Can Energy Drinks Harm Young Kids?

The topic of energy drinks and their effects on the health of children has been widely discussed and studied in different contexts throughout the past decade.

While some recognize these energizing beverages to be downright threatening to the health of young ones, many others consider the disadvantages under different lights.

A good number of pediatricians in Dubai side with the Canadian study on the matter. Held at the University of Waterloo and directed by Professor David Hammond, the study was conducted on a pool of teenagers and youngsters between the ages of 12 and 24, on a total 2055 people. It talks about the harmful effects of caffeine and other ingredients present in many energy drinks. The consequences could range from headaches, palpitations and rapid heart rate to seizures in a few rare cases. (more…)

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Smoking And Its Effect On The Heart And Blood Vessels

Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causes numerous ailments and impacts health in general. Worldwide, smoking causes 7 million deaths each year and is one of the leading preventable cause of death.

Research and studies have shown that smoking increases the risk:

  • for coronary heart disease and stroke by 2 to 4 times
  • of men developing lung cancer by 25 times
  • of women developing lung cancer by 25.7 times
  • of diminished overall health, increased absenteeism from work, and increased health care utilization and cost

Cardiologists at Aster Clinic, Dubai have reiterated enough for the healing effects of quitting smoking on the body. However, in order to quit smoking, one must understand the harmful effect of smoking on the body, particularly on the heart and blood vessels.

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Seasonal Influenza

Influenza (commonly called the flu) is a highly contagious illness that can occur in children or adults of any age. This illness is caused by the influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

There are three different types of flu viruses: influenza A, B, and C, all of which cause illness in humans. Influenza is a virus that actually has hundreds of different strains. The virus mutates frequently, but the strains are classified into one of three main categories—A, B, or C. Influenza A is the group that most commonly causes illness in humans.

All Influenza A viruses are further broken down into H and N subtypes. So, any influenza virus that is described as “H#N#” (such as H1N1) is an influenza A virus. There are 16 H subtypes and nine N subtypes, but only three combinations have actually caused highly contagious illness in humans. The three combinations that cause almost all outbreaks of the flu in humans are H1N1, H2N2 and H3N2.

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Cardiovascular Diseases and Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition that can lead to complications over time. These complications can include:

  • Coronary heart diseases, which can lead to a heart attack
  • Cerebrovascular diseases which can lead to a stroke
  • Retinoplasty (disease of the eye) which can lead to blindness
  • Nephropathy (disease of the kidney) which can lead to kidney failure and the need for dialysis
  • Neuropathy (disease of the nerves) which can lead to, among other things, ulceration of the foot requiring amputation.

Many of these complications produce no symptoms in the early stages, and most can be prevented or minimized with a combination of regular medical care and blood sugar monitoring. (more…)

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Let’s talk about Men’s Health

From time to time men are brought up with ideas like not to cry, not to complain and always show they are strong. This could also be the reason as to why a lot of men have a lazy attitude towards their health. Even amongst general talk, the most conversations lean towards women’s health and issues, how much do we really talk or know about men’s health?

A recently conducted survey revealed that men would rather talk about sports, current affairs, their jobs, kids etc. and not about health. [1] Women are always advised to get regular screenings and tests done in order to make sure they are healthy, but don’t men need to follow the same?

There is a need to create awareness among men about the various health conditions that could affect them in order to urge them to visit a healthcare professional regularly in order to get tested and treated. Urological conditions are rather common in men, they affect a variety of diseases affecting the urinary tract or the reproductive organs. Below listed are 5 of the most common urological conditions in men, their causes, symptoms and treatment options:

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