Act FAST: signs and symptoms of stroke

Stroke is an emergency and kills…knowing the warning signs can help save a life. Stroke (or brain attack) is a medical emergency or a serious life-threatening condition that happens when there is a reduced blood flow to the brain. When a stroke occurs, the brain is unable to receive enough nutrients and oxygen which may cause brain cells to die. Stroke can lead to enormous physical damage (difficulty in movement, speech difficulty and memory loss). What can cause stroke? Atherosclerosis (narr...
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How can headphones damage your hearing?

Technology has been changing our lives since ages. Headphones and earphones that go over our ears are the two most common gadgets people use in their daily lives. Listening via headphones with loud sound for longer periods thrills but could impose many potential health risks. How do headphones harm hearing? The ear consists of three parts which work together to help us hear and maintain the balance of the body. These three parts are called outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. The cochlea, a ...
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How to get prepared for external radiotherapy

External radiation therapy is gaining recognition as an effective cancer treatment. Radiotherapy is a method of directing high energy radiations or x-rays into the body to treat cancers. Radiation oncologists use these x-rays to destroy the cancer cells, to control the growth of cancer and relieve painful symptoms. The x-ray beams generated outside the patient body are directly targeted to the tumor site from a treatment machine. This reduces the harmful effects of radiation on healthy cells and...
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Help guide to deal with insomnia

Insomnia is an increasing problem around the globe, and it is estimated that 30-50% of people are suffering from insomnia. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that makes an individual have trouble sleeping. Individuals who have insomnia can have one or more below listed symptoms: Difficulty falling asleep Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep Waking up too early in the morning Feeling tired upon waking As a result, they may have poor quality sleep and ...
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Five dental care tips you must teach your children

One of the first things you notice about a person is their smile. A sparkling smile with clean teeth can work wonders to make a good first impression, while decaying discolored teeth can put off a person and hamper your social skills. While it is important to ensure that you maintain oral hygiene to keep up your appearance, it is also equally essential from the standpoint of importance of health and hygiene. Just like all other habits, good oral health habits are best taught to children at a yo...
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Vegetarian diet and vitamin B12 deficiency

Vitamin B12 is one of the most important water-soluble vitamins and is necessary for the formation of red blood cells, brain cells, and nerve cells. It plays a crucial role in growth, function and division of cells in the body. Vitamin B12 deficiency is very common and increasing problem nowadays in India. Symptoms and complications of vitamin B12 deficiency include: Fatigue Shortness of breath Irregular heartbeat Tingling in fingertips Sore mouth Menstrual irregularities Anemia ...
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Tummy cramps

Tummy cramps are often referred to the pain that is observed in stomach and abdomen regions of the body. The pain associated with tummy cramps does not last long but can be managed if treated promptly. Here, we have come up to discuss the causes and tips to ease cramps in the tummy. What causes tummy cramps? Tummy cramps is usually not a serious condition. However, the potential causes of tummy cramps may vary from mild food poisoning to severe inflammatory bowel’s disease. Most common causes ...
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Strategies to cope with chronic pain

Chronic pain is a persistent pain that lasts for a long time (from weeks to months). Chronic pain is an invisible illness and can occur anywhere in the body. Chronic pain can arise due to a simple problem like bad postures to a complicated disease like arthritis, cancer, multiple sclerosis and others. Here are few relief strategies for chronic pain sufferers. Distraction: Distracting yourself from the source of pain is the first step to overcoming the pain. Distraction techniques take off your...
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The right probiotic foods for your stomach

Probiotics are live microorganisms (good bacteria) present in food items and offer health benefits especially when consumed in adequate amounts. Probiotics help to stimulate natural digestive enzymes and juices and promote proper functioning of digestive organs, explains Dr. Sesha Sainadh, Gastroenterologist, Apollo clini Chandanagar, Hyderabad. The doctor further elucidates that choosing a right probiotic food for your gut is the best strategy to maintain a healthy gut. Here are some best sour...
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Know the risk factors for breast cancer

Knowing the risk factors for breast cancer is the first step to understanding the disease Breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths in Indian women. Dr. Wahida Suresh, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Apollo clinic Kotturpuram, Chennai explains that 1 in every 28 women in India can develop breast cancer at any stage of her life. The latest report from WHO implied that about 76000 women in India die because of this condition every year. The number can be even worse if we are not aware of t...
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