Battling The Weather Change And Flu

While the UAE residents are still battling slight chills, we are soon setting into the onset of summers. The change in weather conditions has brought a bout of illness, with many residents still complaining of common cold symptoms like a cough, joint pains, fever, runny nose, and sore throat.

This is definitely not anything out of the ordinary and will continue to persist until mid-March when the weather is expected to change completely. One of the commonly asked questions now is ‘why do people fall sick even though the weather is changing from cold to hot?’ The reason for this is that the sudden fluctuations in temperature cannot be tolerated by the body and this hot cold exposure is causing a disturbance. Transitional changes causing variations in the weather is the most vulnerable time since the weather aids spread of infections. Not to deny how people in UAE are always traveling and bringing in and out a lot of newly emerging infections and the problem of antibiotic resistance associated with it.

This season witnessed a great increase in the number of people visiting Doctors complaining of flu, respiratory infections, asthma and allergic exacerbations and even influenza cases. Despite a serious increase in patients, this is rather normal and expected, as significant changes in the weather do leave people prone to various infections.

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Are You Suffering From “Digital Eye Strain”?

Our eyes are the windows to the world! We are all aware that eyes are an important part of the human body and require to be taken care of. However, eye care is often disregarded and ignored until one suffers from severe eye problems.

With an increase in the usage of technology, people have become extremely addicted to their mobiles and laptops. Given the work culture in this part of the world, more and more people spend hours every day on their mobile devices which results in most of them suffering from a condition called ‘Digital Eye Strain’.

Digital Eye Strain, commonly known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is the most common computer-related eye condition that occurs in people who spend most of their time working on computer screens. Digital Eye Strain or CVS does not signify one single eye problem but describes a variety of vision-related symptoms that are caused by the regular usage of the computer or phone for more than a few hours. This condition affects not only adults but also children, given that kids these days choose to play on mobiles rather than play outside.

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Understanding Vitamin Supplements

What are some common myths and misunderstandings when it comes to taking vitamins? Alternately, what are some things we must definitely keep in mind?

The most common misconception when it comes to vitamins is that they boost your metabolism. People believe they get additional nutrition or power upon intake of vitamin supplements. Various products may claim different things, however, they do not guarantee better immunity or health. Vitamins and supplements are only good when consumed as prescribed by a specialist in the specified amounts. It is necessary to buy vitamins upon consultation with a specialist and basis their recommendation. Do not go by the marketing gimmicks and reviews of a product and consume it, if not required. Vitamins are required for metabolism, but only in appropriate quantities. An overdose of vitamins can cause hypervitaminosis and lack of it can cause a deficiency.

There are various ways in which we can get additional vitamins – pill form, drink form, as patches, as IV drips. Which is most effective, according to you (other than directly through healthy food).

Apart from vitamins absorbed by the body directly through the food that we consume, the recommended and widely used means of vitamin intake is through pills. Since there is a vitamin deficiency in the body, any intake of vitamin will be absorbed, however, pills are better absorbed. IV patches are not a very convenient mode of vitamin intake for patients. Moreover, patches are still being studied hence the medicine absorption is highly questionable.

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All You Need To Know About Cervical Cancer

As per the World Health Organization, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women.[1] With the incidence of the disease increasing worldwide, it has become crucial to understand the various aspects of the diseases and what one can do to beat the condition.

Cancer is a disease that begins when cells in any part of the body begin to grow uncontrollably. Cervical cancer is one that begins in the lining of the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus which opens into the vagina. Cervical cancer is one of the preventive cancers if detected early. The condition develops very slowly which begins as a condition called dysplasia; the abnormal development/growth of a tissue.

The condition is caused due to infection of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). There are various kinds of HPV’s, however cervical cancer is caused due to infection caused specifically by types 16 and 18. Not all types of HPV viruses cause cervical cancer, some cause conditions like genital warts. Unlike many other cancers for which there is no designated cause, we know the exact causative factor of cervical cancer. Most adult women would have been affected by the HPV virus at some point in their life. In most cases, the infection goes away on its own without any treatment. However, in some cases the infection stays for prolonged periods, leading to cervical cancer. In addition to the HPV, unhealthy lifestyle practices like smoking also puts a woman at the risk of developing cervical cancer.

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What is Botox?

Botox is a purified protein derived from the process of bacterial fermentation. It has been used in cosmetic dermatology for the last 40 years. It is extremely safe and effective for facial enhancement especially of the upper face. Many people have the misconception that botox is a toxin and hence, harmful to the body. However, Botox has been used in many medical conditions like muscle spasticity, strabismus, migraine at much higher doses and has been found to be extremely safe. The product has been used in the market for the last 40 years in the form of millions of injections, and it has a high satisfaction rate

Indications

In today’s hectic lifestyle with added stress and pollution, wrinkles start appearing on the face at a very early age. On the upper face, these take the shape of Forehead lines, Frown lines and Crows Feet. The horizontal lines on the forehead are called worry lines which give a very tired and anxious look to the face. Frown lines appear between the eyebrows and give an angry look, while crows feet appear on the side of the eyes and give an aged look. All these three conditions can be treated effectively by the use of Botox. The procedure is tailored to suit the requirement of the individual patients.

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