What are the Important Facts about Liver Cancer?

September 16th, 2014

Liver cancer or hepatic cancer is a cancer that originates in the liver. Liver tumors are discovered on medical imaging equipment (often by accident) or present themselves symptomatically as an abdominal mass, abdominal pain, yellow skin, nausea or liver dysfunction.

The leading cause of liver cancer is viral infection with hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus. The cancer usually forms secondary to cirrhosis caused by these viruses. For this reason, the highest rates of liver cancer occur where these viruses are endemic.

Why is Acid Reflux a Digestive System Disease?

September 15th, 2014

It is a fact that almost everyone has some type of digestive problem, but many people develop these diseases because of lifestyle, poor diet and lack of physical activity. The digestive system provides he means by which food and drink enters the stomach. The esophagus is part of the digestive tract that consists of the stomach and other muscles that aid in the breakdown of food.

Once food enters the stomach it releases acid and pepsin as part of the digestion process. Heartburn or acid reflux is a very common digestive condition that causes irritation of the esophagus because of acid backing up from the stomach. When the esophagus does not function properly, stomach acid can seep back into it. This is known as acid reflux or heartburn.

Is Bio-Hazardous Waste Disposal the Responsibility of Everyone?

September 14th, 2014

Bio-hazardous waste refers to infectious waste or biomedical waste containing infectious material or potentially infectious substances, like blood.

Of special importance are sharp items like needles, blades, and pipettes that can cause injury while handling. Such items must be disposed of as per a statutory disposal policy.

This holds true even while handling household medical waste, although medical wastes generated at home are generally not considered to be of serious health concern.

Household Medical Waste

Even though most wastes generated at home are not of serious concern, we need to be concerned about household waste that is infectious or bio-hazardous in nature.

Why is Better Care Needed for Mental Health Patients?

September 13th, 2014

Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder. It is the “psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment”.

From the perspective of positive psychology or holism, mental health may include an individual’s ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) mental health includes “subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, inter-generational dependence, and self-actualization of one’s intellectual and emotional potential, among others.” WHO further states that the well-being of an individual is encompassed in the realization of their abilities, coping with normal stresses of life, productive work and contribution to their community.

What are the Health Symptoms that You Should Never Ignore?

September 12th, 2014

What do you do, however, when the symptoms are not so dramatic or obvious?

Not every ache or pain is an indication that it requires serious attention. Even so, it is important not to discount some symptoms that take place suddenly and stay for some time. This is especially true for women whose symptoms differ from the symptoms of men and whose risk for certain diseases increases after menopause.

Symptoms never to be ignored

1. Problems with vision, speaking or mobility

Difficulty speaking, blurred vision or numbness or paralysis on one side are considered classic signs of a stroke.

What is Lupus Erythematosus and What Causes it?

September 11th, 2014

Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.

Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, and lungs.

Lupus erythematosus may manifest as a systemic disease or in a purely cutaneous form also known as incomplete lupus erythematosus.

Lupus has four main types:

systemic
discoid
drug-induced
neonatal

Of these, systemic lupus erythematosus (also known as SLE) is the most common and serious form.

What is the Relationship between High Blood Pressure and Stroke?

September 10th, 2014

High blood pressure (hypertension) and stroke are closely related to each other. High blood pressure can be one of the most significant factors that cause a stroke. Of all the risk factors, having high blood pressure actually increases your risk factor.

Blood pressure is actually a measurement, using a device called sphygmomanometer, of the pressure exerted by the blood upon the walls of the blood vessels, especially the arteries. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, your heart must work harder to pump the blood as compared to what it should.

What is Gout and What Causes it?

September 9th, 2014

Gout is a medical condition usually characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis—a red, tender, hot, swollen joint.

The metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe is the most commonly affected (approximately 50% of cases). However, it may also present as tophi, kidney stones, or urate nephropathy. It is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. The uric acid crystallizes, and the crystals deposit in joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues.

Are STI’s and STD’s the Same or Different?

September 8th, 2014

Sexually transmitted infections are quite commonly experienced by men and women who are sexually active. Recent statistics indicate that the number of people suffering from sexually transmitted infections is increasing at an alarming rate. These infections can be contracted through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal intercourse.

You can contract these infections by sharing your sex toys with an infected person as well. Men and women who have multiple sex partners or frequently change their sex partners are at a greater risk of developing such sexually transmitted infections. Those who have become sexually active at a very young age are at a greater risk of developing sexually transmitted infections.

What is Insulin Resistance?

September 7th, 2014

Insulin resistancee (IR) is a physiological condition in which cells fail to respond to the normal actions of the hormone insulin. The body produces insulin, but the cells in the body become resistant to insulin and are unable to use it as effectively, leading to hyperglycemia.

One of insulin’s functions is to regulate delivery of glucose into cells to provide them with energy. Insulin resistant cells cannot take in glucose, amino acids and fatty acids.

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