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Safe Motherhood - Seventh Week Pregnancy

7th Week of Pregnancy- Symptoms, Baby’s development and Ultrasound

So, you have entered the seventh week of your pregnancy? Now, you are midway through your first trimester and everything is moving quickly. A lot of things are happening inside your body. It is probably a good time to look for obstetric or gynaecologist because from now onwards, critical tests and checkups will be necessary until the birth of your baby.

Symptoms during 7th Week-

During seventh week of pregnancy, you will experience the following symptoms-<...

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Safe Motherhood - Sixth Week Pregnancy (Part 1)

6 Weeks Pregnant- Signs, Baby’s development, Weight gain and Care tips

During sixth week of pregnancy, you will start noticing the changes in your body. The changes occur due to your pregnancy hormones. Your uterus is growing now but people still can’t see that you are pregnant. The uterus may press on your bladder and send you rushing to bathroom, frequently. Frequent urination may also occur due to increased blood flow to your kidneys.

Symptoms during 6th week of pregnancy-

Other than frequent urination, there are...

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Safe Motherhood - Fifth Week Pregnancy (Part 1)

5 weeks pregnant- Signs, Baby’s development, Miscarriage and Tips for healthy pregnancy

It’s the 5th week. You have missed your menstrual period by now and a pregnancy test should have come positive, again. This week marks the start of embryonic period. The body systems and structures of baby such as heart, brain, and spinal cord begin to form. The placenta is also starting to develop during this week. The heart of your baby beats at a steady rate now.

5 weeks pregnant- Signs and symptoms

During 5th week of your pre...

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Safe Motherhood - Fourth Week Pregnancy (Part 1)

Your body and your baby during 4th week of pregnancy

It’s the 4th week of your pregnancy. You’ve been pregnant for one whole month. Normally, it is the time for next menstrual period, but your pregnancy will trigger some hormonal secretions that will prevent this from happening. During this period, more advanced development of your baby will take place.

Everything looks normal from the outside, but your body is undergoing great changes inside to accommodate growing baby in your womb. During this stage, fetus is at high risk for abnormalities,...

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Safe Motherhood - Third Week Pregnancy (Part 1)

Safe Motherhood - Third Week Pregnancy 

3 Weeks of your Pregnancy – Signs, Symptoms, and Embryo

So, now you are 3 weeks pregnant? Congratulations, you are now officially pregnant. What does it mean to be 3 weeks pregnant? Well, it means that one of your eggs and one of your partner’s sperm have combined. With the result, you are in the earliest of stages of pregnancy.

This is the crucial week that transforms your pregnancy from the stage of “planning” into real existence. When we speak in terms of t...

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Safe Motherhood - Second Week Pregnancy

Safe Motherhood 

So, your pregnancy is confirmed? Many congratulations!.  Well, you have a baby on board, now. It is the time when your body undergoes many changes. Do you know- What are the changes that occur during the first and second week of pregnancy? Knowing them will only make your pregnancy a little more interesting and you will take care of yourself accordingly.

First, let us discuss the changes that occur during development of your baby during the first and second week of pregnancy.

During the first week of ...

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World Thalassemia Day

Thalassemia

Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder that affects the production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells. This disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells, which leads to anemia.

Due to this disorder, patients have to get blood transfusions after every two to three weeks. These blood transfusions are done at a hospital and can take anywhere from six to eight hours. After some time, blood cells break down and leave iron in patient’s body. This iron will, later on, b...

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World Hand Hygiene Day

Every year, millions of people are affected by bacterial infections and admitted to healthcare centres. Bacterial infections can affect your skin, your blood and several organs in your body. These infections are a major cause of death around the world.

So, there is a strong need to control bacterial infections.

How to prevent bacterial infections?

Bacteria spread from person to person through lack of proper hand hygiene. Hand washing plays an important role in preventing the spread of bacterial infections.

When to wash your ha...

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World Immunization Week

A healthy immune system is a sign of healthy living. The immune system can handle 100,000 immunizations at a time. Do you know- one in every five children in the world miss out the immunization and so every year, approximate 1.5 children die from preventable diseases such as diphtheria, polio, influenza, measles, hepatitis A and hepatitis B, chicken pox, pneumococcal.

It is rightly said, “Prevention is better than cure”.

So how can you save lives? You can save your loved ones with vaccination.

Vaccines are the safest way to protect you, your childre...

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National Safe Motherhood Day

Safe Motherhood

Every minute of every day, somewhere in the world and most often in a developing country, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth.India’s maternal mortality ratio is 301 i.e. one woman dies every seven minutes.Safe motherhood means ensuring that all women receive the care they need to be safe and healthy throughout pregnancy and childbirth.You are not alone in this.

Am I pregnant?

This is a common question for  those who are trying to conceive and for those

who are...

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World Health Day

World Health Day

A good food is always a major attraction. Now, when we think of good food, then what comes in our mind first? Yes, of course, it’s Mom's Cooking. Whether it is a simple burger or a little complicated Fried chicken, everything that mom cook at home is always delicious.

There was a time when the only bugs at home we had to worry were ants and centipedes. But now in these modern days, several different kinds of bugs can be found in food too. Yes, there are some bacteria that go to the food. And when you eat bacteria containing foo...

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Colorectal Cancer

 Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a procedure which is used to examine the entire colon. Several GastroIntestinal disorders can be effectively diagnosed with this procedure. Diagnosis of colon polyps, colon cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease is easy with colonoscopy. It also helps in the evaluation of any change in bowel habits, abdominal pain. It is used simultaneously for both imaging of abnormal findings as well as removal of these lesions in the same examination and this is the best advantage of this technique. It is mostly used for identification as well a...

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Surrogacy

Surrogacy: All You Need To Know About It

One out of every six couples faces infertility and this can be devastating to accept. The physical and emotional loss of not being able to carry your own baby can be hard to overcome. Though there are many known causes of infertility, here we will address the problem of absent/damaged uterus, recurrent miscarriages and implantation failures (failed IVF). All the aforementioned cases are treatable only through surrogacy as the female partner’s uterus cannot carry a baby.  Surrogacy in India has become a prevalent ...

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Prenatal Infection

Remember Prevent to Protect:

Prenatal infections are caused by bacteria or viruses that can be passed from mother to her baby during pregnancy or delivery. Pregnant women may be susceptible to infection because their immune system is slightly less reactive to prevent the rejection of the foetus.

February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month and we are making people aware of this serious issue with the intention to safeguard the babies from the upsetting results of prenatal infections.

Let us look at some of the diseases that can...

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National Children's Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month which is meant to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.

Did you know?

  • Tooth decay is the #1 chronic illness in children.
  • Early childhood caries is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.
  • If child’s tooth decay goes untreated, it can lead to tooth loss, speech problems and even loss of self-esteem.
  • Children are recommended to have their first dental visit by age 1.

So you need to encourage your children t...

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Gift of Health | Valentine Day

When it comes to Valentine’s Day you have got choices: Flowers or Chocolates; Dine-in or Dine-out; Gourmet Cuisine or Home cooking. Whatever you choose make sure you celebrate love with:

  • Heart Healthy Meal – Prevent and control high blood pressure, high cholesterol & diabetes. Avoid smoking, maintain a healthy weight, be active, and eat healthily. Make A Date With Your Heart!
  • Be Germ-Free – Valentine’s Day is the day to get close as possible to loved one, but if you partner is sick, think again. Sprea...

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Unite In the Fight Against Cancer | World Cancer Day

Unite In the Fight Against Cancer

People are at risk of getting cancer.

Currently 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million

people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years)

4th February is World Cancer Day. When millions of people unite in the fight against cancer.

Cancer is a heterogeneous group of diseases that result from abnormal cell growth and have the potential to spread to other parts of the body.

Research suggests that one-third of cancer deaths can be avoided through pre...

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Birth Defects Prevention

You and I are only humans we can't change the past, we can only change the future. Every 4.5 minutes a baby is born with a birth defect. We want to help you reduce this risk. 

Birth defects are the leading cause of death in children less than 1 year of age.

January is Birth Defect Prevention month, a time to focus on raising awareness about the frequency with which birth defects occur and steps that can be taken to prevent them. 

How Serious are Birth Defects?
A Birth Defect is a problem that happens while a baby is develop...

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Check Your Neck | Thyroid Awareness

Check Your Neck | Thyroid Awareness

Are you living with sudden change in Body weight, Hair loss, Depression and anxiety? If Yes then you need to Check your Neck.

It could be Thyroid,  as the disease runs in the family. This disease is more prevalent among women, who are three times more likely to be affected by hypothyroidism than men, especially those in the age group of 46-54 years. In pregnant women, thyroid disorders can lead to placental abnormalities and increased risks for the baby's well-being.

So What is Thyroid?

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Make Healthy Choices this World Heart Day

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the world and on an average one person dies every 39 seconds. Along with healthy lifestyle choices what you eat can have a big impact on your heart health too.

Although you might know that eating certain foods can increase your heart disease risk, it is often tough to change your eating habits. Here are some diet tips to follow

  • Control the Portion Size

How much you eat is as important to what you eat. Do not overload your plate, take time to eat. Use a small plate or bowl to...

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Tribute to Bapu|Anti-Drug Addiction Day| Swachh Bharat

The National Anti-Drug Addiction Day is observed on 2nd October across the country. It is observed to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi who condemned the use of drugs. The aim of National Anti-Drug Addiction Day is to make India free from drug and to preserve the talent.

National Institute on Drug Abuse has characterized Drug Addiction as a complex chronic brain disease. People who have drug addiction experience a compulsive and uncontrollable craving for drugs.

Drugs are one of the greatest evils of our society, it not only affects the individual but the whol...

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Pharmacists Day

World Pharmacists Day is observed on September 25th every year all over the world. The purpose of this day is to encourage activities that promote and advocate for the role of pharmacists in improving health in every corner of the world.

This day was established by International Pharmaceutical Federation (IPF), the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.

In 2009 Council meeting of FIP Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, the Turkish Pharmacists Association suggested to annually celebrate World Pharmacists Day on 25th September.

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Boost your Health with Herbs

Across the continents and cuisines, herbs play an important role in imparting flavour to the dishes and making them more nutritious. Herbs are dense in nutrients and have high amount of Vitamins and Minerals with a minimum level of fats and almost no cholesterol.

Herbs are used in small amounts in the food to impart flavour. They have excellent health benefits, especially when consumed in raw form. Herbs optimise immune function and fight radicals effectively. Herbs also promote digestion, clean gastrointestinal tract, reduce the chances of colon cancer, reduce cholesterol, mainta...

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Importance of Folic Acid

Folic Acid!! Many of you must be aware of it but still there are some who do not know exactly what it is. Here we will be explaining you everything about Folic acid.

What is folic acid?

Folic acid is a B-vitamin which is necessary for proper cell growth. One of its main purposes is to prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine.  Folic acid also forms new red blood cells (RBCs) in the body and is responsible for DNA synthesis.

The incidences of severe birth defects are more than 25,000 to 40,000 per year in India.

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Still Convincing Yourself About Hair Loss?

Hair fall is perfectly normal, we all shed up to 100 strands a day, but for some hair loss is much more serious. Hair loss affects both men and women. While genes play a vital role in hair loss there are other reasons as well, including hormonal imbalances, hypothyroidism, nutritional deficiencies and insufficient blood circulation in the scalp.

Hair loss facts

  • It is a common condition and affects most people at some point in their lives.
  • Hair loss from breakage of the hair shaft is different than hair loss from decreased hair growth.<...

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Glaucoma - A Silent Thief of Vision

Glaucoma is leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world and is estimated that there are 60 million cases of glaucoma worldwide. In India, around 12 million people suffer from glaucoma which is 1/5th of the global burden. Glaucoma can affect any age group, including newborn, infants, children and elderly.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damages the optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye. The extra fluid increases the pressure, thus damagi...

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Unknown Facts About Brain Stroke

Stroke is the sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood flow or rupture of an artery to the brain. Sudden loss of speech, weakness, or paralysis of one side of the body can be the symptoms.

The Facts

  • Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke
  • 1 out of 6 people will suffer a stroke in his or her lifetime
  • Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability
  • Stroke is the 3rd common cause of death after cancer and Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD)
  • Stroke symptoms can vary ...

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Safeguard Yourself against Autumn Allergies

Autumn is a glorious time, after a long, hot summer, there is nothing better than slipping into a light sweater, prancing around in boots, and partaking in all things yellow around you. But these autumnal delights also mean dealing with your fall allergies, and it can really put a limitation on things.

While you are so desperate to go outside and crunch through the leaves or forsake the AC in favour of open windows, it all comes with a price, namely a runny nose, scratchy throat, and watery eyes.

So, what’s exactly making these symptoms flare up? The culprits are R...

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Kick-off Prevalent Health Hazards with these Easy Ingredients

When it comes to taking care of your health, prevention is the key. This means going for regular checkups and dental appointments, but it also means getting plenty of exercise, fruits, and vegetables.

Most fruits and vegetables contain disease combating antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Together,   these 3 types of nutrients are known to promote immune health and protect against certain preventable diseases.

  • Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a very good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A and also an excellent source of Potassiu...

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Are you brushing your teeth the right way?

Brushing and flossing are the two most effective ways of maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Even though we’ve been brushing and flossing our teeth for years, many of us are surprised to learn that we’re not doing it properly. 

Proper brushing takes at least two minutes. The tip below will help you to perfectly do your daily oral hygiene.

  • Brush twice a day
  • Select a soft bristle toothbrush and brush gently
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
  • Use an IDA/ADA approved toothbrush and toothpaste
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Don't Let your Skin Pop, Wear Sunscreen to Protect your Skin!

You may know that wearing sunscreen is a good idea, but do you know why? If you have not yet gotten into the habit of wearing sunscreen daily, take a look at these top interesting reasons why you should wear sunscreen daily.

1.    Shields You from Harmful UV Rays
The continuously depleting ozone layer has put us at a greater risk of getting affected from the harmful UV rays of the sun. While you do need the sun for your daily dose of Vitamin D, it does not mean that you should put your health at risk. Applying sunscreen blocks the harmful UV ...

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Don’t Ignore Blood in Urine (Hematuria)

Passage of red colour urine is not uncommon. Blood in the urine can originate at any point along the urinary tract infection and may represent serious underlying disease. Many people tend to ignore this condition, as they think that it might occur due to spicy food or the hot weather. 

What is Hematuria (Blood in Urine)?

Blood in urine is medically known as Hematuria. It is further differentiated into:
•    Gross Hematuria – blood visible to the naked eye
•    Micro...

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Antibiotic Awareness Week

World Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, and policy makers to avoid the spread of antibiotic resistance. 

What are Antibiotics?

Antibiotics are used to treat or prevent certain types of bacterial infections. They work by killing bacteria or preventing them from reproducing and spreading.  However, bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most si...

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Alzheimer’s steals away your memory gradually!

Alzheimer’s disease (DS) is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys the memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. It is also the most common form of dementiaa. 

Alzheimer’s affect more than 40 million people worldwide and every 4 seconds someone is diagnosed with the disease. It is also the 6th leading cause of death after breast and prostate cancer. 

The exact cause of Alzheimer’s is unknown, although a number of things increase your risk of developing the condition. This ...

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Shop Smart this Holiday Season|Awareness

December is the time when presents are given in abundance, to celebrate, congratulate and show gratitude to people we love. Holiday season also means toys and gifts for children. However, sometimes the excitement and desire to get your children their favourite toys may cause you to forget about safety factors associated with them.  

December is observed as Safe Toys and Gift Month for alerting the shoppers to be careful when choosing toys and gift and also to keep in mind the safety as well as suitability. Knowing what to look out for in safe toys and gifts can make a big dif...

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Disability is not Inability|Awareness

Disability is a part of the human condition; almost everyone will be temporarily or permanently impaired at some point in life. Globally 15 per cent of the population faces some form of disability. According to 2011 census, India has 26.8 million differently-able people, constituting 2.21% of the population.

Understanding Disability

The term disability is defined as an impairmenn to do certain activities and interact with the world around them.

Types

Types of disabilities include various physical and mental impairmen...

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World AIDS Day|Awareness

World AIDS day is held on 1st December each year. It is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by HIV infection. Also, it is the opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to remember people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first worldwide health event, held for the first time in 1988.

HIV infection in India was first detected in 1986 among female sex workers in Chennai. Today, with an estimated 2.4 million infections, India is home to the second largest population of people living ...

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World Polio Day|Awareness|WHO

World Polio Day is observed on 24th October every year. It is a day to celebrate the achievements made in global polio eradication and also a day to reflect upon the urgent need for continued support and awareness of this global public health issue. 

Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious viral disease, which mainly affects children below 5 years of age. The virus is transmitted person to person mainly through the faecal oral route or through contaminated water or food. The virus multiplies in the intestine, from where it invades the nervous system and cause paralysis.

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Universal Health Coverage

Universal Health Coverage means that Everyone Everywhere has access to Quality Healthcare Services without suffering financial hardships. Health is important and so is the access to health care. As global citizens, we know this is important, but

  • 1 billion people worldwide lack basic health care and 100 million fall prey to poverty every year while trying to access needed services.
  • 20-30% of health expenditures are wasted in most countries.

Health is a human right and a cornerstone of sustainable development and global security. It is a sol...

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Breast Self Examination|Awareness

Below is the article, and to watch the previous parts of this Video, here're the links:

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKqSvBX6ZTA

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPEDgeefivA

Breast cancer is the most common cancer detected in Indian women. It is also the leading cause of deaths in women all over the world. The survival rate is low in the developing countries due to low resources to fight the cancer threat. Cancer is...

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Take Action to Prevent Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a life-threatening infection of the lungs that affects children as well as adults and is the leading cause of death around the world. The lungs are made up of small sacs called alveoli, which fill with air when a healthy person breathes. When a person has pneumonia, the alveoli are filled with pus and fluid, which makes breathing painful and limits oxygen intake.

Pneumonia affects approximately 450 million people globally and results in about 4 million deaths per year.

Know the Symptoms of Pneumonia

The symptoms can vary from mild ...

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Preventive Patient Safety Measures|Awareness

Hospitals are places which provide treatment to sick people round the clock. However, at times, the treatments could turn out to be life-threatening as well. Every process of patient care safety involves a certain amount of uncertainty. The patient safety discipline highlights the importance of preventing the harm caused by the healthcare process to the patients.

Patient safety is a healthcare regulation that emphasises the reporting, analysis, and prevention of medical errors that often lead to adverse healthcare events. As per the statistical data, healthcare errors impact 1 in ...

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Lung Cancer Explained|Awareness

Lung Cancer Explained Awareness

Lung cancer is one of the most serious and common types of cancer. In lung cancer there is an abnormal growth of cells in the lungs. These abnormal cells stick together to form a cluster called tumour. Every year more than 1.8 million people fall prey to lung cancer and 1.6 million die. Someone somewhere dies of lung cancer every 30 seconds and survival rate depends on an early diagnosis. The chances of developing lung cancer can be considerably reduced by avoiding certain risk factors like smoking, passive smoking or exposure to ha...

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Childhood Obesity Prevention|Awareness

Childhood Obesity Prevention | Awareness

Childhood Obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges and affects more than 15% of the children. It is estimated that over 42 million children up to the age of 5 are overweight globally. 

Overweight or obese children are at high risk of becoming overweight adults and more likely to develop non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, impaired glucose tolerance, cancer, stroke, hypercholesterolemia and cardiovascular diseases later in life. They are also more prone to develop stress, ...

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Be Active to Stop Diabetes

Be Active to Stop Diabetes

Every 8 seconds a person dies of diabetes and its related causes. In the same 8 seconds 2 new people develop the disease which adds up to more than 3 million deaths every year and more than 6 million new cases. Diabetes can affect anyone regardless of age, weight, gender or race.

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose or blood sugar levels are too high. Glucose is vital for health because it is an important source of energy for the cells that make up muscles and tissues. It is also the main source of fuel to the brain.&nb...

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Anti-Obesity Awareness

Anti-Obesity Awareness

Obesity has become a major health issue across the world. It was once considered a problem only in developed countries but now it has significantly risen in India, especially in urban settings.

According to WHO and National Family Health Survey, 73 per cent of urban Indian population is overweight and almost 1/2 is obese.

Obesity and overweight are defined as the abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that might have a negative effect on the health. Obesity is measured by Body Mass Index (BMI). It is a statistical measur...

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Multiple Sclerosis:Fight,Win and Live with Strength

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Below is the article, and to watch the previous parts of this Video, here're the links:

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfvrx-sTlqU

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-14fGN0P9xA

Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disorder that affects the Central Nervous System, whichincludes the brain and spinal cord.

Nerves are like wire...

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