Home Health Wellness Wellness on May 16, 2022 South Africa is experiencing a surge of new COVID-19 cases driven by two omicron sub-variants, according to health experts. For about three weeks the country has seen increasing numbers of new cases and somewhat higher hospitalisations, but no increase in severe cases and deaths, said Professor Marta Nunes, a researcher at Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Analytics at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. "We're still very early in this increased period, so I don't want to really call it a wave," Nunes said. "We are seeing a slight, a small increase in hospitalizations and really very few deaths." South Africa's new cases have gone from an average of 300 per day in early April to about 8,000 per day this week. Nunes says the actual number of new cases is probably much higher because the symptoms are mild and many who get sick are not getting tested. South Africa's new … [Read more...] about South Africa In New Surge Of COVID-19 From Versions Of Omicron
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Home Health Wellness Wellness on May 20, 2022 We all know a few of those lucky people who, somehow, have managed to avoid ever catching COVID. Perhaps you're one of them. Is this a Marvel-esque superpower? Is there any scientific reason why a person might be resistant to becoming infected, when the virus seems to be everywhere? Or is it simply luck? More than 60% of people in the UK have tested positive for COVID at least once. However, the number of people who have actually been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is thought to be higher. The calculated rate of asymptomatic infections varies depending on the study, though most agree that it's fairly common. But even taking into account people who have had COVID and not realised it, there is still likely a group of people who have never had it. The reason why some people appear immune to COVID is one question that has persisted throughout the … [Read more...] about Haven’t Had Covid-19 Yet? It Could Be More Than Just Luck
Home Health Disorders cure Disorders Cure on May 20, 2022 Geographic tongue is an inflammatory condition in which your tongue's surface becomes inflamed. Tongues are normally covered with tiny, pinkish-white bumps (papillae) and short, thin, hair-like projections. However, geographic tongue is characterized by patches on the tongue's surface that lack papillae and appear smooth, red 'islands,' often with slightly raised borders  . What Causes Geographic Tongue? The cause of geographic tongue is unknown, and there is no way to prevent it. There may be a connection between geographic tongue and psoriasis and geographic tongue and lichen planus. However, more research is needed to determine whether these two conditions are connected  . What Are The Symptoms Of Geographic Tongue? Even though many people do not experience any symptoms, the most recognizable characteristic of geographic tongue is the appearance … [Read more...] about What Is Geographic Tongue? Is It Related To COVID? Read About The Causes And Symptoms
Home Pregnancy parenting Kids Kids on May 10, 2022 As per local media reports, at least 82 cases of tomato fever have been reported in Kollam city, Kerala. All confirmed cases involve children under five, and they have been reported by local govt hospitals. The total number of tomato fever cases in the state may be even higher if private hospital numbers are included. What Is Tomato Fever? Tomato fever, also referred to as tomato flu, is a rare viral infection that mainly affects children under five. According to reports, the state health department is closely monitoring the situation and has taken preventive measures in the areas where the cases have been reported-Aryankavu, Anchal and Neduvathur  . In India, tomato fever is an unidentified fever that is mostly found in Kerala state. Whether the disease is a viral fever or an aftereffect of chikungunya or dengue fever is still debated. Affected individuals have … [Read more...] about Tomato Fever Reported In Kerala: Know Causes, Symptoms, Treatment And Prevention
Home Health Wellness Wellness on July 28, 2021 Piercings have come a long way. From getting them done for the sake of culture and tradition to using it as a form of self-expression, bodily piercings are something that will never go out of style. Oral piercing or mouth piercing is actually, a small hole in your tongue, lip, cheek, or uvula which is done to wear jewellery. Apart from the edgy look they add to your physical appearance, oral piercings can negatively impact your health in various ways. Your mouth contains millions of bacteria, making oral piercings a trigger for swelling and infections  . From interfering with speaking and swallowing to causing excessive bleeding from an accidental piercing of a blood vessel or artery, oral piercings are something that have to be given critical attention on. Studies and medical experts point out that, oral infections do not just cause minor infections but severe ones … [Read more...] about World Hepatitis Day 2021: Oral Piercing Could Lead To Endocarditis, Hepatitis And Other Serious Infections?
Home Pregnancy parenting Prenatal Prenatal on October 6, 2020 Pregnancy is a time of joy, excitement and anticipation. As much as you are excited and waiting to see your baby, you also need to be extra cautious about your lifestyle habits that could affect the foetus during pregnancy. Pregnant women need to know what they should and shouldn't do to minimise risks that could affect their foetuses' health during pregnancy. Most often pregnant women are bombarded with information and recommendations from their family members and friends, books, and of course, the internet, regarding what they should do and shouldn't do during pregnancy. This leads to confusion and misinformation. So, we've listed down the do's and don'ts which pregnant women should follow during their pregnancy period. Dos In Pregnancy 1. Take prenatal vitamins Prenatal vitamins are designed to meet your daily vitamin and mineral … [Read more...] about 16 Dos And Don’ts During Pregnancy You May Not Know
Home Health Wellness Wellness on July 28, 2021 World Hepatitis Day is observed on 28 July every year. The day aims to create awareness and eradicate the silent killer called viral hepatitis. It is a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D and E that can cause both acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) liver diseases. Hepatitis causes 1.4 million deaths every year, being the second major infectious disease after tuberculosis. Studies also mention that nine times more people are affected by hepatitis than HIV  . What Is Hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is an infection of your liver, causing scarring of the organ, liver failure and cancer and is caused by the hepatitis B virus. It is transmitted through contact with infectious bodily fluids like vaginal secretions or semen, and blood which contains the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The infection can also spread by tattooing, sharing razors, … [Read more...] about World Hepatitis Day 2021: Healthy Diet For Hepatitis B Patients
Home Pregnancy parenting Prenatal Prenatal on May 16, 2022 Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan parasite (parasites that have adapted to invade and live within the cells and tissues of other organisms. It could be said that a protozoan learnt how parasites live and survive from a protozoan and then slowly began to resemble) warm-blooded animals, including humans, which causes the disease toxoplasmosis. As one of the world's most common parasites, it is typically transmitted through undercooked, contaminated meat consumption, exposure to infected cat faeces, or mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy   . Generally, healthy individuals, who are not pregnant and have been diagnosed with toxoplasmosis, are unlikely to require any treatment other than conservative management. However, pregnant women or those with lowered immunity may require medical management to avoid severe complications. According to experts, prevention … [Read more...] about Toxoplasma Gondii: Most ‘Successful’ Parasite In The World; Can Moms Pass This On To Babies?
Home Health Wellness Wellness on May 12, 2022 About 50 per cent of women aged 15-24 years still use cloth for menstrual protection, according to the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS) report, with experts attributing it to a lack of awareness and taboo existing around menstruation. The experts also said that if an unclean cloth is reused, it increases exposure to multiple local infections. In the recently released NFHS-5, women aged 15-24 years were asked what method or methods they use for menstrual protection, if anything. In India, 64 per cent use sanitary napkins, 50 per cent use cloth, and 15 per cent use locally prepared napkins, the report stated. Overall, 78 per cent of women in this age group use a hygienic method of menstrual protection. Locally prepared napkins, sanitary napkins, tampons and menstrual cups are considered to be hygienic methods of protection. On exposure to infections due to … [Read more...] about About 50 Per Cent Of Women Aged 15-24 Years Still Use Cloth For Menstrual Protection: NFHS-5
Home Pregnancy parenting Prenatal Prenatal on July 2, 2018 Couples expecting a baby are always eager to know every bit of information related to their baby. Right from the health of the fetus, to the baby's overall development, its response to dietary routine or changes as prescribed by the doctor, and so on. Many of them are also curious to know the gender of the baby, whether they would welcome a baby girl or a baby boy. Are you aware what the deciding factor of the baby's gender is? How does genetics determine the baby's gender ? Which of the parents determine the sex of the baby? If you are curious to know about these aspects, read on to know how genes establish the gender of babies. The Gender Is Determined At The Time Of Conception During conception itself, the gender of the baby is determined by one of the chromosomes - X or Y- from the sperm cell of the father. When the sperm cell fertilizes the egg, … [Read more...] about Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determines Your Baby’s Gender