Year: 2018

Swollen painful joint

OFTEN time the causes is swol­len painful joints are multifac­torial in nature and broadly fall into various categories, such as an inflammatory process degeneration of cartilages in the joints especially with age, infection, trauma or crystal depo­sition. Furthermore, the disease pro­cess is futher classified in groups such as Osteoarthritis, Arthritis, Disloca­tions, Fractures, Rheumatoid arthri­tis, gout, […]

Family planning or birth control

FAMILY planning, is simply defined as the practice of controlling the number of children one has and the intervals between their births, particularly by means of contraception or voluntary sterilization. It is mind blowing to note that in our modern civilized society, issues around sexuality and birth control measures are not openly talked about, yet […]

Dealing with stroke

STROKE is a neurological con­dition that often time affect the brain due to ischemia (no blood supply) or hemorrhage (bleeding). This article highlights some im­portant aspects of stroke. There are two types of strokes as said earlier. Ischemic stroke is caused by a block­age in the vessels that is supplying the brain with blood secondary […]

Tonsillitis

THE main function of the ton­sils is to trap germs (bacteria and viruses) which you may breathe in. Proteins called antibodies produced in the immune cells from the tonsils help to kill these germs and help to prevent throat and lung infections. The tonsils, more often get inflamed in the process secondary to infection caused […]

Colds, flu and allergic rhinitis

CONSIDERING that the win­ter season is upon us, it is only befitting that we get to understand some basic concepts as­sociated with common illness that often occur this time of the season. Although quite often used inter­changeably there is a clear distinc­tive difference between cold, flu and allergic rhinitis. The cold is often characterized by […]

The importance of breastfeeding

Evidence suggests that ca­reer-driven mothers tend to breastfeed their babies less. In this article I will attempt to explain the importance of breastfeeding and dispel some myths. It is very interesting to note that in the first six months of life, breastmilk is sufficient for both nourishment and quenching a baby’s thirst. Upon delivery, what […]

How often should I check for breast cancer?

Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month. * In the Shower Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling […]

Is using only water to wash the vagina sufficient enough to keep bad odor away?

The vagina is pretty good at cleaning itself. The vagina has its own pH level. It’s supposed to be acidic with an acidic level of no less than 4.5. There’s a low pH because it aims to prevent the growth of undesirable bacterial organisms that can easily pave the way for vaginal infections. When you […]

How safe are waist trainers from a medical background?

Waist training is when you wear a constricting garment to reduce the size of your waist. “Medically, it doesn’t make sense that cinching your waist tightly will make it permanently smaller” says Dr Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of ob-gyn at Yale School of Medicine. “Once you take the garment off, your body will […]