Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix, a small pouch on the gut wall at the start of the large intestine.  It is a medical emergency as, left untreated, the appendix can burst or perforate. Appendicitis is thought most often to be caused by blockage of the appendix ‘tube’ either by something stuck on the inside, […]

Let’s Talk About Asthma

Asthma is a common condition that affects the airways.  The typical symptoms are wheeze, cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath.  Symptoms can range from mild to severe.  Treatment is usually through inhalers which work well to ease and prevent symptoms.  A typical person with asthma may take a preventer inhaler every day to prevent […]

Let’s Talk About Dementia

Memory loss has a number of causes, one of which is dementia.  Dementia is a progressive condition that causes deteriorating mental function which interferes with activities of daily living, such as: Memory Thinking Language Orientation Judgement Social behaviour Who gets Dementia and what are the Symptoms? The likelihood of getting dementia increases with age.  Having […]

Insomnia (Poor Sleep)

What is Insomnia? Insomnia means poor sleep. About one third of adults do not get as much sleep as they would like.  Poor sleep can mean:- Not being able to get off to sleep Waking up too early Waking for long periods in the night Not feeling refreshed after a night’s sleep As many as […]

Ear Health

Otitis Media The most common cause of hearing loss in children. This condition can occur in one or both ears and primarily affects children due to the shape of the young Eustachian tube (canal that runs between the inside of the ear and the throat). When left undiagnosed and untreated, otitis media can lead to […]

Headaches – When Should You Seek Treatment

Not all headaches one gets require seeking medical intervention. Most headaches that occur without symptoms will respond well to self care (resting in a quiet place or using non-prescription pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen). Certain types of headaches however, require stronger prescription medications or may be warning signs to seek immediate medical care. […]

Pregnancy and Heartburn

Heartburn is when food and stomach acid backs up into your throat.  The acid from your stomach causes a burning feeling.  Many women have heartburn when they are pregnant.  It may be painful for you but it will not hurt your baby.  Signs you might have heartburn are:- a burning feeling in your chest after […]

Prevent Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – what we call “acid indigestion” or “heartburn” – is caused in most cases by a weakening or malfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter (ES), the tiny valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach. You can prevent GERD by controlling your weight. Obesity generally increases abdominal pressure, thus boosting the […]

Avoid Burnout, Take Care of Yourself!

Mental exhaustion, also known as burnout, results from excess, long-term stress.  Symptoms of burnout are subtle at first and become progressively worse with time.  Mental exhaustion symptoms not only manifest in the mind, but also as physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms.  Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent and recover from mental exhaustion. Physical Symptoms […]

Stay Healthy this Rainy Season

Rainy season is the perfect breeding ground for micro-organisms as well as vectors and weakens the immune system that makes people vulnerable to disease. In the rainy season, rain water mixes with sewage, soil and overflowing of ground water can contaminate drinking water sources. Some diseases related to the rainy season are:- gastroenteritis, typhoid, diarrhoea, […]

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