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Jul 19, 2019
Ebola is a rare but deadly virus that causes fever, body aches, diarrhea, and sometimes bleeding inside and outside the body. When the infection spreads in our body, it also damages our immune system and organs, which is the main reason for death. The WHO proclaimed the outbreak was now an international emergency after a fishmonger that had vomited at the Uganda market died in Congo. WHO declared the outbreak was now a global emergency. Now, to avoid more casualties, the WHO and Ugandan authorities have decided to vaccinate all of the fishmongers located in Mpondwe market and the people who live nearby.
Jul 19, 2019
In a recent study, a group of researchers looked at more than 6,500 people who had suffered strokes. Strokes are a sudden interruption in the blood supply of the brain that's often caused by an abrupt blockage of arteries. Results showed that when scientist provided the treatment 15 minutes sooner, it resulted in 15 fewer deaths every 1,000 patients, meaning that the time spent without giving medical attention to the victim made a difference. It was also confirmed that the people that received the treatment sooner were more likely to walk out of the hospital on their own and care for themselves.
Jul 19, 2019
According to a review of studies involving almost 300,000 patients, at least 12% of them died or faced permanent disabilities due to medical negligence. The study highlights how bad this problem is and that doctors need strategies to detect and correct the leading causes of patient harm inside health care centers. Most of the accidents involved drug prescriptions, and while 46% of them were preventable, 36% were considered moderate accidents, and 12% were severe. To avoid more accidents like these, scientists are advising people to wash their hands properly before touching a patient and using the proper equipment to do it.
Jul 19, 2019
According to the American Heart Association, blood pressure is the force of blood flowing through our bloodstream, and it is measured with two numbers, systolic pressure (top) the diastolic pressure (bottom). Scientists say that when our blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg, it means that it's in perfect condition, being 120 the systolic one and 80 the diastolic. Moreover, when the blood pressure reads 120 to 129 and less than 80, it starts being considered high blood pressure or hypertension, and when the blood pressure reading is less than 90 systolic and less than 60 diastolic is deemed to be low blood pressure or hypotension.
Jul 19, 2019
People use their smartphones for texting, playing games, checking social media platforms, reading and even watching YouTube videos, and all of those activities can sum up a lot of screen time hours. Although it was recently confirmed that social media was often associated with depression in teens, a new study suggests that not all forms of screen time are dangerous. Researchers at the University of Montreal in Canada analyzed how different types of screen time affects people, and determined that playing video games wasn't one of them. Scientists explained that the difference was found on how social could make us feel insecure and unhappy while video games didn't have that effect.
Jul 19, 2019
A menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene device to use during menstruation so that all of the blood can be gathered inside cup. Menstrual cups are becoming more and more famous among women as a new study found that the cups are just as safe as tampons or pads. This was discovered when researchers analyzed 43 studies involving almost 3,300 women and girls around the world. Scientists found that the cup is capable of collecting the menstrual fluid, and that it should be checked every twelve hours and emptied. It is also a good investment for women since the cups can be cleaned with boiled water and then reused the following month when they need them.
Jul 19, 2019
Although people that want to take care of their health usually follow strict diets, scientists recently revealed that there's no need to be so strict if we want to avoid developing heart diseases, strokes, or diabetes. According to the researchers from Duke University, cutting the caloric equivalent of a bagel or a slice of pizza from our daily diet is enough to improve the biomarkers for metabolic syndrome such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess of body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Moreover, experts revealed that if people only cut 300 calories from their usual diets, they would be able to lose weight and reduce the cardiometabolic risk factors.
Jul 19, 2019
Heatwaves are happening all over the world, and many people are falling ill because of this. According to numbers released by the Virginia department of Health, almost 100 people entered the emergency room showing symptoms of heat-related illnesses in just one day, and the most common were heat stroke and heat exhaustion. After treating every patient, a doctor recommended to avoid hot temperatures, and that if they start feeling unwell, they should enter a room where the AC is on or drink cool water. However, if the symptoms persisted, and drinking water doesn't help, then it is better to call 911 and wait for professional help.
Jul 19, 2019
A new study revealed that social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter could very much affect our mental health. Statistics showed that 77% of Americans have at least one social media profile of some kind and records showed that people are more likely to use social media than not to. However, numerous studies have assured that these social platforms could lead to developing mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, or destroy our social relationships. This was confirmed in a study that was published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
Jul 19, 2019
A new study has found that telemedicine is excellent and safe for women who desire to get an abortion via medication. Telemedicine is the remote diagnosis and treatments a person receives using telecommunications technology. After it was announced that abortion would be illegal and prohibited after six weeks of pregnancy, this study claimed that women could still get a safe and effective abortion, even if wasn't entirely legal in some states. The study assured abortions provided by telemedicine had the same health outcomes as an abortion performed in a clinic or medical setting.
Jul 18, 2019
Chronic hives or hives is a condition where a skin rash is triggered by a reaction to food, medicine, or more irritants in our bodies. As of now, scientists have identified four common causes of chronic hives that people could look out for to avoid developing this disease. Stress is one of the main reasons behind hives, and experts warned that the rash lasts longer if the person keeps feeling this way, another trigger could be a person's body temperature and excessive sweat. Other causes are continuous physical contact like rubbing, scratching, or pressure in a single spot and having autoimmune diseases like thyroid or lupus that are often linked with hives.
Jul 18, 2019
After the Ebola outbreak went out of control in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization declared it a global health emergency. Records show that this is the fifth time in history that WHO has had to declare this type of emergency. As of now, more than 1,500 people have died in DRC due to the current Ebola crisis that has been called the deadliest outbreak in history and has been compared to a war zone. Once health agents announced that the disease had spread to a city in DRC called Goma where 2 million people live, WHO proceeded to declare this crisis as an international emergency hoping that more aid could be brought to the country.
Jul 18, 2019
Many studies have already talked about how spending time in nature helps people with their physical and mental health, and now, new research has suggested that just being able to see it is enough. Previous studies emphasized that walking for an hour in nature helps reduce cortisol, which is the stress hormone. Now, this groundbreaking study says that just by looking at greeny spaces from the bedroom window is enough to improve our health to the point of decreasing unhealthy cravings of snacks, alcohol, or tobacco.
Jul 18, 2019
People with mental illnesses often die 20 years earlier than healthy people, and a new report suggests that health care providers could do more to avoid this. The disparities between people with physical and mental illness are turning into a human rights controversy that health organizations can't control. A team from the University of Manchester analyzed over 100 different studies and found that mentally ill people didn't die early due to suicide but because of poor physical health. Studies have proven that having a mental illness can increase the risk of physical disease, and the mental illness itself could cause more health conditions.
Jul 18, 2019
In the U.S, 15 states have decriminalized marijuana, and their citizens are choosing to buy marijuana instead of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers. A recent study showed 80% of medical cannabis users are people who used to take pain relievers, such as opioids. The study also showed that 20.4% of American adults who suffer from chronic pain, which often limits their daily activities like going to work, exercise, and more, take cannabis since it has improved their lives and they have experienced fewer side effects.
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