Fundamental Preventive Tests and Screening for Women

It is just practical for us to know the essential and fundamental preventive tests needed to check for early warning signs of the most common diseases affecting women today. There are several health issues that affect women which needs proper attention through medical tests and screening regardless of age to stay fit and healthy.

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Constipation and its prevention

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Bowel habits are different to everyone, most people do the bowel movement on a daily basis, and others have it every other day or three times a week.  As we age, the number of bowel movements generally decreases. Constipation happens when stool passes through the large intestine too slowly or slow passage of digesting food through any part of the intestines and when the stool stays in the large intestine too long, the intestine removes too much water which make the stool become dry and hard thus making difficulty passing stools or sense of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement.

Stress, changing a normal diet like eating on a low fiber diet, ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement, not drinking enough water, intake of painkillers with codeine, depression medicines and antacids are just some of the lifestyle habits can cause constipation. Moreover, medical conditions like pregnancy, problems related with the muscles and nerves in the intestine, rectum or anus also causes constipation.

As constipation affects almost everyone at one time or another, it is important for us to learn how it can be prevented. It is very important to set aside enough time for a complete bowel movement and never ignore the urge to defecate. Eating a well-balanced high fiber diet that includes whole grains, cereals, vegetables and fresh fruits as well as drinking plenty of fluids and a regular exercise can prevent its recurrence.

Facts about Enterovirus 71 infection

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The recent viral outbreak which caused death among lives in Cambodia particularly children has been very alarming and should not be taken for granted. The viral infection called EV71 or known as Enterovirus 71 was first recognized in 1974. Over the past years serious outbreaks had been recorded mostly in the Asian countries like China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hongkong, Vietnam and lately in Cambodia.

The disease is usually affecting children under 7 years old and has been linked to the most severe cases of HFMD (hand, foot and mouth disease), most cases reported had died within 24 hours with exhibited symptoms of fever, respiratory illnesses and widespread neurological abnormalities.

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Several Ways to Improve Hearing Ability

Hearing just like the other four sensory organs of vision, smell, taste and touch is equally indispensable that is essential in our everyday living for us to be able to communicate and to connect with our loved ones, work and social events. Hearing impairment can be caused by damage to the inner ear from injury, infection or through aging. Prolonged exposure to loud noises like in parties and shooting ranges can damage the cochlea, a spiral-shaped cavity of the inner ear and the main organ of hearing. The cochlea is the one responsible in converting sound vibrations into nerve impulses. Hearing loss cannot be healed nor repaired dramatically as intervention of medicine and technology like Vivid Acoustics is needed to enhance hearing ability of the damaged ears. The site offers different affordable top of the line assistive listening systems and hearing enhancement products

As sound is an important element in our lives, we should be aware of the ways how to improve our hearing ability.

Wax build up inside the ear can interfere with hearing and sometimes causes a ringing sensation that is painful or irritable. Consulting an EENT is recommended to determine the solution in the removal of the impacted earwax.

Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions commonly known as presbycusis affecting older adults. It is advisable to see a hearing professional to find the treatment or hearing aid that is right for you which could be helpful in improving hearing capability.

Audible impairment can also be caused by a viral or bacterial infection, heart conditions or stroke, head injuries, tumors, and certain medicines. It can happen to anyone at different ages and not necessarily for elders only. Monitoring the hearing capability is crucial especially when one is in poor health or ailing.

Avoid loud noises such as listening to loud music. Using plug in headphones in full volume can damage eardrums. Frequent partying in places with shrill and irritating noises can weaken or worst can harm audible range.

Practice sound therapy or active listening once in a while to focus hearing, to train the ears to pick up subtler, slight and ambient sounds in your environment.

Life would be most enjoyable if we can hear, listen and communicate well.

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How often should De-worming be scheduled?

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De-worming is a very common procedure done for kids but adults as well should be de-wormed regularly depending on the environment and place a family lives in. Serious health problems are often caused by worm infestations according to medical studies.

Children, in particular are easily contaminated and infested by common worms such as threadworm or pinworm, round worm, whip worm and hook worm. The rate of growth and weight gain of kids who are regularly de-wormed is higher than those who are not.

How often should de-worming be scheduled? Generally, de-worming once every six months is sufficient. Yet, it is important to consult your doctor to get accurate information on the prevalence of the parasites in your area and to know the de-worming interval that should be adopted.  If you have pets inside your homes, just like in our case, I de-worm the whole family on a yearly basis and our dogs every six months.

There are a lot of anthelmintics available in the drugstores, mostly a one dose chewable tablet that is effective in killing all common worms mentioned above. It can be taken orally that requires no special procedures such as diet or use of laxatives, dead worms are expelled from the body on the next day’s bowel movement.  However, again it is best to ask your physician on what de-worming medicine is best suitable for your family with the proper dosage to be taken to keep the parasites at bay.

Proper sanitation and frequent hand washing should always be observed. De-worming is one of the best answers for many of the childhood illnesses.

8 Common Summer Diseases in the Philippines

Summer time is just around the corner.  As school-year will end early this year, the long sunny days could be fun for the family and friends to enjoy but we need to keep in mind that it can also bring many health problems among us. The El Niño phenomenon will bring much warmer temperatures than the average during this dry season and since the hot weather in the country had started to rise this month of March, we need to watch out for the common summer diseases.

The Department of Health (DOH) made a public announcement asking Filipinos to be careful and to keep on watch of the diseases brought about by the hot season of the year.

The 8 common summer diseases are as follows:

  1. Heat stroke – can be fatal if left untreated. It can be avoided through limited amount of time spent outdoors, be wary of the hottest time of the day which is around 11am until 3pm.
  2. Sun Burn – the use of a sun block when walking outdoors, during swimming parties and outings is recommended.
  3. Prickly heat or commonly known as “Bungang Araw” – these itchy red rashes are borne out of hot and humid weather. Clogging of sweat glands can be another factor that induces it. It can be relieved by applying prickly powder or cornstarch.  If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
  4. Food poisoning – due to the hot temperature, food can easily spoil. Place leftover viands inside the refrigerator. Foods should also be well cooked to keep it from spoilage. Refrain from buying your food in carinderias or inspect carefully before buying, make sure there are no bubbles seen on top it. Bubbling most often indicate that food has turned bad. The smell can also tell if it’s still fit to be eaten.
  5. Diarrhea – contaminated or unsafe drinking water and food can cause diarrhea
  6. Sore eyes –  the heat can make the eyes dry, combined with the dust and polluted smoke, lack of eye lubrication can result to a pink eye.
  7. Measles or Tigdas and Chicken Pox or “Bulutong” – are very common viral outbreaks during summer time. Make sure our kids are vaccinated to prevent serious health complications.
  8. Dengue – in the Philippines, Dengue fever is an all year round disease carried by mosquitoes, and continues to rage in the metropolis and provinces.

Summer disease awareness, wearing light loose clothing and drinking plenty of water are the most important things for us to remember in order to keep us and our family safe and healthy as well as to  take advantage and fully enjoy the activities that summer season offer.  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, isn’t it.”