Should Children be on Regular Supplements?

Children typically get all the vitamins, minerals and vital nutrition from the food they eat. And this is why, doctors do not recommend that you give them multivitamins as supplements. They would prefer that you give your kids a healthy, balanced, nutritious diet that naturally contains all the nutrition they need in their growing years. If you do feel that your kids need the boosters, make sure you give them only under the supervision and advice of your pediatrician.

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Everything You Need to Know About Dengue – Part 1

Dengue fever is one disease that is becoming increasingly common and every year, you hear many cases around you of people getting it. Dengue and Dengue haemorrhagic fever, also known as ‘Breakbone’ fever are both caused by a virus. This disease is commonly contracted by people in the tropics and subtropics. While children are more susceptible to getting the disease, statistics show that about two-fifths of the people all around the world are at risk. The dengue virus belongs to the category of Flavivirus and there are four main forms such as DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, and DEN-4. Each of these is very similar to one another but have different antigens.

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Everything You Need to Know About Breast Cancer

Like most other form of cancer, breast cancer can be treated effectively if detected in the early stages and with the correct treatment. This is why; it is advisable that you keep getting yourself tested frequently. It is also important to educate yourself on the possible symptoms and perform regular self-exams to protect yourself. Do remember though, that not every symptom you notice is cancer and sometimes, what may seem like a suspicious lump, might be completely harmless.

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Tuberculosis: Know the risks

The World Health Organisation reports that India is the worst affected among all the countries of the world and every year 3,00,000 people die of the disease. Tuberculosis is caused by a strain of bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis that has evolved over the centuries. At present, there are an astounding seven groups of strains of the bacteria that are genetically related to each other. Of each group, at least one is likely to be resistant to drugs and is capable of spreading quickly.

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Latent and Active TB

Latent and Active Tuberculosis

Many people are carriers of the bacteria, but their body’s defense system is strong enough to prevent them from getting sick and displaying the symptoms of the disease. Thus, doctors differentiate patients according to two forms:

â—Ź     Latent TB – This is the inactive form of the disease and the person having it is not contagious. However, at some time, the disease could become active and the carrier could begin to show symptoms. Hence, it is essential to treat it when detected.

â—Ź     Active TB – Active TB can develop immediately after exposure to the germs or even years afterwards. Patients with active TB can pass it on to the people around them.

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HIV/ AIDS: PART 1

HIV/AIDS

 

HIV and AIDS is a global phenomenon and India has the third largest population of patients in the world. Statistics gathered in 2013 estimated that 2.1 million people in India were affected by the disease. Among all the states in India, the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, and Nagaland have the highest concentration of HIV victims.

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HIV/ AIDS: PART 2 (SYMPTOMS AND CURE)

Symptoms of HIV

A person having HIV goes through different stages as the illness progresses.

 

Stage One: Primary Infection also called Acute HIV

Patients begin to display symptoms within one or two months of the virus entering their body. These symptoms are similar to that of flu and can last for a few weeks. At this time, the infection spreads quickly since the amount of virus in the blood is high. Patients display symptoms such as:

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