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A Comprehensive Guide to Zika Virus: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

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Zika Mosquitoes

Zika is one of the members of the flavivirus group of viruses. The other includes dengue, West Nile, yellow fever and the tick-borne encephalitis viruses. It is transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes but unlike dengue fever, it causes milder signs and symptoms with the infection lasting for about a week. Since the mosquito carrying this virus is found worldwide, the risk of Zika virus infection is real and can occur in any part of the world under favorable circumstances.

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What is Shingles (Herpes Zoster)? – Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Shingles Awareness

Shingles is a common skin condition caused by the varicella zoster virus. Medically the condition is called herpes zoster to differentiate it from other forms of herpes infection. The varicella virus is the same virus that cause chicken pox rash commonly seen in childhood and in people whose immunity has dropped for whatever reason. After the chicken pox has healed, the virus remains dormant in nerve endings and should the person’s immunity drop to a certain level in the future, the virus flares up and causes a characteristic ‘chain-like’ rash. 

Symptoms of Shingles

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Diet for Colorectal Cancer Patients

Diet for Colorectal Cancer Patients

In 431 B.C the undisputed father of medicine, Hippocrates said; ‘let thy food be medicine and medicine be thy food’. The truth that food has a bearing on our health has now been proved beyond any reasonable doubt. This is true of colorectal cancer. The incidence, risk factors and recurrence rate after treatment have a correlation with certain foods. On the other hand certain types of diets show a reduced risk and incidence of this type of cancer.

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Diet for Breast Cancer Patients

Diet for Breast Cancer Patients

Breast cancer is considered one of the modern diseases. Its incidence is rising in many parts of the world. Many believe that this cancer has a definite link with the type of diet we eat. The more processed it is, the higher the chances. A typical Western diet is thought to be a particular risk. To support this argument, communities that mostly eat whole grain meals and more fruits and vegetables have a lower rate of cancer of the breast in their population.

Why Diet is Important in Breast Cancer

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The Link between Chemotherapy and Anemia

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Chemotherapy and Anemia

Overview: How blood is formed – erythropoiesis

To understand the link between chemotherapy and anemia, it is important to understand how blood cells are formed in normal circumstances.

The blood forming process starts from stem cells called hemocytoblasts. These cells are not differentiated meaning that they can develop into any of the types of bloods cells known. The first stage of differentiation occurs when two types of cells are formed. On one side common myeloid progenitor cells are formed while on the other, common lymphoid progenitor cells are formed. The myeloid progenitor cells are the precursors of what later differentiates into red blood cell (also known as erythrocytes), mast cell, myeloblasts and megakaryocytes. The myeloblasts further differentiate to form basophils, neutrophils, eosinophils and monocytes. The final process on the myeloblast side is when monocytes finally form macrophages. Meanwhile the megakaryocytes finally differentiate to thrombocytes.

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Stop Your Fear of a Prostate Exam

Prostate Exam

Don’t let fear ruin your life.

If you are a male nearing your 40s and 50s it is vital for your health to take the time to do a prostate exam. Avoiding this simple procedure could provoke missing something as life threatening as cancer. A test that only takes a few minutes when done by a professional, a prostate exam is a simple addition to health checks that could make the difference in enjoying a healthy life or not.

What is the prostate exam looking for anyway? The test is searching for three different medical disturbances that maybe going on:

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Learning about Cancer and Diabetes from a Medical Perspective

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Diabetes and Cancer

Have you recently been diagnosed with cancer or diabetes? If so, then now is the time to reach out and ask the advice of your physician. There are aspects to living a healthy life that should be considered with your doctor. Asking your care giver the correct questions, finding the right place of care, and doing the necessary things needed to return to 100% health are all something that a person diagnosed with cancer or diabetes must look at before true health is to return.

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Diseases Treated With Therapeutic Phlebotomy

Therapeutic Phlebotomy

Phlebotomy is the drawing of blood from a person for various reasons. A person who is trained to perform this work is called a phlebotomist. Blood is usually drawn from a vein in a process called venipuncture. Some of the reasons for doing this are:

  • Carrying out various medical tests.
  • For blood transfusion purposes.
  • For blood donation reasons.
  • For research and
  • For therapeutic reasons.
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Is There a Link Between Chemotherapy and Fibromyalgia?

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Chemotherapy and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that affects muscles and is characterized by generalized muscle pain, persistent fatigue, abnormal sleepiness that doesn’t offer restfulness, disorders of the temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) among many other debilitating symptoms. The condition may also show impaired cognitive ability. This is a stressful disorder that has led many people to wonder what causes it and indeed whether there is a connection between the disorder and the use of chemotherapy during treatment of various cancers.

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Multiple Sclerosis and Diet

Multiple Sclerosis and Diet

Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis is a scary moment that brings to heart the importance of health. That is why for all of us, but most definitely for those suffering from MS it is important to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

What does that mean exactly?

Of course, adding exercise to life as well as activities such as yoga and meditation will help considerably. So will being aware of the food ingested. People with MS are encouraged to eat healthy. This includes sticking to a low fat diet that is high in fiber. It is also believed that enriching the diet with organic fruits and vegetables is highly beneficial.

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