Mental illness includes a wide range of conditions that affect how we feel and think. Most of these are first experienced in the late teens or early twenties, but may only emerge later in life. Like many physical illnesses, mental illnesses are thought to arise from the interaction of genetic vulnerability and stresses in life….

The rains are here again. Many drains will be full with stagnant water due to inadequate waste management. Some counties will experience flooding and grasses will grow around homes. It is the season when contagious diseases are on the rise. These range from viral infections to common diseases. The common diseases associated with the season…

Researchers are still trying to understand what causes mental illness. There is no one cause — it can happen due to a mix of factors including genetics, how your brain works, how you grew up, your environment, your social group, your culture and life experience. Causes of mental illness: Genetic factors: having a close family…

cancer

Scientists have taken cancer apart piece-by-piece to reveal its weaknesses, and come up with new ideas for treatment. A team at the Wellcome Sanger Institute disabled every genetic instruction, one at a time, inside 30 types of cancer. It has thrown up 600 new cancer vulnerabilities and each could be the target of a drug….

Physiotherapy

Many of us who haven’t experienced physiotherapy first hand, or simply don’t know a lot about it or what it involves, may be surprised at the complexities of physiotherapy and the range of treatments it covers. Some may assume it is a few stretches and exercises for those who have injured their muscles through sports…

universal health

According to the World Health Organization, Universal healthcare coverage (UHC) is about ensuring all people and communities have access to quality health services where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. It includes the full spectrum of services needed throughout life—from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care—and is best based…

cancer

In a story recently published on CNN, an 18-year-old who complained of seizures in the emergency room of an Indian hospital turned out to have parasites (eggs of intestinal worms were embedded in his brain). Drs. Nishanth Dev and S. Zafar Abbas of the ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Faridabad reported that the patient, who appeared in the…

Think you’re leading a healthy lifestyle? Most of us think we do a fair job of maintaining our health and lifestyles with good eating habits and physical activity whenever we manage to fit it in. But is that enough to be considered “healthy?” According to a recent study, very few adults actually meet the criteria…

According to National Aids Control Council, 300,000 young people below the age of 24 years are living with HIV AIDS, or human immunodeficiency virus. There are 48 new infections every day among young people aged between 10 – 24 years. Thanks to celebration-worthy advances in medicine, HIV is far from the death sentence it used…

Physiotherapy

Today is World Kidney Day! This day is meant to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of kidneys worldwide, and at Savannah Healthcare Services, we offered free nutrition counselling for everyone. I have spent a lot of time talking to kidney patients (with respect to kidney diseases) and that is why I will…

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