Your liver is responsible for performing as many as 500 different functions in your body. Any type of damage to liver (caused due to alcohol abuse, smoking, unhealthy eating habits, etc.) can disrupt these functions and lead to complications throughout the body. Here are some of the common symptoms of liver disease: 1.  Nausea and vomiting This is a common symptom that accompanies a lot of …
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April 7 is World Health Day and the theme this year is ‘Vector-borne diseases – small bite, big threat’.  Malaria is a dreaded vector-borne disease that caused around 627,000 deaths in 2012. You'll be infected if a mosquito (like female anopheles) bites a person infected with malaria, and then bites you. Thankfully, malaria is now curable and preventable. However, it is still a …
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At times, listening to complicated medical terms could make you more ill than your actual condition. Right from symptoms of a disease to the diagnosed disease itself, you may come across several terms in your day-to-day life which you don’t really understand. We attempt to explain all such complicated words in a language that you will understand. So here is today’s term—Abscess. Abscess is …
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April 7 is World Health Day and the theme this year is 'Vector-borne diseases -- small bite, big threat'.     Simple preventive measures like improving access to safe drinking water, proper sanitation facilities and checking growth of pathogens like mosquitoes and sand flies can control vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria, experts said Monday. According to the World Health …
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April 7 is World Health Day and the theme this year is 'Vector-borne diseases -- small bite, big threat'.  Dengue fever is a serious condition that needs adequate medical attention. Most people suffering from dengue have better chances of survival if they can reach out and get a timely treatment. However, at times it can lead to complications that can be fatal. ‘Dengue complications are …
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Kidney disease is a silent killer. Most patients who have reduced kidney function don’t realize it unless their condition worsens or other health conditions develop alongside. Early signs of kidney disease are very subtle and could be easily ignored or missed. Hence, it is important to know the risk factors of kidney disease so that you can take appropriate measures and reduce the chances of …
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An increasing number of youngsters exposed to tobacco marketing are being influenced by it, a study reveals. According to researchers from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, exposure to direct marketing is associated with increased use of tobacco. 'For several years, the emphasis in the tobacco industry has been on direct marketing, especially to young people who are highly price sensitive and …
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What about a simple blood test to diagnose many types of solid cancers? Or a blood test that monitors the amount of cancer in a patient's body and responses to treatment? Researchers at Stanford University have designed a new technique that may soon make this a reality. Tumours are called ‘solid’ or ‘liquid’ based on where in the body they grow.  More than 80 percent of all cancers …
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The biggest concern, today, for parents is whether their child is receiving adequate nutrition needed for growth and development. To address this concern, Abbott Nutrition conducted a survey across four metros to observe fussy eating behaviour in children. And the findings are truly alarming. The survey suggests that seven out of 10 children in the 2 to 10 year age group have below-median growth …
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Use of medical jargon is one of the reasons why there is an increased gap between doctors and patients. Our section ‘Know your medical terms’ is an attempt to fill in this gap between by explaining complicated medical terms in a simple language. So here is today’s medical term- comorbid. The term ‘comorbid’ is derived from ‘co-occurrence’ and ‘morbid.’ Co-occurrence means …
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April 7 is World Health Day.  Malaria is a serious disease that can kill people if it is not diagnosed and treated quickly, particularly pregnant women, babies, young children and the elderly. We spoke to our experts Dr Pradip Shah, consultant physician, and Dr Bela Sharma, senior consultant, internal medicine, FMRI about why malaria is a serious disease and what could be the resulting …
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The fast spreading e-cigarettes are undoing the anti-smoking efforts of the last three decades, health experts warn. Also, the number of people being poisoned by e-cigarettes in the US has gone up manifold in the last few years, according to official reports. The number of calls to poison centres in the US relating to e-cigarettes has risen from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month …
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In a breakthrough, scientists have found a gene key for the development of our brain. The study shows how mutations in the gene called USP9X are linked to intellectual disability. These mutations - inheritable from one generation to the next - are believed to cause disruptions to normal brain cell functioning. By looking at patients with severe learning and memory problems, scientists …
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Tobacco has been associated with and much maligned for causing cancers. Researchers have now found that the tobacco plant's defence mechanism could well work in humans to destroy invading cancer cells. A molecule called NaD1 is found in the flower of the tobacco plant that fights off fungi and bacteria. This compound also has the ability to identify and destroy cancer, the team discovered. …
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