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World Diabetes Day 2017

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Between 1980 and 2014, the number of people with diabetes increased from 108 million to 422 million. This infographic from Study Medicine Europe takes you through the reasons behind these incredible numbers and looks at what we can do to reduce the number of deaths related to diabetes. In 2015, around 1.6 million deaths were caused by diabetes and this figure is expected to double by 2030. Interestingly about 90%-95% of people with diabetes have type 2, and this can be prevented or delayed by lifestyle changes. There is then another issue with prediabetes, and as many as 1 in » » » [Read more]

Understanding Brain Infections

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WHAT ARE BRAIN INFECTIONS? Brain infections are caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites. These infectious agents cause inflammation of the affected brain area. Other parts of the Central Nervous System, such as the Spinal Cord, are often included in the infection. Depending on the location of the infection, different names are given to the diseases. BRAIN INFECTIONS Meningitis is the inflammation of the meninges, or the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Causes: – Bacteria – Fungi (e.g. Cryptococcus) – Tuberculosis – Virus Encephalitis involves inflammation of the brain substance itself. Causes: – Infection from a virus » » » [Read more]

How Screen Time Is Affecting Our Health

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The problem with digital screens is that they emit blue light. Blue light can cause eye strain (prevalent in 91% of adults between the ages of 18-39), damage the retina, and lead to long-term vision problems like cataracts and macular degeneration. Screen time also causes difficulties with sleeping since blue light mimics daylight, which then reduces the amount of melatonin we release. More than 80% of adults use digital screens in the hour before they go to bed, which is problematic. Increased screen time is also linked to some other health conditions, from obesity to diabetes. A study of 50,000 » » » [Read more]

A Comprehensive Overview of Foot Problems

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Foot problems for some people are nothing more than an occasional annoyance that equates to not wearing a favorite pair of shoes for a few days, but for others, foot problems are to the extreme of making the process of walking impossible. Apparently, the feet are depended on daily and forced to endure a tremendous amount of strain yet most people give little or no thought to what happens if foot problems were to develop until it happens. Importance of Proper Foot Care Just as a person goes through a regimen of skincare, hair care, eating, and exercising, the feet » » » [Read more]

How Nature Walks Makes Your Brain Healthier

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There are many benefits to spending time in nature, but new research shows that walking in nature changes the brain for the better. These and other health benefits give you more reasons to take the time to walk in natural settings. If you live in a city, you may be at risk for health issues related to chronic stress. Physiomed’s infographic helps you understand all of the benefits that walking in nature can provide while helping you set up a plan to make this a part of your healthy lifestyle. Why Walk in Nature Instead of the City? Although walking » » » [Read more]

Mental Retardation

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INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY An individual with mental retardation (MR) is best characterized as having both low to below-average thinking and reasoning skills as measured by a standardized intelligence test, and a limited ability to function in areas of daily life including communications, self-care, and social and interpersonal skills. A diagnosis of MR also requires that the condition occur in the developmental years, prior to age 18. RISK FACTORS This affects about 1%-3% of the population. Only 25% of the cases have a direct reason why intellectual disability is acquired. Here are some examples of the risk factors: Infections (before, during and » » » [Read more]

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2-3 years of age. CAUSES Not long ago, the answer to this question would have been “we have no idea“. Research is now delivering the answers. Most cases of autism appear to be caused by a » » » [Read more]

And the Best Exercise for Losing Fat Is...

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Do you want to lose fat and get a flat stomach? Would you like to improve your energy levels and feel healthier and more alive at the same time? In that case, there’s one form of exercise that arguably trumps all the others. And that is… walking! Let’s take a look at why walking is the king of the hill when it comes to losing weight and improving your health. Walking vs Running One of the best-known forms of exercise for losing weight is undoubtedly running. This will be what many people turn to first when beginning a weight loss » » » [Read more]

For Men Aged 40 Years Old And Above

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The prostate gland is a male reproductive organ. Many men experience urinary changes as they age, which may be caused by inflammation or enlargement of the prostate gland. An enlarged prostate gland, however, does not always cause urinary problems. Troublesome urinary symptoms are rarely symptoms of prostate cancer.