What is Stroke?

A stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain either becomes blocked (Ischemic) or begins bleeding (Hemorrhagic), both of which can cause severe damage to the brain and even death. It is also very preventable with exercise, watching salt intake and keeping your weight at a healthy level. A stroke can happen to anyone at … Continue reading What is Stroke?

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What Causes Kidney Stones?

A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms in a kidney when substances that are normally found in the urine become highly concentrated. A stone may stay in the kidney or travel down the urinary tract. Kidney stones vary in size. A small stone may pass on its own, causing little or … Continue reading What Causes Kidney Stones?

Understanding Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is used to describe two chronic disorders Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, both cause inflammation of the small and/or the large bowel. Both conditions can also affect parts of the body outside the bowel and may be associated with poor general health. The causes of IBD are not yet understood. While there … Continue reading Understanding Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis

The Asian Paradox: What puts Asians and South Asians at a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes! — Web Dietitian

The Asian Paradox: What every Asian must know! Type 2 diabetes is among the fastest growing diseases in the world due to a combination of unfavorable changes in modifiable risk factors and a high genetic susceptibility in certain populations. Asia is at the epicenter of the diabetes epidemic with 60% of the world’s diabetic population […] … Continue reading The Asian Paradox: What puts Asians and South Asians at a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes! — Web Dietitian

Sore Throat or Strep Throat? How to Tell the Difference

It is important to determine if your infection is caused by strep, as antibiotics are prescribed to decrease the chance of complications. Potential complications of untreated strep throat infection include middle ear infection (otitis media) , sinus infection (sinusitis), pneumonia, meningitis, kidney disease, and rheumatic fever. Of these, rheumatic fever and kidney disease are of most … Continue reading Sore Throat or Strep Throat? How to Tell the Difference

Zika Virus: What You Should know

  What is Zika? Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes. Symptoms includes mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache and normally last for 2-7 days. There is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Links to other neurological complications are also … Continue reading Zika Virus: What You Should know

World Hepatitis Day

Hepatitis is a term used to describe the inflammation of the liver from viral infection or toxic substances. Hepatitis is a global killer, which claims the lives of 1.4 million per year, more than HIV/AIDs or malaria.  Viral hepatitis affects 400 million people globally. Every year 6–10 million people are newly infected. An estimated 95% of … Continue reading World Hepatitis Day

Insomnia: Symptoms & Treatment

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which there is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep. Because different people need different amounts of sleep, insomnia is defined by the quality of your sleep and how you feel after sleeping—not the number of hours you sleep or how quickly you fall asleep. Insomnia could result … Continue reading Insomnia: Symptoms & Treatment