be 10-19 years. We also looked at adolescent health, or youth health, which is the range of approaches to preventing, detecting or treating young people’s health and well being (WHO, 2001).

September 01, 2017

Adolescent Health Risks and How to Solve Adolescent-related Health Problems

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ADOLESCENTS: HEALTH RISKS AND SOLUTIONS

Adolescent health, or youth health, is the range of approaches to preventing, detecting or treating young people’s health and well being (WHO, 2001). The term adolescent and young people are often used interchangeably, as are the terms Adolescent Health and Youth Health.