How to recover communication skills after suffering a stroke

Post-stroke rehabilitation can help people to regain some or all of their skills. Speech therapists specialize in communication, but non-specialists can also play a key role

How to recover communication skills after suffering a strokeEvery year in the United States, more than 795,000 people have a stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Furthermore, the United Kingdom’s Stroke Association note that 1 in 3 people will experience communication problems after a stroke. Unfortunately, we often judge people on how well they communicate. From the outside, a […]

Why vaccines are necessary and how rumours around it can be dangerous

Overwhelming medical evidence proves that negative side effects are rare and minor

Why vaccines are necessary and how rumours around it can be dangerousThe world greets new born babies by bombarding them with everything from dust to disease-causing microbes. Babies can deftly parry exposures to certain harmful substances, thanks to antibodies passed onto them in the womb. But this kind of inherited immunity is short-lived, so a child must develop her own immune system response to combat life-threatening […]

Cell replacement technology offers new hope for restoring sight

Although degeneration of outer retinal layer cannot be reversed, one potential strategy that might help to restore vision is cell replacement

Cell replacement technology offers new hope for restoring sightEnd-stage retinal degeneration includes conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosais. It is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss and blindness in older adults. In these types of conditions, sight gradually worsens as the nuclear layer of light-sensitive photoreceptor cells in the eyes is degraded. As the population of the United […]

What the colour of your phlegm says about your health

The body is a mucus-making machine, producing about 1 to 1.5 litres of phlegm every day, even when you’re healthy

What the colour of your phlegm says about your healthIt’s not uncommon when you develop a hacking cough from deep down in your lungs to cough up a gel-like substance known as phlegm, or sputum. While you may think nothing of it, simply associating it with your sickness, the colour of the mucus can tell you some things about the pathogens invading your body. […]

Smoking costs $1 trillion to the global economy, will soon kill 8 million a year

Health experts say tobacco use is the single biggest preventable cause of death globally

Smoking costs $1 trillion to the global economy, will soon kill 8 million a yearSmoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year, and will kill one third more people by 2030 than it does now, according to a study by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute published on Tuesday. That cost far outweighs global revenues from tobacco taxes, which the WHO estimated […]

Pigeon-toed child and how to deal with the condition

Seeing a child's toes point inward may cause a parent concern. However, this common and painless condition, known as pigeon toe or paediatric in toeing occurs very often in children under the age of 2

Pigeon-toed child and how to deal with the conditionPigeon toe often develops in the womb or is due to genetic birth defects, so little can be done to prevent it. Contrary to popular belief, there are no known shoes that help prevent pigeon toe and no evidence to suggest that learning to walk in bare feet has any effect on the condition. Causes […]

How to treat sore throat when it is caused by acid reflux

Acid reflux happens when stomach acids travel back up into the food pipe, or oesophagus, irritating its lining this may lead to a sore throat

How to treat sore throat when it is caused by acid refluxIt can also cause heartburn, a bitter taste in the mouth, regurgitation, indigestion, and difficulty swallowing. Acid reflux is a common condition. A person may notice it when they are lying down or bending over, or after eating a big meal or spicy food. Why might acid reflux lead to a sore throat? Heartburn is […]

Digitisation of medical sector is good for our health

A recent survey by Docplexus, India’s largest and fastest growing community of doctors, revealed that 83% of physicians preferred online medical learning as it removes demographic barriers and is convenient

Digitisation of medical sector is good for our healthIn this day and age, there’s hardly an industry left untouched by technology. In the medical sector, technological innovations are facilitating better and faster diagnoses, optimal resource utilisation, reduction in errors and a positive change in the way care is delivered. Healthcare digitisation and advanced medical technologies are making possible a more affordable, data-driven personalised […]

Indian scientists develop novel way to diagnose retinal diseases  

Researchers used retinal data captured by a well-established imaging method in ophthalmology and applied an algorithm based on statistical biomarker tool for early detection of certain eye disorders

Indian scientists develop novel way to diagnose retinal diseases  Early diagnosis of certain eye diseases and studying the early progression of the diseases has now become possible, thanks to the work carried out by a team of researchers from three institutes — IISER, Kolkata, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, and BARC, Visakhapatnam. The researchers used the retinal data captured by a well-established imaging method […]

What is a calorie and why does it matter to your diet?

The concept is often spoken of as if calories are a measure of an amount of food, but of course they are not — two portions of food that take up the same space could have different calorie counts

What is a calorie and why does it matter to your diet?When people talk about dieting and healthy eating, they usually talk about calories: how many you should have in one day, or with each meal, or for every hour of exercise. But what are calories really? The concept is often spoken of as if calories are a measure of an amount of food, but of […]