‘Tis the season to be jolly (and ready for the new year). It is that time of the year again when family members gather around the table despite their hectic schedules and dig out all the embarrassing childhood memories to laugh at it together.
There was a time when people were all terrified by the outbreak of the virus brought by particular mosquito species. Each and every day of the outbreak period they were being fed with the horrifying news headlines about the number of people dying from a viral outbreak. Masks from the drug stores were all sold out. Pregnant ladies were being extra careful and vigilant to protect their precious fetus. Needless to say, the most recent concern was the Zika virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquito. While Zika virus is an emerging infectious mosquito-borne disease, Malaria, on the other hand, is a re-emerging disease, which is known as the resurgence of malaria.
Summer time, morning dip. While submerging your body in the lake/river and splashing water at your friends sounds pretty much like a good idea, promise me to do the same when you finish reading this article. This is not about the haunted river, not about water current swallowing lives, and definitely not about the crocodile encounter. This is about leptospirosis, a bacterial disease which affects humans and animals.
Having a backache often? Here’s why you have to read about sciatica. No matter whether you are in your 20s or middle-aged, most of us experience a backache at some point in our lives. Some may complain of pain at the lower back/ upper part of the buttock, some may feel the pain over the lower back and even down to the legs. Well, sciatica is the term describing intense pain starting from the buttock to the thigh and calf, most commonly one side of the legs. It is thus not a diagnosis, but a symptom that can be seen in several diseases involving the spine.
Oh, kids. Angel for a second, a monster the next second! But you can’t deny their natural ability to brighten up your day with their sunshine smile and hearty chuckle and innocent soul. The gloomy days arrive when the kids get sick, leaving their parents with a headache (literally) and a whole lot of work undone. If you happen to have kids around you, you might want to take note of this article about cough and flu among the pediatric age group to make sure you don’t miss any chance of sending your child to the GP when necessary.
Stroke has been described as the second leading cause of death in the world by WHO. You have probably also heard facts about stroke, or stories of people dying from stroke, or even seen one of your family members developing stroke symptoms, which they were then rushed to the emergency department. Well, it is no harm to read more facts about strokes in order to understand more thoroughly, for you might someday encounter people (or even yourself) who have stroke symptoms but never realize it until it’s too late!
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Once upon a time, when things were not as sophisticated and refined as the present time, when love letters had not been replaced by text messages, and when a lot of drugs were not invented to treat diseases yet, people used to live in darkness. It is unfortunate to say that not everyone has a “happily ever after” ending, particularly, in this case, those who had contracted diseases like leprosy.
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To be honest, psoriasis is a challenge to the physicians for there is no permanent cure for psoriasis; also it gives major heart-breaks to those who suffer from this disease. As the writer, John Updike so poignantly said about being a person with psoriasis, “I am silvery, scaly. Puddles of flakes form wherever I rest my flesh. Lusty, though we are loathsome to love. Keen-sighted, though we hate to look upon ourselves. The name of the disease, spiritually speaking, is Humiliation.”
Flipping through the book of anatomy, you will see how amazing the human body was created. Everything is well coordinated and perfectly structured to fit one another. The vessels running through every possible slit to reach from one station to another, sometimes joining with the other vessel to form a larger one. Each functioning organ is special in their own way, and today let us focus on the magical bean-shaped organs which provide filtration of the fluid in the body, produce components important for red cells, contribute indirectly to the bone density, and a lot more.
In life, people tend to see only the big picture in a circumstance in lieu of the tiny details which are equally important too to make up the entire component. Most of us know something about thyroid, either the enlarged neck or the lumps sitting on the neck, or probably about thyroid cancer too. However not a lot of you are aware that there are actually 4 tiny button-like glands behind the thyroid gland – the parathyroid glands (para refers to beside, next to). All these four parathyroid glands may seem small and useless to you, but the detrimental effects it brings are as harmful and worrisome as those thyroid problems do.